Animals are Beautiful People

by advnarayan | created - 16 Mar 2018 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

A list of movies in which Animals or Birds played important roles. Animation movies like Kung-Fu Panda, Ice Age, Jungle Book series are not included.

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1. Lassie Come Home (1943)

Passed | 89 min | Adventure, Family

After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 4,628

the first Lassie movie...the first to herald in an era of animal centered movies

2. Son of Lassie (1945)

G | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Laddie (Son of Lassie !) and his master are trapped in Norway during WW2 - has he inherited his mothers famous courage ?

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Peter Lawford, Donald Crisp, June Lockhart, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 695

the sequel- as good as the original

3. Courage of Lassie (1946)

G | 92 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in ... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake, Selena Royle

Votes: 1,273

the third part- and that was it- the subsequent movies never matched the original trilogy

4. Benji (1974)

G | 86 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

35 Metascore

A stray dog saves two kidnapped children.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Peter Breck, Deborah Walley, Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat

Votes: 4,119 | Gross: $39.55M

Next to Lassie- the biggest Dog movie was Benji. Loved it

5. For the Love of Benji (1977)

G | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Benji sniffs out a bogus CIA agent in Athens, Greece.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Patsy Garrett, Benji, Art Vasil, Allen Fiuzat

Votes: 918 | Gross: $22.26M

the sequel and an equally lovable movie

6. Turner & Hooch (1989)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 59,510 | Gross: $71.08M

the best cop- buddy movie ever. Ignore that one of the cops is a human

7. K-9 (1989)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

44 Metascore

To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Jim Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill

Votes: 29,981 | Gross: $43.25M

the second best cop- buddy movie ever. Ignore that one of the cops is a human

8. K-911 (1999 Video)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

In this sequel to the action comedy K-9, Detective Mike Dooley and his trusty canine companion Jerry Lee get two new partners - a Doberman Pincher named Zeus and his new trainer.

Director: Charles T. Kanganis | Stars: Jim Belushi, Christine Tucci, James Handy, Wade Williams

Votes: 3,960

the second part - loved it

9. K-9: P.I. (2002 Video)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Having spent many years in the police force, Detective Dooley, finally retiring. Although his colleagues organized an unforgettable farewell party, he was not particularly happy free time ... See full summary »

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Jim Belushi, Gary Basaraba, Kim Huffman, Jody Racicot

Votes: 3,101

superb continuation. Ought to have given a theater release

10. Top Dog (1995)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

With his cop companion shot and killed by terrorists, Reno The Dog pairs up with tough cop Jake in thwarting the criminal organization.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Michele Lamar Richards, Erik von Detten, Carmine Caridi

Votes: 2,968 | Gross: $5.09M

The third best cop- buddy movie. Chuck Norris and a canine. Though it was not exactly a box-office hit...enjoyed it

11. Digby: The Biggest Dog in the World (1973)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Digby consumes a bowl of Project X, a liquid growth formula. Soon, he becomes a sheepdog of gigantic size!

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: Jim Dale, Spike Milligan, Angela Douglas, John Bluthal

Votes: 615

mild fantasy. Jim Dale was the hero. Got with me the novelization of the movie too

12. See Spot Run (2001)

PG | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

24 Metascore

A mailman takes care of a dog that, unbeknownst to him, is an FBI drug-sniffing superdog that has escaped from the witness protection program after becoming the target of an assassination.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: David Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Joe Viterelli

Votes: 8,388 | Gross: $33.36M

one for the guffaws

13. Marley & Me (2008)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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: 139,056 | Gross: $143.15M

realistic - realistic- realistic. What it really means to have a four legged friend at home

14. Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (2011 Video)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

More fun from Marley and this time he speaks! The worlds worst dog now has an attitude and a frisky voice. He and his summer pal, Bodi Grogan cause mayhem at the local dog contest. Marley outsmarts lots of other dogs while winning hearts.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Travis Turner, Donnelly Rhodes, Alex Zahara, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 1,782

the sequel- does not match the original

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

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home.

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

Votes: 230,617

wonderful movie. Richard Gere played second fiddle to Hachiko

16. Beethoven (1992)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones, Nicholle Tom

Votes: 61,740 | Gross: $57.11M

With a name, Beethoven- he is anything but Beethovenish

17. Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Beethoven, the St. Bernard dog, becomes a father, but his girlfriend Missy is dognapped, and his puppies are in danger of the same fate.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile

Votes: 24,136 | Gross: $53.35M

fantastic follow-up and continuation to the original

18. Beethoven's 3rd (2000 Video)

G | 99 min | Family, Comedy

The Newton family from the first two Beethoven movies are on vacation in Europe, but do plan to join a Newton family reunion, and to make sure one of their family members definitely makes ... See full summary »

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Judge Reinhold, Julia Sweeney, Joe Pichler, Michaela Gallo

Votes: 4,977

forget the story. enjoy the antics of Beethoven

19. Beethoven's 4th (2001 Video)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Family

The family is pleasantly surprised and puzzled when Beethoven suddenly becomes obedient. Turns out it's a prince and the pauper scenario, with the real Beethoven now living with a pompous rich family.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Judge Reinhold, Julia Sweeney, Joe Pichler, Michaela Gallo

Votes: 3,458

again- the only thing thats scene worthy is Beethoven

20. Beethoven's 5th (2003 Video)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Adventure

Sara Newton and Beethoven spends summer with Freddy Kablinski in Quicksilver, a weird town.

Director: Mark Griffiths | Stars: Dave Thomas, Faith Ford, Daveigh Chase, Tom Poston

Votes: 2,789

the 5th part and the milch-cow had run dry. But yes Beethoven is Beethoven

21. The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Approved | 104 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

45 Metascore

A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello

Votes: 3,919

original Disney movie- Fred MacMurray is the hero

22. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

60 Metascore

A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 2,352

the original sequel with Dean Jones becoming the titular character

23. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder, Ed Bernard

Votes: 39,601 | Gross: $41.83M

A sentimental favorite.

24. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Shadow, Sassy, and Chance have to find their way home after they become stranded at the San Francisco International Airport as their owners fly to Canada on vacation.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Ralph Waite, Al Michaels

Votes: 12,857 | Gross: $49.14M

a forced sequel

25. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Family

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen

Votes: 3,070

Dean Jones is paired with a hound that thinks he is a dachshund

26. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

G | 76 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.

Director: Masanori Hata | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Chatran, , Shigeru Tsuyuki

Votes: 10,045 | Gross: $13.25M

Dogs and Cats are damn good friends

27. That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

71 Metascore

After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an SOS, the FBI assigns a cat-allergic agent to the case.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 5,218 | Gross: $28.06M

That Darn Cat...the title says it all- Dean Jones stars

28. The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

Three scientists help an Alien feline, stranded on Earth, to repair its damaged spacecraft in order to return home but their efforts are hampered by inept army officials and foreign spies.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 3,943

funny comedy from Walt Disney

29. Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Family

Henry Dussard, a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Bernard Woringer

Votes: 409

its Dean Jones again- and he has got monkeys at hand

30. Monkey Trouble (1994)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A young girl's life turns hairy when her new pet monkey turns out to be a trained pickpocket on the run from a scheming Gypsy.

Director: Franco Amurri | Stars: Thora Birch, Harvey Keitel, Finster, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 5,986 | Gross: $16.34M

a simple hilarious movie

31. Dunston Checks In (1996)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Adventure, Family

54 Metascore

A young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Eric Lloyd, Rupert Everett

Votes: 11,290 | Gross: $9.87M

the biggest comedy of them al. Dunston really steals the show

32. Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A college professor attempts to salvage his personal and professional reputation by using a laboratory chimpanzee to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Lucille Barkley

Votes: 822

And people say that the star of the movie became the President of America

33. Bonzo Goes to College (1952)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

The educated chimp moves in with a college football coach's family.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Maureen O'Sullivan, Edmund Gwenn, Charles Drake, Gigi Perreau

Votes: 118

a sequel- and full of laughter

34. Black Beauty (1971)

G | 106 min | Drama, Family, Western

When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »

Director: James Hill | Stars: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Uschi Glas

Votes: 894

the original novel ....movie about horses

35. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 10,870

Horses became center of attraction with this one

36. The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Family

34 Metascore

A teenager loses his horse in Morocco and gets him back after various daredevil adventures.

Director: Robert Dalva | Stars: Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano, Allen Garfield, Woody Strode

Votes: 1,876 | Gross: $9.80M

the sequel and a wonderful one

37. The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13 | 169 min | Drama, Romance, Western

65 Metascore

The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 37,206 | Gross: $75.38M

Roberrt Redford stars in this movie. one fine serious movie

38. National Velvet (1944)

G | 123 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere

Votes: 6,015

Elizabeth Taylor as the fiery spirited jockey. Great movie

39. The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)

G | 113 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

Frederick Bolton has to solve two problems. First, his boss has instructed him to come up with a reasonable campaign to promote a new product, a stomach pill named "Aspercel" - by tomorrow.... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Diane Baker, Lloyd Bochner, Fred Clark

Votes: 799

Dean Jones has horse trouble this time

40. Gus (1976)

G | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

52 Metascore

The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move... See full summary »

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Edward Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway

Votes: 1,456

Guess who is the school mascot

41. 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: 544

42. Born Free (1966)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The story of George and Joy Adamson and the orphaned lion cub, Elsa, they adopt.

Directors: James Hill, Tom McGowan | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye

Votes: 5,567

43. Living Free (1972)

G | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When Elsa's three mischievous cubs begin wreaking havoc on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.

Director: Jack Couffer | Stars: Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire, Geoffrey Keen, Edward Judd

Votes: 511

44. Born Free: A New Adventure (1996 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

Another thrilling adventure for Elsa the lioness as she works her magic on two teenagers struggling with changes in their life

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Ariana Richards, Chris Noth, Lea Moreno

Votes: 274

45. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

91 Metascore

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 51,918

46. Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar (1967)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure, Family

When a cougar raised by a group of loggers in the Pacific Northwest reverts to its natural instincts, the consequence could threaten its life.

Director: Winston Hibler | Stars: Ron Brown, Brian Russell, Linda Wallace, Jim Wilson

Votes: 730

48. Rascal (1969)

G | 85 min | Drama, Family

A comedy filled with tenderness as a baby raccoon snuggles his way into the life of a lonely boy. He becomes the boy's only companion during his father's frequent absences. Because of ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Steve Forrest, Bill Mumy, Pamela Toll, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 362

49. The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon (1960)

G | 47 min | Family

7.2