Dogs in the movie industry

Sebastian Mertonby:

Movies History

Even people who are more inclined to cats or may not be animal lovers in general can’t dispute the fact that dogs have a major role in the everyday lives of all of us, at many levels. Dog love and loyalty was an inspiration to many creators who chose them for the main characters of their films or books. The list of films in which the main role is given to this animal is quite long, but here are some of the most famous movies featuring dogs that you should definitely see.

True animal lovers

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The love between an actor and a dog can easily be spotted on camera!

A famous English actor, producer, and former model Tom Hardy is known as a great animal lover. He is often seen in the presence of his pet, but he also doesn’t lack experience in working with dogs on camera. There is nothing cuter than seeing Hardy gently holding a puppy, a scene from The Drop (2015) or playing with his dog buddy as in British drama Legend (2015). We can only regret that there are no more such scenes in his movies.

He was also shooting scenes with his own dog while filming the BBC’s Jackanory series. The fans were heartbroken upon receiving the news that his labrador Woody died.

The man’s best friend

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I Am Legend (2007) revolves around two characters, a man (played by Will Smith), and his companion German Shepard, who roam the post-apocalyptic landscape. The focus of the story is on their friendship, and it is the dog who keeps Will with healthy mind throughout the movie.

Marley & Me (2008) is a romantic comedy about a couple whose relationship grows stronger while they take care of a yellow Labrador Retriever called Marley.

Most Labrador owners can be identified with a story from Marley and Me, in which a young couple (Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) adopt a sweet yellow puppy – the naughty Marley.

The movie serves on its plate a mixture of feelings and depicts true love between a dog and a man. Through the life of Marley, we get to see two people falling in love, creating their family and going through ups and downs and everyday struggle.

Dogs fighting against crime

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Thirty years ago, Hollywood seemed to have been obsessed with dogs, especially when it comes to those that were fighting crime. Although these kinds of movies didn’t last for a long time, it got Turner & Hooch and K-9 extremely popular.

However, the movie John Wick (2014) introduced a similar movie type, with Keanu Reeves in the leading role.

Animated movies featuring dogs

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More than 50 years ago, it was Disney that was keen on introducing four-legged friends into the movie industry, starting with 101 Dalmatians (1996/1961) and Lady and the Tramp (1955). The scene in which Lady and the Tramp eat spaghetti is one of the most beautiful love scenes of all time.

In the world of animated movies featuring dogs, we also have Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie (2012) which got lots of positive reviews as well as White God (2014), the Hungarian movie, depicting the battle between dogs and humans.

True love and loyalty

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One of the greatest stories that show loyalty, love and friendship between a man and a dog is undoubtedly Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009). The movie was, in fact, a remake of the Japanese film Hachikō Monogatari (1987), which was based on a true story. This is a sad story about a strong bond between a man and a dog that touched many hearts. Loyal Hachi accompanied his owner to the station every day and waited for him to return from work and to go home together. The professor died from an incurable disease, and the faithful Hachi continued to come to the station for the next nine years in the hope that his owner would return.

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