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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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  1. 13
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    1987 More
    50
    Chimps as trained pilots? Yes, please. Adding 'Project X' to our ever-expanding list of best ... more
  2. 6
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    King Kong

    1976 More
    66
    added by: ozzy
  3. 11
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    1978 More
    53
    Ah, a sentimental favorite! 'Every Which Way But Loose' - Clyde! Clyde the orangutan actually ... more
  4. 17
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    2006 More
    43
    added by: pmmom38
  5. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bedtime for Bonzo

    1951 More
    47
    added by: PeteBoyle
  6. 5
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    ranked high on reranks
    Dunston Checks In

    1996 More
    77
    added by: Chris Abraham
    No list of great ape movies would be complete without including 1996's 'Dunston Checks In.' ... more
  7. 25
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    about to drop off
    Ed

    1996 More
    36
    added by: pmmom38
    Ed the Chimpanzee deserves a spot on this best ape movies list - not because the 1996 movie ... more
  8. 22
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    1994 More
    38
    added by: pmmom38
    What is it with monkeys and thievery? Pickpocket Dodger, star of 1994's 'Monkey Trouble,' ... more
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    King Kong

    1933 More
    58
    Ah yes, the great ape. The original 'King Kong' movie (1933) is without a doubt the best of ... more
  10. 20
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    2011 More
    38
    added by: DaeLassiter
  11. 21
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    Going Bananas

    38
    added by: chicosh
  12. 19
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    1980 More
    39
    added by: bojanthebest
  13. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kung Fu Panda 2

    2011 More
    59
    added by: manderavi
  14. 1
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    the people's #1
    Planet of the Apes

    1968 More
    100
    The first 'Planet of the Apes' movie (starring Charlton Heston) hit theaters in 1968, giving ... more
  15. 12
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    1988 More
    52
    1988's 'Gorillas in the Mist' earned a whopping five Oscar nominations, including Best Actress ... more
  16. 18
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    1984 More
    43
    1984's 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes' can compete with 'Gorillas in the ... more
  17. 4
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Congo

    1995 More
    78
    added by: mariegamer
    Where you are the endangered species.
  18. 23
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    1962 More
    38
  19. 16
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    2003 More
    43
    added by: pmmom38
  20. 15
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    1967 More
    43
    added by: pmmom38
  21. 24
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    1976 More
    37
    added by: Lons
  22. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    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
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    most listed &ranked low on reranks
    King Kong

    2005 More
    95
    added by: rockboy
  24. 7
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Mighty Joe Young

    1998 More
    61
    Disney's 'Mighty Joe Young' features one of the larger primates on this list (aside from Kong, ... more
  25. 10
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    2001 More
    57
    added by: ozzy
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