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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: 18.294%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Stray tells the true story of how a stray dog, "Pluto," comes out of nowhere and impacts the Davis... [More]
Directed By: Mitch Davis

#79
#79
Adjusted Score: 44.122%
Critics Consensus: Despite hitting some sweet notes, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is little more than disposable family entertainment.
Synopsis: Chloe, a diamond-clad, bootie wearing Beverly Hills Chihuahua enjoys her luxurious lifestyle so much, she hardly notices Papi, a hilarious... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#78

101 Dalmatians (1996)
42%

#78
Adjusted Score: 43.437%
Critics Consensus: Neat performance from Glenn Close aside, 101 Dalmatians is a bland, pointless remake.
Synopsis: Cruella De Vil dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London and Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek

#77
Adjusted Score: 47.606%
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: Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartfelt tale narrated... [More]
Directed By: Simon Curtis

#76

Zeus and Roxanne (1997)
44%

#76
Adjusted Score: 28.487%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a Bahamian resort, marine researcher Mary Beth is preparing captive-dolphin Roxanne to survive in the wild. Zeus is a... [More]
Directed By:

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 44.63%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When scampish but good-hearted German shepherd Charlie dies, he is sent back to Earth to perform one good deed before... [More]

#74
Adjusted Score: 20.712%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Disney's 1955 classic Lady and the Tramp is revisited in this new animated family video. The story finds Lady and... [More]

#73

Air Bud (1997)
45%

#73
Adjusted Score: 45.583%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A charming children's movie about a lonely boy and a dog who can shoot hoops.^L^C5 Since his father's death, Josh... [More]
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

#72

Hotel for Dogs (2009)
46%

#72
Adjusted Score: 49.387%
Critics Consensus: Hotel for Dogs may appeal to children and dog lovers, but it's ultimately contrived, predictable, and simplistic.
Synopsis: When their new guardians forbid 16-year old Andi and her younger brother, Bruce to have a pet, Andi has to... [More]
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

#71

Rock Dog (2017)
47%

#71
Adjusted Score: 48.607%
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: For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog's life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of... [More]
Directed By: Ash Brannon

#70

Benji the Hunted (1987)
55%

#70
Adjusted Score: 55.039%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Both Benji the dog and his trainer Frank Inn play themselves in Benji the Hunted. Accidentally separated from Inn early... [More]
Directed By: Joe Camp

#69

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
50%

#69
Adjusted Score: 49.349%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Robert Stevenson, Walt Disney Productions' house director, cobbled together his 19th family film for the organization with this slapstick sequel... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#68

A Dog's Journey (2019)
50%

#68
Adjusted Score: 53.025%
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 (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his "boy," Ethan (Dennis... [More]
Directed By: Gail Mancuso

#67
Adjusted Score: 15.434%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne once again pile into the Mystery Machine and stumble onto danger. This time they... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#66

Oliver & Company (1988)
51%

#66
Adjusted Score: 54.339%
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: This animated musical retells Dickens's Oliver Twist amongst animals in New York City, with Oliver as an innocent kitten who... [More]
Directed By: George Scribner

#65

Turner and Hooch (1989)
52%

#65
Adjusted Score: 53.627%
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: One by-product of two consecutive Oscar wins is that Tom Hanks no longer has to appear in such potboilers as... [More]
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

#64
Adjusted Score: 53.049%
Critics Consensus: While a dull affair for parents, Clifford's Really Big Movie should charm its intended preschool audience.
Synopsis: Because of a misunderstanding on his part, Clifford the Dog thinks his huge appetite threatens his owners' financial well-being--so Clifford... [More]
Directed By: Robert Ramirez

#63
Adjusted Score: 53.151%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this family film, courageous four-legged wanderers Shadow, Chance, and Sassy are lost in San Francisco. As they try to... [More]
Directed By: David R. Ellis

#62

Balto (1995)
54%

#62
Adjusted Score: 54.849%
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: Nome is an island: Based-on-true-story about the sled dog who led a famed mission of mercy for Alaskan children in... [More]
Directed By: Simon Wells

#61

Cats & Dogs (2001)
54%

#61
Adjusted Score: 57.499%
Critics Consensus: A great concept, but the movie fails to develop the characters and some of the jokes are hit-or-miss.
Synopsis: This talking-animal action comedy from Lawrence Guterman, the co-director of Antz (1998), follows on the heels of the Babe and... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Guterman

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 58.638%
Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned, if bland, adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's novel.
Synopsis: A lonely young girl named Opal adopts an orphaned dog she names Winn-Dixie (for the supermarket where she found him).... [More]
Directed By: Wayne Wang

#59
Adjusted Score: 30.735%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this family adventure story, John and Catherine McCormick (Bruce Davison and Mimi Rogers) relocate from Vancouver to the coast... [More]
Directed By: Phillip Borsos

#58

A Dog's Way Home (2019)
59%

#58
Adjusted Score: 61.785%
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: Separated from her owner, a dog sets off on an 400-mile journey to get back to the safety and security... [More]
Directed By: Charles Martin Smith

#57

Benji (2018)
60%

#57
Adjusted Score: 28.124%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A modern day retelling of the classic, the story of Benji follows one orphaned puppy and Carter and Frankie, two... [More]
Directed By: Brandon Camp

#56
Adjusted Score: 11.537%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Scooby-Doo and the gang try to capture the Phantom Virus, they are accidentally transported into a video game based... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 66.427%
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: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 will follow summer 2016's blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave... [More]

#54

Cujo (1983)
61%

#54
Adjusted Score: 63.972%
Critics Consensus: Cujo is artless work punctuated with moments of high canine gore and one wild Dee Wallace performance.
Synopsis: Cujo is a frightening, but uneven horror tale of a rabid St. Bernard dog who terrorizes a woman and her... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 69.725%
Critics Consensus: It's undermined by distracting and unnecessary CGI, but this heartwarming Call of the Wild remains a classic story, affectionately retold.
Synopsis: Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Sanders

#52

Iron Will (1994)
62%

#52
Adjusted Score: 61.618%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A rousing Disney dog-sled adventure based on a real life event -- a 522-mile dog-sled race between Winnipeg, Canada and... [More]
Directed By: Charles Haid

#51

Marley & Me (2008)
62%

#51
Adjusted Score: 66.846%
Critics Consensus: Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.
Synopsis: As the snow falls on their wedding night, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decide to leave behind the harsh winters... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel

#50

White Fang (1991)
65%

#50
Adjusted Score: 65.752%
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: Set in the Yukon Territory in 1897,"White Fang" is the story of a young man and a wolf.... [More]
Directed By: Randal Kleiser

#49

Dog Days (2018)
63%

#49
Adjusted Score: 65.14%
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: From acclaimed production company LD Entertainment (The Zookeeper's Wife, Jackie, and Megan Leavey) and Director Ken Marino comes Dog Days.... [More]
Directed By: Ken Marino

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 64.015%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on a true story, Hachi: A Dog's Tale stars... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 68.067%
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: In Disney+'s "Lady and the Tramp," a timeless retelling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a... [More]
Directed By: Charlie Bean

#46

The Plague Dogs (1983)
57%

#46
Adjusted Score: 41.707%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Animated adaptation of Richard Adams' novel about two dogs that are hunted down after they escape from an animal-research center.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Rosen

#45
Adjusted Score: 13.354%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A sequel to the original Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure arrives straight-to-video. Roger and Anita are planning... [More]
Directed By: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith

#44

The Shaggy Dog (1959)
68%

#44
Adjusted Score: 69.588%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This is a routine Disney comedy-fantasy about a boy who turns into a large sheep dog at the most inopportune... [More]
Directed By: Charles Barton

#43

I Am Legend (2007)
68%

#43
Adjusted Score: 75.118%
Critics Consensus: I Am Legend overcomes questionable special effects and succeeds largely on the strength of Will Smith's mesmerizing performance.
Synopsis: Adapted from acclaimed author Richard Matheson's influential novelette of the same name, Constantine director Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend follows... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 70.029%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The adventures of a boy and his beagle continue in this sequel to 1997's Shiloh. Marty Preston (Zachary Browne, replacing... [More]
Directed By: Sandy Tung

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 71.546%
Critics Consensus: The Fox and the Hound is a likeable, charming, unassuming effort that manages to transcend its thin, predictable plot.
Synopsis: The lifelong friendship between a fox cub and a bloodhound puppy provides the basis of this rollicking and tender animated... [More]

#40
Adjusted Score: 37.995%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This Disney outdoor adventure is the sequel to it's 1992 hit White Fang. It bears no resemblance to the Jack... [More]
Directed By: Ken Olin

#39

Eight Below (2006)
72%

#39
Adjusted Score: 76.916%
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: In the extreme wilderness of Antarctica, three members of a scientific expedition -- Jerry Shepard, his best friend, Cooper and... [More]

#38

Shiloh (1997)
73%

#38
Adjusted Score: 57.765%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this family drama, an abused beagle runs away and is befriended by poor good-hearted boy Marty. Marty names the... [More]
Directed By: Dale Rosenbloom

#37

My Dog Skip (2000)
73%

#37
Adjusted Score: 75.431%
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: The year is 1942. As the Allies unite overseas to keep the world safe for democracy, there are voices at... [More]
Directed By: Jay Russell

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 81.807%
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: For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about... [More]

#35

Wiener-Dog (2016)
74%

#35
Adjusted Score: 77.861%
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 dachshund is taken in by a veterinary technician named Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), who soon sets off on a... [More]
Directed By: Todd Solondz

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 79.094%
Critics Consensus: An offbeat, eccentric black comedy, A Boy and His Dog features strong dialogue and an oddball vision of the future.
Synopsis: Based on the novella by Harlan Ellison, A Boy and His Dog is set in a post-apocalyptic future where canned... [More]
Directed By: L.Q. Jones

#33
Adjusted Score: 16.737%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The perennially-popular canine sleuth (with a weakness for snack treats) has an out-of-this world adventure in this direct-to-video animated feature.... [More]
Directed By: Jim Stenstrum

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 37.498%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890's Klondike Gold Rush the story explores themes of morality, redemption and love. Since... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Espigares

#31
Adjusted Score: 80.087%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Milo is a kitten, Otis is a dog. When Milo gets into a small box with the intention of taking... [More]
Starring: Dudley Moore
Directed By: Masanori Hata

#30

Alpha (2018)
80%

#30
Adjusted Score: 85.141%
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: An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age,ALPHAtells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the... [More]
Directed By: Albert Hughes

#29

Baxter (1990)
83%

#29
Adjusted Score: 41.873%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The French-filmed Baxter is based on the American novel Hell Hound. The title character is a bull terrier, who in... [More]

#28

Red Dog (2011)
83%

#28
Adjusted Score: 83.259%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian... [More]
Directed By: Kriv Stenders

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 89.683%
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: Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive-obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#26

Wendy and Lucy (2008)
85%

#26
Adjusted Score: 91.697%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle.
Synopsis: Old Joy director Kelly Reichardt crafts this intimate tale of Wendy, an alienated Indiana woman who packs up her car... [More]
Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

#25
Adjusted Score: 38.776%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scooby and the gang reunite and head to Moonscar Island in the Louisiana bayou to investigate a haunted mansion. After... [More]
Starring:

#24

Benji (1974)
86%

#24
Adjusted Score: 77.795%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This classic tale centers on a homeless, scruffy dog who saves a pair of children from their kidnappers. Benji (played... [More]
Directed By: Joe Camp

#23
Adjusted Score: 84.027%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary... [More]
Directed By: Stuart McDonald

#22
Adjusted Score: 88.759%
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: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Disney's 1993 remake of the 1963 hit The Incredible Journey, follows three household pets as... [More]
Directed By: Duwayne Dunham

#21

Megan Leavey (2017)
87%

#21
Adjusted Score: 90.573%
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: MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and... [More]

#20

Frankenweenie (2012)
87%

#20
Adjusted Score: 94.991%
Critics Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
Synopsis: From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#19

Lassie (1994)
88%

#19
Adjusted Score: 88.223%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The story of an intelligent, heroic collie and his young owner, previously featured in numerous films and a successful 1950s... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Petrie Sr.

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 89.214%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this Disney film, a family goes on vacation, leaving their cat Tao and dogs Bodger and Luath in charge... [More]
Directed By: Fletcher Markle

#17

White God (2015)
88%

#17
Adjusted Score: 91.661%
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: When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed 'unfit' by... [More]
Directed By: Kornél Mundruczó

#16

Sounder (1972)
89%

#16
Adjusted Score: 90.68%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set during the 1930s, Sounder is the tale of a family of black sharecroppers struggling to survive the Great Depression.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Ritt

#15

Bolt (2008)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 95.823%
Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.
Synopsis: For super-dog "Bolt", every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling.... [More]

#14

Togo (2019)
91%

#14
Adjusted Score: 91.629%
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: From Disney+, "Togo" is the untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that takes you across the treacherous... [More]
Directed By: Ericson Core

#13

My Dog Tulip (2010)
90%

#13
Adjusted Score: 91.035%
Critics Consensus: A beautifully animated diversion, My Dog Tulip is as comforting and delightful as cuddling with your own canine companion.
Synopsis: A bittersweet account of the author's 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, MY DOG TULIP was written, directed and animated... [More]

#12

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#12
Adjusted Score: 105.593%
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 this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#11

White Dog (1982)
92%

#11
Adjusted Score: 92.387%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A powerful saga about racism. Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) hits a handsome white dog with her car one night and... [More]
Directed By: Samuel Fuller

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 94.084%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This second feature film based on Charles Schultz's charming, unpretentious Peanuts comic strip is a vast improvement over the first... [More]
Directed By: Bill Melendez

#9

Lassie (2006)
93%

#9
Adjusted Score: 94.686%
Critics Consensus: A beautifully-made retelling of the classic collie tale, one need not be a dog-lover to fall for Lassie.
Synopsis: Set in 1938, a loyal collie travels more than 1,000 miles from northern Scotland to Yorkshire to return to her... [More]
Directed By: Charles Sturridge

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 98.159%
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: Lady and the Tramp represented two "firsts" for Disney: It was the studio's first Cinemascope animated feature, and it was... [More]

#7

Lassie Come Home (1943)
94%

#7
Adjusted Score: 97.023%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Female dogs tend to shed while in heat; this is why all the collies who've played doggy heroine Lassie in... [More]
Directed By: Fred Wilcox

#6

Best in Show (2000)
94%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97.728%
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: A "behind the scenes" look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog-shows through the eyes of a group... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Guest

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.053%
Critics Consensus: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a subtly touching and wonderfully eccentric adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit.
Synopsis: Eccentric inventor Wallace (voice of Peter Sallis) and his faithful if often perplexed dog Gromit are back in their first... [More]
Directed By: Steve Box

#4

Heart of a Dog (2015)
96%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98.777%
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: Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance,... [More]
Directed By: Laurie Anderson

#3

Umberto D (1955)
97%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100.507%
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: Produced, directed, and co-scripted by Vittorio de Sica, Umberto D is a disarmingly simple film about an alarmingly complicated social... [More]
Directed By: Vittorio De Sica

#2

101 Dalmatians (1961)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.23%
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: This Disney animated classic is based on the children's story by Dodie Smith. The story involves the canine pets of... [More]

#1

Old Yeller (1957)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.342%
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: While his father is away on a cattle drive, 15-year-old Tommy Kirk manages the family farm. Kirk is irritated when... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

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