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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    Monster House is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

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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


    Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

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


    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi

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  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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    Willard is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey

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


    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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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


    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey

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


    Alyssa Milano, Odette Annable, Bridgit Mendler

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


    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno

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  10. 110
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    Oh! Heavenly Dog is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif

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  11. 111
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    Project X is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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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


    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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  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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    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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


    Peter Lawford, June Lockhart, Nils Asther

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  19. 119
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    Rio is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jane Lynch

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


    Afemo Omilami, Hamilton Camp, Dennis Letts

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


    Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury

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


    Sierra McCormick, Tim Conway, G. Hannelius

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

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    Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

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

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    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

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

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    Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Lee Evans

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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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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

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  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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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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  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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    Brad Pitt, Sofía Vergara, Robin Williams

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  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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    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

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  33. 133
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    We Bought a Zoo is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon, Elle Fanning

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

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    Joaquin Phoenix

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  35. 135
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    Furry Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Brooke Shields, Brendan Fraser, Ken Jeong

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

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    Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

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  37. 137
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    Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's... is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Alyssa Milano, Mickey Rooney, Frank Welker

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  38. 138
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    For the Love of Benji is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong

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  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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    Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

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

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

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    Cindy Williams, Chelan Simmons, Glenn Shadix

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  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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    John Candy, Bob Newhart, George C. Scott

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

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    John Lee Hooker, Hattie McDaniel, Bobby Driscoll

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  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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    The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies

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    Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

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  47. 147
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    Operation Dumbo Drop is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies


    Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary

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


    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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

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  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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    Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller

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