Movies have the ability to take us through a whole range of emotions. They can make us laugh, put us on the edge of emotions and yes even make us cry; like a baby.
Speaking of crying like a baby, there’s nothing like a sad dog movie to make you weep uncontrollably, especially your pup is sitting right beside you at home right now.
Here are 5 tear-jerking dog movies that let you cry-out-loud this weekend with your pup right beside you. May you conquer the cry baby journey at your toughest will.
1. A Dog’s Way Home (2019)
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog meets a series of new friends and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.
2. Frankenweenie (2012)
Young Victor Frankenstein brings his dead dog Sparky back to life in this Tim Burton animation which is let down by some gratuitous anti-cat propaganda and a cop-out ending that fails to elicit Corpse Bride levels of weeping. Sparky looks like an animated parsnip, but it is hard not to – no pun intended – root for him.
3. Hatchi: A Dog Tale’s (2009)
Movie Spoiler Alert: Is there anything more heartbreaking than a devoted dog waiting out in the cold for their deceased owner to return? No? How about a movie where that very thing happens? Still no? Okay, how about it being based on a true story? Yep. It’s that sad.
Richard Gere plays a New England music professor who bonds with an akita pup, with results that go from heartwarming to heartrending. This is the Hollywood version of the story of the loyal dog commemorated by a statue outside Tokyo’s Shibuya station, waiting eternally for the master who will never arrive. A five-Kleenex weepie to rival Futurama’s infamous Jurassic Bark episode.
4. Marley & Me (2008)
Journalists Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, so blond and sleek they almost look like labradors themselves, get a labrador pup but fail to train it properly, so it destroys stuff and knocks over Kathleen Turner. Fifteen years and three kids later, it is time for that one last visit to the vet: “You’re a great dog, Marley.” Cue tearful collapse of hitherto sceptical viewer.
5. Wendy & Lucy (2008)
Michelle Williams plays a penniless itinerant whose car breaks down in a small Oregon town, where she gets arrested for trying to shoplift a can of dog food for Lucy, her golden-brown mixed breed. The dog doesn’t die in Kelly Reichardt’s achingly sad portrait of the sort of marginal existence you don’t often see in American films, but the film will leave you in bits anyway.
What’s a better way to start your sleazy weekend with some of the best stay home activities? Share with us, we would love to know too while laying on the couch with my furball too!
We hope our tear-jerking dog movies do impress you and your fur babies! Happy weekend ☺️