There’s something magical about watching a movie that can evoke certain emotions. We watch movies to escape, and even to laugh. When watching movies featuring our canine friends, we know that some of these movies will cause a sudden tear or in some cases a swimming pool of tears. But we love them still. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite dog movies that make us rethink our relationship with our non-human best friends, and hit us right in the feels. Grab a tissue because this list is a doozey!
A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
Very often we wonder to ourselves what our furbabies may be thinking. And A Dog’s Purpose gives us a glimpse of that, but on a far deeper level. In this film, a dog goes through four lifetimes with different owners through various time periods. During this journey, he steadily understands his real purpose. Spoiler Alert – there is a lot of love
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
This film is a story of love and devotion between a dog and a man. The movie was based on the real Hachikō, who followed his owner daily to a train station as he went to work and dutifully waited for his return. Richard Gere and Joan Allen star in the Hollywood retelling of the 1987 Japanese film Hachikō Monogatari. The 1987 film told the true story of an Akita breed dog named Hachikō who lived in Japan in the 1920s. Try and hold back the tears when you watch this one, I bet you can’t.
Everyone’s favourite good girl is a female dog who has been sold by her family because of financial issues and her adventurous journey of coming back home. Lassie is memorable because it has been told since the early 20th century, and remains one of the most heart-warming tales ever told on paper, television and the big screen.
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Films that have talking animals usually creep me out, but hey, this one is animated, so I guess it is OK. Burt Reynolds voices the story of Charlie B. Barkin, a German Shepherd who is murdered by his former friend. This is a lot to take in for the youngsters, right? Charlie forsakes his place in heaven to return to Earth and team up with an orphan girl, who teaches him lessons on love, honesty and loyalty. I’m not crying, you are!
A dog comes to the rescue and helps heal a broken family when a boy and his sister stumble into serious danger. As delightfully charming as the scene-stealing siblings are, they’re still upstaged by the fearless Benji, and there is no shame in admitting that you ugly cried when watching this.
My Dog Skip (2000)
This family drama stars New Jersey native Frankie Muniz as 9-year-old William Morris as he is given a Jack Russell terrier for his birthday – and how the dog changes his life. You may not be expecting much from this film based off the title alone, but it is worth every moment.
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Based on the bestseller by Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who adopts an orphaned dog. The connection between the girl and the dog brings together the people in a small Florida town and heals her own relationship with her father. The film features Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews, Eva Marie Saint and AnnaSophia Robb in her feature film debut as the young girl.
I’m pretty sure that by the time you’ve watched all seven of these movies, you will be fully cried out for a while, and definitely be hugging your dogs a little tighter. Agree with our list? Leave a comment below!