77 Best Dog Movies

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Looking for ideas for some of the best dog movies? We’ve just received some fun lists from money.co.uk featuring the dog movies with the highest viewer ratings and the number of votes.

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A Little Warning

OK, before we get into this list, let’s tackle the elephant in the room:

Yes, some of these movies are sad. In some (many?!), the dog dies.

We want you to be warned. If–like us–you really want to avoid additional sadness this holiday season, there’s a great site called Does the Dog Die? that will let you know if the dog survives the movie!

Of course, there are plenty of just plain fun dog movies here, too!

The Top Ranked Dog Movies

Drumroll, please…here are the top-rated dog movies:

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#1 Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale takes first place as the best-rated dog film with an IMDb rating of 8.1. The film shows the true meaning of loyalty and friendship as it follows a Japanese Akita named Hachiko who waits to meet his owner at the train station at 5 PM every day, even after the heartbreaking twist of his owner’s death. (Hachi is also a popular dog movie name, if you’re in search of a cinematic canine moniker!)

#2 Togo (2019)

Togo achieves second place with an IMDb rating of 8.0. Based on a true story, Leonhard and his sled dog Togo brave the Alaskan wilderness to deliver diphtheria medication in the 1925 serum run to Nome. This truly incredible story of a man and his best friend battling the elements to save lives is a must-watch. 

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#3 Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle of Dogs comes in third place with an IMDb rating of 7.9. The stop motion animated sci-fi comedy film tells the story of a future canine influenza pandemic causing the authoritarian mayor of Megasaki to banish all the dogs to Trash Island. 

Other titles highly rated by users include Disney childhood classics such as Lady and the Tramp (1955), 101 Dalmatians (1961) and The Fox and the Hound (1981) with IMDb ratings of 7.3.

What’s the Worst Dog Movie?

OK, movies are definitely in the eye of the beholder–but, in this case, the IMDb ratings for the lowest ranked dog movies to to:

Rank Title (Year) IMDb Rating Number of votes
1 The Karate Dog (2005) 2.8 1.5K
2 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) 3.8 24K
3 Show Dogs (2018) 3.9 4.6K
4 Dr Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009) 3.9 1.8K
5 Marmaduke (2010) 4.3 15K

The Karate Dog (2005) comes in last place, rated by users as the worst dog-themed film with an IMDb rating of 2.8. This comedy follows a dog who knows karate and his journey to solve his owner’s murder.

All five of the worst-rated dog-themed films are comedies, whereas the best-rated films have a greater mix of genres.

The Full List

Want some more ideas for movies this holiday season?

Here’s a list of 77 films that Money.co.uk used to find the best rated dog-themed movies according to fans by searching popular sources such as  Purewow, Good Housekeeping, Common Sense Media, Rover.comand the IMDb keyword search.

Rank Title IMDb Rating Number of votes
1 Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) 8.1 269K
2 Togo (2019) 8 44K
3 Isle of Dogs (2018) 7.9 155K
4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) 7.6 28K
4 Pick of the Litter (2018) 7.6 1.5K
4 Sounder (1972) 7.6 4K
5 Best in Show (2000) 7.5 60K
5 A Dog’s Journey (2019) 7.5 23K
5 The Best in Show (2000) 7.5 60K
6 Red Dog (2011) 7.4 18K
6 Cruella (2021) 7.4 194K
7 Lady and the Tramp (1955) 7.3 130K
7 101 Dalmations (1961) 7.3 161K
7 The Fox and the Hound (1981) 7.3 89K
7 Eight Below (2006) 7.3 63K
7 Old Yeller (1957) 7.3 13K
8 A Dog’s Purpose (2017) 7.2 70K
9 Lassie Come Home (1943) 7.1 5.3K
9 Balto (1995) 7.1 42K
9 Marley & Me (2008) 7.1 153K
9 Rex (2017) 7.1 23K
10 The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986) 7 11K
10 Homeward Bound: The incredible Journey (1993) 7 45K
10 My Dog Skip (2000) 7 20K
10 Stray (2020) 7 1.2K
11 My Dog Tulip (2009) 6.9 1.7K
11 Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) 6.9 3.3K
11 Frankenweenie (2012) 6.9 104K
11 Belle & Sebastian (2013) 6.9 4.9K
12 All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) 6.8 40K
12 Bolt (2008) 6.8 201K
13 Lassie (2005) 6.7 4.3K
13 White Fang (1991) 6.7 20K
13 Oliver & Company (1988) 6.7 47K
13 A Dog’s Way Home (2019) 6.7 17K
13 Max (2015) 6.7 27K
13 Alpha (2018) 6.7 60K
14 Iron Will (1994) 6.6 8.2K
15 The Secret Life of Pets (2016) 6.5 193K
15 The Shaggy Dog (1959) 6.5 4.8K
16 Oddball and the Penguins (2015) 6.4 2.8K
16 Because of Winn-Dixie 6.4 11K
16 Shiloh (1996) 6.4 3.3K
17 Lady and the Tramp (2019) 6.3 20K
17 Benji the Hunted (1987) 6.3 3K
18 Turner & Hooch (1989) 6.2 69K
18 Dog Days (2018) 6.2 4.7K
18 Paw Patrol: The Movie (2021) 6.2 4.6K
19 Benji (1974) 6.1 4.7K
19 Cujo (1983) 6.1 44K
19 Napoleon (1995) 6.1 1.8K
20 Clifford the Big Red Dog (2021) 6 5.2K
21 K-9 (1989) 6 33K
21 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Franciso (1996) 6 15K
22 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure (2002) 5.8 9K
23 Beethoven (1992) 5.7 70K
23 101 Dalmatians (1996) 5.7 109K
23 Scoob! (2020) 5.7 24K
24 Hotel for Dogs (2009) 5.4 23K
24 The Search for Santa Paws (2010) 5.4 2.6K
25 Air Bud (1997) 5.3 17K
26 Snow Dogs (2002) 5.2 26K
26 Snow Buddies (2008) 5.2 4K
26 Scooby-Doo (2002) 5.2 107K
27 Cats & Dogs (2001) 5.1 59K
28 Santa Paws 2 the Santa Pups (2012) 4.9 1.3K
29 Underdog (2007) 4.8 21K
30 Spooky Buddies (2011) 4.6 1.9K
31 Beethoven’s Big Break (2008) 4.5 2.1K
32 Look Who’s Talking Now (1993) 4.4 29K
32 Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) 4.4 1.4K
33 Marmaduke (2010) 4.3 15K
33 Super Buddies (2013) 4.3 1.4K
34 Show Dogs (2018) 3.9 4.6K
34 Dr Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009) 3.9 1.8K
35 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) 3.8 24K
36 The Karate Dog (2005) 2.8 1.5K

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