Who’s up for a movie night?
We all love relaxing after a stressful day with some popcorn to watch a movie

Bonus points if we have our family members or loved ones around to create memories

If you and those around are suckers for dogs, why not supplement movie night with some great dog sledding movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or any other streaming service?
Sled dogs like Siberian Huskies have been admired by many for years

That is why we bring to you a compilation of the 29 best sled dog movies of all time

You can easily locate some of them on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and other streaming services. They are also perfect for your doggy movie collection

Some of these dog sledding movies are fictional, while others are based on true events

Either way, you’ll surely find favorites amongst them

## The Best Sled Dog Movies Of All Time
 1. Balto (1995)
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Animation, Adventure, Drama, History
Old but evergreen, Balto is an animated movie inspired by the true story of a Siberian Husky of the same name who helped save children in Nome, a remote village in Alaska

He did this by transporting antidotes to them. This happened in 1925 and is called the serum run

In the movie, Balto is a half-husky and half-wolf who became an outcast because of his status

An opportunity to shine came after he was selected to join a sled team due to a race

The malicious act of a Malamute named Steele gets him disqualified, and the sled team goes without him

During their return, they get stranded. Balto and his friends set out to help them

This movie hinges on themes of envy, segregation, bravery, and how our perceivedcan turn out to be an asset

 2. The Great Alone (2015)
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Documentary, Drama, Sports
The Great Alone is a documentary film covering the comeback of a dog sled racer named Lance Mackey

The movie takes down a path of a man who was born into racing

The documentary shows us the childhood of Mackey, from his mother who raced while pregnant to his father who he considered a hero

We get to witness his struggles as a youth as well as his battle with the medical monster called

While surgery made his career growth seem bleak, it wasn’t the end for him

If you’ve ever had major struggles in life, you will be inspired by this documentary

 3. Togo (2019)
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Adventure, Biography, Drama

Like its predecessor, Togo is based on the serum run of 1925 and the diphtheria epidemic. It also highlights the struggles of pet parenting

In early 20th century Alaska, a man named Seppala and his wife Constance get a Siberian Husky pup in their house

The pup’s frail looks make Seppala skeptical, but Constance protects the baby pooch

The latter grows to be a handful, but eventually, Seppala notices that he had misjudged the young Husky after some incidents that revealed the dog’s potential

Seppala names him Togo after a Japanese dog

Together, they set out for an adventure to save the children of Nome town after a diphtheria outbreak

This movie is an adaptation of the true-life story of Leonhard Seppala and his dog, Togo

 4. Eight Below (2006)
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Adventure, Drama, Family
Set in the freezing continent of Antarctica, Eight Below is a survival movie that centers on friendship and loyalty between a man and his dogs

While many movies show dogs as the givers of loyalty and humans as the sole recipients, this movie flips the narrative

Jerry Shephard who works for a science foundation in Antarctica accompanies a professor named Dr. Davis McClaren up a mountain in search of a meteorite

To get there easily, they employ the services of some sled dogs

Their trip is successful, but thereafter they are forced to evacuate Antarctica, leaving the dogs behind

The remaining scenes cover Shepard’s attempts to rescue the dogs

After all, aren’t we dogs’ best friends too?
 5. Iron Will (1994)
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Adventure, Family
Also old but thrilling, Iron Will is an adventure movie that would make you hold tight to your popcorn

It is based on a true racing event that was held in 1917

The race began at Winnipeg in Manitoba and ended at Saint Paul in Minnesota

After losing his father in a tragic drowning incident, a young man named Will finds himself laden with the responsibility of taking care of his mother and his late father’s business

His college dreams were also put to a halt following the incident

To prevent his mother from selling their sled dogs, Will opt to get into an international dog sled race

His personal growth and the challenges of the race form the crux of this thrilling movie

 6. Kayla (1999)
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Drama, Family
Kayla is a tale of childhood troubles, friendships, and a sled dog race

While it has a slow start, it draws you into the action as the storyline unveils. It has all the elements of a family movie


Sam Mackenzie is the young protagonist in the movie, and he is in a situation most kids don’t want to be

The mysterious disappearance of his father changes his life as hismoves with him to Canada and gets remarried

Sam finds himself lonely, at odds with his stepdad, and unable to adjust to the new environment

He finds comfort in the paws of a wild dog named Kayla and plans to enter a dog sled race

That is until he finds that he has to protect Kayla, who faces danger

 7. The Call of the Wild (2020)
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Adventure, Drama, Family
This is a recent movie but adapted from a legendary book of the same title (
 by Jack London. The Call of the Wild**
The protagonist is a giant Bernese Mountain Dog named Buck who had trouble knocking at his doorstep despite his gentleness

The quiet life of Buck and his master Judge Miller is disrupted when Buck gets dognapped and finds himself on a ship going to Yukon

The events that transpired in Yukon are far from quiet as he gets sold to a man named Perrault who delivered mail

From one event to the other, Buck experiences several ups and downs in his new life

 8.Fang (1991)
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Adventure, Drama, Family
Also adapted from a book by Jack London,Fang is a popular sled dog movie you’d often hear in a discussion that concerns Hollywood and pooches

The friendship between humans and dogs is aptly portrayed in this adventure drama

Fang is a wolfdog who lost hisas a pup after the latter’s pack stalks some humans and gets into a scuffle with them

He is discovered by a North American tribe and the leader names himFang

Later, when two men named Jack and Alex (who were present whenFang’s mother was wounded)Fang’s path crosses with Jack

Jack later saves him from the hands of a dogfighter named Smith and starts retraining him

A bond is formed between them, and that bond stands strong as they protect themselves when Smith comes back for revenge

Here, we get to see pet parenting at its finest

 9. Snow Buddies (2008)
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Adventure, Comedy, Family
Set in the fictional town of Ferntiuktuk in Alaska, Snow Buddies is part of the
*Air Buddies *series which features a Golden Retriever named Buddy

In case you’re wondering why a movie about a Golden Retriever is on a list of sled dog movies, the canine character Shashta is the qualifying factor

Shashta is a Siberian Husky whose prepubescent owner, Adam, has dreams of winning the Alaskan dog sled race


When Buddy’s five puppies accidentally find their way to Ferntiuktuk, they meet Shashta and decide to help him

They get trained by a Malamute named Talon

While Adam is excited as his dreams get closer to reality, some other humans and dogs aren’t too keen on the idea of Golden Retrieversin a race meant for sled dogs

 10. On Deadly Ground (1994)
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Action, Adventure, Thriller
On Deadly Ground is slightly different from other movies on this list as sledding (and sled dogs) isn’t the main focus in the plot

However, because sled dogs played a role in the movie, it deserves a place on our sled dog movies list

The protagonist is a firefighter named Forrest Taft who challenges his former boss Micheal Jennings over environmental damage caused by the latter’s methods while trying to complete a rig

Jennings attempts to eliminate Taft but fails as Taft survives the homicide attempt

Masu, the daughter of an Inuit chief, rescues him

It is here that he meets sled dogs and embarks on a quest that gives him clarity for his mission

 11. Snow Dogs (2002)
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Comedy, Family, Kids
Snow Dogs is a comedy movie with many humorous moments that can serve as a stress relief for you

It was inspired by the book
*Winterdance *by Gary Paulsen

The protagonist Theodore Brooks (called Ted by other characters) is a famous dentist in Florida

He lives the celebrity lifestyle till a call from Alaska takes his life down another path

He discovers he was adopted and his biological mother leaves him an inheritance

This ‘inheritance’ turns out to be seven Siberian Huskies and a Border Collie

While it isn’t real estate or a gold ring, he stays in Alaska with these dogs and experiences a life different from his dentist days in Miami

 12. The Great Alaskan Race (2019)
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Adventure, Drama, Family
This action-adventure drama also focuses on the life of Leonhard Seppala, the protagonist in Togo

The events in this movie occurred in Seppala’s first life, right after tragically his wife Kiana who dies at childbirth

Following a hat trick racing victory, Seppala was left with a broken heart and a baby daughter named Sigrid

The movie also unravels the beginning of the diphtheria epidemic, which started as a simple cough that spread with speed

A doctor named Welch convinces the Mayor of the danger of this illness, and a quarantine is set up

The antidote isn’t available in Nome where the movie is set and the weather prevents neighboring towns from sending the serum through flight or ship

The only option is through sledding and Seppala, a musher, gets roped in

The perilous journey is the catalyst that enables him to start a new life

 13. Dog Power (2016)
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Documentary, Sport
Many people love sled dogs for their speed, which is one trait they have had since their existence

Kale Casey and team bank on this by taking us into the inner world of sled racing in these shorts

While this isn’t a feel-good movie for entertainment, you get educated by it

You get to meet some of the fastest sprint sled dogs and their human handlers

There are no stunts, fictional movie effects, or talking dogs

This is a pure, realistic peek into the world of sled racing. It also shows how valuable the human-dog bond can be

You will end this short wishing you had a Husky and a sled

 14. Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2002)
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Adventure, Animation, Family, Kids
This is the sequel to
*Balto, *and though we know of the growing skepticism when it comes to sequels, we suggest you give this a try

If you enjoyed the first one, you might find the sequel interesting as well

It has strong themes of self-discovery and elements of Eastern spirituality, but nothing too spooky

Balto is a year older here and has mated with Jenna

The litter consists of six puppies, five of which are more like Huskies while the sixth one named Aleu has dominant wolfdog genes

Other siblings get adopted, but no one wanted Aleu because of her wild looks

The sting of rejection, coupled with her knowledge of the wolf genes within, makes her run away

The inner and outer journey begins for her, and also for Balto who goes searching

 15. The Last Trapper (2004)
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Documentary, Adventure
This documentary follows a year in the life of Norman, a recluse musher trapper whose lifestyle runs parallel to mainstream living

This alone is enough to make for an intriguing watch as we see how he develops the art of self-sufficiency as he makes his huts, fishes, canoes, and sleds

He lives with a Native American named Nebraska who happens to be his wife

In this documentary, we see him cope with the loss as he loses his favorite Husky, but there were good moments as well

The director, Nicolas Vanier, made the documentary a criticism of modern living

 16. Silver Wolf (1999)
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Adventure, Drama, Family

So far, the movies we’ve seen featured standard sled dogs like the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute

Besides the
*Balto *movies, no other dog has traces of wolves in them. That is, until this one

Can a wolf be a companion? This movie says yes

A teenager has lived with his uncle, a ranger, right after his father’s death

They both rescue a wolf from a ranger who was out for blood and took on the dangerous task of training the wolf

Again, no spoilers, but there is an unusual race team somewhere in the movie

 17. Sled Dog Soldiers (2012)
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Documentary, Biography, Faith and Spirituality, History
This is a documentary directed by Marc Jampolsky which covered a significant event during the First World War in 1915

The documentary, like many other movies on this list, lends credence to the cliche of dogs being man’s best friend

The major storyline of the documentary is a secret mission when two French officers were assigned the task of bringing back 450 sled dogs from Alaska to Canada in the time-space of 100 days

As if the mission and deadline isn’t enough challenge, they meet several obstacles along the way

Their travails are captured in this documentary with interviews, archives, and reenactment

Viewers will find themselves rooting for the soldiers as they face the obstacles, and no, this is not a drill

 18.Fang 2: Myth of theWolf (1994)
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Adventure, Drama, Family
This is a sequel to the 1991 popular movie
Fang *and follows the adventures ofFang with another owner

After his first owner Jack goes to San Francisco,Fang is left in the care of Jack’s friend Henry

It doesn’t take long before both form a bond, one that forges more as they unwittingly embark on an adventure

 19. Balto 3: Wings of Change (2004)
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Animation, Adventure, Family, Kids
The 3rd part and second sequel of the Balto movies,
*Wings of Change *gives us another angle to the Balto story, bringing us back to its world with the characters fans have grown to love

The protagonist here is Balto’s son Kodi who works for the mail

He enjoys his job and does it well, that is, until a pilot requests taking over the job

A race is declared to decide who will continue delivering the mail: The dogs or the pilot?
As with others, there is a lot of fun and some lovely themes in this part

 20. The Thing (1982)
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Science Fiction, Horror

Quite different from other movies we’ve seen, this sci-fi horror doesn’t have sled dogs as main characters

However, Huskies play some roles in the movie, giving it a place on our list

Imagine nasty alien hunting you? That’s scary enough until you realize that this predator can take the shape of anyone, human or canine

After a team discovers an alien form, the latter becomes a shape-shifting nightmare

As they struggle to defeat it, they must also deal with the paranoia and lack of trust that it has caused

 21. Chilly Dogs (2001)
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Comedy, Sports
Also known by the title
*Kevin of the North, *Chilly dogs is a comedy movie about the hilarious racing adventure of a man named Kevin Manley, a simple Los Angeles travel agent who gets a call that triggers the major event

The call is from Alaska telling Kevin that his grandfather died and made him the sole heir

To take over, he quit his job and takes the next bus to Alaska, despite the warnings of his boss

Only when he arrives at Alaska does he learn of the terms and conditions attached to his inheritance: he had to prove his worth by engaging in the difficult Iditarod race

Of course, the conflict is toughened by the opposition he faces from some opponents

 22. Toby McTeague (1986)
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Adventure, Drama
Should kids go to school? According to Toby McTeague, it isn’t necessary

He’d rather stay home and take care of his dad’s dogs

He gets his opportunity when his dad becomes hurt but almost ruins it after he gets one of his father’s best dogs injured

Not surprisingly, daddy was not happy

Their tiff makes Toby run from home, and he meets a friend of his father who decides to reunite them

The main setting of the movie is Québec, Canada

 23. Spirit of the Wind (1979)
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Adventure, Drama, Family
This is based on the life and growth of a musher named George Attlar Jr. Attlar had loads of achievements to his name, including being a star at sprint sled dog racing in the late 20th century

He also participated in the Iditarod race in 1973

The film does well to point out some struggles he had in his career, including some rivalries

This movie is suited for someone in need of a refreshing success story or who wants to learn more about sled dog racing from the perspective of a participant

 24. Antarctica (1983)
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Adventure, Drama
Coming from Japan is a drama set on the backdrop of a tumultuous expedition to the South Pole


Man and dog join together to make this trip, and there is some show of loyalty and bonding

When the first expedition team retreats and leaves some Sakhalin Huskies behind, the second expedition team comes to take over but fails to rescue the dogs

When the third team comes, the fate of the dogs has already been decided, both good and bad

 25. The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog (1980)
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Action, Adventure, Drama
Based on a book of the same name, this adventure movie is family-friendly and fun to watch

When Kavik, a champion sled dog, is sold to Hunter, a cold businessman, it seems that fate has been decided for this canine

However, a dark twist finds him in the home and company of a boy named Andy Evans, with whom this pooch begins to bond

That is until Hunter comes for his ‘property’

 26. Stone Fox (1987)
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Drama, Family, Western
Stone Fox is an adaptation of the novella of the same title written by John Reynolds Gardiner

It is also a race movie, so be ready to see some speed

After his grandfather’s death, Willy decides to win the National Dogsled Race and save the farm

With his dog Searchlight and determination, he enrolls in the race

His greatest opponent is a Native American named Stone Fox, the undefeated champion

Fox is patriotic to his tribe and uses the proceeds to buy back land for his people. He also dislikes the Whites

In the middle of the race, a plot twist occurs that changes the narrative of the movie. It is both interesting and insightful

 27. Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth (2008)
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Documentary, Reality-TV
This documentary brings to viewers the risky, daring, and thrilling sled race known as Iditarod

Whether you’ve come across the term before or the word is new to you, you get to experience all that goes down in this race

The competition pits together 96 teams who must travel through difficult terrain for miles to get to the finish line in Nome

Winning the competition involveshuman-dog teamwork, and strategy

Surviving and winning are two objectives in the game, and sometimes they are mutually exclusive

The documentary was filmed like a reality show miniseries on Discovery Channel and was narrated by David Scott

 28. See you in Nome (2008)
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Adventure, Documentary
This follows the adventures of a newbie in Iditarod racing

His name is Sven Haltmann, and the movie covers the training processes he goes through, as well as the eventual race

Success never comes easily, and it remains a continuous process, as we see from this movie

An inspiring movie for anyone new at learning something or just struggling with life in general

 29. 30 Days of Night (2007)
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Action, Horror, Thriller
Another horror movie that may give you sleepless nights,
*30 Days of Night *is one you probably shouldn’t watch with smaller kids around

When a town in Alaska enters a period when night descends for 30 Days, some vampires decide to turn it into a feast

That should be great and all, except that in the feast, people are the meal

The remaining survivors fight to save themselves in this riveting drama

And yes, there were sled dogs as characters too

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## FAQs
**Who is the best sled dog in history
 How old was Togo when died?
Togo is a sled dog who’s seen as an unsung hero in the Alaskan diphtheria saga

He lived a long doggy life and died at the age of 16

 Is Eight Below a true story?
Eight Below is a 2006 movie that was based on the true story of a 1958 Japanese expedition

The film tells the sad story of how dogs are left behind in dangerous cold conditions

 Is Iron Will a true story?
Iron Will is an inspiring movie that was based on a real story of a sled race in 1917

 Why are dogs banned from Antarctica?
Dogs have henceforth been banned from Antarctica because of various concerns of these dogs ‘influencing’ the seals by introducing diseases like canine distemper

 Is Balto bloodline still alive?
Balto’s bloodline stays on in our world today via the Seppala Siberian Sleddog — a rare working dog breed developed specifically to pull sleds in cold countries

 What did Balto the dog do?
Balto was the lead dog of the sledding team that went to deliver antidotes to Nome to save the infected during the diphtheria outbreak

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## Wrap Up
Here we are, with the top 30 sled dog movies of all time from various genres with different storylines

You have a wide pool to choose from, or you can decide to have a marathon movie session with as many as possible

These dog sledding movies offer insight, deal with important life themes and also show how valuable the friendship between dogs and humanity is

Did we miss any amazing dog sledding movie you’ve come across? Let us know in the comment section.