20 Movies Every Animal Lover Must See

Looking for a feel-good movie with plenty of adorable animal action? You're in luck! We've made a handy dandy round up of the top 20 movies you absolutely have to see if you're in love with animals. We even decided to give you a reason as to why you should see each movie. So pop some popcorn, snuggle up with your favorite furry friend and get ready to enjoy one of these 20 movies every animal lover must see.

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20 Babe (1995)

After being won by a sheep farmer at a fair, piglet Babe is raised by the motherly sheepdog, Fly. But Babe dreams big. With the help of his barnyard friends, he hopes to become a successful sheepherder.

Why you need to see it: Talking pig. 'Nuff said.

19 Because of Winn Dixie (2005)

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India Opal Buloni is 10 years old. Her father's a preacher, her mother abandoned her when she was three and she just moved to Naomi, Florida, where she has no friends. Things get interesting when she meets a shaggy stray dog in the local Winn Dixie. Opal learns that things aren't always as they seem, and makes some friends with the help of her happy-go-lucky dog.

Why you need to see it: Sweet, sentimental story-line with quirky, memorable characters.

18 Secretariat (2010)

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In the 1970s, the horse-racing industry was a male-dominated one. Yet in spite of that, Penny Chenery decides to manage her father's stables when he falls ill. Penny learns the ropes, and with the help of an experienced horse trainer, turns a little chestnut colt into a Triple Crown winner.

Why you need to see it: It's an inspiring story of an incredible horse and an equally incredible woman. Plus, it's based on true events.

17 The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

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Milo and Otis (a cat and dog, respectively) are two friends who grew up together on a farm. When Milo finds himself drifting downriver after playing in a floating box, the two friends become separated. Mischief ensues as each tries to find the other in this Japanese comedy-drama.

Why you need to see it: Because dog/cat friendships never get old.

16 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

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Chance the Bulldog, Shadow the Golden Retriever and Sassy the Himalayan cat are the beloved pets of the Burnford kids. When their mother marries, and the family has to temporarily relocate for their stepfather's job, they leave the animals with a friend to be looked after at her ranch. After the friend has to leave on a cattle drive, the three pets start to wonder if they've been abandoned, and begin a trek to find their owners.

Why you need to see it: It's nice to think that our pets are just as devoted to us as we are to them.

15 Aristocats (1970)

A retired French opera singer decides to leave all of her money to her four cats in her will. Once her cats die, the rest of the money will go to her butler. Edgar, the butler, takes issue with this, and attempts to dispose of the cats by abandoning them in the country. The cats make a few new friends as they try to find their way back home.

Why you need to see it: It's a Disney classic, so the animation is fantastic. Also, sassy cats.

14 National Velvet (1944)

Like every other 12-year old girl, Velvet Brown is crazy about horses. So when she wins an energetic gelding in a raffle, she's over the moon with excitement. With the help of former jockey-turned-hired hand, Mi Taylor, Velvet trains her horse, The Pie, for the Grand National steeplechase. The plot thickens when the two fire the jockey they'd chosen to ride The Pie the night before the race.

Why you need to see it: A cheery, upbeat movie with old-fashioned appeal staring a young Elizabeth Taylor.

13 Greyfriar's Bobby (1961)

When a Scottish farmer and his wife fall on hard times, they have to dismiss their hired hand, Auld Jock. The farmer's Skye Terrier, Bobby, follows Auld Jock home, where he falls on hard times, himself. The poor guy dies in poverty, but Bobby visits the Grayfriar cemetery every night to sleep beside his late master's grave.

Why you need to see it: It's an underrated film with a sad but sweet story line.

12 Benji (1974)

Benji is a scruffy stray dog in a small Texas town who knows and loves everybody—but nobody more than Paul and Cindy Chapman. Their father, widower Dr. Chapman, wouldn't like to find that his kids have been feeding a stray animal, so they have to keep it a secret. When the kids get kidnapped, Benji is the only one who can find them again.

Why you need to see it: Because once you see this little dog, you're going to want one just like him.

11 The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

In 1912 Scotland, a cat named Thomasina finds herself in the middle of a decaying relationship between a girl and her widowed, veterinarian father. When Thomasina gets hurt, the girl's father refuses to help her, instead advising that the cat be put down...and it just gets complicated from there.

Why you need to see it: Interesting explanation as to why cats have multiple lives.

10 Racing Stripes (2005)

A zebra colt is accidentally left behind when a traveling circus leaves town. He's adopted by a farmer and his daughter, who name him Stripes and train him to race with the Thoroughbreds.

Why you need to see it: A heart-warming movie with a curious twist on a traditional horse movie premise.

9 Fox and the Hound

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An orphaned fox named Tod and a hunting hound pup named Copper become unlikely friends in this Disney classic. Their owners, on the other hand, don't get along. Things turn sour quickly between the friends when Tod accidentally causes Copper's friend to get hurt.

Why you need to see it: Whimsical visuals and a so-cute-it-hurts story.

8 Napoleon (1995)

Napoleon dreams of exploring far away lands. When he climbs into a basket with balloons tied to it, he's carried off to an island where he meets all manner of creatures, and has a great time. Until he gets homesick, that is.

Why you need to see it: Eighty-one minutes of a precious Golden Retriever puppy having adventures.

7 Over the Hedge (2006)

RJ the raccoon lands in some serious trouble when he steals the food stash of a hibernating bear. He cuts a deal: he'll replace the food stash in a week, or he'll be eaten. RJ manages to con some other forest creatures into helping him, but things start to fall apart when they discover his real motive.

Why you need to see it: Awesome dialogue, and a lot of the scenes about woodland creatures living in suburban areas are totally relatable.

6 The Yearling (1946)

Jody is the only surviving child of his parents. He's lonely, and longs for a pet. When Jody's father gets bitten by a rattlesnake, they kill a doe in order to use its organs to draw out the venom. Jody keeps the doe's fawn, though his father warns him that the deer will have to be set free when it grows up.

Why you need to see it: Pet deer. Don't try to tell us you don't want one.

5 Bolt (2008)

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Bolt, the star of his own TV show, believes he is a super-dog with superpowers. When he thinks his owner, Penny, has been kidnapped, he must come to terms with his ordinary-ness in order to find her.

Why you need to see it: A dog thinks he's a superhero? That's hilarious.

4 Flicka (2006)

Katy wants to run her father's horse ranch while he wants Katy's brother to run the horse ranch. Neither listens to the other, until Katy finds a wild Mustang and is determined to tame it. Both father and daughter have vastly different opinions about Flicka, but in the end, the wild horse actually brings them together.

Why you need to see it: It's a horse movie that isn't about horse-racing, but still makes you feel all tingly inside.

3 My dog skip (2000)

This is a sweet tale of a boy and his dog that will warm your heart and remind you of your first dog. Willie, a young boy from Mississippi, receives Skip as a birthday present from his parents. The story takes place during the 1940s and, with WWII raging on in the background, shows how important a dog can be to a kid as he grows up.

Why you need to see it: Heart-warming movie, perfect for a rainy day.

2 That Darn Cat! (1965)

When that Darn Cat—DC for short—goes out on the town, he decides to follow a bank robber back to his apartment, where he and his partner in crime are holding a woman hostage. Seeing DC as her only hope of being rescued, she uses him to carry a desperate message. And when the FBI discovers it, DC becomes a prize witness.

Why you need to see it: Clever premise, and the idea of the FBI following a cat around for hours is just too good to pass up.

1 Old Yeller (1957)

No list of animal movies would be complete without mentioning this one. In the dangerous Texas wilderness, Old Yeller protects the Coates family from bears, boars and other predators. It's a story of love and loyalty, and one that every dog lover must see.

Why you need to see it: It's the standard by which all other dog movies are judged.

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