Must-Watch Cat and Dog Movies

Are you a cat or dog person? Do you love watching movies about your favorite animal?

We’ve compiled a list of the best cat and dog movies of all time. You can find everything; from classics, like Homeward Bound, 101 Dalmatians, and Oliver & Company, to modern hits like The Secret Life of Pets and Marley & Me. Also, some great animated films feature cats or dogs as the main characters. So if you love animals, this list is perfect for you!

Movie Night with Your Pet

Watching cat and dog movies together is a great way to spend time with your pet! Your pet will love the sound of your voice as you laugh, cry, and cheer on your favorite movie characters.

Leave the TV or computer on when you’re away, so your pet has something to watch. If you have a shy cat, this is a great way to introduce them to movies so that they can watch safely from behind your closed door.

Your pet will love this special time with you and your family. So make it a tradition to watch these movies on movie nights in your home!

Dogs Watching a Movie

List of Good Dog Movies to Watch

Do you have a dog? If so, then this family dog movies list is perfect for movie night! You can watch these movies together on your family movie night:

  • Marley & Me
  • Turner & Hooch
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Beethoven
  • Air Bud
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • Hotel for Dogs
  • Benji
  • Bolt
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • A Dog’s Purpose
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Balto
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Shiloh
  • Marmaduke
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Dog Days
  • Eight Below

Pawsome Cat Movies to Watch

Are you a cat person? If so, we’ve got some great movies for you! This list of good cat movies will give you hours of entertainment:

  • Garfield The Movie
  • The Lion King
  • The Aristocats
  • CATS (The Musical)
  • Nine Lives
  • Catwoman
  • The Cat in the Hat

Other Animal-Related Movies

  • Stuart Little
  • Black Beauty
  • Doctor Doolittle
  • Seabiscuit
  • King Kong
  • Babe
  • Mouse Hunt
  • The Black Stallion
  • Jaws
  • Dunston Checks In
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Life of Pi
  • War Horse
  • Free Willy
  • The Jungle Book
  • Robin Hood (Disney)
  • Bambi
  • Zootopia
  • Dumbo
  • Finding Nemo

Cat and Dog Cartoon Movies

Dog Movies

Marley & Me

This film follows a man and his family after they adopt Marley, an adorable puppy who eventually grows into some sort of monster. But, just when they think to give up on him, Marley shows everyone what he can do by saving his family’s lives.

Turner & Hooch

Turner & Hooch is one of the classic pet movies that will entertain you and your pet. It’s about a detective who adopts a stray dog to help him solve crimes. So what happens when the hotdog stealing culprit they are after takes an interest in their new friend?

Turner & Hooch
Turner & Hooch (2021) Source: imdb.com

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is an animated classic that tells the story of two dogs falling in love while sharing life-shaping adventures. This is not only one of Disney’s first feature films, but it’s also historically significant because it features Italian actress Ilona Massey as the voice for Lady.

Beethoven

Many dog owners have probably had the same fear as the owners in Beethoven. They worry about what will happen when they have to leave their beloved pet for an extended length of time. This movie shows how far a dog owner would go to keep his pet safe from a stalker.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

This is one of the many interesting dog movies that shows two pets on a grand adventure through dangerous mountains and forests to find their way home after being left behind with family friends. You will fall in love with the pets’ heroic efforts and heartwarming stories.

All Dogs Go to Heaven

This animated classic follows Charlie, an angel-in-training, and Itchy, a scam artist dog, as they pursue their dreams during their time on Earth. This is truly one of Disney’s best movies and will tug at your heartstrings before breaking them.

Hotel for Dogs

This adorable dog family movie is about two siblings who start an underground pet hotel after their house gets confiscated. You will fall in love with the story and characters while laughing throughout this fun adventure.

Benji

This film had three versions to it that are just as entertaining today as they were when they first came out. If you haven’t seen these movies before, consider giving them a try. Benji follows the adventures of a lovable dog named Benji, who helps strangers while searching for his original owners.

Bolt

This heartwarming tale of friendship between humans and dogs is only made more powerful by John Travolta’s fantastic voice. This movie shows a famous dog on a television show and believes he can fly. 

The Shaggy Dog

This entertaining comedy has had two releases over the years, which tell similar but different stories. In both films, you will love following the antics of a lovable shaggy dog, as his family deals with unfortunate events after an ancient spell is cast upon him. 

Air Buddies

Do you remember watching Air Bud play basketball? Now it’s time to watch all 5 of his adorable puppies center-stage in their movies! The Air Buddies movies follow the adventures of the cute and lovable puppies who have a knack for finding themselves in trouble. 

Shiloh

This heartwarming tale of a young boy’s friendship with a dog was one of Disney’s first live-action films focusing on an animal as its main character. You will watch the movie as Marty risks his safety to help Shiloh find her family before deciding whether she should be left in the woods or given up for adoption.

The Fox and the Hound

This heartwarming story of friendship between animals that are supposed to be natural enemies shows you how the world works. In the film, you will watch Todd and Copper become close friends who grow up together, only for their friendship to fade when they must go their separate ways.

A Dog’s Purpose

This movie follows the life of a dog named Buddy as he travels through multiple owners and explores what it means to be alive. One of the main themes mentioned in this movie is the love between humans and animals, which is well-portrayed throughout this heartwarming tale.

Because of Winn-Dixie

This film is about a young girl who is forced to move away from her mother and leave her friends behind to live with her father. However, she makes new friends, thanks to an “old ugly dog” that she names Winn-Dixie. Watch as they begin exploring the small town where she now lives in.

Air Bud

This charming tale, about a dog learning how to play sports, will have you rooting for his team from beginning to end.  Air Bud plays basketball, baseball, soccer, and even hockey in this movie. You will watch as he breaks records, one after another, while showing everyone what amazing things dogs are capable of doing.

Balto

This heartwarming story is about a dog who risked his life to save many lives, which eventually led to discovering a cure for a deadly disease. In this movie, you will follow Balto and his friends as they work together to defeat their enemies while celebrating how special it is to have friends, or family by your side.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

This is a heartwarming story of a young woman who adopts a Chihuahua as her pet, which will have you laughing out loud. You will watch as Chloe, the Chihuahua, tries to navigate her way through the dangerous streets of Beverly Hills while trying to save her owner from a kidnapper.

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

This heartwarming tale follows the story of a pig named Otis, who befriends a cat named Milo to survive in their harsh environment. In this movie, you will watch as they encounter many interesting characters that help teach them valuable lessons about life or how two animals can depend on each other to get through anything.

Marmaduke

This movie about cats and dogs shows the hilarious and often chaotic life of a large and clumsy Great Dane that inherits his owner’s home when they move to another state. You’ll meet many fun characters in this film, such as Carlos the mailman, Daisy the cat, and Winslow, their old family dog. 

Isle of Dogs

This film tells the story of a boy who goes on an adventure to find his dog. After all, the canines are banished onto an island that an evil, corrupt government governs. This film explores how important it is to appreciate your friends and never give up on anyone, no matter what!

Dog Days 

This film follows the story of Emma, who has just moved into town to help her father with his new business. She decides to get a dog to get back home faster when her dad is at work but, instead, she gets attached to him and can’t bear to leave him! 

Eight Below

This film tells the story of a man who is determined to get his sled dogs back to their original home after being forced to live in an Antarctic research station. The movie will introduce you to many characters along the way, such as Geronimo, Mutt, Zeus, Triton, and Jack, while also exploring what makes them all very exceptional dogs.

Cat Movies

Garfield The Movie

This hilarious film explores the story of Garfield, who doesn’t care about anything with his best friend, Odie, besides their favorite TV show. However, when Jon’s girlfriend breaks up with him, he decides that it would be an excellent time to make some changes in his life, which opens the door to new characters to come along with them on their many adventures.

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Garfield and Friends (1988) Source: imdb.com

The Lion King 

This classic Disney movie tells the story of a young lion cub named Simba, who is about to be crowned the next ruler while also having fun while exploring his new home. His adventures will take him through many challenges, which will either bring him closer or tear him apart!

Aristocats

This film follows the story of a family of cats who live with an owner who is never around, so they decide to take matters into their paws by making an adventure all on their own!

CATS (The Musical) 

This movie follows the story of a bunch of cats that are looking for their forever homes. The story will revolve around four cats that do everything they can to be adopted together! While trying to go through this, you will meet numerous new characters and enjoy all of your favorite songs from the musical!

Nine Lives

This movie follows the story of a businessman who is on his way to work one day when he accidentally bumps into a cat. The next thing he knows, he wakes up in that very cat’s body! 

Catwoman 

This film follows the story of a woman who is tired of being used by men, so she decides to become a cat burglar. However, when her best friend’s company goes under attack, you will see how far she can go before revealing her true identity to turn things back around.

The Cat in the Hat 

This film follows the story of a brother and sister who are left alone after their mother needs to go away for business. While they’re home, the Cat in the Hat comes out of nowhere and offers them help with all sorts of problems that come up! 

The Final Say

If you love family-friendly pet movies, you’ll definitely love all of these movies. But, no matter which of these movies you choose to watch, you’re sure to have a great time with some amazing new characters.

So, sit back, relax, grab some popcorn (or maybe a bag of kibble), and enjoy this must-watch collection of cat and dog movies! Trust us– it will be time well spent.