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Movies Where the Dog Doesn't Die

Titles Available as of July 2022

This is a selective list of streaming video holdings in the American University Library. Streaming guides are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the library catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date streaming holdings, please refer to our streaming catalog.

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When commercial towing vehicle Nostromo, heading back to Earth, intercepts an SoS signal from a nearby planet, the crew are under obligation to investigate. After a bad landing on the planet, some crew members leave the ship to explore the area. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a call for help. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew do not know the danger they are in until it is too late.


The bloodcurdling terror that began in Alien continues in the horrifying sequel to the smash hit! Sigourney Weaver returns as Warrant Officer Ripley, sole survivor of the massacre that took place aboard the spaceship Nostromo. Now an entire horde of acid-bleeding, metaljawed monsters has come to life, and they are even more vicious than their evil predecessors. It's up to Weaver and a troop of futuristic soldiers including battle-hardened Michael Biehn (The Terminator), to stop the attack of these blood-thirsty murderers! Aliens is a nightmarish shocker that multiplies the horror of the original film.


A magical musical filled with romance and adventure, ANASTASIA is a spectacular, full-length motion picture about the lost princess Anastasia. Remembering nothing about her royal heritage, and her only clue a music box key that says "together in Paris," the princess sets off for Paris to find her true identity and begin a new life. Along the way, Anastasia meets a charming con man, and is pursued by the evil Rasputin and his gang of ghostly minions, who'll stop at nothing to complete his curse against her family. At the end of her journey, she must choose between the life of a princess and her one true love.

A Boy and His Dog

This 1975 science-fiction thriller, based on Harlan Ellison's classic short story, failed commercially but has become a cult classic. It tells the story of a young man in a post-apocalyptic landscape who survives with the help of a telepathic dog. The film's iconic final line, a shocking and memorable pun, was an addition to the screenplay that Ellison hated. The film won the 1976 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. Starring Don Johnson as Vic. Also starring Susanne Benton, Ron Feinberg, and Jason Robards. Directed by L. Q. Jones.

Because of Winn-Dixie

Based on the perennial best seller, a lonely young girl adopts an orphaned dog, Winn-Dixie (so named for the supermarket where she found him), who helps her make friends in the small Florida town. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the townspeople, and helps heal her own troubled relationship with her father.

The Day After Tomorrow

As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 weeks, and after a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age and the world population begins trying to evacuate to the warmer climates of the south. Jack makes a daring attempt to rescue his son and his friends who are stuck in New York and who have managed to survive not only a massive wave but also freezing cold temperatures that could possibly kill them.

Doctor Do-Little

A talented physician, Dr. John Dolittle  has long suppressed a very special talent he possessed as a child: the ability to communicate with animals. But now, as a "responsible" adult, more everyday concerns occupy his time. Unfortunately, Dolittle's wife and two young daughters have taken a back seat to his medical and fiscal ambitions. All that changes when, driving home one evening, Dolittle barely misses hitting a stray dog. When the pooch, Lucky, turns around and gives him a piece of his mind, Dr. Dolittle's long dormant talents are re-awakened ... with a vengeance! After a period of stunned disbelief, Dr. Dolittle can no longer deny his unique verbal skills. Owls, horses, guinea pigs -- virtually every member of the animal kingdom -- are now seeking his medical advice. And Dr. Dolittle's new four-legged and furry friends, in turn, teach him a few things about being human.

Far from Home: Adventures of Yellow Dog

Eleven-year-old Angus McCormick is washed ashore in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest after a storm at sea separates him from his father. Angus has only his wits and a trusted canine friend with which to survive, in the family adventure "Far from Home".

Garfield's A Tale of Two Kitties

Garfield is back and this time Garfield and his canine sidekick Odie follows their owner, Jon Arbuckle, to England, the U.K. may never recover, as Garfield is mistaken for a look-alike, regal cat who has inherited a castle. Garfield savors the royal treatment afforded by his loyal four-legged subjects, but his reign is in jeopardy! The evil nefarious stubborn Lord Dargis is determined to do away with Garfield, so he can turn the castle into a resort. Garfield's bigger, better, more perfect world is soon turned upside down in this tale of two kitties. 

The Greatest Showman

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is an original musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman. Barnum was a visionary who rose from nothing to create the "Greatest Show on Earth," a spectacle and celebration of his larger-than-life imagination that captivated audiences around the globe. Also starring Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya.

Independence Day

Strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived; its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances to save the planet. The filmmakers behind 1994's smash science fiction hit Stargate have revolutionized and redefined the way big-event movies are produced through a new level of groundbreaking effects, techniques and spectacular, never-before-seen images in this epic science fiction tale.

Isle of Dogs

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. 

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. 


Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her. 

The Sandlot

"The Sandlot" is a comedy about a summer of friendship and adventure during which one boy becomes part of a team. Nine boys become best friends and their leader becomes a legend by confronting the terrifying mystery beyond the left field fence. Ruff! Ruff!

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

What can Abby, a sharp but insecure radio talk show host, and Noelle, a beautiful and eager-to-please model, possibly have in common? The two unlikely friends are about to find out when Abby finds herself strongly attracted to a charming photographer - and asks Noelle to assume her identity when he unexpectedly comes calling to meet the person behind the beguiling radio personality. A series of romantic and comic misadventures follows, finally giving way to true love and friendship.

The Vanishing

Sutherland's girlfriend disappears at a gas station, and after three years of searching for her he's become a man obsessed. Meanwhile, her wily abductor (Bridges) considers revealing himself.

We Bought a Zoo

Acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire") directs a story about finding joy, the power of family, and the triumph of hope. A widowed father buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. While facing enormous odds to keep the zoo open, he must find the courage to recommit to his children and to their new life together. Based on a true story. 

White Fang

This 1973 adaptation of Jack London's classic novel follows the adventures of the half-wolf White Fang as he helps a reporter and a young boy clean up a wild town in the Yukon.