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Classic English animal movies that every animal lover should watch
Akhila Damodaran
Sep 27, 2021
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Movies about animals can either make you feel like owning a pet or leave you emotional for weeks. These films always manage to hit the emotional chord with their heartwarming stories of unbreakable bonds between man and animals, which can be enjoyed by both children and grown-ups alike. Here are some of the best classic animal movies that you should not miss.

1
The Call of the Wild
6.5OTTplay Rating
This adventure film is heartwarming and emotional. Based on Jack London's 1903 novel of the same name, the film follows Buck, a dog who is stolen and sent to the Yukon. He befriends an old man and sets on a life-altering adventure. The film is set in the 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush, an exodus of about 1 lakh people to the Yukon. The film, directed by Chris Sanders, stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee and Dan Stevens among others. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics but can make for an interesting watch if you love dog movies and are in a mood to watch a light-hearted film.
2
Black Beauty
6.7OTTplay Rating
A yet another heartwarming tale, Black Beauty revolves around a friendship between a horse Beauty and a lively teenager through different chapters, challenges, and adventures of their lives. Beauty gets sold illegally and is handed over to different companies in a trade until she reunites with Jo and lives happily ever after. The film is emotional and may get you to shed a few tears. So keep some tissues handy. Directed by Ashley Avis, the film is based on Anna Sewell's 1877 novel of the same name. It stars Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet, Claire Forlani, Iain Glen and Fern Deacon.
3
The Jungle Book
7.9OTTplay Rating
The story of Mowgli is familiar in every household. The way Bagheera and Baloo raise the man-cub and protect him from the clutches of the evil Sher Khan is cute and adorable. The Disney film is a live-action remake of Walt Disney's 1967 animated film of the same name. Based on Rudyard Kipling's book, The Jungle Book starring Neel Sethi, Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley grossed over $32 million on the opening day.
4
101 Dalmatians
6OTTplay Rating
A '90s kid must have grown up watching this film. The film will get you to roll on the floor laughing. It's fun and adorable and will make you want to own a dog. Directed by Stephen Herek, this 1996 adventure comedy film is a live adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1961 animated film, itself an adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film is about an evil fashion designer who conspires to steal all the dalmatians' puppies to make fur coats but instead lands up in big trouble. The film stars Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson and Joan Plowright.
5
Marley & Me
7.4OTTplay Rating
This film is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. A cheerful comedy family movie, Marley & Me follows a couple played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who adopt a Labrador retriever Marley. Marley turns out to be a notorious and incorrigible dog, and neither neutering nor dog obedience classes help them correct his behaviour. The film chronicles the struggles of the couple in bringing up the dog alongside their children. But they learn many important life lessons from their naughty dog, whom they cannot live without anymore.
6
Hachi: A Dog's Tale
8.5OTTplay Rating
Get your tissue box next to you while you watch this emotional film about an unforgettable bond between a dog and his man. An adaptation of the 1987 Japanese film Hachikō Monogatari, the film is based on the true story of the Akita dog named Hachikō who lived in Japan in the 1920s. Hachiko followed his owner on the way to his work every day and would always wait at the railway station in the evening to receive him. Even after the owner's death, the dog was seen waiting for his man for nine years until he passed away. Hachiko is still remembered for his loyalty to his owner Ueno and a bronze statue has been erected at Shibuya Station in Japan where he was seen waiting for the owner.
7
The Lion King
7.2OTTplay Rating
A visually stunning animated film, the 2019 musical revolves around Simba, a young cub who flees his kingdom Pride Rock after his father King Mufasa is killed. He, however, returns home only to discover the drought-stricken land being ruled by his evil uncle Scar. He portrays the true sense of responsibility and bravery while saving his kingdom and restores the Pride Lands to its original state. All hail the new king Simba.

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