By Kathleen Roberts
Every dog lover has a favorite dog movie. Writers and directors know that having a cute, intelligent dog as a main character will make their movie shine and their wallets bulge. But dog lovers don't care. They just love to love their favorite dog-stars.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve gone doggone crazy over those cuddly canines in the theatres. From Marley & Me to Hotel for Dogs. But what about all of those other flicks featuring our four-legged friends?
In this PetStyle exclusive, we share the movies that are most commonly loved by families everywhere. Read on and see which ones you'll want to add to your movie queue.
1. 101 Dalmatians: In 1961, the animated version of this movie was the highest grossing movie of its time. Later, in 1996, the live-action version was also a high earner with a lifetime gross of over $136,000,000. The story or evil Cruella kidnapping litters of Dalmatian puppies for their fur and the race to save them appeals to kids and adults alike.
2. Marley and Me: The latest in dog films that tug at your heart strings, this movie is already at the top of the charts as far as earnings go, ranking third among all dog movies in the last 35 years. Expect it to climb higher as it is still going strong in the theaters. This one is definitely a must-purchase movie.
3. Cats & Dogs: Ranking just behind Marley and Me in earnings, this is a spy movie with a twist. The cats, under the direction of evil Mr. Tinkles, are secretly plotting to foil attempts to cure dog allergies in humans. Secret agent dogs are on the case, working to protect the determined scientist and save human-kind from dog allergies.
4. Eight Below: Based on the true story of an Antarctic dog-sled guide who is forced to leave his beloved team behind in a terrible storm. The inventive team is able to work out how to take care of themselves in incredible situations in an effort to be happily reunited with their distraught human.
5. Snow Dogs: When confirmed dog-hater Ted Brooks travels to Alaska to claim his inheritance he is suddenly intrigued by the sport of mushing. His determination to win the "Arctic Challenge" makes for a hilarious movie for the whole family.