Our Top Family Dolphin Movies of all Times

Who doesn’t love a good dolphin movie? They start with a sad story, have a mission, and usually end with a happy ending. No wonder so many movies were created, showcasing these incredibly smart mammals. When we think of dolphin movies, a few stand out from the rest. Below you’ll find a short list of some of the most memorable dolphin movies. 

Flipper- If you didn’t see the original 1963 movie you probably saw the 1996 version of Flipper. This incredible story of a boy who befriends an injured dolphin is heartwarming and a perfect dolphin movie the whole family will enjoy. 

Zeus and Roxanne- Following the remake of Flipper, in 1997 Zeus and Roxanne was released. This movie shows the special bond and friendship that a dolphin, Roxanne, and a dog, Zeus, have. In their adventure, they help two families come together and trap the evil Claude Carver. 

Eye of the Dolphin- This 2007 movie revolves around a teenage girl, Alyssa, who moved to Bahamas to live with her dolphin researcher father, Hawk. She befriends a wild, lonely dolphin, and gains a one-of-a-kind friend. With their unique bond, they are able to save her father’s research station and end with a feel-good happy ending.

Beneath the Blue- This movie was released in 2010 and was the sequel to Eye of the Dolphin. In this sequel Alyssa works to save not only her dolphin but all dolphins from the US Navy and their sonar program. 

Dolphin Tale- This 2011 movie is based on a true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter who loses its tail. With his new friend, Sawyer, and his prosthetic tail, he is able to swim again and be free. 

The Day of the Dolphin- Another classic dolphin movie from 1973, The Day of the Dolphin, leads us to think that maybe anything is possible, even dolphins talking. Imagine going to the beach and asking a dolphin a question and it responds with a big, loud “No.” If you are looking for a different family dolphin movie, look no further. 

Dolphins (IMAX Documentary)- In 2000, this IMAX documentary about dolphins was released. The movie helps us understand these beautiful mammals and the importance of keeping them in the wild. This is a great movie to showcase the life of dolphins, how it differs in captivity and what we can do to help them thrive in their natural elements. 

These are some of the top family dolphin movies that everyone can enjoy. The above list of movies can help you share your love for these mammals as well as help you children learn more about them. It can also help younger kids appreciate dolphins and wildlife. 

I’ve always loved a good dolphin movie, especially when I was younger. Seeing dolphins in nature, jumping in the ocean into the sunset, was a wish come true that I hope everyone gets to experience. If we keep our oceans clean and stop poaching, we can help the dolphin population thrive so that the next generations can appreciate them as much as we do. 

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