Best in Show: 10 Canine Classics

Time names top dogs of genre
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2008 7:14 PM CST
The poster for the film adaptation of Stephen King's "Cujo."   (MovieWeb)
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(Newser) Marley & Me's victory at the box office last weekend shows that man's best friend still fetches gold in Tinseltown. Time picks their top canine classics:

  • Lassie Come Home (1943): In the film before the series, Lassie escapes to reunite with her original owner, braving bad weather, evil people, and British cuisine. 
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955): The story of working-class Tramp giving up his streetwise style for love set the table for modern rom-coms.

  • Old Yeller (1957): A boy is forced to put down his childhood pet after Old Yeller turns rabid. A classic tearjerker, i men helpless.
  • 101 Dalmatians (1961): Villainous Cruella De Vil’s scheme to turn dalmatian puppies into fur coats became the gold standard for evil.
  • Cujo (1983): Strung out on booze and cocaine, Stephen King wrote this rabid dog tale of a Saint Bernard tormenting a family trapped in a car
  • Turner & Hooch, (1989) A drooling pooch and a tidy cop, played by Tom Hanks, pair up to solve a murder and find love. They do both.