The Best Ape Movies Films

The Best Ape Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must have apes or monkeys in them.

With moviegoers going bananas over Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it only seems right to formulate a list of the best ape movies ever. Our primate relatives have starred in countless monkeylicious movies over the years. Some of these movies are CGI, some are animated and some are just 'regular' movies (What?! No IMAX 3D digital? The horror!). They all represent great cinematic achievements for these apes.

What are the best ape movies? What are some simian films? Sadly, there is no specific Oscar category for primates, but there should be! In the meantime, let's show these monkeys, orangutans, capuchins and gorillas a little love by giving them a place of honor on this list of the best ape movies ever. Did your favorite not make the list? No problem - just add it!


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    Planet of the Apes


    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    added by ozzy
    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    King Kong

    most listed & added by rockboy
    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    King Kong


    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    added by Charley Feldman
    James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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    Gorillas in the Mist


    Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown

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    Mighty Joe Young


    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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    Congo

    added by mariegamer
    Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

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    Project X


    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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    Every Which Way but Loose


    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

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    Planet of the Apes

    added by ozzy
    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    King Kong

    added by ozzy
    Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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    The Jungle Book

    added by pmmom38
    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    Dunston Checks In

    added by Chris Abraham
    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes


    Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm, Richard Griffiths

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    The Jungle Book 2

    added by pmmom38
    Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment

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    Outbreak


    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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    Monkey Shines


    Stanley Tucci, Frank Welker, Janine Turner

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    Spymate

    added by pmmom38
    Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp

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    Any Which Way You Can

    added by bojanthebest
    Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon

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    Ed

    added by pmmom38
    Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda Ed the Chimpanzee deserves a spot on this best ape movies list - not because the 1996 movie 'Ed' is a wonder to behold, but because Ed is! Yes, this chimp starts out as a mere baseball team mascot,

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    George of the Jungle

    added by but chickens double d
    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

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    Tarzan

    added by but chickens double d
    Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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    MVP: Most Valuable Primate

    added by RaheelBudha
    Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith

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    King Kong vs. Godzilla


    Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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    Bedtime for Bonzo

    added by PeteBoyle
    Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake

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    Monkey Trouble

    added by pmmom38
    Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    added by martin-norbäck-olivers
    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The prologue is all ape

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    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

    added by siddfinch1
    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

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    George of the Jungle 2

    added by but chickens double d
    John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Tarzan, the Ape Man

    added by but chickens double d
    Robert Douglas, Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes

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    Escape from the Planet of the Apes

    added by siddfinch1
    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

    new! & added by siddfinch1
    John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    added by siddfinch1
    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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    Going Bananas

    added by chicosh
    Going Bananas

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    Snowflake, the White Gorilla

    added by DaeLassiter
    Ariana Grande, Christopher Lloyd, David Spade

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    Going Ape!

    added by chicosh
    Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Jessica Walter Tony Danza inherits three orangutans. In order to collect his full inheritance, he has to make sure the apes stay safe and well cared for for three years.

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    Night of the Bloody Apes

    added by Lons
    Anna Thomson, Armando Silvestre, José Elías Moreno

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    Ape

    added by Lons
    Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants

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