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

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    Jack Black, Ray Romano, Denis Leary

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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Will Wright

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    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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

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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 Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

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    Danny Bonaduce, Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead

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    Kurt Russell, Corey Feldman, Mickey Rooney

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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Verna Felton

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    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ray Romano

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jack Black

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    Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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    Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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    Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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

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    Hugh Laurie, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis

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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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    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

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    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

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

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    Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk, Charles Berling

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    Edgar Buchanan, Peter Breck, Herb Vigran

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    Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone

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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 ...

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    added by wiabux Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd

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    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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

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    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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