Heartwarming movies about animals!

by hachimitsusara | created - 26 Jan 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Non-animated ones. Mostly documentaries.

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1. Monkey Kingdom (2015)

G | 81 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill | Star: Tina Fey

Votes: 3,468 | Gross: $16.43M

2. Bears (I) (2014)

G | 78 min | Documentary, Family

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman | Star: John C. Reilly

Votes: 6,050 | Gross: $17.77M

3. Charlotte's Web (2006)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

68 Metascore

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Director: Gary Winick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 34,423 | Gross: $82.99M

4. 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: 546,864 | Gross: $124.99M

5. 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: 245,879 | Gross: $364.00M

6. Fly Away Home (1996)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney

Votes: 22,367 | Gross: $24.51M

7. Dolphin Tale (2011)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

64 Metascore

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble

Votes: 21,156 | Gross: $72.29M

8. School Days with a Pig (2008)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

A teacher and his sixth grade class raise a piglet together.

Director: Tetsu Maeda | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ren Osugi, Tomoko Tabata, Seiji Ikeda

Votes: 264

9. Brother Bear (2003)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back.

Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Jason Raize

Votes: 89,087 | Gross: $85.34M

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10. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,861 | Gross: $15.42M

11. Chimpanzee (2012)

G | 78 min | Documentary, Family

57 Metascore

A 3-months-old chimpanzee is separated from his troop and is then adopted by a fully-grown male.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Star: Tim Allen

Votes: 5,602 | Gross: $28.97M

12. Disneynature: Wings of Life (2011)

G | 81 min | Documentary, Family, News

A documentary that delves into the realm of flowers and their pollinators.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Star: Meryl Streep

Votes: 388

13. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,995 | Gross: $77.44M

14. Meerkats: The Movie (2008)

G | 83 min | Documentary

An inspiring exploration of one family's resilience and fortitude shot using innovative and groundbreaking filming techniques.

Director: James Honeyborne | Stars: Paul Newman, Rufus Beck

Votes: 1,424

15. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,658

16. The Lion King (2019)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

55 Metascore

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 132,409 | Gross: $540.08M

17. One Life (I) (2011)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

68 Metascore

Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Koert-Jan de Bruijn

Votes: 2,297

18. Big Cat Diary (1996– )

TV-G | 25 min | Documentary

Come along on an adventure with Jonathan Scott, Simon King, and other professionals and camera crews as they journey through the Masai Mara game park in Kenya, Africa. In their travels they... See full summary »

Stars: Simon King, Jonathan Scott, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Toto The Cheetah

Votes: 594

19. The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)

G | 78 min | Documentary

The mysterious lives of flamingos are captured on film with a birds-eye view of the animals living in Africa.

Directors: Matthew Aeberhard, Leander Ward | Stars: Zabou Breitman, Mariella Frostrup, Karoline Herfurth

Votes: 969

20. Rent-a-Cat (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

A single woman runs a rent-a-cat service to provide companions for lonely people.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada

Votes: 1,477

21. Hachi-ko (1987)

107 min | Drama, Family

The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaoru Yachigusa, Toshinori Omi, Toshirô Yanagiba

Votes: 4,208

22. 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: 110,861 | Gross: $66.60M

23. 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: 128,613 | Gross: $75.62M

24. Duma (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

82 Metascore

An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Alex Michaeletos, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Mary Makhatho

Votes: 7,417 | Gross: $0.86M

25. 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: 10,855

26. White Fang (I) (1991)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama

62 Metascore

Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jed, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 18,333 | Gross: $34.79M

27. Mousehunt (1997)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 48,444 | Gross: $61.92M

28. The Fox & the Child (2007)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

It has been described as both a nature documentary and a "fairy tale" look at the story of young girl and her friendship with a fox.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Bertille Noël-Bruneau, Isabelle Carré, Thomas Laliberté, Camille Lambert

Votes: 3,600

29. Teacher and Stray Cat (2015)

107 min | Comedy

Following the death of his wife professor Kyoichi leads a solitary life by the sea. A stray cat called Mii, who was being fed by his wife, not only continues to drop by, but also seems to ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Kayoko Kishimoto, Kii Kitano, Sayu Kubota, Masako Motai

Votes: 139

30. Sayonara, Kuro (2003)

109 min | Drama

A stray dog wanders into a high school's grounds. The dog, named Kuro, stays at the school and becomes a special friend to everyone. Ryosuke and Koji are not only best friends but also ... See full summary »

Director: Joji Matsuoka | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ayumi Itô, Akira Emoto, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 86

31. You & Me (2011)

45 min | Drama

Nakamura Aoi stars as a young aspiring manga artist who's able to deal with loneliness and separation from his family through the companionship of an American Shorthair cat named Gin-o-gou.

Director: Takashi Kubota | Stars: Aoi Nakamura, Maaya Sakamoto, Yuto Kobayashi, Eriko Nakamura

Votes: 156

32. 10 Promises to My Dog (2008)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenage girl adopts a homeless puppy and names it "Socks". They take care of each others since then, until one day when she is thinking Socks to be smaller than she thought it used be...

Director: Katsuhide Motoki | Stars: Rena Tanaka, Ryo Kase, Mayuko Fukuda, Chizuru Ikewaki

Votes: 532

33. Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

60 Metascore

As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shîna, Teruyuki Kagawa, Keiko Toda

Votes: 1,442 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,872 | Gross: $25.89M

35. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,932 | Gross: $38.05M

36. Oceans (2009)

G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jacques Perrin, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 8,711 | Gross: $19.42M

37. Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland (2014)

40 min | Short, Adventure

In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos. Amongst these remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature.

Director: Martin Williams | Stars: Jeff Corwin, David Attenborough

Votes: 93

38. Deep Sea (2006)

G | 41 min | Documentary, Short

78 Metascore

A 3-D digital exploration of the ocean's depths and its creatures.

Director: Howard Hall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

Votes: 1,599 | Gross: $46.56M

39. Under the Sea 3D (2009)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short

77 Metascore

An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.

Director: Howard Hall | Star: Jim Carrey

Votes: 1,683 | Gross: $36.15M

40. Eight Below (2006)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 57,359 | Gross: $81.61M



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