The Greatest Animal Movies Films

The Greatest Animal Movies

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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!

List Criteria: Movies that feature animals as main characters, live action or animated

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    The Lion King

    1994 More
    100
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    Finding Nemo

    2003 More
    93
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    1993 More
    88
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    2002 More
    86
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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Babe

    1995 More
    84
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    1993 More
    80
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    1942 More
    79
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    2007 More
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    1973 More
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    Jaws

    1975 More
    75
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    2009 More
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    1981 More
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    Free Willy

    1993 More
    73
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    Lady and the Tramp

    1955 More
    73
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    1996 More
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    Old Yeller

    1957 More
    70
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    2010 More
    69
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    Black Beauty

    1994 More
    67
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    Wizard of Oz

    1925 More
    64
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    Air Bud

    1997 More
    63
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    A Bug's Life

    1998 More
    63
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    King Kong

    1933 More
    63
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    1998 More
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    1970 More
    62
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    1995 More
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    The Jungle Book

    1967 More
    61
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    1994 More
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    Dumbo

    1941 More
    60
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    1989 More
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    1989 More
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    2009 More
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    1999 More
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    Babe: Pig in the City

    1998 More
    58
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    The Birds

    1963 More
    58
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    Seabiscuit

    2003 More
    57
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    Beethoven

    1992 More
    57
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    1994 More
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    One Hundred and One Dalmatians

    1961 More
    56
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    2006 More
    56
    added by: onasys
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    War Horse

    2011 More
    56
    added by: PondaWeakley
    This movie was the biggest emotional roller coaster ride I have ever been on!  At one ... more
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    1998 More
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    1979 More
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    1996 More
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