I love animals and I can’t get enough of the amazing animal movies which are made based on some of these fantastic cretaures 🙂
Since I have seen a lot of them… and would love to see a lot more of them.. I just thought I would put up a
“List of The Best Animal Movies Ever”
I know a lot of you may agree and may not agree to the titles which I have mentioned here in the list and since I didn’t want to rank them in any order for 2 reasons … One being that extremely hard to rate one against the other and just pick one best out of all of them…and Two…most of them are quite different from each other based on stories and focus of the theme of the movie and also the year in which they were made … makes a lot of difference of how the actual movie was made. So keeping that in mind I just listed them in order of the years they were releases in and mentioned only those which I think are the best according to me 🙂
So if you guys find any movie title which you think I should have added here… be sure to me know 🙂
Have fun watching the trailers.
P.S: They are just sorted on the basis of the YEARS of their release
Lassie Come Home (1943)
This story brings adventure cross country trip for Lassie – a dog who is sold to a rich family but she tries to take up a dangerous trek to reconcile with her former owner. Its a classic tale and film is based on the novel by Eric Knight. It’s a touching and beautiful story for children and forma a bond between a boy and his dog.
IMDB rating : 7.2/10
Born Free (1966)
Joy Adamson and her husband, Kenya game warden George Adamson, raise Elsa, a lion cub. When Elsa approaches maturity, Joy determines she must re-educate Elsa to living in the wild so that the lioness can return to a free life.
IMDB rating : 7.3/10
Released in 1974 this movie is told entirely from an eye of a dog. Its about a stray dog named ‘Benji’ who doesn’t need an owner, preferring to roam freely all over his friendly Texas town. NBenji has become one of the fineset animal actor of al time as he beautifully conveys emotion, like no other animal on film ever had before, or has since.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
A cute and meaningful movie is story of an orange cat named Milo and a pug named Otis, who have been separated from each other and their home. Milo and Otis, best friends since birth, grow up on a small farm and light-heartedly enjoy their youth together, having fun with the other animals and playing games, their favorite being hide-and-seek. One day, Milo finds the perfect hiding spot in a box tied to a pier on the river, but the game turns serious when the box starts to float downriver away from the farm.The movie follows the two animals on their quest to reunite and find their way home, as they tumble through exciting adventures and close calls.
IMDB rating : 7.2/10
The Bear (1988)
It’s a solid adventure story, of a orphaned bear cub along with an adult Kodiak bear. They are being hunted by two men with guns and dogs in a breathtaking never ending landscape where no dialogue is needed.The power of the images speaks more than the occasional piece of dialogue that is spoken throughout the movie.The main characters are animals, and the connection we get from them is something no human actor could emulate.
IMDB rating : 7.7/10
Turner & Hooch (1989)
Its about Scott Turner (Tom Hanks)who is a clean-cut cop. He keeps his house constantly clean and very organized. But after chaos ensues he ends up with the only witness of a crime scene: a very messy, dirty, hairy, slob of a beast for hi a dog enters his life. Tom Hanks is very convincing and enjoyable in his role as a neat-freak cop, and the dog Hooch has acted so well. Watch a scene from the movie below.
IMDB rating : 6/10
This move is a fun cop romp wherein, James Belushi and the dog named “Jerry Lee” make an excellent pair. The story talks about James Belushi a quirky policeman who develops lonely his mission with the aim to track down an important drug peddler (Kevin Thige). The police chief (James Handy) assigns him as couple , a hound dog (Jerry Lee was played by Rando, a 3-year-old German Shepherd from West Germany and trained for 3 months) . They will have to confront deal of dangers while his fianc├®e (Mel Harris) is abducted .
IMDB rating : 5.9/10
Gorillas in the mist
Gorillas in the Mist is a powerful true story about Dian Fossey, a scientist who tried to protect mountain gorillas from extermination in Africa.Based on Dian Fossey’s own autobiography, this true life story is inspiring and has helped these amazing animals in many ways by waking us up to their plight. Originally Dian herself was helping to make the film, until she was murdered and the production team had to go back and start it all over again several years later in 1988. The movie shows her hard work and determination in studying these wonderful animals led to an amazing living arrangement with them.The film received five Academy Award nominations, but has since been overlooked. See it, and then go save the gorillas.
IMDB rating : 7/10
“Beethoven” isn’t a great family film, but it is surprisingly sweet and amusing. It’s one of those films that is strangely attracting, though you can’t really understand why. The story is about a St Bernard puppy who escapes from a couple of dog thieves. He follows George Newton into his house. The kids fall in love with him and his wife Alice wants to keep the puppy. It’s a battle between George and Beethoven for the run of the house as he grows into a giant dog.
IMDb rating : 5.5/10
Free Willy (1993)
‘Free Willy’ is adored so much by everyone and ranks 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 and had a life filled with travelling 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. It definitely teaches us that care for another person or animal goes a long way.
IMDB rating : 5.8/10
‘Flipper’ is one of an amazing animal story that revolves around a young teenager, Sandy Ricks, who is sent by his mother to Coral Key to spend the summer with his Uncle Porter. While there he befriends a dolphin named Flipper and with that comes lots of adventures ensue amid the predictable nephew / uncle bonding as well as a little romance for Sandy with a local girl.Produced by Universal Studios its a great heart-warming film for the entire family with good values and sentimental.
IMDB rating : 5.2/10
Fly Away Home (1996)
‘Fly Away Home’ is a story about a young motherless girl (Amy) who rescues some wild goose eggs and basically becomes their mother. The story evolves as the gosling grow into young adult birds ready to fly south. Since they never had parents the geese haven’t learned to fly.This journey for both the daughter coping with grief after the loss of her mother, the father in discovering his daughter once more and the geese in finding a new home for the Winter adds up to lot of tears and flow of emotions.
IMDB rating : 6.8/10
101 Dalmatians (1996)
This film is every bit the equal of the Disney animated version of “101 Dalmatians’ and it is different from the Disney version. This is a rare accomplishment, in a medium where remakes and sequels are so often weak. Just like the ‘Cruella Devil’ in the animated version. we can see Glenn Close as a more dangerous Creulla and truly devious in this live action movie.
IMDB rating : 5.6/10
Two Brothers (2004)
Its the story of two tiger cubs that are captured when a hunter kills their father and they become separated from their mother. They then become separated from each other, one going to a hunter and eventually ending up in a circus run by people that seem to think animal cruelty is the only way to train an animal. The other winds up in a family with a loving little boy, but eventually outgrows his welcome and ends up in a private zoo, also being mistreated. The tigers meet again, when for some sick idea of sport, the 2 tigers are set against each other in a fight to the death. Then the brothers recognize each other. What happens next , watch it yourself.
IMDB rating : 7.1/10
Eight Below (2006)
This is an amazing story of survival for members of man’s best friend. Set in 1993 at an Antarctic American research facility, the story begins when the facilities expedition guide (Paul Walker) and his team of sled dogs is recruited by a scientist seeking out proof of a fallen meteorite. When the scientist is severely injured, the team gets him back to the research station, saving his life. A major storm blows in, and that coupled with the human injury, forces the researchers to evacuate quickly, leaving the dogs behind due to lack of space on the plane. The rest of the movie is told in two parts. One being Walker’s quest to find a way back to his dogs, even though he knows he may not find them alive. He simply has to know. The dogs are his family and his love and he believes he owes them every effort to save them. The other part of the film follows the dogs across the frozen tundra in their quest to survive.
IMDB rating ; 7.3/10
Marley & me (2008)
John and Jenny Grogan get married and move to West Palm Beach where they experience the ups and downs of family life with the help of their free-spirited pet dog, Marley they learn some incredible life lessons.Marley, the lovable but horribly destructive yellow lab, enters his life as a puppy, in an attempt to prepare him and his wife for future children. The dog, as expected, tears apart the house, makes wild escapes, humps the dog trainer, and lovably terrorizes other people. But the film effectively intersperses those episodes with tender, sincere moments of human/dog bonding. Marley is there to comfort Jenny when her husband cannot, adjusts to the children as they grow older, and intrudes on the family’s most private moments
IMDB rating : 7.1/10
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
The most touching aminal movie of all time,’ Hachi’ is a heartwarming tale of loyalty, about how people and dogs are more than just friends and, I guess most of all, about how a dog’s love for its master never fades – even after his/her death. Hachi is a movie based on the true story about a dog in Japan, Hachiko, who would wait at the train station every day for his owner to arrive even after the owner passed away.
IMDB rating : 8.2/10
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