27 Must-Watch Dragon Movies For Kids

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Dragons are known for their power, intelligence, and magical abilities. There are several dragon movies for kids, portraying these creatures as both friendly companions and terrifying beasts. Most dragons are smart, sweet, bold, and strong and can take humans for a ride. Most of us enjoy watching such movies as they take us on a trip to the fantasy world. Check out our post on popular dragon movies and go on a movie spree with your children this weekend.

27 Dragon Kids Movies

1. The Lord of the Rings

Sauron’s power spread far and wide from his fortress in Mordor’s Dark Tower. He gathered all of the Great Rings for himself, but he continued to look for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. Bilbo Baggins vanished on his birthday, leaving the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest for his young cousin Frodo: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord.

protip_icon Trivia
Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins are Hobbits living in a place called Hobbiton. The Hobbiton village movie set is located in the heart of Waikato in New Zealand. Till today it remains a popular tourist attraction.

Where to stream: Prime Video

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The company of Thorin Oakenshield will face even greater perils in their quest to reclaim the long-forgotten gold in Peter Jackson’s epic sequel. Bilbo Baggins has traveled through Middle-earth with his fourteen companions, fighting through the flame, Wargs, Goblins and even escaping the creature known as Gollum, after setting out from the safety of Bag End.

protip_icon Did you know?
J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ was an established polyglot in real and fictional languages. He was fluent in 15 languages and created 15 different dialects for his literary works.

Where to stream: Prime Video

3. Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, dragon movies for kids to watch
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Harry Potter, the young wizard, wants to get away from the evil Dursleys and join Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys at the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to dream about Cho Chang and learn more about the mysterious events involving two other rival magic schools and a competition that hasn’t occurred in a century.

Where to stream: Prime Video

4. Dragonheart

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Bowen, a disenchanted knight, befriends Draco, the last of the dragons, and the two deceive the villagers by pretending to “kill” Draco for money. As Bowen soon discovers, Draco is the same dragon who once saved his former student, King Einon, from death by giving him a piece of his heart. Einon has turned into a ruthless tyrant, and Bowen feels compelled to put him down.

Where to stream: Prime Video

5. Flight of Dragons

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In this dragon kid movie, Peter Dickinson, a 20th-century science-fiction writer, sets out to prove that dragons did exist by combining facts with fantasy and science. Dickenson enjoys his magical adventure until a spell gone wrong traps his mind in the body of Gorbash, a friendly dragon.

Where to stream: Prime Video 

6. Mike The Knight: Journey to Dragon Mountain

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When Mike and Evie’s father returns to Glendragon with tales of an exciting adventure, they are overjoyed. The King informs them that Vikings have stolen a crystal from Dragon Mountain and that he must locate and return it before the giant dragon who lives there notices it is missing.

Where to stream: Prime Video

7. Shrek

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Shrek, the ogre, terrifies anyone who has the misfortune of coming across him. Even flowers and trees turn their backs on him to avoid his foul odor. In this hilarious dragon kid cartoon movie, a pink female dragon gets attracted to a talking donkey.

Where to stream: Netflix

8. I Am Dragon

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Princess Miroslava is kidnapped by a dragon and taken to his castle on a remote island in the middle of her wedding. In this ethereal, heartwarming dragon kid movie, the emotional tension between Mira and Arman is palpable. The graphics are breathtaking and so lifelike, you’ll believe it’s a real dragon!

Where to stream: Prime Video

9. Reign of Fire

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In this dragon kid movie, Quinn Abercromby is the leader of a band of people who seek refuge in Old Norman castles from dragons. Will Quinn Abercromby and his team be able to defeat a group of fire-breathing dragons and reclaim control of the planet when they wreak havoc on the planet?

Where to stream: Prime Video

10. Pete’s Dragon

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In this fairytale, Pete Healy, an orphaned boy, isn’t afraid of the forest because he’s lived there for a long time and has his best friend Elliot by his side to protect him. But there’s a problem. Elliot is a gigantic, flying green dragon. Pete, on the other hand, must find a way to protect Elliot when they are discovered hiding in the woods.

Where to stream: Hotstar VIP

11. The Reluctant Dragon

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Robert Benchley, a humorist, tries to track down Walt Disney to request that he adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would much rather recite poetry than combat or be ferocious. Benchley gets a tour of Walt Disney Studios and learns about the process of animation along the way.

Where to stream: Disney+ Hotstar

12. Spirited Away

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Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl in the midst of a move to the suburbs, wanders into a strange town and discovers a world of spirits, dragons, and demons ruled by the mysterious Yubaba. She runs into Haku, who informs that Chihiro and her parents are in grave danger.

Where to stream: Netflix

13. Dragon Slayer

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Galen, a young sorcerer’s apprentice, must travel to a distant kingdom and kill a terrifying dragon, which has enslaved the countryside. When he comes face to face with the dreaded monster, he faces his greatest challenge. Is his magic strong enough to defeat the dragon and save the captives?

Where to stream: Prime Video

14. How to train your dragon

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Hiccup, the young Viking, must lead novices through the Hairy Hooligan Tribe’s initiation on the island of Berk. They must train their dragons or face permanent expulsion. Hiccup, who aspires to be a dragon hunter, meets a young dragon, Toothless the Night Fury, and an unlikely friendship is formed between the two, turning Hiccup into a dragon rider.

Sarah Callen, an author, expresses her thoughts on the movie How to Train Your Dragon. She writes, “As a kid, I was pretty imaginative. I was always picturing myself doing something daring and brave. I was going to go slay the dragon and save the day. I could go on a dangerous adventure and come out of it victorious. I wanted to forge into the unknown with my quirky animal sidekicks (I did grow up watching a lot of Disney movies), and solve the problem plaguing me and my people. It’s so easy, as an adult, to forget that side of us. But How to Train Your Dragon is a great excuse to be a kid again for a few moments. This isn’t your traditional animated movie — it’s something that I could fully enjoy today as an adult (i).”

protip_icon Quick fact
Animators of the movie ‘How to train your dragon’ had to attend ‘flight school’ during production, where they studied the movements of different creatures and flight physics to create realistic characters.

Where to stream: Prime Video

15. The NeverEnding story

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Bastian isn’t anyone’s idea of a hero. He discovers a mysterious world of enchantment through the pages of an old book, The NeverEnding Story. Bastian enters the school’s attic to read about Atreyu’s mission to save Fantasia from darkness known as “The Nothing.” Watch dragon Falkor.

Where to stream: Prime Video

16. 47 Ronin

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Kai is an outcast who joins Oishi, the 47 Ronin’s leader. They bond together to retaliate against the treacherous overlord who harmed their master and exiled their race. The warriors embark on a journey that will put them through a series of trials that would be fatal to ordinary warriors.

Where to stream: Netflix

17. Willow

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Willow is a fantastic adventure that transports you to a different time and place and talks about the bravery and heroism of the main protagonist. Willow, a poor farmer, sets out on a mission to save a baby named Elora, who is destined to become a great queen but is currently in danger from the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda.

Where to stream: Prime Video

18. Merlin (2008)

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Merlin follows the story of an unlikely friendship between Merlin, a young man endowed with extraordinary magical abilities, and Prince Arthur, Camelot’s heir. The plot begins with the evil sorceress Mab and Frik Richardson training Merlin in otherworldly ways.

Where to stream: Netflix

19. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

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Ghidorah is a three-headed golden dragon with two tails. Because of its speed, the dragon’s wings create shockwaves that can topple buildings. For the first time, Godzilla is working with other monsters. He fights alongside Rodan and Mothra to defeat Ghidorah.

Where to stream: Prime Video

20. Maleficent

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Maleficent cruelly places an irreversible curse on newborn infant Aurora, motivated by vengeance and a fierce desire to defend the moors over which she reigns. Aurora is caught in a conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to adore and the human kingdom that holds her inheritance.

protip_icon Trivia
Maleficent was played by Angelina Jolie. During the filming, Disney wanted a child to play a character, but most children were afraid of the actress in makeup and costume. Finally, they took Jolie’s daughter Vivienne since she was not frightened.

Where to stream: Disney+ Hotstar

21. Tales from Earthsea (2006)

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Ged, a wandering wizard, is trying to figure out what’s causing paranormal events and unusual occurrences in a mythical land, including dragon sightings. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young teenage boy. They team up to figure out what’s going on.

Where to stream: Netflix

22. Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon

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When Tom and Jerry come across in the forest an unusual egg that hatches into a baby dragon named Puffy, they are forced to babysit the little dragon. Tom adopts Puffy as his son, while the enraged mother dragon demands the return of her child.

Where to stream: Amazon

23. Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers

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Dawn of the Dragon Racers is a short film that narrates the tale of how Dragon Racing came to be. Hiccup and his dragon academy pals squabble over who invented it first. The popular “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise continues in this family movie.

Where to stream: Netflix

24. Puff The Magic Dragon

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In this dragon kid movie, Puff, a friendly magic dragon, assists Jackie, a non-communicative boy, in overcoming his crippling fears. The dragon embarks on a fantastic journey to the island of Honah Lee with his soul force. They have adventures along the way that feed Jackie’s imagination and courage in unusual ways.

Where to stream: Amazon

25. Curse of the ring

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Siegfried meets the Queen of Island Brunhild in the crater of a fallen meteoroid and defeats her in an axe battle. Brunhild promises to wait for him in her kingdom if they like each other. Siegfried forges a sword from the mysterious ore and becomes invincible by slaying a dragon and bathing in its blood.

Where to stream: Netflix

26. Eragon

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A farm boy named Eragon finds an egg, which later hatches into a magical blue dragon. Eragon then learns he is the last Dragon Rider and could be the last hope to save his homeland from the evil king, Galbatorix. With his dragon, Saphira, he sets out on a fantastical adventure of challenges and battles that make him aware of his true magical powers.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

27. Dragonslayer

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Galen is a wizard’s apprentice chosen to defeat a mighty dragon terrorizing a medieval kingdom. He then begins an adventurous journey, overcoming several challenges to confront the evil King Casiodorus. Along the way, he also bonds with a young woman named Valerian.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do dragon movies help children to learn about their own culture and identity?

Dragon movies can be used by children to learn about the diversities, values, beliefs, mythologies, morals, and historic events within their own culture. In addition, they can provide children with a perspective of multiculturalism and familial values.

2. What elements of dragon movies make them appealing to children?

Dragon movies are all about mythical creatures that are magical and powerful. They include aspects of adventure, mystery, cultural significance, cooperation, friendships, courage, and humor, which inspire a child’s creativity and imagination toward scenarios where they play characters within the movie. It is these awe-inspiring elements that make dragon movies appealing to children.

3. What are some dragon movies that are based on books?

Eragon, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, How to Train Your Dragon, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are some dragon movies based on books.

4. What are some dragon movies that promote imagination and creativity in kids?

Flight of Dragon, Dragonheart, Mike The Knight: Journey to Dragon Mountain, Pete’s Dragon, and The NeverEnding Story are some dragon movies that showcase different dragon species and their abilities. These movies present a magical combination of mythical creatures, breathtaking landscapes, and fantastical adventures that spark children’s imagination and encourage them to think out of the box.

The inclusion of dragons in magical stories has always caught kids’ interest and imagination. In this post about dragon movies for kids, we have included a list of several exciting movies about dragons and magic that will surely keep your child entertained and hooked for a long time. The genre of these movies ranges from sci-fi to animated and is suitable for children of all ages. You can also join in watching these movies with your children and organize a movie night to spend quality time together.

Infographic: Popular Dragon Movies For Children

Dragons are enormous, magnificent, magical creatures that have always attracted children. There have been several films and television programs featuring dragons. Scroll through the infographic below for some dragon movie suggestions that would be fun for children and adults alike.

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Illustration: The Bridal Box Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Dragons are mythical creatures that the kids find fascinating yet slightly scary.
  • Movies based on dragons are captivating and highly appealing to kids.
  • Whether the classic Harry Potter movies or the popular Shrek, these dragon movies are bound to capture the fancy and attention of your children.
  • Pick a favorite and enjoy a fun and thrilling dragon movie with your kids.
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Let your imagination soar with this magical story of a lost dragon! Join us for a bedtime story full of adventure and fun!

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Alexander Moore
Alexander MooreFilm critic
Alexander Moore has a master’s degree in Communications from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut. He holds a certificate in Broadcasting from the now-defunct American Broadcasting School. Since 2014, he has been involved in feature writing, mainly for radio-style broadcasts and senior-level entertainment editorials and reviews.

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