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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 beyond just dogs check out our Disney movies list. You can also check out our lists of anime shows and the best comedies on Netflix.
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Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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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101 Dalmatians Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels 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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Turner & Hooch Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham 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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Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth Box Office: $652,163
Lassie is a 1994 adventure family film directed by Daniel Petrie and featuring the fictional collie Lassie.

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies of All Time
bojanthebest added Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire 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 post-Civil War Texas. ...more

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The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman The 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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Marley & Me Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane 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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Beethoven Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny, Patricia Heaton 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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bojanthebest added All Dogs Go to Heaven Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback 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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K-9 Jim Belushi, Ed O'Neill, William Sadler 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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Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz 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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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen 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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Eight Below Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs 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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The Shaggy Dog Robert Downey Jr., Tim Allen, Danny Glover 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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Hotel for Dogs Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

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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Benji Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck 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 ...more

The Cutest Mixed Dog Breeds

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Cats & Dogs Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum Box Office: $93,385,515
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 ...more

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Snow Dogs Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Michael Bolton Box Office: $81,172,560
Snow Dogs is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Brian Levant, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn. The film was released in the United States on January 18, 2002 by Walt Disney ...more

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Underdog Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno Box Office: $43,760,605
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

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies of All Time
Tom Islava added 101 Dalmations Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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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The Adventures of Milo and Otis Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi 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

17 Incredible Dogs Who Have Saved Babies

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Marmaduke Emma Stone, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland Box Office: $33,644,788
Marmaduke is a summer 2010 comedy film based upon long-running comic strip of the same name which features misadventures of Marmaduke, the loveable great dane dog and the family he lives with. ...more

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Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter Box Office: $23,144,499
Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the real-life dog, Buddy, a Golden Retriever. The film was financially successful, grossing $4 million in its ...more

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Piper Perabo

Box Office: $94,514,402

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 ...more

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102 Dalmatians Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Gérard Depardieu Box Office: $66,957,026 102 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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bojanthebest added Where the Red Fern Grows James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman 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.

The 51 Greatest Pictures of Animals Sitting Like People

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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Carla Gugino 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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My Dog Skip Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz Box Office: $34,134,641
My Dog Skip is a 2000 film, directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the autobiographical book My Dog Skip by Willie Morris. The movie was released March 3, 2000. The movie recounts a few ...more

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Max is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies of All Time
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Because of Winn-Dixie Box Office: $32,647,042
Because of Winn-Dixie is a children's novel written by Kate DiCamillo which was published in 2000 and the winner of a Newbery Honor distinction the following year. In 2000, the book won the ...more

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White Fang Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley Box Office: $34,793,160
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 ...more

The Best Animal Performances in Film History

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Best in Show Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey Box Office: $18,715,392
Best in Show is a 2000 American improvisational comedy film written and directed by Christopher Guest. The film follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show and focuses on the slightly ...more

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Cujo Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter Box Office: $21,156,152
Cujo is a 1983 American psychological horror/thriller film based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Teague, and written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Lauren Currier.

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Snow Buddies Whoopi Goldberg, Kris Kristofferson, Molly Shannon Disney s adorable talking puppies are back, and this time they venture to the frosty arctic and team up with new friends in a thrilling dogsled race across Alaska. Join your favorite pups ...more

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Beethoven's 2nd Bonnie Hunt, Charles Grodin, Chris Penn Box Office: $53,443,066
Beethoven's 2nd is a 1993 family film directed by Rod Daniel, and the first sequel to the 1992 film, Beethoven. It starred Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, and Debi Mazar. It is the second of eight ...more

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bojanthebest added The Shaggy Dog [1959] Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson 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 ...more

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Iron Will Kevin Spacey, Brian Cox, David Ogden Stiers Box Office: $21,006,361
Iron Will is a 1994 American adventure film directed by Charles Haid, it stars Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, George Gerdes, Brian Cox, Penelope Windust and August

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Courage of Lassie Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Carl Switzer Courage of Lassie is a 1946 Technicolor MGM feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, and dog actor Pal in a story about a collie named Bill and his young companion, Kathie Merrick. ...more

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but chickens double d added Lassie Come Home Elizabeth Taylor, Roddy McDowall, Elsa Lanchester Lassie Come Home is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor, Pal, in a story about the profound bond between Yorkshire boy Joe Carraclough ...more

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Lassie Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Samantha Morton Lassie is a 2005 British-American-French-Irish adventure comedy-drama family film based on Eric Knight's 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home about the profound bond between Joe Carraclough and his rough ...more

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enderkiller200 added Alpha and Omega Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper a story of to wolfs that break more rules then you can make
Alpha and Omega is a 2010 3D Canadian-Indian-American computer-animated adventure romantic comedy-drama family film produced by Crest Animation Productions. The film is directed by Anthony Bell ...more

The Best New Kids Movies Since 2015

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For the Love of Benji Ed Nelson, Peter Bowles, Bridget Armstrong Box Office: $17,732,000
Benji’s family is en route to a vacation in Greece when a fellow passenger “borrows” Benji for just long enough to tattoo a mysterious message on his paw.  Separated from the family in ...more

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Shiloh Rod Steiger, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson

Box Office: $1,007,822

Shiloh is a family drama film produced and directed by Dale Rosenbloom in 1996. It was shown at the Heartland Film Festival in 1996, but its general release came on April 27, 1997. The original ...more

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Scooby-Doo Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher Box Office: $153,294,164
Scooby-Doo is a 2002 American comedy horror film. Based on the long-running Hanna-Barbera animated television series Scooby-Doo, the film was directed by Raja Gosnell, written by James Gunn and ...more

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Firehouse Dog Josh Hutchersonm, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner

Box Office: $13,932,383

Firehouse Dog is a 2007 American family film produced by Regency Enterprises and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Todd Holland, it stars Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok, ...more

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Benji: Off the Leash! Jeff Olson, Lincoln Hoppe, Nick Whitaker Box Office: $3,817,362
Lost and alone on the streets of a small Mississippi town, Benji has to overcome overwhelming odds to become a hero, with only a belligerent bird and a bungling stray mutt to help. An ...more

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Air Bud: Golden Receiver Warren Moon, Kevin Zegers, Tim Conway

Box Office: $10,224,116

Air Bud: Golden Receiver is the 1998 sequel to Air Bud. The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is also the last of the Air Bud films to be released theatrically. Outside ...more

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_denny-wright added The Incredible Journey Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie The Incredible Journey is a 1963 live-action Walt Disney film based on the novel, The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford. Narrated by Rex Allen, the film follows the adventure of three pets, ...more

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Spooky Buddies Sierra McCormick, Tim Conway, G. Hannelius Spooky Buddies is a 2011 Disney direct-to-DVD family film that is part of the Disney Buddies franchise, a series often referred to as the Air Bud and Air Buddies franchise. For the fifth ...more