It’s always tough to pick a good movie to watch at home, because there are so many options.But if you love movies and dogs, chances are you’ll enjoy a good dog flick. Dogs have been featured in films since the dawn of cinema. The best dog movies of all time feature cute pups that the audience can connect with. As they say, dog is man’s best friend. If an audience doesn’t like anyone in the cast, then they’ll at least like the dog. This is especially important in dog movies for kids. Unlike some other animals, canines are easily trained, and therefore ideal for motion picture production. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites! What else can you think of?
#10) Beethoven (1992) – This dog movie follows The Newton family who live in their comfortable home, but there seems to something missing. This “hole” is filled by a small puppy, who walks into their home and their lives. Beethoven, as he is named, grows into a giant of a dog and hilarity ensues.
#9) Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) – Three pets (Chance, a young dog unfamiliar with the world; Shadow, an aging, wise dog; and Sassy, a snobby cat) are left behind when their family goes on vacation. Unsure of what happened, the animals set out on a quest to find their family. This journey across America is very dangerous and the animals risk never seeing their masters again. The group of pets travel across forested mountains and areas of wide-open countryside, while their family searches for them in the same areas.
#8) Turner & Hooch (1989) – Tom Hanks stars as Scott Turner in this best dog movie. Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some “real” cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed’s dog, Hooch, which Scott Turner has to take care of if it’s going to avoid being “put to sleep”.
#7) Hachi; A Dog’s Tale (2009) – This heartwarming true story is an American adaptation of a Japanese tale about a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station every day and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Sadly his master goes to work one day, but dies at work and never returns to the station. Hachiko faithfully returns to the same spot at the station that evening, and every day until the last day of his life, to wait for his beloved master. While a tear-jerker, Hachi is still one of the best dog movies of all time.
#6) 101 Dalmatians (1961) – When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. This Disney classic is a movie for the whole family, which is why it comes in at number 6 of our best dog movies of all time.
#5) The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986) – The story of two animals and their adventures. Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, are two animals who grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous, and often perilous quest finds the two animals traveling across mountains, plains, and snow-covered lands searching for one another.
#4) Best In Show (2000) – Best in Show is presented as a documentary of five dogs and their owners destined to show in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, held in Philadelphia. The documentary jumps between the owners as they prepare to leave for the show, arriving at the hotel, and preparing backstage before their dog takes the show. This ensemble comedy delivers multiple laughs which is why we had to list it in our best dog movies of all time.
#3) Lady And The Tramp (1955)– Another Disney family classic checks in at number 3 in our best dog movies of all time. Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady’s home make her decide to travel with him for a while. This turns out to be a bad move, as no dog is above the law.
#2) Marley & Me (2008)– After their wedding, newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan move to Florida. In an attempt to stall Jennifer’s “biological clock”, John gives her a puppy. While the puppy Marley grows into a 100 pound dog, he loses none of his puppy energy or rambunctiousness. Meanwhile, Marley gains no self-discipline. Marley’s antics give John rich material for his newspaper column. As the Grogans mature and have children of their own, Marley continues to test everyone’s patience by acting like the world’s most impulsive dog.
#1) Old Yeller (1957)– No list of the best dog movies of all time is complete without Old Yeller. Young Travis Coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his mother and younger brother while his father goes off on a cattle drive in the 1860’s. When a yellow mongrel comes for an uninvited stay with the family, Travis reluctantly adopts the dog. After a series of scrapes involving raccoons, snakes, bears and all manner of animals, Travis grows to love and respect Old Yeller, who comes to have a profound effect on the boy’s life.