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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    Albert Brooks, Eric Bana, Ellen DeGeneres

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    Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski, Tara Strong

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    Don Ameche, Michael J. Fox, Mark L. Taylor

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    Sterling Holloway, Peter Behn, Hardie Albright

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    Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Josh Peck

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    Ian Holm, Brad Garrett, Brad Lewis

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    Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Joseph Bologna

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    Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera

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    Bebe Neuwirth, Patricia Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst

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    Bryant Washburn, Mary Carr, William Hauber

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    Lucy Liu, Emily Robison, Jack Black

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    Richard Gere, Eric Ryan, Gary Roscoe

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    Emily Watson, David Kross, Tom Hiddleston 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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    Roddy McDowall, Brad Garrett, Madeline Kahn

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    George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, Bruce Reitherman

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    Craig T. Nelson, Tom Hanks, J. C. Quinn

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    David McCullough, Gary L. Stevens, Elizabeth Banks

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    Albert Brooks, Kyla Pratt, Ellen DeGeneres

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    Charles Grodin, Patricia Heaton, Stanley Tucci

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    Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

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    Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugo Weaving

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    Kathleen Turner, June Foray, Amy Irving

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    Courteney Cox, Tone-Lōc, David Margulies

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    Hugo Weaving, Naomi Watts, Magda Szubanski

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    Hugh Laurie, Stan Freberg, Nathan Lane

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    Charles Nelson Reilly, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

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    Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Garry Chalk

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