In celebration of pets everywhere, we have ranked some of the best furry friends in film and TV. From cats to dogs, even wolves that are most likely to make viewers go home and play with their animal companions, or perhaps feel nostalgic about a beloved childhood pet. There are movies wholly about pets, films where an animal’s brief appearance is a memorable add-on, an entire genre of “boy-meets-dog” films, and more. Check out our list below and see if some of your favorite on-screen creatures made the list:
10Skip in “My Dog Skip” (2000)
dir. Ray Russell
A film about a shy, young boy and his new Jack Russell Terrier pup that helps him come out of his shell, “My Dog Skip” is a must on this list. Starring Frankie Muniz as Willie Morris, the movie tenderly portrays the relationship between Willie and Skip as they adventure around Mississippi.
9Buckley in “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001)
dir. Wes Anderson
For beagle lovers and Wes Anderson fans, Buckley will remain one of the primo pets in film history. The unmistakably adorable, and somewhat shy Buckley is a minor character in the movie, but has a place in the hearts of many film lovers, and especially in the hearts of young Ari (Grant Rosenmeyer) and Uzi Tenenbaum (Jonah Meyerson). They treat their beloved pet like a brother–even if their father, Chas (Ben Stiller), is a little less caring toward him.
8Ghost in “Game of Thrones”
When the Starks come across a pack of direwolf pups back in Season 1, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) convinces the others to keep, rather than kill, them. Snow brings home Ghost, an albino direwolf who is the runt of the litter. Ghost grew up to be as big as the rest of the direwolves, and although he can be vicious, fans mostly know him as Jon Snow’s protective companion.
7Winn-Dixie in “Because of Winn-Dixie” (2005)
dir. Wayne Wang
Have you ever seen a dog actually smile? That’s what Winn-Dixie, a small, shaggy Berger Picard that Opal (Anna Sophia Robb) finds in a Winn-Dixie supermarket, does best. When young Opal first moves to Naomi, Florida with her father, she feels lonely in a new town by herself. But Winn-Dixie, an outgoing dog who likes everyone, helps Opal meet some interesting people, like musician and ex-convict Otis (Dave Matthews).
6Mr. Jinx in “Meet the Parents” (2000) dir. Jay Roach & Moses in “Meet the Fockers” (2004) dir. Jay Roach
Mr. Jinx, a regal, longhaired Siamese cat is Jack Byrne’s (Robert Di Nero) beloved pet in “Meet the Parents.” Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) immediately gets off on the wrong foot with Jack because he’s allergic to cats. When Mr. Jinx gets lost, however, Greg must find him, and fast. In “Meet the Fockers,” the second installment in the popular franchise, Mr. Jinx meets Moses, a vivacious Chihuahua belonging to Greg’s parents, played by Dustin Hoffman and an electric Barbara Streisand.
5Fat Louie in “The Princess Diaries” (2001)
dir. Garry Marshall
Fat Louie is a regal black cat and the treasured feline confidante of Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway). Although his role in the series is mostly just to provide comedic effect, he’s a plump cat with a lot of personality. He even gets to wear a crown at a pivotal point during the film. His place on this list is the royal treatment he deserves.
4Hedwig in the “Harry Potter” Franchise
Hedwig has made many viewers dream about attending Hogwarts and receiving an acceptance letter by owl carrier. A snowy owl with bright eyes, Hedwig was a mainstay of the wizarding world, a constant companion and friend who introduced Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) to the magic of Hogwarts. For fans, Hedwig also feels like a remnant of the franchise’s early years, when life was more about discovering the joys of magic, rather than defeating He Who Shall Not Be Named.
3Salem in “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” (1996-2003)
Salem was once a witch, but was turned into a cat as punishment. He acts as the Spellman family’s best friend, and designed comedian/cynic, whom the family can depend on when they are in a crisis. A gorgeous black cat with somewhat dated special effects that add to the pet’s enduring appeal, Salem is one of the most memorable parts of the classic “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” series. Sadly, in Netflix’s new “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” the Salem in the new series isn’t as chatty as the original.
2Marley in “Marley and Me” (2008)
dir. David Frankel
John (Owen Wilson) and Jennifer (Jennifer Aniston) Grogan are reporters and newlyweds who have recently relocated from Michigan to sunny South Florida. They are interested in having children but decide to adopt a dog first to see if they are ready for the responsibility. That’s when Marley, a rambunctious yellow Labrador Retriever, comes in. He proves to be almost untrainable. As John begins writing a column about family life, Marley’s misadventures take center stage.
1Hachi in “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” (2009)
dir. Lasse Hallstrom
Hachi can make even the solemn of moviegoers shed a tear. Starring Richard Gere as Parker Wilson, a college professor and family man who finds a lone Akita Inu in a cage at his local train station, the film portrays the close friendship between the dog and his eventual owner. Hachi follows Parker to the train station each morning and waits for his return every day. A story of loyalty, friendship, and a celebration of man’s best friend, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” is a must-see for dog lovers.