Dogs have been humanity’s best friends for centuries. Ever wonder what the best movies about dogs are? They don’t have to be about Lassie or Hachiko. They may be about a micro mini bulldog and a long-haired English Setter that became childhood sweethearts. They can be the tale of a stray dog who finds a family, a movie about sheep herding, or an American animation. We’ve rounded up the five must-watch films for dog lovers, and from start to finish, these cinematic masterpieces will make you laugh, cry, and smile so much that your cheeks may ache.
1. Lady and the Tramp
There’s nothing like the introduction of Lady and The Tramp in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Two dogs from different walks of life meet under the untimeliest circumstances, and a whole bundle of romance and adventure follows. This 1955 classic was a favorite for many because it told the tale of not only a love story blossoming between two dogs but also between two very different families. The animation is exquisite, the music is moving, and the textures are so realistic we can almost feel the fur.
2. Best in Show
Best in Show is an American animated comedy-drama film produced by Don Bluth Productions and released by Warner Bros. on June 10, 2000. The film is loosely based on the true story of Judge Robert Benham’s (Gary Sinise) life and the trials he helped run at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This movie gives you a little bit of everything, from nearly unbearable suspense to the unfiltered, unbridled joy of all things canine. It might be a bit long, and the animation is pretty dated, but the numbers speak for themselves. This movie has won many awards, including Best Animated Feature Film of 2000.
3. Old Yeller
Old Yeller is a 1956 drama film directed by Fred F. Sears and produced by Walt Disney Productions based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Fred Gipson. In the movie, a boy named Travis (Jim Varney) fights to keep his dog, Old Yeller (via Boris Karloff), alive in their small Texas town after the dog becomes sick with dysentery. The movie has action, adventure, and pathos all wrapped up into one little package. The film’s simple but effective music is also highly memorable, and like the best Disney movies, it can seem timeless.
4. One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One Hundred and One Dalmatians ranks as one of the most popular animated Disney movies and has a timelessness. During the 1940s, Walt Disney always worked on various projects, but he also loved dogs. As a result, he created an adaptation of Dodie Smith’s novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, which was a box office success. Additionally, this movie is full of cute puppies and is one of the best talking-dog movies out there.
5. Lassie Come Home
Lassie Come Home is a 1943 movie directed by Fred M. Wilcox and produced by MGM, with a screenplay by Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Fred F. Finklehoffe, starring Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor. This beautiful film features some of the best dog training scenes you’ll ever see on film. It’s also some of the most heart-wrenching moments you’ll ever see. This movie will have you laughing, crying, and grinning from ear to ear when all is said and done.
6. Heart of a Dog
Heart of a Dog is a 2015 Russian drama film directed and written by Vitaliy Manskiy. The film is about a dog called Sharik who, after surgery, can speak. The movie explores themes of love and redemption in addition to a few other topics and can sometimes be somber. Still, overall, this movie is beautifully shot, with impressive acting and unforgettable characters. Also, it features a dog who can talk, so don’t you want to see this movie?
These are our favorite movies about dogs from start to finish. Although different, each has the same goal of bringing family together and showing love for animals. The bottom line, these are great dog movies for all dog lovers. The best part is that any film like this can be watched over and over, no matter how many times you’ve seen it already. We’re sure there will be more we want to include on this list as we continue to search for the best movies about dogs.