The Greatest Animal Movies

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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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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Babe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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    Bambi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

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    Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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    Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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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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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    Babe: Pig in the City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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    Benji is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    March of the Penguins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

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    Lassie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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    Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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    Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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    Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

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    Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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    The Adventures of Milo and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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    One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


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

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    Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    The Lion King II: Simba's Prid... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Cujo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

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