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The best dog movies of all time

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The Cannes Film Festival might be drawing to a close but the next lot of moviemakers hoping to win fame and recognition in 2020 are already hard at work. Who knows what will be on offer next year at the Palais des Festivals?
 

By Nick Whittle, 27 May 2019

In the meantime, there is time to enjoy what has already been. Hence, we thought a rundown of the Top Five dog movies of all time would both suit the ethos of Wamiz and celebrate the art of film.

5. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

The only animation in our countdown of live action movies. Ty Burrell and Max Charles respectively provide the voices of the eponymous heroes. The story of a time-travelling canine and his adopted (human) son is wall-to-wall with hilarious historical mishaps and a good number of Einstein-esque dilemmas. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. My Dog Skip (2000)

Based in 1940s Mississippi this film recounts the tales of a shy boy (Willie) as he tries to find a foothold among his friends. His taking ownership of a pet dog called Skip turns the boy into a local celebrity. Be warned though, this story follows Willie and Skip as they grow old together, and humans usually last longer than dogs. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Dances with Wolves (1990)

OK, it isn’t strictly a dog film nor does it actually have a dog in it. But Dances with Wolves does feature a wolf. 'Two Socks' is a symbol of a native American tribe's acceptance of the hero John Dunbar (Kevin Costner). In this film the heartfelt union of man and beast teaches us more about our own humanity than does any textbook. 

 

“Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.” ⭐⭐ ― Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves)

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2. Eight Below (2006)

Two Antarctic explorers are forced to leave their team of dogs (six Siberian huskies and two malamutes) amid a snow storm. The explorers return home safely but become intent on raising capital to levy a rescue bid. Meanwhile the dogs are forced to fend for themselves in the barren lands of the South Pole. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

A true story of courage and adventure. Homeward Bound is, we think, one of the all-time greats. Three pets are brought to a ranch to be boarded while their families go on holiday. But the pets soon worry that they have been left for good. The story recounts their efforts to cross America on their way home.

If nothing about this film interests you (why not?) then at least marvel at how cinematic animal trainers are able to teach their dogs to act in such realistic (and sometimes frightening) situations.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There you have it. A short run down of the Top Five dog films of all time. To finish, how about a quote attributed to actor James Dean? We think it perfectly sums up how dog lovers truly feel about their dogs:

‘Only the gentle are ever really strong.’