Sometimes we all need a film that will bring us back to reality, touch our hearts, and melt a tear down our faces. Dog films are serious tear-jerkers that will encourage you to appreciate the little things in life, like hugging and walking your dog, and remind you to breathe in the fragrances.
Marley & Me, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, and many others will have you burst into tears multiple times. These films are fantastic if you're looking for a good cry, or to just be closer to your pet or animals in general.
'Marley & Me' (2008)
Marley & Me is a romantic comedy set in 2008. It is a foolhardy move to categorize this film as a family comedy, but be prepared for the ending. This film follows Owen Wilson's wife, Jennifer Aniston, as they prepare to have children.
Marley blossoms into a senior dog, who all comes to an end when he gets sick. It depicts how unconditional love is in its purest form. It also depicts the children as a fluffy four-legged pooch. Be prepared for a good cry, but it does guarantee a newfound appreciation for your pets.
'A Dog's Purpose' (2017)
A Dog's Purpose follows a dog named Bailey through many years and owners, which only breaks your heart even more.
Both movies follow the same loyal dog in all his different, exotic lives. These films will make you want the best life for your pup, filled with adventures, joy, and snacks.
Lassie is a family adventure film released in 2005. It is about a dog, Lassie, who is reluctantly sold by her family. She makes it her mission to find them against all odds. It is heartbreaking watching this confused pup try to find her way home, but itthankfully has a happy ending.
Lassie was directed by Charles Sturridge and features many new friends that Lassie meets along the way, including the actor Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones. It is a wonderful film in every way, as long as you're able to hold in the tears long enough to see it.
'Hachi: A Dog's Tale' (2008)
A tale of an Akita dog who was adopted in 2008 begins as a beautiful portrait of a newly-became owner and an abandoned dog that develops a wonderful bond, but ends in a heart-wrenching tragedy.
The dog ends up waiting at a Tokyo train station every day for his owner to come back from work. Even after his death, the loyal dog waits for 9 years at the train station every day until he passes away. This film is similar to a story about a Greyfriars Bobby dog that now has a statue in Scotland.
'The Art of Racing in the Rain' (2019)
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a romantic drama starring Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls) and Amanda Seyfried. This film follows the life of a dog named Enzo, who was adopted as a puppy by an aspiring Formula One driver. This golden retriever believes he was born to race cars and believes that the techniques used on the track should also be utilized in his daily lives.
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a unique film that combines adorable puppies with action-packed race car driving. It will make you laugh and cry all in one, and will leave you with a strong message that you should achieve your goals no matter what stands in your way.
'A Dog's Way Home' (2019)
A Dog's Way Home is an adventure drama that was released in 2019; the dog (Shelby) does not speak to us. She is sent miles away from her owner, who is supposed to meet her there shortly after. However, Shelby does not know this and escapes to find her hometown and owner again.
A Dog's Way Home is a moving story from the start, depicting her desperate quests to find her owner, but it has a happy conclusion that will leave you appreciating a dog's love and loyalty.
Max is a 2015 adventure drama about a military dog called Max that is adopted by his family after his handler died in Afghanistan. Max is a loyal dog that needs love to trust, and finds it in his late handler's little brother.
This moving film explores the difficulties and joys of gaining trust with a loyal, but scared dog. It is written by Boaz Yakin and is a joyous read. Max moves on to pursue his passion for service.
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