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List Rules 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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The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

882 211
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

646 262
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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

540 300
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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

556 178
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Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

569 192
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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

577 242
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Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

511 139
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101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

515 93
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Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

382 311
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

432 122
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Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

506 175
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How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

380 350
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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

334 194
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Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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448 238
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

495 118
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The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

356 119
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The Aristocats Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

366 223
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Free Willy Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

398 216
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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

329 83
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Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

352 155
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Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

379 131
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The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

417 186
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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

245 195
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Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

266 193
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Black Beauty Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

325 79
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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

318 185
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

148 197
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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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PondaWeakley added War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson - This movie was the biggest emotional roller coaster ride I have ever been on!  At one point I had to keep hitting pause to scream then play over and over.  My guts hurt after watching it but it was so mesmerizing and ...

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Babe: Pig in the City Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

139 97
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Benji Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

277 51
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

277 156
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Wizard of Oz Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

209 123
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March of the Penguins Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

182 155
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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

209 99
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Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

260 124
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Beethoven Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

213 56
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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

214 73
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onasys added Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

286 99
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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

145 134
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Turner & Hooch Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

224 128
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The Adventures of Milo and Otis Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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Stuart Little Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

224 85
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Eight Below Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

206 128
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Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

144 30
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Marley & Me Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

146 92
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wiabux added Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

191 168
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

179 89
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pmmom38 added Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith