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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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    Gorillas in the Mist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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    Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    Congo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

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    Project X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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    Every Which Way but Loose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarza... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm, Richard Griffiths

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    Dunston Checks In is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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    Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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    George of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

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    The Jungle Book 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment

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    Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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    Monkey Shines is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Stanley Tucci, Frank Welker, Janine Turner

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    Ed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    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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    Spymate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp

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    Escape from the Planet of the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    Conquest of the Planet of the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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    Battle for the Planet of the A... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop The prologue is all ape

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    MVP: Most Valuable Primate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith

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    Any Which Way You Can is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon

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    George of the Jungle 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Tarzan, the Ape Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Robert Douglas, Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes

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    King Kong vs. Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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    Going Bananas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Bedtime for Bonzo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake

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    Monkey Trouble is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers

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    Snowflake, the White Gorilla is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Ariana Grande, Christopher Lloyd, David Spade

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    Going Ape! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    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 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Anna Thomson, Armando Silvestre, José Elías Moreno

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    Ape is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants

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