14 of the Best Dog Movies to Watch with Your Pooch

Get your tails wagging! Here's our round-up of the best movies for dogs to watch with the humans who love them!

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The Fox and the Hound

The Fox and the Hound, a bonafide classic about born rivals remains one of the best dog movies to watch with the whole family. Adults will appreciate the voice work from Mickey Rooney as the fox, and Kurt Russell as the hound, while kiddos will love the rollicking friendship between the two pups. Once the pair grow up, you can expect conflict—foxes and hounds usually aren’t best buds. However, in Disney’s hands, the rivalry makes for enduring lessons about loyalty and friendship.

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101 Dalmatians

The classic love story between Pongo and Perdita (and the one between their owners!) makes for one of the all-time best dog movies! The evil Cruella De Vil and her hapless henchmen are no match for the army of canines who band together to protect 101 adorable fur babies. Disney’s 101 Dalmatians provides fun frolic for dog lovers of every age.

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The Adventures of Milo and Otis

Have a pooch who loves to see live-action footage of fellow canines? If so, you should watch The Adventures of Milo and Otis with your furry pals! The cute kitten Milo meets a pug puppy named Otis and the adventures begin. Milo floats downstream in a box and Otis follows, helping the kitty as they interact with various woodland creatures. The movie even features a flash forward to the little kitten and pup once they’re all grown up! You know dogs have a great sense of smell, but you had no idea just how good.

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Eight Below

Eight Below is one of the best dog movies, as ranked by fans of Siberian Huskies. Based on a true story, this epic adventure follows eight fearless sled dogs who are left behind in Antarctica after their human companions must evacuate under harrowing conditions. Paul Walker stars as the guide who mounts a rescue mission to find the courageous canines. Left on their own, the huskies must survive in grueling weather and fend for survival. The story highlights the dogs’ amazing bonds and inspiring spirits.

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All Dogs Go to Heaven

This animated dog movie about the afterlife spawned a franchise including a sequel and television series. All Dogs Go to Heaven is the perfect movie to watch with your family of both humans and pooches! Burt Reynolds voices the lead doggo, a German Shepherd who returns to Earth to hang with his dog bestie, voiced by Dom DeLuise. Heartwarming hijinks ensure.

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You should watch this comedic romp with the St. Bernard who has a starring role in your life. Beethoven is one of the best dog movies about a rambunctious family pooch and the humans who love him. Charles Grodin stars as the grumpy dad who slowly warms to the energetic pup Beethoven, who earns his name when he barks along to the famous composer’s Fifth Symphony. Woof-woof-woof-woooof.

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Air Bud

If your pooch loves chasing balls, you’ll have a great time watching Air Bud with your energetic doggo! This beloved dog movie stars the real-life dog, Air Buddy, who became famous in the ’90s for shooting baskets on the Late Show with David Letterman. The story follows a kid trying out for the basketball team who comes across an adorable pooch who has the uncanny ability to shoot hoops.

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Your pooch will identify with the feel-good thrills and live-action footage of beloved pets on a scenic journey to reunite with their owners. Three kids have to leave behind their two dogs (and a cat) when their mom remarries and relocates to the big city. Nope! The pets are not having it! The trio, a bulldog, golden retriever, and cat, have other things in mind. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is one of the all-time best dog movies to watch with the whole family.

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Old Yeller

Old Yeller features a faithful dog that’ll do anything for a homestead family alone on the prairie. The little brother takes to the rascally yellow dog, while the older one keeps his distance. When Old Yeller gets the boys out of a dangerous scrap more than once, he ends up winning the hearts of everyone (including yours!) through his loyalty and courage.

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A Dog’s Purpose

If you’re in the mood to pull your pooch’s heartstrings (and your own!) this is the dog movie for you! Follow a loyal dog as he makes his way into the lives of various humans, teaching them valuable lessons while learning his own. Josh Gad voices the multiple incarnations of the dog Bailey with warmth and verve. Dennis Quaid also stars in A Dog’s Purpose, which celebrates the tender relationship between dogs and their human besties. Keep the tissues close!

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Iron Will

Fans of sled dog movies love this adventure about a boy who enters a race to save his family farm after the loss of his father. Get ready for epic endurance, cold temps (brrr!), and the heroics of the huskie who leads the racing team. Iron Will shows the bond between the boy and his snow dog, Gus, as they join together and find courage, despite the odds against them.

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101 Dalmatians (live-action)

Glenn Close sparkles with villainy in this live-action version of the beloved animated tale. Relive all the best moments from the cartoon, and fall in love with pooches galore, including all those rambunctious, adorable Dalmatians.

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Lady and the Tramp

He’s a tramp, but she loves him! If you’re looking for a little puppy love, you should watch Lady and the Tramp as Lady, the uptown girl doggo, flirts with Tramp, the pup who hails from the wrong side of the tracks. It also includes one of the all-time best iconic romantic movie scenes. You’ll adore the moment where the lovebird pooches share a plate of pasta. That’s amore!

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Isle of Dogs

You and your pooch will love the way the dogs look in Wes Anderson’s quirky stop-motion animation adventure. Isle of Dogs takes place in a dystopian future, where a band of dogs helps a little boy find the lost dog that was sent to a terrible island. The voice talent boasts major stars such as Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, and Yoko Ono to name just a few.

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