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Noteworthy Movies Featuring Man's Best Friend

Dogs have been companions for humans since our earliest days, and they're prominent subjects for many films, some of which are true must-see classics. What's your favorite movie that features a dog? Let us know in the comments if we've left out any particularly memorable pooches. And as a warning, there may be some major spoilers ahead, so if you haven't seen any of these old-time classics yet, get on it!

"Old Yeller"

Did you have to watch this movie in elementary school? Did you cry uncontrollably for the last 20 minutes? This seems to be something of a universal experience in some parts of the world. Why are narratives about the harsh realities of adulthood so keen on killing the dog?

"Best in Show"

Anyone who's had any contact at all with professional dog breeders — except perhaps some of the humorless people among that bunch — will find this parody by master documentary maker Christopher Guest to be hilarious. It remains surprisingly hard to find a busy bee toy when you need one.

"Lady and the Tramp"

Animated dog movies are practically a genre unto themselves, and this one is a total classic. They managed to make dogs eating spaghetti seem romantic and sweet, a feat no real-life dogs could ever achieve.


The movie would probably have been more interestingly told if it stayed close to the source material, a true-life story about a loyal Japanese dog named Hachiko, but still, this one will tug mercilessly at your heartstrings. Who doesn't want a dog who's so loving and dutiful that he'll greet you at the train station after work every day? Plus, the puppies who play baby Hachi are out-of-this-world adorable.


Not all dog movies are cuddly tripe. One of Stephen King's more realistic premises ends up paying off pretty well on film, leaving viewers to wonder how they'd handle the unpleasant reality of being trapped in a hot car by the gigantic, rabid dog of a very mean redneck.

"Marley and Me"

For a while, the mere mention of this movie was enough to get people to tear up. The team responsible for bringing this story to life on screen did an excellent job choosing photogenic puppies to ground our emotional attachment, making it feel like we lived this dog's life with him over the course of an hour and a half.

"The Wizard of Oz"

Toto may not have been the main character in this old-school classic, but he was certainly instrumental to the plot. He's so iconic that it's hard to make a Dorothy Halloween costume work without a little stuffed terrier as an accessory.

"The Little Mermaid"

OK, this is definitely not a "dog movie," but Max, Prince Eric's adorable sheepdog, is an all-time great movie dog. Who cares about singing crabs and actual merpeople kingdoms when you have such an adorable pup bouncing around?

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