The 50 Best Movie Dogs in Hollywood History, Ranked

What’s one thing that can improve even the most captivating, Oscar-worthy film? A dog, of course! Every movie gets better when a pup appears on screen. That’s why we’ve rounded up the 50 best movie dogs in history, from classic film hounds to modern-day movie mutts. These canine characters span both live-action and animated films from Hollywood and all across the globe.

OK, but just how did we choose between all of these impressive pups? We’ve ranked them according to cuteness, acting chops, significance to their film and the mark they’ve made on Hollywood history—but they’re all very good dogs who deserve the spotlight. Find out where your favorite film dog ranks on our list below!

Note: The descriptions below contain plot spoilers for the films in which these dogs appear.

50. Hooch from “Turner & Hooch” (1989)

Who needs a human partner when you can have a dog instead? Tom Hanks’ Turner is dragged through a string of wacky circumstances by the Dogue de Bordeaux Hooch after he’s adopted in order to help solve a crime. Hooch is such a rambunctious pooch, bringing not just chaos but some actual spice and excitement into Turner’s perfectionist life. By the end of the film, he’s convinced Turner (and the rest of us) that dogs are more than worth a little—or a lot—of mess.

49. The Dog from “The Artist” (2011)

His character didn’t get a name in the “The Artist,” which won the Best Picture Oscar in 2012, but Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier was a silent film star in his own right. In this contemporary silent film, Uggie stole every scene in which “The Dog” appears, from staying by the side of the actor who cares for him even after he falls into bankruptcy to helping rescue the actor from a fire. He’s definitely among the best movie dogs in history, but don’t take our word for it—you can also ask the judges of the Cannes Film Festival, who awarded Uggie the much-coveted Palm Dog award.

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