4. Turner and Hooch
When a neat-freak meets a Dogue de Bordeaux, wrecking-ball mayhem is a certainty. But unlike many buddy cop movies, Turner and Hooch succeeds in really inviting viewers into the story. Not that it’s anything groundbreaking, but like all regular plots at the movies, if they’re constructed well they’ll always work. At the time, Touchstone acquired the screenplay for $1 million, the highest they had ever paid for a script – in the decades following Hanks’ rise to universal fame, it was definitely worth the cash.
3. Isle of Dogs
The latest feature on this list happens to be one of the best; Wes Anderson’s unconventional tale of abandoned dogs and a lone young boy is woven by the director’s accomplished storytelling, heightened more with exquisite, imaginative visuals. Old regulars fill out the packed voice ensemble, with the likes of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum among the splendid roster.
2. Marley and Me
Soppy, gooey but irresistible. Marley and Me swept the world upon release, flooding cinemas with tears of laughter and despair in its unpretentious chronicle of a rowdy, loveable golden Labrador. What’s particularly charming is that unlike more outrageous genre entries, this film really captures the essence of owning a dog; the highs and unavoidable, frustrating lows, but most of all the devotion that rises above the ripped pillows and poo.
There’s a moment of comic gold in Beethoven, when the titular St Bernard crawls into bed with Charles Grodin, who naturally thinks the pooch is in fact his wife. After some subsequent cuddling and licking, the two face each other; the dog hilariously guileless, the man in horror. It’s the perfect sales pitch for the wholesome amusement this really terrific canine outing offers.
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