Top 10: The Best Dogs in Movies


There is just something special about dogs. With their superhero ability to turn a frown into a grin, a dog chases away loneliness and turns a house into a home.

This week, with the release of the new film “A Dog’s Way Home,” we are looking at ten Very Good Dogs. Each of these became a movie star in their own right, and some have even more memorable moments than their human co-stars.

10Bodger and Luath, “The Incredible Journey” (1963)
dir. Fletcher Markle

9Verdell, “As Good as It Gets” (1998)
dir. James L. Brooks

8Bruiser Woods, “Legally Blonde” (2001)
dir. Robert Luketic

7Winky, “Best In Show” (2000)
dir. Christopher Guest

6Dug, “Up” (2009)
dir. Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

5Uggie, “The Artist” (2011)
dir. Michel Hazanavicus

4Asta, “The Thin Man” (1934)
dir. W.S. Van Dyke

3Max, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)
dir. Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

In every incarnation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” it’s really Max that steals the show. He is a loyal companion, even when it isn’t deserved. Perhaps especially when it isn’t deserved. Max goes along with every hairbrained idea The Grinch can come up with. And he doesn’t even complain when The Grinch slaps an antler on his head and declares him Santa’s reindeer. Max serves as a reminder that even the most unpleasant of people deserve to be loved.

2The Beast/Hercules, “The Sandlot” (1993)
dir. David Mickey Evans

1Toto, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
dir. Victor Fleming