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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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

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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 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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A Street Cat Named Bob is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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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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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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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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National Geographic: The Secre... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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Siersha 2 added Gu Gu the Cat Gu-Gu Datte Neko de Aru is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yumiko Ōshima. It was adapted into a live action film in 2008 and it will be adapted into a Japanese television ...more

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A Lion Called Christian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cat Movies
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Siersha 2 added Undercover Kitty Carice van Houten, Katja Schuurman, Hans Teeuwen

AKA MISS MINOES.  Adorable.

Undercover Kitty is a 2001 Dutch film, based on the children's novel Minoes by Annie M.G. Schmidt.

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Also known as Undercover Kitty in some US releases.  Excellent!

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Siersha 2 added Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...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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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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Siersha 2 added Cat People Alan Napier, Simone Simon, Tom Conway Cat People is a 1942 horror film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur. DeWitt Bodeen wrote the original screenplay which was based on Val Lewton's short story The Bagheeta ...more

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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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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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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 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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Siersha 2 added Cat Ballou Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, and later to avenge his murder, but finds that the gunman is not what ...more

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Siersha 2 added Pet Sematary Stephen King, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert and written by King, the film features Dale Midkiff as Louis Creed, ...more

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Siersha 2 added Octopussy Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan Octopussy is the thirteenth entry in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's title is taken from a short ...more