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Man's Best Friend 10 dog movies for kids and families

Here are the top 10 dog movies that are guaranteed to make you fall in love with dogs.

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If there’s one thing about kids, it’s that they love animals especially furry, four-legged animals who just so happens to be man’s best friend. Animal movies especially dog movies aren't just for kids, it’s also for the entire family.

It doesn't matter how old you are or even if you prefer cats, there’s just something about classic films that show the relationships these dogs have with humans. So, in honor of man's best friend, here are the top 10 dog movies that are guaranteed (if you aren't already) to make you fall in love with dogs.

1. The lady and the tramp(1955)

With one of the most memorable scenes till date, this animated movie made spaghetti dinners just a little bit exciting. When pampered cocker spaniel lady is kicked out of her luxury home, it takes a street mutt named tramp the show her what true love is really about.

This film features the voices of Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson and so many others. It was an incredible box office success, earning a cool 93.6 Million dollars with a budget of just 4million dollars. This dog tale includes a very impressive soundtrack with songs like He’s a tramp by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke and home sweet home also by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke. A sequel, lady and the tramp 2: scamp’s adventure was released more than 40 years later in 2001

2. Hatchi: A dog tale

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Hatchi is a tragic story of love and devotion between a dog and a man. The story is told by Ronnie, the grandson of the man. He has to give an oral presentation about a personal hero. Ronnie's subject is his grandfather's dog, Hachiko. Despite his classmates laughing he tells how his grandfather, Professor Parker Wilson finds a lost puppy sent from Japan at the train station and ends up taking it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He names the Akita puppy Hachikō, after Ken, a Japanese professor, translates a symbol on his collar as 'Hachi'- Japanese for the number 8 signifying good fortune. Even though they didn't find his owner and his wife, Cate, doesn't think they should keep him, they do.

It is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, written by Stephen P. Lindsey, Kaneto Shindo and stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Sarah Roemar.

3. 101 Dalmatians (1996)

This movie is based on Walt Disney’s animated 1961 movie adaptations of Dodie’s Smith;s 1956 novel, the hundred and one Dalmatians. Directed by Stephen Herek, it stars Glenn Close, Tim Mclnnerny, Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson.

This movie centers around Dalmatian dogs Pongo and Perdita and their puppies as well as their owners, fashion designers Anita and computer Game writer Roger. When Pongo and Perdita's puppies are stolen by Anita’s boss Cruella De Ville who wishes to make coats out of them, the dogs set out to find and rescue all ninety-nine puppies.

4. Bolt 2008

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This animated film is perfect for those of us who live for the thrill or an adventure starring an ensemble cast, bat (John Travolta) is a dog actor who believes he plays on his television show does. When he believes his friend Penny (Miley Cyrus) has been kidnapped, he sets cut to rescue her but soon he learns about his true abilities.

5. Eight below (2006)

Starring the late Paul Walker, Brue Greenwood, Jason Biggs and Moon Blood good, this movie centers around a pack of sled dogs left behind after a dangerous mission and are later rescued by their owner. This film really highlights the relationship between man and dog.

6. Iron Will (1994)

When Will Stoneman’s father suddenly dies leaving his family without money to save their farm, he and his team of dogs must fight to win the race from Winnipeg to St. Paul. This movie tells the tale of strength and perseverance.

The cast includes Mackenzie Austin, Kelvin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers and Penelope Windust.

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7. Marley and Me (2008)

This movie is guaranteed to leave you a blubbering mess, although it does have a comedic side. Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston play a married couple who adopt a Labrador named Marley.

Marley proves to be naughty and slightly neurotic but that doesn’t mean he can’t be adorable when he wants to be. This couple experience life and love with practically the world’s worst dog.

8. Best in show (2000)

This funny animal film with its quirky characters tells the story of several people who all want their dogs to win the blue ribbon at the most prestigious dog show in the nation and these contestants will stop at nothing to win. Starring Eugene Levy, Christopher Guest, Catherine O’Hara, Jane Lynch and much more, this movie will have falling over laughing.

9. Beethoven (1992)

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This is a classic family comedy starring Charles Gordin and Bonnie Hunt, although eight Beethoven films followed as well as an animated show, this first movie will always be the best.

This story is about a St Bernard dog named after Ludwig Van Beethoven, he is owned by the newton family. A fun fact about this film is that it was actor Joseph Gordon Levitt's film debut.

10. Air Bud (1997)

This film revolves around a lonely boy who is too shy to try out for the basketball team until he meets a golden retriever, Buddy, who is surprisingly good at B-ball. This movie was hugely successful and due to this is a number of sequel’s and spin off’s were made. It stars Michael Jeter, Kelvin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs and buddy which is, in fact, the dog’s real name.  

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