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Top 100 Best Dog Movies Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Posted Nov 9, 2021


Dog Movies

 

In this rather selfish and uncaring world, it is understandable to see why we get so much out of our domesticated dogs.

 

If they are provided with refuge, affection, food, and safety from our side, they provide us with unconditional love and unmatched loyalty in return - two things that we, as humans, somehow, fail to give each other.

 

Since our beloved pets have come to expect commitment as the most critical part of their job description, it is, therefore, important for humans to acknowledge these characteristics; and acknowledge we do by paying homage to these most selfless creatures by mounting several dog-themed motion pictures that are dedicated to them.

 

Even though dog-owners are well aware of the fact that watching their pup play can feel like their own personal movie, it is only a given that there are plenty of feature films that do their bit to remind the viewers of the magic that dogs have instilled within their sacred souls.

 

Having said that, let us take a look at a century of the best motion pictures featuring the man's one true best friend.

 

 

100. Marmaduke (2010)

 

Marmaduke (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Marmaduke
Year 2010
Watch time 87 min
Directors Tom Dey
Cast Owen Wilson, Judy Greer, Lee Pace, Emma Stone
Box Office $33.64M
IMDb Rating 4.3
Metascore 30
Writers Tim Rasmussen
Music By Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography By Greg Gardiner
Costume By Linda Vipond

 

Helmed by Tom Dey, 'Marmaduke' tells the story of a Great Dane named Marmaduke, who, after moving to California with his owner, starts to make new companions and falls head over heels in love with Jezebel, a female rough collie.

 

The screenplay of this feature film has the capacity to make both the kids and adults laugh through to the very end.

 

A great diversion from all the problems going on in the world today, it strives to strongly convey that one should not turn their backs on their friends; all while trying to make the parents understand that work and career are not as important as family.

 

Needless to say, the makers throw in a string of family values but ensure to keep this movie as entertaining as possible.

 

 

99. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

 

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Year 2010
Watch time 82 min
Directors Brad Peyton
Cast Bette Midler, Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer, James Marsden
Box Office $43.59M
IMDb Rating 4.4
Metascore 30
Writers Ron J. Friedman
Music By Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography By Steven Poster
Costume By Carol Lavallee

 

This Brad Peyton directorial venture tries to cast light on the ongoing war between the canine and feline species which is put on hold when they join forces to deter a rogue cat spy who has her own sinister plans for conquest.

 

The belated sequel to the 2001 box-office hit 'Cats & Dogs' thrives on its free-flowing action that is sure to entertain the young viewers.

 

The animals in this motion picture are obviously cute and crazy enough to please all the members of the audience.

 

Even though it feels slightly rushed, the screenplay does encompass striking locations, skillful photography, and decent-looking special effects.

 

Furthermore, the soundtrack is a lot of fun and the acting is decent with both the human and animal characters doing their job pretty well.

 

 

98. Pup Star (2016)

 

Pup Star (2016)

 

This Robert Vince directorial venture traces the journey of a Yorkshire terrier puppy who participates in a singing tournament and reaches the final round.

 

However, things go for a toss when it is kidnapped by a dog pound worker and has to escape to go back to its owner.

 

This talking-dog comedy, which has been specially produced for the entertainment of the kids, establishes a world of "advanced" canines who talk to and interact with humans on equal terms.

 

Needless to say, the film thrives on its technical department as the editing in it is incredible, which makes one believe that the dogs in the screenplay are really talking and humming.

 

 

97. Sk8 Dawg (2018)

 

Sk8 Dawg (2018)

 

Director Ari Novak's 'Sk8 Dawg' is specifically for those who love to skateboard. The story in this feature film is neat and the acting is fair, but there is no singular performance that can be credited with taking the cake home for being the stand-out one in the screenplay.

 

That said, even though the skateboarding scenes are decently filmed, the makers could have found better skateboarders to get the job done.

 

However, what adds to the film's oomph factor is the fact that the dog, Buddy, practices skating with the characters in the film; something that is truly enjoyable, if not extraordinarily astonishing.

 

 

96. The Shaggy Dog (2006)

 

The Shaggy Dog (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Shaggy Dog
Year 2006
Watch time 98 min
Directors Brian Robbins
Cast Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Craig Kilborn, Zena Grey
Box Office $61.12M
IMDb Rating 4.4
Metascore 43
Writers Cormac Wibberley
Music By Alan Menken
Cinematography By Gabriel Beristain
Costume By Ronald R. Reiss

 

This fantasy family drama film has been directed by Brian Robbins. It is headlined by Tim Allen and tells the story of a man who tries to live a normal life despite realizing the fact that he can sometimes turn into a sheepdog.

 

This one is a surreal and spirited family comedy-drama that does rely on a lot of slapstick humor to make an impact.

 

As daft as its storyline might sound, it is that much endearing and amusing with a truly hilarious performance from Tim Allen as Dave Douglas; a pooch-hating lawyer who is bitten by a dog and then turns into one.

 

While inevitably formulaic and predictable, this feature film has the ability to generate enough decent laughs from the mouths of its viewers.

 

 

95. Beethoven's Big Break (2008)

 

Beethoven's Big Break (2008)

 

Helmed by Mike Elliott, 'Beethoven's Big Break' is often called a direct rip-off of the original.

 

But, this adorable feature film has all the ingredients that can please everyone in the whole family, and maybe, in the whole wide world of dog-lovers.

 

The cast here is both decent and funny, the sets are nice, and the costumes elegant.

 

Moreover, this entertainer attempts to thrive on its imaginative script and fair direction. Needless to say, one can give themselves a break from the ruckus of everyday life and get their hands on this one to pass their time with.

 

This movie would be a great watch for kids who are five to six years in age.

 

 

94. The Gold Retrievers (2009)

 

The Gold Retrievers (2009)

 

Directed by James D. R. Hickox, 'The Gold Retrievers' tracks the journey of a boy and his dog who must go looking for a fabled local treasure in an effort to save his family house from foreclosure.

 

This motion picture is not really award-winning; it is predictable, and it borrows too many tropes from several families and treasure-hunt movies out in the market.

 

While there is nothing original about this dog-themed feature film, its two young and enthusiastic leads try their best to make this a watchable fare.

 

Add to that the fact that there is a cute dog and hidden treasure to be quested; both of which keep the surprise factor alive.

 

Kids who are aged less than 10 will truly enjoy this motion picture and, seeing them enjoy it, their parents won't be bored out of their minds either.

 

 

93. Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)

 

Beethoven's Treasure Tail (2014)

 

This Ron Oliver directorial venture traces the journey of Beethoven, who, after being fired from a film, sets out on a new journey with his trainer Eddie.

 

However, their outing turns into a surprising adventure of sorts when they are abandoned in a coastal town.

 

This adorable family feature film is set in a lovely coastal atmosphere and its zany plot, which is full of pirates and buried treasure, will captivate all kinds of fans who are willing to watch this family fare.

 

This is a decent family entertainer that can be relished with your clan and popcorn over an evening of desired fun.

 

 

92. Miracle Dogs Too (2006)

 

Miracle Dogs Too (2006)

 

Helmed by Richard Gabai, 'Miracle Dogs Too' thrives on its low-key charm and decent messages to connect.

 

Furthermore, the reasonably decent script, costumes, set pieces, and direction make this a good selection for any family viewing.

 

This is a sweet motion picture, but what can work against it is the fact that not a lot of screen time has been allotted to the darling dogs in the screenplay.

 

This is possibly because there seem to be several storylines unfolding in this film, which makes it tough for the cute canines to share the screen space evenly.

 

That being said, one can't help but accept that the cast does a fine job to ensure a decent viewing experience for their audience.

 

 

91. Underdog (2007)

 

Underdog (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Underdog
Year 2007
Watch time 84 min
Directors Frederik Du Chau
Cast Peter Dinklage, Jason Lee, Amy Adams, Jim Belushi
Box Office $43.75M
IMDb Rating 4.8
Metascore 37
Writers Adam Rifkin
Music By Randy Edelman
Cinematography By David Eggby
Costume By Maggie Martin

 

This Frederik Du Chau directorial venture tells the story of a Beagle who gets exposed to a substance that empowers him with superpowers.

 

Soon after, he is adopted by a 12-year-old boy and uses his strengths to protect the city from the cruel scientist Simon Barsinister.

 

First things first, this feature film has been marketed for kids, with the hope that nostalgic parents would be inclined to carry the kids to the cinemas to catch it.

 

No wonder then that they will feel comfortable seeing this movie with their children. Needless to say, 'Underdog' is a pleasantly distracting bit of entertainment that can manage to evoke a lot of memories of the original.

 

And yes, the new spin on the theme song works as well.

 

 

90. Pup Star: Better 2Gether (2017)

 

Pup Star: Better 2Gether (2017)

 

Written and directed by Robert Vince, 'Pup Star: Better 2Gether' is a film for every member of the family.

 

This follow-up sequel to 'Pup Star' can be liked because the story is fun and adventurous, and it also introduces a lot of new characters including the disco dog Shampoo, the perfect pal P. U. P., and the attractive Kitty Purry. Without giving away much, it would be safe to say that one is most likely to have tears in their eyes by the time this movie reaches its finale.

 

Also, the heartfelt messages in the screenplay tell a lot about how the families that stick together are the ones that are better off together.

 

This dog-themed feature film would make a perfect watch for kids aged 3 to 13.

 

 

89. Timber the Treasure Dog (2016)

 

Timber the Treasure Dog (2016)

 

Director Ari Novak's 'Timber the Treasure Dog' tells the story of Mikey and his Alaskan husky.

 

It traces how the husky helps him search for a buried treasure to save his farm from foreclosure.

 

This adventure family drama invites its viewers to follow their journey by focusing on certain positive and implicit themes, each of which has a thing or two to say about family life, compassion, and bonding.

 

The screenplay of this special presentation caters to children's ambition of withstanding obstacles and acting dauntlessly, especially when they feel that they are losing all hope and confidence and are, therefore, unable to even help their parents.

 

 

88. Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

 

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

 

Director Michael Winner's 'Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood' tells the story of a would-be filmmaker and actress who attempt to shake up the film industry with a trick dog who gets discovered by a studio bus driver in the 1920s.

 

This motion picture is a nod to old Hollywood and is actually quite endearing. Even though not excellent, this dog-themed venture is hands down a charmer.

 

It is important to mention that a lot of classic faces from the 50s and 60s make cameo in this, and the lines that they deliver are good enough to make an impact.

 

Having said that, it won't be an exaggeration to claim that this feature film is often credited with popularizing the German Shepard breed of dogs in Hollywood.

 

Needless to say, the execution here will prompt real Hollywood aficionados to give this movie a try.

 

 

87. The Queen's Corgi (2019)

 

The Queen's Corgi (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Queen's Corgi
Year 2019
Watch time 85 min
Directors Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Cast Rusty Shackleford, Jo Wyatt, Leo Barakat, Mari Devon
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 4.8
Metascore ---
Writers Rob Sprackling
Music By Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography By Vincent Kesteloot
Costume By Jean-Stephane Garbe

 

Directors Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen's 'The Queen's Corgi' tells the story of a corgi that lives in The Buckingham Palace.

 

The screenplay here is predictable but the story is more than fun. The humorous dialogues and visual gags in abundance make this film come across as childish and somewhat silly, but it certainly is a feel-good adventure for young children, if not exactly for adults.

 

Having said that, where this dog-themed feature film falters is that it broadcasted a lot of its witty sequences in the trailer itself, which kind of takes the magic away while watching the film.

 

Nevertheless, it is a surprisingly funny and adventurous animation venture that can be seen at least once.

 

 

86. Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)

 

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Year 2012
Watch time 88 min
Directors Robert Vince
Cast Cheryl Ladd, George Newbern, Danny Woodburn, Obba Babatundé
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 4.9
Metascore ---
Writers Philip Fracassi
Music By Brahm Wenger
Cinematography By Mark Irwin
Costume By Jori Woodman

 

Directed by Robert Vince, 'Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups' tracks the journey of the playful and naughty Santa Pups - Hope, Jingle, Charity, and Noble - who plan to race to restore the disappearing Christmas spirit.

 

The look and feel of this dog-themed Christmas feature film are glorious and the art direction is elegant.

 

To top it all, the screenplay rides on a lot of humor and the adorable dogs do their best to steal the scenes in the movie and the hearts of the viewers watching the film.

 

This flick will be enjoyed by families who will not only consider this a nice way to spend their holidays with, but also to families who have a soft spot for dogs.

 

 

85. 102 Dalmatians (2000)

 

102 Dalmatians (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title 102 Dalmatians
Year 2000
Watch time 100 min
Directors Kevin Lima
Cast Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans
Box Office $66.96M
IMDb Rating 4.9
Metascore 35
Writers Dodie Smith
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Joanne Woollard

 

Helmed by Kevin Lima, '102 Dalmatians' tracks the journey of Cruella De Vil, who gets out of prison and goes after the puppies once again.

 

This version, unlike its predecessor, is completely new and original, even though the basic plot can come across as dated.

 

This feature film, which is about dogs and a bird, is a pure Disney entertainer with just enough adult humor for the adults, excitement for the teenagers, and fondness in its screenplay for the younger ones.

 

Add to that the fact that it has one hundred and two puppies, and who in their right minds would not like to watch them!

 

 

84. The Retrievers (2001)

 

The Retrievers (2001)

 

Directed by Paul Schneider, 'The Retrievers' talks about how the family members of a household come to realize that their lives are not the same anymore after they find new homes for their dog's puppies.

 

The whole story talks about the adventures that the family undertakes to get the pups back.

 

The sets, costumes, direction, and production niceties in this feature film work very well. Having said that, there is a bit of sadness in the story, so the family members must be prepared for a few tears and the subsequent hugs after the film reaches its finale.

 

For those who love to have a furry friend, this one can turn out to be a decent family-friendly movie; a film that also strives to convey that sometimes, it takes man's best friend to show what it really means to be a family in the true sense of the word.

 

 

83. Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

 

Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Beethoven's 2nd
Year 1993
Watch time 89 min
Directors Rod Daniel
Cast Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile
Box Office $53.35M
IMDb Rating 4.9
Metascore ---
Writers John Hughes
Music By Randy Edelman
Cinematography By Bill Butler
Costume By Cloudia Rebar

 

This Rod Daniel directorial venture tracks the journey of Beethoven, the St. Bernard dog, who is now a father.

 

However, things go haywire after his girlfriend Missy is dognapped, and his puppies are in danger of the same fate.

 

Even though not as charming as its predecessor, 'Beethoven's 2nd' is a decent sequel and is one of the more watchable motion pictures in the franchise.

 

The human performances in this one are reasonably good as well, but the real stars in this film are the dogs again.

 

While Beethoven is still his cheerful and adorable self, he is almost upstaged by the beautiful and equally precious Missy in this watchable dog-themed fare.

 

 

82. First Dog (2010)

 

First Dog (2010)

 

Written and directed by Bryan Michael Stoller, 'First Dog' tells the story of a foster boy who runs away to return the president's lost dog after finding it on the street.

 

This feature film can be seen for its attempt to bring a rather different dog story to the screen.

 

On one hand, one can like it for the decent acting performances and the appealing scenery while on the other, it can come across as a bit too serious to many children.

 

Therefore, it is not exactly a conventional dog-themed family fare, but if your family loves animal movies and if the kids are informed about the violence in this feature film beforehand, then it almost certainly could qualify as a winner for the next family flick evening.

 

 

81. A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale (2015)

 

A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale
Year 2015
Watch time 86 min
Directors Letia Clouston
Cast Jonathan Bennett, Lexi Giovagnoli, Dina Meyer, Patrick Muldoon
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.1
Metascore ---
Writers Jake Helgren
Music By Tom Jemmott
Cinematography By Chris Furukawa-Burgon
Costume By D.J. Castillo

 

Directed by Letia Clouston, 'A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale' actually has a few factors working in its favor: it is funny, Christmassy, not too serious, and more importantly, it features a dog.

 

Now, this motion picture does carry a few surprises injected into its screenplay, and this is precisely what keeps it going.

 

Also, the performances here are decent enough and the movie moves along at a brisk pace.

 

Although a bit predictable, this nicely filmed feature film also tries to convey that money is not everything, and that it is family and friends that should mean the world to everyone.

 

 

80. Cats & Dogs (2001)

 

Cats & Dogs (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cats & Dogs
Year 2001
Watch time 87 min
Directors Lawrence Guterman
Cast Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins
Box Office $93.39M
IMDb Rating 5.1
Metascore 47
Writers John Requa
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Julio Macat
Costume By Lin MacDonald

 

Director Lawrence Guterman's 'Cats & Dogs' thrives on its various animal characters, their human counterparts, and incredibly funny dialogues.

 

The voice cast here do a commendable job each with the material that they are provided, and Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Perkins pitch in some decent human performances to add to the proceedings.

 

Furthermore, the technical aspects in this feature film are very well done and are aided by good music.

 

Having said that, it is almost certain that this motion picture will be liked more by the kids than adults and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

 

 

79. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

 

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Year 2004
Watch time 93 min
Directors Raja Gosnell
Cast Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini
Box Office $84.22M
IMDb Rating 5.1
Metascore 34
Writers William Hanna
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Oliver Wood
Costume By Tedd Kuchera

 

The second installment in the Scooby-Doo live-action film franchise has been directed by Raja Gosnell.

 

The action in this feature film seems to move at a faster pace than the original and there are no fewer than three of the famous foot chases that Scooby-Doo is known for.

 

Having said that, 'Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed' does not make a lot of sense, but the screenplay proceeds too quickly for the viewers to take note of that.

 

Also, the actors seem more pleased in their roles this time around and the slapstick comedy is amusing, to say the least.

 

Overall, this motion picture is an enjoyable fare not just for the fans of Scooby-Doo, but also for those discovering Scooby for the first time.

 

 

78. Snow Dogs (2002)

 

Snow Dogs (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Snow Dogs
Year 2002
Watch time 99 min
Directors Brian Levant
Cast Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqó, Nichelle Nichols
Box Office $81.17M
IMDb Rating 5.2
Metascore 29
Writers Jim Kouf
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By Thomas E. Ackerman
Costume By Elizabeth Wilcox

 

Inspired by the book, "Winterdance", by Gary Paulsen, this American adventure comedy film has directed by Brian Levant and stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn in significant roles.

 

This is an entertaining feature film that is certain to provide you with several laughs and is, therefore, worth adding to your viewing list.

 

The soundtrack here gives a nice touch to the storytelling and is aided by a decent direction and workable acting performances.

 

In addition, the amazingly cute snow dogs steal the show here and it would not be an exaggeration to claim that they are indeed the film themselves.

 

 

77. Scooby-Doo (2002)

 

Scooby-Doo (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Scooby-Doo
Year 2002
Watch time 86 min
Directors Raja Gosnell
Cast Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini
Box Office $153.29M
IMDb Rating 5.1
Metascore 35
Writers James Gunn
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By David Eggby
Costume By Jodie Allen

 

This live-action/computer-animated fantasy adventure-comedy has been directed by Raja Gosnell and is based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television franchise of the same name.

 

The first installment in the Scooby-Doo live-action film series keeps the viewers engaged, courtesy of the cast that does a pretty good job at keeping the film true to its roots; something that is worth appreciating about its overall treatment.

 

This is a fun eighty-seven-minute flick that will certainly be adored by those who loved the classic Scooby-Doo.

 

The plot is a little far-fetched, and some of the jokes are really silly but it is, overall, a warm and amusing motion picture that should be seen at least once, especially by hardcore Scooby-Doo fans.

 

 

76. Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)

 

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)

 

This Brian Levant-helmed television venture thrives on its decent acting and fairly original storyline. It does have good action and the CGI effects are superbly done.

 

The story moves along at a fair pace without getting bogged down while trying to flesh out the characters in the screenplay.

 

The costumes and set pieces are spot-on and very colorful, and the photography and editing manage to be notches above your average television fare.

 

In addition, the characters are super likable, but it is Scooby who is the sweetest and wittiest of them all.

 

Not to forget that the actors who play Shaggy and Velma nail their respective role-plays as well.

 

 

75. Pop Star Puppy (2014)

 

Pop Star Puppy (2014)

 

Written and directed by Andrew Van Slee, 'Pop Star Puppy' traces the journey of a boy who finds out that his new dog can sing and gets him an audition with a popular music show on television.

 

This motion picture provides decent entertainment and features two tough antagonists, who are apparently dogcatchers, and whose ridiculous and often silly antics make this entertainer worth watching.

 

Besides them, the dog Dino, who has been voiced by the director himself, is a special canine who can not only talk but can also sing joyfully.

 

Even though the screenplay is far-fetched and crazy, there is nothing bad about sitting back and enjoying the entertainment that this feature film promises to provide.

 

 

74. Zeus and Roxanne (1997)

 

Zeus and Roxanne (1997)

 

Entity Detail
Title Zeus and Roxanne
Year 1997
Watch time 98 min
Directors George Miller
Cast Steve Guttenberg, Kathleen Quinlan, Arnold Vosloo, Dawn McMillan
Box Office $7.18M
IMDb Rating 5.3
Metascore ---
Writers Tom Benedek
Music By Bruce Rowland
Cinematography By David Connell
Costume By Beth Kushnick

 

Helmed by George Miller, 'Zeus and Roxanne' tells the touching story of friendship between a dog and a dolphin.

 

This is a very light romantic comedy that is pretty much a kid-oriented picture, but it can also be enjoyed by adults.

 

The screenplay of this feel-good film might come across as far-fetched and silly, but it is silly in the best possible sense of the word.

 

Also, the animals in it are good and make it easy for the viewers to sit through this feature film.

 

That said, even though the plot is contrived and filled with obvious jokes, it at least comprises an interesting and environmentally correct theme to make an impact.

 

 

73. The Search for Santa Paws (2010)

 

The Search for Santa Paws (2010)

 

This Robert Vince-helmed motion picture tells the story of how the magic dogs and an elf team up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost all his memory.

 

It is a feature film for the kids who not only love toy shops, Santa Clause and Christmas, but also dogs.

 

People who adore canines and want to see a fun family-friendly musical about Santa and his furry friend should make sure to check this one out.

 

Also, the screenplay rides on some nice songs and decent production values; both of which make this a fair Christmas as well as a pup-loving watch.

 

 

72. See Spot Run (2001)

 

See Spot Run (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title See Spot Run
Year 2001
Watch time 94 min
Directors John Whitesell
Cast David Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Joe Viterelli
Box Office $33.36M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 24
Writers George Gallo
Music By John Debney
Cinematography By John S. Bartley
Costume By Mark Lane

 

Helmed by John Whitesell, 'See Spot Run' will make the viewers laugh more than they thought that it could.

 

The storyline might come across as cheesy, but it never planned to be deep or thought-provoking in the first place.

 

This motion picture was produced aiming at kids, but it does its best to entertain the parents as well.

 

Although the casting is good, it is the dog who truly steals the show in this one.

 

And oh, without giving much away, one should watch out for the pet store scene that is especially funny, despite being a bit lengthy.

 

 

71. Hotel for Dogs (2009)

 

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

 

This American family comedy film has been directed by Thor Freudenthal in his directorial debut and is based on Lois Duncan's novel of the same name.

 

It stars Jake T. Austin, Emma Roberts, Kyla Pratt, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon, and Don Cheadle, and attempts to tell the story of two orphaned siblings who secretly take in stray dogs along with their family dog at an abandoned hotel.

 

The many talented canines in the story make this a good escapist mainstream feature film to pass your time with.

 

That said, this motion picture works as a harmless diversion that is more likely to be enjoyed by children than adults.

 

 

70. The Stray (2017)

 

The Stray (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Stray
Year 2017
Watch time 92 min
Directors Mitch Davis
Cast Michael Cassidy, Sarah Lancaster, Connor Corum, Pluto
Box Office $1.58M
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore ---
Writers Parker Davis
Music By Christian Davis
Cinematography By T.C. Christensen
Costume By Becky Swasey

 

This Mitch Davis directorial venture is a wonderful, heartwarming, and apparently inspirational true story of an extraordinary stray dog who comes to protect a family in more ways than one.

 

One can inevitably understand the effect that a dog can have on a family to which they belong, and this feature film does its best to convey this successfully.

 

For plenty of dog lovers, 'The Stray' has turned out to be a heartfelt gem that they wish to appreciate over and over again.

 

While this isn't a perfect dog-themed feature film, it does intend to communicate that one's family comes first and that there should be faith in the power of faith and modern-day miracles.

 

 

69. Firehouse Dog (2007)

 

Firehouse Dog (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title Firehouse Dog
Year 2007
Watch time 111 min
Directors Todd Holland
Cast Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner, Bill Nunn
Box Office $13.92M
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore 43
Writers Claire-Dee Lim
Music By Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography By Victor Hammer
Costume By Judith R. Gellman

 

This Todd Holland directorial venture is certain to bring a lot of joy to the kids even today.

 

It targets a younger crowd that will be gratified by the escapades of a smart dog who interacts with his young master.

 

If one wants to get something new and worthy for their family's enjoyment, this could turn out to be a terrific choice, despite coming across as a bit predictable.

 

The brave little canine and his taller companions are certain to make their viewers cheer and clap wholeheartedly.

 

Better still, this light and funny feature film will specifically be loved by people who adore dogs.

 

 

68. Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed (2019)

 

Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed (2019)

 

This Mike Gut-helmed feature film tells the heartwarming story of an engaged couple who adopts two puppies, and how the puppies hatch a plan to bring the couple back together after they split up.

 

This underrated flick exhibits a fair balance of kindness and humor. While the central couple and their canines are the primary characters in the plot, the supporting characters also give loads of color to the overall feel of the film, thus, keeping it light and breezy at all times.

 

This film, which encourages one to be forgiving and authentic to oneself, is a warm and humorous flick that can be seen at least once.

 

 

67. Miracle Dogs (2003)

 

Miracle Dogs (2003)

 

Based on the inspirational story of Annie, a dog who battles and beats cancer, this Craig Clyde directorial venture is a fine dog-featuring family film that thrives on its sweet storyline, some precious dogs, and a great cast; each of which ensures that it turns out to be a really fun film to watch.

 

Where this movie truly succeeds is that it does not stay concentrated on just one idea and attempts to follow individual stories for each of the puppy patients.

 

Although the plot is a tad predictable, it is overall a beautiful TV feature film about dogs with enigmatic healing powers.

 

Therefore, it will be even more fun to watch this flick with the kids and your beloved canines at home.

 

 

66. Beethoven (1992)

 

Beethoven (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Beethoven
Year 1992
Watch time 87 min
Directors Brian Levant
Cast Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones, Nicholle Tom
Box Office $57.11M
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore ---
Writers John Hughes
Music By Randy Edelman
Cinematography By Victor J. Kemper
Costume By Gary Fettis

 

Directed by Brian Levant, this motion picture is the first installment of the Beethoven film series.

 

It makes for an old-fashioned family watch which the whole family can sit together and enjoy.

 

Beethoven, the lovable Saint Bernard, is a lot of fun to watch and his facial expressions are par excellence.

 

Also, the story here is very entertaining and there is absolutely nothing offensive when it comes to the language in the screenplay.

 

Not surprisingly then, 'Beethoven' got so popular that it even inspired some sequels; none of which were, of course, close in caliber to this one.

 

That said, it is a good family film that is certainly worth viewing, especially if you like big dogs.

 

 

65. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

 

101 Dalmatians (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title 101 Dalmatians
Year 1996
Watch time 103 min
Directors Stephen Herek
Cast Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright
Box Office $136.19M
IMDb Rating 5.7
Metascore 49
Writers Dodie Smith
Music By Michael Kamen
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Rosemary Burrows

 

This Stephen Herek-helmed feature film is a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1961 animated film of almost the same name, which itself was an adaptation of Dodie Smith's novel, "The Hundred and One Dalmatians".

 

Director Herek brings everything together with confidence and all the actors do their best to let the viewers know that this is a story that is first and foremost for the kids.

 

In addition to the Dalmatians and all the other animals who are a part of the screenplay, Glenn Close's near-perfect performance as Cruella DeVil makes this motion picture even more fun to catch.

 

She is truly evil and is having a blast on-screen.

 

 

64. 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003)

 

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003)

 

Directors Jim Kammerud and Brian Smith's '101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure' strives to demonstrate the distinction between acting like a hero and being one.

 

It also shows that one can be a one-of-a-kind individual if one truly puts their heart and mind to it.

 

This one is a fun film to watch and will have the viewers rolling on the floor laughing time and again, courtesy of the mannerisms of its admirable characters.

 

Even though the animation is fair, and the character sketches decent, it is, ultimately, the climax of the film that shows the spirit of London rather delicately.

 

This movie also attempts to give a minor lesson that states that one should continue to try until they succeed.

 

 

63. Rescue Dogs (2016)

 

Rescue Dogs (2016)

 

Directors M. J. Anderson and Haik Katsikian's 'Rescue Dogs' is important in the sense that it is a talking-animal film that strives to cast light on the unconditional love and benefits rescue animals give to their owners.

 

While this motion picture will make you chuckle through to the very end, it will, more importantly, even make you wonder how you could come to the aid of rescue animals when they need it.

 

That said, the plot and the execution are both very light and pay decent homage to some of the great kid movies, cartoons, and sitcoms from the '90s, thus, making it all the more enjoyable.

 

 

62. Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)

 

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)

 

Directors Darrell Rooney and Jeannine Roussel's 'Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure' rides on its nice and colorful animation, bright and elegant backgrounds, and fairly decent songs.

 

The story in this feature film is simple but it goes down a similar path to its far superior original.

 

This direct-to-VHS sequel of the most classic dog romantic film of all time can be watched by those who loved watching the original movie; something that makes it enjoyable enough for both adults and kids alike.

 

Needless to mention, this movie is worth checking out if one is a fan of the original, and if they love dogs in particular and animal films in general.

 

 

61. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

 

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Shaggy D.A.
Year 1976
Watch time 91 min
Directors Robert Stevenson
Cast Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 60
Writers Don Tait
Music By Buddy Baker
Cinematography By Frank V. Phillips
Costume By Christopher N. Seiter

 

Starring Dean Jones in the lead, this Robert Stevenson directorial venture tells the story of a lawyer who makes a startling discovery that could hamper his chances of getting elected to office.

 

The film comprises the usual cast of Hollywood veterans that Disney has always been known for. 'The Shaggy D.

 

A.' has a lot of laughs that promise to bring a decent amount of entertainment to its viewers.

 

Even though not as engrossing as the original, this motion picture can still be recommended to a family audience with younger viewers.

 

In addition, the bouncy background score, sharp cinematography, workable make-up and effects, and the catchy theme song all help in further enhancing the sweet charm of this immensely delightful project.

 

 

60. My Dog Shep (1946)

 

My Dog Shep (1946)

 

Written and directed by Ford Beebe, this feature film attempts to tell the story of an orphan heir who befriends a German shepherd who later saves him from kidnappers.

 

This is a sweet tale that exhibits how love between children and animals can sustain even in the darkest of times, and how the meaning of family isn't always tied through blood.

 

Therefore, loyalty truly shines in this timeless tale of a boy, a dog, and the grandfather he never had.

 

Having said that, what makes this motion picture even more charming is the fact that it is a simple black and white film that has been treated simplistically; something that helps it tugs at the heartstrings.

 

 

59. Lassie (1994)

 

Lassie (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lassie
Year 1994
Watch time 94 min
Directors Daniel Petrie
Cast Helen Slater, Tom Guiry, Jon Tenney, Brittany Boyd
Box Office $9.98M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore ---
Writers Eric Knight
Music By Basil Poledouris
Cinematography By Kenneth MacMillan
Costume By Amy Wells

 

This adventure family drama has been directed by Daniel Petrie and promises to appeal to both the young and the old alike.

 

The plot, although very predictable, is full of loving and endearing sequences and is certain to bring a smile to your face.

 

In addition, the cast here is very good and does its best to deliver a motion picture about a dog that will save the day and look good while doing so.

 

All in all, 'Lassie' is an entertaining dog feature film that has been shot in amazing outdoors with well-trained animals.

 

It can be seen time and again both with your family and your beloved canine.

 

 

58. Patrick the Pug (2018)

 

Patrick the Pug (2018)

 

This British family comedy film has been directed by Mandie Fletcher. A family film that will appeal to dog owners in general and pug owners in particular, it will attract a younger audience, courtesy of the feel-good factor that it carries.

 

It is the lightest of comedies with an admirable lead performance. This feature film is simple, humorous, and enjoyable, and therefore, it is exactly what it was meant to be in the first place.

 

That said, it gets off to a wobbly start, but one can't help but fall in love with the characters soon enough.

 

Fans of both animal films and comedies would love to watch this unique pollution-free, high-quality entertainment, especially with the entire family around.

 

 

57. Must Love Dogs (2005)

 

Must Love Dogs (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Must Love Dogs
Year 2005
Watch time 98 min
Directors Gary David Goldberg
Cast Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer
Box Office $43.89M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 46
Writers Claire Cook
Music By Craig Armstrong
Cinematography By John Bailey
Costume By Kathryn Peters

 

Written and directed by Gary David Goldberg, this romantic comedy film is based on Claire Cook's novel of the same name.

 

It stars actors Diane Lane and John Cusack in the lead roles and focuses on a woman's struggle with divorce and meeting new people afterward.

 

Like most romcoms, this feature film is also slightly predictable, but it does bank heavily on Diane Lane and John Cusack's effective performances as Sarah and Jake, respectively.

 

Add to that the charm that both Christopher Plummer and the Newfoundland dog carry within the storytelling; both of which work rather delicately.

 

 

56. For the Love of Benji (1977)

 

For the Love of Benji (1977)

 

Entity Detail
Title For the Love of Benji
Year 1977
Watch time 85 min
Directors Joe Camp
Cast Patsy Garrett, Benjean, Art Vasil, Allen Fiuzat
Box Office $22.26M
IMDb Rating 6
Metascore 46
Writers Joe Camp
Music By Betty E. Box Euel Box
Cinematography By Don Reddy
Costume By Tony Alatis

 

This family film has been written and directed by Joe Camp. The script tracks how Benji sniffs out a phony CIA agent in Athens, Greece, thus, making the plot appear a little more "grown-up" than in the first feature film starring Benji.

 

The screenplay makes it easy for the viewers to cheer for the bright and precious dog. 'For the Love of Benji' is a likable, well-paced, action-packed family fare that is almost certain to have the viewers sobbing into their hankies.

 

Families everywhere should try to get their hands on this cute piece of cinema for an entertaining evening of fun.

 

 

55. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)

 

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
Year 1996
Watch time 88 min
Directors David R. Ellis
Cast Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Ralph Waite, Al Michaels
Box Office $49.14M
IMDb Rating 6
Metascore ---
Writers Chris Hauty
Music By Bruce Broughton
Cinematography By Jack Conroy
Costume By Lin MacDonald

 

This adventure comedy film is a sequel to the 1993 motion picture, 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey'.

 

Directed by David R. Ellis, 'Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco' looks attractive because of its depiction of wilderness.

 

Even though the execution of the successor is not as crisp as that of its predecessor, the witty script tries to compensate for its shortcomings.

 

Moreover, the lovely soundtrack and decent voice acting are each fair enough and help this feature film come across as watchable.

 

However, one major problem with this flick is that it does not show enough interesting scenes taking place in San Francisco, which one would naturally expect from the title of the film alone.

 

 

54. Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999)

 

Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999)

 

This Sandy Tung directorial venture is a very heartwarming film that carries a nice message, making it perfect for a family watch.

 

Even though a tad predictable and not as warm as the original, 'Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season' has been beautifully filmed, has decent music, and comprises good performances with Zachary Browne and Scott Wilson taking the lead among the cast members.

 

All in all, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season is a pleasant family film that is well-intentioned and not at all a bad companion to pass your afternoon with.

 

Not to forget the fact that the screenplay also strives to communicate that a little love and kindness can make good things happen.

 

 

53. Napoleon (1995)

 

Napoleon (1995)

 

Director Mario Andreacchio's 'Napoleon' is about a Golden Retriever puppy who runs away from his home in the city to be a wild dog.

 

The photography in this feature film is gorgeous and the animal shots are stunning, to say the least.

 

Furthermore, this truly delightful film for animal lovers also banks on its lovely soundtrack and fluid cinematography to make an impact.

 

It won't be an exaggeration to claim that movies like these are not produced anymore, and that is precisely why they should be watched at least once; especially with the whole family sitting together to savor the entertainment.

 

 

52. A Dog Year (2009)

 

A Dog Year (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Dog Year
Year 2009
Watch time 80 min
Directors George LaVoo
Cast Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith, Domhnall Gleeson
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore ---
Writers George LaVoo
Music By Joseph Vitarelli
Cinematography By Frederick Elmes
Costume By Lee Malecki

 

This American made-for-television comedy-drama film has been written and directed by first-time director George LaVoo.

 

Starring Jeff Bridges in the lead, 'A Dog Year' tells the story of a guy who is suffering from a midlife crisis and who takes in a dog that is crazier than he is.

 

The film has been shot in a simplistic manner but manages to project a realistic view of what it is like to have a hyperactive and abused dog.

 

The fact that an actor of Jeff Bridges's stature delivers an honest performance only adds to the beauty of this sweet dog-featuring motion picture.

 

 

51. Benji (1974)

 

Benji (1974)

 

Entity Detail
Title Benji
Year 1974
Watch time 86 min
Directors Joe Camp
Cast Peter Breck, Deborah Walley, Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat
Box Office $39.55M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 35
Writers Joe Camp
Music By Euel Box
Cinematography By Don Reddy
Costume By Cal Thomas

 

Written and directed by Joe Camp, the film tracks the journey of a stray dog who saves the lives of two kidnapped children.

 

There is a better chance of the young children getting entertained by seeing cute dogs do unusual things on the screen.

 

Also, the fact that the young viewers would be of the same age as its two-child stars would help them relate to the motion picture even more.

 

In addition, Joe Camp did a fine job of designing the film in the way that he did, and it clearly shows as the screenplay proceeds.

 

That said, this is an entertaining film as much for its unusualness as for any other reason.

 

 

50. Lassie's Great Adventure (1963)

 

Lassie's Great Adventure (1963)

 

This William Beaudine directorial venture tracks the journey of a boy who gets lost with his dog, Lassie.

 

Besides being a fair dog-themed motion picture, 'Lassie's Great Adventure' also makes for good harmless family entertainment.

 

The screenplay does not encompass the usage of foul language and the wonderful depiction of nature is also praiseworthy.

 

Even though this motion picture can be watched by people of all age groups, it will and is loved more by children.

 

Needless to say, those who will like this feature film would like to try other Lassie movies, because the kids need movies like these today; now more than ever.

 

 

49. Saving Shiloh (2006)

 

Saving Shiloh (2006)

 

This family drama has been directed by Sandy Tung and is based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's book of the same name.

 

This film tracks the journey of a 12-year-old boy who is growing up and coming of age in a small, picturesque town in the Midwest, along with his beagle dog named Shiloh.

 

The screenplay of this feature film talks a lot about compassion and sacrifice. However, such morality statements are understated, but the surprisingly fine performances by the child actors are not.

 

Overall, Saving Shiloh is not your usual talking-dog kind of dog movie; it is one with a good story and a nice ending.

 

 

48. The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005)

 

The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005)

 

This John Henderson directorial venture is an unabashedly emotional re-telling of the true story about a dog who refused to leave his master's grave, becoming a legend of sorts in the city of Edinburgh in the process.

 

The film's budget is fine, but the script has been treated in a rather cheesy manner.

 

Having said that, there is no denying the fact that even though the humans play a big part in the screenplay, it is the dog who is the star of this feature film.

 

What is notable about this motion picture is that one can watch it with plenty of children; they will love watching this title and one will enjoy seeing that.

 

 

47. Savage Sam (1963)

 

Savage Sam (1963)

 

Entity Detail
Title Savage Sam
Year 1963
Watch time 103 min
Directors Norman Tokar
Cast Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin
Box Office $6.54M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore ---
Writers Fred Gipson
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Edward Colman
Costume By Pat McNalley

 

This American Western film is a sequel to 'Old Yeller' and is based on Fred Gipson's novel of the same name.

 

Helmed by Norman Tokar, this live-action film brings back Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran as Travis and Arliss Coates respectively, who, several years later, now have a new dog called "Savage" Sam; a canine who proves to be as courageous and bold as Yeller.

 

Although not as remarkable as 'Old Yeller', this feature film still ends better all-around for each of its two-legged and four-legged performers.

 

That said, it could have been a well-executed production had the makers decided to trim some of the fat from its screenplay.

 

 

46. Dog Days (2018)

 

Dog Days (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Dog Days
Year 2018
Watch time 113 min
Directors Ken Marino
Cast Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria
Box Office $6.81M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 47
Writers Elissa Matsueda
Music By Matt Novack Craig Wedren
Cinematography By Frank Barrera
Costume By Marcia Hinds

 

This Ken Marino directorial venture, starring Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens in the lead, tracks the journey of a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovely canine counterparts.

 

Even though predictable, this one is a delightful dog-themed feature film that the families will truly relish.

 

The screenplay thrives on some great costumes, fabulous scenery, and a flavorful direction; each of which works in a big way in helping the movie connect with the viewers.

 

While none of the interconnected stories are all that remarkable or amusing, the canine companions do offer a subtle respite from the corny and sometimes blandly shot sequences.

 

 

45. Turner & Hooch (1989)

 

Turner & Hooch (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Turner & Hooch
Year 1989
Watch time 97 min
Directors Roger Spottiswoode
Cast Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson
Box Office $71.08M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 36
Writers Dennis Shryack
Music By Charles Gross
Cinematography By Adam Greenberg
Costume By Cloudia Rebar

 

This Roger Spottiswoode-helmed project tells the story of a detective who must adopt an unruly dog to help him find a killer.

 

This entertaining and rather underappreciated feature film stars the iconic Tom Hanks in the lead and is a worthy watch for those who have a pet at home.

 

There's no way that the audience will not be able to fall in love with the big goofy dog.

 

The script is moving without being sentimental, and the dog gets a decent amount of screen time, making him very much the focus of the film.

 

One can't help but mention that Hanks and his companion share good chemistry among themselves.

 

 

44. Benji (2018)

 

Benji (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Benji
Year 2018
Watch time 87 min
Directors Brandon Camp
Cast Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Kiele Sanchez, Gralen Bryant Banks
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 53
Writers Brandon Camp
Music By Kostas Christides
Cinematography By Thomas Scott Stanton
Costume By Kevin C. Lang

 

Helmed by Brandon Camp, 'Benji' is a reboot of the 1974 film of the same name, which was directed by Camp's father, Joe.

 

This motion picture, which tells the story of two school kids who strike up a friendship with an orphaned puppy named Benji, entertains thoroughly.

 

To watch the well-trained dogs do ingenious things here is both impressive and endearing at the same time.

 

The humor in this family-friendly motion picture is decent and comprises lots of sentiment that is solely aimed at its ardent child viewers.

 

Also, the audience should be ready to drop a tear or two while watching this modern-day Benji flick.

 

 

43. Benji the Hunted (1987)

 

Benji the Hunted (1987)

 

Entity Detail
Title Benji the Hunted
Year 1987
Watch time 88 min
Directors Joe Camp
Cast Red Steagall, Frank Inn, Benjean, Nancy Francis
Box Office $22.26M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 53
Writers Joe Camp
Music By Betty E. Box
Cinematography By Don Reddy
Costume By Carolyn H. Camp

 

This adventure drama film has been directed and written by Joe Camp. It tells the story about Benji, who while trying to survive in the wilderness, is also looking after the orphan cougar cubs after their mother is shot and killed by a hunter.

 

This feel-good motion picture is a treat to watch, courtesy of its attempt to show how a dog alone in the wilderness can teach us something about humanity; a word that we think is only associated with humans.

 

Needless to say, the star of this feature film is Benji, and the storytelling is such that it will be appreciated mostly by those who prefer to enjoy the company of mother nature and animals.

 

 

42. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

 

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Because of Winn-Dixie
Year 2005
Watch time 106 min
Directors Wayne Wang
Cast AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Eva Marie Saint, Cicely Tyson
Box Office $32.65M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 54
Writers Kate DiCamillo
Music By Rachel Portman
Cinematography By Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Costume By Donald Graham Burt

 

This Wayne Wang directorial venture traces the journey of a mischievous dog, who, after befriending a lonely young girl in a new town, starts helping her make new friends.

 

This movie is an adaptation of a well-known children's book by Kate DiCamillo and should be judged on the same lines.

 

The screenplay encompasses several positive messages throughout its run-time; some of which were overt while the others were below the surface.

 

However, the most important theme of this feature film tries to convey that the most valuable thing in life is the relationships we share with others.

 

 

41. An Insignificant Harvey (2011)

 

An Insignificant Harvey (2011)

 

Written and directed by Jeff Kopas, 'An Insignificant Harvey' is an independent film that does not really have a fabulous production value, but the decent performances are enough to make it watchable.

 

The screenplay tracks the journey of a little person who finds his life-changing after he finds a husky puppy and falls in love with an exotic dancer.

 

Even though not particularly memorable, this one is a pleasant diversion from the conventional dog-themed feature films that have populated the cinematic universe.

 

Also, what it lacks in technical proficiency, it tries to more than makeup for it with heart and simplicity.

 

 

40. Big Red (1962)

 

Big Red (1962)

 

This family-oriented adventure film from Walt Disney Productions is based on author Jim Kjelgaard's novel of the same name.

 

Directed by Norman Tokar, it thrives on the bright, vivid Technicolor that Disney has always been known for.

 

This is a good family drama that comprises a basic premise that unfolds in a rather basic manner.

 

That said, the dogs shown on-screen are adorable and their story ends cutely. This feature film is a must-see for any dog lover and anyone who would want to enjoy a non-animated Disney flick for a change.

 

Big Red is a charming title that can be recommended to anyone without a pretentious heart.

 

 

39. Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)

 

Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)

 

Entity Detail
Title Where the Red Fern Grows
Year 2003
Watch time 86 min
Directors Lyman Dayton, Sam Pillsbury
Cast Joseph Ashton, Dave Matthews, Renee Faia, Mac Davis
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore ---
Writers Wilson Rawls
Music By Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography By James Jansen
Costume By Stephanie Golden-Falcon Ken Levin

 

Directed by Lyman Dayton and Sam Pillsbury, 'Where the Red Fern Grows' is based on Wilson Rawls's children's book of the same name and is also a loose remake of the 1974 film of the same title.

 

The screenplay follows the story of Billy Colman who buys and trains two Redbone Coonhound hunting dogs to hunt raccoons in the Ozark mountains.

 

The viewers, especially the family audiences, will be blown away by the sentiments, humor, and suspense experienced by this motion picture.

 

And by the time the film reaches its finale, there will not be a single dry eye in the audience.

 

Those who love dogs should watch this feel-good movie with the whole family.

 

 

38. Oddball (2015)

 

Oddball (2015)

 

Based on a true story, this Stuart McDonald directorial venture tracks the journey of an eccentric chicken farmer, who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his naughty dog Oddball to defend a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks.

 

The cinematography in this feature film is wonderful and sharp and the actors are believable.

 

Also, the film combines small elements of a dispute with comedy that gives its screenplay a definitive edge.

 

That said, dogs, penguins, and lighthouses in any motion picture can barely ever not be a winning combination.

 

This film, courtesy of its message of conservation that may inspire people, is a great watch for the kids.

 

 

37. Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)

 

Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
Year 1995
Watch time 81 min
Directors Phillip Borsos
Cast Jesse Bradford, Mimi Rogers, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower
Box Office $11.64M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore ---
Writers Phillip Borsos
Music By John Scott
Cinematography By James Gardner
Costume By Mark S. Freeborn

 

Written and directed by Phillip Borsos, 'Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog' captures the on-screen adventure of a boy surviving some of the worst conditions along with his best friend - his dog.

 

The trainers of the yellow dog in the picture have to be complimented for their skill in making this extraordinary dog perform excellently in this motion picture.

 

Therefore, the chemistry between the boy and the dog ensures that this feature film can be suggested to families with children; primarily because it shows how a boy forms a connection with his beloved dog under the worst possible circumstances.

 

This is a film for all ages, but mostly for young children who wish to be loving pet owners.

 

 

36. Shiloh (1996)

 

Shiloh (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title Shiloh
Year 1996
Watch time 93 min
Directors Dale Rosenbloom
Cast Blake Heron, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson, Bonnie Bartlett
Box Office $1.00M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore ---
Writers Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Music By Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography By Frank Byers
Costume By Amy B. Ancona

 

Produced and directed by Dale Rosenbloom, 'Shiloh' is based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's book of the same title.

 

The motion picture tells the story of a beagle, who, after being abused, is adopted by a boy who gives him a good life.

 

The screenplay of this film will make the viewers appreciate the fact that it strives to show that dogs can bring out the good side of human nature.

 

This charming feature film also rides on some decent music and good performances to create an impact.

 

This one is a heartwarming, coming-of-age drama that can be seen and enjoyed by everyone.

 

 

35. The Shaggy Dog (1959)

 

The Shaggy Dog (1959)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Shaggy Dog
Year 1959
Watch time 104 min
Directors Charles Barton
Cast Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello
Box Office $0.10M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 45
Writers Bill Walsh
Music By Paul J. Smith
Cinematography By Edward Colman
Costume By Emile Kuri Fred M. MacLean

 

This Charles Barton directorial venture stars Fred MacMurray in the lead and tells the story of a teenage boy who is cursed with periodically turning into a sheepdog.

 

However, despite how silly the plot can come across on the surface, it barely ever ceases to be amusing or charming, which should be more than enough for an average viewer to sit through this motion picture.

 

That said, the film's production values are reasonably good and hold up fairly well, and Paul J.

 

Smith's background score is dynamic, to say the least. Even though the feature film feels a tad lengthy, the script is snappy, and the story doesn't fall into the trap of being too trite.

 

Also, 'The Shaggy Dog' is credited with making a waning Fred MacMurray the star of several family-oriented comedies in the final phase of his career.

 

 

34. Man About Dog (2004)

 

Man About Dog (2004)

 

Director Paddy Breathnach's 'Man About Dog' should be watched not only because it carries the vibe of Guy Ritchie's cult classic 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', but also because it was partly filmed in Northern Ireland, and one feels the need to support the small film industry there with their time if nothing else.

 

Although not as appealing as a Guy Ritchie movie, it has the same style and is surely entertaining enough.

 

This pleasant film has been well-edited and features good performances from a relatively unknown cast.

 

That said, those who fancy dogs and a good laugh should give this motion picture a go.

 

 

33. Lassie (2005)

 

Lassie (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lassie
Year 2005
Watch time 100 min
Directors Charles Sturridge
Cast John Lynch, Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage
Box Office $0.65M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 84
Writers Eric Knight
Music By Adrian Johnston
Cinematography By Howard Atherton
Costume By John Paul Kelly

 

Helmed by Charles Sturridge, 'Lassie' is a refreshing family movie that thrives on its great performances, fascinating photography, and of course, a sweet and engaging storyline.

 

The film tells the story of a boy and his parents who fall on hard times and have to sell their beloved dog, Lassie, who gets taken hundreds of miles away.

 

However, that is not the end of the journey for the lovely Lassie, who is full of grit and strength.

 

The screenplay of this feature film is full of heart and emotion and has something in it that we all deep down want out of an endearing family film.

 

 

32. Fluke (1995)

 

Fluke (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fluke
Year 1995
Watch time 96 min
Directors Carlo Carlei
Cast Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis, Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Stoltz
Box Office $3.99M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore ---
Writers James Herbert
Music By Carlo Siliotto
Cinematography By Raffaele Mertes
Costume By Hilda Stark

 

Directed by Carlo Carlei, this fantasy drama film stars Matthew Modine as the voice of the titular character is based on James Herbert's novel of the same name.

 

The film tracks the journey of a man, who, after dying in a car crash, is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

 

This sometimes sad and often funny motion picture throws light at a dog viewing us humans from a unique perspective.

 

That said, the screenplay also comprises a nice message about family, spending quality time with your loved ones, and not taking things for granted.

 

 

31. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

 

The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Ugly Dachshund
Year 1966
Watch time 93 min
Directors Norman Tokar
Cast Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen
Box Office $13.52M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore ---
Writers Albert Aley
Music By George Bruns
Cinematography By Edward Colman
Costume By Emile Kuri Frank R. McKelvy

 

Starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette in the lead roles, this Norman Tokar-helmed venture is a cute and silly watch in equal measure.

 

The dogs in this Disney comedy are super adorable and they help this motion picture come across as a decent family feature film.

 

Disney veteran Dean Jones does his best to keep the viewers engaged and so do the canines.

 

In fact, any dog lover will want to watch this for the talented and endearing canines, who are obviously very well trained and who most definitely will succeed in making their audiences - especially the young viewers - chuckle.

 

 

30. Max (2015)

 

Max (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Max
Year 2015
Watch time 111 min
Directors Boaz Yakin
Cast Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham
Box Office $42.65M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 47
Writers Boaz Yakin
Music By Trevor Rabin
Cinematography By Stefan Czapsky
Costume By Kalina Ivanov

 

Directed by Boaz Yakin, this family adventure war drama traces the journey of a military dog, who, after having helped the American Marines in Afghanistan, returns to the United States and is embraced by his handler's family after enduring a traumatic experience.

 

This one is a classic boy and dog story with a military angle to it that helps it in distinguishing itself from the rest of the dog-based feature films out there.

 

Also, what makes it even more special is the fact that it is a close to perfect family movie; the likes of which aren't produced a lot these days.

 

It is clean, old-fashioned, and charming throughout.

 

 

29. White Fang (1991)

 

White Fang (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title White Fang
Year 1991
Watch time 107 min
Directors Randal Kleiser
Cast Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jed, Seymour Cassel
Box Office $34.79M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 62
Writers Jack London
Music By Basil Poledouris
Cinematography By Tony Pierce-Roberts
Costume By Michael S. Bolton

 

This American Northern adventure drama film has been directed by Randal Kleiserstarring and stars Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, and Seymour Cassel in prominent roles.

 

The screenplay, which is based on Jack London's novel of the same name, tells the story of the friendship between a young Klondike gold seeker and a dog-wolf.

 

The titular character has been portrayed by the dog-wolf, Jed, who has also appeared in films like 'The Thing' (1982) and 'The Journey of Natty Gann' (1985).

 

This flick will appeal to animal enthusiasts and fans of adventure cinema dutifully. The best part about it is that it maintains the charisma and magic of the classic novel, all while providing a decent amount of entertainment to its viewers.

 

 

28. A Dog's Way Home (2019)

 

A Dog's Way Home (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Dog's Way Home
Year 2019
Watch time 96 min
Directors Charles Martin Smith
Cast Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp
Box Office $41.95M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 50
Writers W. Bruce Cameron
Music By Mychael Danna
Cinematography By Peter Menzies Jr.
Costume By Racquel Roper

 

Helmed by Charles Martin Smith, 'A Dog's Way Home' tells the story of a female dog who wanders for four hundred miles in search of her owner throughout a Colorado wilderness.

 

This wonderful tale of perseverance and friendship is as entertaining as it is endearing and is certain to make you want to hug your canine soon after you've watched it.

 

The makers have done a commendable job of having told the story from the dog's perspective.

 

In addition, some delightfully funny scenes and decent performances only add to the motion picture's overall warmth, thus, making it all the more engrossing and believable.

 

 

27. Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)

 

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)

 

Helmed by Jack Couffer and Don Haldane, 'Nikki, Wild Dog of the North' tells the entertaining story of Nikki, a Malamute dog separated from his owner in the Canadian Rockies after having rescued an orphaned bear cub.

 

The warm and funny narration, beautiful scenes of nature, and Oliver Wallace's spirited background score are aided by an engaging group of animals; each of whom appears more endearing than the human characters.

 

In addition, the film strives to reflect that even though dogs and humans do not think alike, animals still do possess a thought process of their own.

 

 

26. Bolt (2008)

 

Bolt (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bolt
Year 2008
Watch time 96 min
Directors Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Cast John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton
Box Office $114.05M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 67
Writers Dan Fogelman
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Scott Beattie
Costume By Paul A. Felix

 

Directed by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, this computer-animated comedy-adventure stars the voices of John Travolta, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, Diedrich Bader, Nick Swardson, and Greg Germann.

 

The movie's plot centers on a dog named Bolt who, after having spent a major part of his life on the sets of a television series, starts to legitimately believe that he has superpowers.

 

This harmless entertainer has enough sensitivity that provide the viewers with some touching sequences. Furthermore, the cheery visuals, vibrant characters, and breezy pace also have enough substance for the adults to enjoy this dog-themed flick.

 

 

25. The Call of the Wild (2020)

 

The Call of the Wild (2020)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Call of the Wild
Year 2020
Watch time 100 min
Directors Chris Sanders
Cast Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens
Box Office $62.34M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 47
Writers Michael Green
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Stefan Dechant

 

Adapted from Jack London's beloved literary classic, 'The Call of the Wild' brings to life the story of a large-hearted dog named Buck vividly.

 

This Chris Sanders directorial venture traces the journey of its extremely likable protagonist, Buck, who goes on an exhilarating voyage of self-discovery.

 

Despite being a dog and not having a word of dialogue, Buck is a well-defined character and the CGI used to bring him to life is amazing, to say the least.

 

The story, which is about resolution, fortitude, and affection, makes for a watchable film with tidbits of humor thrown infused in the screenplay.

 

Furthermore, the stunning cinematography makes the picturization look close to perfect on the screen.

 

 

24. My Dog Tulip (2009)

 

My Dog Tulip (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title My Dog Tulip
Year 2009
Watch time 83 min
Directors Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
Cast Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Gerety
Box Office $0.25M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 80
Writers J.R. Ackerley
Music By John Avarese
Cinematography By Paul Fierlinger
Costume By John-Michael Trojan

 

This independent animated feature film is based on J. R. Ackerley's memoir of the same name.

 

The film attempts to tell the story of Ackerley's fifteen-year relationship with his Alsatian dog (German Shepherd) Queenie, who has been renamed Tulip for the book and the movie, respectively.

 

That said, there can be an issue with those wanting to watch this movie - it can come across as deceptive because of its off-beat storytelling.

 

Even though the animation is refreshingly rough and personal, there is more heart in it than in the actual substance in the movie.

 

Directed by Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger and starring Christopher Plummer and Lynn Redgrave in the lead, this film may not exactly be for children but can be seen by adults who wish to watch something unusual.

 

 

23. Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)

 

Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)

 

Entity Detail
Title Where the Red Fern Grows
Year 1974
Watch time 97 min
Directors Norman Tokar
Cast James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Jack Ging, Lonny Chapman
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 49
Writers Wilson Rawls
Music By Lex de Azevedo
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Anna Sugano

 

Directed by Norman Tokar and starring James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Stewart Petersen, and Jack Ging in significant roles, 'Where the Red Fern Grows' is based on Woodrow Wilson Rawls's novel of the same name.

 

This heartwarming and adventurous tale tells the story of a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.

 

The feature film, without preaching, attempts to demonstrate the basic values of love, loss, and self-reliability.

 

It exemplifies that one gets the results only when they put in some effort to get that desired result.

 

Needless to say, Where the Red Fern Grows is a fine family drama that continues to hold up well even today.

 

 

22. To Build a Fire (1969)

 

To Build a Fire (1969)

 

This David Cobham directorial venture is a film about a man traveling on foot in the snow with his dog.

 

Although this feature is only an hour long, it feels longer because of its atmospheric setting.

 

Having said that, this is only partially a dog-themed motion picture; a major chunk of it makes it a survival movie as well.

 

Therefore, it could be enjoyed by both dog lovers and those who have an affinity for survival cinema.

 

The narration by the iconic Orson Welles is dramatic but understated like the story at the same time.

 

Also, the dog in this relatively short film has been wonderfully trained and truly adds to its unique appeal.

 

 

21. My Dog Skip (2000)

 

My Dog Skip (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title My Dog Skip
Year 2000
Watch time 95 min
Directors Jay Russell
Cast Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson
Box Office $34.10M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 61
Writers Willie Morris
Music By William Ross
Cinematography By James L. Carter
Costume By David J. Bomba

 

Helmed by Jay Russell, 'My Dog Skip' tells the story of a shy boy who is growing up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip.

 

This adorable tale of loyalty and friendship is based on Willie Morris' autobiographical book and meanders like real-life.

 

This one is a modern-day motion picture that is made more for adults than kids and yet can be enjoyed by both equally.

 

While the screenplay tries to convey the importance this particular dog had on the young boy's life, it also, in a way, strives to state that our pets do and must have equal importance in our lives.

 

 

20. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

 

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Year 1993
Watch time 84 min
Directors Duwayne Dunham
Cast Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder, Ed Bernard
Box Office $41.83M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore ---
Writers Sheila Burnford
Music By Bruce Broughton
Cinematography By Reed Smoot
Costume By Roger Cain

 

This adventure comedy film is a remake of the 1963 classic 'The Incredible Journey', which was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford.

 

Helmed by Duwayne Dunham, this feature film has the capacity to make its viewers both laugh and cry; especially the ones who own a pet.

 

The decent voice-overs and a well-penned script also make this is a great movie for children.

 

In addition, the screenplay carries the themes of love, compassion, and commitment to an ideal, all while emphasizing the idea of never giving up.

 

Overall, this one is a really nice movie and is highly recommended for one of those much-awaited family nights.

 

 

19. A Dog of Flanders (1960)

 

A Dog of Flanders (1960)

 

Based on the famous 19th-century novel of the same name by Ouida, this James B.

 

The Clark-helmed project looks super good on the screen, courtesy of the fact that it has been filmed on-location in the Netherlands and Belgium.

 

The acting is also pretty good with both the child protagonist and the adult actors doing their bit.

 

This partially dog-themed motion picture also carries some positive messages, ranging from kindness to animals to motivating people to stick to their dreams and never give up.

 

Families all across should do their respective clans a favor and sit together to relish this timeless family classic.

 

 

18. Lassie Come Home (1943)

 

Lassie Come Home (1943)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lassie Come Home
Year 1943
Watch time 89 min
Directors Fred M. Wilcox
Cast Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 78
Writers Hugo Butler
Music By Daniele Amfitheatrof
Cinematography By Leonard Smith
Costume By Edwin B. Willis

 

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox, this feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor Pal in prominent roles is a story about a heartfelt bond between a boy named Joe and his rough collie, Lassie.

 

The film was based on Eric Knight's novel, titled "Lassie Come-Home". The MGM color cinematography in this sweet motion picture is marvelous, the story is understandably touching, and the music is very moody and fitting.

 

A well-made and beautiful-looking family film, 'Lassie Come Home' tries to package the best possible qualities MGM could put into a film.

 

This true canine delight also stars two young future stars, namely Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor as children, and they are an exquisite pair.

 

 

17. The Incredible Journey (1963)

 

The Incredible Journey (1963)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Incredible Journey
Year 1963
Watch time 80 min
Directors Fletcher Markle
Cast Émile Genest, John Drainie, Tommy Tweed, Sandra Scott
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 87
Writers James Algar
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Kenneth Peach
Costume By Emile Kuri Charles S. Thompson

 

For those who love animals, 'The Incredible Journey' will be nothing short of a boon.

 

This Fletcher Markle directorial venture is a very satisfying story that can and will be acknowledged by people of all age groups.

 

The understated yet sympathetic documentary-like narration, gorgeous scenery, and photography, and captivating soundtrack help this motion picture work in a big way.

 

In addition, the sweet and gratifying storyline effectively demonstrates themes of partnership and determination. All in all, The Incredible Journey is a truly delightful animal adventure feature film that should be watched at least once; primarily because it is the kind of family movie that simply isn't made these days.

 

 

16. Balto (1995)

 

Balto (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Balto
Year 1995
Watch time 78 min
Directors Simon Wells
Cast Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings
Box Office $11.35M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore ---
Writers Cliff Ruby
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Jan Richter-Friis
Costume By Ellen Lutter

 

This live-action/animated adventure film has been directed by Simon Wells and is loosely based on a true story about a dog of the same name who helped save children infected with diphtheria in the 1925 serum run to Nome.

 

Starring Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins (in a dual role), and Bob Hoskins in significant roles, 'Balto' thrives on its authentic drama, attractive visuals, and a story that ends with a happy ending to create an impact.

 

That said, Balto is an adorable and handsome dog whose tense, yet heartwarming on-screen projection is an inspiration even to us humans.

 

 

15. Marley & Me (2008)

 

Marley & Me (2008)

 

Entity Detail
Title Marley & Me
Year 2008
Watch time 115 min
Directors David Frankel
Cast Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner
Box Office $143.15M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 53
Writers Scott Frank
Music By Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography By Florian Ballhaus
Costume By Stuart Wurtzel

 

Starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the lead, this David Frankel directorial venture is based on John Grogan's memoir of the same name and is arguably the most popular mainstream dog-themed feature film.

 

This engaging comedy-drama is gripping enough in its realistic portrayal of the development of a family and their pet; a Labrador Retriever named Marley.

 

Even though the film tracks the journey of both the family and their unruly pet, it is, in more ways than one, a heartwarming and wholesome dog story that makes for an endearing family watch.

 

Irrespective of what age Marley is shown, he is himself in the story and does his best to win the hearts of his viewers.

 

 

14. A Dog's Purpose (2017)

 

A Dog's Purpose (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Dog's Purpose
Year 2017
Watch time 100 min
Directors Lasse Hallström
Cast Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar
Box Office $64.51M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 43
Writers W. Bruce Cameron
Music By Rachel Portman
Cinematography By Terry Stacey
Costume By Michael Carlin

 

This comedy-drama adventure film has been directed by Lasse Hallström and is based on W. Bruce Cameron's novel of the same name. The screenplay here is heartwarming and has a few weepy moments, but all in all does its best to ascertain a happy ending.

 

The actors portraying the characters have done a great job each of embodying their respective on-screen personalities, and no one can resist Josh Gad voicing the many lives of the dog.

 

This feature film, which attempts to convey that the only purpose of dogs in life is to bring us happiness, is definitely worth watching with the entire family.

 

 

13. Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

 

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

 

Entity Detail
Title Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
Year 1961
Watch time 87 min
Directors Don Chaffey
Cast Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore ---
Writers Robert Westerby
Music By Francis Chagrin
Cinematography By Paul Beeson
Costume By Michael Stringer

 

Helmed by Don Chaffey, 'Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog' is a Disney live-action feature film that tells the touching but very true-to-life story of Greyfriar's Bobby; a small dog who refused to leave his master, even after the master's death.

 

This well-told story has been infused with the right amount of genuineness and atmosphere. What makes this underrated motion picture even worth watching is the fact that the residents of Edinburgh had even erected a statue in Bobby's respect after his death, and it's still there for everyone to appreciate, in remembrance of a Skye Terrier with a devoted soul.

 

 

12. Eight Below (2006)

 

Eight Below (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Eight Below
Year 2006
Watch time 120 min
Directors Frank Marshall
Cast Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood
Box Office $81.61M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 64
Writers David DiGilio
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By John Willett

 

Disney's 'Eight Below' has been directed by Frank Marshall and tells the story of a pack of abandoned sled dogs and their struggle to survive the brutal cold forces in the Antarctic.

 

Right from the beginning of the film, the viewers are amazed at a glimpse of the beautiful Arctic landscapes that adds to the overall appeal of this motion picture.

 

That said, the most important characteristic of this feature film has to be the dogs, each of whom did a wonderful job.

 

The way the canines interact with each other in the screenplay is quite compassionate and helps the viewers truly connect with them.

 

 

11. Old Yeller (1957)

 

Old Yeller (1957)

 

Entity Detail
Title Old Yeller
Year 1957
Watch time 83 min
Directors Robert Stevenson
Cast Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York
Box Office $21.91M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 84
Writers Fred Gipson
Music By Oliver Wallace Will Schaefer
Cinematography By Charles P. Boyle
Costume By Emile Kuri Fred M. MacLean

 

One of Walt Disney's most enduring classics in popularity has to be director Robert Stevenson's 'Old Yeller'.

 

The film, which is based upon Fred Gipson's novel of the same name, thrives on its great usage of colors, believable performances, and a story that moves along at a really nice pace.

 

The film is a bittersweet and narrowly emotional tale that is more famous for its tragic ending which the kids found rather upsetting at the time.

 

Having said that, Yeller is enthusiastic, courageous, and mischievous all at the same time; traits that help this coming-of-age drama retain its timeless appeal.

 

 

10. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

 

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lady and the Tramp
Year 1955
Watch time 76 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting
Cast Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson
Box Office $93.60M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 78
Writers Ward Greene
Music By Oliver Wallace
Cinematography By Donald Halliday
Costume By Robert O. Cook

 

This romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt has been directed by the trio of Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske.

 

Supposedly the first animated motion picture to be filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process, this one is an unpretentious little gem, told from the perspective of the animals, and against fascinating backgrounds with impressive animation and vocal work.

 

Furthermore, the songs here are quite decent and the story bursts with charm and energy.

 

Overall, it is a delightful canine romance with a story that can be enjoyed by people of all age groups.

 

 

9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

 

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

 

Entity Detail
Title One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Year 1961
Watch time 79 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Martha Wentworth
Box Office $144.88M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 83
Writers Bill Peet
Music By George Bruns
Cinematography By Roy M. Brewer Jr. Donald Halliday
Costume By Ken Peterson

 

This animated adventure comedy film has been bankrolled by Walt Disney Productions and is based on the novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by Dodie Smith.

 

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wolfgang Reitherman, the motion picture thrives on its beautiful animation, making it a delight to see the puppies' tails wagging on the screen.

 

Moreover, what adds to the film's repeat value is the character of Cruella De Vil.

 

Her voice work by Betty Lou Gerson is just fabulous and only adds to the beauty of this entertaining animated mainstream feature film.

 

Also, this beloved Disney classic has lovely storytelling, catchy songs, and some nice vocal performances to go with its fine animation.

 

 

8. Cruella (2021)

 

Cruella (2021)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cruella
Year 2021
Watch time 134 min
Directors Craig Gillespie
Cast Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 59
Writers Dana Fox
Music By Nicholas Britell
Cinematography By Nicolas Karakatsanis
Costume By Fiona Crombie

 

This live-action prequel feature film follows a young Cruella de Vil and stars Emma Stone and Emma Thompson in prominent roles.

 

The Craig Gillespie directorial venture is dark fun and the characters in it are also assisted by a host of furry friends (a trio of dalmatians, a chihuahua named Wink, and a terrier named Buddy) who plays a distinguished role each throughout the motion picture's run-time.

 

That said, Emma Stone does inject some vigor into the character and her face-off with Emma Thompson is certainly worth watching.

 

Even though 'Cruella' displays a stylish and satirical approach towards the fashion industry, it is still an amusing family entertainer at heart.

 

 

7. Red Dog (2011)

 

Red Dog (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Red Dog
Year 2011
Watch time 92 min
Directors Kriv Stenders
Cast Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore ---
Writers Daniel Taplitz
Music By Cezary Skubiszewski
Cinematography By Geoffrey Hall
Costume By Ian Gracie

 

This comedy-drama family film has been directed by Kriv Stenders and stars Koko as the titular character and Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, and John Batchelor in prominent roles.

 

The motion picture is based on the true story of Red Dog and uses the novel "Red Dog" by Louis de Bernieres as its source material.

 

Surpassing all boundaries of time and age, the screenplay allows Koko, the dog, to steal the hearts of its viewers with expressions that can even make some actors look wooden.

 

This bittersweet and incredibly moving drama also relies on its decent performances and top-notch cinematography that captures the wild Australian landscape wonderfully.

 

 

6. A Dog's Journey (2019)

 

A Dog's Journey (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Dog's Journey
Year 2019
Watch time 109 min
Directors Gail Mancuso
Cast Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott, Marg Helgenberger
Box Office $22.78M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 43
Writers W. Bruce Cameron
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Rogier Stoffers
Costume By Eric Fraser

 

This family comedy-drama film has been directed by Gail Mancuso in her feature film directorial debut and is based on the novel of the same name by W.

 

Bruce Cameron. It is a great motion picture whose screenplay is recharged with love, positivity, and cuteness.

 

In addition, the great cast and a fantastic storyline make it a must-watch not just for dog lovers, but for everyone.

 

The feel-good plot here is full of love and passion and has the potential to get under your skin and stay with you for a long time, even after the movie has come to an end.

 

Although this motion picture is largely focused on the dog, the makers have kept things very tough on the characters to make it come across as even more authentic.

 

 

5. Best In Show (2000)

 

Best In Show (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title Best in Show
Year 2000
Watch time 90 min
Directors Christopher Guest
Cast Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge
Box Office $18.62M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 78
Writers Christopher Guest
Music By CJ Vanston
Cinematography By Roberto Schaefer
Costume By Joseph T. Garrity

 

Directed by Christopher Guest, 'Best In Show' is a bright canine comedy that is an eternally amusing send-up of American dog shows.

 

However, the screenplay of this feature does not concern itself with dogs alone, but instead with unconventional and obsessive humans who cherish and train them, only to parade them around in dog show competitions.

 

What adds to the authenticity of this movie is that none of the trainers shown in it are real dog show enthusiasts, but they are talented actors who mimic the kind of people you may stumble upon in dog shows for real.

 

This clever and constantly funny feature film can be enjoyed more if viewed in the company of your canine.

 

 

4. The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Art of Racing in the Rain
Year 2019
Watch time 109 min
Directors Simon Curtis
Cast Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Jackie Minns, Marcus Hondro
Box Office $25.50M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 43
Writers Mark Bomback
Music By Volker Bertelmann Dustin O'Halloran
Cinematography By Ross Emery
Costume By Brent Thomas

 

Based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Garth Stein, 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' has been directed by Simon Curtis for the screen.

 

This fabulously touching tale brings together a gorgeous golden retriever named Enzo and his aspiring Formula One race driving partner, Denny, to create ripples on the screen.

 

Even though it is a touching story about a race car driver, it also very much tracks the puppy's evolution.

 

Actor Kevin Costner does a fine job of narrating for Enzo. The best part about the screenplay is that the pup makes the movie, and the actors don't try to get in the way.

 

A feature film about devotion, determination, companionship, mourning, and fear of abandonment, this one thrives on its admirable characters and good performances.

 

 

3. Isle of Dogs (2018)

 

Isle of Dogs (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Isle of Dogs
Year 2018
Watch time 101 min
Directors Wes Anderson
Cast Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban
Box Office $32.02M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 82
Writers Wes Anderson
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Tristan Oliver
Costume By Paul Harrod Adam Stockhausen

 

Acclaimed film director Wes Anderson has for long been known for his offbeat filmography, and 'The Isle of Dogs' is another addition to this list.

 

While the movie can easily be recognized as one helmed by Anderson, it still manages to be different from anything that he has ever done before.

 

The screenplay of this stop-motion animated film constructs the world of Megasaki and Trash Island in great detail and adds a massive number of adorable characters on both the human and animal ends.

 

Furthermore, it also tries to cast light on Japanese culture respectfully, all while keeping the music and animation splendid.

 

Also, the voice acting from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, and Frances McDormand is terrific, to say the least.

 

 

2. Togo (2019)

 

Togo (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title Togo
Year 2019
Watch time 113 min
Directors Ericson Core
Cast Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 69
Writers Tom Flynn
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Ericson Core
Costume By John Blackie

 

Director Ericson Core's 'Togo' features Willem Dafoe in the lead and is one of the best animal films one can ever come across.

 

This is an old-fashioned Disney dog film in the best way possible. This is mostly because it is based on a true story, has the necessary thrills, and is hands down heart-warming.

 

Willem Dafoe is outstanding in this adventure drama and the icy setting is like a cherry on top of the cake.

 

The screenplay here is entertaining throughout and promises to give a fairly enjoyable experience to its viewers.

 

This tale of heroism, loyalty, and an underDOG that was unfairly forgotten about for decades has been brought to light by Disney efficiently.

 

 

1. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

 

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Year 2009
Watch time 93 min
Directors Lasse Hallström
Cast Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore ---
Writers Stephen P. Lindsey
Music By Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Cinematography By Ron Fortunato
Costume By Chad Detwiller

 

Based on a true story that took place in Japan, this Lasse Hallström-helmed project is the best-rated English mainstream dog film on the internet.

 

It stars Richard Gere in the lead and traces the journey of incredible devotion and respect between a college professor and a puppy that he saves on a snowy night.

 

It is a very thoughtful motion picture that can teach people how to build promising relationships with their dogs and make them a member of their respective families.

 

The movie promptly introduces its viewers to a heroic dog and a man with a loving heart in a dreamy setting; each of which has helped this feature film set the bar high in relation to dog-based cinema.