There is no better way to spend downtime with your family than watching classic movies. If you are a dog lover or pet owner, this is the season where you will fall in love with movies that feature dogs. A film that’s canine focused will get you in all your feelings.
From Disney cartoons to live-action classics, there are plenty of canine-focused films to choose from. It might seem hard to sort through, but your ultimate guide is right here. Here’s a list of movies that feature our furry friends that you can add to your watch list.
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Holiday Movies for Dog Lovers
There is a wide range of movies that feature dogs. This means that finding the right film to watch during the holiday season can be very challenging. However, even with the numerous movie selections that are available, others have managed to stand out.
Below is an overview of some of the best holiday movies for dog lovers.
This is an incredible drama and adventure film that’s perfect for the holiday season. If you are a dog lover, Homeward Bound is definitely a must-watch during the Christmas season. It’s nostalgic, comical, and can easily trigger your childhood memories.
Although it was first released in 1993, this movie feels fresh every time you watch it.
The plot involves three pets who think they have been abandoned. This is because their owners left them behind when they got out of town. The trio, which includes a golden retriever, Himalayan cat, and Michael Fox, will definitely leave you entertained.
Lady and The Tramp
This is a classic Disney-animated film that follows Lady, a pampered female cocker spaniel. While Lady’s life used to be luxurious, it slowly starts to slip away after the owners welcome a baby into their home.
The plot features a forbidden love story between Lady and her street boyfriend, The Tramp. Lady and The Tramp have so many differences that threaten their relationship. It has a sweet romantic theme hence its perfect for dog lovers who also crave a date night movie.
Turner and Hooch
For a long time, this movie has been a favorite for most pet owners. Turner and Hooch features Detective Turner, who wants to leave his sleepy town in California. While Turner is making plans to move to a big city, Amos Reed, one of his friends who is a junkyard proprietor, (SPOILER ALERT!) gets killed. He ends up inheriting his friend’s dog before realizing that his dog can help him solve his friend’s murder. Overall, this is a warm movie that will move you and leave you feeling mushy inside.
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Do you love movies with a fantasy theme? Well, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great addition to your holiday movie list. Although it was released in 2000, this movie is still a classic. The American fantasy film is based on the book by Dr. Seuss.
The plot follows a Grinch living in Whoville. The Grinch is on a revenge mission, and he seeks to ruin the Christmas holiday mood for all the citizens in the town. The Grinch has a dog named Max, who half-heartedly joins him on his mission. Even though his plans didn't work, Max stuck by his side.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
This is a comedy and fantasy movie that was released in 2011. The plot features Santa, whose sleigh was accidentally taken by a Christmas Elf. As the Elf was fleeing the North Pole with a bag that had the magical toys and sleigh, he crash-landed in a neighborhood located in a suburban region. As a result, the treasured valuables end up in the wrong hands. Beethoven is a lovely dog who helps rescue the Elf. In addition to that, he has to recover the stolen bag taken by the greedy crooks and then return Santa’s sleigh. What a good boy.
12 Dogs for Christmas
This movie is perfect for dog lovers in the holiday mood. It was released in 2005. Emma has to go and live in Doverville with her aunt. While in this small town, Emma unluckily finds herself amid a vicious dog fight between the dogcatcher and the town’s mayor. Emma hatches a plan to thwart the law designed to prohibit dogs in that town. She organizes a holiday pageant that features dogs of all sizes, colors, and shapes. The holiday classic will leave you feeling entertained. The heartwarming story is fun and engaging with a diverse cast of over 100 canines, which makes this movie perfect for all dog lovers.
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Adventures of Milo and Otis
Do you love dogs and cats? Well, if you do, then this movie is a must-watch during the holidays. This movie was initially released in 1986 in the Japanese language and then translated into English. The movie highlights the friendship between a cat and a dog. The live-action follows these two friends who get tragically separated. Overall, it’s an exciting movie that attempts to follow these two friends as they try to figure out how they can find each other.
Benji is one of the latest drama films that features a dog. Released in 2018, Benji is thrilling and captivating. It follows two schoolchildren who end up striking a close friendship with Benji, an orphaned puppy. These two school kids end up in danger when they get kidnapped by robbers. As a result, Benji decides to go on a rescue mission to help his friends. Benji even ends up finding love during his mission.
The orphaned dog ends up becoming a hero. Overall, it is a masterpiece. The adorable dog highlights a touching story of friendship between humans and animals.
This is a popular film from Disney. Roger and Anita are the owners of Perdita and Pongo, who have a litter of 15 beautiful puppies. However, an evil woman known as Cruela De Vil decides that she wants to use dog fur to create a fashionable coat.
She decides to send some thieves so they can steal the dogs. However, Perdita and Pongo have to organize themselves in order to stage a rescue. During this mission, they are joined by some pets in human form and other animals, including a horse and raccoon.
This is a familiar story that will make you laugh. It’s engaging, fun, thrilling, and will leave you craving for more.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas
Have you ever watched a musical and fantasy film featuring dogs? If not, The Nightmare Before Christmas will leave you feeling entertained. Released in 1993, this movie features Jack Skellington and his pet pooch known as Zero. It should be noted that Zero is a unique dog, he often comforts Jack Skellington in depressive situations. Keep in mind that Jack is a pumpkin king who is not happy with carrying out the Halloweentown’s annual routine. It’s a classic that should be on everyone’s holiday watch list.
The Search for Santa Paws
This adventurous film is one of the most “pawfect” dog movies during the holidays. It starts with Santa Claus and his pet dog leaving the North pole to carry out an important mission. During the journey, Santa is affected by memory loss, and his furry friend decides to enlist the services of an orphan to help save Christmas.
But, did they manage to make this the best Christmas ever?
Olive: The Other Reindeer
This is an animated movie that’s perfect for the holiday season. The plot follows Santa, olive the dog, and a reindeer. When Santa Claus decides to cancel his yearly flight because a reindeer is hurt, Olive, a young dog, decides to take matters into her own paws. She loves Christmas, and knows that she has got what it takes to ensure that Santa’s flight can get off the ground.
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Marley and Me
Two newlyweds, Jenny and John, decided to adopt a beautiful Labrador puppy. However, Marley grows up to become a handful and mischievous dog who loves to destroy furniture and cause havoc. Despite all this, he still manages to bring out the best out of John and Jenny’s family. This is a classic, heart-warming film. Keep tissues nearby!
All Dogs Go To Heaven
This is a drama and fantasy movie that’s mildly intense. All Dogs Go to Heaven is a classic tale that features a German Shepherd named Charlie, who gets killed by Scarface, the gambler. However, Charlie was able to return to earth after his death and plots revenge against his killer. As he seeks to carry out the revenge mission, he ends up falling in love with an orphaned dog.
The holidays are approaching soon and if you are a dog lover, you know that the best way to spend time with your family is by watching movies. The movies mentioned above are among the best timeless classics for the holiday season. They are thrilling, entertaining, and unforgettable.
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