On a rainy evening, it is especially pleasant to while away the time watching an interesting movie, wrapped in a blanket and not forgetting to bring a strategic supply of snacks. It’s even better if you have a dog because then you can show your furry friend movie masterpieces with the participation of relatives. If you are just thinking about getting a pet, thematic films can push you to this decision and even help you decide on the breed.
The selection of the best films about dogs includes films that evoke varied, but definitely vivid and unforgettable emotions. Many films have become classics of world cinema, based on real dramatic events. The list is complemented by colorful Hollywood comedies that will definitely cheer you up.
Hachiko – The Loyal Friend, 2009
The British-American melodrama Lasse Hallström consistently hits the top-recommended films for everyone. This is a remake of the 1987 drama The Story of Hachiko. The plot is based on the story of the Akita Inu from Japan. After the death of the owner, the dog came to the station for 9 years in the hope of meeting him from work. The picture reveals the relationship between a man and a dog, shows boundless loyalty and true love, touching to the depths of the soul.
It is interesting that some dog handlers evaluate the actions of the most faithful dog from a different angle. Referring to the stubbornness of the breed, experts believe that Hachiko came to the same place, not because of his devotion to the character of Richard Gere, but because he was used to leading such a lifestyle. What do you think?
A Dog’s Purpose 1, 2017
This is an amazing story about a dog whose love can overcome even death. Bailey the dog dies and is reborn, but in every life, he seeks his first master Ethan. The dog manages to be a charming Mongrel, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Welsh Corgi Pembroke, and St. Bernard. With each reincarnation, Bailey understands people more and more, thanks to which she eventually finds Ethan and helps the man who has lost his bearings to become happy again. And in the second part, the beloved dog will return, but for the sake of the main character’s granddaughter. Other breeds are involved in the sequel: Mountain Dog, Beagle, Boerboel, Yorkshire Terrier.
By the way, the director of the first part of “A Dog’s Life” is the same as that of “Hachiko”. Is there any progress?
Eight Below, 2005
The famous film starring Paul Walker focuses on the survival of dogs in Antarctica. The film is based on the 1983 Japanese drama “Antarctic Story”. The events shown took place in reality. The brave Siberian Husky had to survive in harsh conditions for six months. The film shows the true strength and dedication of dogs, which sometimes surpass humans in their moral qualities.
White Bim Black Ear, 1977
The two-part Russian film is an adaptation of the book by Gabriel Troepolsky. The director was Stanislav Rostotsky – a true master of his craft, winner of the Lenin and two State Prizes, who went through the war and managed to convey the whole essence of human nature. Although the film is sad, it is very important to watch it with the children at least once, as it teaches humanity and makes us think about our smaller brothers.
An interesting fact: according to the plot, Bim is a white Scottish Setter, but this does not correspond to the breed standard, so an English Setter was filmed in the film.
Turner & Hooch, 1989
If you want to relax and watch the young Tom Hanks as a detective, check out this movie. The secret of the comedy’s success lies in the talent of the actor and the Dogue de Bordeaux, which is not inferior to him in charm. A touching and funny movie, time-tested and perfect for the whole family.
The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2019
The film is based on the novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. Unusually, the story is told from the perspective of a Golden Retriever voiced by Kevin Costner. This is the story of the friendship between the racer Denny and the dog Enzo. Fate has prepared for them a series of sharp turns, and in order to reach the finish line, they will have to face a slippery road of failure. Although from the first minutes it seems that the film will be light and positive, in the end, it evokes a storm of emotions and gets to the very heart. This dog will show the world how to be human!
101 Dalmatians, 1996
Stephen Herek’s bright comedy is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Dodie Smith. The film will allow adults to feel nostalgic enough, and children – to see many, many spotted dogs, laugh and at the same time learn instructive lessons on the example of the villainess Cruella De Ville. And if you don’t feel like sleeping after the show, then 102 Dalmatians are waiting for you.
Each generation has its own “Lassie”. If you are not familiar with the touching story of this smart and loyal Collie, we recommend that you pay attention to the work of Charles Sturridge. The friendship between boy Joe and a dog named Lassie overcomes seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Although his father sold the Collie to the Duke to pay off his debts, the furry beauty stubbornly searches for her way home.
Lassie’s story is fictional, but this does not prevent her from having millions of fans around the world. At one time, Lassie was so popular that she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Snow Dogs, 2002
This Disney comedy is sure to delight both children and adults. The story revolves around Dentist Ted from Miami. It seems that his life is a success, but everything is turned upside down. Ted goes to Alaska in order to receive the sweetest inheritance – a dozen Huskies. Sled dogs will help him to listen to his true desires, will show what friendship and love can be. The film is perfect for watching with children. Picturesque snow landscapes, sparkling humor, beautiful and kind animals are presented here in abundance.
Isle of Dogs, 2018
The American animated film directed by Wes Anderson is unique in its kind. Puppet animation, political satire, filigree transmission of Japanese culture amazes the imagination. “Isle of Dogs” ranks 13th on the list of highest-grossing puppet cartoons. The action takes place in the future. Dogs are being quarantined on a remote island due to “canine flu”. The boy Atari Kobayashi also goes there to return his pet, Spotts. Although the idea of the cartoon is not new: “We are responsible for those we have tamed,” its presentation cannot be compared to anything else!