10 Must-See Movies for Animal Lovers

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'War Horse'
'War Horse'
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Steven Spielberg's masterful WWII film is told from the perspective of Joey, a lovable horse who goes on an unforgettable journey. Powerful and passionate, War Horse will move you to tears and make you fall in love with horses all over again.
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'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'
'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'
Stage 6 Films
Hachi: A Dog's Tale was never theatrically released in the United States, but those lucky enough to have discovered it cannot resist the film's lovable depiction of a man's relationship with his pet dog. Don't forget to bring the Kleenex.
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'Marley & Me'
'Marley & Me'
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Similar to Hachi, Marley and Me is a must-see for dog lovers. The film is a reminder that pets are a central part of the family, and when they leave, a void is left that cannot easily be filled.
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'Gorillas in the Mist'
'Gorillas in the Mist'
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Gorillas in the Mist is a powerful true story about Dian Fossey, a scientist who tried to protect mountain gorillas from extermination in Africa. The film received five Academy Award nominations, but has since been overlooked. See it, and then go save the gorillas.
5
'Babe'
'Babe'
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In this charming classic, a young pig called Babe learns the value of kindness and companionship. Babe is a heartwarming film for the entire family.
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'Au Hasard Balthazar'
'Au Hasard Balthazar'
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Not many people have seen Robert Bresson's harrowing Au Hasard Balthazar, but it'll change your outlook on the world. The film tells the sad story of a mistreated donkey, and it's a forceful reminder that some animals in this world are in dire need of love.
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'Ratatouille'
'Ratatouille'
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Who says rats can't be adorable? Pixar's gorgeous Ratatouille follows a cute, cuddly rat who wants to be a chef, and audiences are treated with a delightful film about friendship and following your dreams.
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'Every Which Way But Loose'
'Every Which Way But Loose'
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Clint Eastwood befriends an orangutan, and honestly nothing else needs to be said.
9
'Happy People: A Year in the Taiga'
'Happy People: A Year in the Taiga'
Music Box Films via Everett Collection
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is a documentary about life in the Siberian Taiga, and the film explores the relationship between a master and his dog. It's a fascinating portrait of animal psychology and companionship, and shows that in some isolated parts of the world, a man's best friend is quite literally his dog.
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'Old Yeller'
'Old Yeller'
Buena Vista Pictures via Everett Collection
In many ways, Old Yeller is the definitive dog movie. The film traces the relationship between a young boy and his pet dog, and rings true to anyone who has ever had a pet.

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