film The Best Ape Movies  

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List Rules 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 James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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Gorillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown

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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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Planet of the Apes Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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Congo 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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King Kong Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm, Richard Griffiths

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Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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Dunston Checks In Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

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Monkey Shines Stanley Tucci, Frank Welker, Janine Turner

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George of the Jungle Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

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The Jungle Book 2 Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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Spymate Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp

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Ed 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, but quickly becomes a stellar ...

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MVP: Most Valuable Primate Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith

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Any Which Way You Can Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon

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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop - The prologue is all ape

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King Kong vs. Godzilla Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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Tarzan, the Ape Man Robert Douglas, Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes

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George of the Jungle 2 John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan

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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ape Movies
War for the Planet of the Apes

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Monkey Trouble Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers

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Bedtime for Bonzo Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake

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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ape Movies
Kong: Skull Island Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

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Snowflake, the White Gorilla Ariana Grande, Christopher Lloyd, David Spade

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Going Ape! 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 Anna Thomson, Armando Silvestre, José Elías Moreno

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Instinct Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue Val Kilmer, Ian McShane, Boris Karloff

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Ape Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants