Dog’s are a man’s best friend. And this phrase really comes true when we watch films about dogs. What dog lover doesn’t like a nice dog movie? Movies about dogs and their excellent traits, as well as the bonds between a dog and its owner, are almost guaranteed to make you chuckle, tug at your heartstrings, and give you that nice fuzzy feeling inside.
Below are some of the best dog films of all time.
1. One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)
Director(s)- Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske
Pongo is a male Dalmatian that lives in London with Roger. A bachelor songwriter who has yet to sell his first song. Pongo arranges for Roger to meet Anita, an attractive young woman with a female Dalmatian named Perdita. As he is bored with their single existence. It doesn’t take long for love to bloom all over for a double wedding to take place. Cruella De Vil, a wealthy, cruel old schoolmate of Anita’s who has a strong desire to buy a coat made of Dalmatian pelts, is overjoyed when Perdita gives birth to 15 puppies a few months later.
When she can’t afford to buy the puppies, she has them “dognapped” and taken to her dilapidated country house. There she also has 84 other Dalmatians. The frantic Pongo and Perdita appeal to the dogs of London via the “twilight bark” after all attempts by the police to locate the lost pups fail. All dogdom comes to the rescue, led by The Colonel, an indestructible shaggy dog, and Sergeant Tibbs, a cat. With the help of geese, cows, and horses, they track down the missing puppies.
2. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
Director- Lasse Hallstrom
Ronnie, a little boy, narrates the story about his grandfather’s remarkable Akita dog in front of the entire class. As Ronnie begins to tell the story of his grandfather, Parker Wilson, a college music professor, and the abandoned dog that wound up in the professor’s birthplace of Rhode Island by chance, an unbelievable story of loyalty and devotion begins to surface. Parker had intended to track down the dog’s owner, but after discovering that no one had claimed the puppy, he decided to keep it and name it Hachiko. Then tragedy happened, demonstrating the powerful, unshakeable, and occasionally incomprehensible bond that can develop between a man and an animal.
3. Lassie (2005)
Director- Charles Sturridge
Joe Carraclough, a Yorkshire miner’s kid, is bullied at school by his teacher, and his only solace is his collie Lassie. Even worse, when the mine closes, his father, Sam, is obliged to sell the dog to The Duke, the owner of the local estate. The Duke’s servant, Hynes, terrifies the dog, who keeps rushing back, forcing the Carracloughs to keep returning her until the Duke departs for the Scottish Highlands for the holidays. Lassie eludes the dogcatchers in Glasgow and is taken in by a circus performer on a desperate voyage home. By Christmas, it appears that a miracle will be required.
4. Marley & Me (2008)
Director- David Frankel
Newspaper writers John and Jennifer Grogan relocate to Florida after their wedding. John offers Jennifer a dog in an attempt to slow down her “biological clock.” While Marley develops from a puppy to a 100-pound dog, he retains all of his puppy vigor and rambunctiousness. Marley, on the other hand, shows no signs of self-control. Marley’s shenanigans provide plenty of fodder for John’s newspaper column. Marley continues to test everyone’s tolerance by acting like the world’s most impulsive dog as the Grogans grow older and have children of their own.
5. Old Yeller (1957)
Director- Robert Stevenson
While his father is away on a cattle drive in the 1860s, Travis Coates is left to look after the family property with his mother and younger brother. Travis unwillingly adopts a yellow mongrel that comes to stay with the family uninvitedly. Travis begins to love and respect Old Yeller, who has a huge effect on the boy’s life, after a series of encounters with raccoons, snakes, bears, wild pigs, and wolves.
6. Isle of Dogs (2018)
Director- Wes Anderson
As the technologically advanced metropolis of Megasaki is ravaged by a vicious and exceedingly deadly canine plague, the greedy and corrupt mayor, Kobayashi, orders that all canines be deported to Trash Island. A large offshore wasteland of rubbish. To find his beloved four-legged companion, Spots, Kobayashi’s brave twelve-year-old orphaned nephew, Atari, musters the courage to embark on a dangerous rescue mission alone. However, the boy will require the invaluable assistance of a marauding pack of five abandoned alpha dogs to reunite with his best friend.