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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!

The Greatest Animal Movies Films
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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

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    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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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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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake 2012

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    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

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    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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