The List: Ranking dog movies

Rylan Lee
"Isle of Dogs"

Alive recently checked out the new BrewDog in Franklinton. In honor of this, I am seizing what I am assuming is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tout my opinion on dog and dog-related movies.

Fair warning: This list may induce bouts of childhood nostalgia.

10. “Eight Below” (2006)

Paul Walker is an explorer in the Antarctic with a team of sled dogs. Things get hairy (pun intended). It's a family film, but one that (thankfully) is not overly conspicuous about its target audience — a quality warranting its place on this list.

9. “The Fox and the Hound” (1981)

The friendship between two animals gets put to the test. An emotional roller coaster, to say the least.

8. “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993)

This film follows the travels of an old dog, a young dog and a cat — complete with the tropes you'd expect. It's simple, but it's also a childhood classic, and I would be haunted for the rest of my life if I didn't include it on this list.

7. “Wolf Children” (2012)

A romantic tryst with a mysterious werewolf (basically half-dog) leads to a single mother raising werewolf babies. This is a staple of sophisticated animation. Plus, the little werewolf kids are pretty darn cute.

6. “Lady and the Tramp” (1955)

It's an iconic staple of the Disney canon and has a good deal of cultural clout as dog-themed kids' movies go.

5. “John Wick” (2014)

Maybe this is cheating a little. There's no dog in the title, and no dog for most of the movie. BUT: The whole movie occurs because of the dog, so deal with it. It's Keanu Reeves. And it's a fantastic action movie.

4. “Old Yeller” (1957)

This movie is #sad. But it's also THE quintessential dog movie.

3. “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

Yeah, there aren't actual dogs. But they are called the “Reservoir Dogs,” so it's just a different variety of dogs than you had expected, OK? And whether I like it or not, Quentin Tarantino films are inevitable fodder for lists. Tell me I'm wrong.

2. “Isle of Dogs” (2018)

Wes Anderson makes a movie about dogs. DUH, it's going to be on this list.

1. “White God” (2014)

This festival-circuit film from Hungary earned two of its dog actors awards at Cannes (in addition to its own Un Certain Regard award win) and holds the world record for most dogs in a feature film (247). It has the same staples as many of the kids' dog movies that didn't make this list (a young kid, dogs), but employs them to create a much broader message.