What are your favorite flicks that involve dogs? Got a favorite dog movie that just tugs at your heartstrings or makes you stand up and shake your paws in joy? When I’m not reading about dogs or writing about them, I like to catch up on dog movies.
In honor of Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof, the 2014 gala fundraiser that I, as a Wigglebutt Warrior, will be hosting with my fellow warriors in crime, here are ten movies that make my “must see” list of dog movies. I highly recommend you grab the popcorn, turn the cell phone off, snuggle up with your pooch, and check these out:
Lady and the Tramp: 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.
Benji: A slice of childhood, this 1974 Joe Camp canine classic casts stray dog as the lead dog that rescues a couple of neighborhood kids belonging to a doctor.
Marley & Me: Take one part Jennifer Aniston plus one part Owen Wilson and add an adorable Labrador Retriever puppy: Movie magic results. This is a tear-jerker whose cinematic path is sweet and incorrigible.
Old Yeller: Friendship and courage personified, Old Yeller is set in 1860’s Texas. Originally released in 1957, grab the tissues for one of cinema’s greatest and 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 who therein transforms his life.
Lassie: In this 1994 film, this Lassie is more contemporary than classic but beckons “hero” while engaging those who grew up with the classic series as well as introducing a whole new generation to the famed Collie.
My Dog Skip: When 9-year-old Willie Morris is given Jack Russell Skip for a birthday present, his Mississippi life in the 40’s 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 in hid pre-Forrest Gump days, he is unwittingly paired with Hooch, a Mastiff, whom Hanks’ character needs to help identify a murderer.
Beethoven: What starts as a puppy escaping a pet store robbery turns into a family comedy starring Charles Grodin as the dad who begrudgingly allows his kids to adopt the protagonist pooch.
Because of Winn Dixie: 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.
Did your top dog flick make the list? What’s your favorite dog movie of all time or one we might have missed? For an 11th spot, I definitely want to see the movie Best In Show, which I hear rave funny reviews about but have yet to sit on my kiester and see it. On my to do list.