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Best dog movies of all time ranked by popularity

  • Best dog movies of all time ranked by popularity
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    Best dog movies of all time ranked by popularity

    If there’s one animal nearest and dearest to the collective heart of mankind, it’s the canine, which has been a staple in cinema for more than a century. In fact, the trend dates all the way back to 1905, when a male Collie named Blair starred in the British short film, “Rescued by Rover.” True to its name, the film follows Rover as he helps in the recovery of a kidnapped baby. Good boy, Rover!

    On the heels of Blair came a female Collie named Jean, widely considered to be the first true canine movie star. A number of famous dogs would emerge in Jean’s wake, including Rin Tin Tin, who was popular enough to have a book written about him decades after he passed away. Of course, it’s the films and franchises themselves that truly endure and continue to enrapture new generations. After all, a movie like “Old Yeller” might seem dated in terms of style, but emotionally speaking, it’s as poignant now as ever.

    All this talk of dogs in film might lead one to wonder: what are the most popular dog movies of all time? Like a well-trained canine, Stacker is here to heed the call. Using voter data from IMDb, Stacker has ranked the top 50 dog movies of all time. Some of the films are exclusively about dogs, while others feature a dog (or dogs) in a prominent role. Only English-language movies released in the USA were considered. Each movie needed at least 5000 votes to make the list, with six exceptions: “Shiloh,” “The Incredible Journey,”“The Call of Wild,” “The Shaggy Dog (1959),” “Benji (1974),” and “Lassie Come Home.” We included these exceptions because of their age, which reduces the number of IMDb votes, and their cultural impact. If two movies had the same rating, then the number of votes was used to break the tie. Without further ado, here are the most popular dog movies of all time.

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  • #55. See Spot Run
    2/ Warner Bros.

    #55. See Spot Run

    IMDb rating: 5.4

    IMDb votes: 8,043

    Release year: 2001

    Director: John Whitesell

    Can old dogs really learn new tricks? After Agent 11, a crime-fighting bullmastiff who works for the FBI gets on the wrong side of a crime boss, he’s relocated to Alaska, where he meets a mailman and his family, who takes him in and renames him “Spot." The duality of man’s best friend is explored in this 2001 production starring David Arquette and Michael Clarke Duncan.

  • #54. Hotel for Dogs
    3/ Paramount Pictures

    #54. Hotel for Dogs

    IMDb rating: 5.4

    IMDb votes: 18,772

    Release year: 2009

    Director: Thor Freudenthal

    Two orphans, played by Jake T. Austin and Emma Roberts when they were 15 and 18 respectively, attempt to hide their dog Friday in an abandoned hotel to keep him safe from their foster parents. However, as more and more dogs take refuge in the hotel, the orphans find that they bit off far more than they can chew.

  • #53. Firehouse Dog
    4/ Doghouse Productions

    #53. Firehouse Dog

    IMDb rating: 5.5

    IMDb votes: 5,144

    Release year: 2007

    Director: Todd Holland

    At the heart of this 2007 film is a talented dog named Rexxx, who’s living the good life as a Hollywood movie star until he gets lost during a skydiving stunt. While searching for his owner, Rexxx is taken in by the crew at a rundown firehouse. After coming to terms with his new digs, Rexxx teams up with a local boy to help get the firehouse back into shape.

  • #52. Beethoven
    5/ Universal Pictures

    #52. Beethoven

    IMDb rating: 5.6

    IMDb votes: 56,953

    Release year: 1992

    Director: Brian Levant

    Like Dennis the Menace in canine form, Beethoven is a mischievous St. Bernard in this wildly popular 1992 film. As the slobber flies, Beethoven drives a man (Charles Grodin) crazy, earns the affection of a family and is targeted by a sadistic dognapper. Hollywood legend John Hughes co-wrote the screenplay under a pseudonym. The film would ultimately spawn numerous sequels, a cartoon series and even a video game.

  • #51. 101 Dalmatians (live action, 1996)
    6/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #51. 101 Dalmatians (live action, 1996)

    IMDb rating: 5.7

    IMDb votes: 86,792

    Release year: 1996

    Director: Stephen Herek

    An animated classic gets a live-action upgrade in this 1996 film, which features a demented fashion designer named Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), who tries to steal a litter of Dalmatian puppies to make into a lavish fur coat. While the movie received somewhat tepid reviews, it was a veritable box office success, earning more than $320 million worldwide. A sequel followed in 2000.  

  • #50. Wiener-Dog
    7/ Annapurna Pictures

    #50. Wiener-Dog

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    IMDb votes: 7,772

    Release year: 2016

    Director: Todd Solondz

    Few (if any) contemporary directors are more subversive than Todd Solondz, which makes 2016’s “Wiener-Dog” an acquired taste, to put it mildly. The film centers on the adventures of its title character, an unassuming daschund who gets passed around from owner to owner. Needless to say, this one is not for the faint of heart, or even the average dog lover.

  • #49. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
    8/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #49. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    IMDb votes: 12,006

    Release year: 1996

    Director: David R. Ellis

    On the heels of 1993’s “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” came this 1996 sequel, in which two dogs and a cat get stranded at the San Francisco airport, and subsequently make their way home through the city. Not only is the adventure chronicled from the animals’ perspectives, but like the original, their thoughts and intentions are brought to life by way of human dialogue. Providing the voices are a range of notable talents, including Michael J. Fox and Sally Field.  

  • #48. Must Love Dogs
    9/ Warner Bros.

    #48. Must Love Dogs

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    IMDb votes: 28,370

    Release year: 2005

    Director: Gary David Goldberg

    In this 2005 comedy, a divorced preschool teacher (Diane Lane) embarks on a series of romantic misadventures after signing up for a dating site. One prerequisite she insists upon: the man must love dogs—hence the title. Eventually, she finds love, but not through the dating site. In fact, it’s at the dog park where she meets the man of her dreams (John Cusack).

  • #47. K-9
    10/ Gordon Company

    #47. K-9

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    IMDb votes: 28,214

    Release year: 1989

    Director: Rod Daniel

    More than just man’s (and woman’s) best friend, dogs occasionally make for supremely effective police partners. So goes this 1989 film, which stars Jim Belushi as a sarcastic cop who teams up with a highly intelligent—and highly intrusive—drug-sniffing dog to take down a kingpin. True to the buddy cop paradigm, the unlikely pair doesn’t see eye-to-eye at first, but eventually forms a substantial bond. Some direct-to-video sequels followed.  

  • #46. Absolutely Anything
    11/ Bill and Ben Productions

    #46. Absolutely Anything

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    IMDb votes: 31,453

    Release year: 2015

    Director: Terry Jones

    “Monty Python” alumnus Terry Jones wrote and directed this poorly received 2015 comedy, in which a man named Neil (Simon Pegg) is given the power to do anything he wants by a group of aliens. Though Neil isn’t aware that he’s being tested, Earth will be spared from annihilation if he uses his power for good. In the meantime, he increases his own muscle mass, modifies the behavior of others and gives his dog, Dennis, the power to speak. Providing the voice for Dennis the Dog is actor Robin Williams in his final role.

  • #45. Cujo
    12/ Sunn Classic Pictures

    #45. Cujo

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    IMDb votes: 32,100

    Release year: 1983

    Director: Lewis Teague

    Based on a horror novel by Stephen King, this 1983 film centers on a dog named Cujo, who turns deadly after contracting rabies. Playing the title role were at least five separate canines, while a mechanical dog was employed for certain scenes. Despite the film crew’s precautions, one of the dogs accidentally bit a stunt-woman during filming.

  • #44. Year of the Dog
    13/ Black & White Productions

    #44. Year of the Dog

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    IMDb votes: 5,720

    Release year: 2007

    Director: Mike White

    From writer/director Mike White came this 2007 film, in which a woman (Molly Shannon) finds her life spiraling out of control when her dog dies. In her struggle to put the pieces back together, the woman begins to take her love of dogs to extremes, and risks alienating herself from others in the process. Can she regain normality without compromising her love of canines? Watch to find out.

  • #43. Turner & Hooch
    14/ Touchstone Pictures

    #43. Turner & Hooch

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    IMDb votes: 55,097

    Release year: 1989

    Director: Roger Spottiswoode

    Released the same year as “K-9,” this similar film stars Tom Hanks as small-town detective Scott Turner, tasked with investigating a local homicide. The only witness to the crime was the owner’s dog, a Dogue de Bordeaux named Hooch. Soon enough, Turner has adopted Hooch, and the dog proceeds to turn the detective’s life completely upside-down. Four dogs played Hooch in the film, and Hanks spent time getting to know each one before shooting began.

  • #42. Benji
    15/ Mulberry Square Productions

    #42. Benji

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    IMDb votes: 3,852

    Release year: 1974

    Director: Joe Camp

    Not to be confused with the 2018 remake, 1974’s “Benji” introduced audiences to a heroic dog who helps save two kidnapped children. To say the movie was popular would be an understatement, as it not only launched a number of film sequels and TV specials, but a short-lived TV series and video game as well. Benji was also the subject of two separate documentaries.

  • #41. Shiloh
    16/ Good Dog Productions LLC

    #41. Shiloh

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb votes: 2,468

    Release year: 1996

    Director: Dale Rosenbloom

    This 1996 family drama might not have all the required votes on IMDb, but it did spawn two sequels, so it makes the list. The film takes place in the American south, and centers on a young boy who must save a beagle named Shiloh from an abusive owner. Both the movie and the book were reportedly inspired by true events.

  • #40. An Extremely Goofy Movie
    17/ Disneytoon Studios

    #40. An Extremely Goofy Movie

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb votes: 7,493

    Release year: 2000

    Douglas McCarthy

    In this 2000 movie, Goofy, the world’s most popular animated dog, enrolls in the same college as his son, Max. As one might expect, the cherished Disney character proceeds to wreak unwitting havoc in a variety of locales and situations. Consequently, the loyal bond between father and son is put to the test.

  • #39. Because of Winn-Dixie
    18/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #39. Because of Winn-Dixie

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    IMDb votes: 9,332

    Release year: 2005

    Director: Wayne Wang

    Based on a popular novel, this 2005 film chronicles the friendship between a rambunctious dog and a lonely young girl. As the girl struggles to adapt to her new town, she ends up meeting all sorts of lovely people, and even forming a stronger bond with her own father. Why does she do all this, one might ask? Because of Winn-Dixie, of course.  

  • #38. The Shaggy Dog
    19/ Walt Disney Productions

    #38. The Shaggy Dog

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    IMDb votes: 3,604

    Release year: 1959

    Director: Charles Barton

    In this black-and-white Disney film, a teenage boy has a strange problem on his hands: he occasionally turns into a sheepdog. It’s the result of a powerful curse, which can only be broken by a feat of bravery. In the meantime, the transformations seem to occur at the most inopportune of moments.

  • #37. The Secret Life of Pets
    20/ Universal Pictures

    #37. The Secret Life of Pets

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    IMDb votes: 147,511

    Release year: 2016

    Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

    In the spirit of movies like “Toy Story,” this 2016 animated comedy shows audiences what pets are up to when the owners aren’t paying attention. At the heart of the film is a terrier named Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), who takes an immediate disliking to the slobbery stray dog his owner brings home. Max must put his domestic problems on hold, however, when he discovers that an evil bunny has assembled a vengeful army of lost pets.

  • #36. A Boy and His Dog
    21/ LQ/JAF

    #36. A Boy and His Dog

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    IMDb votes: 14,515

    Release year: 1975

    Director: L.Q. Jones

    Despite the rather mundane title, 1975’s “A Boy and His Dog” is an edgy sci-fi film that takes place in an apocalyptic wasteland, and depicts the adventures of a young man (Don Johnson) and his telepathic canine. Together, the two friends scavenge for food and wander into an underground society, where carnal desire and deadly deception await.

  • #35. Fluke
    22/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    #35. Fluke

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    IMDb votes: 5,805

    Release year: 1995

    Director: Carlo Carlei

    Based on a novel by James Herbert, this 1995 box office bomb tells the story of Thomas P. Johnson (Matthew Modine), who dies in a car accident and is reincarnated as a dog named Fluke. Eager to be with loved ones, Fluke returns home to reconnect with his wife and son. It all might sound like a silly comedy in the making, but the film goes heavy on melodrama instead.

  • #34. White Fang
    23/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #34. White Fang

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    IMDb votes: 17,400

    Release year: 1991

    Director: Randal Kleiser

    One among many big-screen adaptations of Jack London’s famous novel, this 1991 version stars Ethan Hawke as a Yukon gold hunter named Jack. While squaring off against a sea of troubles, Jack forges an unbreakable bond with a wolf-dog named White Fang. By learning to tame White Fang, Jack vicariously learns to conquer his fears.

  • #33. All Dogs Go to Heaven
    24/ Goldcrest Films International

    #33. All Dogs Go to Heaven

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    IMDb votes: 30,732

    Release year: 1989

    Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

    Featuring voice work from Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise (among others), this 1989 animated film follows a German Shepherd named Charlie B. Barkin, as he escapes from the dog pound and is killed by an old acquaintance. Finding himself at the pearly gates, Charlie escapes once again—this time from heaven. Now back on earth, he embarks on a quest for revenge, getting help from a little girl who can speak to animals.

  • #32. Oliver & Company
    25/ Walt Disney Feature Animation

    #32. Oliver & Company

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    IMDb votes: 37,264

    Release year: 1988

    Director: George Scribner

    Made just before Disney launched a major comeback, 1988’s “Oliver & Company” offers a clever take on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” In the movie, an orphaned kitten named Oliver (voiced by Joey Lawrence) falls in with a gang of ruthless dogs and learns to survive on the streets through organized crime. Everything changes for Oliver when he’s adopted by a wealthy little girl.

  • #31. Max
    26/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    #31. Max

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    IMDb votes: 23,165

    Release year: 2015

    Director: Boaz Yakin

    This harrowing 2015 drama sheds a light on dogs who serve in the military during wartime, and often suffer PTSD as a result. The film sees a dog named Max returning home after serving in Afghanistan, overcoming war-related trauma with the help of a new handler. Tackling the title role was a Belgian Malinois named Carlos, who was named after a Vietnam War sniper. To prepare, Carlos spent three months in training, becoming very disciplined.

  • #30. A Goofy Movie
    27/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #30. A Goofy Movie

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    IMDb votes: 38,841

    Release year: 1995

    Kevin Lima

    In this 1995 Disney film, Goofy’s son Max has a high school crush on a girl named Roxanne. Before Max can ask her on a date, Goofy decides to drag his son on a fishing trip. Disaster ensues, naturally.

  • #29. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    28/ Bullwinkle Studios

    #29. Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    IMDb votes: 54,805

    Release year: 2014

    Director: Rob Minkoff

    Based on two characters from the classic cartoon “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” chronicles the time-traveling adventures of a hyper-intelligent canine and his adopted son. After young Sherman breaks the rules of time travel, the two must work together to repair the damage. On the heels of the film came an updated TV series, “The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show,” which debuted on Netflix in 2015 and ran for four seasons.  

  • #28. Babe
    29/ Universal Pictures

    #28. Babe

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    IMDb votes: 104,418

    Release year: 1995

    Director: Chris Noonan

    “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” The movie, of course, is 1995’s “Babe,” the story of a lovable pig raised by sheepdogs (hence the film’s inclusion on this list). Due to his unique upbringing, Babe fancies himself a sheepherder, and works to prove that he has what it takes. When preparing for the film, co-writer and producer George Miller (of “Mad Max” fame) struggled to find the right technology to make a pig talk on screen. Seeking guidance, Miller consulted with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick for hours at a time over the phone. Suffice it to say, the extra effort paid off and the movie was a huge hit, even winning an Academy Award.

  • #27. Call of the Wild
    30/ 20th Century Pictures

    #27. Call of the Wild

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    IMDb votes: 1,498

    Release year: 1935

    Director: William Wellman

    Bringing another Jack London story to vivid life, “Call of the Wild” takes place during the Klondike gold rush, and stars Clark Gable as gambling man Jack Thornton. Thornton has big plans for his future and hopes his new wolf-dog, Buck, will help him strike it rich. On the path to his destiny, Thornton encounters a woman in distress (Loretta Young), and two strike up a romance while bonding over Buck.

  • #26. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
    31/ Touchwood Pacific Partners 1

    #26. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    IMDb votes: 37,514

    Release year: 1993

    Director: Duwayne Dunham

    When remaking 1963’s “The Incredible Journey,” Disney decided to give the animals their own voices. Furthermore, “Homeward Bound” takes place in California, whereas the original film took place in Canada. Nevertheless, the initial premise remains intact: a trio of pets travel across hostile lands to reconnect with their owners, overcoming all odds.  

  • #25. Bolt
    32/ Walt Disney Animation Studios

    #25. Bolt

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    IMDb votes: 165,489

    Release year: 2008

    Directors: Byron Howard, Chris Williams

    In this animated film from Disney, a canine TV star named Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) thinks that the storylines from his show are real, and that he possesses the same superpowers as his fictional counterpart. In the wake of a cliffhanger episode, Bolt escapes from the studio and wanders off to save his co-star, Penny, from a threat that doesn’t actually exist. Along the way, he makes some friends and soon discovers that he does not in fact have any superpowers.  

  • #24. My Dog Skip
    33/ YouTube

    #24. My Dog Skip

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    IMDb votes: 17,878

    Release year: 2000

    Director: Jay Russell

    Adapted from the best-selling memoir by Willie Morris, this film takes place in 1940s Mississippi, and stars Frankie Muniz as young Willie Morris. In the film, Willie suffers from extreme shyness and struggles to connect with others. That all changes when he’s given a puppy named Skip, whose outgoing personality proves to be contagious.  

  • #23. A Dog's Purpose
    34/ Amblin Entertainment

    #23. A Dog's Purpose

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    IMDb votes: 45,839

    Release year: 2017

    Director: Lasse Hallström

    Featuring an unconventional premise, this 2017 movie follows a dog as he searches for purpose over the course of not just one lifetime, but several lifetimes. Before landing in theaters, the film’s momentum was briefly waysided by controversy, when leaked behind-the-scenes footage showed what appeared to be animal abuse. The movie’s producer and stars have since cleared up some misconceptions about the leaked video, but the incident nevertheless left a lasting impact on viewers.

  • #22. Frankenweenie
    35/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #22. Frankenweenie

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    IMDb votes: 84,845

    Release year: 2012

    Director: Tim Burton

    Filmmaker Tim Burton remakes one of his own short films with 2012’s “Frankenweenie,” this time using stop-motion animation. The movie also pays tribute to the story of “Frankenstein,” substituting a dog for the monster. Fun fact: this was the first stop-motion animated feature to be converted to 3-D.

  • #21. The Incredible Journey
    36/ Walt Disney Productions

    #21. The Incredible Journey

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    IMDb votes: 3,278

    Release year: 1963

    Director: Fletcher Markle

    Before the remake and its sequel, there was this original 1963 classic. It tells the story of two dogs and a cat who lose their owners while on vacation, then make the arduous journey home. While the animals’ respective thoughts aren’t vocalized in this version, actor Rex Allen did provide voice-over narration.

  • #20. White Dog
    37/ Paramount Pictures

    #20. White Dog

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    IMDb votes: 7,425

    Release year: 1982

    Director: Samuel Fuller

    Exploring racial themes by way of a relatively sordid premise, 1982’s “White Dog” centers on a vicious German Shepherd that’s been trained by racists to attack black people. It’s ultimately up to a black dog trainer named Keys (Paul Winfield) to deprogram the murderous canine. The film is based on a fictionalized memoir of the same name.

  • #19. Red
    38/ Billy Goat Pictures

    #19. Red

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    IMDb votes: 9,454

    Release year: 2008

    Directors: Trygve Allister Diesen, Lucky McKee

    One might hear about a man seeking vengeance after his dog is killed and think of 2014’s “John Wick,” but years before that came this low-budget thriller. It stars Brian Cox as a reclusive elderly man who seeks justice after three teenagers kill his beloved dog, Red. The movie slipped under the radar when it came out in 2008, and performed poorly at the box office. Nevertheless, it does enjoy a respectable score on Rotten Tomatoes along with an above-average IMDb rating. As to why this one is on the list when “John Wick” isn’t? Because it’s actually named for the dog.

  • #18. Megan Leavey
    39/ LD Entertainment

    #18. Megan Leavey

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    IMDb votes: 16,085

    Release year: 2017

    Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

    Based on a true story, this 2017 film centers on a marine named Megan Leavey and her dog, Rex, who forge an unforgettable bond during the Iraq War. Megan and Rex’s partnership is threatened when a deadly explosion tears them apart. After receiving a Purple Heart and being honorably discharged, Megan goes to great lengths to reunite with her dog.

  • #17. Balto
    40/ Amblimation

    #17. Balto

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    IMDb votes: 34,714

    Release year: 1995

    Director: Simon Wells

    Featuring the voices of Kevin Bacon and Bridget Fonda, this animated film takes place in 1925 in Nome, Alaska. When an outbreak of diphtheria threatens to wipe out the town’s children, a dog named Balto must lead a team on a 600-mile journey through the wilderness to fetch medical supplies. As miraculous as the story sounds, it actually happened in real life.

  • #16. Marley & Me
    41/ Fox 2000 Pictures

    #16. Marley & Me

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    IMDb votes: 130,853

    Release year: 2008

    Director: David Frankel

    A rambunctious dog named Marley stays young at heart—even as he grows old—in this wildly successful 2008 film, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Even as Marley causes his family all sorts of distress, he nevertheless enriches their lives to profound effect. It’s all based on an autobiographical book by John Grogan.

  • #15. Lassie Come Home
    42/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    #15. Lassie Come Home

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    IMDb votes: 4,355

    Release year: 1943

    Director: Fred M. Wilcox

    Hollywood’s most celebrated dog-based franchise kicked off in 1943 with “Lassie Come Home,” in which the beloved Collie travels great distances to reunite with her family. Even though Lassie was supposed to be female, she was played by a male stunt dog named Pal. Needless to say, the film spawned an enduring array of sequels, radio specials and TV movies.

  • #14. 101 Dalmatians (animated, 1961)
    43/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #14. 101 Dalmatians (animated, 1961)

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    IMDb votes: 129,752

    Release year: 1961

    Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The 17th animated film from Walt Disney Studios is all about Dalmatians...101 of them to be exact. That’s how many puppies Cruella De Vil needs to make her new fur coat. Getting in Cruella’s way are a Dalmatian couple and their human owners. Making a few cameos are characters from another dog-centric Disney film, “Lady and the Tramp.”

  • #13. Seven Psychopaths
    44/ CBS Films

    #13. Seven Psychopaths

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    IMDb votes: 213,377

    Release year: 2012

    Director: Martin McDonagh

    In this dark, violent comedy, a screenwriter named Marty (Colin Farrell) is embroiled in a bizarre misadventure after his friend dog-naps a gangster’s precious Shih Tzu. Suddenly, Marty finds himself being pursued by a group of idiosyncratic psychopaths. On the bright side, the experience helps cure Marty’s writer’s block.

  • #12. Old Yeller
    45/ Walt Disney Studios

    #12. Old Yeller

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    IMDb votes: 9,988

    Release year: 1957

    Director: Robert Stevenson

    One of the most iconic dog movies of all time, “Old Yeller” follows a young boy as he begrudgingly adopts a stray mutt that wanders onto the family property. Together, the two undergo a series of adventures, and soon enough, they’ve developed a profound connection. It all culminates with an ending that’s as impactful now as it was more than six decades ago.

  • #11. Eight Below
    46/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #11. Eight Below

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    IMDb votes: 54,284

    Release year: 2006

    Director: Frank Marshall

    In this gripping tale of survival, two Antarctic explorers are forced to leave their sled dogs behind after a brutal snowstorm. As the dogs search for scraps in the wilderness, their trainer (Paul Walker) goes to extremes in order to rescue them. The movie is based on a previous Japanese film, which was based on a true story.  

  • #10. The Fox and the Hound
    47/ Walt Disney Productions

    #10. The Fox and the Hound

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    IMDb votes: 72,658

    Release year: 1981

    Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Art Stevens

    Representing the first Disney movie to feature animation from artists Tim Burton and Brad Bird, “The Fox and the Hound” starts out innocently enough, but grows into something far more dramatic. The film opens by depicting the carefree childhood friendship between its two main characters. However, as the characters grow older, they grow further apart, and eventually find out that they’re supposed to be enemies.

  • #9. Lady and the Tramp
    48/ Walt Disney Productions

    #9. Lady and the Tramp

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    IMDb votes: 101,348

    Release year: 1955

    Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

    Brimming with iconic scenes involving Siamese cats and spaghetti kisses, Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” centers on the budding romance between a spoiled Cocker Spaniel and a streetwise mutt. The story spent years in development before finally arriving on the big screen, getting saved from the chopping block at one point by Walt Disney’s own brother, Roy. Nowadays, the movie endures as a true animated classic.

  • #8. Best in Show
    49/ Castle Rock Entertainment

    #8. Best in Show

    IMDb rating: 7.5

    IMDb votes: 49,862

    Release year: 2000

    Director: Christopher Guest

    Mockumentary legend Christopher Guest turns his satirical eye toward dog shows in this 2000 comedy. Arguably true to life, the film follows a number of quirky dog owners as they prepare for a national competition, and maintain borderline unhealthy relationships with their respective pets. To prepare for the film, Guest and producer Karen Murphy visited the Westminster Dog Show, and even sent the principal cast members to a dog handler for training.

  • #7. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    50/ Aardman Animations

    #7. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    IMDb rating: 7.5

    IMDb votes: 110,389

    Release year: 2005

    Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park

    On the heels of 2000’s “Chicken Run,” filmmakers Steve Box and Nick Park released this stop-motion animation feature. Expanding upon a popular comedy series, the movie finds Wallace and his dog, Gromit, prepping for an annual vegetable contest. Their progress hits a snag when a giant rabbit begins terrorizing the town’s gardens at night.

  • #6. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
    51/ Hanna-Barbera Productions

    #6. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    IMDb votes: 8,241

    Release year: 1998

    Director: Hiroshi Aoyama, Kazumi Fukushima, Jim Stenstrum

    The Mystery Gang has parted ways since the days of their popular TV series. This sets the stage for a reunion on Moonscar Island, which is rumored to be haunted by a pirate ghost. As the gang investigates, they start to wonder if maybe this time the supernatural threat is real.

  • #5. The Sandlot
    52/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #5. The Sandlot

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    IMDb votes: 67,369

    Release year: 1993

    Director: David Mickey Evans

    Awash with memorable characters and dialogue, this iconic film takes place in 1962, and follows a young baseball prodigy named Scotty Smalls as he joins a team of hilarious misfits. The boys play in a sandlot, where beyond the bordering fence is a vicious baseball-eating English Mastiff known as “The Beast.” After their last ball flies over the fence, it’s up to Smalls to get it back, which means going up against the terrifying dog.

  • #4. The Plague Dogs
    53/ Nepenthe Productions

    #4. The Plague Dogs

    IMDb rating: 7.9

    IMDb votes: 5,487

    Release year: 1982

    Director: Martin Rosen

    True to its name, this unusually bleak animated film centers on a pair of talking dogs who escape from a laboratory, where they may have picked up the bubonic plague. In order to survive in the wilderness, the dogs enlist the help of a crafty fox named The Tod. Meanwhile, the military is hot on their trail.

  • #3. Isle of Dogs
    54/ American Empirical Pictures

    #3. Isle of Dogs

    IMDb rating: 8.1

    IMDb votes: 55,217

    Release year: 2018

    Director: Wes Anderson

    Legendary auteur Wes Anderson wrote and directed this stop-motion animation film, which takes place during a dog flu outbreak in Japan. In response to the pandemic, all dogs are sent to Trash Island. Consequently, a young boy journeys to the island to reunite with his beloved canine, Spots. Loosely inspired by the works of Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki, the film features voice contributions from Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston and Edward Norton, among others.  

  • #2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale
    55/ Stage 6 Films

    #2. Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    IMDb rating: 8.1

    IMDb votes: 207,164

    Release year: 2009

    Director: Lasse Hallström

    Richard Gere stars alongside a faithful Akita Inu dog in “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” based on the true story of a famously loyal canine. In the film, Gere plays a college professor who takes home an abandoned dog, naming it Hachiko. After failing to find the dog’s original owner, the professor adopts Hachi for good. Before this 2009 version, there was a similar 1987 Japanese movie called “Hachi-ko.”

  • #1. Up
    56/ Pixar Animation Studios

    #1. Up

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    IMDb votes: 794,082

    Release year: 2009

    Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

    While not necessarily a “dog movie” per se, “Up” does feature an easily distracted Golden Retriever named Dug, who’s able to speak English by way of a translation collar. The dog ultimately plays a vital role toward the end of the film, and draws plenty of laughs along the way. Of course, Dug is just one among a dozen reasons to see this terrific movie, which follows an old man and a young boy as they take to the skies in a house of balloons.  


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