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The Greatest Dog Movies Of All Time

Updated December 23, 2020 48.2k votes 8.0k voters 1.0m views96 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 good 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 Journey1
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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 Dalmations2
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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 Hound3
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    The Fox and the Hound

    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney

    Released1981

    Directed byRichard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

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  • Lady and the Tramp4
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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 & Me5
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Box Office: $143,153,751
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  • Old Yeller6
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • Beethoven7
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    Beethoven

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Duchovny

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Box Office: $57,114,049
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  • 101 Dalmatians8
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    Box Office: $136,189,294
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  • Eight Below9
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    Eight Below

    Paul Walker, Moon Bloodgood

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Marshall

    Box Office: $81,612,565
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  • Bolt10
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven11
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    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise

    Released1989

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco12
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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 Otis13
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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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  • Lassie14
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    Lassie

    Michelle Williams, Helen Slater

    Released1994

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Box Office: $652,163
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  • White Fang15
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    White Fang

    Ethan Hawke, James Remar

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Box Office: $34,793,160
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  • Benji16
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    Benji

    Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier

    Released1974

    Directed byJoe Camp

    Box Office: $39,552,000
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  • Hotel for Dogs17
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    Hotel for Dogs

    Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow

    Released2009

    Directed byThor Freudenthal

    Box Office: $73,034,460

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  • Turner & Hooch18
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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 Grows19
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    Where the Red Fern Grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman Tokar

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  • A Dog's Way Home20
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    A Dog's Way Home

    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

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  • Cats & Dogs21
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    Cats & Dogs

    Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon

    Released2001

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

    Box Office: $93,385,515
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  • Max22
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    Max

    Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins

    Released2015

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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  • Snow Dogs23
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    Snow Dogs

    Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn

    Released2002

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    Box Office: $81,172,560
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  • A Dog's Purpose24
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    A Dog's Purpose

    Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid

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    Best in Show

    Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Guest

    Box Office: $18,715,392
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