12 Great Hollywood Movies Every Dog Lover Must Watch

12 Great Hollywood Movies Every Dog Lover Must Watch

Are you a dog lover? Do you love watching dog movies? Then this is the list of one of my favorite dog movies that I love to watch again and again and again.
It does not take a dog lover to appreciate movies about dogs – they are so adorable that almost everybody loves them. What is unnatural though are people who watch these movies, love them – and still cannot bear to be around actual dogs? That being said, these 11 Hollywood movies are ones that should be on every dog-lover’s bucket list.


1. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Ranked at #192 on IMDB’s Top 250 movies, ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ hits you even harder once you realize that it is based on a real story. Starring Richard Gere as a college professor who adopts an abandoned dog – an Akita Inu, this family drama retells the story of how the faithful dog kept waiting for its master to return from the railway station for 10 years even after he had died. It is based on a true story of a dog named, Hachiko.


2. Marley And Me

Undoubtedly one of the most popular dog movies, ‘Marley And Me’ is the story of a completely uncontrollable Golden Retriever who plays a central figure in the life of a family in all its highs and lows. 22 Golden Retrievers were used in the shoot of this heart-wrenching movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.


3. Bolt

‘Bolt’ is an animation movie about a celebrity dog (voice by John Travolta) who thinks he has the superpowers he is shown to be endowed with in the show that he stars. Deluded by his supposed superpowers, Bolt sets out on a journey across the country to save his co-star and person Penny (voice by Miley Cyrus) who he thinks is in real danger.


4. Beethoven

An adorable movie about a slobbery St. Bernard that went on to spawn seven sequels, a television series as well as video game, ‘Beethoven’ is clearly one of the classic dog-lover movies that speaks to people of every generation. P.S.: Guess which famous actor makes an appearance as a kid in this movie? Joseph Gordon-Levitt!


5. 101 Dalmatians

The original Disney animation movie released more than 50 years back in 1961, but it is the 1996 live-action sequel with Glenn Close playing the famous Cruella De Vil that actually gets us hooked. Well, good news for those who loved that villainous role, because Disney is now working on a live-action movie about her to be released soon.


6. Old Yeller

Another tearjerker, this one is about a loving and faithful dog who contracts rabies trying to protect his owner and family from a wolf – and the poor fellow has to be shot down in the end. Although the movie is old (1957), the sentiments are forever – along the lines of ‘Hachiko’ and ‘Marley and Me’.


7. Lassie

Believe it or not, the original Lassie movie is more than 70 years old – called ‘Lassie Come Home’. However, the one we are talking about is the 9th remake of the same, titled simply ‘Lassie’ and released in 2005. Needless to say, this collie is probably the most famous dog character in literature and media of all kinds – ranging from radio to television.


8. Eight Below

Starring late Paul Walker, ‘Eight Below’ is a gripping adventure drama that will have you weeping buckets and cheering on the pack of sled dogs who get caught in an Antarctic storm. The survival story of the dogs who do their best to stay alive out in the wild, with three dying out, ‘Eight Below’ certainly deserves a watch.


9. Turner And Hooch

What is cuter than a dog who becomes a cop’s adorable sidekick? Well, this French Mastiff certainly steals the limelight over a young Tom Hanks in this comedy crime drama. This movie turned out to be the only successful movie in a down period of his early career.


10. Best In Show

Nominated for the Golden Globes in the Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) category, ‘Best in Show’ is a hilarious look into the lives and eccentricities of show-dog owners and how their pets seem to take on their persons’ personalities.


11. A Dog’s Life




 If you think we missed any movie, then feel free to mention the name in the comments

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