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15 Pet-Themed Movies To Watch With Your Furry Friend

15 Pet-Themed Movies To Watch With Your Furry Friend

Critter Culture Staff



There's something truly special about snuggling up on the couch with your furry best friend and watching a movie. It’s even better when the story you're following on screen is all about animals just like them. From animated classics to heartwarming tales of companionship, pet-themed movies provide plenty of joyful moments for both pets and their owners. This list of 15 pet-themed movies will make your movie night more memorable.


"Lady and the Tramp" (1955)

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Kicking off our list is the charming Disney classic, "Lady and the Tramp." This timeless tale of unlikely love between a refined Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a street-smart mutt named Tramp will melt your heart. Your pet will surely be engrossed in the exciting adventures and mischievous antics of these characters. Plus, who can forget the iconic spaghetti and meatballs scene?


"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961)

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Disney did it again in 1961 with "One Hundred and One Dalmatians." The story revolves around Pongo and Perdita, two dalmatians who set out on a mission to rescue their stolen puppies from the cruel Cruella De Vil. It’s a classic tale of adventure and bravery that will surely have you and your pet on the edge of your seats, and it may even make your furry friend feel like a hero!


"The Secret Life of Pets" (2016)

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The 2016 animated movie "The Secret Life of Pets" offers a hilarious and insightful look into what our pets might get up to when we're not around. The film centers on a Jack Russell Terrier named Max, whose life takes an exciting turn when his owner adopts a new dog. It's a fun-filled adventure with an important message about friendship and acceptance that you and your pet will thoroughly enjoy.


"Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" (1993)

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"Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" is a must-watch. This heartwarming film tells the story of two dogs and a cat as they journey through the wilderness to find their owners. It’s a moving portrayal of loyalty and determination, and it's sure to spark a sense of adventure in your pet while reaffirming the deep bond you share with them.


"Babe" (1995)

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"Babe" is a delightful film about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. This 1995 hit is sure to win over your heart with its adorable characters and uplifting message. The film emphasizes the importance of being true to oneself and breaking free from societal expectations - a timeless lesson for all of us, pets included!


"Lassie" (1994)

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No list of pet movies would be complete without "Lassie," the story of a Rough Collie who helps a young boy and his family overcome their struggles. This 1994 version of the classic tale is packed with adventure, friendship, and of course, lots of heart. It's a beautiful representation of the extraordinary bond between humans and their pets.


"Beethoven" (1992)

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The 1992 comedy "Beethoven" is all about a lovable St. Bernard who creates all sorts of chaos for the Newton family. Despite the messes and mishaps, the film shows how pets can become an indispensable part of the family. Your pet might just get a few ideas for their own shenanigans, so be warned!


"The Aristocats" (1970)

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"The Aristocats," another Disney classic, is a whimsical tale of a family of aristocratic cats who must find their way back home with the help of an alley cat named O'Malley. This 1970 film combines humor, adventure, and romance in a way that will entertain both you and your pet.


"Garfield" (2004)

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"Garfield," based on the famous comic strip, brings to life the lazy, lasagna-loving cat we all know and love. This 2004 film shows Garfield's jealousy when his owner adopts a second pet, a dog named Odie. It's a laugh-out-loud film that perfectly captures the charm and wit of the original character.


"Marley & Me" (2008)

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"Marley & Me" is an emotional journey that beautifully showcases the ups and downs of owning a pet. This 2008 film follows the life of Marley, an adorable but naughty Labrador Retriever, and the lessons he teaches his owners about love, friendship, and family. Keep the tissues nearby for this one; it's a tearjerker.


"Bolt" (2008)

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Disney's "Bolt" is a thrilling animated movie about a dog who believes he has superpowers. The story unfolds as Bolt embarks on a cross-country journey to save his owner, encountering various challenges along the way. It's a heartwarming tale that underscores the unbreakable bond between pets and their owners.


"The Lion King" (1994)

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While not about pets in the traditional sense, "The Lion King" is a pet-themed classic in its own right. This 1994 Disney movie tells the story of Simba, a lion cub who must reclaim his kingdom from his evil uncle Scar. The narrative is steeped in lessons about courage, responsibility, and the circle of life, making it a must-see for you and your pet.


"Ratatouille" (2007)

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"Ratatouille" is a delightful tale about a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a chef. This charming Pixar film breaks stereotypes by showing that anyone can cook, even a rat! The film's captivating story and gorgeous animation will certainly appeal to you and your pet.


"Finding Nemo" (2003)

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"Finding Nemo," an underwater adventure from Pixar, follows the journey of Marlin, a clownfish, as he crosses the ocean to find his son, Nemo. Along the way, he learns valuable lessons about parenting and letting go. Although it's about fish, the film perfectly captures the lengths a parent will go to for their child, making it a great watch for pet parents too.


"Old Yeller" (1957)

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Last but certainly not least is "Old Yeller," a classic film about a brave and loyal dog protecting his family in the Texas frontier. This 1957 movie is a testament to the loyalty and courage of dogs, making it an excellent choice for a movie night with your furry friend.


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