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The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

Updated March 31, 2021 45.3k votes 7.6k voters 748.1k views191 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg
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    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi
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    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders
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    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees
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    A Bug's Life

    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale
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    Dunston Checks In

    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander
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    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards
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    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig
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    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum
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    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis
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    Eight Below

    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu
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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell
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    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Matt Damon, James Cromwell
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