The legendary actor and comedian W. C. Fields once urged his cinematic peers to “never work with children or animals,” believing that they were just too unpredictable and unprofessional, but over the years we’ve seen some fantastic examples of both children and animals on the big screen. Cats, in particular, have really stolen the show in more than one movie over the years, from the 1930s all the way up to today.
In all their shapes and sizes, movie cats have stolen our heart time and time again, adding their own unique feline charms to some classic pictures.
So let’s take a look at 50 of the greatest and most memorable movie cats ever seen on screen. Some of them had minor roles, while others were the focus of the entire film. Some were small, others were large. Some were simply animated by professionals while others were real-life cats trained up to provide some amazing performances. They were all different, but they were all fantastic.