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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    most listed Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

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    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Denis Leary

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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Verna Felton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    Kurt Russell, Corey Feldman, Mickey Rooney

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    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ray Romano

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jack Black

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    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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    Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Stanley Tucci

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    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    ranked low on reranks Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    ranked low on reranks Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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    Hugh Laurie, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis

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    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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    added by PondaWeakley 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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    Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk, Charles Berling

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    ranked low on reranks Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

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    Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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    added by wiabux Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd

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    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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    Edgar Buchanan, Peter Breck, Herb Vigran

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter, Dee Wallace

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    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    added by onasys Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte

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