Index of Dog Movies

I frequently review and blurb dog films, which I loosely define as any film that gives significant screen time to one or more dogs, or uses the canine figure as a narrative or visual device. Less attention is given to wolf movies, though a few will appear on this list as well. Screen caps are always included, where available.

We are open to guest contributors who wish to blog about any dog film that has not been previously listed (duplicate entries will be considered for fresh insights). The basic format should be followed, including pertinent identifying information and screen captures, but the entry itself can be as short or as long as you’d like. If you want to just provide the writing and have me do the video captures, we can work that out too. Preference is given to non-English language films and general audience films (that is, not children’s films). Please get in touch if you’d like to pitch a film blurb and be featured on the blog!

Below is a list of what has already been showcased, with breed(s) noted in rough order of significance and links to original entries:

  • The Accidental Tourist. Dir. Lawrence Kasdan. Warner Brothers: 1988. Cardigan Welsh Corgi. 20120418.
  • The Accidental Trio [Jin tian bu hui jia]. Dir. BAI Jingrui. Central Motion Picture Corporation (Taiwan): 1969. Japanese Spitz or Pomeranian or American Eskimo. 20120806.
  • Adventures of Milo and Otis [Koneko monogatari]. Dir. Masanori Hata. Columbia Pictures: 1989. Pug. 20101231.
  • All About My Dog [Inu no eiga]. Dir. Atsushi Sanada, et. al. 2005. Shiba Inu, Border Collie, Borzoi, Pug. 20101231
  • Amores Perros. Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu. 2000. Rottweiler, Pit Bull, Lhasa Apso?, mixes. 20101231
  • Antarctica [Nankyoku monogatari]. Dir. KURAHARA Koreyoshi. Fuji TV: 1983. Karafuto dogs (historical), mixed breed Northern spitz/sled dogs. 20121228.
  • Badlands. Dir. Terence Malick. Warner Brothers: 1973. Catahoula or Great Dane, German Shepherd, Collie mix. 20120507.
  • Barking Dogs Never Bite [Flandersui gae]. Dir. Joon-ho Bong. Cinema Service: 2000. Shih tzu, Miniature Pinscher, Toy Poodle. 20110420.
  • Barren Lives [Vidas Secas]. Dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos. 1963. Brazilian terrier (native Brazilian dog, Podenco type). 20120525.
  • Beginners. Dir. Mike Mills. Focus Features/Olympus: 2010. Jack Russell Terrier. 20120111.
  • Behave Yourself!. Dir. George Beck. RKO Radio Pictures: 1951. Welsh Terrier. 20120929.
  • Best in Show. Dir. Christopher Guest. Castle Rock: 2000. Norwich Terrier, Weimaraner, Bloodhound, Standard Poodle, Shih Tzu. 20101231.
  • Big Jake. Dir. George Sherman. Batjac: 1971. Rough Collie. 20130130.
  • Blood Diamond. Dir. Edward Zwick. Bedford Falls / Virtual Studios: 2006. Rhodesian Ridgeback. 20120806.
  • Boudu Saved from Drowning [Boudu sauvé des eaux]. Dir. Jean Renoir. 1931. Black poodle mix. 20130208.
  • Boys from Brazil. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 1978. Doberman Pinschers. 20121212.
  • Cala, My Dog! [Kala shi tiao gou]. Dir. Xuechang Lu. 2003. Hapa dog/Pekingese type. 20101231
  • Call of the Yukon. Dir. B. Reeves Easton, John T. Coyle. Republic Pictures: 1938. Collie, wolf hybrid, Saint Bernard. 20110524.
  • Champion, the. Dir. Charles Chaplin. Essanay: 1915. English Bulldog. 20111113.
  • Chungking Express [Ching Hing sam lam]. Dir. WONG Kar-wai. Jet Tone: 1994. Beagle (brief). 20120907.
  • Clash of the Titans. Dir. Desmond Davis. MGM: 1981. Dioskylos, two-headed dog (animated). 20130605.
  • Cook, the. Dir. Fatty Arbuckle. 1918. American Pit Bull Terrier. 20110321.
  • The Corpse Bride. Dir. Tim Burton. Warner Brothers: 2005. Undead dog (animated). 20130510*.
  • Cujo. Dir. Lewis Teague. Warner Brothers: 1983. Saint Bernard. 20130805.
  • Dark Water Rising. Dir. Mike Shiley. Shidog: 2006. Pit bulls, various mixes. 20110622.
  • Dawn of the Dead. Dir. Zack Snyder. Strike Entertainment: 2004. Collie/Heeler. 20110706.
  • Day the Dogs Disappeared [Inu no kieta hi]. Nippon Network Television Corporation: 2011. Shiba Inu, German Shepherd. 20111118.
  • Dog Heaven (an Our Gang/Little Rascals film). Dir. Anthony Mack. Hal Roach Studios: 1927. American Staffordshire Terrier / Pete the Pup. 20111219.
  • Dog Murder [Quan sha]. Dir. PENG Xiaolian. Shanghai Film Company: 1997. German Shepherds. 20130408.
  • Dog Soldiers. Dir. Neil Marshall. Kismet Productions: 2002. Border collie. 20110805.
  • A Dog’s Life. Dir. Charles Chaplin. First National Pictures: 1918. Terrier mix. 20111111.
  • A Dog’s Love. Dir. John Harvey. Thanhouser: 1914. Scotch Collie. 20120627.
  • First Blood (Rambo). Dir. Ted Kotcheff. Anabasis/Elcajo: 1982. Doberman Pinschers. 20130705
  • Frankenweenie. Dir. Tim Burton. Walt Disney: 1984. Bull Terrier. 20130510*.
  • Frankenweenie. Dir. Tim Burton. Walt Disney: 2012. Mixed breed (animated). 20130510*.
  • Gates of Heaven. Dir. Errol Morris. 1980. Various. 20101231.
  • God Man Dog [Liulang shen gou ren]. Dir. Singing Chen [Chen Xinyi]. Ocean Deep: 2007. Labrador Retriever, Taiwan tugou (mixes). 20120831.
  • Goodbye, My Lady. Dir. William A. Wellman. Batjac: 1956. Basenji, English Setter, American Coonhound. 20110222.
  • Gremlins. Dir. Joe Dante. Warner Brothers: 1984. All-American mutt. 20111202.
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. Dir. Lasse Hallström. Stage 6: 2009. Shiba Inu, Akita Inu. 20121228.
  • Has Anybody Seen My Gal?. Dir. Douglas Sirk. Universal: 1952. Soft-coated Terrier mix, Poodles (Standard). 20120604.
  • Hulk. Dir. Ang Lee. Universal Pictures: 2003. Pit bull, American Staffordshire terrier, Standard Poodle. 20110603.
  • I Am Legend. Dir. Francis Lawrence. Village Roadshow: 2007. German Shepherd. 20121228.
  • I Was Born, But… [Otona no miru ehon – Umarete wa mita keredo]. Dir OZU Yasujiro. Shochiku: 1932. Jack Russell Terrier. 20120403.
  • Imitation of Life. Dir. Douglas Sirk. Universal: 1959. Saint Bernard (brief). 20121116.
  • Inja [Dog]. Dir. Steve Paslovsky. Big World Cinema: 2001. Boerboel. 20110408.
  • Journey of Natty Gann. Dir. Jeremy Kagan. Walt Disney/Buena Vista Pictures: 1985. Alaskan malamute/wolf hybrid. 20101231.
  • Just Around the Corner. Dir. Irving Cummings. 1938. Afghan Hounds, Borzoi, Poodle, Pekingese, Bedlington Terrier. 20120514.
  • La Condition Canine [Gou de zhuang kuang]. Dir. Jia Zhangke. 2001. Chinese dogs, Shepherd mixes. 20111125.
  • Lady with the Dog [Dama s sobachkoj]. Dir. Iosif Kheifits. Lenfilm: 1960. Pomeranian / German Spitz / American Eskimo dog. 20110929.
  • Legend of the T-Dog [Min yun gou bu li]. Dir. LI Tian-chueh. Dilu Quan: 2012. Taiwan Dog / Formosan Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever, French Bulldog. 20140331.
  • Love Parade. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. Paramount: 1929. Boston terrier. 20111208.
  • The Lucky Dog. Dir. Jess Robbins. Sun-Lite: 1921. Mutt, Miniature Poodle. 20111229.
  • The Man Who Laughs. Dir. Paul Leni. Universal: 1928. German Shepherd. 20121019.
  • Mars Attacks!. Dir. Tim Burton. Warner Brothers: 1996. Chihuahua. 20130510*.
  • Masters of the Congo Jungle. Dir. Henry Brandt, Heinz Sielmann. Belgian International Scientific Foundation: 1958. Very brief footage of Congolese hunting dogs. 20110809.
  • Mine. Dir. Geralyn Pezanoski. Smush Media: 2009. Terrier mix, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Akita-pit bull mix, miniature poodle mix. 20110622.
  • Mooch Goes to Hollywood. Dir. Richard Erdman. Saint Claire Vision: 1971. Border terrier mix (Higgins the Dog). 20110719.
  • My Dog, Tulip. Dir. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. New Yorker Films: 2009. Alsatian/German Shepherd. 20101231
  • Nanook of the North. Dir. Robert Flaherty. 1922. Huskies, malamutes, various sled dogs. 20101231.
  • National Velvet. Dir. Clarence Brown. MGM: 1944. Terrier mix. 20130426.
  • Number, Please?. Dir. Hal Roach. 1920. Maltese? 20110321.
  • Old Yeller. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney: 1957. Labrador Retriever/Mastiff mix. 20121228.
  • Our Neighbor [Jietou xiangwei]. Dir. Lee Hsing. Zili: 1963. Terrier. 20140521.
  • The Outlaw, Josey Wales. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Malpaso Company / Warner Brothers: 1976. Redbone coonhound. 20110824.
  • Patton. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox: 1970. Bull terrier, Pekingese, Sloughi. 20120101.
  • Plague Dogs. Dir. Martin Rosen. Nepenthe Productions: 1982. Labrador mix, Fox Terrier, fox. 20110517.
  • Play Dead. Dir. Andres & Diego Meza-Valdes. Borscht: 2011. Labrador retriever, Australian shepherd, Papillon, Jack Russell Terrier, Border Collie. 20121031.
  • Plutopia. Dir. Charles Nichols. Walt Disney Pictures: 1951. Pluto the dog. 20110428.
  • Poltergeist. Dir. Tobe Hooper. MGM: 1982. Golden Retriever. 20110608.
  • Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie. Dir. Greg Blatman. Watermark Pictures: 2009. Labrador Retriever, Labradoodle, Chinese Shar-pei, Doberman Pinscher, Dachshund. 20111028.
  • The Queen. Dir. Stephen Frears. Miramax/Pathe/Granada: 2006. Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Labrador Retriever. 20120611*.
  • Quill [Kuiiru]. Dir. Yoichi Sai. Quill Film Project: 2004. Labrador retriever. 20110921.
  • Rainy Dog [Gokudô kuroshakai]. Dir. Takashi Miike. Daiei: 1997. Taiwan dog mix. 20110720.
  • Rambo. Dir. Ted Ketchoff. Anabasis N.V. / Eljaco: 1982. Doberman Pinschers. 20130705.
  • Savage Sam. Dir. Norman Tokar. Walt Disney: 1963. Bluetick Coonhound. 20130109.
  • The Searchers. Dir. John Ford. Warner Brothers: 1956. Mutt/unknown mix. 20120216.
  • Shane. Dir. George Stevens. Paramount: 1953. Wire-haired hound (mix). 20120806.
  • Shep’s Race With Death. Dir. John Harvey. Thanhouser Film Corporation: 1914. Scotch Collie. 20120627.
  • Siren of the Tropics [La sirène des tropiques]. Dir. Mario Nalpas, Henri Étiévant. La Centrale Cinématographique: 1927. “German” Shepherd dog. 20120131.
  • Snoopy Come Home. Dir. Bill Melendez. National General Pictures: 1972. Beagle. 20101231.
  • Snow Prince: Forbidden Love Melody [Sunō Purinsu: Kinjirareta koi no merodii]. Dir. Joji Matsuoka. Shochiku: 2009. Japanese Akita, Miniature Poodles (brief). 20131013.
  • Snow Trail [Ginrei no hate]. Dir. Senkichi Taniguchi. Toho: 1947. Hokkaido ken. 20110906*.
  • Soi Dogs. Dir. Ella Todd. Environment Films: 2010. Thai street dogs. 20111019.
  • Still Life with Animated Dogs. Dir. Paul Fierlinger. 2001. Terrier mix, Boxer. 20110116.
  • Stella Dallas. Dir. King Vidor. 1937. Great Dane. 20120208.
  • Stowaway. Dir. William Seiter. 1936. Terrier mix, Pekingese. 20120227.
  • Stray Dog [Nora inu]. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Toho: 1949. Japanese dog mix. 20110105.
  • A Tale of Mari and Her Three Puppies [Mari to koinu no monogatari]. Dir. INOMATA Ryuichi. Toho: 2007. Shiba Inu. 20130304.
  • A Tale of Ururu’s Forest [Ururu no mori no monogatari]. Dir. Makoto Naganuma. Toho: 2009. Wolf dog. 201201016.
  • The Thin Man. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. MGM: 1934. Wire Fox Terrier. 20111227.
  • The Thing. Dir. John Carpenter. Universal: 1982. Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Jed the Wolfdog. 20110730.
  • Turner and Hooch. Dir. Roger Spottiswoode. Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners IV: 1989. Dogue de Bordeaux / French Mastiff, Rough Collie. 20120719.*
  • Twelve Nights [Shier ye]. Dir. Raye. Atom Films: 2013. Taiwan dogs, Shiba Inu, German Shepherd. 20131129.
  • Umberto D. Dir. Vittorio De Sica. Rizzoli / De Sica / Amato: 1952. Terrier mix. 20121228.
  • Vincent. Dir. Tim Burton. Walt Disney: 1982. Zombie dog (animated). 20130510*.
  • Walking with the Dog [Inu to arukeba]. Dir. Makoto Shinozaki. 2004. Shiba mix, Siberian husky, mutts. 20110527.
  • War Dogs. Dir. S. Roy Luby. Monogram Films: 1942. German Shepherd, Airedale Terrier, Great Dane. 20110505.
  • Wendy & Lucy. Dir. Kelly Reichardt. Field Guide Films: 2008. Mutt. 20120328.
  • Wonderful World of Dogs. Dir. Mark Lewis. Radio Pictures: 1990. German Short-haired Pointer, Chihuahua, Australian Cattle Dog, Miniature Poodle. 20111010.

British Pathe video archives:

“Basenjis.” Dir. unknown. 1954. Basenji. 20100816.
“Basenjis Dogs.” Dir. unknown. 1938. Basenji. 20100816.
“Junior Artist.” Dir. unknown. 1939. Tosa inu. 20101223.
“Toys”. Dir. unknown. 1930. Japanese Chin. 20101223.
“U.S. Troops Leave Hokkaido.” Dir. unknown. ca. 1950 ~ 1959. Hokkaido ken/mix. 20101223.

* denotes guest blog


Queued for review (films viewed but not yet screencapped/written about, in no order of priority)

  • Adam and Dog. Dir. Minkyu Lee. 2011. Idealized primitive dog (animation).
  • Belstone Fox. Dir. James Hill. 1973. English Foxhounds, (Jack?) Russell Terriers.
  • Cave of the Yellow Dog [Die Höhle des gelben Hundes]. Dir. Byambasuren Davaa. BKM: 2005. Mongolian dog/unknown mix.
  • Coming to America. Dir. John Landis. Paramount: 1988. Miniature Poodle.
  • Cool Hand Luke. Dir. Stuart Rosenberg. Warner Brothers: 1967. Bloodhounds.
  • Django. Dir. Quentin Tarantino. A Band Apart: 2012. Shepherd/Malinois mixes.
  • Evil Spirit of Yambuy. Dir. Boris Buneyev. M. Gorki: 1978. East Siberian Laika.
  • Eyes Without a Face [Les yeux sans visage]. Dir. Georges Franju. 1960. German Shepherd, Great Dane, English Mastiff, Briard?
  • A Fish Called Wanda. Dir. Charles Crichton. MGM: 1988. Yorkshire Terriers.
  • Flashdance. Dir. Adrian Lyne. Paramount: 1983. Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Gran Torino. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Village Roadshow/Malpaso: 2008. Labrador Retriever.
  • Hachiko [Hachiko monogatari ハチ公物語]. Dir. KOYAMA Seijiro. Shochiku: 1987. Akita. 20121228.
  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga. Dir. Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog. Studio Babelsberg: 2010. East Siberian Laika.
  • Hondo. Dir. John Farrow. Warner Brothers/Wayne-Fellows: 1953. Rough Collie.
  • An Insignificant Harvey. Dir. Jeff Kopas. Asher: 2011. Siberian Husky.
  • It’s a Dog’s Life. Dir. Herman Hoffman. 1955. Bull Terrier, Saint Bernard, English Bulldog, many more.
  • King of Dogs [Quan wang 犬王]. Dir. YAO Shougang 姚守崗. Bayi: 1993. German Shepherd, Kunming Wolfdog, Great Dane.
  • Mid-Road Gang [Ma mha 4 khaa khrap]. Dir. Pantham Thongsangl, Somkait Vituranich. 2007. Thai Ridgeback, Rough Collie, Toy Poodle, Thai street dogs.
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Dir. Jeremiah Chechik. John Hughes Entertainment: 1989. Rottweiler.
  • Old Dog [Khyi rgan]. Dir. Pema Tseden. 2011. Tibetan Mastiff.
  • Postman in the Mountains [Nashan naren nagou 那山那人那狗]. Dir. HUO Jianqi 霍建起. Beijing Film Studio: 1999. German Shepherd.
  • Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths. Dir. Ole Gjerstad and Joelie Sanguya. 2010. Canadian Eskimo Dogs.
  • Rear Window. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1954. Yorkshire terrier.
  • Saihu. Dir. HUA Yongzhuang 华永庄, Luo Zhen 罗真. Xiaoxiang 潇湘: 1982. German Shepherd.
  • Seven Days of Himawari and Her Puppies [Himawari to koinu no nanokakan]. Dir. HIRAMATSU Emiko. Shochiku: 2012. Shiba Inu, Labrador Retriever, Terrier/Poodle mix.
  • Snatch. Dir. Guy Ritchie. 2000. Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds, Whippets, lurchers.
  • Thieves Like Us. Dir. Robert Altman. 1974. Shepherd mix.
  • Tree of Life. Dir. Terence Malick. Brace Cove/Plan B/River Road: 2011. Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, mixes.
  • Tuktu and His Eskimo Dogs. Dir. Laurence Hyde. 1966. Canadian Eskimo Dogs.
  • Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale [賽德克 巴萊]. Dir. WEI Te-sheng 魏德聖. 2011. Formosan mountain dog, German Shepherd.
  • White Dog. Dir. Samuel Fuller. Paramount: 1982. German Shepherd (white).
  • Year of the Dog. Dir. Mike White. Plan B: 2007. Beagle, Welsh Corgi, German Shepherd.

3 thoughts on “Index of Dog Movies”

  1. Just read about a film with a St Bernard that sounds interesting, French-Canadian children’s film The Dog Who Stopped the War, 1984 Canada, 1985 USA. Snowball fight, dog dies.

  2. Carmen Sandiego said:

    You should try a special drama that NHK made in 2010. It’s called ‘Sayonara Alma’ (さよなら、アルマ〜赤紙をもらった犬〜). There is a version with English subtitles released on the web from fans. The drama was based on a true story.

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