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List Rules The best dinosaur movies in film history.

A list of the best dinosaur movies going all the way back to the dawn of cinema. We think we've included all of the best ones, but if you believe we missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself.

Dinosaurs have been a favorite among movie goers for almost a century. This list includes all types of dinosaur films including silent movies, dinosaur movies for kids, live action, animation, new, and old. Dinosaurs are a subject-matter loved by all age groups, which makes them ideal for film making. (After all – every person, young and old, has their favorite dinosaur.) Be it a comedy, a drama, a sci-fi, or a horror film, dinos can be found everywhere.

 Perhaps one of the most famous and popular dinosaur movies of all time is Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Originally released in 1993, this science-fiction, action-adventure movie was based on the Michael Crichton book of the same name (Crichton also co-wrote the film's screenplay with David Koepp). In 2013, Jurassic Park 3D was released in theaters, to celebrate the movie's 20th anniversary.

 Several films (including the aforementioned Jurassic Park) with dinosaur themes are among the best movies of all time, and certainly among the most rewatchable.The great dinosaur films on this list are beloved by so many movie fans of all ages. From The Land Before Time (no doubt a children's favorite) to Land of the Lost and the animated classic Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, this list includes the best dino films in the history of cinema.
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Lost World: Jurassic... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Released: 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Don Bluth

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Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Din... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Journey to the Center of... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl

Released: 1959

Directed by: Henry Levin

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

Released: 1998

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Jill St. John, Claude Rains, David Hedison

Released: 1960

Directed by: Irwin Allen

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

Released: 1933

Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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The Land That Time Forgo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Doug McClure, Keith Barron

Released: 1975

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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The Valley of Gwangi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson

Released: 1969

Directed by: Jim O'Connolly

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Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter

Released: 2006

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

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Released: 2018

Directed by: J. A. Bayona

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Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love, Wallace Beery

Released: 1925

Directed by: Harry O. Hoyt

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We're Back! A Dinosaur's... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Released: 1993

Directed by: Ralph Zondag, Don Bluth, Simon Wells, Phil Nibbelink, Dick Zondag

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Dinotopia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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The Beast from 20,000 Fa... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Released: 1953

Directed by: Eugène Lourié

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook

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The People That Time For... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Released: 1977

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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Godzilla Millenium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

Released: 1999

Directed by: Takao Okawara

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Released: 2008

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