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10 Movies Where the Dog is Actually the Hero

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Plenty of movies have dogs, but they don’t always feature a courageous pup as the hero. Today, we’re looking at ten movies where the fearless canine is the hero—or, at least, is one of a few heroes! Let’s check out some Hollywood hounds.

Balto

A still shot from Balto
Image Source: Universal Pictures

Balto is an inspiring animated film about a wolfdog who goes on a grand adventure. The title character is tasked with getting medicine from Anchorage to Nome during a diphtheria outbreak in Alaska. It offers a great lesson on determination and teaches kids to root for the underdog.

Hachi

Hachi, an Akita Inu, walking down the street
Image Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

This 2009 film is based on the legendary Japanese dog Hachiko, a loyal pup who kept waiting for his owner to return after his death in 1925. Hachiko would sit and wait patiently at Shibuya station every day from 1925 until his passing in early 1935. He became a symbol of loyalty and an example of remarkable perseverance in Japan.

White Fang

White Fang
Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

This 1991 live-action adaptation of the 1906 novel White Fang tells the story of a wolfdog who lives in the harsh Yukon Territory. Throughout the tale, White Fang encounters humans and is gradually domesticated. This story is a companion to The Call of the Wild, a thematic opposite in which a domesticated dog returns to the wilderness and embraces his wild side to survive.

Beethoven

Beethoven
Image Source: Universal Pictures

There are numerous Beethoven films, but the original is the one you want to check out. It stars the titular Saint Bernard as he wins over his new suburban owners. This one is sure to put a smile on the face of any dog lover, whether they’re a kid or adult.

Air Bud

Air Bud dunking a basketball
Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Like Beethoven, it feels like there are hundreds of Air Bud films. Likewise, don’t worry about watching the sequels, just catch the excellent original. The concept alone will put a smile on your face: a golden retriever can play basketball very well. It’s adorable, endearing, and just plain fun to watch.


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Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs
Image Source: Village Roadshow Pictures

The 2001 film Cats and Dogs is technically a live-action movie, but it features plentiful computer-generated antics. In this silly spy movie parody, cats and dogs are secretly intelligent and are vying for influence over the human race. It features some adorable real animals in addition to a kid-friendly story.

Marley and Me

Marley and Me
Image Source: 20th Century Fox

This heartwarming tale of an aspiring columnist and his Labrador, Marley, will win you over with its charm. Marley is affectionately known as the “world’s worst dog,” and he’s the emotional core of the story. This one is perfect for family movie night.

Bolt

Bolt
Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Another animated film, Bolt follows the title character on his journey to become a superhero. This one has gorgeous 3D animation, courtesy of being a Disney film, and has downright adorable characters. In a fun twist for parents, John Travolta and Miley Cyrus lend their voices to the star-studded cast.

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Eight Below

Eight Below
Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Eight Below is a 2006 film based on the true story of 15 sled dogs who survived harsh weather conditions after being stranded in Antarctica. Paul Walker stars, but dog lovers will particularly enjoy the film’s accurate depictions of working dogs interacting with one another.

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The Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp
Image Credit: Walt Disney Productions

You can’t go wrong with an animated classic. The Lady and the Tramp is often parodied but never matched in execution or style. It’s an enduring story because it’s so relatable. A rich girl falls in love with a street urchin and adventure ensues. What’s not to love?

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