Top 100 Best Dog Movies To Watch In 2024

top 100 best dog movies to watch in 2024


In this rather selfish and uncaring world, it is understandable to feel so strongly for our beloved dogs.


If we provide them with refuge, affection, food, and safety, they also provide us with unconditional love and unmatched loyalty in return; two very significant virtues that we, as humans, fail to give each other today.


Since our pets have come to perceive commitment as the most critical part of their job description, humans need to acknowledge it; and acknowledge we do by paying homage to these selfless creatures by mounting several motion pictures dedicated to their selflessness.


Since most dog owners agree that watching their pups play pretty much feels like being a part of their own movie, it is only a given that there are plenty of feature films out there that try to capture this shared sentiment.


That said, let’s take a look at some of the best motion pictures featuring our one true best friend.




1. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)


hachi: a dog's tale (2009)


Entity Detail
Title Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Release Year 2009
Watch time 93 min
Directors Lasse Hallström
Cast Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer
Domestic Box office
IMDb Rating 8.1
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 to have ever hit the screens.


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 story promptly introduces its viewers to a heroic dog and a man with a loving heart in a dreamy setting; each of which helps this feature film in setting the bar high when it comes to dog-based cinema.


Indeed, watching this full-length feature will prompt you to flip through the true story on which it is based. So, irrespective of whether you are a dog person or not, trust us when we say that you’re going to fall in love with Hachi as soon as you get to know him.




2. Togo (2019)


togo (2019)


Entity Detail
Title Togo
Release Year 2019
Watch time 113 min
Directors Ericson Core
Cast Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Richard Dormer
Domestic 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. We say so mostly because it is based on a true story, has the necessary thrills, and is truly heart-warming.


Dafoe is outstanding in this adventure drama and the icy setting is like a cherry on the top of the cake. The screenplay is entertaining throughout and promises to give a fairly enjoyable experience to its viewers.


This tale of heroism, loyalty, and an underDOG that has been brought to life by Disney efficiently. Indeed, it is one of those features that will push you to suspend the critic within and go home hoping to have a big smile on your face.


Also, since it’s a Disney project, it does have its fair share of drama to latch onto to get the job done.




3. Isle of Dogs (2018)


Isle of Dogs (2018)


Entity Detail
Title Isle of Dogs
Release Year 2018
Watch time 101 min
Directors Wes Anderson
Cast Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban
Domestic 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 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, 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.




4. The Plague Dogs (1982)


the plague dogs (1982)


Based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams, ‘The Plague Dogs’ tells the story of a pair of dogs that escape a research facility to survive in the wild with the help of a cunning fox. However, they soon have to face several hurdles that go on to discourage them.


In the process of telling his story, filmmaker Martin Rosen brings to light the cruelty of performing vivisection and animal research and using them as mere objects of experimentation.


Needless to say, it is an important motion picture to see, primarily because it strives to showcase the harsh reality of modern society rather transparently. Allow us to tell you that this project, despite being animated, is quite violent and, therefore, not an easy watch.


The message that it conveys about human beings is going to be a tough pill to swallow for many.



5. 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
Release Year 2019
Watch time 109 min
Directors Simon Curtis
Cast Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Jackie Minns, Marcus Hondro
Domestic 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.



6. Best In Show (2000)


Best In Show (2000)


Entity Detail
Title Best in Show
Release Year 2000
Watch time 90 min
Directors Christopher Guest
Cast Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Jennifer Coolidge
Domestic 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.



7. Red Dog (2011)


Red Dog (2011)


Entity Detail
Title Red Dog
Release Year 2011
Watch time 92 min
Directors Kriv Stenders
Cast Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford
Domestic Box office
IMDb Rating 7.4
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.


It 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.



8. Megan Leavey (2017)


megan leavey (2017)


Those who have seen this Gabriela Cowperthwaite directorial venture agree that it is one of the finest on-screen portrayals of a dog who has served in the military.


The plot follows Megan, a Marine corporal, who goes on to save many lives during her deployment in Iraq. In her tumultuous journey, she is chaperoned by her beloved military combat dog.


‘Megan Leavey’ honours its real-life subjects and presents a heartwarming drama that is sure to move you to tears. Headlined by the charismatic Kate Mara and her competent dog companion, the story celebrates a special bond between a war canine and a female soldier.


Several motion pictures showcasing bonding during military times have been released over the years, but the camaraderie that Megan shares with Rex is truly one of the better ones. You sit through the film hoping that nothing happens to the duo, and that’s truly where all its suspense lies.



9. A Dog’s Journey (2019)


A Dog's Journey (2019)


Entity Detail
Title A Dog’s Journey
Release Year 2019
Watch time 109 min
Directors Gail Mancuso
Cast Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott, Marg Helgenberger
Domestic 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, its fab cast and fantastic storyline make it a must-watch not just for dog lovers but also for everyone else.


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.


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



10. Up (2009)


Up (2009)


One of the most acclaimed motion pictures to make it to our story today is Pete Docter’s ‘Up’. It tells the story of Carl, an old widower, who decides to go on an adventure in his flying house in search of Paradise Falls.


What is amazing is the fact that Paradise Falls was his late wife’s dream destination. So, as we watch his journey unfold on-screen, we are also introduced to Dug, a dog with a special collar that has the ability to talk.


Touching and funny, ‘Up’ is widely regarded to be Pixar’s finest movie to date. Its tidy 96-minute runtime draws us into its deep story and amazing characters.



11. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)


Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)


Directed by Jim Stenstrum from a screenplay by Glenn Leopold, ‘Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island’ showcases Scooby-Doo and his gang traveling to the distant Moonscar Island.


While they reach the spot all happy and energetic, they are unaware of the fact that the heavenly paradise has a dark secret; one which soon reveals itself in the form of ruthless zombie pirates.


There is no denying that this film contains a darker tone than most Scooby-Doo productions that have been produced to date. Also, it is said to have featured several real supernatural creatures rather than people in costumes.



12. Sounder (1972)


Sounder (1972)


In this relatively lesser-known Martin Ritt-helmed feature, we are introduced to a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers.


We follow the clan’s oldest son who comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.


Their beloved coonhound, Sounder, bears witness to their cumbersome but thought-provoking journey.


This rare, honest, and intense motion picture was ranked as one of the Top 10 best films of 1972 by the National Board of Review.



13. Cruella (2021)


Cruella (2021)


Entity Detail
Title Cruella
Release Year 2021
Watch time 134 min
Directors Craig Gillespie
Cast Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser
Domestic 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 human characters in it are assisted by a host of furry friends (a trio of dalmatians, a chihuahua named Wink, and a terrier named Buddy), who play a distinguished role throughout its run-time.


That said, Stone does inject some vigor into her character and her face-off with 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.



14. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)


One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)


Entity Detail
Title One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Release 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
Domestic 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, it 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 a lovely script, catchy songs, and some nice vocal performances to go with its fine animation.



15. Lady and the Tramp (1955)


Lady and the Tramp (1955)


Entity Detail
Title Lady and the Tramp
Release Year 1955
Watch time 76 min
Directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting
Cast Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson
Domestic 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, it is an unpretentious little gem, told from the perspective of the animals, and with fascinating backgrounds with impressive animation to boot.


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.



16. Old Yeller (1957)


Old Yeller (1957)


Entity Detail
Title Old Yeller
Release Year 1957
Watch time 83 min
Directors Robert Stevenson
Cast Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York
Domestic 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 on 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.


This bittersweet and narrowly emotional tale 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.



17. Eight Below (2006)


Eight Below (2006)


Entity Detail
Title Eight Below
Release Year 2006
Watch time 120 min
Directors Frank Marshall
Cast Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood
Domestic 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 its overall appeal.


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


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



18. 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
Release Year 1961
Watch time 87 min
Directors Don Chaffey
Cast Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae
Domestic Box office
IMDb Rating 7.3
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 Greyfriars Bobby; a small dog who refuses to leave his master, even after his death.


This well-told story has been infused with the right amount of genuineness and atmosphere. What makes this underrated motion picture worth watching is 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 see and appreciate.



19. A Dog’s Purpose (2017)


A Dog's Purpose (2017)


Entity Detail
Title A Dog’s Purpose
Release Year 2017
Watch time 100 min
Directors Lasse Hallström
Cast Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Bryce Gheisar
Domestic 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 does its best to ascertain a happy ending.


The actors portraying the characters have done a great job each 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 main purpose of dogs in life is to bring us happiness, is definitely worth watching with the entire family.



20. Marley & Me (2008)


Marley & Me (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Marley & Me
Release Year 2008
Watch time 115 min
Directors David Frankel
Cast Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner
Domestic 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 watch.


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



21. Balto (1995)


Balto (1995)


Entity Detail
Title Balto
Release Year 1995
Watch time 78 min
Directors Simon Wells
Cast Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings
Domestic Box office $11.35M
IMDb Rating 7.1
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 to us humans.



22. The Incredible Journey (1963)


The Incredible Journey (1963)


Entity Detail
Title The Incredible Journey
Release Year 1963
Watch time 80 min
Directors Fletcher Markle
Cast Émile Genest, John Drainie, Tommy Tweed, Sandra Scott
Domestic 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, its 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.



23. Lassie Come Home (1943)


Lassie Come Home (1943)


Entity Detail
Title Lassie Come Home
Release Year 1943
Watch time 89 min
Directors Fred M. Wilcox
Cast Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn
Domestic 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.


It is based on Eric Knight’s novel “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 make for an exquisite pair.



24. Wendy and Lucy (2008)


Wendy and Lucy (2008)


Headlined by the magnificent Michelle Williams, ‘Wendy and Lucy’ is one of her most underrated projects. It tells the story of a young woman who has to withstand a financial crisis after a series of unfortunate events rock her life.


The often melancholy and harrowing drama had its world premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. While it does showcase the bond between a lady and her dog, it also goes on to say a lot about the brutal truth of now and just how willing people are to break both their banks and hearts in today’s times.



25. I Am Legend (2007)


I Am Legend (2007)


Helmed by Francis Lawrence, ‘I Am Legend’ tells the story of Robert Neville, a scientist, who is the last human survivor of a plague in New York. To ensure his survival, the man aims to find a way to reverse the effects of the man-made virus, using his own immune blood for the same.


In his journey, he is supported by his beloved German Shepherd, who makes for a major supporting character in the story.


It is imperative to mention that Will Smith’s faithful companion in the post-apocalyptic thriller has retired from the spotlight and is living a quiet life with her trainer now.



26. White Dog (1982)


White Dog (1982)


Loosely based on Romain Gary’s 1970 novel of the same title, ‘White Dog’ tells the story of an actress who, unfortunately, runs over a dog and decides to take charge of his recovery.


However, she gets the shock of her life when she discovers that the dog is trained to carry out ruthless racial attacks.


Director Samuel Fuller’s movie delivers a strong message against racism while telling a bizarrely amusing story that manages to make an impression.



27. The Fox and the Hound (1981)


The Fox and the Hound (1981)


Partially based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix, this animated buddy drama film traces the journey of a red fox, Tod, and a hound dog, Copper, who become the best of friends during their childhood.


However, they are forced to distance themselves from each other after having grown up due to immense peer pressure around them. Needless to say, they have to struggle to preserve their organic bond.


Even though some might feel that the screenplay is packed with whimsy and folksy lines, there is no denying that it provides a very useful lesson to its core audience.



28. 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. Clark-helmed project looks good on-screen, courtesy of the fact that it’s been filmed on-location in the Netherlands and Belgium.


The acting here 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 motivating people to stick to their dreams and never give up.


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



29. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)


Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)


Entity Detail
Title Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Release Year 1993
Watch time 84 min
Directors Duwayne Dunham
Cast Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder, Ed Bernard
Domestic Box office $41.83M
IMDb Rating 6.9
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, it has the ability 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.



30. My Dog Skip (2000)


My Dog Skip (2000)


Entity Detail
Title My Dog Skip
Release Year 2000
Watch time 95 min
Directors Jay Russell
Cast Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson
Domestic 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 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.



31. White God (2014)


White God (2014)


One of the most imaginative motion pictures to make it to our story, this Hungarian drama film tells the story of thirteen-year-old Lili, whose father does not like her dog, Hagen.


Sooner than later, he ends up abandoning him on the road. But, Hagen is not someone who’d give up on his master so easily. So, he decides to return to Lili along with 250 other dogs.


‘White God’ benefits from its rock-solid performances from both its human and canine actors alike. It makes for a powerful watch for dog lovers!



32. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)


The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)


This Japanese adventure comedy-drama film chronicles the journey of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally straying from their farm in Japan.


Several organizations raised allegations of animal cruelty during filming and, therefore, called for a complete boycott of this motion picture.


That said, ‘The Adventures of Milo and Otis’ did manage to impress its targetted audience courtesy of its childish humor and wonderful story that is brought to life with the presence of a pair of cute animals.



33. Frankenweenie (2012)


Frankenweenie (2012)


Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ is both a parody of and homage to the 1931 film ‘Frankenstein’. The story follows Victor, who invites trouble after reviving his dead pet dog Sparky, who was hit by a car.


The catch here is that not only does Sparky look like a monster now but he also goes on to terrify his master’s neighbors.


This Burton-helmed project was the first black-and-white feature-length film and the first stop-motion film to be released in IMAX 3D. It opened to favorable reviews with praise being directed towards its oddball story and heartfelt humor.



34. Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost (1999)


Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost (1999)


In this direct-to-video animated supernatural horror comedy film, we witness writer Ben Ravencroft inviting the gang to his hometown.


Soon after their arrival, they realize that Ben’s place is haunted by one of his ancestors. So, the gang has no option but to find out if the ghost is a good-hearted healer or a merciless witch.


This slyly written project has everything in store to appease the ardent fans of the beloved and long-standing Scooby-Doo! franchise.



35. 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 it 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.


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



36. Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001)


Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001)


In this Jim Stenstrum directorial venture, we find Scooby-Doo and the gang getting trapped in a video game. So, not only are they pushed to play the game one level at a time but they also have to unite with a cyber gang to fight the Phantom virus.


This well-written and thoroughly entertaining addition to the legend of Scooby-Doo will appeal to fans of the canine who have grown up watching and adoring his antics. Needless to say, this film is a snooby snack for the eyes.



37. Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)


Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)


Entity Detail
Title Where the Red Fern Grows
Release Year 1974
Watch time 97 min
Directors Norman Tokar
Cast James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Jack Ging, Lonny Chapman
Domestic 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.


It is a heartwarming and adventurous tale 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.



38. My Dog Tulip (2009)


My Dog Tulip (2009)


Entity Detail
Title My Dog Tulip
Release Year 2009
Watch time 83 min
Directors Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
Cast Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Isabella Rossellini, Peter Gerety
Domestic 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.


It 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 for it can come off as deceptive because of its off-beat storytelling.


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 for a change.



39. The Call of the Wild (2020)


The Call of the Wild (2020)


Entity Detail
Title The Call of the Wild
Release Year 2020
Watch time 100 min
Directors Chris Sanders
Cast Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee, Dan Stevens
Domestic 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.


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 infused in its storytelling.


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



40. Bolt (2008)


Bolt (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Bolt
Release Year 2008
Watch time 96 min
Directors Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Cast John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton
Domestic 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 features 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.


A cliffhanger episode causes Bolt to believe that Penny is kidnapped so he leaves his trailer in Hollywood to search for her. However, he ends up in New York City and finally realizes who he really is.


He makes new friends and learns life lessons before he finds his owner. This harmless entertainer has enough sensitivity to provide its 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.



41. 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.



42. Baxter (1989)


Baxter (1989)


In this French horror film directed by Jérôme Boivin, we catch a bull terrier observing the behavior of an old lady, a young couple, and a troubled boy. Before they know it, he starts to adapt his own behavior to suit each situation.


While one has to appreciate the film’s atmosphere and its titular character, due criticism must be directed toward its uninteresting human characters.


That said, ‘Baxter’ can and should be seen for its attempt to be different from most canine-themed full-length features out there.



43. A Dog’s Way Home (2019)


A Dog's Way Home (2019)


Entity Detail
Title A Dog’s Way Home
Release Year 2019
Watch time 96 min
Directors Charles Martin Smith
Cast Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp
Domestic 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.



44. White Fang (1991)


White Fang (1991)


Entity Detail
Title White Fang
Release Year 1991
Watch time 107 min
Directors Randal Kleiser
Cast Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jed, Seymour Cassel
Domestic 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) as well.


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 while providing decent entertainment to its viewers.



45. Max (2015)


Max (2015)


Entity Detail
Title Max
Release Year 2015
Watch time 111 min
Directors Boaz Yakin
Cast Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham
Domestic 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 most 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.



46. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)


The Ugly Dachshund (1966)


Entity Detail
Title The Ugly Dachshund
Release Year 1966
Watch time 93 min
Directors Norman Tokar
Cast Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen
Domestic Box office $13.52M
IMDb Rating 6.7
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 it come across as a decent family story.


Disney veteran 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 succeed in making their audiences chuckle.



47. Fluke (1995)


Fluke (1995)


Entity Detail
Title Fluke
Release Year 1995
Watch time 96 min
Directors Carlo Carlei
Cast Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis, Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Stoltz
Domestic Box office $3.99M
IMDb Rating 6.7
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. It 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.


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



48. Lassie (2005)


Lassie (2005)


Entity Detail
Title Lassie
Release Year 2005
Watch time 100 min
Directors Charles Sturridge
Cast John Lynch, Samantha Morton, Peter O’Toole, Peter Dinklage
Domestic 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.


It 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.



49. Dog (2022)


Dog (2022)


Helmed by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, ‘Dog’ opened to positive reviews from film critics who directed praise towards Tatum’s direction and performance.


The story follows a US Army Ranger named Jackson Briggs, who travels with Lulu, a military dog, to the funeral of her handler.


During the course of their journey, the duo gets acquainted with each other while breaking several laws and leaving no stone unturned in annoying each other.


This uplifting drama will truly touch you emotionally and leave you asking for more.



50. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)


All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)


If humans can be thought to have angels, why not canines? In Don Bluth’s ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’, we catch a canine angel named Charlie sneaking back to earth from heaven.


Sooner than later, he ends up befriending an orphan girl who can speak to animals. During his stay on the planet, Charlie gets to learn that friendship and loyalty are the most heavenly gifts of all.


This motion picture opened to extremely mixed reviews from movie critics. While some found its narrative to be utterly complex and disjointed, others were quick to praise its emotional qualities and vibrant color palette.



51. Red Dog: True Blue (2016)


Red Dog: True Blue (2016)


A prequel to the critically acclaimed 2011 film ‘Red Dog’, this Kriv Stenders-helmed feature traces the journey of the eleven-year-old Mick who goes to live with his grandfather in a remote region.


During his stay, he ends up befriending a dog. Together the duo embarks on many adventures, thus, changing each other’s lives in the process.


‘Red Dog: True Blue’ thrives on the great Australian landscapes to tell a charming story of friendship and love that is sure to connect with canine lovers the world over.



52. Iron Will (1994)


Iron Will (1994)


Based on the true story of a 1917 dog-sled race, this adventure flick has been helmed by Charles Haid.


It tells the story of Will, who, after the demise of his father, tries to shoulder the responsibility of his family.


Sooner than later, we catch him partaking in a dog-sled race, which requires long hours of racing and an iron will to win.


This heartfelt and exciting Disney venture has been beautifully shot.



53. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)


The Secret Life of Pets (2016)


This Chris Renaud directorial venture was the most profitable Hollywood release of 2016. It tells the amusing story of a pet dog named Max, who is far from pleased after his master brings home another dog, Duke.


However, the duo decides to set their many differences aside when they realize that their beloved owner is in danger.


Specifically made for children, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ manages to entertain big time and even comes across as irresistible, courtesy of the pets who impress us with their crazy antics.



54. Man About Dog (2004)


Man About Dog (2004)


Director Paddy Breathnach’s ‘Man About Dog’ should be watched not only because it carries the tone of Guy Ritchie’s cult classic ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ but also because it was partly filmed in Northern Ireland.


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


It’s 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.



55. The Shaggy Dog (1959)


The Shaggy Dog (1959)


Entity Detail
Title The Shaggy Dog
Release Year 1959
Watch time 104 min
Directors Charles Barton
Cast Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello
Domestic 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 it feels a tad lengthy, the script is snappy and doesn’t fall into the trap of being too trite.


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



56. Oliver & Company (1988)


Oliver & Company (1988)


Bankrolled by Disney and helmed by George Scribner, this animated musical adventure film tells the story of Oliver, who gets lost in New York City.


However, he soon chances upon a lazy mongrel named Dodger who helps him steal food from local vendors. We catch Oliver’s life-altering for the better when he meets the rich Jenny.


Loosely based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, ‘Oliver & Company’ thrives on its colorful set of characters who do their best to entertain their young viewers.



57. Shiloh (1996)


Shiloh (1996)


Entity Detail
Title Shiloh
Release Year 1996
Watch time 93 min
Directors Dale Rosenbloom
Cast Blake Heron, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson, Bonnie Bartlett
Domestic Box office $1.00M
IMDb Rating 6.4
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 in humans.


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.



58. 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
Release Year 1995
Watch time 81 min
Directors Phillip Borsos
Cast Jesse Bradford, Mimi Rogers, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower
Domestic Box office $11.64M
IMDb Rating 6.4
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 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 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.



59. 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 humor 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 kids.



60. Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)


Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)


Entity Detail
Title Where the Red Fern Grows
Release Year 2003
Watch time 86 min
Directors Lyman Dayton, Sam Pillsbury
Cast Joseph Ashton, Dave Matthews, Renee Faia, Mac Davis
Domestic Box office
IMDb Rating 6.4
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 story follows 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 provided by this motion picture.


And, by the time it reaches its finale, there will not be a single dry eye around you.



61. 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 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.



62. A Boy and His Dog (1975)


A Boy and His Dog (1975)


Written and helmed by L. Q. Jones, ‘A Boy and His Dog’ traces the journey of a young man and his telepathic dog who wander in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.


The storyline and the execution of this movie could be a difficult pill to swallow for the viewers, mainly because of its disturbing premise.


The underground sequences here are good and display greater imagination than the sequences filmed on the surface.


That said, even though this motion picture lacks the pace for the major part of its run time, it really doesn’t let go of its intrigue factor.



63. 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 its decent performances are enough to make it watchable.


The screenplay tracks the journey of a little person who finds his life changing after he stumbles upon 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 make up for it with heart and simplicity.



64. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)


Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)


Entity Detail
Title Because of Winn-Dixie
Release Year 2005
Watch time 106 min
Directors Wayne Wang
Cast AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Eva Marie Saint, Cicely Tyson
Domestic 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 along the same lines.


The screenplay encompasses several positive messages throughout its run-time; some of which are overt while others are implicit.


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.



65. Benji the Hunted (1987)


Benji the Hunted (1987)


Entity Detail
Title Benji the Hunted
Release Year 1987
Watch time 88 min
Directors Joe Camp
Cast Red Steagall, Frank Inn, Benjean, Nancy Francis
Domestic 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 of 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.



66. Benji (2018)


Benji (2018)


Entity Detail
Title Benji
Release Year 2018
Watch time 87 min
Directors Brandon Camp
Cast Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Kiele Sanchez, Gralen Bryant Banks
Domestic 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 pup 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 sentiments 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.



67. The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)


The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)


Directed by Chris Renaud, this computer-animated comedy film is the sequel to 2016’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’.


We follow Max, who, at a farm, meets the sheepdog Rooster who tries to come to his aid to help him overcome his fears. At the same time, we observe Gidget losing Max’s favorite toy and Snowball trying to rescue a white tiger cub, Hu.


‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ doesn’t surprise with its stock jokes or new narrative tricks, but it certainly will come across as witty and energetic to fans of the original.



68. Turner & Hooch (1989)


Turner & Hooch (1989)


Entity Detail
Title Turner & Hooch
Release Year 1989
Watch time 97 min
Directors Roger Spottiswoode
Cast Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson
Domestic 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 moves 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.



69. Dog Days (2018)


Dog Days (2018)


Entity Detail
Title Dog Days
Release Year 2018
Watch time 113 min
Directors Ken Marino
Cast Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria
Domestic 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.


Elizabeth, a famous news anchor meets Jimmy, a former football player, during an interview. They feel attracted to each other making working together awkward and uncomfortable. Later, they realize that they should be together.


Even though predictable, this one is a delightful dog-themed feature film that 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 is all that remarkable or amusing, the canine companions do offer a subtle respite from the corny and sometimes blandly shot sequences.



70. Savage Sam (1963)


Savage Sam (1963)


Entity Detail
Title Savage Sam
Release Year 1963
Watch time 103 min
Directors Norman Tokar
Cast Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin
Domestic Box office $6.54M
IMDb Rating 6.2
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, who, several years later, 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.



71. 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 of 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 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, who will love watching this title and one will enjoy seeing that.



72. 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.



73. 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 is loved more by children.


Needless to say, those who like this feature film would like to try other Lassie movies as well.



74. Benji (1974)


Benji (1974)


Entity Detail
Title Benji
Release Year 1974
Watch time 86 min
Directors Joe Camp
Cast Peter Breck, Deborah Walley, Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat
Domestic 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 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.


Joe Camp does 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.



75. A Dog Year (2009)


A Dog Year (2009)


Entity Detail
Title A Dog Year
Release Year 2009
Watch time 80 min
Directors George LaVoo
Cast Jeff Bridges, Lauren Ambrose, Lois Smith, Domhnall Gleeson
Domestic Box office
IMDb Rating 6.1
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 Bridges’s stature delivers an honest performance only adds to the beauty of this sweet dog-featuring motion picture.



76. 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.



77. 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.


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.



78. 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
Release Year 1996
Watch time 88 min
Directors David R. Ellis
Cast Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Ralph Waite, Al Michaels
Domestic Box office $49.14M
IMDb Rating 6
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 its predecessor, the witty script tries to compensate for the 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.



79. For the Love of Benji (1977)


For the Love of Benji (1977)


Entity Detail
Title For the Love of Benji
Release Year 1977
Watch time 85 min
Directors Joe Camp
Cast Patsy Garrett, Benjean, Art Vasil, Allen Fiuzat
Domestic 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. It tracks how Benji sniffs out a phoney CIA agent in Athens, Greece, thus, making the plot appear a little more “grown-up” than in the first feature film starring Benji.


Benji, who has imprints of a coordinate, is chased by the CIA agent Dietrich, as a result separating him from his family and wandering in the city. Benji makes new friends who help him fight this human enemy.


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.



80. Clifford the Big Red Dog (2021)


Clifford the Big Red Dog (2021)


In Walt Becker’s ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’, we witness a young girl’s love for her tiny puppy making it grow to an enormous size.


This passable drama opened to strictly mixed reviews from film critics, who were of the opinion that while it can get its younger audience to stay, it does lack the charm of its classic source material.


However, the film does deliver what it promises, and that is harmless entertainment.



81. Must Love Dogs (2005)


Must Love Dogs (2005)


Entity Detail
Title Must Love Dogs
Release Year 2005
Watch time 98 min
Directors Gary David Goldberg
Cast Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Plummer
Domestic 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 afterwards.


Like most romcoms, this feature film is also slightly predictable, but it does bank heavily on Lane and 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 gracefully.



82. 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 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.



83. Lassie (1994)


Lassie (1994)


Entity Detail
Title Lassie
Release Year 1994
Watch time 94 min
Directors Daniel Petrie
Cast Helen Slater, Tom Guiry, Jon Tenney, Brittany Boyd
Domestic Box office $9.98M
IMDb Rating 5.9
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 tell a story 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.



84. 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 tug at our heartstrings.



85. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)


The Shaggy D.A. (1976)


Entity Detail
Title The Shaggy D.A.
Release Year 1976
Watch time 91 min
Directors Robert Stevenson
Cast Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn
Domestic 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 enhance the sweet charm of this immensely delightful project.



86. 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.



87. 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 can 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.



88. 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.



89. 101 Dalmatians (1996)


101 Dalmatians (1996)


Entity Detail
Title 101 Dalmatians
Release Year 1996
Watch time 103 min
Directors Stephen Herek
Cast Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright
Domestic 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 his 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.



90. Beethoven (1992)


Beethoven (1992)


Entity Detail
Title Beethoven
Release Year 1992
Watch time 87 min
Directors Brian Levant
Cast Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones, Nicholle Tom
Domestic Box office $57.11M
IMDb Rating 5.7
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 that 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, closer in caliber to this one.


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



91. Firehouse Dog (2007)


Firehouse Dog (2007)


Entity Detail
Title Firehouse Dog
Release Year 2007
Watch time 111 min
Directors Todd Holland
Cast Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner, Bill Nunn
Domestic 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.



92. 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 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.



93. 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.



94. The Stray (2017)


The Stray (2017)


Entity Detail
Title The Stray
Release Year 2017
Watch time 92 min
Directors Mitch Davis
Cast Michael Cassidy, Sarah Lancaster, Connor Corum, Pluto
Domestic Box office $1.58M
IMDb Rating 5.5
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 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 capture 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 film, it does intend to communicate that family comes first and that one must put faith in the power of faith and modern-day miracles.



95. 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.



96. See Spot Run (2001)


See Spot Run (2001)


Entity Detail
Title See Spot Run
Release Year 2001
Watch time 94 min
Directors John Whitesell
Cast David Arquette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Joe Viterelli
Domestic 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 think it would.


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


This motion picture was produced aimed at kids, but it does its best to entertain their 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.



97. The Search for Santa Paws (2010)


The Search for Santa Paws (2010)


This Robert Vince-helmed motion picture shows the magic dogs and an elf teaming up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost all his memory.


It is a feature film for 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.



98. Zeus and Roxanne (1997)


Zeus and Roxanne (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Zeus and Roxanne
Release Year 1997
Watch time 98 min
Directors George Miller
Cast Steve Guttenberg, Kathleen Quinlan, Arnold Vosloo, Dawn McMillan
Domestic Box office $7.18M
IMDb Rating 5.3
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 very light romantic comedy is pretty much a kid-oriented picture, but it can also be enjoyed by adults.


Its screenplay might come across as far-fetched and silly, but it is silly in the best 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.



99. 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. Sooner than later, he 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 talk and sing joyfully.


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



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


Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)


This Brian Levant-helmed television film thrives on its decent acting and original storyline. It also has 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.



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