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The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

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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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    Flipper
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    Flipper

    Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin

    Released1963

    Directed byJames B. Clark

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    Oliver & Company
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    Oliver & Company

    Billy Joel, Bette Midler

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge Scribner

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    Babe
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

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    Mighty Joe Young
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    Mighty Joe Young

    Ben Johnson, Terry Moore

    Released1949

    Directed byErnest B. Schoedsack

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    Doctor Dolittle
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    Doctor Dolittle

    Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald

    Released1967

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    1967
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    The Lion King 1½
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    The Lion King 1½

    Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick

    Released2004

    Directed byBradley Raymond

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    Hotel for Dogs
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    45

    Hotel for Dogs

    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow

    Released2009

    Directed byThor Freudenthal

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    March of the Penguins
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    March of the Penguins

    Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling

    Released2005

    Directed byLuc Jacquet

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    The Adventures of Milo and Otis
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    The Adventures of Milo and Otis

    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

    Released1986

    Directed byMasanori Hata

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    Born Free
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    Born Free

    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers

    Released1966

    Directed byTom McGowan, James Hill

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    Beethoven
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    Beethoven

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

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    Free Willy
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    Free Willy

    Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen

    Released1993

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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    Secretariat
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    Secretariat

    Diane Lane, John Malkovich

    Released2010

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

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    Jumanji
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    The Shaggy Dog
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    The Shaggy Dog

    Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen

    Released2006

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale
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    Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander

    Released2009

    Directed byLasse Hallström

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    Happy Feet
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    Happy Feet

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byJudy Morris, George Miller, Warren Coleman

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    All Dogs Go to Heaven
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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    Cats & Dogs
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    Cats & Dogs

    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

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    Madagascar
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    Madagascar

    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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    Rango
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    Rango

    Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher

    Released2011

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown
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    Ice Age: The Meltdown

    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno

    Released2006

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig

    Released2009

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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    Up
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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