The Greatest Animal Movies Films
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The Greatest Animal Movies

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 heartwrenching scenes in movies involve children or strong heroic lead men losing their beloved dogs or horses. The best 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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    most listed
    The Lion King

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    100
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    2003 More
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Babe

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    85
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    2002 More
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    1942 More
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    King Kong

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    80
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    Ratatouille

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    79
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    Jaws

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    77
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    Jurassic Park

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    75
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    Free Willy

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    74
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    1973 More
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    2009 More
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    1981 More
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    1955 More
    70
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    Old Yeller

    1957 More
    70
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    2010 More
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    1996 More
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    2008 More
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    1925 More
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    1995 More
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    1970 More
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    Air Bud

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    1941 More
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    1998 More
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    1998 More
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    1967 More
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    The Birds

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    56
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    1999 More
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    2009 More
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    1992 More
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    1989 More
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    Happy Feet

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    1998 More
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    1974 More
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    1989 More
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    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    1961 More
    52
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    March of the Penguins

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    1998 More
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    1989 More
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    1988 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    1994 More
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    2011 More
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    added by: PondaWeakley
    This movie was the biggest emotional roller coaster ride I have ever been on!  At one ... more
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    1979 More
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