After writing a book series about dogs and maintaining a list of the best dog books of all time, I figured it was time to tip toe into the world of movies. I’ve compiled a list of the best dog sledding movies, but this list is going to be even more comprehensive to include the best dog movies of all time.
100 Best Dog Movies of All-time
How the Movies are Rated
There’s probably hundreds of “best dog movies” lists out there, but most of them are purely subjective. And while I’d love to just make a list of my favorite movies and call them the “best,” that just wouldn’t be helpful.
So, instead I’ve created a simple algorithm that includes the following points of data:
- Rotten Tomatoes rating
- IMDB rating
- Amazon rating
- Amazon review count
On the table below the value from the above criteria is then calculated on a 1 to 10 scale and listed under the “rating” column.
Because I’m just one person, my plan is to update this table every January. In the meantime if you think I’ve missed a movie then drop me a comment below and I’ll be sure to add it.
How the Movies are Selected
Just finding the movies is probably the hardest part. I can’t go through every way that I find movies, but I’m searching “best lists”, Amazon, other online video or streaming stores, your comments below, and pretty much any other source I can find.
Because there aren’t a lot of dog movies made each year, I’ve included pretty much every genre as long as dogs were front and center to the movie. There are some on the list (i.e. As Good As It Gets) that probably will be removed as more are added, but the dog should be integral to the movie.
In addition, because most movies about wolves actually use dog actors, I’ve also included any and all wolf movies, excluding wolf documentaries.
I can’t just let you leave without telling you which movies would be on my Mt. Rushmore of dog movies. Love ’em or hate ’em, here they are:
- Iron Will. I watched this movie as a kid, so it’s hard for me to be objective. It will always have a special place in my heart.
- Turner And Hooch. I’m so disappointed how low of a score Rotten Tomatoes gave this, because I loved everything about this movie growing up.
- Homeward Bound. I didn’t realize until I made this list that Homeward Bound was actually a re-make from The Incredible Journey, but either way it’s such a feel good movie.
What Movies Should be Added?
The first version of this list was created in 2022, so it will invariably grow over the coming months and years. I’m sure there’s a few movies that slipped through the cracks, so be sure to leave a comment below with any that I’ve missed.