Who doesn’t enjoy a good dog movie? These tearjerkers, especially for dog parents, may really tug at our emotions and make us want to embrace our furry pals closer than ever. These films are not in any particular order, and some may have made us cry more than others.
We may discuss some of the important concepts and plot points as we go through each film, so spoiler warning if you haven’t seen it yet. We have a dog movie for you, whether you’re surfing Netflix on a Friday night or finally have some time to curl up with your doggie after a long day at work. Let’s look over the list, and you can create your own rating list for your next home movie marathon.
10 Best Dog Movies of All Time
1. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
I believe this is the first dog film I recall seeing in its entirety. Some of us who prefer dogs to cats despise cats. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey will show you how animals of all breeds and types may form bonds of friendship. A golden retriever, an American Bulldog, and a Persian Siamese cat are three buddies who go on vacation with their humans. They become disoriented along the road and do everything in their power to find their way back to their loving family. It chronicles their struggles to return home, as well as the challenges they face along the route. I won’t give anything away about the finale in case you haven’t watched movie yet, but I will say that the obstacles they face will take you through all the highs and lows of emotions.
This film is packed with events that will touch even the hardest of hearts, from laughing at Chance’s (American Bulldog) antics to Sassy’s (Persian Siamese) efforts to keep up with the pups to Shadow’s (Golden Retriever) unfailing faith and leadership.
2. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale had to be the one that almost convinced me to give on dog movies for good. No other storey compares to this one in terms of loyalty, innocence, and patience. Hachiko the dog is remembered for the impact he left on people’s hearts. The film begins with Ronnie, a little child, telling the narrative of why his grandfather’s dog Hachiko is his particular hero.
After seeing this film, I have to say that Hachi symbolises everything we want in a best friend, hero, and companion. Take a seat with a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream and watch this film. Hachi will redefine the term “loyalty” and thoroughly demonstrate a dog’s actual potential for love.
3. Marley & Me
Get ready for another tearjerker with Marley & Me! This film is unlike any other that has come before it. This film is particularly relatable because it depicts the daily lives of dog owners. It begins when they first receive Marley as a puppy and continues until the conclusion. You feel as if you’ve been there with the family and, of course, with Marley during all of the main events depicted in the film.
When it comes to the end, I’m sure a lot of us will imagine our own furry best friend in the position of Marley. That is what will make you cry the most. Take a look and don’t say I didn’t warn you about the tears!
4. Old Yeller
Old Yeller is a classic dog movie that is perhaps one of the most well-known. This film highlights the unconditional affection that exists between a dog and a youngster. Old Yeller defends the boys in the film at all costs and eventually becomes an important family member. A calamity strikes the farm, and later Old Yeller, and a human is forced to choose between his emotions and intellect.
It’s not always easy to do the right thing, and this narrative may leave you feeling angry and sad, but there is a silver lining at the end that may help you feel better. This is one of the earliest dog movies, thus it’s at the top of our list.
5. All Dogs Go to Heaven
Here’s a terrific animated short that truly pulls out a dog’s personality to put a fun and cute spin on things. Burt Reynolds and other classic Hollywood A-listers provide their voices to the dogs, bringing them to life. All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 30-year-old film that uses human events to tell its storey.
Charlie, the German Shephard, is a charming and endearing character that propels the plot along. He doesn’t always set the finest example for the kids and his loyal sidekick, a Dachshund named Itchy, but he tries his hardest, just like the rest of us. So, if you need a break from all of the melancholy, this is a fantastic animation to cheer you up!
Benji is a canine movie that I recall seeing in parts and pieces as a kid. With an adorable dog and a great premise, this film spawned a slew of sequels. The first is about Benji, a mixed-race stray who rescues two kidnapped children. Throughout the film, Benji demonstrates tremendous intelligence.
He has an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time, and he frequently solves problems with a dog’s mental capacity. You can image the amount of dog training that went into making this film, which is astounding in and of itself! Benji will become a hero who saves people in danger. He could just as well wear a red cape and blue tights!
7. 101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians is yet another Disney animated film that is suited for audiences of all ages. It contains something for both children and adults. A human is also an opponent in this animation, as is typically the case in dog movies. Pongo and Perdita demonstrate the love and commitment that all parents have for their children as they embark on a journey to prevent their puppies from being used to make puppy coats.
This pair of furry parents is humanised in our eyes by doing everything we would do to protect our children, saving their puppies from becoming nothing more than a fashion item. This is a fantastic film for a night in with the kids, whether they are furry or not!
8. Lady and the Tramp
This Disney animation tells a romantic storey. Lady and the Tramp is a popular fable about a rich girl and a poor boy who captures her heart, as well as a dog and a cat who don’t get along. Finally, this is a love storey of two dogs, Lady, a Cocker Spaniel, and Tramp, a mixed breed stray. Of course, the love and loyalty that dogs have for humans is also reflected in this film.
The spaghetti-eating sequence, which ends with an unexpected kiss between the two dogs, has been re-enacted numerous times and has become an iconic scene. Tonight, treat yourself to a plate of spaghetti, your favourite dog, and Lady and the Tramp.
It puts a smile to my face just typing this headline. Who doesn’t enjoy a big lumbering lug of a dog who leaves a trail of destruction and mischief in his wake? Despite the fact that his antics drive his owner, George Newton, insane, he is adored by the entire family and always comes through when the family is in need.
George and Beethoven have a fantastic dynamic in which one partner is frequently cleaning up after the other, which will leave you in fits of laughter. Are you in the mood for a lighter comedy tonight? Give it a shot and let us know what you think!
10. A Dog’s Purpose
Enough with the frills; here’s another heartbreaking tale. As the title suggests, this narrative explores the reason for a dog’s existence. The trip and experiences this dog-spirit goes through are endearing and inspiring, even if it takes several reincarnations and lifetimes to learn. This spirit has all of the memories of its previous life and has had all of the required experiences to answer the question we always ask, “What is our purpose?”
The dog soul reincarnates as many breeds in various settings with various cards dealt. Buddy’s final reincarnation discovers his life’s purpose at the end.
Every single one of these films demonstrates why, whether we own pets or not, we should all watch more pet-related films. Each of these films takes on moral and philosophical issues from many perspectives, not only stimulating your mind but also tugging at your heartstrings and emotions – all at the same time.
Don’t worry if you’ve seen every single one of these films; there are many more out there ready to soften you up. One thing is certain: after viewing any of these or other dog videos, you’ll want to hug your dog even tighter and express your gratitude for their unconditional affection.