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The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time 

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List Rules Films must be about dogs or feature dogs / puppies as major characters

Dogs have been featured in films since the dawn of cinema. The best dog movies ever feature cute pups that the audience can connect with. As they say, dog is man's best friend. If an audience doesn't like anyone in the cast, then they'll at least like the dog – this is especially important in dog movies for kids. Unlike other animals, canines are easily trained, and therefore ideal for motion picture production. This Hollywood dog movie list includes all types of dogs. So your favorite breed is probably included. For more movie ideas check out our Disney dog movies list or our list of dog movies for kids. You can also check out our lists of anime shows and the best comedies on Netflix and even the best names for dogs from movies.

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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Box Office: $41,833,324

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 ...more

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred 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 ...more

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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Frankel

Box Office: $143,153,751
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 ...more

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
bojanthebest added Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more

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101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

Box Office: $136,189,294
101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One ...more

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Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian Levant

Box Office: $57,114,049
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. ...more

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Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs

Released: 2006

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Box Office: $81,612,565
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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Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

Released: 1989

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

Box Office: $71,079,915
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 ...more

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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris 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 ...more

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Tom Islava added Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

Released: 1961

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

Box Office: $215,880,014 

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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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth

Released: 1994

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Box Office: $652,163
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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
bojanthebest added Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

Released: 1989

Directed by: Don 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 ...more

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Hotel for Dogs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2009

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal

Box Office: $73,034,460

Hotel for Dogs is a 2009 American family comedy film based on the 1971 Lois Duncan novel of the same name. The film, directed by Thor Freudenthal and adapted by Jeff Lowell, Bob Schooley, and ...more

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The Adventures of Milo a... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

Released: 1986

Directed by: Masanori Hata

Box Office: $13,299,749
The Adventures of Milo and Otis is an Japanese adventure comedy-drama film about two animals, the titular characters, Milo and Otis. The original English version was released on June 27, 1986, ...more

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Benji is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

Released: 1974

Directed by: Joe Camp

Box Office: $39,552,000
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 ...more

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Homeward Bound II: Lost ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino

Released: 1996

Directed by: David R. Ellis

Box Office: $32,772,492
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 ...more

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Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

Box Office: $93,385,515
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Snow Dogs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Michael Bolton

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brian Levant

Box Office: $81,172,560
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White Fang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley

Released: 1991

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Box Office: $34,793,160
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto ...more

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Where the Red Fern Grows... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
bojanthebest added James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Norman Tokar

Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 film directed by Norman Tokar, based on the 1961 novel of the same name. It stars James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Stewart Petersen and Jack Ging.

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K-9 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Jim Belushi, Ed O'Neill, William Sadler

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rod Daniel

Box Office: $43,247,647
K-9 is a 1989 American action-comedy film starring James Belushi and Mel Harris. It was directed by Rod Daniel, written by Steven Siegel and Scott Myers, produced by Lawrence Gordon and Charles ...more

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The Shaggy Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover

Released: 2006

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Box Office: $61,123,569
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 ...more

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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2019

Directed by: Charles 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 ...more