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 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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    Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Denis Leary

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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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    the people's #1
    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ray Romano

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Verna Felton

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    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Danny Bonaduce, Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Kurt Russell, Corey Feldman, Mickey Rooney

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jack Black

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    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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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Stanley Tucci

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    Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk, Charles Berling

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    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd

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    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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    Hugh Laurie, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis

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    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah 2012

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    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte

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    Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

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    Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter, Dee Wallace

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    Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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    Edgar Buchanan, Peter Breck, Herb Vigran

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