Titles with a Zoo

by yurenchu | created - 26 Mar 2017 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Movies and/or TV-shows with a zoo or with a lot of different types of animals. The titles must have either a human protagonist, or an animal from a zoo or domesticated animal as the protagonist.

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1. We Bought a Zoo (2011)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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: 127,284 | Gross: $75.62M

2. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 538,484 | Gross: $124.99M

3. Furry Vengeance (2010)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family

23 Metascore

In the Oregon wilderness, a real-estate developer's new housing subdivision faces a unique group of protestors: local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, Ricky Garcia, Eugene Cordero

Votes: 14,765 | Gross: $17.60M

4. Evan Almighty (2007)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

37 Metascore

God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 131,163 | Gross: $100.46M

5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc

Votes: 256,356 | Gross: $72.22M

6. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa.

Director: Steve Oedekerk | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, Maynard Eziashi

Votes: 188,672 | Gross: $108.39M

7. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 334,352 | Gross: $193.60M

8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 185,498 | Gross: $180.01M

9. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

The Madagascar animals join a struggling European circus to get back to New York, but find themselves being pursued by a psychotic animal control officer.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer

Votes: 148,060 | Gross: $216.39M

10. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 787,744 | Gross: $402.45M

11. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 347,606 | Gross: $229.09M

12. Jurassic Park III (2001)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna for a holiday, but their unexpected landing startles the island's new inhabitants.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 275,533 | Gross: $181.17M

13. Jurassic World (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer

Votes: 541,950 | Gross: $652.27M

14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith

Votes: 223,154 | Gross: $417.72M

-not seen myself-

15. Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)

G | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

When a native village is apparently terrorized by a Lion, the local sergeant enlists the help of a veterinarian working at a nearby animal study center. It is soon discovered that the Lion ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Betsy Drake, Richard Haydn, Cheryl Miller

Votes: 541

  • not seen myself -

16. Daktari (1966–1969)

60 min | Adventure, Family

Dr. Marsh Tracy was a veterinarian running an animal study center in Africa. Helping him were his daughter Paula, American Jack Dane and Mike, a local. Also living with the Tracys, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Marshall Thompson, Cheryl Miller, Judy the Chimpanzee, Clarence

Votes: 763

17. The Wild (2006)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.

Director: Steve 'Spaz' Williams | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Eddie Izzard, Janeane Garofalo

Votes: 22,297 | Gross: $37.38M

  • not seen myself -

18. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 109,575 | Gross: $66.60M

19. George of the Jungle (1997)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 65,728 | Gross: $105.26M

20. George of the Jungle 2 (2003 Video)

PG | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

George, now a father, goes to Las Vegas, where he has to help out his brother.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: Christopher Showerman, Julie Benz, Angus T. Jones, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 5,674

  • not seen myself -

21. Animal Farm (1954)

Approved | 72 min | Animation, Drama

A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves.

Directors: Joy Batchelor, John Halas | Stars: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham

Votes: 13,449

22. Animal Farm (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny amongst themselves.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond

Votes: 5,401

  • not seen myself -

23. Sheena (1984)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Sheena grew up in the African wild, raised by a mystical witch woman. When her foster mother is framed for a murder Sheena is forced to flee, helped by her ability to talk to animals and her knowledge of the jungle.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass, Donovan Scott, Elizabeth of Toro

Votes: 4,003 | Gross: $5.78M

24. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford

Votes: 32,413 | Gross: $17.45M

-not seen myself-

25. The Zookeeper (2001)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, War

In the midst of a devastating civil war in an Eastern European country, a disillusioned ex-Communist is left behind to take care of the animals in the capital's zoological gardens until a U.N. rescue force arrives.

Director: Ralph Ziman | Stars: Sam Neill, Gina McKee, Ulrich Thomsen, Om Puri

Votes: 4,144

-not seen myself-

26. Our Zoo (2014)

312 min | Drama

A drama series about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

Stars: Lee Ingleby, Liz White, Anne Reid, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 1,181

-not seen myself-

27. The Zoo (I) (2017– )

Reality-TV

An in-depth behind the scenes look at the animals of the Bronx Zoo.

Stars: Caitlin Mason, Taryn Teegan

Votes: 191

-not seen myself-

28. The Zoo (II) (2017– )

TV-G | 12 min | Comedy

Take a trip to a zoo like no other as Jürgen and his oddball gang of gorillas reveal a secret world of talking animals. From beat boxing tortoises to vegetarian lions to miniature maniac monkeys - anything is possible at The Zoo.

Stars: Hugh Dennis, Stuart Garlick, Lewis Macleod, Jess Robinson

Votes: 26

-not seen myself-

29. Zookeeper (2011)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

30 Metascore

A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper find love, without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong

Votes: 52,885 | Gross: $80.36M

-not seen myself-

30. Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

Directors: Fred Schepisi, Robert Young | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 21,879 | Gross: $9.38M

31. Jumanji (1995)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

39 Metascore

When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde

Votes: 271,873 | Gross: $100.48M

Followed by the spin-off animated TV-series Jumanji (1996) (not watched myself).

32. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney | Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell

Votes: 164,651 | Gross: $368.38M

33. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet

Votes: 9,982 | Gross: $147.24M

34. Zootopia (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate

Votes: 386,903 | Gross: $341.27M

-not seen myself -

Strictly speaking, this title doesn't fit this list, since the protagonists are animal characters that are not zoo animals nor pets, but instead are anthropomorph. It deserves a honorable mention though.

Other honorable mentions: titles with many different animals that are anthropomorph protagonists, or protagonist animals that are not zoo animals nor pets:

35. The Jungle Book (1942)

Approved | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia

Votes: 3,462 | Gross: $2.83M

-not seen myself-

36. The Jungle Book (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

65 Metascore

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 151,841 | Gross: $141.84M

37. The Adventures of Mowgli (1973)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An adaptation of a classic tale about a boy raised in jungles by animals.

Director: Roman Davydov | Stars: Lyusena Ovchinnikova, Aleksandr Nazarov, Anatoliy Papanov, Sergey Martinson

Votes: 1,404

-not seen myself-

38. The Jungle Book: The Adventures of Mowgli (1989–1990)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The adventures of Mowgli, an orphan boy raised by wolves, and his friends in the jungles of India.

Stars: Urara Takano, Banjô Ginga, Julian Bailey, A.J. Henderson

Votes: 875

-not seen myself-

39. The Jungle Book (1994)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

63 Metascore

Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill

Votes: 15,256 | Gross: $44.34M

-not seen myself-

40. The Jungle Book (2016)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Votes: 242,056 | Gross: $364.00M

-not seen myself-

41. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

PG-13 | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris

Votes: 46,189

-not seen myself-



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