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Turtles In Movies List

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This is an alphabetical list of movies in this category for those who want to browse by category instead of by the main list.

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The Age of Innocence (1993) 

We see a basket full of turtles that are going to be part of a big dinner feast.

Arabesque (1966)

A chase scene and murder takes place in front of and above some sea turtle tanks in a large zoo aquarium.
The Beguiled (1971)

A soldier murders a little girl's pet turtle so she gets revenge.
The Beguiled
Bone Dry (2007) 

A starved and tortured man walking through the Mojave Desert finds a Desert Tortoise, builds a fire, cooks it, and eats it.
Bone Dry
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) 

A pet tortoise is given a drug that makes it race out of the house and fly through the air.
Bye Bye Birdie
Cool Hand Luke (1967) 

A guard shoots a snapping turtle and Paul Newman brings it back for dinner.
Cool Hand Luke
Drive, He Said (1971)

A campus radical runs naked into a college science lab and releases a bunch of animals, including mice, snakes, lizards, and a box turtle.
Drive He Said
El Mariachi (1992)

A mariachi and a tortoise walk along the same road, both taking their time to get where they're going.
El Mariachi
Fair Game (1988) 

An 80's artist keeps some pet tortoises in her swanky LA studio.
Fair Game
Frogs (1972) 

Nature runs amok, with frogs, snakes, lizards and turtles all killing the humans who are polluting their habitat.
Girl Shy (1924) 

Harold Lloyd accidentally sits down on a sea turtle resting next to a pond. The turtle walks into the water and he falls in.
Girl Shy
The Innocents (1961) 

A young girl keeps her pet tortoise named Rupert in her dress pocket.

The Innocents
Jean de Florette (1986) 

Young Manon keeps a pet tortoise or box turtle at her house in the French countryside.
Jean de Florette
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

A man and woman begin a love affair at the Steinhardt Aquarium near some sea turtles.

The Lady From Shanghai
Leolo (1993) 

A boy keeps a map turtle in his basement collection of herps and bugs.
The Lineup (1958)

Two criminals hired to recover smuggled heroin follow one of their targets to the Steinhardt Aquarium in front of the Sea Turtle tanks.
The Lineup
Lonesome Dove (1989) 

A tortoise on a rock in a stream is used as an excuse to show a beautiful woman bathing.
Lonesome Dove
Male and Female (1919) 

A man castaway on an island tries to use a sea turtle as a pillow, then realizes his mistake.
Male and Female
The Missing (2003) 

A young girl in the old west sees a tortoise, picks it up, then sets it down.
The Missing
Mondo Cane (1962)

Sea turtles disoriented because of radiation from nuclear tests can't find the ocean and die in the sun.
Mondo Cane
My American Uncle (Mon Oncle d'Amerique) (1980) 

A boy is scolded for turning his pet tortoise on its back.

The Night of the Hunter (1955)  (IMDB)

Robert Mitchum plays a religious fanatic murderer and con man who is chasing a young boy and girl. We see the children slowly floating downstream in a boat at night on a dark black river when they pass several animals, including a tortoise that is walking near the shore. The boy, who must be hungry says "They make soup out of them. But I wouldn't know how to get them open."
Night of the Hunter
Papillon (1973) 

Steve McQueen loads a crate of young sea turtles onto a boat to eat on the journey.
The Phenix City Story (1955)

A corrupt nightclub owner tries to figure how to get people to bet on a turtle race, fixing the outcome so he can win.
The Phenix City Story
Popstar: Never Stop Neverstopping (2016)

Popstar Conner has a pet tortoise named Maximus
Rango (2011) 

The evil town mayor is a desert tortoise.
The Rum Diary (2011) 

A pet tortoise with jewels glued all over its shell roams around in a Puerto Rican beach house.
The Rum Diary
Seven Chances (1925)

A man chased by hundreds of would-be brides jumps into a canal where he finds a turtle has become attached to his vest.

Bone Dry
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Nick and Nora and friends are sitting at the bar of a seafood restaurant cheering four hatchling turtles that are racing to a finish line drawn across the bar, as if this is something they do every time they go out.
Shadow of the Thin Man
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) 

A young boy finds a turtle and picks it up.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Tampopo (1985) 

A restaurant chef kills a live soft-shelled turtle for dinner.

Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Tarzan and Boy swim with a sea turtle.
Tarzan Finds a Son
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) 

A frustrated man takes out his anger on a tortoise, kicking it onto its back.
Male and Female

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