List of films about animals

This is a list of notable films that are primarily about and/or feature animals. While films involving dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals are included on this list, those concerning mythical creatures, such as dragons or vampires, are not; however, films concerning anthropomorphized animals (such as Scooby-Doo), gigantized animals (such as King Kong), mutated forms of real animals (such as Anaconda), or fictional hybrids of real animals (such as Sharktopus) are considered to be films about animals, and are thus featured on this list.

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Top-grossing animal films

  1. Babe (1995) (pig) - $254,134,910
  2. King Kong (2005) (gorilla) - $218,051,260
  3. Free Willy (1993) (killer whale) - $77,698,625
  4. March of the Penguins (2005) (penguin) - $77,437,223
  5. The Black Stallion (1979) (horse) - $37,799,643
  6. Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005) (horse) - $32,751,093
  7. The Bear (1988) (bear) - $31,753,898
  8. Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) (killer whale) - $30,077,111
  9. Fly Away Home (1996) (geese) - $25,143,818
  10. Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) (elephant) - $24,670,346
  11. Flicka (2006) (horse) - $21,000,147
  12. Flipper (1996) (dolphin) - $20,080,020
  13. Two Brothers (2004) (tiger) - $19,176,754
  14. That Darn Cat (1997) (cat) - $18,301,610
  15. Monkey Trouble (1994) (monkey) - $16,453,258

Top-grossing dog films

  1. Scooby-Doo (2002)- $275,650,703
  2. Marley & Me (2008) - $142,992,475
  3. 101 Dalmatians (1996) - $136,189,294
  4. Bolt (2008) - $114,053,579
  5. Cats & Dogs (2001) - $93,385,515
  6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) - $92,072,613
  7. Eight Below (2006) - $81,612,565
  8. Snow Dogs (2002) -$81,172,560
  9. Turner & Hooch (1989) - $71,079,915
  10. 102 Dalmatians (2000) - $66,957,026
  11. The Shaggy Dog (2006) - $61,123,569
  12. Beethoven (1992) - $57,114,049
  13. Beethoven's 2nd (1993) - $53,443,066
  14. K-9 (1989) - $43,247,647
  15. Underdog (2007) - $42,937,703
  16. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) - $41,833,324
  17. Benji (1974) - $39,552,000
  18. Good Boy! (2003) - $37,667,746
  19. White Fang (1991) - $34,793,160
  20. My Dog Skip (2000) - $34,134,641
  21. See Spot Run (2001) - $33,357,476
  22. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996) - $32,772,492
  23. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) - $32,647,042
  24. Air Bud (1997) - $23,144,499
  25. Benji the Hunted (1987) - $22,257,624
  26. Cujo (1983) - $21,156,152
  27. Iron Will (1994) - $21,006,361
  28. Best in Show (2000) - $18,715,392

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See also

Lists of films

This is an index of lists of films.

White Dog

White Dog is a 1982 American drama film, which Samuel Fuller directed from a screenplay he and Curtis Hanson had dramatized, which, in turn, they based on Romain Gary's 1970 novel of the same name. The film depicts the struggle of a dog trainer named Keys (Paul Winfield), who is black, trying to retrain a stray dog found by a young actress (Kristy McNichol), that is a "white dog"—a dog trained to make vicious attacks upon, and to kill, any black person. Fuller uses the film as a platform to deliver an anti-racist message as it examines the question of whether racism is a treatable problem or an incurable condition.

The film's theatrical release was suppressed for a week in the United States by Paramount Pictures out of concern over negative press after rumors began circulating that the film was racist. Prior to the date, it was released internationally in France in July 1982. Its first official American home video release came in December 2008 when The Criterion Collection released the original uncut film to DVD.

Critics praised the film's hard-line look at racism and Fuller's use of melodrama and metaphors to present his argument, and its somewhat disheartening ending that leaves the impression that while racism is learned, it cannot be cured. Reviewers consistently questioned the film's lack of wide release in the United States when it was completed and applauded its belated release by Criterion.

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