Dogs that star in movies have been a pivotal part of Hollywood since its inception, from the infamous Rin Tin Tin acting in silent film, to the lovable and feisty steam boat Pete. Dogs are the foundation on which many successful films and film franchises have been built.
Remember the giant St. Bernard who played Beethoven? What about the straggly pooch who played Old Yeller? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and count down 10 of the cutest and most memorable dogs in movie… in no particular order.
10. Beethoven (from the Beethoven film series 1992-2014)
Beethoven was about the Newton family, and their long-suffering and dictatorial head of the household (who didn’t want a puppy). You have to crack a smile at the comedic relief and antics of the lovable furry family member, Beethoven.
9. Toto (from The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
In this classic from Frank Oz, Toto – the beloved dog of Dorothy – joins Dorothy and friends on a fun-filled, epic adventure to the see the Wizard of Oz.
8. Lassie (from Lassie Come Home, 1943)
During the depression, a cash-strapped family sells their beloved border collie (Lassie) to raise funds they desperately need. But, a determined Lassie fights against the odds to return home to the family he knows and loves.
7. Rin Tin Tin (from Land of the Silver Fox 1922-1931)
Rin Tin Tin or Rinty as he was affectionately known, starred in several Hollywood movies and serials such as The Lightning Warrior. Rinty had several German Shepard’s named after him, who starred in his place afters his death in 1932.
6. Frank the Pug (from Men in Black 1997-2002)
In a space fighting, diplomatic and secret agency, Frank the Pug is a fun loving, sassy, alien fighting, secret agent. Although Frank doesn’t have a big part in the film, he is still memorable for his knee-jerk retorts to Will Smith’s insults about his alien disguise.
5. Chance (from Homeward Bound 1993)
This is the story of a fun loving, dopey, dog named Chance (voiced by actor Michael J. Fox) and his fur siblings who set out on a cross-country journey to reunite with their family who they think abandoned them on a cattle ranch.
4. Copper (from The Fox and The Hound, 1981)
Copper was the cute and curious hound dog from the Disney classic The Fox and the Hound. An unlikely tale of a fox and a hound forming a friendship that is short-lived, and emotional. We all remember the separation scene. Honorable mention to Todd the Fox! *tear*
3. Charlie B. Barkin (from All Dog’s Go to Heaven, 1939)
Another Disney classic, set in New Orleans, about two canines who escape from the pound to take back their riverboat casino from a shady business partner who had them locked up in the first place.
2. Marley (from Marley and Me, 2008)
In this emotional tear jerker, a newly married couple buy a dog, Marley, in preparation for parenthood. This is a story of self-discovery and the love that you can only find with an adorable fur-baby.
….drum roll please for the number one selection.
1. Old Yeller (from Old Yeller, 1957)
Old Yeller tells the tale of a feisty and cheeky dog, who is protective of his owners but is always getting into trouble and has a bad habit of stealing meat.
So what did you think of the list? Were there any on the list that brought back fond memories? Any, that you think should have been added to the list, but were missed? I could have honestly kept going and had a top 20 or 30, but decided to keep it short and sweet instead!
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, please feel free to share this with your family and friends. It could be a nice conversation piece over the holidays 🙂