Even the most stoic among us can’t help but tear up when a dog is in trouble. Some of the saddest movies of all time involve canine characters. Grab a box of tissues Here is a collection of 10 of the saddest dog movies out there.
This film is what comes to many peoples minds when they think of *that* sad dog movie! Yeller is a stray that shows up at just the right time. When Travis is left alone to care for his mother and sister, he isn’t thrilled when the dog first comes around. Soon the two form a strong bond.
My Dog Skip:
Based on a novel by Willie Morris, the film is supposed to be autobiographical. Willie is a small boy who is often bullied and has trouble making friends. When his father brings home a dog, Skip, his life begins to change.
The harrowing story of 8 sled dogs left behind at an Antarctica research station when it was evacuated due to hazardous weather. The dogs were left behind to fend for themselves and depended on each other for food, safety and companionship.
The Incredible Journey:
The story of 2 dogs and a cat who travel across Canada to be reunited with their family. This is the 1963 version in which the animals don’t “speak”.
Lassie Come Home:
Lassie fights to get back to her family in this much beloved film! Many many dogs have played “Lassie”, but in this movie it was a male dog named “Pal” who was the canine actor.
Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey:
A remake of the 1963 Disney film – this one is very good as well and also features a trio of animals attempting to reach their human companions.
The Disney film version of the Jack London novel in which a young man hunting for gold rescues a wolf-dog from an abusive owner. The movie explores the bond that forms between the man and the animal he saved.
The Fox and the Hound:
When a young fox is orphaned after his mother is killed by a hunter, he forms an unlikely friendship with a hound dog pup in this animated Disney film. As the pup grows up he has a moral dilemma – is he a hunting dog or is his friendship with the fox more powerful than his instincts?
The Adventures of Milo and Otis:
This film is about an orange kitten (Milo) and a pug (Otis). Milo is too curious of a kitten and ends up in a box drifting downstream. Otis follows him and together they have all sorts of harrowing adventures. The two friends help each other survive and teach a lesson about true friendship.
Turner and Hooch:
While this movie (Staring Tom Hanks and a Dogue De Bordeaux) is mostly a comedy – full of drool flinging and furniture chewing there is a definite need for those tissues towards the end! My favorite part of this movie (as the owner of a Bordeaux) is Hanks explaining the “Simple Rules” to Hooch – “These are the simple rules. No barking, now growling, you will not lift your leg to anything in this house. This is not your room. No slobbering, no chewing, you will wear a flea collar. This is not your room. No begging for food, no sniffing of crotches, and you will not drink from my toilet. This is not your room. ”