Top 10 Dog Movies to Rent

Grab the popcorn, turn the cell phone off and snuggle up with your BFF (best furry friend)with icy temperatures blanketing many areas of the country, here are 10 of the best movies about dogs to rent as the mercury drops.

How many of these have you seen? Did we pick your favorite?

Lady and the Tramp

Who could forget the one lone strand of shared spaghetti between the high-class Cocker and the tramp from the other side of the tracks? These are the makings of a Disney classic.


A slice of childhood, this 1974 Joe Camp canine classic casts a stray as the lead dog that rescues a couple of neighborhood kids.

Marley & Me

Take one part Jennifer Aniston and one part Owen Wilson, and then add an adorable Labrador retriever puppy. Movie magic results. Warning: This is a tear-jerker.


Old Yeller

Friendship and courage personified, Old Yeller is set in 1860’s Texas. Originally released in 1957, the movie will have you grabbing the tissues for one of cinema’s greatest and most gut-wrenching canine moments.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

One of the best dog movies you may not have seen, Hachi is based on a true story from Japan. Richard Gere’s character finds a young Akita pup that transforms his life.



In this 1994 film, Lassie is more contemporary than classic, but it beckons “hero” while engaging those who grew up with the classic series. Plus, it introduces a whole new generation to the famed collie.

My Dog Skip

When 9-year-old Willie Morris is given Skip, a Jack Russell, as a birthday present, his Mississippi life in the ’40s will never be the same. The all-star cast includes Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon.

Turner and Hooch

Featuring Tom Hanks in 1989 pre-Forrest Gump days, he is unwittingly paired with Hooch, a Mastiff, whom Hanks’ character needs to help identify a murderer.


What starts as a puppy escaping a pet store robbery turns into a family comedy. Charles Grodin stars as the dad who begrudgingly allows his kids to adopt the protagonist pooch.

Because of Winn-Dixie

In this film, which is based on the book of the same name, Winn-Dixie changes the lives of a young girl and her somewhat reserved dad, played by Jeff Daniels.


Which ones did we miss that you consider a “must see” dog movie?


  1. LOVE this and in fact, I’ve had a similar post sitting in my drafts for a while. I’ve loved the Benji movies since I was a kid. I still haven’t seen Because of Winn-Dixie – I may check that one out today!

  2. I was going to say that you didn’t choose my favorite, because I can’t stand dog movies. They are always so sad. But I love Turner & Hooch. Another good one, but I won’t watch it (tears) is Fox and the Hound.

    • I can’t watch many dog movies because they end so danged sad – same thing with some dog books. However, I tried to do a variety of movies. Glad I hit on one you liked, Kimberly.

  3. I’m never sure if it counts as a dog movie because the heroine says “it’s a wolf” but I love ‘The Journey of Natty Gann.’ That movie is why I will never go anywhere without a canine by my side!

  4. We know someone who has Black Russian Terriers like Vlad that also has a couple of Berger Picards like Winn Dixie. It seems strange to us that people think that WD is a Heinz 57 breed. That’s one of our favorite dog movies.

  5. Seen and love them all! Hard to say which is my favorite. I like “All Dogs go to Heaven” too. “Eight Below” is cute. The “Dogs & Cats” movies are hilarious.

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