With mutts all over our screens in John Wick 3, A Dogs Journey, Paw Patrol and more, which of films furry friends can defrost the most mettles?
16. John Wick( 2014)
Russian mobsters kill Daisy, the beagle puppy left to John Wick by his late wife. The sadness of the puppy death 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 adjustment of Richard Matheson’s 1954 sci-fi classic about the last man alive cravenly misconstrues the novel’s premise, but clutches in its early stages, as Will Smith zooms around a depopulated Manhattan in a red-faced Mustang with Sam, his trusty German shepherd, riding shotgun. Alas, Sam get pierced by a zombie hound and has to be put down. It’s all downhill from there.
14. Frankenweenie( 2012)
Young Victor Frankenstein fetches 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 culminating that fails to elicit Corpse Bride levels of weeping. Sparky looks like an animated parsnip, but it is hard not to- no pun purposed- 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 frightening seal) while Paul Walker tries to find the money to produce them residence. Spoiler: not all the dogs make it, but be thankful 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 friend subgenre, with Tom Hanks presenting a mini masterclass in ad-libbing opposite a jowly, slobbering dogue de Bordeaux, a good son whose devotion to his human partner ultimately starts above and beyond the call of duty.
11. Fluke( 1995)
Matthew Modine dies in a auto gate-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 called Rumbo, was put forward 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 Rats and The Fog.