Chilly nights are best spent snuggled up to your favourite pawed friend with popcorn and all the dog movies. If you agree, grab your pup and get ready for a doggy movie marathon! Now you can spend quality time with the whole household thanks to these family-friendly films – even the furriest fur baby would agree. Whether you want an adventure or tear-jerker, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find the movie that matches your mood.
10. Dog Days (2018)
This doggy comedy is sure to hook all the hopeless romantics. See how the lives of dog lovers intertwine and light up because of their pets. In this light-hearted film, cute canines influence the existence of a news anchor, barista, dog walker, business owner and dog behaviourist for the better. Kick up your shoes with easy-going entertainment.
9. Eight Below (2006)
An adventure on a frozen landscape takes a turn for the worst as sled dogs are left behind by explorers. The abandoned dogs have to persevere and fend for themselves to get through a threatening wasteland. Watch as friendship and loyalty help these working dogs conquer the Antarctic winter.
8. Marley & Me (2008)
Training a puppy can be pretty trying to put it mildly. Dog owners will relate to the Grogan’s frustration as they raise a Labrador puppy, Marley. When difficulty arises, the growing pup brings the young family together with many aww-worthy scenes. Relive cute puppy cuddles and mischievous destruction as Marley’s pet parents try to keep head above water in their new careers.
7. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Spaghetti kisses and a triumphant underdog, what’s not to love? Watch how a pretty pampered spaniel falls for a ruggedly scruffy stray after her comfortable life is uprooted. When unforeseen circumstances threatened their puppy love, Lady and the Tramp have to overcome challenges to be together. This classic 1950s animation might make you feel like pasta, so have dog-friendly treats within reach.
6. Benji (1974 or 2018 reboot)
After watching Benji, your trust in your doggo might just triple. Treat your family to the original or the Netflix reboot, and discover how an abandoned puppy thwarts a kidnapping and unites a broken family.
5. Lassie (1943, 1994 or 2006)
Lassie is an iconic character in literature and film. With more than ten movies dedicated to Lassie, you need to see at least one if you’re a dog lover. This collie transcends borders as she tries to save her owner. This fluffy lass is loyal and majestic. Watching her in action is sure to make the whole family happy.
4. Isle of Dogs (2018)
This Wes Anderson film is for the dog lovers who enjoy dark humour. You and your doggy can experience the epic journey a 12-year old boy undertakes to find his dog, Spots. After a city exiles its dog population to a trash island, life becomes sterile and cold. This movie explores how the relationship between dogs and humans affect the well-being of a community. Expect a meaningful story filled with tears, laughs and extended silences.
3. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Illumination (creator of Despicable Me) did it again! The Secret Life of Pets is bursting with adventure and intrigue as the audience gets a glimpse of what pets get up to when pet owners aren’t home. Witty lines, quirky characters and beautiful animation make this movie a ball for adults, little ones and furry friends.
2. A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
You’ll need a few tissues to sit through A Dog’s Purpose but on the upside, laughs often follow. The alternative story trails a dog through multiple lifetimes as he tries to discover his true purpose in life. As he reincarnates, he starts to wonder whether fun is the essence of a purposeful life. Go on an adventure that spans lifetimes and discovers this doggy’s reason for being.
1. Fox and the Hound (1981)
Dog relationships extend beyond the human sphere and into the wild. The Fox and the Hound depicts the flourishing friendship of a pet fox and a hunting hound. The story is filled with moments that pull on all of your heartstrings. Adventure, humour and a good dose of drama make this movie one of the best animations of all time.
If you’re looking for something light-hearted with deeper meaning, look no further. The Fox and the Hound also scrutinises how prejudice is bred within society.
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