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The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

Updated August 28, 2020 47.8k votes 7.5k voters 746.4k views175 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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    The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi

    Released1970

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    Bambi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Bambi

    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards

    Released1942

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney

    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

    he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Herek

    101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    A Bug's Life

    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

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    101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees

    Released1961

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Dumbo

    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards

    Released1941

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson

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    Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Zootopia

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman

    Released2016

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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    The Lion King II: Simba's  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick

    Released1998

    Directed byRob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Over the Hedge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis

    Released2006

    Directed byTim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

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    Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Eight Below

    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Matt Damon, James Cromwell

    Released2002

    Directed byLorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

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    Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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