5 Dog Movies to watch with your favourite friend tonight
Finding yourself more and more these days wanting to just go home and chill out with your fur-kid rather than go for drinks after work? Well, you’re not alone – many humans would rather head off after a gruelling work week and seek refuge from the world with their favourite friend, rather than spend that time getting tipsy at a bar. But stuck on what you two might want to do tonight? That’s after going for your customary walk? Well, a night spent lounging on the couch and binge-watching some of your favourite dog flicks together I think is always a great idea.
With more and more dogs becoming household names in the movies they star in, deciding on one to watch can be a challenge in itself. I mean – who could forget the slobbering sensation that is Beethoven (Beethoven, 1992), a Saint Bernard that becomes the centre of attention in a loving family, but finds himself contending with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen. And who can forget Hooch (Turner and Hooch, 1989), the loveable Dogue de Bordeaux and sidekick to Tom Hanks’ character in the same film, teaming up together with Hanks to find his previous owner’s killer.
Whatever your taste in film is, I’m sure you can find one of many dog movies that can satisfy that taste. Here are five of my favourite dog movies of all time.
Number 5 – Lassie (1994)
Wow, Lassie. This girl is my hero. I mean – is there anything this super-female can’t do? Fighting the bad guys is hard work, especially if they are your next-door neighbour’s sheep-stealing farmers. Then she saves everyone from a watery grave at the end. And she does this all without a single lock out of place.
Number 4 – Scooby Doo (2002)
Okay, so I kind of have a thing for crime-solving dogs. But to be frank, who doesn’t like a bumbling Great Dane with a best friend called Shaggy? Called to an island resort to investigate some paranormal activity that is going on, Scooby and Shaggy would rather flight from crime than fight it, all well behind their tougher colleagues Fred, Daphne and Velma.
Number 3 – 101 Dalmatians (1961 and 1996)
Whether you are a fan of the animation version or the live-action one, 101 Dalmations is possibly the one film in this bunch where the evil, animal-fur wearing villianess is known more than the good characters. Cruella de Vil is a baddy that we all love to hate, yet she’s so captivating that we almost forgive her.
Number 2 – Benji (1974)
A true rags to riches story, it’s a classic case of life imitating art in this low-budget family flick. Initially turned down for distribution by every studio in Hollywood, the films creator Joe Camp had to had to create a distribution company to distribute the film worldwide. Becoming a critical and box office success, the film centres around Benji, a stray, who wants nothing more than a family to call his own.
Number 1 – Marmaduke (2010)
And rounding out my top pick of dog movies is of course, my favourite film – the family-friendly Marmaduke. Who could ever forget the loveable larikan and his take of loving life in his new abode, and finding his new friends at the dog park?
So, whatever your taste in canine cinema is, enjoy. As for me, I might have another movie binge-night ahead.