20 of the Best Dog Movies to Watch with Your Pooch
Get your tails wagging! Here's our round-up of the best movies for dogs to watch with the humans who love them!
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Dog lovers unite! If you’re not playing with your canine companion, you can be relaxing with them while watching dog movies. Round up your loved ones and sit back while watching these films that bring laughter like these funny movies, nostalgia with fan favorites, and overall PAW-sitive energy!
There’s a movie for just about everyone! Hanging out with the kids for Friday movie nights? You’re bound to see one of these funny family movies. Celebrating throwback Thursday? Watch some of these classics featuring some of the best family dogs you could have in your life! Movies are great to take a step back and are even better when they highlight some of our favorite furry friends. This list of dog movies is sure to be suitable for all.
The Fox and the Hound
This vintage classic about born rivals remains one of the best dog movies to watch with the whole family. Adults will appreciate the voice work from Mickey Rooney as the fox, and Kurt Russell as the hound, while kiddos will love the rollicking friendship between the two pups. Once the pair grow up, you can expect conflict—foxes and hounds usually aren’t best buds. However, in Disney’s hands, the rivalry makes for enduring lessons about loyalty and friendship. Did you ever wonder why your dog’s tail is always wagging?
The classic love story between Pongo and Perdita (and the one between their owners!) makes for one of the all-time best dog movies! The evil Cruella De Vil and her hapless henchmen are no match for the army of canines who band together to protect 101 adorable fur babies. Disney’s animated adventure provides fun frolic for dog lovers of every age.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
Have a pooch who loves to see live-action footage of fellow canines? If so, you should watch this dog movie with your furry pals! The cute kitten Milo meets a pug puppy named Otis and the adventures begin. Milo floats downstream in a box and Otis follows, helping the kitty as they interact with various woodland creatures. The movie even features a flash forward to the little kitten and pup once they’re all grown up! You know dogs have a great sense of smell, but you had no idea just how good.
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This is one of the best dog movies, as ranked by fans of Siberian Huskies. Based on a true story, this epic adventure follows eight fearless sled dogs who are left behind in Antarctica after their human companions must evacuate under harrowing conditions. Paul Walker stars as the guide who mounts a rescue mission to find the courageous canines. Left on their own, the huskies must survive in grueling weather and fend for survival. The story highlights the dogs’ amazing bonds and inspiring spirits.
All Dogs Go to Heaven
This animated dog movie about the afterlife spawned a franchise including a sequel and television series. It’s the perfect movie to watch with your family of both humans and pooches! Burt Reynolds voices the lead doggo, a German Shepard who returns to Earth to hang with his dog bestie, voiced by Dom DeLuise. Heartwarming hijinks ensure.
You should watch this comedic romp with the St. Bernard who has a starring role in your life. It’s one of the best dog movies about a rambunctious family pooch and the humans who love him. Charle Grodin stars as the grumpy dad who slowly warms to the energetic pup Beethoven, who earns his name when he barks along to the famous composer’s Fifth Symphony. Woof-woof-woof-woooof.
If your pooch loves chasing balls, you’ll have a great time watching Air Bud with your energetic doggo! This beloved dog movie stars the real-life dog, Air Buddy, who became famous in the nineties for shooting baskets on the Late Show with David Letterman. The story follows a kid trying out for the basketball team who comes across an adorable pooch who has the uncanny ability to shoot hoops. How smart are dogs really?
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Your pooch will identify with the feel-good thrills and live-action footage of beloved pets on a scenic journey to reunite with their owners. Three kids have to leave behind their two dogs (and a cat) when their mom remarries and relocates to the big city. Nope! The pets are not having it! The trio, a bulldog, golden retriever, and cat, have other things in mind. This is one of the all-time best dog movies to watch with the whole fam.
This vintage western features a faithful dog that’ll do anything for a homestead family alone on the prairie. The little brother takes to the rascally yellow dog, while the older one keeps his distance. When Old Yeller gets the boys out of a dangerous scrap more than once, he ends up winning the hearts of everyone (including yours!) through his loyalty and courage.
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A Dog’s Purpose
If you’re in the mood to pull your pooch’s heartstrings (and your own!) this is the dog movie for you! Follow a loyal dog as he makes his way into the lives of various humans, teaching them valuable lessons while learning his own. Josh Gad (also the snowman Olaf in Frozen) voices the multiple incarnations of the dog Bailey with warmth and verve. Dennis Quaid also stars in this film that celebrates the tender relationship between dogs and their human besties. Keep the tissues close!
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
The true story about an Akita dog named Hachikō will have you and your pup hooked on the screen. An adaptation of the original Japanese film, places our main characters in a modern American setting. The film explores the loyalty and bond between owner and pooch — showing all of us the unconditional love that our canine companions bring us. This one can be a real tearjerker so hug your pup and give them a smooth!
101 Dalmatians (live-action)
Glenn Close sparkles with villainy in this live-action version of the beloved animated tale. Relive all the best moments from the cartoon, and fall in love with pooches galore, including all those rambunctious, adorable Dalmatians.
Lady and the Tramp
He’s a tramp, but she loves him! If you’re looking for a little puppy love, you should watch this dog movie as Lady, the uptown girl doggo, flirts with Tramp, the pup who hails from the wrong side of the tracks. It also includes one of the all-time best iconic romantic movie scenes. You’ll adore the moment where the lovebird pooches share a plate of pasta. That’s amore! Who’s to say what dogs are worth?
Isle of Dogs
You and your pooch will love the way the dogs look in Wes Anderson’s quirky stop-motion animation adventure. It takes place in a dystopian future, where a band of dogs helps a little boy find the lost dog that was sent to a terrible island. The voice talent boasts major stars such as Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, and Yoko Ono to name just a few.
Hotel for Dogs
What’s better than one dog? A hotel full of dogs! You and your dog can join siblings Andi and Bruce on their adventure to find a home for their dog after entering a foster home that didn’t allow having pets in the home.
Adjusting to family life not only takes a toll on humans but dogs too! While additions to the family can be an adjustment, you grow to love, care, and protect those you love—something we can take notes from family dogs Max and Duke! If you haven’t watched the first, we recommend watching it.
Think Like A Dog
You and your pup will surely be jealous of this connection! In the sci-fi comedy with a star-studded lineup, watch as a science experiment goes wrong creating a telepathic connection between owner and dog. We would advise you to not try this experiment at home—so cover your eyes and enjoy the ride!
Have you and your furry friend experienced a move recently? Well, then you can relate to Marmaduke and his family as they pack up their bags and adjust to their new life in sunny Orange County, California! Look at life through the perspective of Marmaduke as he navigates through the move, making new friends, falling in love, and finding a home in his new environment. We’re wondering who will relate more, you or your pooch?
Romance is in the air with this romantic comedy as five stories interconnect with one another. One might be wondering how they cross paths, well it’s all thanks to their canine counterparts! Thankful for the lives of their pets and the work that goes into having a dog, these individuals are able to interact with one another gaining not only a new friend but also another canine companion.
Finding the superhero in us is something you and your dog can do together—alongside Bolt of course! After spending years on a movie set, Bolt believes he has superpowers and goes on a cross-country mission to help owner Penny with the help of a few others along the way. Go on this animated adventure and get Bolt back to Penny!