I’m gonna be honest, if you don’t like dogs there’s obviously a loose wire somewhere. They’re bloody fantastic animals! What’s amazing is that quite often, we have found ourselves more emotional about dogs in films than humans (that’s cause humans are shite and dogs are brilliant though). So, to celebrate dogs, here’s a top 10 list of films based around them!
10. Hachi: A Dogs Tale
Telling the story of a college professor who forms a bond with a dog he finds on a train platform, this emotional, moving film starring Richard Gere is a must watch for dog lovers.
9. 101 Dalmatians
The original, animated film is great, but the live action remake is my favourite. Some of it may seem a little silly, but the dogs are great and the story works so who cares!
8. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
This does have a cat in it, but there’s also two dogs so it’s okay! This classic tells the story of three pets who escape to find their owners in San Francisco, and chat along the way. Brilliant!
Whilst the majority of dog films make us fall in love with them, this one made us afraid of them. A St. Bernard with rabies? HA, NAW.
6. Eight Below
Whilst Snow Dogs wasn’t very good, this survival tale starring Paul Walker is more serious, and generally a shit-load better. Ahh, huskies.
5. All Dogs Go to Heaven
This oldie is a cracking little animated film, one I watched when I was younger. It may be a little dated looking, but in terms of quality, it’s still great.
4. Lady and the Tramp
Everyone has at least heard of Lady and the Tramp, but you really should have seen it. It’s a timeless Disney animated classic – beautifully made and generally just lovely.
3. Turner & Hooch
Perhaps not all of you have seen Turner and Hooch, but you should. It’s essentially a buddy cop film, except it’s a cop and a dog that are buddies. A massive slevery, drooling dog is the star here, so what else do you need to hear?
2. Marley & Me
Marley and Me became an instant classic when it was released. As well as having Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, the hilarious Labrador Marley really steals every scene he’s in. You’ll laugh and cry, and love every second.
For me this was the obvious choice. I watched it all the time when I was younger, and event today I love it dearly.
When a family feel something is lacking from their home, they adopt a St. Bernard puppy. Of course he isn’t a puppy for long, so when Beethoven grows up to be a huge, slobbery animal, all sorts of hilarious chaos ensues. That is until someone not-so-friendly wants Beethoven.
Beethoven himself is so lovable, like every time I watch it I feel the need to adopt a St. Bernard. I have no doubt you’ll adore this film, so please if you haven’t seen it, do it! It’s certainly a film the whole family can enjoy. If you’re one of those strange bastards that doesn’t like dogs, maybe this will change your opinion.
What do you think? What’s your favourite dog film? Let us know in the comments, or tweet @film_swot.
Author: Cameron Frew