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80 Best Dog Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

Dogs: Man’s best friend, movie’s most endangered hero. Seriously, how many times have we gone into a dog movie hoping we didn’t just get suckered into another one where the dog dies in the end? But some of those movies make up the classics. And some of those movies where the dog lives happily after ever, with a nice house and a bowl of kibble and a robust 401k, are also classics. And some dog movies ain’t so classic, but people love ’em anyways, so we’re including those, and all the other good boys and girls of canine cinema for our guide to the 80 Best Dog Movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

First, we’ve retrieved all the golden films of yesteryear, like Old Yeller, Lassie, and The Incredible Journey. Then we rescued those nearly forgotten from the kennels of history, including Wendy and Lucy, Sounder, and Megan Leavey. After that, we introduced them to the tearjerkers of today, such as Hachi: A Dog’s Tale and Marley and Me.

Because dogs can take on new dimensions of ferocity and cuteness in animation, there’s plenty to see here in this list. Take the Disney classics (The Fox and the Hound, Bolt). Add a little stop-motion (Isle of Dogs, Frankenweenie). And, of course, bring along the ones that can solve mysteries (Scooby-Doo), hold a job (Wallace, he of Gromit), and pilot their house (Snoopy, Come Home).

And we approached the dogs that could benefit from a little obedience school, like the ones in Cujo, White Dog, and its reverse friend White God. Also, because seekers of dog movies don’t necessarily mind some treacly sentiment the way critics do, we’re opening the doggie doors to some movies rated Rotten that audiences adore, like Balto and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Finally, we took home some films that aren’t strictly known as dog movies (e.g. Umberto D, As Good As It Gets, I Am Legend) but whose (canine) stars play a significant role in the plot, and generate (human) character development.

Time to let all of them off the leash for the 80 Best Dog Movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

#80

The Stray (2017)
40%

#80
Adjusted Score: 21033%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Members of the Davis family are going through a hard time when a stray dog, Pluto, comes into their life... [More]
Directed By: Mitch Davis

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 43731%
Critics Consensus: Despite hitting some sweet notes, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is little more than disposable family entertainment.
Synopsis: A pampered pooch (Drew Barrymore) from Beverly Hills must rely on help from scrappy Mexican street dogs after she is... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#78

101 Dalmatians (1996)
41%

#78
Adjusted Score: 41932%
Critics Consensus: Neat performance from Glenn Close aside, 101 Dalmatians is a bland, pointless remake.
Synopsis: London fashion maven Cruella DeVil (Glenn Close) steals pups for her newest creation, a Dalmatian coat.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek

#77
Adjusted Score: 48882%
Critics Consensus: Its heartstring-tugging overtures may be difficult for dog lovers to resist, but The Art of Racing in the Rain is sentimental and contrived.
Synopsis: Formula One race car driver Denny Swift has three loves of his life -- his beautiful wife, their young daughter... [More]
Directed By: Simon Curtis

#76

Zeus and Roxanne (1997)
44%

#76
Adjusted Score: 32674%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Children engineer a romance between their single parents (Steve Guttenberg, Kathleen Quinlan), while his dog and her dolphin bond.... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 44968%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A junkyard dog returns to Earth from heaven thanks to the powers of a magical, rewindable watch, though his objective... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth

#74
Adjusted Score: 24360%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A mischievous puppy (Scott Wolf) joins a pack of strays when he leaves home to pursue a more exciting life.... [More]
Directed By: Darrell Rooney

#73

Air Bud (1997)
45%

#73
Adjusted Score: 45815%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Abandoned by a disagreeable clown (Michael Jeter), a golden retriever with a knack for basketball befriends a lonely boy (Kevin... [More]
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

#72

Hotel for Dogs (2009)
46%

#72
Adjusted Score: 49028%
Critics Consensus: Hotel for Dogs may appeal to children and dog lovers, but it's ultimately contrived, predictable, and simplistic.
Synopsis: After moving into a foster home that forbids pets, siblings (Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin) transform an abandoned hotel into... [More]
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

#71

Rock Dog (2016)
47%

#71
Adjusted Score: 48997%
Critics Consensus: Rock Dog is amiable enough, but its second-tier animation and uninspired story add up to a movie whose meager charms are likely to escape all but the youngest and least demanding viewers.
Synopsis: Hoping to become a rock 'n' roll star, a young mastiff (Luke Wilson) leaves his Tibetan village to find a... [More]
Directed By: Ash Brannon

#70

Benji the Hunted (1987)
55%

#70
Adjusted Score: 54235%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bears, wolves and eagles threaten the resourceful canine's mission to protect four orphaned cougar cubs.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Camp

#69

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
50%

#69
Adjusted Score: 50160%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An old ring turns a lawyer (Dean Jones) into a sheep dog at awkward times in this sequel to the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#68

A Dog's Journey (2019)
51%

#68
Adjusted Score: 53886%
Critics Consensus: A Dog's Journey is as sentimental as one might expect, but even cynical viewers may find their ability to resist shedding a tear stretched to the puppermost limit.
Synopsis: Bailey the dog lives on a Michigan farm with his beloved owner Ethan and CJ -- Ethan's young granddaughter. When... [More]
Directed By: Gail Mancuso

#67
Adjusted Score: 17212%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scooby and friends investigate creepy goings-on and a mystery involving a famous horror writer in a small Massachusetts town.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#66

Oliver & Company (1988)
50%

#66
Adjusted Score: 54254%
Critics Consensus: Predictable and stodgy, Oliver & Company isn't one of Disney's best, though its colorful cast of characters may be enough to entertain young viewers looking for a little adventure.
Synopsis: Savvy street dogs take an orphaned kitten under their paws in this tuneful adaptation of "Oliver Twist.".... [More]
Directed By: George Scribner

#65

Turner & Hooch (1989)
52%

#65
Adjusted Score: 53127%
Critics Consensus: Tom Hanks makes Turner and Hooch more entertaining than it might look on paper, but ultimately, this is still a deeply silly comedy about a cop and a canine.
Synopsis: A drooling dog helps a tidy detective (Tom Hanks) link California beach-town foul play to a drug-money laundry.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

#64
Adjusted Score: 53173%
Critics Consensus: While a dull affair for parents, Clifford's Really Big Movie should charm its intended preschool audience.
Synopsis: A gigantic red dog (John Ritter) leaves home and becomes the main attraction at a traveling circus.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Ramirez

#63
Adjusted Score: 52366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two dogs and a cat are forced to make their way across an unfamiliar city after being separated from their... [More]
Directed By: David R. Ellis

#62

Balto (1995)
54%

#62
Adjusted Score: 55088%
Critics Consensus: Balto is a well-meaning adventure with spirited animation, but mushy sentimentality and bland characterization keeps it at paw's length from more sophisticated family fare.
Synopsis: A canine outcast helps guide a sled of medical supplies to desperately ill children in an Alaskan village.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Wells

#61

Cats & Dogs (2001)
54%

#61
Adjusted Score: 57265%
Critics Consensus: A great concept, but the movie fails to develop the characters and some of the jokes are hit-or-miss.
Synopsis: An eager beagle joins undercover canines on a mission to foil a feline plot to make all people allergic to... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Guterman

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 58145%
Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned, if bland, adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel.
Synopsis: A Florida girl (AnnaSophia Robb) and her canine pal befriend misfit souls and begin to soften her father's (Jeff Daniels)... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#59
Adjusted Score: 35299%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A shipwreck strands a boy (Jesse Bradford) and his Labrador retriever in the wilderness of British Columbia.... [More]
Directed By: Phillip Borsos

#58

A Dog's Way Home (2019)
59%

#58
Adjusted Score: 62542%
Critics Consensus: A Dog's Way Home may not quite be a family-friendly animal drama fan's best friend, but this canine adventure is no less heartwarming for its familiarity.
Synopsis: As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good... [More]
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

#57

Benji (2018)
60%

#57
Adjusted Score: 33867%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A dog comes to the rescue and helps heal a broken family when a boy and his sister stumble into... [More]
Directed By: Brandon Camp

#56
Adjusted Score: 13488%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Transported into a video game, the gang must survive different levels of difficulty to solve a mystery.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 68491%
Critics Consensus: The Secret Life of Pets 2 doesn't teach its animated stars any new narrative tricks -- but for fans of the original, this funny, energetic sequel should still satisfy.
Synopsis: Explore the emotional lives of pets and the deep bond between them and the families that love them as Max,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Renaud

#54

Cujo (1983)
62%

#54
Adjusted Score: 65323%
Critics Consensus: Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance.
Synopsis: Bitten by a rabid bat, a huge dog traps a Maine woman (Dee Wallace) and her young son (Danny Pintauro)... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 72538%
Critics Consensus: It's undermined by distracting and unnecessary CGI, but this heartwarming Call of the Wild remains a classic story, affectionately retold.
Synopsis: Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his... [More]
Directed By: Chris Sanders

#52

Iron Will (1994)
67%

#52
Adjusted Score: 66341%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1917 a South Dakota youth (Mackenzie Astin) enters a 522-mile dog-sled race to win $10,000 for his family.... [More]
Directed By: Charles Haid

#51

Marley & Me (2008)
62%

#51
Adjusted Score: 67737%
Critics Consensus: Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.
Synopsis: Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) adopt a playful puppy named Marley, who soon grows into an... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel

#50

White Fang (1991)
65%

#50
Adjusted Score: 66044%
Critics Consensus: This glossy edition of White Fang shaves off the rough-hewn edges that made Jack London's epic story so distinct, but gorgeous photography and heartfelt performances make this an appealing adventure.
Synopsis: An orphan (Ethan Hawke) joins the Klondike gold rush with his Yukon guide (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and a wolf-dog.... [More]
Directed By: Randal Kleiser

#49

Dog Days (2018)
62%

#49
Adjusted Score: 64895%
Critics Consensus: Dog Days is frivolous but frothy, sporting a forgettable cast of human characters but a lovable troupe of pooches that ought to delight viewers looking for a gentle affirmation of humanity's bond with their furry friends.
Synopsis: Lovable canines start to influence the careers, friendships and romantic relationships of an anchorwoman, a dog walker, a business owner... [More]
Directed By: Ken Marino

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 64145%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A college professor (Richard Gere) forms a lasting bond with a dog that he finds on a train platform.... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 66926%
Critics Consensus: Lady and the Tramp's cute dogs and likable cast work well enough, but the live-action update lacks some of the magic that made the original 1955 film such a delight.
Synopsis: Lady, an overachieving, pampered American Cocker Spaniel house dog and Tramp, a tough but lovable, fast-talking stray, embark on an... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Bean

#46

The Plague Dogs (1982)
63%

#46
Adjusted Score: 62015%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Canines are targeted for destruction after they escape from a government lab conducting disease experiments.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Rosen

#45
Adjusted Score: 15679%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A scrappy puppy tries to rescue his siblings after evil Cruella kidnaps them.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith

#44

The Shaggy Dog (1959)
68%

#44
Adjusted Score: 69791%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An old ring turns a couple's (Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen) son (Tommy Kirk) into a sheep dog; he must perform... [More]
Directed By: Charles Barton

#43

I Am Legend (2007)
68%

#43
Adjusted Score: 75201%
Critics Consensus: I Am Legend overcomes questionable special effects and succeeds largely on the strength of Will Smith's mesmerizing performance.
Synopsis: After a man-made plague transforms Earth's population into bloodthirsty vampires, a lone survivor (Will Smith) desperately searches for a cure.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 70153%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A boy (Zachary Browne) and his beagle help the dog's original owner (Scott Wilson), an abusive misanthrope, recover from an... [More]
Directed By: Sandy Tung

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 72128%
Critics Consensus: The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.
Synopsis: A fox cub and a puppy become fast friends, but circumstances pit them against each other when they are older.... [More]

#40
Adjusted Score: 44606%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An Alaskan gold miner (Scott Bairstow) and his wolf-dog uncover a plot by a phony preacher to drive Indians off... [More]
Directed By: Ken Olin

#39

Eight Below (2006)
72%

#39
Adjusted Score: 77678%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar cast of marooned mutts, who deftly display emotion, tenderness, loyalty and resolve, Eight Below is a heartwarming and exhilarating adventure film.
Synopsis: Members (Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Jason Biggs) of a scientific expedition must leave their beloved sled dogs behind in the... [More]
Directed By: Frank Marshall

#38

Shiloh (1997)
73%

#38
Adjusted Score: 65349%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A small-town boy (Blake Heron) hides a runaway beagle pup from his strict father (Michael Moriarty) and the hound's cruel... [More]
Directed By: Dale Rosenbloom

#37

My Dog Skip (2000)
73%

#37
Adjusted Score: 76033%
Critics Consensus: Critics say My Dog Skip is cute, wholesome entertainment for the family. It's especially designed to appeal to your sentiment, but you might find yourself choking up just the same.
Synopsis: In 1942 a shy boy (Frankie Muniz) receives an exuberant Jack Russell terrier that plays matchmaker and helps protect him... [More]
Directed By: Jay Russell

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 83188%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and blessed with a talented voice cast, The Secret Life of Pets offers a beautifully animated, cheerfully undemanding family-friendly diversion.
Synopsis: A domesticated terrier (Louis C.K.) and his unruly canine pal (Eric Stonestreet) encounter a rebellious bunny (Kevin Hart) and his... [More]
Directed By: Chris Renaud

#35

Wiener-Dog (2016)
74%

#35
Adjusted Score: 79042%
Critics Consensus: For filmgoers predisposed to enjoy Todd Solondz' brand of black comedy, Wiener-Dog won't disappoint -- but those put off by previous works need not apply.
Synopsis: A cute dachshund puppy finds itself shuffled from one oddball owner to the next, including two couples, a veterinary nurse... [More]
Directed By: Todd Solondz

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 78645%
Critics Consensus: An offbeat, eccentric black comedy, A Boy and His Dog features strong dialogue and an oddball vision of the future.
Synopsis: A young man and his talking canine set out in search of food, shelter and females in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.... [More]
Directed By: L.Q. Jones

#33
Adjusted Score: 19671%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When their van breaks down in a remote desert town, Scooby and the gang find themselves surrounded by aliens.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#32

White Fang (2018)
80%

#32
Adjusted Score: 45156%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young boy befriends a half-breed wolf as he searches for his father, who has mysteriously gone missing during the... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Espigares

#31
Adjusted Score: 80296%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A cat and a dog find perils and mates after straying from their farm in Japan. Narrated by Dudley Moore.... [More]
Directed By: Masanori Hata

#30

Alpha (2018)
80%

#30
Adjusted Score: 86507%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Alpha offers a canine-assisted epic adventure that blends rousing action with an extra helping of canine charm.
Synopsis: Left for dead, a Cro-Magnon teen forms an unlikely alliance with a lone wolf that was abandoned by its pack.... [More]
Directed By: Albert Hughes

#29

Baxter (1989)
89%

#29
Adjusted Score: 77800%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bull terrier observes the behavior of an old lady, a young couple and a troubled boy and adapts his... [More]
Directed By: Jérôme Boivin

#28

Red Dog (2011)
83%

#28
Adjusted Score: 83536%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A dog unites a fractured community while searching for its master.... [More]
Directed By: Kriv Stenders

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 90546%
Critics Consensus: James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.
Synopsis: A New York City waitress (Helen Hunt), a gay painter (Greg Kinnear) and a dog help a misanthropic author (Jack... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#26

Wendy and Lucy (2008)
85%

#26
Adjusted Score: 92840%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle.
Synopsis: Events spiral out of control for a destitute drifter (Michelle Williams) whose canine companion is missing.... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#25
Adjusted Score: 51835%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scooby (Scott Innes) and the rest of the Mystery, Inc., crew encounter creepy characters at a haunted house on a... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#24

Benji (1974)
86%

#24
Adjusted Score: 85003%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A doctor's (Peter Breck) two children bring home a stray shaggy dog who later saves them from kidnappers.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Camp

#23

Oddball (2015)
87%

#23
Adjusted Score: 86167%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A chicken farmer and his granddaughter train a dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from foxes.... [More]
Directed By: Stuart McDonald

#22
Adjusted Score: 88347%
Critics Consensus: Disney's remake of The Incredible Journey successfully replicates, and in some ways improves upon, the simple charms of the original, with its cross-country animal odyssey sure to delight kids.
Synopsis: Two dogs and a cat set out on a hazardous trek through the Sierra Nevada in search of their human... [More]
Directed By: Duwayne Dunham

#21

Megan Leavey (2017)
86%

#21
Adjusted Score: 89469%
Critics Consensus: Megan Leavey honors its real-life subjects with a sensitive, uplifting drama whose honest emotion more than makes up for its mild approach to the story.
Synopsis: Young Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey starts to identify with Rex, a particularly aggressive combat dog that she trains. Together, they... [More]

#20

Frankenweenie (2012)
87%

#20
Adjusted Score: 97122%
Critics Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
Synopsis: A boy faces unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences when he conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog, Sparky,... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#19

Lassie (1994)
88%

#19
Adjusted Score: 87436%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An amazing collie helps a teen (Thomas Guiry) and his family raise sheep on ancestral land in the Shenandoah Valley.... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Petrie

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 88342%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two dogs and a cat travel 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness in an effort to find their way home.... [More]
Directed By: Fletcher Markle

#17

White God (2014)
88%

#17
Adjusted Score: 92683%
Critics Consensus: White God isn't an easy watch, but its soaring ambition and powerful acting -- human and canine alike -- make it well worth the effort.
Synopsis: Failing in his efforts to find his beloved owner (Zsófia Psotta), an abandoned dog eventually joins a canine revolt against... [More]

#16

Sounder (1972)
90%

#16
Adjusted Score: 92457%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A sharecropper's (Paul Winfield) wife (Cicely Tyson) keeps the family together after he goes to prison in 1930s Louisiana.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Ritt

#15

Bolt (2008)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 97031%
Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.
Synopsis: Thinking he has real superpowers, the canine star (John Travolta) of a hit TV show travels cross-country from Hollywood to... [More]

#14

Togo (2019)
92%

#14
Adjusted Score: 93252%
Critics Consensus: An endearing and exciting underdog story that benefits greatly from its stars (canine and human alike), Togo is a timeless tale, well-told.
Synopsis: "Togo" is the true story set in the winter of 1925 of champion dogsled trainer Leonhard Seppala and his lead... [More]
Directed By: Ericson Core

#13

My Dog Tulip (2009)
90%

#13
Adjusted Score: 91395%
Critics Consensus: A beautifully animated diversion, My Dog Tulip is as comforting and delightful as cuddling with your own canine companion.
Synopsis: Despite a lack of affinity for dogs, a confirmed bachelor (Christopher Plummer) adopts an Alsatian and forms a close bond... [More]

#12

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#12
Adjusted Score: 108714%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.
Synopsis: In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#11

White Dog (1982)
92%

#11
Adjusted Score: 92623%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An animal-trainer (Paul Winfield) tries to deprogram an actress's (Kristy McNichol) found dog, trained for racial attacks.... [More]
Directed By: Samuel Fuller

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 92776%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The "Peanuts" gang becomes upset when the beloved beagle decides to leave home in search of his roots.... [More]
Directed By: Bill Melendez

#9

Lassie (2005)
93%

#9
Adjusted Score: 94075%
Critics Consensus: A beautifully-made retelling of the classic collie tale, one need not be a dog-lover to fall for Lassie.
Synopsis: In World War II Britain, a collie undertakes a dangerous journey from Scotland to Yorkshire to reunite with the family... [More]
Directed By: Charles Sturridge

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 98300%
Critics Consensus: A nostalgic charmer, Lady and the Tramp's token sweetness is mighty but the songs and richly colored animation are technically superb and make for a memorable experience.
Synopsis: Walt Disney's animated classic of the romance between a pampered cocker spaniel and a streetwise mongrel.... [More]

#7

Lassie Come Home (1943)
94%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95534%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An English boy's (Roddy McDowall) collie finds her way back home from Scotland after his father (Donald Crisp) sells her... [More]
Directed By: Fred M. Wilcox

#6

Best in Show (2000)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97658%
Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.
Synopsis: Pampered pooches and their quirky owners (Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy) converge on Philadelphia to compete in a prestigious... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Guest

#5
Adjusted Score: 101777%
Critics Consensus: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Steve Box

#4

Heart of a Dog (2015)
96%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98566%
Critics Consensus: Of a piece with much of director Laurie Anderson's idiosyncratic output, Heart of a Dog delves into weighty themes with lyrical, haunting grace.
Synopsis: Musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother and her beloved... [More]
Directed By: Laurie Anderson

#3

Umberto D (1952)
97%

#3
Adjusted Score: 99693%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by Carlo Battisti's moving performance as Umberto D, Vittorio de Sica's deeply empathetic character study is a bracing glimpse into the lives of the downtrodden.
Synopsis: A lonely old man struggles to maintain his dignity while leading a meager existence with his dog as his only... [More]
Directed By: Vittorio De Sica

#2
Adjusted Score: 103933%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pooches and a memorable villain (Cruella De Vil), this is one of Disney's most enduring, entertaining animated films.
Synopsis: Two British Dalmatians embark on a daring rescue when their puppies are dognapped by Cruella De Ville.... [More]

#1

Old Yeller (1957)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102511%
Critics Consensus: Old Yeller is an exemplary coming of age tale, packing an emotional wallop through smart pacing and a keen understanding of the elemental bonding between humanity and their furry best friends.
Synopsis: A teenage boy (Tommy Kirk) grows to love a stray yellow dog while running his Texas homestead with his father... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

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