The most emotional dog films of all time revealed

Pass the tissues and get ready for a good cry, as Canine Cottages have unearthed the most emotional dog films of all time, using IMDB data.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) was revealed to be the saddest dog film ever created, followed by Fluke (1995) and Marley and Me (2008) as the next biggest tearjerkers.

The full top 10 most emotional dog films are as follows:

  1. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
  2. Fluke (1995)
  3. Marley & Me (2008)
  4. Old Yeller (1957)
  5.  A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
  6. Eight Below (2006)
  7. Red Dog (2011)
  8. My Dog Skip (2000)
  9. Umberto D. (1952)
  10. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

In order to rank the most emotional dog films, Canine Cottages analysed mentions of crying, sadness, sobbing, tears and emotion in each film’s IMDB reviews. The rankings were based on the number of mentions against the number of reviews, and were given extra weight if the main dog dies in the film. Only films with over 50 IMDB reviews were considered in the rankings.

The saddest dog film, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, is a 2009 film starring Richard Gere. It’s based on the true story of Hachiko, who’d wait for his owner at the train station every day. One day, his owner doesn’t return, but faithful Hachi never left his waiting spot for the rest of his life. It’s such an incredible tale that you’ll even find a statue of the real-life Hachiko outside Tokyo’s Shibuya Station.

Of the top 10 films mentioned on the list above, the dog sadly dies in the top 8. A 2013 study by Northeastern University showed that we have more of an emotional response to dogs or puppies getting hurt compared to adults getting hurt, which certainly explains why these films are seen as such tearjerkers by IMDB reviewers. So many people get upset about dog deaths in films, in fact, that there is even a website,, that has been set up to help viewers avoid these distressing scenes.

To find out more about each of the most emotional dog films which made the list, see the full information at: