Top 5 Family Friendly Cat Movies

Cats Are Wonderful Movie Stars

Movies about cats run the gamut, from cartoons to family films, to horror flicks, musicals, and educational films. In these films, cats are portrayed variously as conniving, adorable, wise, sexy, magical, evil, and vicious.

Children's movies starring cats (real or not-so-real) have been a staple for decades. Disney's "That Darn Cat" was made twice, once with Haley Mills and once with Christine Ricci. "The Cat in the Hat" has also gone through two versions -- the really...MORE terrific animated TV version and the rather creepy live action film. Then there's Garfield and The Cat from Outer Space.

Cats have also been spooky and even terrifying in films. Piewacket, the feline familiar in Bell Book and Candle was a co-star with Kim Novack. The Cat People, which includes very few real cats, is a real horror movie. 

Co-star cats have filled the silver screen for decades. The Harry Potter series includes the evil Mrs. Norris and Hermione's annoying familiar Crookshanks. A cat played a major role in Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn, and who can forget the white cat beloved by the nefarious Bond arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld!

These picks of cat DVDs and videos combine the best of each genre, and most of them will appeal to all ages of cat lovers, from the tender story of Milo and Otis to the raunchy infighting in Cats and Dogs.

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    Caressing the Tiger (DVD)

    This National Geographic special is a must-have for the serious cat lover. It tracks the similarities and differences from mild to wild and offers captivating intimate views of our every-day domestic kitties, along with unbelievable shots of their big brothers. Anyone who has ever wondered "what makes cats click" will love this film.

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    Cats and Dogs DVD

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    Warner Bros. used the old tried-and-true ploy of cats as ruthless villains who get their comeuppance in the end, with a lot of violence along the way. Still, if for nothing than the technology, this film is worth owning, especially for the younger folks.

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    The Adventures of Milo and Otis (DVD)

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    Milo and Otis (cat and dog, respectively) are good buddies with a penchant for mischief. They get into trouble when one of them falls into the river, and they are both rushed away to a series of adventures. Japanese filmmaker Masanori Hata was four years in the making of this film, and the panoramic beauty of the scenery adds to the poignancy of the story. Available in both DVD and VHS.

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    Cats - The Musical (DVD Commemorative Edition)

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    The smash long-running Broadway hit, based on the book of poems by T.S. Eliot, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" is reproduced here, with a new cast for video. Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber will exult in the music, especially "Memories," which has already become a modern-day classic.

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    The Truth About Cats and Dogs

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    The cat comes out on the short end of this romantic comedy, but the dog gets plenty of play. Janeane Garofalo and Uma Thurman star as friends-become-rivals for Ben Chaplin. Given some explicit (phone) sex, this is definitely not a family movie, but it's a fun flick to watch on a rainy Saturday night with your sweetheart.