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


    Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ape Movies


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

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    Gorillas in the Mist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ape Movies


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

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


    Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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    Congo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Congo Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

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    Project X is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    King Kong Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Dunston Checks In is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarza... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm, Richard Griffiths

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

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    Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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    The Jungle Book 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Ape Movies


    Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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


    Monkey Shines Stanley Tucci, Frank Welker, Janine Turner

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    Ed is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Any Which Way You Can is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Bedtime for Bonzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake

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    King Kong vs. Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ape Movies


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

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    George of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Monkey Trouble is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers

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    Conquest of the Planet of the ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    MVP: Most Valuable Primate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith

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    Escape from the Planet of the ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Battle for the Planet of the A... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    George of the Jungle 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 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) 34 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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

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    Going Bananas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ape Movies

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    Going Bananas

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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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