If you’re a dog lover, there’s a good chance that you love to watch movies about dogs. Or maybe you’re like me and aren’t the biggest fan of them, because so many of them are sad and just make you cry for hours. Regardless of which side you stand on, I have put together this list of the best movies about dogs. A few of them are sad and will make you cry, but a good majority of them are feel-good movies about dogs that will make you love the breed even more!

So get ready for a day curled up on the couch with your pooches, because here’s a list of 10 of the best dog movies out there.

A Dog’s Purpose

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A Dog’s Purpose is sure to tug at your heartstrings. This dog movie is about a dog who figures out the meaning of its life through the lives of the humans that it encounters. Throughout five decades, the dog is reincarnated as several different pooches. The canine creates a special bond with a boy named Ethan, and as the boy gets older, the dog comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.


Marley & Me

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Don’t watch Marley & Me unless you want a good cry. I made the mistake of seeing it in theaters when it first came out, and bawled the entire way through. It’s still one of the best dog movies, though. Marley & Me is about two newlyweds, John and Jenny, who move to Florida and adopt a cute yellow lab puppy. Marley ends up growing up to be a huge handful though, but even among his antics, he brings out the best in their family.


Old Yeller

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Old Yeller is a classic dog movie, and another one that is sure to make you cry (sorry — there are too many emotional dog movies out there)! This is a movie about a family on a Texas ranch who encounters a runaway named Old Yeller that creates damage in one of their fields. One of the sons tries to drive the dog away, but him and the mom warm up to Old Yeller when he saves the daughter from a bear attack. While the son and dog form a bond, there’s a growing concern happening about a rabies outbreak.


Lady and the Tramp

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Lady and the Tramp is a classic, feel-good dog movie. This is a Disney animated classic that follows a spoiled cocker spaniel named Lady. She finds herself to be stranded on the streets, and gets protected by a stray mutt named Tramp. The two dogs start to form a romance, but their obvious differences try to keep them apart.


Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

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Sorry… another movie that is sure to make you cry. This one’s about a college professor who finds a dog on a train platform, and they form a lasting bond.


Air Bud

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90s kids can definitely appreciate this one. This is a feel-good dog movie, but can be emotional at times. After his father’s death, a high schooler named Josh is struggling to adapt to his new home in Washington. He ends up becoming the school basketball team’s manager and finds that his dog Bud (a stray Golden Retriever that he took in) can actually play basketball very well. Bud joins the team and Josh’s life changes, until Bud’s former owner comes back hoping to take Bud back.



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This is another feel-good dog movie (the rest on the list will be, don’t worry). George Newton and his family decide to adopt an adorable St. Bernard puppy, and George soon starts to feel as though the puppy matters more to the family than he does. Soon enough, the dog (Beethoven) grows to a pretty large size, and it leads to mishaps in the house. George’s wife and kids seem to be very fond of Beethoven still, and George has to see his finer qualities as well. Beethoven’s life with the family becomes jeopardized though, when a vet tries to get the dog for a deadly experiment.


101 Dalmatians

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101 Dalmatians is another animated Disney classic, but there’s also a live-action version. A Dalmatian, Pongo, grows tired of his bachelor-dog life, so he spots (pun intended) Perdita and gets his master, Roger, to meet Perdita’s owner, Anita. Their owners end up falling in love and get married, which keeps Pongo and Perdita together. Perdita ends up giving birth to a litter of 15 puppies, and Anita’s friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy all of them. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires criminals to steal them so that she can have a fur coat.



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Bolt is a fun-filled movie about a dog superstar named Bolt. He is actually on a TV show, but doesn’t know that and thinks that he really has amazing powers. Bolt ends up being accidentally shipped from his Hollywood stage to the streets of New York, where he gets to go on his best adventure yet. He gets accompanied by a cat and hamster to find his owner, Penny.


Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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This dog movie is about a spoiled Chihuahua from Beverly Hills who gets lost in a rough part of Mexico. She’s completely out of her element, and then two street dogs Delgado and Papi help her to find her way home.


So, what’s your favorite movie about dogs?


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