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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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

Released: 1942

Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, + more

Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more
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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more
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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more
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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more
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101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Herek

101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more
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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more
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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more
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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more
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Babe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

Released: 1995

Directed by: Chris Noonan

Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
15
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more
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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more
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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more
19
Ice Age: Dawn of the Din... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

Released: 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

Released: 1941

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more
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Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

Released: 1993

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Free Willy is a 1993 American family drama film that was released by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment label. The film stars Jason James Richter as a delinquent boy who becomes ...more
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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

Released: 2006

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

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
23
The Lion King II: Simba'... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones

Released: 1998

Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is a 1998 American animated direct-to-video sequel to the 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation ...more
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Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

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
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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

Released: 1961

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more