Go and hug your dogs tightly after watching these.
People say dogs are our best friend and this belief will only strengthen once you watch the movies we’ve listed out here. It’s not rare, but also not very common for dogs to take centre-stage in a film. However, when they do, they make sure that all eyes are only on them. The compassion and love they bring on the big screen are unparalleled and tugs at our heartstrings like nothing else. So, let’s take a look at some of the best dog movies on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and Hulu that you can stream right now.
10 best dog movies on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, and Hulu
1. MARLEY & ME – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Marley & Me is an American comedy-drama based on John Grogan’s book of the same name. The story revolves around a happily married couple, the adventures and struggles they face as dog-parents when they adopt Marley, a uncontrollable Labrador retriever who’s really tough to deal with. Marley in his own mischievous ways helps the family learn some valuable life lessons and make the audience emotional as they understand the ways in which a pet makes one’s life easier and so much more fulfilling.
2. BOLT – DISNEY + HOTSTAR
You’re never too old to watch animated movies, especially when it’s about a dog who thinks he’s a superhero with extraordinarily powerful sonic scream “superbark”. When he finds out his owner has been kidnapped, he decides to use his superpowers and travel cross-country to rescue his human. In this journey, he meets a feisty cat and a hamster who help him face reality when he enters the “real world”. The movie features the voices of John Travolta as Bolt, Miley Cyrus as his owner Penny, Susie Essman as the Mittens the cat and Mark Walton as the hamster.
3. HACHI: A DOG’S TALE- AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Grab some extra boxes of tissues because you will need all of them for Hachi: A Dog’s Tale starring Richard Gere. Based on a true story of an Akita dog named Hachiko and a remake of the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, the film is an emotional and heart-breaking story of a professor, an abandoned puppy and the unbreakable bond the two form when the professor adopts him. The dog’s dedication and loyalty towards his master whose side he never leaves, even after his death can make even the tough ones weep inconsolably.
4. AIR BUD – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Dogs are undoubtedly talented, but dogs playing basketball was something new for all us until the 1997 film Air Bud was released. A 12-year-old lonely and withdrawn boy meets a golden retriever with an exceptional talent to play basketball and the two soon become friends. The two find solace and joy in each other’s company while overcoming the hurdles in their personal lives and sports weaves the rest of the story.
5. LADY AND THE TRAMP – DISNEY + HOTSTAR
A pampered and privileged Lady meets a homeless tramp. When the two dogs belonging to different strata of society meet, they form an unusual bond as they fall in love while coming to terms with each other’s drastically different lifestyles. This 2019 film is a live-action adaptation of the classic 1955 film, and features the voices of Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, and Sam Elliot to name a few.
6. ISLE OF DOGS – DISNEY + HOTSTAR
Isle of Dogs is a stop -motion animated sci-fi movie, set in a dystopian and futuristic fictional city of Megasaki in Japan. The film is set at a time when all the dogs have been banished due to the outbreak of a “canine flu” and among those dogs is Spots Kobayashi, whose owner, a 12-year-old boy, is determined to go to any lengths to bring Spots back. Honestly, there can’t be a better time than now to watch this movie. Directed by Wes Anderson, the film features voices of Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig and Tilda Swinton.
7. BENJI- NETFLIX
Benji is a modern adaptation of the 1974 film of the same name. Starring Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp and Kiele Sanchez, the film revolved around an orphaned puppy Benji who lives a regular life as a stray dog, roaming on the streets, playing with kids and teasing the town’s cats. However, when two of his favourite kids get kidnapped for ransom, Benji sets out on an adventurous mission to rescue them.
8. TOGO – DISNEY + HOTSTAR
Starring Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl, Michael Gaston; the film revolves around a musher and Togo, his trained Siberian Husky and how the two played a monumental role in the “1925 serum run to Nome”. The film is said to be based on a real story from 1925 where dog-sled teams raced through toughest weather conditions to bring back the serum to cure the diphtheria outbreak in Nome.
9. A DOG’S JOURNEY- HULU
Based on the novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron and a sequel to the 2017 film A Dog’s Purpose, this comedy-drama film revolves around Bailey who dies and reincarnates as different dogs and lives through various decades with different owners. In this film, after leaving the side of his first best friend Ethan, he makes a promise to stay and protect his granddaughter, with whom he stays as Molly (his reincarnation). How Molly brings love and happiness in the granddaughter’s life and helps her reunite with Ethan weaves the plot of this beautiful story.
10. EIGHT BELOW- YOUTUBE
Starring Paul Walker, this survival drama is a remake of the 1983 Japanese film Antarctica. The film centres around three scientists on an expedition to Antarctica and a group of sled dogs they meet there. Although the film featured some of the prominent names, it was totally owned by the canine cast who showed the true meaning of friendship and loyalty as they brave the harsh weather conditions while waiting for their human to come and rescue them.