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The Best Dog Movies of All Time

Everyone has their favorites - which are your best dog movies of all time?. Some make us laugh, and some we have to watch in private so no one can see us weeping over the death of the heroic football at the end of the sad ones. Here's our top favorite family-friendly films based on dogs.

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A Dog's Purpose

In this film, a dog goes on a journey to discover the meaning of its own existence by teaching humans how to laugh and love. As the lovable pooch is reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, it develops an unbreakable bond with its human. You can watch this heartwarming movie on Sling TV or Spectrum TV, or rent it on ROW8, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Redbox, or Vudu.

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Marley & Me

Dog movies don't always have to be sad, but this one definitely is. A family learns important life lessons from their adorable yet mischievous and neurotic dog. Based on a book with the same title, this 2008 film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston is about the valuable life lessons that come with owning a dog. You can stream it on Max or Spectrum TV, or rent it on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Redbox, or Vudu.

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

On his way home, Professor Wilson ([played by Richard Gere) finds a lost Akita puppy. Despite his wife's objections, Hachi endears himself to the family and becomes Parker's loyal companion. As their bond deepens, a beautiful relationship unfolds. Watch it on Netflix, or rent it on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, or Vudu. 

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A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil puts a twist on the original 101 Dalmatians and promises something for everyone.

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Lady and the Tramp

Disney's live-action remake of an old classic tells the romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. Watch it on Disney+.

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Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford The Big Red Dog movie is a beloved children’s story originally released in 1963. It inspired books, a tv show, and multiple movies. The most recent one in 2021 depicts the huge (pun intended) love between a girl and her big red dog. Watch on Amazon Prime, Paramount +, and MGM +.

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Old Yeller

This tear-jerker from 1957 is based on a timeless novel and tells the story of the bittersweet love and devotion between a heroic dog and his owner. You can watch it on Movieland TV, Cinema Box, or Disney+, or stream it on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or Vudu.

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The Secret Life of Pets

Max is a pampered terrier who lives comfortably in a New York building. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when his owner decides to adopt Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats, and soon, they find themselves trapped in a truck headed for the pound. You can watch this delightful tale on Peacock or rent it on ROW8, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.

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The film stars Channing Tatum as an Army Ranger tasked with escorting his fallen friend's military dog to his funeral. You can watch it on Prime Video, MGM+, The Roku Channel, AppleTV, ROW8, or Fandango at Home.

So grab your popcorn and get your furbabies settled at your feet, sit back, and relax to some entertaining and heartwarming dog films!

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