20 All-Time Favourite Dog Movies
With all the uncertainty dangling over our heads, there are two facts that you can count on: that Dogs are the greatest, and that snuggling up to a good movie is the answer to most of life’s problems.
Take a look through our list of twenty great dog movies to get you started.
MOVIE #1 WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
MOVIE # 2 LADY AND THE TRAMP
This Disney animated classic follows a pampered cocker spaniel named whose comfortable life slips away. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street, she is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp.
MOVIE #3 MY DOG TULIP
Geared towards an adult audience, this animated film tells the story of Ackerley's fifteen-year relationship with his Alsatian dog.
MOVIE #4 BOLT
Bolt is a dog who stars in a superhit television show in which he possesses superpowers. However, things change when he believes his powers are real and embarks on a purposeful mission.
MOVIE #5 FRANKENWEENIE
When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbours, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been.
MOVIE #6 HOMEWARD BOUND - THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
A fun-loving American bulldog pup, a hilarious Himalayan cat, and a wise old golden retriever embark on a long trek through the rugged wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains in a quest to reach home and their beloved owners.
MOVIE #7 THE FOX AND THE HOUND
When an adopted fox and a to-be hunting hound become inseparable friends as pups, their friendship grows stronger every day in their "childhood." But as they grow older, they grow farther and farther apart, to the day when the two old comrades' bond is put to the ultimate test.
MOVIE #8 101 DALMATIANS
An absolute classic - an evil high-fashion designer plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess.
MOVIE #9 MARLEY & ME
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.
MOVIE #10 BEETHOVEN
The Newton family 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... a St Bernard. Doctor Varnick, the local vet has a secret and horrible sideline, which requires lots of dogs for experiments. Beethoven is unfortunately on the bad doctor's list.
MOVIE 11 A DOG’S PURPOSE
A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the dog’s existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.
MOVEI #12 A DOGWALKER’S CHRISTMAS TALE
When spoiled, 21-year old college student Luce Lockhart is forced to take a job over the holidays walking a rich developer's dog, she is thrilled to discover they are going to build a salon and spa over the quaint local dog park nearby. But when Luce meets Dean, an irritating yet handsome dogwalker actively trying to stop them, Luce is forced to question what the park means to her newfound friends and whether she can put aside her selfish ways to help save the park before Christmas.
MOVIE #13 THINK LIKE A DOG
A 12-year-old tech prodigy's science experiment goes awry and he forges a telepathic connection with his dog. The duo joins forces and use their unique perspectives on life to comically overcome complications of family and school.
MOVIE #14 EIGHT BELOW
Sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snowstorm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival.
MOVIE #15 A DOGS WAY HOME
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog meets a series of new friends and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.
MOVIE #16 THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
In "The Art of Racing In The Rain", wise old dog Enzo Swift shares thoughts about the life experiences which prepared him to protect his family in times of greatest need.
MOVIE #17 THE CALL OF THE WILD
Buck the dog has his carefree life of leisure suddenly upset when he was stolen from his home in Santa Clara County, California and deported up north, to be sold in Skagway, Alaska, and taken further north, to Dawson City, Yukon, during the late 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. Forced to fight to survive, he progressively depends on his primal instincts, sheds the comforts of civilization and responds to "the call of the wild", as master of his own.
MOVIE #18 TOGO
The heroic story of Togo, the sled dog who led the 1925 serum run yet was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race.
MOVIE #19 A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS
A challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program."
MOVIE #20 A GOLDEN CHRISTMAS
Jessica is a federal lawyer who returns to her parent's home for Christmas. When she discovers that the house where she grew up was sold to a stranger, Jessica look for ways to buy it back again. She tries to get Michael (the new owner) arrested, but she also doesn't remember who he really is.
Happy Watching! Let us know which dog movies you think should be added to the list.