The Best Caveman Movies 

Ranker Film
Updated October 9, 2019 239 votes 60 voters 3.9k views 31 items

List Rules All early men/women movies, Neanderthals are also welcome!

The greatest caveman movies take a look at prehistoric man in many formats.  The best caveman movies span all genres including dramas, comedies, animated features, and action pictures. There is something for everyone on this list, from cartoon caveman movies to live-action films starring Jack Black (Year One). Cavemen can such a fascinating subject, filmmakers have enjoyed imagining what life in that time period might have been like. Some of the top caveman and Neanderthal films even take place in present day, as stories envision what might happen if prehistoric man somehow made the leap forward.

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Quest for Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong, Ron Perlman

Released: 1982

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

The Quest for Fire is a 1911 Belgian novel by "J.-H. Rosny", the pseudonym of two brothers; the author was likely the elder of the two, Joseph Henri Honoré Boex. It was first ...more
The Clan of the Cave Bea... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Daryl Hannah, Nicole Eggert, James Remar

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michael Chapman

The Clan of the Cave Bear is a 1986 film based on the book of the same name by Jean M. Auel and was directed by Michael Chapman. The film stars Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, and Thomas ...more
10,000 BC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Camilla Belle, Omar Sharif, Cliff Curtis

Released: 2008

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

10,000 BC is a 2008 American epic fantasy adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures set in the prehistoric era. It was directed by Roland Emmerich and stars Steven Strait and Camilla Belle. The ...more
Early Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams

Released: 2018

Directed by: Nick Park

Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film directed by Nick Park. At the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, a caveman ...more
The Croods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, ...more
Caveman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long

Released: 1981

Directed by: Carl Gottlieb

Caveman is a 1981 American slapstick comedy film written and directed by Carl Gottlieb and starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long and Barbara Bach. The film has also gained a cult
Ao, the Last Neanderthal... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Ao, the Last Neanderthal Aruna Shields, Vesela Kazakova

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jacques Malaterre

Creatures the World Forg... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Creatures the World Forgot Julie Ege, Audrey Allen, Rosalie Crutchley

Released: 1971

Directed by: Don Chaffey

Creatures the World Forgot is a 1971 adventure film directed by Don Chaffey and produced and written for Hammer Films by Michael Carreras. The film concentrates on the daily struggle to survive ...more
One Million Years BC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Raquel Welch, Martine Beswick, John Richardson

Released: 1966

Directed by: Don Chaffey

One Million Years B.C. is a 1966 British adventure/fantasy film starring Raquel Welch and John Richardson, set in a fictional age of cavemen and dinosaurs. The film was made by Hammer Film ...more
The People That Time For... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, David Prowse

Released: 1977

Directed by: Kevin Connor

The People That Time Forgot is a 1977 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel The People That Time Forgot and Out of Time's Abyss by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was produced by Britain's Amicus ...more
Year One is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Olivia Wilde, Jack Black, Paul Rudd

Released: 2009

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Year One is a 2009 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and produced by Judd Apatow. The film stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, and features Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Hank Azaria. The film ...more
Missing Link is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Missing Link Michael Gambon, Johan Leysen, Thomas Acda

Released: 1999

Directed by: Ger Poppelaars

Missing Link is a 1988 film written and directed by Carol and David Hughes. The movie is set in Africa roughly one million years ago, at a time when one species of "man-apes" was being ...more
When Women Had Tails is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Senta Berger, Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato

Released: 1970

Directed by: Pasquale Festa Campanile

When Women Had Tails is a 1970 Italian comedy film set in pre-historic times when “women had tails” and were hunted by cavemen. It stars Giuliano Gemma, Senta Berger, and Lando Buzzanca. It was ...more
Iceman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Danny Glover, David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Iceman is a 1984 science fiction film from Universal Studios. The screenplay was written by John Drimmer and Chip Proser, and was directed by Fred Schepisi. The cast included John Lone, Timothy ...more
When Dinosaurs Ruled the... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Victoria Vetri

Released: 1970

Directed by: Val Guest

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth is a 1970 monster horror film starring Victoria Vetri, set in the time of cavemen. The film was made by Britain's Hammer Films. Like several of Hammer's previous ...more
B.C. Butcher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
B.C. Butcher
Encino Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1992

Directed by: Les Mayfield

Encino Man is a 1992 comedy film directed by Les Mayfield and starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, and Pauly Shore. The plot revolves around two geeky teenagers from Encino, Los Angeles, ...more
Cavegirl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Stacey Q, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Hamil

Released: 1985

Directed by: David Oliver

Cavegirl is a 1985 comedy romance film directed by David Oliver and written by David Oliver and Phil Groves.
Skullduggery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark, Roger C. Carmel

Released: 1970

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Skullduggery is a science fiction film directed by Gordon Douglas, starring Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark, and Edward Fox, and produced by Saul David. The screenplay is based on the French novel ...more
Prehistoric Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Martine Beswick, Steven Berkoff, Carol White

Released: 1967

Directed by: Michael Carreras

Prehistoric Women is a 1967 British Fantasy Adventure film in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. The film stars Martine Beswick as the main antagonist and stage actor Michael Latimer. Steven Berkoff ...more
Yor, the Hunter from the... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Corinne Cléry, Yadigar Ejder, John Steiner

Released: 1983

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti

Yor, the Hunter From The Future is a film released in 1983. It was directed by the Italian B-movie director Antonio Margheriti and stars Reb Brown, and was pieced together from a four-part ...more
Eegah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Richard Kiel, Arch Hall, Sr.

Released: 1962

Directed by: Arch Hall, Sr.

Eegah is a 1962 film starring Arch Hall, Jr., Arch Hall, Sr., Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel in the titular role. The film's notoriety was enhanced as a result of being featured on an episode ...more
Teenage Cave Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Robert Vaughn, Ed Nelson, Frank de Kova

Released: 1958

Directed by: Roger Corman

Teenage Cave Man is a 1958 science fiction film directed by Roger Corman. It was shot as Prehistoric World, but was changed by American International Pictures to its final title and released as ...more
The Neanderthal Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Beverly Garland, Robert Shayne, Robert Easton

Released: 1953

Directed by: E. A. Dupont

The Neanderthal Man is a 78-minute, 1953, United States black-and-white science fiction film produced independently by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen, as Global Productions Inc., from their ...more
Three Ages is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery, Joe Roberts

Released: 1923

Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline

Three Ages is a 1923 black-and-white American feature-length silent comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton and Wallace Beery. The first feature Keaton wrote, directed, produced, and starred ...more