Animal training movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant animal training movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, feel good, realistic, sentimental, serious and light films and TV shows about / with animal training, family, friendship, children, destiny, runaway, dialogue, culture clash, storytelling and animal life plots mostly in Drama, Family and Adventure genres shot in USA, France, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as animal training: Ostwind (2013), Dragons: Riders of Berk (2012), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), War Horse (2011), Water for Elephants (2011), Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011), Secretariat (2010), Free Willy (1993), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), The Mighty Celt (2005).

List of animal training movies

Ostwind (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: While spending the summer at her grandmother's farm, a girl (Hanna Höppner) discovers a talent for communicating with horses and tries to tame a fierce stallion.
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, serious, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: horse, horse riding, animal training, youth, teenage life, self discovery, family, teenage girl, farm, disobey, hopes, summer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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Dragons: Riders of Berk (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series airing on Cartoon Network based on the 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon. The series serves as a bridge between the first film and its 2014 sequel. Riders of Berk follows Hiccup ...
Style: exciting, humorous, feel good, entertaining, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, imaginary, adventure, young heroes, animal training, friends, family, island, training, viking, imaginary kingdom, vikings ...
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, ...
Style: feel good, exciting, atmospheric, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, dragon, happy ending, adventure, family, imaginary, vikings, warrior, imaginary kingdom, training, unlikely friendships, journey ...
Place: scandinavia
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War Horse (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
Style: emotional, touching, epic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: horse, world war one, war, battles, friendship, german, human spirit, animal training, danger, hopes, french, trapped ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: england, europe, france
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Water for Elephants (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, lovers, love and romance, circus, performer's life, boss and employee, fall in love, older woman younger man relationship, veterinarian, artists and showbiz, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa
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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful businessman who’s clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six “adorable” penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s rambunctious roommates ...
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: animal life, pets, inheritance, penguins, family relations, bird, animal training, parents and children, birds, unlikely friendships, family, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1980, year 1978, year 1981 ...
Place: new york, usa, antarctica, manhattan new york city
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Secretariat (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: horse, horse race, against the odds, sport, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, legendary, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
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Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, France, Mexico
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, uplifting, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: human animal relationship, freedom, adventure, killer whale, social worker, friendship, happy ending, captivity, animals, animal training, rescue, animal life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: horse, family relations, sport, animal training, horse race, redemption, parents and children, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, dream come true, one more chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, friendship, animals, life & death, loyalty, friends, pets, family, human animal relationship, loneliness, loss of friend, death ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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The Mighty Celt (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Centred around greyhound racing in a Catholic community after the "Troubles" have ended but where their legacy remains strong. Donal is a 14-year old who works in a greyhound racing kennel owned by Good Joe. If Donal's favourite ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, against the odds, contests and competitions, family relations, hopes, animal training, coming of age, dog, single parent, boss and employee, parents and children, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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Of Women and Horses (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Enraged by the sale of the vaulting horse that she'd been promised as hers to ride, Gracieuse, a talented rider, dumps her job at a stable. She starts again from zero by accepting work as a groom at a dressage stud farm adjacent to her ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental
Plot: starting over, follow your dream, ambition, animal training, sport, contests and competitions, workplace, hopes, athlete and trainer, boss and employee, equestrian, horse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
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Jappeloup (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay’s film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider, locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father and ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: against the odds, ambition, contests and competitions, sport, rivalry, underdog, passionate interest, animal training, equestrian, rider horse relationship, supportive parent, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982, year 1985, year 1984 ...
Place: france
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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, elderly, pets, optimism, mistrust, disability, animal life, animal training, instructor, temperamental, puppy, kindness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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The Cup (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver, a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident, hauntingly reflecting of the way their father died 27 years earlier. After suffering through a series of discouraging defeats, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: horse race, jockey, human spirit, rise to the top, rivalry, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, hopes, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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A Dog Year (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jon Katz is close to burnout. He's a writer with writer's block; his wife has left for her sister's because he's emotionally distant; he rarely answers his phone. A kennel sends him a border collie that's undisciplined ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, parents and children, friendship, lifestyle, pets, animal training, spouse leaving, artists and showbiz, deadend life, animal life, pet owner relationship, dog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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50 to 1 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when they learn their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies to run in the Kentucky Derby. Based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys must overcome impossible ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, feel good, captivating ...
Plot: horse race, horse, against the odds, sport, rivalry, chases and races, hopes, contests and competitions, ambition, underdog, animal training, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico
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Project X (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young inductee into the military is given the task of looking after some chimpanzees used in the mysterious "Project X". Getting to know the chimps fairly well, he begins to suspect there is more to the secret project than he is being ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, suspense, touching, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: chimpanzee, monkey, uncover truth, animal life, animal training, partners, rescue, experiment gone awry, happy ending, secret project, radiation, laboratory ...
Time: 80s
Place: everglades
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Project Nim (2011)
Genre: Documentary
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, captivating, psychological, sad ...
Plot: chimpanzee, fish out of water, animal life, experiment gone awry, teaching the ways of the world, captivity, human nature, confined, society, power relations, animal training, human animal relationship ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary ...
Place: usa, new york
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Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Singapore
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: french, tragic event, family relations, single parent, killer whale, romance, redemption, security guard, human spirit, opposites attract, unlikely couple, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera, cote d'azur, riviera, europe ...
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Luck (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 52 min.
Story: A drama set in the world of horse racing focusing on lives of owners, jockeys, trainers and gamblers who are all tied to the same horse track.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: gambling, horse race, horse trainer, contests and competitions, bet, business venture, corruption, training, animal training, crimes, dishonesty, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, dog, disney, animal life, fox, adventure, rescue, reconciliation, best friends, friends, danger, wounded animal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 60s
Place: canada
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The Mustang (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 96 min.
Story: While participating in a rehabilitation program training wild mustangs, a convict at first struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates, but he learns to confront his violent past as he soothes an especially feisty horse.
Style: realistic, heartbreaking, exciting, sentimental, sad
Plot: native american, prison, animal training, freedom, horse, adventure, redemption, female director, convict, transformation, devotion, punishment ...
Place: nevada
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Striped Trip (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure, Family
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A Soviet cruise ship "Evgeni Onegin" is carrying cages with tigers and lions for a Soviet Circus. One loose monkey unlocks all cages, letting the tigers and lions out. Poor passengers and crew have no place to run. The captain abandons his ...
Style: sweet, romantic, humorous, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: tiger, sea voyage, ship, soviet, animal training, fall in love, human animal relationship, love interest, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, female protagonist, strong female lead, danger ...
Place: soviet union, russia
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Pokemon: Jirachi - Wish Maker (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Ash, Pikachu and friends (minus Misty) were visiting a festival celebrating the appearance of a comet when they stumble upon a mysterious rock-like crystal...
Style: semi serious, exciting, feel good, light, humorous
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, obsessive quest, heroic mission, rivalry, young heroes, imaginary, dragon, heroes, imaginary kingdom, save the world, supernatural power ...
Time: 2000s
Place: japan
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Pokemon (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Join Ash Ketchum, accompanied by his partner Pikachu, as he travels through many regions, meets new friends and faces new challenges on his quest to become a Pokémon Master.
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: childhood, theft, coach, friendship, heroes, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, adventure, animal training, pets, legends and myths, heroic mission ...
Time: future
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Seabiscuit (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: horse, racehorse, horse race, underdog, follow your dream, against the odds, gambling, depression, boxing, businessman, contests and competitions, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, baltimore, san francisco, chicago illinois, california ...
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Digimon Adventure (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Story: The new anime will take place in 2020 and will feature an all-new story centering on Taichi Yagami when he is in his fifth year in elementary school. His partner is Agumon. The story begins in Tokyo when a large-scale network malfunction occurs. ...
Style: visually appealing, entertaining, exciting, fairy tale, tense ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventurer, adventure, friends, save the world, team, children, pet owner relationship, good versus evil, creature, battles, animal training, parallel world ...
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Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When young Mariah sees a darling little puppy named "Princess" at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. But before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle's ...
Style: entertaining, touching, sweet, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: toddlers, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, new year's eve, animal training, child protagonist, little girl, barking dog, girl, teenage girl, gift, dream, dog, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Healing Powers of Dude (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Noah, an 11-year-old boy with social anxiety disorder, has to start middle school, he turns to a mutt named Dude, a sarcastic emotional support dog who might need Noah as much as Noah needs him.
Style: funny, humorous, touching, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: dog, teenage protagonist, shy man, sociopath, teenage boy, shyness, teenager, sociopathy, adaptation, animal human communication, young heroes, school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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