Movies With Animals:  Top 75 Family Films

Hollywood has several hot niche categories that every year see a lot of action in the Box Office.  One of those categories would certainly be movies that either star animals or have cast animals in a featured role.   These animal movies have always been a sure fire hit for family viewing, so we have compiled a list of 75 of the all time greatest family films featuring animals.  This is sure to be a list that "animal lovers" will delight in.

75. Snow Buddies (2008)

Rated- G    Stars- James Belushi, Jimmy Bennett

74. We Bought A Zoo (2011)

Rated- PG    Stars- Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church

73. Marmaduke (2010)

Rated- PG    Stars- Owen Wilson, Judy Greer, Lee Pace

72. Moby Dick (1956)

Rated- Approved    Stars- Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn

71. Doogal (2006)

Rated- G    Stars- Jon Stewart, Judi Dench, Daniel Tay

70. Hotel For Dogs (2009)

Rated- PG    Stars- Emma Roberts. Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow

69. Oliver and Company (1988)

Rated- G    Stars- Joseph Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin

68. Homeward Bound:  The Incredible Journey (1993)

Rated- G   Stars- Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder

67. Chimpanzee (2012)

Rated- G    Stars- Tim Allen

66. Open Season (2006)

Rated- PG    Stars- Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing

65. Balto

Rated- G    Stars- Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda

64. Racing Stripes (2005)

Rated- PG    Stars- Frankie Muniz, David Spade, Snoop Dogg

63. Over the Hedge (2006)

Rated- PG    Stars- Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell

62. Surf’s Up (2007)

Rated- PG    Stars- Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder

61. War Horse (2011)

Rated- PG-13    Stars- Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis

60. Cats and Dogs (2001)

Rated- PG    Stars- Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Goldblum

59. An American Tale:  Fievel  Goes West (1991)

Rated- G    Stars- James Stewart, John Cleese, Amy Irving

58. Bolt (2008)

Rated- PG    Stars- John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman

57. Shark Tale (2004)

Rated- PG    Stars- Will Smith, Robert DeNiro, Renee Zellweger

56. Tarzan (1999)

Rated- G    Stars- Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed

55. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

Rated- PG    Stars- Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Piper Perabo

54. Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Rated- PG    Stars- Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija

53. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

Rated- PG    Stars- Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson

52. Young Black Stallion (2003)

Rated- G    Stars- Biana Tamimi, Richard Romanus

51. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Rated- Approved    Stars- Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee

50. Ed (1996)

Rated- PG    Stars- Matt LeBlanc, Jayne Brook, Gene Ross

49. Dr. DoLittle (1998)

Rated- PG-13    Stars- Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis

48. Firehouse Dog (2007)

Rated- PG    Stars- Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner

47. Happy Feet (2006)

Rated- PG    Stars- Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman

46. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Rated- G    Stars- Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White

45. March of the Penguins (2005)

Rated- G    Stars- Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer

44. Barnyard (2006)

Rated- PG    Stars- Kevin James. Courteney Cox, Danny Glover

43. The Wild (2006)

Rated- G    Stars-  Keifer Sutherland, James Belushi, Eddie Izzard

42. White Fang (1991)

Rated- PG    Stars- Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Seymour Cassel

41. Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

Rated- PG    Stars- Max Records, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker

40. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

Rated- G    Stars- Kyoko Koizumi, Dudley Moore

39. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Rated- G    Stars- Richard Gere, Joan Allen

38. Marley and Me (2008)

Rated- PG    Stars- Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

37. Stuart Little (1999)

Rated- PG    Stars- Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie

36. Free Willy (1993)

Rated- PG    Stars- Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen

35. Snow Dogs (2002)

Rated- PG    Stars- Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqo

34. Babe (1995)

Rated- G    Stars- James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh

33. Old Yeller (1957)

Rated- Approved    Stars- Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk

32. The Little Mermaid (1989)

Rated- G    Stars- Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois

31. Brother Bear (2003)

Rated- G    Stars- Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis

30. Underdog (2007)

Rated- PG    Stars- James Belushi, Peter Dinklage, Jason Lee, Amy Adams

29. The Bee Movie (2007)

Rated- PG    Stars- Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick

28. Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Rated- G    Stars- Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

27. Dreamer:  Inspired By A True Story (2005)

Rated- PG    Stars- Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Oded Fehr

26. Bambi (1942)

Rated- Approved    Stars- Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey

25. The Aristocats (1970)

Rated- G    Stars- Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway

24. Air Bud (1997)

Rated- G    Stars- Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena

23. Homeward Bound 2:  Lost In San Francisco (1996)

Rated- G    Stars- Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Ralph Waite

22. Chicken Little (2005)

Rated- G    Stars- Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Garry Marshall

21. Robin Hood (1973)

Rated- G    Stars- Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller

20. Rio (2011)

Rated- PG    Stars- Jesse Eisenberger, Anne Hathaway, Goerge Lopez

19. Ratatouille (2007)

Rated- G    Stars- Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, Lou Romano

18. The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Rated- G    Stars- Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey

17. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Rated- PG    Stars- Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie

16. Dolphin Tale (2011)

Rated- PG    Stars- Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.

15. King Kong (2005)

Rated- PG-13    Stars- Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

14. Flipper (1996)

Rated- PG    Stars- Paul Hogan, Elijah Wood, Jonathan Banks

13. Ice Age (2002)

Rated- PG    Stars- Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano

12. Iron Will (1994)

Rated- PG    Stars- Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers

11. Madagascar (2005)

Rated- PG    Stars- Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett-Smith

"The Truth" (Proverbs 12:10) No one should be cruel to animals. And this tells us that in the eyes of God the person that takes care to love, and fill all needs of their pets are rewarded and looked upon as righteous and good. Those that are cruel and abuse their animals will not.

10. Flicka (2006)

Rated- PG    Stars- Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello

9. Yogi Bear (2010)

Rated- PG    Stars- Dan Akroyd, Justin Timberlake, Ana Faris

8. The Lion King (1994)

Rated- G    Stars- Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones

7. Shaggy Dog (2006)

Rated- PG    Stars- Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Craig Kilborn

6. Finding Nemo (2003)

Rated- G    Stars- Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

5. Beethoven (1992)

Rated- PG    Stars- Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones

4. Secretariat (2010)

Rated- PG     Stars- Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Marindale

3. Life of Pi (2012)

Rated- PG    Stars- Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain

2. Eight Below (2006)

Rated- PG     Stars- Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood

1. Spirit:  Stallion Of The Cimarron (2002)

Rated- G    Stars- Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi


As you can see in this master catalogue of movies with animals that this is a very deep reaching sub-section of the Hollywood market.  There are a few movies in our list that were given a PG-13 rating, and we have marked those with red highlights for your family awareness.  Any of these movies would be great picks for "family movie night" especially if your family is filled with animal lovers.  Please share with us at F&E if we missed any of your favorite movies with animals in the comment section below and tell us if this article was helpful to you.  God bless, Jesus is King!

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