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A list of the best cat movies ever. These are movies about cats, or featuring a cat as one of the main characters. Not only that, these are the *best* cat movies. Cat lovers will also enjoy the greatest fictional cats and the best cartoon cats. If you've think we've missed one please feel free to add it in yourself to this list of the best cat movies. As one of our two favorite pets, cats are a safe bet when it comes to making movies and this is a list of some of those great cat films.

Since cats are more difficult to train, there also tends to be fewer cat movies compared to dog movies. Various cat breeds can be found in these films. If you're into felines then we bet you'll find a movie on this list of cat films you'll love. Hopefully we'll be able to add some more cat films to the list in the future!

What are the best cat movies? This cat movies list strives to answer that question.

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The Aristocats Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers Released: 1970 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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The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick Released: 1994 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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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker Released: 1993 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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chrissynoelle added Oliver & Company 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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KatelynJewel added Puss in Boots Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton Puss in Boots is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian ...more

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Lawrence Wong added Milo & Otis 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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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino Released: 1996 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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That Darn Cat Christina Ricci, Dyan Cannon, Michael McKean Released: 1997 That Darn Cat is a 1997 mystery comedy film starring Christina Ricci and Doug E. Doug. It is a remake of the 1965 film That Darn Cat!, which in turn was based on the book Undercover Cat by ...more

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Cats & Dogs Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum Released: 2001 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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The Cat from Outer Space Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan Released: 1978 The Cat from Outer Space is a 1978 American comic science fiction film, starring Ronnie Schell, Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall and McLean Stevenson. Produced by Walt ...more

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KristenLeighBizzarro added The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Neve Campbell, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones "Released: 1998" 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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Garfield: The Movie Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing Released: 2004 Garfield: The Movie, or simply Garfield, is a 2004 American live-action comedy film directed by Peter Hewitt based on the Jim Davis comic strip of the same name. It stars Breckin Meyer as Jon ...more

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The Lion King 1½ Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin Released: 2004 The Lion King 1½ is a 2004 direct-to-video animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. ...more

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SunSlashEverfree added Two Brothers Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus Two Brothers is a 2004 adventure family film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. It is about two tiger brothers, Kumal and Sangha, who are separated as cubs and then reunited a year later.

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Ben Romine added The Rescuers Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Ben Romine added The Secret Life of Pets Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Kevin Hart The Secret Life of Pets is an upcoming American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is being directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney and written by ...more

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Ben Romine added Nine Lives Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell Nine Lives is a 2016 English-language French comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The plot follows a workaholic father (Kevin Spacey) who has his mind trapped inside of his daughter's new ...more

The Absolute Best of the Business Cat Meme

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Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Tim Curry Released: 2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties is a theatrical sequel to the 2004 live-action comedy film Garfield: The Movie. This film was directed by Tim Hill, produced by Davis Entertainment Company for ...more

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SunSlashEverfree added Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a 2010 family action comedy film, directed by Brad Peyton. The film stars Chris O'Donnell and Jack McBrayer. The film also stars the voices of ...more

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SunSlashEverfree added Born Free 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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Ben Romine added Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more

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The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada Released: 2005 The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio Ghibli. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 ...more

The Greatest Cats in Cartoons & Comics, Ranked by Fans

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Ben Romine added Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Ben Romine added Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more

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Siersha 2 added Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Don't forget the scary Siamese "twins" who come to babysit Lady.

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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DoyleNova added The Three Lives of Thomasina Patrick McGoohan, Wilfrid Brambell, Susan Hampshire The Three Lives of Thomasina is a 1963 American magical realist film starring Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, and child actress Karen Dotrice in a story about a cat and her influence on a ...more

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Siersha 2 added That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

This is the original and best--the Hayley Mills 1960's version.

That Darn Cat! is a 1965 American Walt Disney Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley Mills and Dean Jones in a story about bank robbers, a kidnapping and a mischievous cat. The film ...more

The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies

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Siersha 2 added The Cat in the Hat Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. The film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the ...more

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Tom Islava added Keanu Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man Keanu is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio. The film stars Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as cousins searching for a kitten who was stolen from a drug dealre. The ...more

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Tom Islava added Cats Don't Dance Natalie Cole, Don Knotts, George Kennedy Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film, distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and notable as the only fully animated feature produced by Turner Feature ...more

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A Street Cat Named Bob is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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LyndaAnne added Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more

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An American Tail Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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Siersha 2 added Kiki's Delivery Service Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more

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Ben Romine added Stuart Little 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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Siersha 2 added Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more

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LyndaAnne added Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar ...more

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National Geographic: The Secre... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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bojanthebest added Cat's Eye Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Charles S. Dutton Cat's Eye is a 1985 American anthology horror film directed by Lewis Teague and written by Stephen King. It comprises three stories, "Quitters, Inc.", "The Ledge", and ...more

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KristenLeighBizzarro added Duma Eamonn Walker, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott “Released:2005" Duma is a 2005 drama adventure film, directed by Carroll Ballard. It stars Alexander Michaletos, Eamonn Walker, Hope Davis and Campbell Scott. The film is a fictional adaptation loosely based ...more

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A Lion Called Christian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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SunSlashEverfree added Ghost Cat Ellen Page, Shirley Knight, Michael Ontkean Ghost Cat, also released as Mrs. Ashboro's Cat or The Cat That Came Back, is a 2003 Animal Planet television film starring Ellen Page and Nigel Bennett. It was directed by Don McBrearty and ...more

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Wim De Koninck added Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 American comedy-drama film edited, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan and Joel Coen. Set in 1961, the film stars ...more

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Ben Romine added Stuart Little 2 Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki and the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie ...more

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Ben Romine added All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Charlie Sheen, Ernest Borgnine, Sheena Easton All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 is a 1996 animated musical adventure film, and a sequel to Goldcrest Films' 1989 animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven. Produced by MGM Animation It is directed by Larry ...more

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Siersha 2 added The Truth About Cats & Dogs Uma Thurman, Jamie Foxx, Janeane Garofalo The Truth About Cats & Dogs is a 1996 American romantic comedy film directed by directed by Michael Lehmann and starring Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman, Ben Chaplin and Jamie Foxx. It was ...more

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Felix the Cat: The Movie Alice Playten, Chris Phillips, Peter Newman Released: 1991 Felix the Cat: The Movie is a 1988 Hungarian-American animated fantasy film directed by Tibor Hernádi and based on the cartoon and comic strip character of the same name. It was made in ...more

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Siersha 2 added Whisper of the Heart Mayumi Iizuka, Minami Takayama, Shigeru Muroi

The sequel to this older film is The Cat Returns.

Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. The film ...more

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Ben Romine added Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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LyndaAnne added Gay Purr-ee Judy Garland, Mel Blanc, Red Buttons Gay Purr-ee is an animated film musical produced by United Productions of America and released by Warner Bros. in 1962. It features the voice talent of Judy Garland in her only animated-film ...more