A dog in a movie can cheer up not only the audience but also the main character. They can bring even the harshest critics to tears. With everything going on in the world, it's a refreshing break to curl up next to your chosen viewing device and have your heartstrings plucked. It can be the story of a child meeting a dog, a journey of survival and self-discovery, or the story of a kind puppy breaking down a wall of cynics.
Whether you're in the mood for a hearty laugh or looking for a canine laugh, these movies have a little bit of everything. We have selected 10 movies featuring dogs, that are suitable for you to watch with your families. Prepare enough tissue and hug your pup before you watch them.
Marley & Me
Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in this touching film adaptation of John Grogan's best-selling novel. They adopted a less-obedient Labrador named Marley, whom they eventually learned to live with and love. Get a box of tissues before you press play.
A Dog's Journey
The film shows that dogs live to love us. In this story, an old dog gets ready for its next adventure by promising its master something. This film is sure to bring a tear to your eyes.
A Dog's Purpose
Based on the book "The Dog Who Became a Human" by W. Bruce Cameron, this film is sure to bring tears to people's eyes. After a few lifetimes, the dog learns the real reason for its existence.
A huge (we're talking 185-pound) but friendly St. Bernard named Beethoven caused some disaster in his home. Run away from the dog dealers and win over your family. Unless you've seen Beethoven, you'll never see drool.
Even when a dog is separated from its owner, their bond is special. In this film, a family struggles to keep their pet dog, who they had sold, together despite their financial troubles.
Because of Winn Dixie
Based on the book "Win-Dixie" by Kate Dicamillo, the film follows a young girl named Anansophia Robb as she moves to a small town and adopts a dog named Win-Dixie to make her life more comfortable.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
Originally a Japanese drama called Koneko Monogatari, the show is about an adventurous kitten who goes on a dangerous expedition after being separated from a pug. It's a little scary in some places, but the kids will love it.
This film, which stars Eva Longoria, Vanessa Hudgens, and Nina Dobrev, is a romantic comedy that will have people talking about their interactions with other dog owners. It's a sweet, relatable story about a group of dog owners whose lives are intertwined because of their dogs.
Hachiko is a 1987 Japanese film. The film tells the true story of Hachiko, a loyal Akita dog who has been waiting for his owner, Professor Hideo Ueno, to return home from work for nine years after his death. It was the highest-grossing Japanese film of its release year.
Oddball is a 2015 Australian family film directed by Stuart MacDonald. An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from foxes in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.
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