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 animal 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.
10. Andre : Animal Movies
The first movie on our list of great animal movies is Andre. Based on a true story and from a library book, ANDRE shows viewers the love, triumphs, and companionship animals can bring. It does teach the perfect lesson about wild marine animals, too. A lot of “family” movies express this kind of idea, making this one more of the same like the rest. Parents and siblings will appreciate this one before the evening supper. Give the kids something else other than cute little old playful animals for a change!
9. Old Yeller
Next on our list of great animal movies is Old Yeller. There’s nothing remarkable about the “old yeller dog” that arrives on the farm, unwanted and uninvited. The stray rescues the family from a bear and a wolf, but in the process catches rabies, leading to the film’s melancholy finale. Then again, hard lessons come unexpectedly. As the father says, “Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.”
8. 101 Dalmatians
Next up on our list of great animal movies we have the Dalmatians. Pongo and Perdita are two dignified pooches who meet in a London park. Their owners marry, and their home soon overflows with the pitter-patter of 15 puppies. Their cozy domesticity is interrupted by the arrival of Cruella De Vil, a fur-crazed debutante who is kidnapping puppies for their spotted coats.
7. Stuart Little
The World According to White: Another E.B. White tale finds itself on the screen. Stuart is a mouse who is adopted by the Littles, a New York City family. The second son adapts to life inside their brownstone — and outside it. His adventures include getting tossed in the washing machine and getting lost in Central Park.
6. Free Willy
Next up on our list of great animal movies we have Free Willy. It ranks well above any movie about whales or dolphins, even Flipper. Free Willy provides an exciting story about a troubled boy who befriends an orca whose situation is much like his own. And of course, we all love the star of the show, Keiko! Keiko had a life filled with traveling from one theme park to the other, and in a lot of ways he experienced much more that Willy did. Keiko played the part of the whale terrifically! James did a great job too acting as Jesse, and gave the perfect image of a young boy who has lived on the streets. Some people call it the best friendship movie since ET.