With dogs all over our screens in John Wick 3, A Dogs Journey, Paw Patrol and more, which of movies furry friends can defrost the most nerves?

16. John Wick( 2014)

Russian mobsters kill Daisy, the beagle puppy to allow them to John Wick by his late wife. The sadness of the puppy extinction is offset by Wick going on to kill everyone who had anything to do with it, which establishes you feel better.

15. I Am Legend( 2007)

This third adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 sci-fi classic about the last man alive cravenly misconstrues the novel’s proposition, but grips in its early stages, as Will Smith zooms around a depopulated Manhattan in a maroon Mustang with Sam, his trusty German shepherd, riding shotgun. Alas, Sam gets pierced by a zombie bird-dog and has to be put down. It’s all downhill from there.

14. Frankenweenie( 2012)

Young Victor Frankenstein introduces his dead dog Sparky back to life in this Tim Burton animation which is let down by some gratuitous anti-cat propaganda and a cop-out aiming that fails to elicit Corpse Bride levels of weeping. Sparky looks like an animated parsnip, but it is hard not to- no pun aimed- root for him.

13. Eight Below( 2006)

Six Siberian huskies and two malamutes are stranded in Antarctica and have to fend for themselves against the elements( and a creepy close) while Paul Walker tries to find the money to accompanied them dwelling. Spoiler: not all the dogs make it, but be appreciative it isn’t the original Japanese survival drama this was based on, where the canine body count was devastating.

12. Turner and Hooch( 1989)

The best of the cop’n’canine buddy subgenre, with Tom Hanks contributing a mini masterclass in ad-libbing opposite a jowly, slobbering dogue de Bordeaux, a good boy whose devotion to his human partner ultimately becomes above and beyond the call of duty.

11. Fluke( 1995)

Matthew Modine dies in a vehicle crash and is reincarnated as a miscoloured golden retriever “whos got” busted out of Ron Perlman’s cosmetics-testing lab by a streetwise St Bernard-retriever cross announced Rumbo, voiced by Samuel L Jackson. Alas, Rumbo takes a bullet during the escape. Source material was a non-horror novel by James Herbert, better known as the author of The Rat and The Fog.

Blond ambition … Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston document 15 times in bird-dog Marley’s life. Photograph: Rex/ 20 th Century Fox/ Everett

10. Marley& Me( 2008)

Journalists Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, so blond and stylish they virtually look like labradors themselves, get a labrador pup but fail to train it properly, so it destroys nonsense and knockings over Kathleen Turner. Fifteen years and three kids later, it is time for that one last trip to the vet:” You’re a great bird-dog, Marley .” Cue tearful collapse of hitherto sceptical viewer.

9. All Dogs Go to Heaven( 1989)

Burt Reynolds provides the voice of a roguish German shepherd called Charlie who is killed by his business partner( a pitbull-bulldog cross) but returns to Earth to rescue an orphan in this noirish Don Bluth animation featuring dogs running casinos- a terrifying vision of inferno with an unabashedly nostalgic ending.

8. Wendy and Lucy( 2008)

Michelle Williams gamblings a penniless gypsy whose gondola breaks down in a small Oregon town, where she gets arrested for trying to shoplift a can of dog nutrient for Lucy, her golden-brown mingled engendered. The dog doesn’t die in Kelly Reichardt’s achingly lamentable description of the sort of marginal reality you don’t often see in American films, but the cinema will leave you in flecks anyway.

7. My Dog Skip( 2000)

A nostalgic but far from rose-tinted memoir about growing up in 1940 s Mississippi, where the eponymous jack russell assistances a son overcome his shyness. The fund incident for sad-dog-film completists is the right one where an ageing, arthritis-suffering Skip( played by Frasier’s Eddie) is an attempt to climb on to a bed, and fails.

6. Umberto D( 1952)

For years, I refused to watch Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist masterpiece about a hard-up pensioner evicted from his room in Rome, because I was convinced that Flike, his jack russell, dies at the end. Well, spoiler notify: Flike survives! But it is impossible not to sob your nerve out anyway, specially when the poor old geezer tries to find a new home for his beloved pooch.

5. Dean Spanley( 2008)

Sam Neill play-acts a minister whose love of Hungarian tokay prompts recollections about his past life as a Welsh springer spaniel announced Wag in this delicious Edwardian fantasy, changed from a novella by Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany. It all terminates in father-son reconciliation and a blub-worthy denouement.

4. Lassie Come Home( 1943)

Little Roddy McDowall’s mothers are so broke they have to sell their rough collie( giving full play to a boy dog announced Pal) to a luxuriou aristocrat. But, is assisting little Elizabeth Taylor, Lassie flees and treks from Scotland to Yorkshire, having lots of adventures, one of them involving a loyal but fated little terrier announced Toots.

Station employer … Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Photograph: Allstar/ Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

3. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale( 2009)

Richard Gere performances a New England music professor who attachments with an akita puppy, with arises that make from heartwarming to heartrending. This is the Hollywood version of the story of the loyal dog celebrated by a statue outside Tokyo’s Shibuya station, waiting eternally for the ruler who will never arrive. A five-Kleenex weepie to contender Futurama’s notorious Jurassic Bark episode.

2. The Plague Dogs( 1982)

Like Watership Down, this animated denunciation of man’s inhuman treatment of animals was adapted by Martin Rosen from a Richard Adams novel, and is guaranteed to traumatise not just younger onlookers, but many adults as well. Rowf( labrador mix) and Snitter( smooth fox terrier, was put forward by John Hurt) escape from a research lab in the Lake District and evade capture with the help of a wily fox. The movie deposits with Adams’s original resolve, which his publishers coaxed him to rework into something a little more cheerful.

1. Old Yeller( 1957)

A stray yellow dog( played by Spike, a labrador retriever and mastiff desegregate) attachments with a family of farmers in postbellum Texas. After saving its humans from angry makes, wild boars and mad cows, the” best doggone pup in the west” finally goes burnt by a fanatic wolf, leading to a tear-jerking conclusion at the business end of a shotgun manipulated by little Tommy Kirk. If “youve had” rips, prepare to shed them here.


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