Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
A man adopts a lost dog, who turns out to be extremely loyal. This is based on a true story, and the filmmakers rely in large part on its emotional power. But they also refrain from shoving it down your throat or over-sweetening it. The human characters and relationships are painted in broad strokes, but that’s ok because they’re not the focus of the film. The important relationship is between the dog and the man, and it is believably rendered. Shots from the dog’s point of view help get you emotionally involved. If this movie doesn’t make you cry, you have no soul.