Seriously, what kind of person doesn’t like dogs? They’re cute, they’re loyal and what more, they love you unconditionally. No wonder they often find themselves as characters in many voices from romcoms to kids movies to even action movies.
To please you dog lovers out there, we’ve compiled a list of the best dog movies ever. Check it out and see if your favorite ones made it on our best dog movies list.
10 Best Dog Movies of All Time
10. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Some of you may find this animated fantasy drama movie just a tad bit too intense for kids to watch.
First off, the plot of the film centers on a dead casino owner returning to Earth in order to seek revenge from the canine gambler called Carface who killed him. Fortunately, his attention is diverted from his initial plan when he meets and grows to love an orphan girl named Anne-Marie. His mission turns from revenge to rescue as the girl happens to be exploited by Carface.
9. Homeward Bound (1993)
Homeward Bound (1993) is a film telling the story of three family pets who decide to escape the ranch their owners left them at fearing that they’ve been left behind for good.
Although we see real dogs and a cat on screen, they are voiced by actors to convey the story better. The pets are Sassy, a cat voiced by Sally Field, Shadow, a golden retriever voiced by Don Ameche and Chance, an American bulldog voiced by Michael J. Fox.
Despite the seemingly lonely premise, the film is a fun watch for the family as we root for these three furballs to reunite with their family.
8. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
Of course, how could we forget this Disney animated classic?
You probably know the story by heart now. A happy couple of dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, live a peaceful life with their fifteen puppies with their kind owners Roger and Anita.
Unfortunately, their ideal life is disturbed by the arrival of Cruella De Vil, Anita’s old school friend who wants to buy the puppies from them to make a fur coat. Yikes! Turned away by her friend, Cruella decides to take matters into her own hands by hiring someone to steal the dogs.
7. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986) is a Japanese film about a cat and a dog who stray away from the farm they call home. Originally released in Japan and in Japanese, an English narrated version of the film was later recorded by Dudley Moore.
We love this live-action film because it shows an unlikely friendship between two animals often pitted against each other. Both cat lovers and dog lovers alike would surely find this film very enjoyable.
6. My Dog Skip (2000)
Here’s another heartwarming story about friendship. This time it’s between a boy and his dog.
In My Dog Skip (2000), we see a shy and lonely boy Willie who lives in the Mississippi during the late 1940s. His mother, noticing his sudden loneliness upon his only friend’s departure for the war and his father’s withdrawn nature, buys him a dog.
As he becomes best friends with his own dog, Willie learns how to connect with the people around him and learn more about life.
5. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
The Fox and The Hound (1981), as the title implies, is a story about an unexpected friendship between a domesticated orphaned fox and a hunting dog. Meeting as youngins, they eventually drift apart because of their owners and their own differences. Meeting as they grow older when they’re respectively a strong hunting dog and a wild fox, they strive to save their friendship despite their differences.
Aside from being an animated classic, the film tackles serious issues about a society breeds prejudice pit people against each other.
4. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
You may be familiar with this Disney animated movie because of its iconic spaghetti eating scene between two cute dogs.
A love story at its core, Lady and the Tramp (1955) tells of the forbidden love between a well-bred and rich cocker spaniel and a poor street dog. They meet after, Lady, the cocker spaniel, finds herself on the streets after her owners have a baby. She eventually meets Tramp who protects her and shows her life on the streets as a stray mutt dog.
3. Old Yeller (1957)
Warning to all pet owners: prepare to cry your heart out once you decide to watch this classic film.
In Old Yeller (1957), we see a mother and her two children left behind by the father on their ranch as he goes on a cattle drive. They eventually meet Old Yeller, a runaway stray dog who ruins some parts of their fields. Although they drove the dog away at first, the children grow to become friends with him after he saves one of them from a bear attack.
However, their relationship is threatened when a rabies outbreak spreads in the neighborhood.
2. Marley & Me (2008)
Here’s another movie that dog owners can relate to.
In Marley & Me (2008), we see a newlywed couple move to Florida to start their married life in their first home. Their relationship is tested when they adopt Marley, a Labrador puppy who turns out to be a handful when he starts destroying their furniture. However, Marley soon becomes part of the family even bringing out the best out of his owners.
The film is based on a book of true accounts by John Grogan, Marley’s real-life owner.
1. Turner & Hooch (1989)
On the top of our list of best dog movies is this Tom Hanks starrer film about a neat freak cop and his drooling dog partner.
Turner & Hooch (1989) is a twist on the buddy cop film subgenre. But this time we man’s best friend assist a Californian detective on the job.
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What other dog movies did we forget on this list? Got better film recommendations? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.