The 25 best dog movies of all time!

You want to see your favorite animal not only next to you, but also on TV? Then you've come to the right place. 

Find the 25 best dog movies from animation to adventure to romantic comedy here:

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1. hachiko - a wonderful friendship

A music professor named Ueno (Richard Gere) finds an abandoned puppy and takes it in. The beginning of a moving friendship. A true story from Japan filmed by America.

    Hachiko - A wonderful friendship
IMDB Rating 8,1
Year of publication 2009
Genre Drama, Family
Duration 1h 33min
Dog main roll Hachiko, Akita

2. isle of dogs - atari's journey

A boy is in search of his beloved dog. During his odyssey he lands on an island full of dogs. Famous names like Edward Norton and Bill Murray lend their voices to the animated film set in Japan.

    Isle of Dogs - Atari's Journey
IMDB Rating 7,9
Year of publication 2018
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 1h 41min
Dog main roll -

3. wallace & gromit - chasing the giant rabbit

Wallace and his four-legged companion Gromit are on the chase. A monstrous giant rabbit devastates the gardens in their hometown. The film won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

    Wallace & Gromit - In pursuit of the giant rabbit
IMDB Rating 7,5
Year of publication 2005
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 1h 25min
Dog main roll -

4. red dog (2011)

This is also a true story. The legendary Red Dog is on a search for his long-lost master. While it goes across the Australian outback, his fur takes on a red color due to the dust. 

    Red Dog (2011)
IMDB Rating 7,4
Year of publication 2011
Genre Biography, Comedy, Drama
Duration 1h 32min
Dog main roll Red Dog, mixed breed dog (Kelpie x Cattle Dog)

5. cap and caper

Cap the fox and Capper the hunting dog have been friends since childhood. When Capper is trained by his humans to hunt, Cap is naturally on his bag list. Will friendship or human compulsion win?

    Cap and Capper
IMDB Rating 7,3
Year of publication 1981
Genre Animation, Adventure, Drama
Duration 1h 23min
Dog main roll Capper, hunting dog

6. antarctica - trapped in the ice

Three men are in Antarctica on a research trip. After they get into an emergency situation, they leave the sled dogs behind. The film shows the struggle for survival of the eight huskies in the ice, based on a true story.

    Antarctica - Trapped in the Ice
IMDB Rating 7,3
Year of publication 2006
Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
Duration 2h
Dog main roll Huskies

7. Lady and the Tramp

One of the first animated films about dogs by Walt Disney. The spoiled and conceited dog lady Susi spends an unforgettable day with the naughty street dog Scamp.

    Lady and the Tramp
IMDB Rating 7,3
Year of publication 1955
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 2h
Dog main roll Susi, cocker spaniel
Tramp, mixed breed dog

8. 101 Dalmatians

The evil fashion designer Cruella De Vil kidnaps the Dalmatians. She wants to make a coat out of their spotted fur. The families and friends of the Dalmatians do everything possible to save them.

    101 Dalmatians
IMDB Rating 7,2
Year of publication 1961
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 1h 19min
Dog main roll Dalmatian

9. my dog skip

The film is set in Mississippi in the 1940s. Little Willie is a lonely boy. When he gets the dog puppy Skip as a gift from his mother, an inseparable friendship begins.

    My dog Skip
IMDB Rating 7,1
Year of publication 2000
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Duration 1h 35min
Dog main roll Skip, Terrier

10. marley & me

Journalist couple John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) want to take the next step in their marriage and get a Labrador puppy. With Marley they have so some eventful moments.

    Marley & Me
IMDB Rating 7,1
Year of publication 2008
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Duration 1h 55min
Dog main roll Labrador

11. balto

Balto lives as a lonely stray in Alaska and is half dog half wolf. But he doesn't really belong to either. After a plague breaks out in his hometown, he sets out to get help. Once again, a true story!

    Balto
IMDB Rating 7,1
Year of publication 1995
Genre Animation, Adventure, Drama
Duration 1h 18min
Dog main roll Husky

12. bailey - a friend for life

Golden retriever puppy Bailey grows up together with Ethan. After his death, however, he does not end up in dog heaven, but is always reborn. So you see him in different dog bodies and breeds until he ends up with Ethan again.

    Bailey - A friend for life
IMDB Rating 7,1
Year of publication 2017
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Duration 1h 40min
Dog main roll a.o. Golden Retriever

13 Frankenweenie (2012)

Tim Burton shows us here "Frankenstein's monster" in dog form. Little Viktor Frankenstein manages to bring his dead dog back to life. Frankenweenie received numerous awards in the animation category.

    Frankenweenie (2012)
IMDB Rating 7
Year of publication 2012
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Duration 1h 27min
Dog main roll Sparky, Bull Terrier

14. back home - the incredible journey

Shadow the golden retriever, Chance the American bulldog and Sassy the cat break out of a farm. Not knowing that their family is only on vacation, they try to get home on their own. A journey across America begins.

    Back home - The incredible journey
IMDB Rating 6,9
Year of publication 1993
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Duration 1h 24min
Dog main roll Shadow, Golden Retriever
Chance, American Bulldog

15 Bolt - A dog for all occasions

TV star Bolt is a true superhero in his series. However, he really believes he is one. So he also plays the hero in real life and is cocky.

    Bolt - A dog for all occasions
IMDB Rating 6,9
Year of publication 2008
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 1h 36min
Dog main roll Bolt, White Shepherd Dog

16. wolf blood (1991)

The dog-wolf mongrel is raised by Indians in Alaska. He then joins two young men and goes on a gold hunt with them. The animal film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name with magnificent nature shots.

    Wolf's Blood (1991)
IMDB Rating 6,7
Year of publication 1991
Genre Adventure, Drama
Duration 1h 47min
Dog main roll Wolf Blood, Mongrel (Dog x Wolf)

17 Lassie (2005)

The impoverished family of Lassie, a collie dog, must sell her to a duke in order to survive. But Lassie leaves no stone unturned to get back to her family. 

    Lassie (2005)
IMDB Rating 6,7
Year of publication 2005
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Duration 1h 40min
Dog main roll Lassie, Longhair Collie

18 Oliver & Company

Little street kitten Oliver joins the dog Dodger and his gang. Quickly his life changes among the dogs.

    Oliver & Company
IMDB Rating 6,7
Year of publication 1988
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 1h 14min
Dog main roll Dodger, Mongrel

19. pets

The terrier Max lives spoiled and sheltered in Manhattan. But soon the quiet life is over. His new roommate, the mongrel Duke, brings quite a stir into his life. 

    Pets
IMDB Rating 6,5
Year of publication 2016
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration 1h 27min
Dog main roll Max, Terrier/ Duke, Mongrel

20 Benji

Two boys befriend a street dog named Benji. After both are kidnapped by burglars, Benji sets out to rescue them.

    Benji
IMDB Rating 6,4
Year of publication 2018
Genre Crime, Drama, Family
Duration 1h 27min
Dog main roll Benji, mixed breed

21 Dog Days

Through their dogs, a group of different people get to know each other. Their lives change a lot through these acquaintances.

    Dog Days
IMDB Rating 6,2
Year of publication 2018
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration 1h 53min
Dog main roll Mabel, Pug

22 Scott & Hooch

One of Tom Hanks' first films. As detective Scott Turner he tries to solve a murder case. The giant slobbering mastiff Hooch des Ofers helps him.

    Scott & Hooch
IMDB Rating 6,1
Year of publication 1989
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Duration 1h 37min
Dog main roll Hooch, Great Dane

23. woman with dog seeks... man with heart

The newly divorced Sarah is again looking for a man. To trick fate, she borrows a Newfoundland dog, which changes her life completely.

    Woman with dog seeks... Man with heart
IMDB Rating 5,9
Year of publication 2005
Genre Comedy, romantic movie
Duration 1h 37min
Dog main roll "Mother Theresa", Newfoundland dog

24. a dog named Beethoven

A mean veterinarian conducts experiments on animals. When his animal catchers hunt down a St. Bernard puppy, it manages to escape to the home of its new family.

    A dog named Beethoven
IMDB Rating 5,6
Year of publication 1992
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Duration 1h 27min
Dog main roll Beethoven, Saint Bernard

25th Air Bud - Champion on four paws

After the death of his father, Josh becomes an outsider at his new school. After Buddy, a golden retriever, runs into him, he discovers his extraordinary ability. He is an outstanding basketball player! As a result, Josh manages to regain his self-confidence and join the basketball team.

    Air Bud - Champion on four paws
IMDB Rating 5,2
Year of publication 1997
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Duration 1h 38min
Dog main roll Buddy, Golden Retriever

If you are an absolute dog fan, you should watch these movies. You will be thrilled! I myself have already watched them all with my pugs on the couch 🙂

Written by Claudia Weise
Written by Claudia Weise

I am the editor-in-chief of hundeo. My mission is to publish the best dog guides on the web. If you have any feedback or suggestions about the article, I'd love to hear from you.

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