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The Best Ape Movies

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!

The Best Ape Movies Films
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    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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    Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown

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    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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    James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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    Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

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    Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

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    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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    Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm, Richard Griffiths

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    Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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    Stanley Tucci, Frank Welker, Janine Turner

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    Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment

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    Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp

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    Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon

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    Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

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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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    Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith

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    Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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    Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake

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    Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers

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    John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Robert Douglas, Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes

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

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    Going Bananas

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    Ariana Grande, Christopher Lloyd, David Spade

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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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    Anna Thomson, Armando Silvestre, José Elías Moreno

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    Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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