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The Best Animal Movies and TV Shows on TCM

Finding a good Animal movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Animal movies and TV shows of all time streaming on TCM.

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1. Battleship Potemkin

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8.0/10
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81/100
Released: 1925
History, Drama

What it's about: A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the development of cinema and is a masterful example of montage editing.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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2. Winchester '73

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7.6/10
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74/100
Released: 1950
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Lin McAdam rides into town on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown, only to find himself in a shooting competition against him. McAdam wins the prize, a one-in-a-thousand Winchester rifle, but Dutch steals it and leaves town. McAdam follows, intent on settling his old quarrel, while the rifle keeps changing hands and touching a number of lives.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Creature from the Black Lagoon

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Released: 1954Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Klute

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Released: 1971Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: This acclaimed thriller stars Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel, a New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute is hired to follow Daniel, and eventually begins a romance with her, but it appears that he hasn't been the only person on her trail. When it becomes clear that Daniel is being targeted, it's up to her and Klute to figure out who is after her before it's too late.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. Nanook of the North

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Released: 1922
Documentary

What it's about: This pioneering documentary film depicts the lives of the indigenous Inuit people of Canada's northern Quebec region. Although the production contains some fictional elements, it vividly shows how its resourceful subjects survive in such a harsh climate, revealing how they construct their igloo homes and find food by hunting and fishing. The film also captures the beautiful, if unforgiving, frozen landscape of the Great White North, far removed from conventional civilization.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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6. Them!

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Released: 1954
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Nuclear tests in the desert result in the growth of gigantic mutant ants who menace cities in the American south-west as a team of investigators and the army search for a way to control their spread in this Cold War-era monster film.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

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Released: 1956
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: A 400-foot (122-meter) fire-breathing dinosaur, awakened from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by hydrogen-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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8. The Kennel Murder Case

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Released: 1933
Mystery, Crime

What it's about: Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (SnagFilms), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Epix & fuboTV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. Wichita

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Released: 1955
Romance, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. The Incredible Mr. Limpet

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Released: 1964Rated: G
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Milquetoast Henry Limpet experiences his fondest wish and is transformed into a fish. As a talking fish he assists the US Navy in hunting German submarines during World War II.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Land of the Pharaohs

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Released: 1955Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: In ancient Egypt the Pharaoh Khufu is obsessed with acquiring gold and plans to take it all with him into the "second life." To this end he enlists the aid of Vashtar, an architect whose people are enslaved in Egypt. The deal: build a robbery-proof tomb and the enslaved people will be freed. During the years that the pyramid is being built a Cyprian princess becomes the pharaoh's second wife, and she plots to prevent Khufu from taking his treasure with him when he dies .. as well as helping him make the journey early.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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12. The Killer Shrews

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Released: 1959
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Trapped on a remote island by a hurricane, a group discover a doctor has been experimenting on creating half sized humans. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created giant shrews, who when they have run out of small animals to eat, turn on the humans....

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Epix & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Peg o' My Heart

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Released: 1933
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Peg and her father live a simple life in an Irish fishing village. One day Sir Gerald arrives at the village to tell Pat that Peg is heir to estate of her grandfather, who hated Pat. The upshot of the will is that she must go to England for 3 years to learn to be a lady and that Pat can never see her again.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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14. Hills of Home

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Released: 1948
Action & Adventure, Family

What it's about: William McClure is the villlage doctor in a remote Scottish glen. Tricked into buying Lassie, a collie afraid of water, he sets about teaching her to swim. At the same time he has the bigger problem that he is getting older and must ensure the glen will have a new local doctor ready.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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15. Hitting a New High

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Released: 1937
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: A Paris singer's (Lily Pons) press agent (Jack Oakie) arranges her Manhattan debut by way of Africa.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (iTunes).