The Best Horror Movies About Dinosaurs 

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Updated October 1, 2019 890 votes 192 voters 8.4k views 24 items

List Rules Only the original Jurassic Park is included, otherwise there would be too many from the franchise

Whether you're looking for movies like Jurassic Park, or simply want to watch some scary dinosaur movies, here's our list of the best dinosaur horror movies. Let's be honest- there aren't a ton of amazing horror movies about dinosaurs. However, that doesn't mean there aren't any, so check out the scary dinosaur movies below if you're looking for recommendations.

We're kind of cheating by including Jurassic Park, but although it isn't a strict horror title, it's still to this day the scariest dinosaur movie that exists. Other decent choices include Carnosaur, Raptor Island, and Extinction: Jurassic Predators, a found footage movie featuring dinosaurs. For an older pick, check out The Valley of Gwangi, a 1969 fantasy adventure movie about cowboys and dinosaurs.

Vote up any of these dinosaur horror movies you've seen and loved, and downvote any that you wouldn't recommend to even your worst enemy.

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Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum & Richard Attenborough
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Kari Castanza added Dir. by Joe Johnston (2001), starring Téa Leoni, William H. Macy & Laura Dern
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Dir. by Adam Simon (1993), starring Clint Howard, Diane Ladd & Raphael Sbarge
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Dir. by Eugène Lourié (1953), starring Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway & Kenneth Tobey
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Dir. by Eugène Lourié (1961), starring Bill Travers, Martin Benson & Basil Dignam
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Dir. by Jim O'Connolly (1969), starring Gila Golan, James Franciscus & Richard Carlson
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Dir. by Sid Bennett (2012), starring Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke & Matthew Kane
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Dir. by Kevin O'Neill (2004), starring Charles Napier, Costas Mandylor & Joanna Pacuła
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Dir. by Eugène Lourié and Douglas Hickox (1959), starring André Morell, Gene Evans & Jack MacGowran
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Dir. by Louis Morneau (1993), starring John Savage and Cliff DeYoung
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Raptor Ranch Dir. by Dan Bishop and Michael Beberashvili (2013), starring Lorenzo Lamas and Jana
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Dir. by Griff Furst (2008), starring Christopher Atkins, Michael Gross & Greg Evigan
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Dir. by Val Guest (1970), starring Victoria Vetri
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Dir. by Jim Wynorski (2010), starring David Carradine, Carrie Stevens & Tamie Sheffield
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Dir. by Junji Kurata (1977), starring Takashi Sorimachi, Tsunehiko Watase & Shôtarô Hayashi
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Dir. by Jack Bernhard (1948), starring Barton MacLane, Richard Denning & Ray "Crash" Corrigan
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Dir. by Jonathan Winfrey (1996), starring Janet Gunn, Scott Valentine & Terri J. Vaughn
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Aztec Rex Dir. by Brian Trenchard-Smith (2007), starring Dichen Lachman, Ian Ziering & Shawn Lathrop
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Dir. by Colin Ferguson (2010), starring Emilia Clarke, Kirsty Mitchell & Raoul Trujillo
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