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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    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey... is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille, Russi Taylor

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  2. 102
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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Beverly Hills Chihuahua Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

  3. 103
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    G-Force is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    G-Force Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi

  4. 104
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    Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Gr... is listed (or ranked) 104 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Amanda Bynes, Maria Bamford, Julia Duffy

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  5. 105
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    Dunston Checks In is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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  6. 106
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    Willard is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey

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  7. 107
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    Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Best in Show Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

  8. 108
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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 is listed (or ranked) 108 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Alyssa Milano, Odette Annable, Bridgit Mendler

  9. 109
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    Project X is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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  10. 110
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    Underdog is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Underdog Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno

  11. 111
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    Oh! Heavenly Dog is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif

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  12. 112
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    The Search for Santa Paws is listed (or ranked) 112 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Madison Pettis, Mitchel Musso, Wendi McLendon-Covey

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  13. 113
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    The Cat from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

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  14. 114
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    101 Dalmatians II: Patch's Lon... is listed (or ranked) 114 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Martin Short, Ray Liotta, Jason Alexander

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  15. 115
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    Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 115 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

  16. 116
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    Hotel for Dogs is listed (or ranked) 116 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Hotel for Dogs Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

  17. 117
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    Son of Lassie is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Peter Lawford, June Lockhart, Nils Asther

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  18. 118
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    Up is listed (or ranked) 118 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Gordy is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Afemo Omilami, Hamilton Camp, Dennis Letts

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    Rio is listed (or ranked) 120 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Rio Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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    The Last Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 121 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    The Last Unicorn Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury

  22. 122
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    Spooky Buddies is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Spooky Buddies Sierra McCormick, Tim Conway, G. Hannelius

  23. 123
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    Two Brothers is listed (or ranked) 123 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Two Brothers Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

  24. 124
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    MouseHunt is listed (or ranked) 124 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    MouseHunt Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

  25. 125
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    Born Free is listed (or ranked) 125 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Born Free Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

  26. 126
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    Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 126 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Robin Hood

  27. 127
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    Garfield: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 127 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Garfield: The Movie Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

  28. 128
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

  29. 129
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    Happy Feet Two is listed (or ranked) 129 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Happy Feet Two Brad Pitt, Sofía Vergara, Robin Williams

  30. 130
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    Wishbone's Dog Days of the Wes... is listed (or ranked) 130 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Bill Allen, Christie Abbott, Mary Chris Wall

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  31. 131
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    Alpha and Omega is listed (or ranked) 131 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper

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  32. 132
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    We Bought a Zoo is listed (or ranked) 132 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon, Elle Fanning

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  33. 133
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    Earthlings is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Joaquin Phoenix

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  34. 134
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    Furry Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Brooke Shields, Brendan Fraser, Ken Jeong

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  35. 135
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    Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's... is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, Frank Welker

  36. 136
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    The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 136 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    The Rescuers Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

  37. 137
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    For the Love of Benji is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    For the Love of Benji Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong

  38. 138
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    Bambi Meets Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Bambi Meets Godzilla

  39. 139
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    How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 139 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    How to Train Your Dragon 2 Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

  40. 140
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    Bingo is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Cindy Williams, Chelan Simmons, Glenn Shadix

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  41. 141
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    Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

  42. 142
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    The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 142 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    The Rescuers Down Under John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

  43. 143
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    Song of the South is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Song of the South John Lee Hooker, Hattie McDaniel, Bobby Driscoll

  44. 144
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    Dr. Dolittle 3 is listed (or ranked) 144 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Raven-Symoné, Gary Busey, Norm Macdonald

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  45. 145
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    Duma is listed (or ranked) 145 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Eamonn Walker, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott

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  46. 146
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    Operation Dumbo Drop is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary

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  47. 147
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    The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    The Great Mouse Detective Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

  48. 148
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    Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 148 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

  49. 149
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    Grizzly Man is listed (or ranked) 149 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Grizzly Man

  50. 150
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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron B... is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

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