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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    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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  2. 102
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    Duncan Checks In

  3. 103
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    Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen

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  4. 104
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    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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  5. 105
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    Penélope Cruz, Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi

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  6. 106
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    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno

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  7. 107
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    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

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  8. 108
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    Mitchel Musso, Madison Pettis, Wendi McLendon-Covey

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  9. 109
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    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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  10. 110
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    Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, Janet Jones

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  11. 111
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    Rex Allen, Jim Wilson, Ron Brown

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  12. 112
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    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

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  13. 113
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    Vincent Price, Frank Welker, Basil Rathbone

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  14. 114
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    Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

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  15. 115
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    Sofía Vergara, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams

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  16. 116
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    Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Eamonn Walker

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  17. 117
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

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  18. 118
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    Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper

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  19. 119
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman, Eric Stoltz

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  20. 120
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    Kirk Douglas, Gus Mercurio, Jack Thompson

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