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The Best Dog Movies for Kids

Updated May 18, 2020 1.4k votes 80 voters 3.1k views34 items

List RulesVote up the best dog movies for kids to watch.

There's no shortage of movies about man's best friend and we are here to determine the best dog movies for kids. Whether it's an old fashioned animated classic like 101 Dalmations or one of those new CGI ones, there's something about the adventures of a puppy or a dog that pulls on the heartstrings like nothing else.

That goes double for young kids. Even if you don't have a puppy at home, put on one of these good dog films for children, and watch even the toughest I-don't-care kids get wrapped up in the adventure. It makes sense that kids connect with dogs, as studies have shown that dogs can help calm children down and encourage them to connect with other people more. If you've ever asked yourself "what dog films can kids watch," look below for the answer. You'll find that quite a few of them are Disney dog movies.

A word of warning though, if you don't have a dog and you show your kids these movies, don't be surprised if they start bugging you night and day. "Can we please get a dog? I'll take care of it! Please? PLEASE?!"

So vote for your favorite appropriate dog movies for kids to get them to the top of the list, and don't forget to add anything we may have left off.

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    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney
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    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

    he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July 10,  ...more
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    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees
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    7

    Released1961

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same  ...more
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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg
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    10

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a  ...more
  • 4
    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox
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    10

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed by  ...more
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    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta
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    12

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner and  ...more
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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox
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    Released1996

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco is the 1996 sequel to the 1993 film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Directed by David R. Ellis, the film features the three animals from the first  ...more
  • 7
    Louis C.K., Lake Bell
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    13

    Released2016

    Directed byYarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

    The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. The quiet life of a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) is upended when his owner takes in Duke (Eric  ...more
  • 8
    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
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    14

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn important life  ...more
  • 9
    Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd
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    8

    Released2000

    Directed byKevin Lima

    102 Dalmatians is a 2000 family comedy film directed by Kevin Lima in his live action directorial debut and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to the 1996 film 101 Dalmatians and  ...more
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    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood
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    9

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Eight Below is a 2006 American family drama adventure film directed by Frank Marshall and written by David DiGilio. It stars Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, and Jason Biggs. It was  ...more
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny
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    16

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin as George Newton and Bonnie Hunt as Alice Newton. The film is the first in the Beethoven film series. It  ...more
  • 12
    Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray
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    9

    Released1959

    Directed byCharles Barton

    The Shaggy Dog is a black-and-white 1959 Walt Disney film about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy who by the power of an enchanted ring of the Borgias is transformed into the title character, a shaggy Old  ...more
  • 13
    Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson
    27
    6

    Released2019

    Directed byCharlie Bean

    Lady and the Tramp is a 2019 American romance film directed by Charlie Bean, based on the Walt Disney’s 1955 animated film of the same name. An upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady  ...more
  • 14
    Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins
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    16

    Released1995

    Directed bySimon Wells

    Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely  ...more
  • 15
    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos
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    11

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog (Bryce Dallas Howard) embarks on a 400-mile journey home after she  ...more
  • 16
    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier
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    14

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

    This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul Chapman, won't let them give the mutt a home. But the shaggy stray changes his mind by saving the day when  ...more
  • 17
    Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet
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    12

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Renaud

    The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by Chris Renaud. A sequel to the 2016 film.  ...more
  • 18
    Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway
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    14

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Vince

    Santa Buddies is a 2009 direct to video film. It is the fourth installment of the Air Buddies spin-off series as well as the ninth film in the Air Bud franchise. It was released on November 2, 2009.  ...more
  • 19
    Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen
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    16

    Released2006

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    The Shaggy Dog is a 2006 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the second remake of the 1959 film of the same name, which was first remade as a television film in 1994. Both the 1959 and 1994  ...more
  • 20
    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon
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    20

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

    Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman. The screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra centers on the relationships between cats and dogs,  ...more
  • 21
    Ethan Hawke, James Remar
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    14

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Seymour Cassel. Based on Jack London's novel White Fang, it tells the story of  ...more
  • 22
    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen
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    14

    Released2007

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

    Underdog is a 2007 American live-action comedy superhero film based on the 1960s cartoon series of the same name. The film was directed by Frederik Du Chau and stars Peter Dinklage as Dr. Simon  ...more
  • 23
    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson
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    20

    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Turner & Hooch is a 1989 American comedy-thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog as the eponymous characters, Turner and Hooch respectively. The film also co-stars Mare Winningham, Craig  ...more
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    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise
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    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

    All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the story  ...more
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    Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis
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    16

    Released2008

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a 2008 American adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the first in the Beverly Hills Chihuaha series. It is directed by Raja Gosnell and was released on  ...more