The Best of Feline Cinema

It's no wonder Kitty Galore is looking for revenge in next weekend's Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Compared to their canine counterparts, the feline species is vastly underrepresented on the big screen. And that's a shame, because (no offense, dog lovers) cats are traditionally more complex characters. While movie dogs tend to get typecast as loyal, heroic, and man's best friend, cats have played master villains, femme fatals, and even antiheroes. Here are some of our favorite cat movies of merit:

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Sally Field brought her typical spunk to this live-action Disney film as Sassy, a spoiled house cat who teams up with two canine companions to search for the family they were separated from. The dogs get the most heartwarming scenes, but Sassy steals the film with her mantra, "Cats rule and dogs drool!"

The Aristocats
Also from Disney, this animated tale is about a wealthy cat named Duchess and her three kittens who are kicked out of their home by an evil butler looking to steal the fortune they inherited from their late mistress. The wit and charm of these classy kitties will have you agreeing with the film's signature song, "Everybody Wants to be a Cat."

Oliver and Company

For a studio who has a mouse for a mascot, Disney sure seems to make a lot of movies about cats. This underappreciated gem from 1988 re-imagines Oliver Twist as the story of an adorable lost kitten who falls in with a gang of larcenous pooches on the mean streets of New York. The characters are voiced by the likes of Joey Lawrence, Bette Midler, and Billy Joel, guaranteeing that even grown-ups will dig the music.

Batman Returns
Forget that Halle Berry disaster from 2004; everyone knows that Catwoman got her best big-screen treatment when Michelle Pfeiffer brought her to life in Batman Returns under the direction of Tim Burton. Pfieffer's Selina Kyle may be mostly human, but she moves with a slinky grace that is purely feline.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Technically, this movie isn't about a cat. It's about Holly Golightly, a 1960s Manhattan socialite trying desperately to convince herself she's really the glamorous party girl she presents herself to the world as. It turns out she really has more in common with a stray orange cat she feeds and houses but refuses to name. Audrey Hepburn's legendary performance will have you spending the whole film rooting for Holly to find something real that makes her as happy as Tiffany's so she can finally buy some furniture and give the cat a name.