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The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time

Updated July 27, 2020 47.4k votes 7.9k voters 1.0m views89 items

List RulesFilms 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 Incredible is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Box Office: $41,833,324

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    101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    101 Dalmations

    Rod Taylor, Paul Frees

    Released1961

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

    Box Office: $215,880,014 

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    The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Box Office: $143,153,751
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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Beethoven

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Box Office: $57,114,049
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    Eight Below is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Eight Below

    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Box Office: $81,612,565
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    101 Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    Box Office: $136,189,294
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    Bolt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

    All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid R. Ellis

    Box Office: $32,772,492
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    The Adventures of Milo and Oti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    The Adventures of Milo and Otis

    Dudley Moore, Shigeru Tsuyugushi

    Released1986

    Directed byMasanori Hata

    Box Office: $13,299,749
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    Lassie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Lassie

    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater

    Released1994

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Box Office: $652,163
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    White Fang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    White Fang

    Ethan Hawke, James Remar

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Box Office: $34,793,160
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    Benji is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Benji

    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

    Box Office: $39,552,000
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    Hotel for Dogs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Hotel for Dogs

    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow

    Released2009

    Directed byThor Freudenthal

    Box Office: $73,034,460

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    A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    A Dog's Way Home

    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Box Office: $71,079,915
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    Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Where the Red Fern Grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 film directed by Norman Tokar, based on the 1961 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Cats & Dogs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Cats & Dogs

    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

    Box Office: $93,385,515
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    Max is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Max

    Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins

    Released2015

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Snow Dogs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn

    Released2002

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Box Office: $81,172,560
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    A Dog's Purpose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    A Dog's Purpose

    Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid

    Released2017

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    A Dog's Purpose is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time
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    Best in Show

    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Guest

    Box Office: $18,715,392
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