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

    1994 More
    100
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    2003 More
    93
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    1993 More
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Babe

    1995 More
    85
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    2002 More
    84
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    1942 More
    82
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    King Kong

    2005 More
    79
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    Ratatouille

    2007 More
    78
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    Jaws

    1975 More
    77
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    1993 More
    74
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    2009 More
    73
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    Free Willy

    1993 More
    73
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    1973 More
    73
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    2006 More
    72
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    1981 More
    71
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    1955 More
    70
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    Old Yeller

    1957 More
    70
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    2010 More
    67
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    1996 More
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    2008 More
    64
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    1994 More
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    1925 More
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    1970 More
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    1995 More
    61
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    1941 More
    60
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    Air Bud

    1997 More
    60
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    1998 More
    59
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    1967 More
    57
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    1998 More
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    The Birds

    1963 More
    56
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    1999 More
    56
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    2009 More
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    1992 More
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    1994 More
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    2003 More
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    1989 More
    54
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    1989 More
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    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    1961 More
    53
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    Benji

    1974 More
    53
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    Happy Feet

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    53
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    2005 More
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    Babe: Pig in the City

    1998 More
    52
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    1989 More
    51
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    1998 More
    51
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    2011 More
    50
    added by: PondaWeakley
    This movie was the biggest emotional roller coaster ride I have ever been on!  At one ... more
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    1988 More
    50
    added by: wiabux
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    1994 More
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    1983 More
    49
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