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The hot dogs of film

The hot dogs of film

Dogs have often had a starring role on the big screen alongside their human co-stars. To celebrate the release of movie Wiener-Dog, starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito, on DVD and Digital, we’ve picked our 10 top dogs that have appeared in films.


Undoubtedly one of the most iconic dogs on the big screen is Lassie. This rough collie first graced the big screen in Lassie Come Home and has been a star ever since. Did you know that Lassie is one of three dogs to have her own star on the walk of fame in Hollywood?


Uggie is one of the charismatic stars of The Artist and also appeared in Water For Elephants. See some of his highlights from The Artist here and why his performances make him one of our favourites.


Hooch turns Detective Turner’s life upside down when their paths cross (with Turner believing Hooch is the only witness to a murder!). This French Mastiff is soon filling up the big screen and working with Turner to try and solve the case.


Toto is Dorothy’s faithful companion in The Wizard Of Oz and sticks by her side throughout her adventures in the land of Oz. Toto also has her own ‘autobiography’ called I, Toto.

Lolabelle :

During a heartfelt cinematic journey on the big screen, Lolabelle really makes an impact in the documentary Heart Of A Dog.


Marley is the loveable mischief-maker from Marley and Me and her presence on screen tugged on the heartstrings of many cinemagoers. Marley was not played by just one dog but by a total of 22 different Labradors throughout the film.


We couldn’t decide which top dog to choose from the mockumentary comedy Best In Show, so we decided to pick them all!


Frank the pug plays an alien in disguise in Men In Black. He’s the only dog on this list to have a speaking role in the film.


Puffy is the Border Terrier in Something About Mary and a source of comedy throughout the film. Watch her hilarious fight scene with Ben Stiller here.


A key performer in The Drop was Rocco – an adorable pit-bull puppy – who plays a pivotal role throughout.

Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito – OUT ON DVD AND DIGITAL NOW

In this deliciously melancholy and offbeat indie comedy, iconic director Todd Solondz resurrects Dawn Wiener, the awkward lead from his 1995 breakout hit Welcome To The Dollhouse, to deliver one of his funniest films to date. Here played beautifully by Greta Gerwig, Dawn appears in just one of four interlinked stories of American life that connect an affluent suburban family, a frustrated screenwriting teacher, an elderly depressive and Dawn herself. A bracingly funny, often moving film, Wiener-Dog sees Solondz tackle typically bold and tricky themes with caustic wit and shrewd observation – and better yet, he does so with the generosity and optimism to ultimately let the dog steal the show. Written and directed by Solondz, and with a stunning cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito and Greta Gerwig this hilarious new comedy is a must-see.

Wiener-Dog Trailer :

Starring Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy and Ellen Burstyn, Wiener-Dog comes from the mind of Todd Solondz (Happiness, Storytelling) and is available on DVD and Digital now.

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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