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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  86 min. 
Plot: A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Sean Young, Courteney Cox, Tone Lōc, Dan Marino. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Categories:  Comedy  Animal

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: Ace Ventura sets out on a mission to locate a sacred animal god for a primitive African tribe.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, Maynard Eziashi, Bob Gunton. Directed by Steve Oedekerk.
Categories:  Comedy  Animal

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Bambi (1942)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  70 min. 
Plot: A young deer grows up in the wild after his mother is shot by hunters.
Cast: Voices of Hardy Albright, Peter Behn, Tim Davis, Donnie Dugan, Ann Gillis. Directed by James Algor.
Categories:  Animation  Animal  Safety

Law movies
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Rated:    Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  147 min. 
Plot: A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Edmond O'Brien, Telly Savalas. Directed by John Frankenheimer.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Animal

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Birds, The (1963)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: A wealthy socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds begin to attack people.
Cast: Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Categories:  Drama  Animal  Domestic Relations

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Black Beauty (1994)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  88 min. 
Plot: The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed.
Cast: Alan Cumming, Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter, Peter Davison, Alun Armstrong, John McEnery, Eleanor Bron, Peter Cook. Directed by Caroline Thompson.
Categories:  Children  Animal

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Blackfish (2013)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  83 min. 
Plot: Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer.
Cast: Suzanne Allee, Jeff Andrews, Kim Ashdown, Ken Balcomb, Samantha Berg, Dawn Brancheau, Diane Brancheau, Kelty Burn, Kelly Clark, Corinne Cowell, John Crowe, Dave Duffus, Daniel Patrick Duke, Howard Garrett, Dean Gomersall. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal

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Born to be Wild (2011)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  40 min. 
Plot: Documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Cast: Narration by Morgan Freeman.. Directed by David Lickley.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal  Environmental

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Cove, The (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: Activists infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Louie Psihoyos.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal  Health

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Dark Horse (2015)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed a racehorse.
Cast: Participants portray themselves.. Directed by Louise Osmond.
Categories:  Documentary  Drama  Animal

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Ernest & Celestine (2012)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  80 min. 
Plot: The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear and a young mouse.
Cast: Voices of Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy. Directed by Stephane Aubier.
Categories:  Animation  Animal  Comedy

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  134 min. 
Plot: The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler. Directed by David Yates.
Categories:  Animal  SciFi/Fantasy  Government

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Grizzly Man (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A devastating take on grizzly bear activists who were killed in 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.
Cast: Timothy Treadwell, Jewel Palovak, Franc G. Fallico. Directed by Werner Herzog.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal  Biography

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Harry & Tonto (1974)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: A retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.
Cast: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Larry Hagman. Directed by Paul Mazursky.
Categories:  Comedy  Animal  Drama

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Isle of Dogs (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: A boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog in Japan.
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum . Directed by Wes Anderson.
Categories:  Animation  Comedy  Animal

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Jane (2017)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.
Cast: Jane Goodall. Directed by Brett Morgen.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Animal

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Jaws (1975)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace an island community local authority set out to stop it.
Cast: Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Animal  Mystery/Suspense  Horror

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: A young boy must locate a magical suit of armor in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.
Cast: Voices of Charles Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Travis Knight.
Categories:  Animation  Animal  SciFi/Fantasy

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
Cast: Voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie Pitt. Directed by Alessandro Carloni & Jennifer Yuh.
Categories:  Action  Animation  Animal

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Life of Pi (2012)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  127 min. 
Plot: A young man finds himself stranded from a shipwreck with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger.
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain. Directed by Ang Lee.
Categories:  Drama  Maritime  Animal

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Lion King, The (1994)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  89 min. 
Plot: Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.
Cast: Voices of Rowan Atkinson, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Rogers Allers & Rob Minkoff.
Categories:  Animation  Animal  Family

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  86 min. 
Plot: When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
Cast: Voices of Tim Daly, Dakota Fanning, Frank Welker, Elle Fanning, Lea Salonga, Pat Carroll. Directed by Hauao Miuazaki.
Categories:  Animation  Family  Animal

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National Velvet (1944)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp. Directed by Clarence Brown.
Categories:  Drama  Animal  Sports

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Off the Chain (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  60 min. 
Plot: A look into the underground world of dog fighting and exploration of the American Pit Bull Terrier breed.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Bobby J. Brown.
Categories:  Documentary  Animal  History

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Project Nim (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: Story of the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by James Marsh.
Categories:  Documentary  Biography  Animal

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Under the Sea (2009)
Rated:  G  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  40 min. 
Plot: An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.
Cast: Narration by Jim Carrey. Directed by Howard Hall.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Animal

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War Horse (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  146 min. 
Plot: The extraordinary journey of a horse as he moves through the World War I.
Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Benedict Cumberbatch. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Categories:  Drama  Animal  War

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Water for Elephants (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: A veterinary student and a beautiful circus performer meet and fall in love through their shared compassion for a special elephant.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Hal Holbrook. Directed by Francis Lawrence.
Categories:  Romance  History  Animal

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Watership Down (1978)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  45 min. 
Plot: Fleeing their doomed warren, a colony of rabbits struggle to find and defend a new home.
Cast: Voices of James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega. Directed by Martin Rosen.
Categories:  Animal  Animation  Action

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.