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The Best Dog Movies for Kids

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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  • 1

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Before the Seavers leave for a family vacation to San Francisco, they drop off their pets -- Chance (Michael J. Fox), an adventurous American bulldog; Shadow (Don Ameche), a wise golden retriever;  ...more
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    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg
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    Released1955

    Directed byClyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

    This Disney animated classic follows a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady (Barbara Luddy) whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady  ...more
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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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    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
  • 5

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    The Seaver family arrives at San Francisco International Airport to catch a flight to Canada. They check in their pets: Chance (Michael J. Fox), an American bulldog; Shadow (Ralph Waite), a golden  ...more
  • 6
    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta
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    15

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

    The days of canine superstar Bolt (John Travolta) are filled with danger and intrigue ... until the cameras stop rolling. But Bolt doesn't know that he's on a TV show; he thinks his amazing powers  ...more
  • 7
    Justin Theroux, Tessa Thompson
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    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
  • 8
    Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt
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    15

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

    When the family of George Newton (Charles Grodin) decides to adopt a cute St. Bernard puppy, the patriarch soon feels displaced by the dog. Before long, the adorable canine, dubbed Beethoven, has  ...more
  • 9
    Louis C.K., Lake Bell
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    14

    Released2016

    Directed byChris Renaud

    Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of  ...more
  • 10
    Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood
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    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    The frozen wasteland of Antarctica serves as the background for a tale about the bonds of friendship and loyalty. Three members of a scientific expedition, Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker), his friend  ...more
  • 11
    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
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    17

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) leave behind snowy Michigan and move to Florida, where they buy their first home and find jobs at competing newspapers. Soon afterward,  ...more
  • 12
    Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd
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    Released2000

    Directed byKevin Lima

    In this all-new tale, Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) is released from prison on good behavior vowing that she will have nothing to do with fur ever again. She, however, cannot keep this promise and is  ...more
  • 13
    Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray
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    11

    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
  • 14
    Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins
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    16

    Released1995

    Directed bySimon Wells

    In this animated feature, a deadly diphtheria epidemic strikes the remote town of Nome, Alaska. With the life-saving medicine located hundreds of miles away, the residents decide to send out a  ...more
  • 15
    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos
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    13

    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
    Peter Breck, Cynthia Smith
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    15

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

    Stray dog Benji doesn't need an owner, preferring to roam freely all over his friendly Texas town. He delights in hectoring the cat of a local widow (Frances Bavier), and can always rely on a kindly  ...more
  • 17
    Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet
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    14

    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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    16

    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
    Tim Allen, Robert Downey
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    Released2006

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) is a workaholic and frequently puts his job before his family. After taking on a case involving an animal laboratory, he becomes infected with a  ...more
  • 20
    Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins
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    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

    "Cats & Dogs" uncovers the truth about the high-tech, secret war being waged in neighborhoods everywhere that humans aren't even aware of: an eternal struggle between the two great armies of Cats and  ...more
  • 21
    Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ethan Hawke
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    16

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    This adaptation of Jack London's wilderness tale focuses on young Jack Conroy (Ethan Hawke), who has arrived in Alaska to search for a gold mine. When Jack encounters White Fang, a dog/wolf hybrid  ...more
  • 22
    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
  • 23
    Harrison Ford, Omar Sy
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    Released2020

    Directed byChristopher Sanders

    Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the  ...more
  • 24
    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
  • 25
    Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham
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    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Det. Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is an uptight, by-the-book police officer who hopes to leave his sleepy California town and work in the big city. When his friend Amos Reed (John McIntire), the  ...more