Great Films About Animals

by cris_jetset | created - 09 Jun 2012 | updated - 11 Mar 2013 | Public
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1. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.6
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61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,483 | Gross: $15.42M

2. White Lion (2010)

PG | 88 min | Drama, Family

6.7
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According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Swan | Stars: Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema, A.J. van der Merwe

Votes: 753

3. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

7.6
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66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,720 | Gross: $25.62M

4. Beautiful People (1974)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.3
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Hilarious documentary on the wildlife of the Namib Desert.

Director: Jamie Uys | Star: Paddy O'Byrne

Votes: 3,179

5. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,350 | Gross: $38.05M

6. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 193,373

7. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, War

7.2
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72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 127,482 | Gross: $79.88M

8. Océans (2009)

G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jacques Perrin, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 8,178 | Gross: $19.42M

9. Arctic Tale (2007)

G | 96 min | Documentary, Family

7.0
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64 Metascore

Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic.

Directors: Adam Ravetch, Sarah Robertson | Stars: Queen Latifah, Katrina Agate, Zain Ali, Preston Bailey

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.83M

10. Dolphin Tale (2011)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

6.9
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64 Metascore

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble

Votes: 19,370 | Gross: $72.29M

11. We Bought a Zoo (2011)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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58 Metascore

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning

Votes: 120,394 | Gross: $75.62M

12. Marley & Me (2008)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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53 Metascore

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 127,782 | Gross: $143.15M

13. Fly Away Home (1996)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.8
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney

Votes: 21,029 | Gross: $24.51M

14. The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)

PG | 84 min | Family, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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A young American boy visiting in China helps his zoologist father rescue a panda cub from unscrupulous poachers while his panda reserve is threatened with closure from officious bureaucrats.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Stephen Lang, Ryan Slater, Yi Ding, Wang Fei

Votes: 3,384 | Gross: $7.51M

15. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

7.6
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79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 50,679 | Gross: $77.44M

16. Wild America (1997)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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Three brothers who are obsessed with animals are given permission from their parents to travel around America with a camera documenting wildlife.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow, Frances Fisher

Votes: 5,857 | Gross: $7.32M

17. The Last Lions (2011)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family

8.3
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69 Metascore

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Star: Jeremy Irons

Votes: 3,617 | Gross: $0.64M

18. Duma (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.3
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82 Metascore

An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Alex Michaeletos, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Mary Makhatho

Votes: 6,886 | Gross: $0.86M

19. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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83 Metascore

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 741,986 | Gross: $312.90M

20. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.0
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74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 82,680 | Gross: $35.29M