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Our favourite famous dog movies

To celebrate the launch of the new romantic comedy film, Patrick, which stars an adorable and cheeky Pug called Patrick, we’ve put our heads together on a list of our all time favourite movies starring dogs:


A generation grew up dreaming of having a St. Bernard for a best friend, thanks to the series of films featuring the gentle giant Beethoven. Beethoven’s star quality captivated the public, and a total of eight movies charting the adventures of the Newton family and their larger than life pooch were made, making him one of the most famous movie dogs ever.

Marley and Me

John Grogan’s best-selling autobiographic tale: ‘Marley and Me’ made for a famously tear-jerking film when it was released in 2009. The story of how a young couple’s life was changed for the better by the lovable yet mischievous Labrador, Marley, pulled at the heartstrings of dog lovers all over the world. The famous Marley himself was actually played by 22 different yellow Labradors in the film, as we watched him grow from a boisterous puppy into a loving older gent, who supported his family through the trials and tribulations of life.

Turner and Hooch

Another 80’s dog movie, Turner and Hooch, portrayed by Tom Hanks and Beasley the dog, follows this unlikely pair as they become a crime-solving force to be reckoned with. Like many famous film duos, the relationship between the stars gets off to a rocky start, before Hooch wins over his reluctant owner with his unique intelligence and heart of gold. The canine star of the movie, Beasley, is a Dogue de Bordeaux, one of France’s most ancient dog breeds.

101 Dalmatians

Walt Disney’s tale of 101 Dalmatians was given a live-action update in 1996, much to the delight of dog lovers everywhere. The true stars of this classic dog movie were, of course, Perdy and Pongo’s adorable puppies, who were played by over 200 different Dalmatians. The films inevitably led to an increased interest in the distinctive Dalmation breed, which originates from Croatia, where they were historically used as carriage dogs.


No list of famous dog films could ever be complete without the mention of the heroic Lassie, who first came onto our screens way back in 1943 with the classic ‘Lassie Come Home’. For the last half century, Lassie has appeared in films, television series and on the radio. He’s one of the only animals to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The original Lassie was a male Rough Collie named Pal, whose direct descendants continued to portray the iconic role for decades.


We’re really excited to go and see the latest romcom dog movie, Patrick. Coming to cinemas on 29 June, Patrick is the story of Sarah, a young woman who has reached a crossroads in her life when she inherits her grandmother’s very spoiled pug – Patrick. Surely her grandmother must have her reasons? Will Patrick bring joy to her life? We can’t wait to find out, in fact we’re going on a team outing to watch the movie!

You can keep up-to-date with the film and its release, using the famous and timeless Love Actually inspired hashtag #PugActually.


5 July 2018

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