Movies that incorporate dogs are almost sure to make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings and instantly make you feel warm and fuzzy inside! Plus, watching a movie about dogs reminds you of the special bond you share with your beloved pet. If you’re looking for a canine-centric movie to enjoy with your pet-loving family, then check out our top ten movie list for dog lovers. Some of these are oldies but goodies, that can be watched and enjoyed time and time again! So get the popcorn and cuddle up with your favorite couch buddy.
Based on a book called Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, Marley is an adopted yellow Labrador Retriever who is one hard headed and stubborn pup! Although he’s always getting into mischief, his family loves him nonetheless and continuously forgives him for all of his bad behaviors. The movie is pretty humorous but be sure to have the tissues handy because you will be bawling by the time it’s over!
Beethoven is a family favorite from the 90’s, however there are several adaptation releases since the original. Beethoven is a clumsy, hard to handle Saint Bernard with a heart pure of gold. Similar to Marley, Beethoven gets himself into trouble often but his family still loves and embraces him entirely. Everyone will fall head-over-paws for this classic pet-loving movie!
Many adults may have childhood memories of Homeward Bound. Based on three pets who think they have been abandoned when their owners go out of town, the trio leave behind the comforts of their home and strike out into the wild on a search for their owners. Sassy a Himalayan cat, Shadow a Golden Retriever and Chance an American Bulldog, will take you on an epic journey full of laughs and suspense. This is the perfect movie for cat and dog lovers alike.
This classic was released in 1957, which means it’s been tugging at heart strings for many, many years. Old Yeller is a story of how we come to love our pets, the responsibility they give us and how we deal with their loss. Just be warned, if you haven’t seen it yet, bring the tissue box because it is a real tear jerker!
5.) Lassie: (2005)
Lassie is a fictional character created by Eric Knight. She is a female Rough Collie dog, and was featured in a short story that was later expanded to a full-length film called Lassie Come-Home in 1943. Since then, Lassie has been the object of countless adaptations in TV and film, always about a dog with exceptional bravery. We all learn valuable lessons from our pets and Lassie is no exception!
Based on a book that was written by Willie Morris, My Dog Skip is set back in the 1940’s, with a shy boy growing up in a small Mississippi town. Skip is his dog that he loves very much. The story line includes drama, comedy and even historical events, which makes for an interesting plot and a heartwarming story about the friendship between a boy and his dog.
After watching this film, there’s no doubt you will fall in love with the Dalmatian breed. With a brutal villain, Cruella de Vil, this movie will keep you on your toes, all while laughing out loud.
8.) Air Bud: (1997)
As the tagline for the film states, “He sits. He stays. He shoots. He scores.” The story revolves around a lonely young boy who’s too shy to try out for the basketball team until he meets a golden retriever he names Buddy who has an uncanny ability to play the game. If you’re a sports-lover, or if you want your husband to be on board with watching a dog movie, then Air Bud is a great choice!
If you prefer a newer film that’s suitable for the entire family, check out Hotel for Dogs. After moving into a foster home that forbids pets, siblings Andi (Emma and Bruce must quickly find a home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful pair find an abandoned hotel, and with the help of Bruce’s mechanical skills, turn it into a pooch paradise for Friday and a number of strays. Children are going to especially love this film because it is filled with all sorts of high tech gadgets and lots of creativity.
10.) Isle of Dogs: (2018)
This unique and quirky stop-motion film by celebrated filmmaker Wes Anderson is entertaining, moving and offbeat in the best way. Featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum, it tells the story of a young Japanese boy who does the impossible to rescue his beloved Spots from an imposed exile on the Isle of Dogs, befriending some other great canines on the way.