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With moviegoers about to go 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!). All represent great cinematic achievements for these apes.

What are the best ape movies? What are some simbian films? Sadly, there is no specific Oscar category for primates, but there should be! In the meantime, let's show these monkeys, orangutans 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!

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

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    Planet of the Apes

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    The first 'Planet of the Apes' movie (starring Charlton Heston) hit theaters in 1968, giving ... more
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    King Kong

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    added by: rockboy
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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    2011 More
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    added by: ozzy
    'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' is certainly the newest film on this list - but man, the apes ... more
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    1995 More
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    added by: mariegamer
    Where you are the endangered species.
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    Dunston Checks In

    1996 More
    78
    added by: Chris Abraham
    No list of great ape movies would be complete without including 1996's 'Dunston Checks In.' ... more
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    1976 More
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    added by: ozzy
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    1998 More
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    Disney's 'Mighty Joe Young' features one of the larger primates on this list (aside from Kong, ... more
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    King Kong

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    Ah yes, the great ape. The original 'King Kong' movie (1933) is without a doubt the best of ... more
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    2011 More
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    2001 More
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    1978 More
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    Ah, a sentimental favorite! 'Every Which Way But Loose' - Clyde! Clyde the orangutan actually ... more
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    1988 More
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    1988's 'Gorillas in the Mist' earned a whopping five Oscar nominations, including Best Actress ... more
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    1987 More
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    Chimps as trained pilots? Yes, please. Adding 'Project X' to our ever-expanding list of best ... more
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    Bedtime for Bonzo

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    2006 More
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    1984 More
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    1984's 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes' can compete with 'Gorillas in the ... more
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    1967 More
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    2003 More
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    1980 More
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    1962 More
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    2011 More
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    Going Bananas

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    1994 More
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    added by: pmmom38
    What is it with monkeys and thievery? Pickpocket Dodger, star of 1994's 'Monkey Trouble,' ... more
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    1976 More
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    Ed

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    added by: pmmom38
    Ed the Chimpanzee deserves a spot on this best ape movies list - not because the 1996 movie ... more
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