Who can resist puppers’ sweet, slobbery faces, especially when they’re front and center on the big screen? We love to follow them on exciting adventures and watch as they change their humans’ lives for the better. Between the animation and live-action genres, there are countless of dog movies that do just that — and on August 9, one more will be added to the lineup: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, which tells the story of a racecar driver (Milo Ventimiglia) and his track-loving golden retriever, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner).
Before you race to AMC theatres to catch the new dramedy, watch these five great movies about man’s best friend in order of release date. Note: Since there are so many dog titles, we decided to stick to the live action category.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
If you were a child in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the mere mention of Milo and Otis might bring tears to your eyes. THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS is about two best friends — one pug, one tabby cat — who accidentally end up far from home and have to find their way back while braving wild threats.
Lassie is one of the most loved famous pups. Since author Eric Knight created the fictional character in the late 1930s, Lassie has appeared in various shows and movies. We picked 1994’s LASSIE because the story is most in line with the long-running TV series, focusing on her adventures in a small farming community.
Another beloved dog based on a fictional character from a novel, Shiloh stole moviegoers’ hearts in the 1996 big-screen adaptation of the same name. The feel-good story sees young Marty Preston and his family rescue an abused Beagle puppy from his cruel owner.
Marley & Me (2008)
The movie posters described Marley as “the world’s worst dog,” but we’ll call the spunky yellow Lab … independent. Though Marley refuses to follow commands and even gets kicked out of obedience school, over the years, the pup does help owners John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) through some of their most trying times.
A Dog’s Purpose Franchise (2017)
OK, we might be cheating a bit with this last one, since there are two movies in the series. The first, A DOG’S PURPOSE, introduced us to a dog with many past lives and names, but as Bailey, the dog forms a special bond with Ethan (Dennis Quaid). In the sequel, A DOG’S JOURNEY (2019), the cycle continues, but the dog always finds the way back to Ethan and his family.
Will THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN be your next favorite dog movie? Find out when you get tickets to the opening, August 9.