Growing up in the 90s meant a lot of things: beanie babies, Furby, Fraggle Rock and the list goes on. But nothing was better than the abundance of live action movies with dogs. Now days, any movie featuring animals is all CGI or animation. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to! Here’s a list of our favorite throwback dog movies. Grab a few friends, pop in any of these VHS tapes and take a walk down memory lane!
- Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound is the ULTIMATE sob fest of the 90s, with everything from Chance getting porcupine quills in his snout to Sassy’s near death experience in the raging river to Shadow’s sweet old man voice. If you haven’t experienced the magic that is Homeward Bound, do yourself a favor and watch it immediately.
Who doesn’t love a St. Bernard that’s incredibly clumsy and slobbery, but can always save the day! Beethoven is chock full of 90s styles and was a staple of our childhoods. Fun fact: the original Beethoven was Joseph Gordon Levitt’s film debut!
- Wish Bone
You may be thinking that we’re talking about Wish Bone the TV show, and I suppose we are. But they made a movie eventually, so it made the list! Watching Wish Bone was the best way to learn about history as a kid. And there was a Jack Russell terrier in full period costumes to boot!
- The Adventures of Milo and Otis
I think we all could learn a lot from Milo and Otis. This movie not only teaches us the value of friendship, but also that unlikely friends can be the best of friends. Perhaps the best part of this movie, however, was watching a pug and a kitten with British accents.
- Iron Will
You’ll need an iron will to make it to the end of this epic adventure. This story about a young man learning the ropes of dog sledding shows the strength and unbreakable bond of man and dog.
- My Dog Skip
My Dog Skip is another tear-jerker about the classic story of a boy and his dog. You know it’s a great movie when Frankie Muñez from Malcolm in the Middle is the lead character! Not to mention the rest of the star studded cast: Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon and Luke Wilson. Spoiler alert: it gets really, really sad.
- Air Bud
I think we can all agree that the Air Bud franchise has gotten a little out of the control. However, the original film made every kid in America wish their dog could play basketball. Warning: do not throw a basketball at your golden retriever. He will not like it.
- Old Yeller
Even though this movie did not come out in the 90s (or even in most of our lifetimes), no dog movie list would be complete without Old Yeller. If you think any of the movies above are sad, you have NO idea. Old Yeller was sweet, loyal, loving, beautiful and (dare I say) perfect…that is, until the ending. RIP Old Yeller.