Top 10 Dog Movies of All Time Everyone Should Watch

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Dogs have been a part of our lives for centuries, and they continue to be one of the most popular pets in America. It’s no wonder that there are so many great dog movies! Whether you’re a dog lover or not, these films are sure to entertain. Here are the top 10 dog movies of all time.

Old Yeller (1957)

This classic film sets the bar high for all future dog movies. Even though this movie was made over 50 years ago, it’s still one of the best dog movies ever.

The story follows a young boy named Travis, who helps his dad take care of their farm in Texas during the 1860s. After their family dog contracts rabies, they are forced to shoot him, but it’s too late because he has already bitten Travis’ little brother Arliss. That proves to be a problem because the dog soon becomes the only thing that can protect Arliss from wild animals on their farm. The movie was nominated for two Golden Globes, and it won the award for Best Motion Picture (Drama). It is based on the book of the same name by Fred Gipson.

Marley & Me (2008)

Based on the memoir by John Grogan, this is one of the best dog movies out there. It follows the life of an adventurous yellow lab and his family. Throughout the movie, viewers see how Marley grew up and how he affected everyone around him.

Even though Marley was a dog, he became one of the most memorable characters on this list! This story follows the antics of an unruly yellow lab as he gets into all kinds of trouble. It makes you laugh and cry…so it should come as no surprise that it was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical).

The movie stars Owen Wilson as John, Jennifer Aniston as Jenny, and of course, the lovable Marley! Their story shows what it takes to be a good dog owner.

The movie was released when many dog lovers were still mourning the loss of Marley, who died just months before the movie was released. The film grossed over $143 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews.

Beethoven (1992)

Do you love dogs and comedy? Then this film is for you! This was another story that turned into a series, and it’s one of the best dog movies around.

If you’ve seen the movie, then you know that Beethoven is a St. Bernard that gets into all kinds of trouble! Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably heard his famous bark: “Ruff Ruff Ruff!”

Though the original movie was released in 1992, it spawned several sequels. It also turned into a successful TV show that lasted 6 seasons. This is one of the most entertaining dog movies ever, so if you need a good laugh, be sure to give it a try.

The movie stars Charles Grodin as George, Bonnie Hunt as Kate, and of course, Beethoven! Beethoven is 100% pure entertainment.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

This is another dog movie that doesn’t get enough credit! The original film premiered in 1993, but it was remade in 2005. Both movies follow the heartwarming journey of these two dogs and their cat as they try to make their way home.

The story isn’t as simple as it may sound; on their journey back, they encounter some dangerous situations along the way. It’s a heartwarming story and one that any dog owner will love. It makes you wonder what you would do if your furry friend went missing!

This film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. It stars Michael J. Fox as Shadow, Sally Field as Sassy, and of course, Shadow and Sassy. If you love dogs, then this is a must-see!

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)

The original film is a classic, but the sequel is worth watching! It follows the same story as the original, but it’s set in San Francisco instead of New York City.

This movie was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award. It stars Don Ameche as Chance, Sally Field as Sassy, and of course, Chance and Sassy! It was released in 1996 and still holds up today.

If you love the first one, you should give this a watch. I think that it’s just as good as the first one, so give it a shot!

Hachiko: A Dog’s Story (2009)

If you think that all dog movies are just about pure entertainment, you should check out this movie. It’s based on a true story, making it even more emotional.

The story follows the life of a dog named Hachiko and his owner Professor Ueno. They develop a very close relationship, but tragedy strikes when Professor Ueno is killed while he’s at work.

For more than ten years, the loyal dog waited for his owner outside the train station. He never gave up and continued to wait for him even when they stopped making the train at the station where the two used to meet.

This movie was released in 2009 and is based on the true story of Hachiko. It stars Richard Gere as Professor Ueno, Joan Allen as Yumiko, and Hachiko. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then be sure to check it out!

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Last but not least, we have The Fox and the Hound. If you haven’t heard of this movie yet, you need to see it!

The story follows the life of a fox named Todd, who befriends a hound dog named Copper. Their friendship seems like it could last forever, but their friendship is tested when Copper gets assigned to a new job.

The movie was released in 1981, but it’s still a heartwarming tale that dog lovers will enjoy. It’s a timeless classic that deserves a watch!

The movie stars Kurt Russell as Todd, Mickey Rooney as Chief, Todd, and Copper! If you haven’t seen this movie yet, give it a watch. It’s fun for both kids and adults so that everyone can enjoy it together.

Benji (1974)

Another movie that’s meant for kids is the 1974 film Benji. This was one of the first movies to star a dog as the lead role, and it’s still just as great today.

The story follows a stray dog named Benji and his adventures with the family that takes him in. He gets into all kinds of trouble, but he always tries to do the right thing.

This is a feel-good movie that will make you smile. It’s a feel-good movie that both kids and adults can enjoy.

The film stars Edgar Buchanan as Benjy, Patsy Garrett as Mrs. Livingston, and of course, Benji! If you haven’t seen it yet, then be sure to check it out.

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

This movie was released in 2009 and was directed by Thor Freudenthal.

The movie’s plot follows two siblings trying to find homes for the dogs they’ve rescued. They end up running away and staying in an abandoned hotel, but soon the place is taken over by a bunch of mean dogs.

This movie has action and adventure and focuses on shelter dogs. It’s perfect for dog lovers and is a great family movie to watch together.

The film stars Emma Roberts as Andi and Jake T. Austin as Bruce. As you can see, it’s a dog-themed movie meant for kids. If you haven’t seen this one yet, then be sure to check it out.

101 Dalmatas (1961)

This is a classic Disney movie that came out in 1961. It was directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske.

The story follows a couple that just had a baby and the evil Cruella de Vil, who wants to steal their Dalmatian puppies for their fur.

Of course, the family’s 101 dalmatians won’t let Cruella get away with her plan. They do whatever they can to protect their family and stop Cruella from getting away with her plan, but they need help.

This is a great movie that you should check out with the whole family. And, of course, it’s a must-watch for all dog lovers out there!

Conclusion

These are some of the best dog movies that you can watch with your favorite canine. We know that there are many other great dog movies out there, but we wanted to narrow it down to the movies we listed above.

If you enjoyed our article and think other people should read it, then make sure you share it with your friends and family.

If there are any other dog movies that you really like, then be sure to let us know in the comments section. If you have a puppy yourself, be sure to show them this article!

Author

  • Brenda Tillman is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, a dedicated mom blogger, and a life enthusiast. She also has completed courses on Parenting Skills, Learning, and Education. She is married and is the proud mother of a boy and two girls. She loves being with her family and pets. She has been blogging for over five years now and enjoys sharing her thoughts on parenting, relationships, health & fitness as well as other topics that come up in life.

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