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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

889 214
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Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

654 268
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Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

549 305
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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

562 178
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Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

576 197
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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

584 249
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Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

519 141
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101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

522 93
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Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

384 315
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

438 123
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Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

510 179
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How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

383 356
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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

337 198
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Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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451 243
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

362 120
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The Aristocats Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

500 120
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The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

402 220
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Ice Age: The Meltdown Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

367 226
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Free Willy Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

334 83
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Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

355 158
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Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

384 133
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The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

419 189
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Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

246 197
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Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

269 197
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Black Beauty Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

330 81
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A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

325 189
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

148 202
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The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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186 163
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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 ...

208 169
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Babe: Pig in the City Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving

141 99
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Benji Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

279 52
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

278 159
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Wizard of Oz Oliver Hardy, Larry Semon, Josef Swickard

211 125
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March of the Penguins Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

182 158
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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

211 101
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Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

262 126
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Beethoven Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

220 58
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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

217 74
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onasys added Over the Hedge Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

288 101
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Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

149 137
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Turner & Hooch Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

228 131
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The Adventures of Milo and Otis Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

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230 86
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Eight Below Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

277 144
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Stuart Little Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

207 130
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Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

147 32
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Marley & Me Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson

148 93
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wiabux added Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

193 170
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

181 90
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pmmom38 added Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith