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The Best Cat Movies 

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Updated December 20, 2019 12.1k votes 1.8k voters 204k views 66 items

List Rules Only movies that have cats as main characters

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 for kids and cat lovers of all ages compared to dog movies. Various cat breeds can be found in these films - and you may even find yourself wanting to adopt some of them. You'll also find the best Disney cat movies on this list too. 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1970

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cat Movies
chrissynoelle added Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin

Released: 1988

Directed by: George Scribner

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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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

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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Puss in Boots is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cat Movies
KatelynJewel added Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Chris Miller

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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The Adventures of Milo a... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Lawrence Wong added Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

Released: 1986

Directed by: Masanori Hata

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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Garfield: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Debra Messing

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

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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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

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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Homeward Bound II: Lost ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino

Released: 1996

Directed by: David R. Ellis

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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The Lion King 1½ ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Cheech Marin

Released: 2004

Directed by: Bradley Raymond

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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That Darn Cat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Christina Ricci, Dyan Cannon, Michael McKean

Released: 1997

Directed by: Bob Spiers

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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The Cat from Outer Space... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, Sandy Duncan

Released: 1978

Directed by: Norman Tokar

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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The Secret Life of Pets ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Ben Romine added Louis C.K., Lake Bell, Kevin Hart

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. The quiet life of a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) is upended when his owner takes in Duke ...more

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Garfield: A Tail of Two ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Bill Murray, Tim Curry

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tim Hill

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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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Ben Romine added Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens

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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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Siersha 2 added Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more

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Nine Lives is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Ben Romine added Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell

Released: 2016

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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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Two Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cat Movies
SunSlashEverfree added Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

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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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Ben Romine added Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

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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Cats & Dogs: The Rev... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cat Movies
SunSlashEverfree added Christina Applegate, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Nolte

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brad Peyton

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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Born Free is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cat Movies
SunSlashEverfree added Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

Released: 1966

Directed by: Tom McGowan, James Hill

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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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Ben Romine added June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Ben Romine added Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

Released: 1940

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen, + more

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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That Darn Cat! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cat Movies
Siersha 2 added That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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. The film was based on the book Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon ...more

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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cat Movies
The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada

Released: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

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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