Top 46 Films Where the Dog Dies

by The_Badger_Man | created - 01 Apr 2012 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Every movie's a horror movie for dogs. They never survive (or at least it seems that way). DoesTheDogDie.com really helped for confirming titles. Check it out.

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1. Marley & Me (2008)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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53 Metascore

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 127,806 | Gross: $143.15M

Due to his relatively well-known, NATURALLY-CAUSED demise at the END of the movie and to avoid a major spoiler right off the bat, I put Marley from Marley & Me first. Even though I put him on the list, he doesn't really meet the intended standards. Most of the dogs on this list died unexpectedly and not during the end of the film. The dog in My Dog Skip, for instance, was not included because of this.

2. Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Drama

7.8
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Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Charles Bickford

Votes: 4,697

3. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 21,085

4. Hondo (1953)

PG | 83 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate

Votes: 7,530

Celebrating his life: https://youtu.be/x3m4qtI7jaw

5. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 358,124 | Gross: $36.76M

6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 245,155

He had it coming: https://youtu.be/brVOFCo9c1U

7. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
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When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 14,191

8. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

GP | 126 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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91 Metascore

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 133,236

Cue the banjos: https://youtu.be/VTio206JVQw

9. Big Jake (1971)

GP | 110 min | Western

7.2
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In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 9,040 | Gross: $7.50M

10. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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87 Metascore

A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 465,169 | Gross: $260.00M

11. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman, Janus Blythe

Votes: 24,292 | Gross: $25.00M

12. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 177,705 | Gross: $47.00M

13. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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67 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 166,072 | Gross: $8.75M

14. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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76 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 145,932 | Gross: $12.47M

Good dog to the end: https://youtu.be/vpir9eGi8Mk

15. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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62 Metascore

Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney

Votes: 188,471 | Gross: $47.21M

16. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.2
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57 Metascore

A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 296,253 | Gross: $13.78M

17. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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60 Metascore

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

Votes: 79,502 | Gross: $61.40M

Oops: https://youtu.be/dkT5g1n8Tv8

18. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 168,991 | Gross: $25.50M

19. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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55 Metascore

Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 64,256 | Gross: $76.47M

This counts, right?: https://youtu.be/Lk9wSrZ0fWA

20. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Western

7.3
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61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 43,868 | Gross: $41.41M

21. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 204,770 | Gross: $184.21M

22. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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59 Metascore

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 236,015 | Gross: $55.47M

Bad case of appendicitis: https://youtu.be/rDrF9LFn_cc

23. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 310,828 | Gross: $229.09M

Bit uneven of a matchup: https://youtu.be/w7tqVEdyteg

24. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 398,179 | Gross: $15.07M

25. Signs (2002)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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59 Metascore

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 296,053 | Gross: $227.97M

26. Open Range (2003)

R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.5
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67 Metascore

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi

Votes: 58,237 | Gross: $58.33M

27. Eight Below (2006)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.3
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64 Metascore

Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 53,254 | Gross: $81.61M

28. Payback: Straight Up (2006 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer

Votes: 4,333

29. Snakes on a Plane (2006)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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58 Metascore

An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard

Votes: 121,327 | Gross: $34.02M

30. Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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72 Metascore

Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden

Votes: 251,923 | Gross: $200.08M

31. 30 Days of Night (2007)

R | 113 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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53 Metascore

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster

Votes: 148,688 | Gross: $39.57M

32. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 346,983 | Gross: $130.16M

2007: Year of Carnage

33. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 591,050 | Gross: $256.39M

34. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 695,104 | Gross: $74.28M

35. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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53 Metascore

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 276,610 | Gross: $47.00M

36. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 64,769 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 138,047 | Gross: $54.24M

38. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 61,141 | Gross: $16.10M

39. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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41 Metascore

Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Votes: 222,019 | Gross: $98.93M

40. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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74 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 465,699 | Gross: $61.00M

41. Riddick (2013)

R | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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49 Metascore

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 136,659 | Gross: $42.03M

42. Calvary (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.4
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77 Metascore

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 48,233 | Gross: $3.59M

43. John Wick (2014)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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68 Metascore

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 370,293 | Gross: $43.04M

44. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 142,269 | Gross: $8.70M

45. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 67,950 | Gross: $5.20M

46. In a Valley of Violence (2016)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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64 Metascore

A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone

Votes: 10,314 | Gross: $0.05M