The Greatest Animal Movies Films

The Greatest Animal Movies

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List Criteria: Movies that feature animals as main characters, live action or animated

Some of the best and most beloved movies feature cute pets, barnyard critters, jungle animals, and dangerous beasts. What is the best animal movie of all time? This is a crowdranked list of great movies that star real, animated, or animatronic animals. Pet movies aren't just for the dogs anymore. What's the best movie about animals? If a movie makes you cry or cheer or feel unusually invested... odds are good that there's a plucky animal involved. If a film makes you grip your arm rests, cover your eyes, and feel like something's crawling on you, there might just be an animatronic shark or CGI spider on the screen. (But we'd rather look at cute baby animals.)

Some of the most heart-wrenching scenes in movies involve children or strong heroic lead men losing their beloved dogs or horses. The best funny talking animal movies have a diverse mix of animal actors, including cats, dogs, birds, monkeys, and sea mammals. Voice talent from famous A-list actors provides laughs and quotable lines for both children and adults.

These are the best movies with animals either as the main characters or as the main focus. Vote up your favorites to move them higher on the list, or do a full re-rank to create a list of your favorite animal movies. If you see your favorite animal films are missing, go ahead and add them!


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  1. 1
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    - 162
    The Lion King

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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  2. 2
    + 724
    - 139
    Finding Nemo


    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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  3. 3
    + 442
    - 177
    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey


    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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  4. 4
    + 543
    - 179
    Ice Age


    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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  5. 5
    + 428
    - 217
    Babe


    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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  6. 6
    + 461
    - 134
    Bambi


    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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  7. 7
    + 323
    - 224
    Jaws

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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  8. 8
    + 308
    - 224
    King Kong

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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  9. 9
    + 484
    - 152
    Jurassic Park


    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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  10. 10
    + 466
    - 137
    Ratatouille


    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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  11. 11
    + 378
    - 166
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs


    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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  12. 12
    + 401
    - 96
    101 Dalmatians


    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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  13. 13
    + 305
    - 181
    Free Willy

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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  14. 14
    + 269
    - 151
    Old Yeller

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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  15. 15
    + 419
    - 122
    How to Train Your Dragon


    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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  16. 16
    + 425
    - 65
    Lady and the Tramp

    ranked low on reranks
    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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  17. 17
    + 337
    - 141
    Ice Age: The Meltdown


    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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  18. 18
    + 354
    - 105
    Charlotte's Web


    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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  19. 19
    + 292
    - 105
    Jumanji


    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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  20. 20
    + 410
    - 100
    The Fox and the Hound


    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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  21. 21
    + 282
    - 100
    The Aristocats


    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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  22. 22
    + 207
    - 146
    Air Bud

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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  23. 23
    + 301
    - 83
    The Jungle Book


    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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  24. 24
    + 148
    - 113
    War Horse

    often listed & added by PondaWeakley
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson This movie was the biggest emotional roller coaster ride I have ever been on!  At one point I had to keep hitting pause to scream then play over and over.  My guts hurt after watching it but

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  25. 25
    + 263
    - 55
    Dumbo

    ranked low on reranks
    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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  26. 26
    + 217
    - 146
    Black Beauty

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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  27. 27
    + 360
    - 142
    Kung Fu Panda


    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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  28. 28
    + 265
    - 57
    A Bug's Life

    ranked low on reranks
    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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  29. 29
    + 242
    - 117
    Wizard of Oz


    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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  30. 30
    + 128
    - 145
    The Birds

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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  31. 31
    + 158
    - 124
    Seabiscuit


    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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  32. 32
    + 265
    - 148
    Hachi: A Dog's Tale


    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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  33. 33
    + 165
    - 138
    Babe: Pig in the City


    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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  34. 34
    + 170
    - 106
    March of the Penguins


    Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

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  35. 35
    + 117
    - 93
    Turner & Hooch

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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  36. 36
    + 222
    - 96
    Beethoven


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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  37. 37
    + 231
    - 89
    Stuart Little


    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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  38. 38
    + 187
    - 95
    Dr. Dolittle


    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  39. 39
    + 245
    - 72
    Happy Feet


    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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  40. 40
    + 173
    - 132
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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  41. 41
    + 166
    - 57
    Over the Hedge

    added by onasys
    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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  42. 42
    + 176
    - 100
    The Adventures of Milo and Otis


    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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  43. 43
    + 225
    - 43
    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    ranked low on reranks
    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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  44. 44
    + 120
    - 64
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    added by wiabux
    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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  45. 45
    + 115
    - 71
    Benji


    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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  46. 46
    + 148
    - 40
    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride


    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

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  47. 47
    + 69
    - 111
    Cujo

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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  48. 48
    + 172
    - 66
    Eight Below


    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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  49. 49
    + 142
    - 60
    Madagascar

    added by pmmom38
    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  50. 50
    + 131
    - 66
    Ice Age: Continental Drift

    added by Nakoann
    Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake 2012

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