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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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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    Babe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Bambi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Free Willy Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    The Aristocats Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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    Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    War Horse 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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    Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Black Beauty Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    Babe: Pig in the City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Babe: Pig in the City Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    March of the Penguins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    March of the Penguins Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

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    Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Turner & Hooch Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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    Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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    Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Stuart Little Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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    Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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    The Adventures of Milo and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    The Adventures of Milo and Otis Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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    The Lion King II: Simba's Prid... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Benji is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Benji Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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    Cujo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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    Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Eight Below Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Ice Age: Continental Drift is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Ice Age: Continental Drift Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake 2012

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