40 Best Dinosaur Movies for Kids


In my three plus decades on this earth, my 15 years as a mom and my 10 plus years working in education, I’ve yet to meet a child who wasn’t fascinated by dinosaurs. There is just something about them that appeals to kids – and many adults too!

Maybe it’s because of their seemingly impossible size, or maybe we’re all just mystified by the idea of something that walked the Earth millions of years ago. Whatever the reason, we love dinosaurs.

There are generally three types of children when it comes to watching dinosaur movies.

  • The first group of kids loves dinosaurs because they’re big, giant monsters. (Seriously, though, who doesn’t love that?!)
  • The second group of kids is actually a little afraid of dinosaurs but wants to watch them anyway because fear, in small doses, can be pretty fun in settings where nobody can actually get hurt.
  • The third group of kids is endlessly fascinated by dinosaurs and wants to know everything about them. This last group doesn’t just watch dinosaur movies for entertainment. They watch dinosaur movies because they want to learn all the coolest facts about the giant reptiles they love. These types of kids are just as happy watching a documentary about dinosaurs as they are watching something “fun.”

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best dinosaur movies for kids of all ages, so no matter which type of kid you have at home, you should find something on this list to please him or her.

Best Dinosaur Movies for Preschoolers (Ages 2-4)

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City (2011)

Barney’s Great Adventure: The Movie (1998)

Danny and the Dinosaur (2005)

Bob The Builder: Big Dino Dig Movie (2011)

Wonder Pets: Save the Dinosaur! (2008)

Go, Diego! Go! The Great Dinosaur Rescue (2008)

Best Dinosaur Movies for Little Kids (Ages 5-7)

The Land Before Time (1988)

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1992)

Disney’s Dinosaur (2000)

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011)

Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie (2013)

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (2005)

Adventures in Dinosaur City (1991)

Best Dinosaur Movies for Big Kids (Ages 8-9)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Back to the Jurassic (2015)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (2010)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Prehysteria! (1993)

Dinosaur Island (2015)

The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Best Dinosaur Movies for Tweens (Ages 10-12)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The Flintstones (1994)

Theodore Rex (1995)

Night at the Museum (2006)

Best Dinosaur Movies for Teens (Ages 13+)

Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Dinotopia (2002)

King Kong (2005)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Godzilla (2014)

Land of the Lost (2009)

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

Best Documentaries About Dinosaurs

Prehistoric Park (2006)

Bizarre Dinosaurs (2009)

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (2007)

Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

Dinotasia (2012)

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