And the Oscar Goes to... Animals

The Cove

This documentary doesn't evoke the warm fuzzies like other animal flicks; in fact, many of the scenes in this movie, which investigates the capture and killing of marine life in Japan, are difficult to watch. However, the film (which won Best Documentary in 2009) sends an important message about wildlife conservation and the realities of animal cruelty that still exist today.

Born Free

Mostly known for its Oscar-winning music, this 1966 film set in Kenya was an early precursor to many of the conservation films we see today. The story follows a game keeper who raises a lion cub and then helps train her to return to the wild. In addition, it was shot before the advent of special effects, so these lions are all real — and completely adorable!

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