Meet the most famous dogs in cinema



We all love cute dog posts on social media. Before them, however, man’s best friend was already successful in other media, such as cinema. And these dear pets continue to bring in a lot of material for the seventh art.

The most recent hit is “Clifford – The Red Dog Giant”, currently showing in national theaters.

The film, starring Darby Camp (“Big Little Lies”), features a girl trying to balance her life at home and at school until she crosses paths with the main character, believing he is destined to become his best friend. What she doesn’t foresee is the sporadic growth of Clifford, who transforms into a gigantic animal and ends up attracting the attention of a company of geneticists who want to kidnap him.

Thinking of this tribute to those beings who don’t get enough, CinePOP decided to create its new list with the most famous dogs of the seventh art. Come meet and then watch movies with your little dog.


Perhaps the most iconic dog in cinema and the first that comes to mind when talking about him, Collie is a true veteran of cinema. His first film was released in 1943 with the title Lassie Come Home – in Brazil it was called A Força do Coração. The film stars the legendary Elizabeth Taylor as a child and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography. In the plot, the female dog is sold to her family, but runs away, crossing the country to return to her former owners.

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The film had many sequelae, some still in the 1940s, like Lassie’s Courage (1946), still with Elizabeth Taylor in the cast, now a little older as a teenager. In 1954, the little female dog won her own television series, which lasted no less than 19 seasons, until 1974. On television, Lassie returned to her own series in 1989 and then to another series in 1997.

His last famous films were productions in 1994 (with Michelle Williams and Helen Slater), 2005 (with Peter O’Toole and Samantha Morton) and this year he released Lassie Come Home, a remake of the 1943 work, still based on the book by Éric Chevalier.


Growing in popularity, the German Shepherd Rin-Tin-Tin can be considered a star of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Its first appearance dates back to the silent era, in 1922, in the film The Man from Hell’s River. The following year, he would return in Where the North Begins. From there, there would be another 22 films until 1930, becoming one of the most consistent “actors” in cinema at the time. The pup also starred in his own television series: The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin, which ran for 5 seasons, from 1954 to 1959.


Man’s best friend is also content to be a luxury supporting role. Even more so if it is one of the greatest classics of the seventh art and one of the most beloved productions of all time like The Wizard of Oz (1939). Totó, Dorothy’s puppy (Judy Garland, the same played recently by Renée Zellweger, who just won her an Oscar), accompanies the young girl on her adventure through a magical and very dangerous land. The Cairn Terrier puppy has never won a movie of his own or a series like his peers above, but has been involved in a 6 Oscar nominated production including Best Picture and 2 Award Winners.

lady and ass

Speaking of classics for the whole family, no one owns these works more than Disney. And in 1955, the studio created one of their most beloved animations of all time, which served to propel their films into a new era. Dama eo Vagabundo presented a forbidden love story – with great analogy with social class, between a “lady”, a Cocker Spaniel dog, and a “vagabundo”, a stray dog. Who could forget the pasta scene at the Italian restaurant?

Late last year, the studio released a live-action remake of the work directly to its Disney + streaming platform. The feature film featured the voices of Thessa Thompson as Dama and Justin Theroux as Vagabundo.

101 Dalmatians

A few years later, the studio will resume betting on puppies as the theme of an animation – which will nevertheless reach a new cult status. This time, it is the Dalmatian breed that will be in the spotlight, when a couple adopts a male and a female and gives birth to no less than 101 young. But that’s not all, because the 1961 animation also featured one of the most unforgettable villains of all time – megalomaniac Cruella De Vil, whose biggest dream is to make a coat with painted fur. puppies.

101 Dalmatians also became the studio’s first live-action remake, before the concept became the rage it is today. In 1996, Glenn Close shone in the skin of the villain, and would reprise the role in the sequel 102 Dalmatians (2000). Next year, it’s Oscarizada Emma Stone’s turn to play the character in a prequel that will show Cruella’s youth.

Scooby doo

Okay, Scooby-Doo has always been more successful in television than in movies. But the point is, the Great Dane dog has already won two live-action movies released in theaters – one in 2002 and a sequel in 2004 – a live-action movie released straight to video (Scooby-Doo! O Mystery Begins , 2009), and this year it will have its first animation for the big screen with several appearances of dear characters from the Hanna-Barbera universe. Scooby-Doo first aired in 1969.


Another very famous puppy in the Afternoon Session movies is the Disheveled Benji, of the Cairn Terrier breed, the same as the Wizard of Oz Toto. It all started in 1974, with Benji the Movie, in which the brave little one saves two kidnapped children. Benji got sequelae in 1977 and 1987. The puppy’s most recent incarnation was in a 2018 Netflix production.

One of the most curious, however, is Benji – The Divine Dog (1980), a film in which Chevy Chase plays a murdered detective who returns as a puppy to avenge his own death.

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The world of cinema doesn’t only live with good people. Rather the opposite. One of the most feared and scary is the protagonist of this horror film, which bears his very name. Which is based on Stephen King’s book (and who else could it be) and tells the story of a sympathetic Saint Bernard, until he is bitten by a rabid bat and pursues a mother and grandson for a whole night.

Jerry lee

I recently mentioned K-9: A Cop Good for a Dog (1989) on the Cop Buddy Movies list. In Rin-Tin-Tin’s wake, German Shepherd Jerry Lee also succeeded in this crime comedy starring James (Jim) Belushi. The feature film gave rise to two sequels (1999 and 2002), both broadcast on video.

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Also a police detective, Hooch, a Dogue de Bordeaux breed dog, was also on the cop buddy movies list. His partner is none other than double Oscar winner Tom Hanks, in the film An Almost Perfect Duo (1989). One downside to this good-natured dog is its gallons of drool.


Cinema loves to use São Bernardo’s dogs to star in their films. This is because gigantic animals are docile and furry, which makes them the perfect counterpoint for struggling humans. Here, the nuisance bears the name of Beethoven, who transforms the life of the father lived by Charles Grodin into hell. Beethoven the Magnificent (1992) had a cinematic sequel the following year, and three more were released directly on video in 2000, 2001 and 2003.


Maybe the best movie dogs are the ones who don’t star in their productions. Well, at least such works are better. Here, Milo is the more than charismatic supporting role of Jim Carrey in O Máskara (1994). The Jack Russell Terrier breed is so important to the plot that in addition to breaking the protagonist out of prison in a hilarious scene, he also gains importance by wearing the title mask himself.


Based on John Grogan’s bestselling book Tearful about his own experiences with the dog Marley, a yellow Labrador. In the film Marley & Me (2008), Owen Wilson plays Grogan and Jennifer Aniston embarks on dramatic comedy as the protagonist’s wife.


Speaking of teary-eyed film, none can beat the devastating Semper ao Seu Lado (2009), which is based on a sad true story that took place in Japan. The Akita Inu breed dog is saved by a family and swears loyalty to Parker, a character lived by teacher Richard Gere. Your pet will be waiting for you at the station every day when you return from work. But what happens when a day the owner no longer appears? It hurts the heart of the coldest of men. The real Hachiko got a statue at the Royal Station.


Another famous Great Dane dog, Marmaduke was born from the comic book pages created by Brad Anderson and Phil Leeming in 1954. It took a while, but the talking character would earn his own movie in 2010. One curiosity is that after living Marley’s owner, actor Owen Wilson has moved on to the other side, now playing himself Marmaduke giving his voice to the dubbing. Emma Stone also voices a dog in the feature film.


Director Tim Burton is taking the opposite Disney route by adapting his live-action short (one of the first works of his career) into a stop-motion animated feature. The feature film Frankenweenie (2012), a version of Frankenstein with Dogs, tells the story of a boy who decides to resurrect his best friend, a Bull Terrier dog, through a science experiment.


Created by Mauricio de Sousa, the Cebolinha green dog is actually a Lhasa Apso dog. Last year, Turma da Mônica finally stepped out of the role for the big screen in Ties, and Floquinho was of great importance to the plot, being her motivator.

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