There are a lot of movies with animals, so to make a list about the best movie about pets, I had to make a few ground rules.
1. Main or Supporting Character.
There so many animals in film that if the mere presence of a pet warranted entrance on this list, then it would be too difficult to pare down. So in order to qualify, the pet must be a main character or supporting character.
Pets are animals in domestic relation to humans. So movies involving mainly wild animals like The Lion King or The Bear are out.
3. No Full Anthropomorphism.
Most of the movies on this list have some level of anthropomorphism, i.e giving human traits to something that is not human. But I'm removing from this list anything that has full anthropomorphism, where the animals are completely in place of the humans like Disney's Robin Hood or Zootopia.
So what are the top ten pet movies?
9. Project X
Alternately adorable and heartbreaking, this is the story of a baby chimp who is raised in a sign-language environment but then accidentally sent to a military testing facility. It also has one of the most heart-breaking glass barrier scenes I have ever seen.
7. Oh! Heavenly Dog
5. Turner and Hooch
What could have been a simple silly set of sketches actually turns into a comedic, action, mystery that has real emotional depth.
4. Lady and the Tramp
3. How to Train Your Dragon
2. Charlotte's Web