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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

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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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

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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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

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

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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

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

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

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

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Free Willy Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

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The Aristocats Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

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Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

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Black Beauty Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

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The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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

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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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

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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

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Wizard of Oz Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

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

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Benji Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

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Beethoven Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

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

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

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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

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

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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

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Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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Eight Below Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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

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Marley & Me Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

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Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith