What’s your all time favourite doggie film?
If you love dogs, and you love a good film, you’ve probably seen several doggie films!
But which was your favourite out of them all?
Vote in our poll at bottom of this post to share your views, and while you’re here you just might find some inspiration below for a few doggie films you’ve not seen yet!
Almost everyone everywhere has seen at least one version of this film. A Disney classic, it follows the story of Pongo, Perdita, and 99 Dalmation Puppies trying to avoid being turned into a spotty fur coat by the evil Cruella De Vil.
Whilst the original animated version was made in 1961 by Disney, the remake in which Glenn Close played Cruella has the added bonus of featuring real cute and squeaky Dalmation puppies, along with several other types of dogs and even a horse!
It’s a great family film filled with slapstick comedy. But is it your favourite doggie film?
There are several films featuring heroic canine Lassie, a popular Collie character created in the 1940’s. Did you know she’s still going strong in the latest Lassie film released in 2005?
We were shocked to see just how many Lassie films exist! See for yourself!
Many dog mad children in the 70’s and 80’s spent their childhoods watching Benji films on repeat, often crying their eyes out, especially when Benji became ‘The Hunted’ in 1987. But this lovable little mongrel was still around in 2004 (albeit with slightly longer fur) in the film Benji: Off the leash! Getting your kids into Benji films if they love dogs could be a good thing, so long as you don’t mind seeing them cry.
Benji The Hunted [DVD]
Benji (1974) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible). Directed by Joe Camp. Starring Patsy Garrett, Allen Fiuzat…
Benji II – For The Love Of Benji (1977) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible. Directed by Joe Camp. Starring Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith, Allen Fiuzat…
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
This story follows an American Bulldog named Chance, an elderly Golden Retriever (Shadow) and Sassy the Himalayan cat on their emotional and dangerous journey back to their owners after thinking they’ve been abandoned (in reality their family just went on holiday). It’s a favourite doggie film for many, and a bit of a tear jerker towards the end!
Several films have been made about the enormous and mischievous St Bernard Beethoven, but we tend to think the original 1992 film is the best (followed closely by the release of Beethovens 2nd in 1993 which features lots of puppies!). It’s a great family film and has some genuinely funny parts in it, even for the adults!
Turner and Hooch
Who can forget watching Turner and Hooch as a child? The incredibly naughty Dogue de Bordeaux called Hooch never fails to make audiences of all ages laugh. Whether he’s slobbering all over Tom Hanks or ripping his doors off his house, most people who’ve ever owned a naughty dog can relate this film!
Interesting fact! Did you know, the great great grandson of the dog who played Hooch (Beasley) is on Twitter? He’s also called Beasley! Take a look at @BeasleyDogue – We wonder if this Beasley is as naughty as the first?
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
We have to admit, this is one doggie film we’ve never seen, but multiple Twitter fans have recommended we include it in this post. Apparently it tells the true story of faithful Akita Hachi, an abandoned dog taken in by College professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere). He’s not like other dogs and won’t learn every day commands, but turns out to be a very loyal companion.
Lady and the Tramp
This was a personal favourite of mine throughout my early childhood. I got it for Christmas at the age of about 6 and the tape had worn out beyond further use by the time I was 8. It tells the story of ‘owned’ dog (Lady) and homeless dog (Tramp) falling in love but both believing their way of life is the better one. They get into all sorts of dangerous situations and eventually they must decide which life to choose if they want to stay together. It’s an animated Disney film and commonly forgotten about these days since the dawn of the more modern Disney Pixar movies, but still well worth a watch!
Another naughty dog, this time in the shape of Great Dane Marmaduke. Marmaduke has no idea why his owner Phil thinks the things he gets up to are inappropriate. When he and his family move to a new neighbourhood, he has a few difficulties fitting in with the dogs in the area…
Marley & Me
Watching the entire film Marley and me without crying is no mean feat. It tells the story of the ups and downs of a young couple adopting naughty yellow lab puppy ‘Marley’, so naughty in fact he is expelled from puppy training school on his first day. Eventually the couple have a baby, and this causes resentment from Marleys owners at his bad behaviour. Marley narrowly escapes being rehomed, and goes on to live out his years with the family. Only when he eventually gets old and they loose him to bloat do they realise how much of a part of the family Marley really was. Don’t watch without a box of tissues handy!
That’s our roundup of the most popular doggie films we can think of! Have we missed any? Let us know below, if we get enough requests we will add it!
Don’t forget to vote for your favourite doggie film below!