With dogs all over our screens in John Wick 3, A Dogs Journey, Paw Patrol and more, which of films furry friends can defrost “the worlds largest” centres?

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 death is offset by Wick going on to kill everyone who had anything to do with it, which constitutes 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 pink Mustang with Sam, his trusty German shepherd, travelling shotgun. Alas, Sam goes pierced by a zombie dog and has to be put down. It’s all downhill from there.

14. Frankenweenie( 2012)

Young Victor Frankenstein draws 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 discontinuing 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 these components( and a spooky close) while Paul Walker tries to find the money to draw them dwelling. Spoiler: not all the dogs make it, but be thankful it isn’t the original Japanese existence 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 causing a mini masterclass in ad-libbing opposite a jowly, slobbering dogue de Bordeaux, a good son whose devotion to his human partner eventually goes above and beyond the call of duty.

11. Fluke( 1995)

Matthew Modine dies in a auto accident 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, 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 Rat and The Fog.

Blond passion … Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston document 15 years in pup Marley’s life. Photograph: Rex/ 20 th Century Fox/ Everett

10. Marley& Me( 2008)

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

9. All Dogs Go to Heaven( 1989)

Burt Reynolds provides the voice of a roguish German shepherd announced 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 boasting bird-dogs operating casinoes- a terrifying vision of inferno with an unabashedly romantic ending.

8. Wendy and Lucy( 2008)

Michelle Williams gamblings a penniless itinerant whose car breaks down in a small Oregon town, where she gets arrested for trying to shoplift a can of dog food for Lucy, her golden-brown desegregated spawned. The dog doesn’t die in Kelly Reichardt’s achingly pathetic painting of the kinds of marginal universe you don’t often see in American cinemas, but the movie will leave you in flecks anyway.

7. My Dog Skip( 2000)

A nostalgic but far from rose-tinted memoir about grown up in 1940 s Mississippi, where the eponymous jack russell facilitates a boy overcome his shyness. The coin background for sad-dog-film completists is the 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 alerting: Flike survives! But it is impossible not to sob your nerve out regardless, specially when the poor old geezer tries to find a new dwelling for his beloved pooch.

5. Dean Spanley( 2008)

Sam Neill participates a preacher whose charity of Hungarian tokay prompts recollections about his past life as a Welsh springer spaniel called Wag in this fascinating Edwardian fantasy, accommodated 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 parents are so broke they have to sell their rough collie( giving full play to a son puppy called Pal) to a ritzy 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 doomed little terrier announced Toots.

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

3. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale( 2009)

Richard Gere play-acts a New England music professor who bonds with an akita puppy, with answers that continue from heartwarming to heartrending. This is the Hollywood version of the history of the loyal hound commemorated by a bronze outside Tokyo’s Shibuya station, waiting eternally for the original who will never arrive. A five-Kleenex weepie to competitive Futurama’s notorious Jurassic Bark episode.

2. The Plague Dogs( 1982)

Like Watership Down, this animated denunciation of man’s inhuman treatment of swine was adapted by Martin Rosen from a Richard Adams novel, and is guaranteed to traumatise not just younger sees, but numerous adults as well. Rowf( labrador mixture) 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 shrewd fox. The movie lodges with Adams’s original dissolve, which his publishers influenced 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 mingle) alliances with their own families of farmers in postbellum Texas. After saving terms of human from furious digests, wild boars and mad cows, the” best doggone hound in the west” ultimately get burnt by a fanatic wolf, leading to a tear-jerking conclusion at the business end of a shotgun held by little Tommy Kirk. If “youve had” tears, is fully prepared to molted them here.


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