Celebrated Canines: Famous Movie Dogs
Lovable, adorable and full of spunk, movie dogs and the "characters" they play stay with you long after a movie ends. From classics to modern comedies, movies of all types feature some of the world's most famous and memorable pups. Sometimes they make you laugh; sometimes they make you cry. Either way, they always leave a lasting impression. Reminisce with these celebrated canines who have earned their place on the list of famous movie dogs.
Staring in the 1943 classic "Lassie Come Home," Lassie is a world-famous collie. After her beloved family is forced to sell her, Lassie escapes from her new owner.
In a story filled with adventure and a thousand miles of danger, Lassie fights her way home to Yorkshire from Scotland.
From the 2008 movie "Marley and Me," Marley is an adventurous yellow lab who is sometimes neurotic but always lovable. From puppy weight to 100 pounds, Marley never loses his spunk.
His antics carry on throughout the movie, trying everyone's patience as he seemingly strives to win the title of the world's most impulsive pooch.
The star of the 1992 movie by the same name, Beethoven is a giant, lovable St. Bernard who is the center of attention in the family who brings him home. Ending up in the hands of the evil local vet who experiments on unsuspecting pups, Beethoven needs rescuing.
The family saves Beethoven from the vet's clutches, but not before he wins their hearts and yours.
"Benji" released in 1974, and this movie stars Benji, a mixed-breed pooch who finds himself in the right place to help people when they need it the most. A stray who is loved by the whole town, Benji pairs up with a canine bud to rescue two kidnapped children who hold a special place in his heart.
By the time this movie is over, Benji is sure to hold a special place in yours as well.
Toto is Dorothy's furry companion in 1939's classic "The Wizard of Oz." Toto follows Dorothy through her adventures in the land of Oz as she makes friends with a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion in need of courage. One of the most famous quotes from the movie is when the Wicked Witch of the West snarls at Dorothy and says, "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!"
Toto's real name was Terry and he got paid $125 a week during the filming of the movie. In 1939, that was more than many of the actors got paid.
These are a just a few of the most-loved famous movie dogs. Whenever one of these lovable pups grace the screen, you're sure to end movie night with a soft spot for canine companions.