Is there anything better during the dark winter months than snuggling up on the sofa with a good film? We think the only thing that could possibly improve it is…cats! That’s why we’re rounding up some of our favourite films featuring cats, to brighten up your evening viewing with a bit of feline star power. From family-friendly adventures to documentaries, there should be something to suit every cat lover—and if we’ve forgotten any of your favourite films with cats, be sure to let us know on social media!
We’re starting strong with The Princess Diaries, Disney’s 2001 film adaptation of the popular novels. While cats may not be entirely central to the plot, main character Mia’s cat, Fat Louie, is her constant companion and confidante throughout the film. And hey, we just really love this movie.
This Disney classic is over 50 years old (!) and dates all the way back to 1970. The adventures of kittens Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz also gave us the musical number “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” which, to be honest, is kind of true.
Inside the Mind of a Cat (Netflix)
This brand new documentary from Netflix (it was released last summer) takes a deep dive into how our cats think and might just give you a whole new perspective on your pet cat snoozing next to you on the sofa.
A Street Cat Named Bob
Based on a true story and best-selling book, this film follows the journey of recovering drug addict James who meets a stray cat that becomes his best friend and companion. The cat, Bob, starred as himself in the film, and there’s even a Christmas-themed sequel.
Oliver & Company
Another Disney movie, this time from 1988, and featuring a genuinely star-studded voice cast including Billy Joel and Bette Midler. It’s a (very loose) adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and tells the story of Oliver, an orphaned kitten in New York City who joins a gang of street dogs.
This may be a film about a small talking mouse, but cats have a starring role as well—even if they aren’t the greatest ambassadors for cat-mouse relationships. Stuart the mouse is adopted by a human family, but their pet cat Snowball (who also talks, of course) isn’t too keen on having a mouse as an owner.
Garfield: The Movie
Ok, we’re not claiming that this is a cinematic masterpiece. Bill Murray, who voices Garfield, later claimed that he mistakenly thought the film was being directed by the Coen brothers… But nevertheless, it is Garfield, so it’s on the list. Pop a lasagna in the oven and have a family movie night.