9 Dog Movies Honoring Military Canines

Touching and heart-warming, dog hero films you don't want to miss.

By | Posted: November 11, 2014, 8 a.m. PST

Veteran's Day is a time to honor and remember those who have served our country, including the four-legged ones. While there are a variety of Memorial Day traditions to choose from from parades to barbeques or taking a trip, it's also a great time to learn a little history by curling up with your dog and a good movie.

We've put together a list of the best movies celebrating military dogs to watch on Memorial Day.

1. War Dogs of the Pacific

This movie depicts the remarkable true stories of the Marine war dog platoons of World War II. This touching film uncovers the unique and special bond formed between the Marines and their dogs. Through dangerous missions and the saving of countless lives these dogs are more than just "Man's Best Friend."

War Dogs

 2. Chips the War Dog

Chips, a German Shepherd, Collie and Siberian Husky mix was the most decorated war dog of World War II. In 1993 Disney filmed a made for TV movie based on this national hero. The movie is a loving story about a recruit with a fear of dogs who gets paired up with Chips, a chicken chasing Shepherd. Together they learn what it means to work as a team as they head off into the war.   

Chips War Dog

3. War Dogs/Pride of the Army 

Filmed in 1942, this patriotic film is about a boy who donates his best friend to the Dogs for Defense, a government organization responsible for training household dogs for the military during WW II. War Dogs is a great story about soldiers and dogs doing what they can to survive war and make a difference.

War Dogs

4. Finding Rin Tin Tin

Based on the true story of Rin Tin Tin, the movie depicts the life of Rin Tin Tin from war hero to movie star. The story begins in France during World War 1, when American corporal Lee Duncan rescues a mother and her puppies, keeping his favorite puppy, Rin Tin Tin. Duncan enlists an expert dog handler, to teach Rin Tin Tin amazing skills, such as bringing first aid to soldiers on the battlefield. After the War Rin Tin Tin returns home with Duncan and goes on to star in 14 feature films.

 

Rin Tin Tin

 

5. Dogs of the Vietnam War: Sentry, Scout, & Patrol

This behind the scenes documentary is unique look at the dogs of the United States Air Force. Broken into three parts, the film focuses on dogs training for assignments in Vietnam, including a USAF training film and features rare and unedited film footage of dogs and their Army handlers in Vietnam.  

Dogs of Vietnam War

6. Dog Jack

The movie tells the story of a young slave and his dog who escape the master's plantation, join the union army, and have to face their former master on the battlefield. The movie is inspired by the historical real-life adventures of the beloved mascot of the Pennsylvania 102nd during the Civil War. Jack was was regarded so highly for his skills in battle that he was exchanged for a Confederate prisoner of war two times.

Dog Jack

7. My Dog Skip

While not a movie about a war hero, "My Dog Skip” is about a dog who is a hero to a young boy during war time. A heart-warming and emotional film, this movie is one any dog lover can enjoy. 

My Dog Skip

8. Always Faithful

This movie follows five young Marines and their faithful companions from training through deployment overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. The teams are responsible for the lives of countless fellow troops and the movie depicts their powerful and heroic tales of bravery and sacrifice.

Always Faithful

9. War Dogs: America's Forgotten Heroes

War Dogs recounts stories of the of several thousand courageous dogs who served in the Vietnam War. Emotionally powerful, the film uses archival footage, private home movies and filmed dramatic reenactment, of the War Dogs and their handlers showing the bond of man and dog during a time of war. 

War Dogs: Forgotten Heroes

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Chris   Orlando, Florida

3/2/2016 2:59:42 AM

"Max" is another great movie, check it out!

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Melian and Tiny   Etna, CA

11/13/2014 11:53:30 PM

I haven't seen any of these! I guess I'd better get watching!

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

11/13/2014 4:03:13 AM

These are all great movies!

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