Dogs have been in movies well before the start of “talkies” in the late 1920’s. Why wouldn’t they? Everyone knows there’s something heartwarming about a dog movie. Fortunately, it seems like Hollywood has been adding more dog movies into the mix lately. Seeing pet movies is always a plus for families who have a furry friend nearby to cozy up and watch with them.
Since we’re sort of stuck inside, the team decided to put together some favorites that you can watch right now on Netflix. We think our list will give you all the feels and soothing fix to that doggie movie itch.
The Best Dog Movies on Netflix
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Starring: Dom DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, Daryl Gilley
Canine casino owner Charlie is killed by gambler Carface, but returns to Earth from heaven thanks to the powers of a magical, rewindable watch. Charlie sets out to take his revenge on Carface by means of an elaborate plan that involves an orphan girl, Anne-Marie. But as the plan progresses, Charlie discovers that Anne-Marie is being exploited by Carface. Charlie must decide whether to change his mission from one of revenge to one of rescue.
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, James Franco
Swifty the fox discovers a devious plan by Otto Von Walrus to drill beneath the Arctic surface to unleash enough gas to melt all the ice. With help from his friends—an introverted polar bear, a scatterbrained albatross, a crafty fox and two paranoid otters—Swifty and the gang spring into action to foil Otto’s plot and save the day.
Starring: Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Kiele Sanchez
Benji, a lovable dog, becomes a stray after the pound takes his mother. When he gets older, Benji forms a deep bond with two siblings. The children feel a deep connection to Benji, because their father died, and they know what it’s like to lose a parent. Benji and the children share great times together, but, when their mother discovers the dog in the house, she orders them to get rid of Benji. However, the children are kidnapped by two robbers and Benji comes to their rescue.
The Healing Powers of Dude
Starring: Jace Chapman, Larisa Oleynik, Tom Everett Scott
11-year-old Noah Ferris is struggling with a social anxiety disorder that can make the simplest everyday activities feel like he’s drowning in quicksand. But after years of homeschooling, Noah bravely decides that he wants to give middle school a chance and perhaps even make some friends he’s not related to. To help him navigate his new environment, his parents get Noah a scruffy, high-energy emotional support dog called Dude.
Hotel for Dogs
Starring: Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Kyla Pratt
After moving into a foster home that forbids pets, siblings Andi and Bruce must quickly find a home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful pair find an abandoned hotel, and with the help of Bruce’s mechanical skills, turn it into a pooch paradise for Friday and a number of strays. But when the inevitable barking makes neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce must find a way to hide their canine haven from prying eyes.
Starring: Beattie Edmondson, Ed Skrein, Tom Bennett
A young woman named Sarah life changes when her grandmother bequeaths her prized possession, a spoilt Pug named Patrick. Sarah recently moved into a new apartment with a no-pet policy and just got employed teaching grade 11 English. She struggles to deal with both Patrick and discipline in her school. After a few incidents with Patrick, she finally connects with the students and really starts to connect with Patrick.
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Mangan
In futuristic Robo City, a street-smart stray dog named Roger teams up with Belle, a pampered pet cat, when the sinister mayor and his robot army seize control and order its terrified citizens to leave. With the humans gone, Roger and Belle must step up to lead a pack of abandoned pets (and a friendly robot) on a high-stakes, action-packed adventure to save their city.
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford
Max’s beloved owner, Katie, brings home yet another perfect stranger and have a baby. Just as a bond between boy and dog starts to form, Max finds himself consumed with worry about the defenseless child’s safety. Now, the insecure and overprotective dog-dad needs to learn how to be less controlling with the aid of the tough shepherd dog named Rooster. Meanwhile, Snowball and Daisy join forces to save a white tiger cub from a ruthless circus owner.
Starring: Nick Offerman, Paul Giamatti, Rashida Jones
Set in the 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush, the film follows White Fang, the product of both wolf and dog, as he survives the harsh wilderness and the predatory forces within. Told in mostly non-linear fashion, we see White Fang evolve from pup to dog-fighter while witnessing the best and worst of humanity.