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Frogs in Movies Salamanders in Movies
This is not meant to be a list of every movie with an amphibian in it, only a list of those I've seen and remembered.
When I see or learn of a new one, I'll add it to the list.

None of the brief descriptions below give away important plot information you won't want to know before watching a movie,
but when you click on a movie name, you will go to a page with pictures and information that might contain spoilers.

Considering how common they are in most of the world, frogs are used in movies far less frequently than snakes, probably because they are mostly harmless and less shocking. Salamanders are almost non-existent in movies as they are in life, which is fitting for silent and secretive animals.

Most of these are live-action feature films or tv movies (not single tv episodes, commercials, animated films, or nature documentaries)
that mostly use real amphibians, with some exceptions.

Links lead to pictures and information about the amphibians and the movies on one of the pages listed above.
If a movie uses both salamanders and frogs, the links are listed here as numbers that lead to the various pages.
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Apocalypto (2006)  -  An unarmed man chased by warriors improvises a blow gun using darts tipped with poison from a toad.
The Ballad of Narayama (1988)  -  Frogs are shown as part of the natural world.
The Big Parade (1925)  -  An American soldier in WWI tries to impress a French girl with a frog he caught.
Cannery Row (1982)  - On an epic hunt a group of hobos capture a thousand frogs to sell, but end up bartering them for groceries.
Chandu the Magician (1932)  - Chandu pays a slave trader with a bag full of coins that turn into toads when he pours them out.
Cheaper By the Dozen (2003)  - A family trying to catch an escaped pet frog ruins breakfast and trashes the kitchen.
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)  -  A man swallows several live frogs for a crowd on a sidwalk in Paris.
Cross Country Detours (1940)  - We see a close-up of an animated frog "croaking."
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)  -  We see an African Clawed Frog in a strip club aquarium, for no particular reason.
The Defiant Ones (1958)  -  Two escaped convicts find a bullfrog calling at night, kill it with sticks, and eat it for dinner.
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)  -  A chambermaid walking outdoors pokes a frog with a stick. Really exciting stuff.
Drive, He Said (1971) - A campus radical runs naked into a science lab and releases frogs, snakes, lizards, and other animals.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)  -  A pile of frogs sits with other raw foods ready to be killed and cooked.
The Eel (1997)  -  Bullfrogs are seen in a swamp in rural Japan.
E. T. the Extraterrestrial (1982) - Elementary school children set free all the frogs they are supposed to dissect.
Foolish Wives (1922)  -  Bullfrogs are shown at a cabin in a swamp.
Frogs (1972)  -  Frogs, snakes, and lizards strike back at humans for polluting the world.
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)  -  A frog croaks from the fountain in the lobby of a fancy resort hotel.
Golden Salamander (1950)  -  The Greek inscription on an ancient statue of a salamander inspires a man to do the right thing.
Gravity (2013)   -  A space capsule lands in a lake populated by large frogs.
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)  -  Live snakes, frogs, and dried fingers are tossed into a witch's potion.
Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) - A post-apocalyptic government stud with an exploding chastity belt fights bipedal frog mutants.
The Holy Mountain (1973)  -  Cane Toad conquistadores fight horned lizards dressed as Aztecs in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
Impromptu (1991) - Children pretend to execute Royals in the French Revolution. They blow up a frog they say is a "Viscount."
Invaders From Mars (1986)  -  A young boy fights aliens who make his teacher swallow frogs.
The Isle (2000)  -  A woman kills a frog with a stick then rips it apart with her bare hands.
Jules and Jim (1962)  -  Jules keeps newts in a wash basin in his house in France. Doesn't everybody?
The Last Wave 1977 - Frogs appear to have fallen out of the sky during a heavy rainstorm in Australia.
Leolo (1993)  -  Leolo keeps Eastern Newts in jars in the basement.
Magnolia (1999)  -  Frogs rain down from the sky and cars crash into each other.
Mandy (2018) - A man determined to avenge his murdered wife has a dream about her then wakes up to see a salamander on a rock.
Monkey Business (1931)  -  Harpo keeps a frog under his hat.
Mouth to Mouth (2005)  -  A woman put at the bottom of a well for punishment where she sees a toad.
The Naked Prey (1965)  -  A jungle adventure movie filmed in Africa with lots of herps, including some frogs.
Night of the Hunter (1955)  -  Bullfrogs at the edge of a river.
Nymphomaniac Part 1 (2014)  -  Two real frogs watch two young girls play "frogs" in a flooded bathroom.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)  -  Sirens turn Pete into a "toad" so Everett and Delmer put him in a box and take care of him.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)  -  A young girl immersed in a fantasy world hunts a giant toad in its underground lair.
Rango (2011)  -  Rango is a pet Chameleon who gets lost in the desert where he encounters desert animals including some toads.
The Rum Diary (2011)  -  A hermaphrodite witchdoctor coughs out a toad when casting some spells.
The Salamander (1981) - The mysterious "Salamander" leaves a picture of a salamander with his victims.
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) - A servant girl sees several frogs around the house where she is employed.
The Sound of Music (1965) - Bratty children try to scare away their new governess by putting a toad in her pocket.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) - A boy tortures a frog and is himself tortured for the rest of his life.
Tales of Terror (1962)  -  A drunk hallucinates a bunch of creatures blocking his cellar stairs including an Amphiuma.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) - A starving Samurai is thrown into a jail cell full of water where he finds a frog and eats it alive.
The Tree of Life (2011)  -  Boys tie a Gulf Coast Toad to a fireworks rocket and light the fuse.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003) - An old French woman uses dynamite to catch frogs for dinner.
A Trip to the Moon ("Le voyage dans la lune") (1902)  -  A space capsule lands in an ocean populated by newts.
Tropical Malady (2004) - Two farmers find rocks that turn into treasure but the treasure turns into toads when they get greedy.
True Blood (TV Series 2008...)  -  A salamander underwater begins the opening credits montage.
Venomous (2001)  -  A female bullfrog calls like a pacific treefrog before a mutant rattlesnake gets it.
The Virgin Spring (1960)  -  A pregnant woman makes a toad sandwich and causes a tragedy.
You Only Live Once (1937)  -  A couple of Honeymooners watch frogs and discuss frog fidelity.

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