Hollywood Goes to the Dogs: Top 10 Best Dog Movies Ever Made


Jun 3, 2009


Popular Products in Movies
HASH(0xbed9408)  Reviews
From $7
The Bottom Line This Top 10 Best Dog Movie list contains ten of my favorite dog films of all time. Best ever canine stars? I think so...

Doggone it! I just can't help lovin' a few flicks about man's best friend. It won't come as any surprise that there are hundreds of dog movies out there for dog lovers to watch. I've scoured the silver screens looking for the very best, greatest and in all ways terrific canine classics. So, without further ado, let's roll the films!

*********** TOP TEN BEST DOG MOVIES OF ALL TIME ***********
As always, I count 'em UP!

------------

1. Old Yeller (1957)
Who didn't cry when Travis had to put Ole Yeller down?!?! Tell the truth, now. Is there a single reader out there who will own up to be so cold-hearted that they didn't have tears streaming down their faces? I cried like a little baby (and even to this day, get all choked up over it). Old Yeller is a big stray dog who befriends the Coates family and becomes their guardian, savior, and all around best friend on the ranch. He's a loyal companion who selflessly defends the family no matter what kind of animal trouble comes their way. Sadly, Old Yeller gets rabies while warding off a viscious wolf. Could there ever be a gosh darned better dog in the whole wide world?

------------

2. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Disney's classic animated take on the theme of puppy love. Take one purebred Cocker Spaniel out of her loving, pampered home, mix with one gritty but spunky little streetwise Terrier, and you've got all the ingredients for a family friendly adventure in friendship, loyalty, and selfless devotion. Brilliant animation, a great story, and plenty of Italian zest to the amore!

------------

3. 101 Dalmations (1961)
What kind of evil monster would kidnap Dalmatian puppies just to kill them and make a coat out of them? Cruella de Vil would! Yep, she of the awesome car and bad hair. Can Pongo and Perdida locate their missing puppies before Horace and Jasper bump them off? With the help of every animal within earshot of the Twilight Bark, anything is possible. Another Disney family classic!

------------

4. Marley and Me (2008)
I like this movie mostly because it wasn't as obviously formulaic and heart-warming as it could have been. Marley, the golden Labrador Retriever, is a very rambunctious little devil --- but the story isn't just about Marley. It's also a story of human relationships and the dynamics of a marriage. There's family stuff, lots of dog misbehavior stuff, some slapstick comedy stuff, and a bit of heart-wrenching tear-jerker stuff. (And Jennifer Aniston is still plenty perky and hot looking --- always a bonus!)

------------

5. Benji (1974)
Seventies schlock cinema at its canine best! Benji the mutt is a lovable hard-luck story who'll gaze lovingly at anyone with a spare donut or stale hot dog. Kids especially love Benji, and Benji loves them --- whether their parents do or not is another story. When two of Benji's favorite town kids get kidnapped, Benji saves the day! Wahoo! Sounds like it has all the makings for a whole series of really bad sequels and spin-offs!

------------

6. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Forgive me if I actually suggest watching anything with Don Johnson in it, but Don turns in a slyly dark performance in this seldom-seen flick of a post-apocalyptic world where the only things that really matter are finding food and women. Fortunately, young Vic (Johnson), has a great poon hound --- a dog who can sniff out a woman from miles away. But when the choice boils down to steady squeeze or man's best friend, how will Vic respond? Like any reasonable man would, I presume.

------------

7. The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Very cool old Disney black and white flick about a man who hates dogs and his son who gets turned into a sheepdog at the most inopportune moments. While being a dog, he overhears the spy next door plotting subterfuge. The cops are no help --- they think the story of a boy who turns into a dog is sheer lunacy. Hi jinx ensue, and in the end, Fred MacMurray sees the error of his dog-hating ways.

------------

8. Lassie Come Home (1943)
This is going to come as a big shocker to a lot of Americans who grew up on the 1950s TV series, but the original Lassie was a movie set in Britian (who knew there were collies in Britain?) In this original Lassie movie, the Duke of Ridling buys Lassie from the Carraclough family, sending young Joe into a state of youthful depression and Lassie into a state of canine despair. With the help of the Duke's daughter, Lassie is able to escape the Duke's estate and make his way cross country to reunite with the boy he loves. What a dog! What a happy ending!

------------

9. Because of Winn Dixie (2005)
When Opal's dad moves to a new church in a new town, Opal is uprooted and suddenly friendless. At least until a trip to the supermarket helps her meet scrappy Winn Dixie! While Dad makes her put up "Lost Dog" posters each morning, Opal promptly takes them down each afternoon. Along the way, she makes plenty of new friends, all of whom love the endearing Winn Dixie. No matter what their age, background, or life story --- Winn Dixie has a way of forging friendship.

------------

10. Underdog (2008)
There's no need to worry, Underdog is furry! Ex-bomb sniffing Beagle finds himself a guinea pig for evil genetic scientist, Barsinister. Sudden superpowers help him escape, meet nice ex-cop and son, and save the day for the people of Capital City. What are the chances of a ham being tied to the dome of the capitol?


*********** TOP TEN BEST DOG MOVIES OF ALL TIME ***********
There you have it! Ten of my favorite dog movies of all time. Got a couple dog gone great movies of your own you'd like to add? Chime in with a comment....I always love chatting movies!

Until next time, see you at the cinema!

Read all comments (13)

About the Author

Epinions.com ID:
Location: Lone Star State
Reviews written: 1798
Trusted by: 1009 members
About Me: If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.