Cute and wayward: 20 movies about cats

If you love movies and cats, then this collection is what you need. It combines your preferences – here the artists meow, scratch and curl up. And since the cat family does not like to be filmed and hisses even at the best directors, there are few films about cats. Our list includes films released on screens in different countries, and the first tape – with the most obedient actor – cartoon Tom.

Tom and Jerry (2021)

The novelty of the movie is a prequel of cartoons about the legendary couple, made in the format of a full-length film with drawn 2D characters and real actors. Kayla has landed a position as a receptionist at a prestigious hotel that is about to host a lavish wedding celebration . Suddenly, the girl discovers that the impudent little mouse Jerry has made his way into the hotel. A hotel employee hires street cat Tom, but the dexterous hunter is too tough for the mission.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Tom and Jerry

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, family, cartoon

Actors:
Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Jordan Bolger…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
6+


Bob the Cat Christmas (2020)

The continuation of an interesting film about the friendship of people and cats is based on real events. On Christmas Eve, James meets a boy who is in a difficult life situation. The musician wants to cheer up a new acquaintance, so he tells a story about how he and red Bob performed on the streets and barely made ends meet. Animal rights activists for the Christmas holidays then almost separated the duo, but the world was not without good people.

Original title:
A Christmas Gift from Bob

Genre:
Family

Actors:
Faldut Sharma, Luke Treadaway, Anna Wilson-Jones …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
12+


Like a cat with a dog (2017)

Spencer rents a house on the coast and goes on vacation, taking his beloved cat with him. On the spot, it turns out that the real estate company made a mistake, and Lara and her dog have already moved into the cottage. Four-legged pets quickly manage to get along, which cannot be said about the owners. Demanding Lara constantly sets ridiculous rules that terribly annoy the friendly Spencer.

Original title:
Like Cats & Dogs

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Cassidy Gifford, Wyatt Nash, Gwyneth Walsh …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3


Nine Lives (2016)

American cinema about cats will confirm the popular belief. The purr really has several lives in reserve, which they are ready to share with their owners. On his daughter’s birthday, ambitious entrepreneur Tom Brand buys a cat named Mr. Fluffy Pants as a gift for the child. On the way home, an accident occurs with a man – and the stunned businessman ends up with his relatives in the body of an acquired pet.

Original title:
Nine Lives

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy, family

Actors:
Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell…

Country:
France, China, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
6+


Keanu (2016)

Movies about kittens are always able to touch the audience, like this American action comedy about two brutal guys with a cute fluffy ball. After breaking up with his girlfriend, Rell is going through hard times, and even the support of a close friend does not save him from depression. But the kitten succeeds, which accidentally nails to the man’s house. Happiness does not last long – the pet is kidnapped by unknown people, and Rell, along with his friend Clarence, is ready to do anything to save Keanu.

Original title:
Keanu

Genre:
Action, comedy, crime

Actors:
Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


A street cat named Bob (2016)

Homeless musician James suffers from drug addiction and wanders the alleys of Covent Garden. When a guy decides to take the path of correction, he is given social housing. In the courtyard of the new house, James meets a ginger cat – and this acquaintance turns out to be fateful for the musician. The guy calls his friend Bob, and joint performances with the tailed one bring worldwide fame. A British family film based on a true story , it received excellent reviews from audiences.

Original title:
A Street Cat Named Bob

Genre:
Drama, family, biography

Actors:
Luke Treadaway, Bob the cat, Ruta Gedmintas …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)

Another Christmas feature film about a ginger cat tells about the amazing influence of a pet on the personal life of the owner. Bachelor Zachary Stone works as a firefighter , and a busy schedule does not allow you to think about romantic relationships. A young single woman, Marilyn White, struggles to find a balance between her studies and her position as a veterinarian. On Christmas Eve, fate brings the couple together, and the cat became the reason for the acquaintance.

Original title:
The Nine Lives of Christmas

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Brandon Routh, Kimberly Sastad, Stephanie Bennett …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 7.2


Samurai and cat (2014)

The young master Kyutaro skillfully wields a sword, but the fighting skills of a samurai  are not in great demand. A man lives by odd jobs, avoids people, and one day he receives an unusual order. Sakichi orders Kyutaro to kill the snow-white cat, which is a bad influence on the owner. The owner completely abandoned business, devoting all the time to the pet. The subordinate decides to get rid of the boss’s pet by hiring Kyutaro, but the warrior is also captured by a beautiful creature.

Original title:
Neko zamurai

Genre:
Comedy, story

Actors:
Kazuki Kitamura, Yosuke Asari, Yoriko Doguchi …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3


Worst Angry Cat Christmas (2014)

Movies about cats and cats sometimes involve real heroes of funny videos and memes. Grumpy Cat became famous for her frowning original appearance, and this feature of the cat’s muzzle was used in the plot. The animal lives in a pet store, where the rest of the pets have long been dismantled. On the eve of Christmas, a girl pays attention to an unusual animal – and the fluffy heroine finds a home. However, the pet also intends to demonstrate its obstinate character to the new owners.

Original title:
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Genre:
Action, Comedy, Adventure, Family

Actors:
Grumpy Cat , Megan Charpentier, Daniel Roebuck…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
6+


Talking cat!?! (2013)

Comedy for the whole family will introduce viewers to an amazing animal that can give valuable advice. Daffy the cat can talk to people, so he never misses an opportunity to guide another person on the right path. Once on a walk, the pet meets two families that need his help. Daffy tells Phil and Susan the right decisions, and in a moment of danger, people unite to save the wise cat.

Original Title :
A Talking Cat!?!

Genre:
Family

Actors:
Johnny Whitaker, Christine DeBell, Justin Cone…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 2.2


Inside Llewyn Davis (2012)

The list of the best films about cats continues with the story of a young talented musician. In New York in the 60s, free morals reign, but the path to fame for little-known performers is difficult and thorny. Eccentric guitarist Llewyn Davis dreams of gaining popularity among bohemian youth and releasing a solo album. In the meantime, the performer receives as a gift from the fate of a cat who, by chance, turned out to be homeless.

Original title:
Inside Llewyn Davis

Genre:
Drama, comedy, music

Actors:
Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Ethan Phillips, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake…

Country:
USA, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16 +


Cat for rent (2012)

All the inhabitants of the town know the kind Sayoko, who walks along the embankment with a cart with unusual purring contents. The girl offers to rent any cat to the townspeople, who do not yet dare to have a pet on permanent terms. Sayoko is sure that fluffies are the best remedy for loneliness and bad mood. The offer is in demand, and a variety of people resort to the services of the girl.

Original title:
Rentaneko

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9


Garfield (2004)

The hero of one of the best films about cats for children is a charming and self-confident red-haired Garfield. The mustachioed sun loves to eat delicious food and lie in front of the TV, and loves his master John more than anyone else in the world. The unexpected addition in the form of a puppy Oddie does not please the selfish and jealous cat, and Garfield decides to get rid of the uninvited guest and rival by any means.

Original title:
Garfield

Genre:
Comedy, family, fantasy

Actors:
Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowski, Bill Murray…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
0+


Cats vs Dogs (trilogy, 2001, 2010 & 2020)

A long-standing animosity feud is taken to a new level when dog allergies become the main weapon. Cats are trying to infect all of humanity with a mysterious disease, and Professor Charles Brody begins the development of a healing vaccine. The faithful dog Buddy guards the scientist’s house from the penetration of saboteurs, and the cats organize the kidnapping of the defender. Butch turns out to be a bystander of the crime, and he informs management about the incident.

Original title:
Cats & Dogs

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Family

Actors:
Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins, Alexander Pollock…

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
12+


Lady Cat (2001)

The Dutch cat film is worth a watch for fans of family movies and original fantasy. Before the magical transformation, Murli lived on the street, but after sniffing the toxic liquid from the fallen barrel, she turned into a girl. A graceful beauty finds refuge in the house of a failed journalist Tibe. Murli decides to help the timid guy and learns sensational news from yard cats for his articles, able to penetrate where the road is closed to people.

Original title:
Minoes

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:
Theo Maassen, Carys van Houten, Sarah Bannier…

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
0+


This wild cat (1997)

Young Patty one day discovers someone else’s watch strap with a disturbing message around her furry friend’s neck. The author of the note turns out to be the maid of a local oligarch, who was mistakenly kidnapped as the wife of a millionaire. The woman asks for help, and Patty immediately goes to the police . Law enforcement officers only laughed at the teenager ‘s statement – and the girl begins an independent investigation.

Original title:
That Darn Cat

Genre:
Action, comedy, crime, detective, family

Actors:
Christina Ricci, Doug E. Doug, Dean Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Everyone is looking for their cat (1996)

The French melodrama about finding a pet is not inferior in fascination to films with a talking cat. Chloe tries to adopt a pet for the holidays, but her roommate refuses to babysit the pet. The last hope of the girl is an elderly woman who takes animals for a while. Upon returning, Chloe learns that the black cat has accidentally escaped through an open window and organizes a massive search for her beloved Gris Gris.

Original title:
Chacun cherche son chat

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Gerens Clevel, Zinedine Soualem, Rene Le Calm…

Country:
France

Rating:
IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Kitten (1996)

The Russian family film begins with a trip of children and grandmother to the market, from where they bring home a fluffy striped ball. The kitten settles in the musician’s family, but one day, by negligence, it falls out of the window and glides onto the tarpaulin awning of a moving truck. The animal is picked up by a compassionate janitor, but soon the man ends up in the hospital. Tigrasha finds herself on the street again, where a series of incredible adventures awaits him .

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Andrey Kuznetsov, Lyudmila Arinina, Alexey Voytyuk …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
0+


The Road Home: The Incredible Journey (1993)

The old picture is worth viewing, because the main characters of this unusual story are pets. The friendly Burnford family leaves two dogs and a cat on the ranch of a good friend who promised to take care of the animals during the trip. The restless bulldog Chance, the retriever Shadow and the graceful cat Sassy misperceive the situation – and go in search of their owners.

Original title:
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Genre:
Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Family

Actors:
Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Amici…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
6+


Hocus Pocus (1993)

At the end of the 17th century, insidious witches lure little Emily into their hut in order to gain youth with the help of the captive’s life force. The girl’s brother tries to save her, but the witch sisters turn Thackeri into a black cat. The inhabitants manage to stop the magic ceremony, but after 300 years the witches return to this world again. The sisters are ready to complete the ritual, forgetting about their old enemy – a guy in the guise of a fluffy predator.

Original title:
Hocus Pocus

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cathy Nejimi …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
6+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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