The best animal performances in film history includes some of the greatest cinematic achievements by dogs, cats, monkeys, dolphins and even bears. These animals provide great supporting roles in major motion pictures. Whether they're acting heroically or just providing some much-needed comic relief, animals in movies always add a little extra something on the big screen. Be sure to vote for your favorite animal performances in film history -- and vote down those animals whose performances you feel lacked a certain...humanity.
From Einstein in 'Back to the Future' to Uggie from 'The Artist,' dogs definitely lead the pack (so to speak) when it comes to great animal movie performances. These four-legged thespians are highly trained professionals who can steal entire films away from the humans. They can make us laugh (Crystal the Monkey from 'Hangover II') and cry (Old Yeller, we're talking to you). Hats off to the dogs of cinema, and their wonderful trainers!
It's not fair or right to exclude other brilliant animal movie performers, either. Monkeys and orangutans are also on this list. Who can forget Clyde from 'Every Which Way But Loose,' or Crystal from 'The Hangover Part II?'
In case you're wondering, I've only included movies that feature actual live animals. This, unfortunately, disqualifies the Gopher from 'Caddyshack.' Sorry, Mr. Gopher. It also disqualifies animated movies like Disney's '101 Dalmatians' and 'Lady and the Tramp.' Enjoy this list and be amazed - animals have been a huge part of some of the best movies ever made, including the best dog movies ever.
- Played by Toto the Dog
- Played by Tiger the Dog
- Played by Beasley the Dog
- Played by Lyco and Scott the Dogs
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Played by Winter the Dolphin
- LanaYoshii addedPlayed by multiple Horses
- Played by Peanut the Dog
- Played by Cassie the Sea Lion
- Played by Lassie the Dog
- Played by Ben the Dog
- Played by Rattler the Dog
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- Played by Bruiser the Dog
- Played by multiple Dogs
- Played by Speck the Dog
- Played by the Capuchin Monkey
- Played by Spike the Dog
- Played by Benji the Dog
- Amy Boal addedPlayed by Tiki the Cat
- Played by Beethoven the Dog
- Played by Keiko the Orca
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Played by Skippy the fox terrier
- Played by Lou the Dog
- Played by seven different kitten actors.