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The Best Caveman Movies

Updated October 9, 2019 324 votes 70 voters 4.5k views31 items

List RulesAll 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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  • 1
    Quest for Fire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Quest for Fire

    Everett McGill, Rae Dawn Chong

    Released1982

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

    The Quest for Fire is a 1911 Belgian novel by "J.-H. Rosny", the pseudonym of two brothers;... more on Wikipedia
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    The Clan of the Cave Bear is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    The Clan of the Cave Bear

    Daryl Hannah, Nicole Eggert

    Released1986

    Directed byMichael Chapman

    The Clan of the Cave Bear is a 1986 film based on the book of the same name by Jean M. Auel... more on Wikipedia
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    10,000 BC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    10,000 BC

    Camilla Belle, Omar Sharif

    Released2008

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    10,000 BC is a 2008 American epic fantasy adventure film from Warner Bros. Pictures set in the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Croods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    The Croods

    Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

    The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Early Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Early Man

    Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2018

    Directed byNick Park

    Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film directed by Nick Park.... more on Wikipedia
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    Caveman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Caveman

    Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid

    Released1981

    Directed byCarl Gottlieb

    Caveman is a 1981 American slapstick comedy film written and directed by Carl Gottlieb and... more on Wikipedia
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    Ao, the Last Neanderthal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Ao, the Last Neanderthal

    Aruna Shields, Vesela Kazakova

    Released2010

    Directed byJacques Malaterre

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    Year One is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Year One

    Olivia Wilde, Jack Black

    Released2009

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Year One is a 2009 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and produced by Judd Apatow. The film... more on Wikipedia
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    Creatures the World Forgot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Creatures the World Forgot

    Julie Ege, Audrey Allen

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Creatures the World Forgot is a 1971 adventure film directed by Don Chaffey and produced and... more on Wikipedia
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    One Million Years BC is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    One Million Years BC

    Raquel Welch, Martine Beswick

    Released1966

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    One Million Years B.C. is a 1966 British adventure/fantasy film starring Raquel Welch and John... more on Wikipedia
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    The People That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    The People That Time Forgot

    Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne

    Released1977

    Directed byKevin Connor

    The People That Time Forgot is a 1977 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel The People... more on Wikipedia
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    When Women Had Tails is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    When Women Had Tails

    Senta Berger, Giancarlo Giannini

    Released1970

    Directed byPasquale Festa Campanile

    When Women Had Tails is a 1970 Italian comedy film set in pre-historic times when “women had... more on Wikipedia
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    Missing Link is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Missing Link

    Michael Gambon, Johan Leysen

    Released1999

    Directed byGer Poppelaars

    Missing Link is a 1988 film written and directed by Carol and David Hughes. The movie is set... more on Wikipedia
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    Iceman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Iceman

    Danny Glover, David Strathairn

    Released1984

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Iceman is a 1984 science fiction film from Universal Studios. The screenplay was written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Encino Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Encino Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan

    Released1992

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Encino Man is a 1992 comedy film directed by Les Mayfield and starring Brendan Fraser, Sean... more on Wikipedia
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    When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Caveman Movies

    Released1970

    Directed byVal Guest

    When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth is a 1970 monster horror film starring Victoria Vetri, set in... more on Wikipedia
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    B.C. Butcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    B.C. Butcher

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    Cavegirl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Cavegirl

    Stacey Q, Daniel Roebuck

    Released1985

    Directed byDavid Oliver

    Cavegirl is a 1985 comedy romance film directed by David Oliver and written by David Oliver... more on Wikipedia
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    Skullduggery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Skullduggery

    Burt Reynolds, Susan Clark

    Released1970

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Skullduggery is a science fiction film directed by Gordon Douglas, starring Burt Reynolds,... more on Wikipedia
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    Prehistoric Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Prehistoric Women

    Martine Beswick, Steven Berkoff

    Released1967

    Directed byMichael Carreras

    Prehistoric Women is a 1967 British Fantasy Adventure film in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope.... more on Wikipedia
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    Yor, the Hunter from the Futur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Yor, the Hunter from the Future

    Corinne Cléry, Yadigar Ejder

    Released1983

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti

    Yor, the Hunter From The Future is a film released in 1983. It was directed by the Italian... more on Wikipedia
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    Teenage Cave Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Teenage Cave Man

    Robert Vaughn, Ed Nelson

    Released1958

    Directed byRoger Corman

    Teenage Cave Man is a 1958 science fiction film directed by Roger Corman. It was shot as... more on Wikipedia
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    Eegah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Eegah

    Richard Kiel, Arch Hall

    Released1962

    Directed byArch Hall, Sr.

    Eegah is a 1962 film starring Arch Hall, Jr., Arch Hall, Sr., Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Neanderthal Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    The Neanderthal Man

    Beverly Garland, Robert Shayne

    Released1953

    Directed byE. A. Dupont

    The Neanderthal Man is a 78-minute, 1953, United States black-and-white science fiction film... more on Wikipedia
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    Trog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Caveman Movies
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    Trog

    Joan Crawford, Michael Gough

    Released1970

    Directed byFreddie Francis

    Trog is a 1970 science fiction horror film starring Joan Crawford in a story about the... more on Wikipedia
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