The Greatest Animal Movies Films

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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  1. 101
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    - 2
    The Little Mermaid

    ranked low on reranks & added by but chickens double d
    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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  2. 102
    + 34
    - 24
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua


    Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

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  3. 103
    + 23
    - 83
    Willard

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey

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  4. 104
    + 58
    - 37
    G-Force


    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi

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  5. 105
    + 25
    - 16
    Dunston Checks In


    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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  6. 106
    + 26
    - 17
    Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure


    Amanda Bynes, Maria Bamford, Julia Duffy

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  7. 107
    + 25
    - 16
    Oh! Heavenly Dog


    Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif

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  8. 108
    + 29
    - 22
    Best in Show


    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

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  9. 109
    + 66
    - 66
    Mighty Joe Young


    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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  10. 110
    + 29
    - 26
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2


    Alyssa Milano, Odette Annable, Bridgit Mendler

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  11. 111
    + 27
    - 20
    Gordy


    Afemo Omilami, Hamilton Camp, Dennis Letts

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  12. 112
    + 49
    - 36
    Underdog


    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno

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  13. 113
    + 22
    - 17
    Son of Lassie


    Peter Lawford, June Lockhart, Nils Asther

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  14. 114
    + 40
    - 30
    The Search for Santa Paws


    Madison Pettis, Mitchel Musso, Wendi McLendon-Covey

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  15. 115
    + 115
    - 62
    Rio

    added by R20X
    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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  16. 116
    + 24
    - 15
    The Cat from Outer Space


    Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

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  17. 117
    + 73
    - 27
    Hotel for Dogs

    added by LouiseMarieLeach
    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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  18. 118
    + 80
    - 95
    The Last Unicorn

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury

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  19. 119
    + 31
    - 3

    added by but chickens double d
    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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  20. 120
    + 31
    - 25
    Spooky Buddies


    Sierra McCormick, Tim Conway, G. Hannelius

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  21. 121
    + 30
    - 3
    101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

    added by but chickens double d
    Martin Short, Ray Liotta, Jason Alexander

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  22. 122
    + 51
    - 70
    MouseHunt

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

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  23. 123
    + 73
    - 35
    Two Brothers

    added by wiabux
    Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

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  24. 124
    + 69
    - 34
    Born Free

    added by tonytank7777
    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

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  25. 125
    + 57
    - 26
    Happy Feet Two

    added by dee123
    Brad Pitt, Sofía Vergara, Robin Williams

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  26. 126
    + 41
    - 11
    Garfield: The Movie

    added by HarmanSingh
    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

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  27. 127
    + 34
    - 6
    Beauty and the Beast

    added by danielle-frank
    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  28. 128
    + 12
    - 27
    Wishbone's Dog Days of the West

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Bill Allen, Christie Abbott, Mary Chris Wall

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  29. 129
    + 25
    - 3
    Robin Hood

    added by Jellyfish Pixel Prince
    Robin Hood

  30. 130
    + 33
    - 10
    We Bought a Zoo

    added by celiagold
    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon, Elle Fanning

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  31. 131
    + 8
    - 29
    Earthlings

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Joaquin Phoenix

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  32. 132
    + 35
    - 13
    Alpha and Omega

    added by ezioaditore088
    Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper

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  33. 133
    + 25
    - 5
    For the Love of Benji

    added by but chickens double d
    Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong

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  34. 134
    + 10
    - 35
    Bambi Meets Godzilla

    Ranked High on Reranks

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  35. 135
    + 62
    - 46
    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    ranked low on reranks & added by EDDE12345678
    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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  36. 136
    + 6
    - 31
    Bingo

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Cindy Williams, Chelan Simmons, Glenn Shadix

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  37. 137
    + 25
    - 8
    Furry Vengeance

    added by celiagold
    Brooke Shields, Brendan Fraser, Ken Jeong

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  38. 138
    + 23
    - 6
    Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

    added by but chickens double d
    Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, Frank Welker

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  39. 139
    + 22
    - 7
    The Rescuers

    added by but chickens double d
    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

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  40. 140
    + 8
    - 33
    Dr. Dolittle 3

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Raven-Symoné, Gary Busey, Norm Macdonald

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  41. 141
    + 25
    - 14
    Song of the South

    added by lostshadow
    John Lee Hooker, Hattie McDaniel, Bobby Driscoll

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  42. 142
    + 18
    - 8
    The Rescuers Down Under

    added by but chickens double d
    John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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  43. 143
    + 7
    - 35
    Operation Dumbo Drop

    Ranked High on Reranks
    Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary

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  44. 144
    + 49
    - 46
    The Great Mouse Detective

    added by wiabux
    Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

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  45. 145
    + 31
    - 25
    Duma

    added by SybelleBotanes
    Eamonn Walker, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott

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  46. 146
    + 7
    - 38
    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

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  47. 147
    + 4
    - 34
    Reign of Fire


    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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  48. 148
    + 4
    - 30
    Grizzly Man


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  49. 149
    + 22
    - 24
    Jurassic World

    ranked low on reranks & added by sam4412
    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio

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  50. 150
    + 1
    - 3
    The Horse Whisperer

    new! & added by SarahEllenRosenberg
    Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

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