#6 – Babe (1995)
For those that haven’t seen it but know of the plot, it would come as a surprise to learn that it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar alongside Braveheart, Apollo 13 and a host of other hard hitting dramas. But if you have seen it, you’d know that it fully deserved the nomination. It’s the story of a pig who yearns to be a sheepdog, but it covers so much more ground than your typical kids movie. The characters aren’t patronising, with perfectly defined characteristics, and the morals of the story are subtly delivered. A true classic of its genre. If you liked this, check out the movie version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. It’s a much darker narrative, but the technique of personifying animals is used.
#5 – King Kong (1933)
Whilst Kong may be 50 times the size of your average ape, he’s an ape no less and undoubtedly the most famous ever seen on screen (Sorry Dunston). His tale has been remade three times, had countless spin off movies, he’s fought a truckload of other giant animals (King Kong vs. T Rex being a hilarious highlight) and has even been parodied on The Simpsons; it’s clear that Kong certainly is king.
#4 – Hachiko (2010)
Anyone who reads the site regularly or follows the Facebook page will know how much I love this film. I genuinely have never cried so much in a cinema, and probably never will again. It’s the tale of an Akita named Hachiko, who is taken in by a college Professor and they form an unbreakable bond. Of course, there are a plethora of other dogs I could have chosen to be featured, but notable mentions go to Lassie, Marley & Me, Old Yeller, Cujo (a horror about a rabid St. Bernard from the one and only Stephen King) and, of course, Baxter from Anchorman.