When you’re feeling down, there are few things better than cuddling up to a puppy. But what’s the closest you can get? Watching heartwarming films about dogs is a great way to relax and unwind. Here are 34 of the best dog movies of all time for your viewing pleasure, whether you’re looking for a movie night with your dog or a family outing. Popcorn and sad music are in order.
1. ‘Lassie Come Home’ (1943)
While the original TV series was set in the United States in the 1950s, this film is set in England and portrays a courageous collie, Lassie, attempting to reunite with her family. It’s an all-time favorite! Look for a youthful Elizabeth Taylor if you see her.
2. ‘Lady and the Tramp’ (1955)
This is a must-see for dog lovers, whether you watch the original animated Disney animation or the recently updated live-action version on Disney+. Take a look at Tramp (a schnauzer-looking mixed-breed pup) and Lady (a cocker spaniel) as they run around playing and chasing rodents. Spaghetti is the best accompaniment to this dish.
3. ‘101 Dalmatians’ (1961)
Ink-and-paint animation cels were used to create the 1961 cartoon for children who are easily frightened. Glenn Close’s performance in the live-action version will scare them. You really can’t go wrong with either of these enjoyable, family-friendly films, because they all have happy endings.
4. ‘Benji’ (1974)
This cute character (played by four different mixed-breed dogs throughout the years) is irresistible, therefore there are a lot of Benji possibilities. Benji rescues two kidnapped children in the original film. An worldwide crime is solved by a dog (played by Benji’s offspring in 1977’s For the Love of Benji!). Benji’s Very Own Christmas, a television program that aired in 1978, is also available.
5. ‘The Adventures of Milo and Otis’ (1986)
Even though it stars a dog and a cat (stick with us), this is a great animal movie that we couldn’t leave out. Otis (a pug) and Milo (a tabby) reside on a farm, and Milo got swept away down the river. Otis is trying to find Milo. This film, which was originally released in Japanese, deals with the universal theme of unusual friendships.
6. ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’ (1989)
This animated comedy-drama from the same Irish studio that brought you The Land Before Time and An American Tale is a dog-movie staple. In addition to insane tunes, there is a German Shepherd who comes back to life, and the most appetizing-looking pizza you have ever seen.
7. ‘TURNER & HOOCH’ (1989)
What if Tom Hanks and a massive French mastiff worked together to solve a crime? Count us in—and prepare us for a roller coaster ride of laughs, tears, and support for the good folks (and pups).
8. ‘Beethoven’ (1992)
A giant, slobbery Saint Bernard rescuing a grouchy father and taking revenge on an evil veterinarian? Who doesn’t adore it? It’s a wonderful family video, but be aware that your kids will believe they can gradually wear you down until you finally cave and purchase a puppy after seeing this movie.
9. ‘Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey’ (1993)
It’s the journey of Chance, Shadow, and Sassy, an American bulldog, golden retriever, and Himalayan cat, as they go home to San Francisco from a remote ranch. Watch the sequel (Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco) right away, and compare it against the photorealism of Lady and the Tramp, which premieres in 2019.
10. ‘Balto’ (1995)
For this animated feature, which is based on the true story of a Siberian Husky who kept his team of sled dogs on the right path during a snowstorm in Alaska in 1925, the film shows how devoted dogs can be to those they love. Great for the winter as well!
11. ‘Best in Show’ (2000)
Because of their devotion to their beloved canines, these colorful people in this witty mockumentary may resonate with you if you’re a dog lover. An even hilarious cast may not exist; we have no idea how the Norwich terrier, Weimaraner, bloodhound, poodle, and shih tzu canine performers managed to keep their faces straight during filming..
12. ‘Bolt’ (2008)
Even if you play a superhero on TV, you still need allies and quick thinking to save the day in real life, as a white shepherd dog learns. Featuring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, this computer-animated family film will make you smile.
13. ‘Marley & Me’ (2008)
Just because this movie was released on Christmas Day in 2008 doesn’t mean you won’t fall in love with a yellow Labrador Retriever. It’s based on a memoir, which means that things are going to get a little personal.
14. ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ (2009)
A lovely story of commitment and love is about to unfold, so prepare to cry. At first Hachi is adopted out of necessity, but over time, the professor develops a deep attachment to the dog and treats it as if he were his own. It’s filled with emotions. Warning: You’ve been informed.
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15. ‘Isle of Dogs’ (2018)
Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated blockbuster, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a joyous aesthetic voyage. This movie is a must-see for any family interested in dystopian futures, dog-loving boys, and the lengths humans will go to defend their canine companions.
16. ‘The Fox and the Hound’ (1981)
When Mickey Rooney’s Tod the fox and Kurt Russell’s Copper the hound dog first meet, they become fast friends. However, as they get older, their developing natural instincts and the pressure from their prejudiced families to keep apart make it increasingly difficult for them to maintain their link. Will they be able to transcend their inherent animosity and remain friends?
17. ‘Oddball and the Penguins’ (2015)
Allan Marsh and his sheepdog, Oddball, saved an entire penguin colony from extinction in this film based on the true story of a farmer named Marsh and his island sheepdog. You may or may not have a sudden desire to see a group of penguins.
18. ‘Togo’ (2019)
Set in 1925, Togo relates the extraordinary true story of Leonhard Seppala and Togo, the lead sled dog of Seppala’s dog-sled team. During a diphtheria epidemic, they work together to bring medicine in difficult conditions. Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, and Michael Gaston are among the actors who appear in the film.
19. ‘Eight Below’ (2006)
Paul Walker is fantastic, but the real stars of this film are the canine crew. An Antarctic scientific mission goes awry when Jerry Shepard (Walker) and his team are forced to leave behind an eight-dog sled-dog team. The dogs cooperate together to survive the severe winter without any help from humans. Teamwork rules.
20. ‘Red Dog’ (2011)
On the basis of the real life story of Red Dog, an Australian cattle dog famed for roaming the Pilbara region of Western Australia, this comedy-drama will have you reaching for the Kleenex at times. Red Dog is on a mission to find his owner, and he has a lot of fun in the process.
21. ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ (2019)
Enzo, Denny Swift’s faithful Golden Retriever, discusses the most important life lessons he’s learnt from the racing driver (Milo Ventimiglia).
22. ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ (2005)
Following a 10-year-old girl (AnnaSophia Robb) named India Opal Buloni (based on Kate DiCamillo’s best-selling novel of the same name), she adopts a lively Berger Picard after meeting him in a supermarket. Then again, he’s not like any other dog. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make new acquaintances and even restore her bond with her father after she adopts him and renames him.
23. ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ (2017)
In spite of what critics have to say, A Dog’s Purpose will tug at your heartstrings in many different ways. The heartwarming picture depicts a dog’s quest to discover what he was born to accomplish. As he reincarnates, he alters the lives of a number of people.
24. ‘A Dog’s Journey’ (2019)
Bailey (Josh Gad), now an elderly St. Bernard/Australian Shepherd, dies and is reborn as a female beagle named Molly in this sequel to A Dog’s Purpose. His previous owner, Ethan (Dennis Quaid), promised him that he would return to Ethan’s granddaughter, so he sets out to do just that.
25. ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (2016)
Max (Louis C.K.), a pampered terrier who lives in his owner’s Manhattan apartment, is the star of the show. Max is forced to deal with Duke, a new canine, when he enters the picture. A common enemy forces them to work together even though they don’t like each other very much. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, happy-go-lucky movie to watch with your family, look no further.
26. ‘My Dog Skip’ (2000)
Frankie Muniz, from Malcolm in the Middle, plays Willie Morris, a 9-year-old boy whose life is turned upside down when he receives a Jack Russell Terrier for his birthday. In the midst of Willie’s personal roller coaster, he and his dog have forged a lasting friendship that serves as a constant companion. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, but it’s worth the ride.
27. ‘My Dog Tulip’ (2009)
In spite of its many adult themes, it’s an enjoyable story that will make you appreciate your relationship with your dog or cat even more. When an elderly man adopts an Alsatian, despite his lack of interest in dogs, he develops a fondness for his new companion.
28. ‘THE SHAGGY DOG’ (1959)
The Shaggy Dog was the second-highest-grossing film of 1959 when it was released, grossing more than $9 million. Fun-loving Wilby Daniels (Tommy Kirk) transforms into an Old English Sheepdog after wearing a magical band, inspired by Felix Salten’s novel The Hound of Florence.
29. ‘Dog Days’ (2018)
This sweet love story centers on a group of Los Angeles dog owners and their devoted canines. Pets have an impact on a variety of aspects of their lives, from their romantic relationships to their careers, as their paths cross. Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens and Lauren Lapkus are among the stars who make up the rest of the cast.
30. ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ (2003)
Billy Coleman (Joseph Ashton) is a 10-year-old boy who works a variety of odd jobs in order to save up enough money to buy his own dog. To hunt raccoons, he gets two Redbone Coonhound hunting dogs from the Ozark Mountains. It’s going to be a tearjerker ride.
31. ‘As Good as It Gets’ (1997)
There is no doubt in my mind that having a dog in your life can change your entire outlook on life. When misanthropic writer Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is tasked with dog-sitting for his neighbor, his life is turned upside down as he becomes emotionally attached to the pup.
32. ‘Lassie’ (2005)
As a result of his father’s mine layoff, Joe Carraclough’s (Jonathan Mason) father reluctantly sells the family’s dog, Lassie (Peter O’Toole). Despite this, Lassie escapes and sets out on a long journey to return to the Carraclough family.
33. ‘White Fang’ (2018)
After being separated from his mother, a young wolf dog sets out on a new journey. You can see how White Fang grows and changes over the course of the novel.
34. ‘Oliver & Company’ (1988)
Music and adventure will enchant adults and children alike, even if you’re not a huge Oliver Twist fan. Oliver (Joey Lawrence), an orphaned kitten, is taken in by a bunch of stray dogs that steal food in order to survive in this film. Then Oliver’s life takes an unexpected turn when Jenny Foxworth, a wealthy girl, comes into his life.