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Christmas gift ideas: 10 of the best movies starring dogs

by Shake Paws

DVDs make great stocking fillers, especially when the lead character is a dog

Cold, wintry days provide the perfect opportunity to gather the family around you and pop on a DVD. Our selection of dog-oriented movies offer good, clean entertainment for children and adults alike. Take your pick!

Marley & Me, with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston

1. Marley and Me (115 mins)

Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and Eric Dane, Marley and Me is about the life lessons a family learns from this loveable, but neurotic and naughty dog.

Available from: Amazon.com ($2.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£2.94)

101 Dalmatians

2. 101 Dalmatians (79 mins)

The original, 1961 cartoon is far better than the modern version starring Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels. Cruella De Vil’s error-prone henchmen dognap a litter of dalmatian puppies and their parents set out to find them before they are turned into fur coats.

Available from: Amazon.com ($14.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£7.00)

Lady and the Tramp

3. Lady and the Tramp (76 mins)

Molly coddled Cocker Spaniel meets streetwise mutt. Difficult times lie ahead, but can romance win the day?

Available from: Amazon.com ($25.49) and Amazon.co.uk (£7.00)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

4. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (93 min)

Dramatic, true story about a college professor (Richard Gere) who takes an abandoned dog into his home.

Available from: Amazon.com ($4.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£4.62)

Turner and Hooch

5. Turner and Hooch (97 min)

Clean-living Tom Hanks plays a detective who must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer. Dog drool is core to the humorometer in this one.

Available from: Amazon.com ($4.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£4.09)

Scooby-Doo: The Movie

6. Scooby-Doo: The Movie (86 min)

Mystery Inc., aka Daphne, Shaggy, Velma and Fred, head to an island resort to investigate strange goings on. Stars Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle.

Available from: Amazon.com ($4.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£1.70)

Lassie Come Home, starring Elizabeth Taylor

7. Lassie Come Home (89 min)

Dashing back from school to catch the latest instalment of Lassie is a distant memory. The original 1943 movie is still the best when the collie (Lassie), whose destitute family is forced to sell her, escapes from her new owner and sets off from Scotland to return to her home in Yorkshire. A very young Elizabeth Taylor stars.

Available from: Amazon.com ($10.16, set includes National Velvet) and Amazon.co.uk (£12.99)

Old Yeller

8. Old Yeller (83 min)

Set during the Civil War, the father of a family of settlers leaves them behind to go on a cattle drive to raise money. Young Travis becomes the man of the house, looking after his mother and brother, and tending the land when a stray dog comes across the family. As their bond grows, Travis and the dog become inseparable. An emotional, tear-jerker of a movie and one of the all-time classics.

Available from: Amazon.com ($9.94, set includes Savage Sam) and Amazon.co.uk (£3.60)

Beethoven

9. Beethoven (87 min)

A puppy grows into a giant St Bernard in the comfortable surroundings of the Newton family home. Unbeknown to them, their vet, Dr Varnick, has plans to use Beethoven in secret experiments. When the family discover this it’s time for dad to step up to the plate.

Three DVDs – Beethoven, Beethoven’s 2nd and Beethoven’s 3rd – in a box film set available from: Amazon.com ($8.21) and Amazon.co.uk (£6.00)

The Fox and the Hound, a Disney movie

10. The Fox and the Hound (83 min)

A classic Disney animated movie that tells the story of young pups Tod, a rescued fox, and hound Copper. As they grow up, their friendship is put to the test when they realise their true nature: hunter and prey.

The Fox and the Hounds 1 and 2 (double DVD set) available from: Amazon.com ($14.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£10.00)

Seen them all? See the full range of great DVDs featuring dogs available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk