Spotlight: Canine StarsReading about Rin Tin Tin in Susan Orlean’s new book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend make you interested in other canine stars? Try some of these movies with appealing dog actors.

Lassie Come Home (1943) with Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor is the story of the devoted Lassie who returns home to his beloved young master. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) is another story of devoted pets in search of their real home. Shiloh (1996) is an abused hunting dog rescued by a young boy and Benji (1974) is a lovable hero who rescues two young children from kidnappers. My Dog Skip (2000) helps a shy boy make friends and become a hero.

For more movie ideas, check out our lists of movies about cats and dogs and the rest of the animal kingdom.