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Best Dog-Featured Movies or Movies With Dogs To Cuddle Up And Watch

We all enjoy watching movies. And for most dog lovers, there’s nothing quite like a movie with a dog in it.

Adorable canines have filled the screens and our hearts, from the early silent movies to the most recent CGI productions. Whether they make us laugh or cry, they are certainly inspirational.

Here is a list of great dog-themed films to enjoy while snuggled up on the couch:

Romantic Movies With Dogs In Them

You’ve Got Mail

Genre: romance, comedy

Two business enemies adventure anonymously on the same internet chat site . Tom Hanks stars as Joe Fox, who parents the sweetest Golden Retriever.  

Must Love Dogs

Genre: romance, comedy

A preschool teacher is caught between the love of two men. Diane Lane and John Cusack got to interact with a cute Newfoundland puppy.  

Dog Days

Genre: romance, comedy

Stories of several people in Los Angeles whose lives are influenced by their dogs.

Love to the Rescue

Genre: romance

Two people want to adopt the same shelter dog. By agreeing to share custody, they end up sharing their hearts.

Movies About Dogs

A Dog’s Purpose

Genre: comedy, drama

A dog finds his purpose through various reincarnations as different breeds, and mixed breeds. Quote – “With Each new life, I was learning a lesson”.

A Dog’s Journey

Genre: comedy, drama

Another reincarnation movie where a dog finds his past life family.


Genre: comedy, drama

A young man and a dog come together against their will on a road trip that would change their lives. This movie stars Channing Tatum and a Belgian Malinois called Lulu.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Genre: romance, comedy

A Golden Retriever has an exciting life with racing car pilot, Denny. Voiced by Kevin Costner and starred by Milo Ventimiglia and Jackie Minns.


Genre: action, drama

The story of the first bond between a prehistoric human and a wolf. In this movie, actor Kodi Smit-McPhee interacts with a Czechoslovakian Vlcak dog.

Dog Movies Based on True Stories

Marley and Me

Genre: comedy, drama

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star as a young couple who moves to Florida and get a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy. While the pup is growing up, his behavior just gets worse.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Genre: biography, drama

Richard Gere plays a professor who finds an Akita puppy on his way to work.

After Thomas

Genre: biography, drama

The ups and down of an autistic boy and his Golden Retriever dog.

Megan Leavey

Genre: biography, drama

The story of a Marine and her working German Shepherd Dog during their deployment in Iraq.

Red Dog

Genre: biography, drama

A dog brings an Australian community together while in search of his lost human. The dog featured in this film is an Australian Kelpie.  

Eight Below

Genre: adventure, drama

While not a true story per se, this movie was inspired by the Antarctic explorers and their dogs. During extreme weather, two explorers leave behind their sled dogs. As the dogs struggle to survive, the explorers try to find sponsors to rescue them. The film stars Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Paul Walker, and Jason Biggs.  

Dog Animation Movies

Instead of using cartoon figures, we decided to illustrate this segment with examples of dog breeds that inspired the animation movies.

Lady and the Tramp

Genre: animation, comedy

This animation movie depicts the love between a high society Cocker Spaniel and a homeless mixed-breed dog. Lady’s life is turned upside down when her human parents have a baby.  

The Queen’s Corgi

Genre: animation, comedy

One of the British Queen’s beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgi gets lost. While trying to find his way back to the palace, he falls in love with a Saluki called Wanda.  

The Secret Life of Pets

Genre: animation, comedy

A Jack Russel Terrier life is turned upside down when his human brings home a second dog. 

101 Dalmatians

Genre: animation, comedy

Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita go to the rescue of their 15 puppies abducted by the deranged Cruella de Vil.

DC League of Super-Pets

Genre: animation, comedy

Villain Lex Luthor kidnaps Superman and the rest of the league. Superman’s dog, Krypto,  voiced by Dwayne Johnson, convinces a group of shelter dogs to go on a rescue mission. According to The New York Times, Krypto is a Labrador Retriever.

Documentaries About Dogs

Pick of the Litter

Genre: documentary

This documentary follows the journey of five Labrador Retriever puppies in their mission to become Guide Dogs for the Blind.  

Lucky Dog

Genre: documentary

The stories of Rescued dogs that are trained and given new homes.

Pet Fooled

Genre: documentary

Exposing the pet food industry, and calling them out to do a better job on commercial dog food.

Dogs With Jobs

Genre: documentary

Dogs around the world perform several jobs.

To Be Of Service

Genre: documentary

This documentary is about dogs helping war veterans with PTSD.


Dogs and humans share an extraordinary interspecies bond that has been showcased in art throughout history.

It makes perfect sense that the performing arts would also portray this relationship. From the earliest silent movies to modern CGI productions, canines have appeared in almost every genre of film.

We’ve compiled the above list of best movies featuring dogs, or with dogs in them, that you shouldn’t miss. Whether they’ll make you cry or laugh, they will certainly be inspirational.

Are there any movies on the list that you have previously seen? What’s your take on them?

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2 responses to “Best Dog-Featured Movies or Movies With Dogs To Cuddle Up And Watch”

  1. lcbodeman Avatar

    I’ve seem several (!!!) of these films, and loved them. There are a couple on your list that I’ve missed, so I’ll definite take note for upcoming weeks. Great post, my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tulip Puppy Avatar
      Tulip Puppy

      Thank you, Lu!


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