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The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made  

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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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Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs
Eight Below is a 2006 American family drama adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was ...more
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Babe: Pig in the City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Naomi Watts, Mickey Rooney, Hugo Weaving
Babe: Pig in the City is a 1998 Australian-American comedy-drama film and the sequel to the 1995 film Babe. It is co-written, produced and directed by George Miller, who co-wrote and produced ...more
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter
Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more
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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton
Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin as George Newton and Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton. The film is the first in the Beethoven film series. ...more
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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more
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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth
Lassie is a 1994 adventure family film directed by Daniel Petrie and featuring the fictional collie Lassie.
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The Adventures of Milo and Oti... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi
The Adventures of Milo and Otis is an Japanese adventure comedy-drama film about two animals, the titular characters, Milo and Otis. The original English version was released on June 27, 1986, ...more
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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more
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Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter
Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the real-life dog, Buddy, a Golden Retriever. The film was financially successful, grossing $4 million in its ...more
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March of the Penguins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk
March of the Penguins is a 2005 French nature documentary film directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet, and co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society. The documentary ...more
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
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Born Free is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
tonytank7777 added Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna
Born Free is a 1966 Technicolor British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to ...more
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen
Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto ...more
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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin
Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more
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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox
Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by E. B. White. It combines live action and computer animation. The ...more
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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams
Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more
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Hotel for Dogs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
LouiseMarieLeach added Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle
Hotel for Dogs is a 2009 American family comedy film based on the 1971 Lois Duncan novel of the same name. The film, directed by Thor Freudenthal and adapted by Jeff Lowell, Bob Schooley, and ...more
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Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook
Black Beauty is a 1994 film adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel by the same name directed by Caroline Thompson in her directorial debut. The film stars Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis. ...more
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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback
All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more
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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco is the 1996 sequel to the 1993 film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Directed by David R. Ellis, the film features the three animals from the ...more
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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum
Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and ...more
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Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire
Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...more
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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarr... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures. It follows the adventures of a ...more
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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
onasys added Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell
Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and ...more