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 middles?
16. John Wick( 2014)
Russian mobsters kill Daisy, the beagle puppy left to John Wick by his late wife. The sadness of the puppy demise is offset by Wick going on to kill everyone who had anything to do with it, which moves you feel better.
15. I Am Legend( 2007)
This third modification of Richard Matheson’s 1954 sci-fi classic about the last man alive cravenly misconstrues the novel’s premise, but grasps in its early stages, as Will Smith zooms around a depopulated Manhattan in a crimson Mustang with Sam, his trusty German shepherd, travelling shotgun. Alas, Sam gets bitten by a zombie puppy and has to be put down. It’s all downhill from there.
14. Frankenweenie( 2012)
Young Victor Frankenstein accompanies 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 terminating 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 these components( and a unnerving shut) while Paul Walker tries to find the money to bring them home. 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 sidekick subgenre, with Tom Hanks generating a mini masterclass in ad-libbing opposite a jowly, slobbering dogue de Bordeaux, a good son whose devotion to his human partner eventually exits above and beyond the call of duty.
11. Fluke( 1995)
Matthew Modine dies in a vehicle disintegrate and is reincarnated as a miscoloured golden retriever who gets 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 Rats and The Fog.