The Best Ape Movies Films
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The Best Ape Movies

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

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!
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  1. 11
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    1987 More
    54
    Chimps as trained pilots? Yes, please. Adding 'Project X' to our ever-expanding list of best ... more
  2. 4
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    1976 More
    71
    added by: ozzy
  3. 9
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    1978 More
    57
    Ah, a sentimental favorite! 'Every Which Way But Loose' - Clyde! Clyde the orangutan actually ... more
  4. 14
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    2006 More
    46
    added by: pmmom38
  5. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bedtime for Bonzo

    1951 More
    49
    added by: PeteBoyle
  6. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dunston Checks In

    1996 More
    62
    added by: Chris Abraham
    No list of great ape movies would be complete without including 1996's 'Dunston Checks In.' ... more
  7. 20
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    1994 More
    40
    added by: pmmom38
    What is it with monkeys and thievery? Pickpocket Dodger, star of 1994's 'Monkey Trouble,' ... more
  8. 7
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    1933 More
    65
    Ah yes, the great ape. The original 'King Kong' movie (1933) is without a doubt the best of ... more
  9. 24
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    2011 More
    21
    added by: DaeLassiter
  10. 22
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    Going Bananas

    23
    added by: chicosh
  11. 18
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    1980 More
    41
    added by: bojanthebest
  12. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kung Fu Panda 2

    2011 More
    33
    added by: manderavi
  13. 1
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    1968 More
    100
    The first 'Planet of the Apes' movie (starring Charlton Heston) hit theaters in 1968, giving ... more
  14. 10
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    1988 More
    55
    1988's 'Gorillas in the Mist' earned a whopping five Oscar nominations, including Best Actress ... more
  15. 13
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    1984 More
    47
    1984's 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes' can compete with 'Gorillas in the ... more
  16. 6
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    Down 19
    1995 More
    66
    added by: mariegamer
    Where you are the endangered species.
  17. 17
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    1962 More
    42
  18. 15
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    Down 1
    2003 More
    46
    added by: pmmom38
  19. 16
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    Down 2
    1967 More
    45
    added by: pmmom38
  20. 23
    Up 12
    Down 19
    1976 More
    21
    added by: Lons
  21. 3
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    2011 More
    90
    added by: ozzy
    'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' is certainly the newest film on this list - but man, the apes ... more
  22. 2
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    Down 19

    most listed
    King Kong

    2005 More
    99
    added by: rockboy
  23. 5
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    1998 More
    67
    Disney's 'Mighty Joe Young' features one of the larger primates on this list (aside from Kong, ... more
  24. 19
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    ranked low on reranks
    Planet of the Apes

    2001 More
    40
    added by: ozzy
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