9. ROVER THE DOG IN INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)

Let’s ignore the fact that Independence Day’s screenwriters couldn’t dream up a more creative dog name than Rover. At least they didn’t go with “Fido,” right? A better, and equally unimaginative, name would’ve been Lucky, considering that Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox’s pooch in the sci-fi blockbuster manages to survive a tunnel engulfed with fire. How? By taking an Olympic athlete’s leap across a car as flames roar towards him. Sure, the scene is total bullshit, not to mention a little inhumane (How many people do you think died as Fox worried about Rover?). Regardless, Rover deserves a round of applause for his athleticism, ability to perform in front of a green screen, and joy in the face of death. The grin on pup’s face looks like he’s hurdling toward a pack of Snausages.