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The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

Updated December 30, 2020 46.3k votes 7.6k voters 747.5k views190 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!

  • The Lion King1

    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons


    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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  • Finding Nemo2

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by...  more
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  • Lady and the Tramp3

    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde...  more
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  • Charlotte's Web4

    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce


    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions...  more
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  • Bambi5


    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards


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

    Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney...  more
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  • The Aristocats6

    The Aristocats

    Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more
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  • The Fox and the Hound7

    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney


    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
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  • Ratatouille8


    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo


    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

    Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation...  more
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  • 101 Dalmatians9

    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close


    Directed byStephen Herek

    101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed...  more
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  • The Jungle Book10

    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired...  more
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  • A Bug's Life11

    A Bug's Life

    Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale


    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

    A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar...  more
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  • 101 Dalmations12

    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees


    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated...  more
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  • How to Train Your Dragon13

    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig


    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by...  more
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  • Dumbo14


    Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards


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

    Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on...  more
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  • Zootopia15


    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman


    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

    Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich...  more
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  • Ice Age16

    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano


    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

    Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha...  more
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  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride17

    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

    Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick


    Directed byRob LaDuca, Darrell Rooney

    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is a 1998 American animated direct-to-video sequel to the 1994...  more
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  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey18

    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox


    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The...  more
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  • Jurassic Park19

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Over the Hedge20

    Over the Hedge

    Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis


    Directed byTim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

    Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from...  more
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  • Eight Below21

    Eight Below

    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood


    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Eight Below is a 2006 American family drama adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and...  more
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  • Babe22


    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell


    Directed byChris Noonan

    Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation...  more
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  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron23

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

    Matt Damon, James Cromwell


    Directed byLorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was...  more
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  • Old Yeller24

    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy...  more
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  • Kung Fu Panda25

    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu


    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

    Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by...  more
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