Whether you love cats or own one or more there have been a significant amount of movies made about felines. Some feature them as the star, while others showcase a cat or cats as a strong supporting character throughout the storyline. Cat lovers and pet owners can feel happy with these 10 excellent films ranging from a man’s loving best cat friend, space kitty, animated kittens, and action-adventures with cats and dogs. Sit back with your furry feline friends and enjoy their show.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Its 1961 set in New York’s Greenwich Village where Llewyn Davis meets up with an orange tabby cat. Llewyn is trying to become a folk singer, but is struggling. Thanks to some friends he stays at their apartment. He then befriends their cat who later escapes. Oddly enough he keeps bumping into this ginger kitty, while taking on gigs and getting his music career up and running. In the meantime Llewyn must deal with real life and its problems. “Inside Llewyn Davis” was nominated for two Academy Awards in Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.
Garfield – The Movie (2004)
You may remember this newspaper comic strip from the ’80s. “Garfield – The Movie,” and its other adaptations, is based on cartoonist Jim Davis’s real life cat. It was later adapted into a television cartoon, and now with this live action and CGI animation movie. Garfield is fat orange tabby cat who must get along with the family dog Odie. Just like in the comic strip Garfield is always mumbling about something. If you were, and still are, a fan of this unique cartoon cat who loves eating lasagna, this is the film for you.
Oliver & Company (1988)
This is the first of several Disney films about cats. It’s also one of a couple of musicals as well as several animated movies. Based on the Charles Dickens tale of “Oliver Twist,” Oliver is an innocent kitten amongst the street animals of New York City. Later on in “Oliver & Company” he’s adopted by a wealthy woman, however, all is not well when a kidnapping plot develops.
The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
Yes, this is literally about an alien cat that crashed landed on earth from outer space. Zunar J5/90 Doric 4-7 or Jake is the cat’s new earth name. In this sci-fi flick Jake has an uncanny ability to predict all types of sporting events. Naturally the military gets wind of Jake and here is where the plot thickens in “The Cat From Outer Space.”
That Darn Cat (1965)
Disney’s crazy live action classic tells the tale of a mischievous Siamese cat named D.C. (Darn Cat). “That Darn Cat” is a suspenseful comedy that begins when D.C. comes home one night with a jeweled encrusted wristwatch around his neck. When the watch is taken off, there’s a message for help. Now get ready for laughs when the cat’s owners contact the FBI and the fur starts to fly.
The Aristocats (1970)
In this animated feature by Walt Disney Studios tells the story of a wealthy woman leaving all her fortune to her cats. A jealous butler wants his share of the wealth too. He devises taking the kitties out into the countryside. “The Aristocats” get some unlikely help making their way back home from a few scruffy rural cats.
Puss in Boots (2011)
Antonio Banderas provides the sexy voice in this popular CGI animated character from the “Shrek” film series. Long before “Puss in Boots” met up with Shrek, he was a notorious fighter, lover, and outlaw. This is the story of his heroic efforts when saving his hometown, thanks to the aid of Kitty Southpaws, a tough street fighter, and Humpty Dumpty.
Homeward Bound – The Incredible Journey (1993)
Left in the care of family friends are three household pets who think they’ve been abandoned. A cat, a golden retriever dog, and a bulldog puppy set off on a cross country trek. “Homeward Bound” takes them through plains and climbing mountains to get back to their beloved owners.
Harry and Tonto (1974)
Harry is an elderly man living in New York City with his cat Tonto. While taking a last stand as his apartment is being demolished, the two are suddenly homeless. Thus begins the adventure of Harry traveling cross country with his faithful Tonto. On the road he stays with some of his adult children and their families. When that doesn’t work out he meets up with an array of unique characters. Art Carney is the actor portraying Harry who won an Academy Award for Best Actor in “Harry and Tonto.”
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
Here’s another beautiful buddy film between a kitten named Milo and a pug puppy that goes by the name of Otis. Milo takes a trip down the river where he ends up meeting Otis. The two set off into the wilds encountering all kinds of animals and situations in “The Adventures of Milo and Otis.” They even meet the loves of their lives. Now they have families to take care of and a whole new life awaits them. This was original shown on Japanese television before being made into a feature film in the U.S.