The Top 8 Hollywood Dog Movies To Get You Through The Week

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Camylla Battani

Hey Hollywooders! This Hollygood Tuesday, we’re looking back at the animated dog romance film Lady and the Tramp, which was released 66 years ago today!

To celebrate the 66th anniversary of Lady and the Tramp, we have a list of the top 8 Hollywood movies about dogs.

Top movies about dogs: Lady and the Tramp (1955)

The 1955 Disney animated classic follows a spoiled cocker spaniel Lady (Barbara Luddy) who falls in love with a stray mutt Tramp (Larry Roberts). However, the two-star-crossed lovers face challenges in their romance when Lady’s owners have a baby on the way.

The movie is listed at number 95 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time.” In 2019, Disney+ premiered a live-action of Lady and the Tramp, using a mixture of CGI and real dogs during filming.

Although the original film was released over 60 years ago, it still makes an impact on pop culture. The spaghetti scene in particular has been parodied over the years by various TV shows and movies.


 
 
 
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Watch Lady and the Tramp on Disney+.

Top movies about dogs: Marley & Me (2008)

In the tearjerker Marley & Me, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston play newlyweds who adopt a yellow lab named Marley. The film is based on John Grogan’s memoir of the same name, which follows his family’s relationship with their destructive but lovable dog Marley for 13 years.

While the film is filled with chaos and antics created by the new puppy, there’s a lot of heart. Just locking eyes with the yellow lab on the screen gives us a cuteness overload! In the end, Marley & Me focuses on the joys and intimacy of what makes a family a family.

Marley & Me is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Top movies about dogs: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Michael J. Fox, Don Ameche, and Sally Field voice an American Bulldog, Golden Retriever, and Himalayan cat trio in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. When the group fears they’ve been left by their human family forever, they decide to set on a dangerous journey to get back home. Kevin Chevalia, Veronica Lauren, Benj Thall, Kim Greist, and Robert Hays also star.

While the film is a remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, it grossed $57.4 million worldwide. For a children’s movie, Homeward Bound is an intense and emotional story of how far animals will go to be with the family they love.

Watch Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey on Disney+.

Top movies about dogs: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets gives viewers a first-hand look at what pets do when their owners aren’t home. Louis C.K. plays Max, a Jack Russell Terrier who has his life turned upside down when his owner takes in a stray dog Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a large shaggy Newfoundland mix.

The movie has an all-star voice cast including Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, and Bobby Moynihan. In a behind-the-scenes interview with the cast, Eric Stonestreet talks about the complexities around his character Duke.

“Duke is a big, shaggy, hairy Newfoundland mutt dog.” he says. “He sort of comes off as one thing but really he’s sort of a little protective of what’s really going on.”

You can watch the rest of the interview here:

The film was a massive box office success and earned more than $875 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 2016. In 2019, Illusion Entertainment produced a follow-up sequel in which  Patton Oswalt takes over the character of Max.

Watch the trailer below:

The Secret Life of Pets is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Top movies about dogs: 101 Dalmatians (1996)

Although the new Disney movie Cruella has made waves in movie theaters since its recent release, we’re focusing on the 1996 live-action 101 Dalmatians. In this film, two Dalmatian parents, with the help of their owners (Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson), must save their litter from the evil clutches of fashion designer Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close). While the dogs don’t have speaking roles in this film, their facial expressions and black polka dots steal the show.

The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Glenn Close as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. A sequel, 102 Dalmatians, was released in 2000.

Watch 101 Dalmatians on Disney+.

Top movies about dogs: Bolt (2008)

John Travolta and Miley Cyrus play the ultimate dog-human duo in the animated comedy-adventure film Bolt. The story follows the titular canine star of a sci-fi action show who embarks on a rescue mission to save his co-star and owner Penny, who Bolt believes is in real danger. The cast includes Susie Essman, Mark Walton, and Malcolm McDowell.

Both John Travolta and Miley Cyrus sing a duet on the movie’s soundtrack, called “I Thought I Lost You.” After the film’s release, it was nominated for multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

Bolt is streaming on Disney+.    

Top movies about dogs: Air Bud (1997)

The iconic sports comedy film Air Bud is based on the real-life story of Air Buddy, a golden retriever who could play basketball. In the movie, a circus dog escapes his owner to join a school basketball team.


 
 
 
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After the film’s success grossing $27.8 million, Air Bud grew into an entire franchise, with movies centered around Air Buddy’s talking Golden retriever puppies. With a mix of basketball, humor, and heartwarming moments, Air Bud proves to be a timeless dog movie.

Watch Air Bud on Amazon Prime.

Top movies about dogs: A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

A dog (played by Josh Gad) gets reincarnated as multiple dogs throughout his life in the family film A Dog’s Purpose. Based on W. Bruce Campbell’s novel of the same name, the movie follows the life of one dog’s soul as he lives different lives, eventually developing a strong bond with Ethan, who ages throughout the film. The film also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Peggy Lipton, and Dennis Quaid.

In an interview with the cast, the actors share their experience with dog actor Trip as they were filming. Take a behind-the-scenes look of how the movie came to be with Hollywood.com.

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Do you agree with our list? What’s your favorite Hollywood dog movie? Let us know in the comments!

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