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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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Dinosaurus! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
jhalterman36 added Gregg Martell, James Logan, Alan Roberts
Dinosaurus! is a 1960 science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth and produced by Jack H. Harris. The leading role was intended for Steve McQueen, who starred in The Blob two years earlier, ...more
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Godzilla Millenium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan
Godzilla 2000: Millennium is a 1999 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Takao Okawara and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-third film released in ...more

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Destroy All Monsters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
jhalterman36 added Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo
Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Kaijū Sōshingeki, is a 1968 Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. The ninth entry in the original Godzilla series, it stars Akira Kubo, ...more
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King Kong vs. Godzilla ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
jhalterman36 added Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata
King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao ...more
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The Last Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
jhammond added Joan Van Ark, Richard Boone, Steven Keats
The Last Dinosaur is a Japanese/American tokusatsu co-production, co-directed by Alexander Grasshoff and Shusei Kotani, billed as Tom Kotani, and co-produced by Japan's Tsuburaya Productions, ...more
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Godzilla, King of the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
jhalterman36 added Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishirō Honda. The film is a heavily re-edited American adaptation, ...more

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Ice Age: Continental Dri... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. It was written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg, and ...more

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The People That Time For... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
bojanthebest added Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, David Prowse
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
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Godzilla vs. Destoroyah ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Akihiko Hirata, Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, was a 1995 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara, with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred Takuro ...more

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One Million Years BC is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Jim_In_Texas added Raquel Welch, Martine Beswick, John Richardson
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
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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
punksnotdead added Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosie O'Donnell
The Flintstones is a 1994 American buddy comedy film directed by Brian Levant and written by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein and Steven E. de Souza. A live-action adaptation of the 1960s animated ...more

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Baby: Secret of the Lost... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, William Katt
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is a 1985 American adventure fantasy film directed by Bill L. Norton and starring William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, and Julian Fellowes. The story is ...more
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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West
Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 30, 2007. The 47th animated feature in ...more

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At the Earth's Core is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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At the Earth's Core is a 1976 fantasy-science fiction film produced by Britain's Amicus Productions. It was directed by Kevin Connor and starred Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro, Philippa Herring ...more
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The War of the Gargantua... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata
This film, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film. The film was co-produced between the Japanese company Toho, and Henry G. ...more

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Gorgo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Bill Travers, Martin Benson, Basil Dignam
Gorgo is a 1961 British science fiction monster film directed by Eugène Lourié. The film focuses on Gorgo, an ancient sea monster brought back to London for exploitation but ...more
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Caveman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long
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

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The Land Unknown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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The Land Unknown is a sci-fi, CinemaScope adventure film about a naval expedition trapped in an Antarctic jungle. The story was allegedly inspired by the discovery of unusually warm water in ...more
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Gertie the Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Max Fleischer, Winsor McCay, George McManus
Gertie the Dinosaur is a 1914 animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay. It is the earliest animated film to feature a dinosaur. McCay first used the film before live ...more
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2012 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
vijayboeing747 added Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton
2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more

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Meet the Spartans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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Meet the Spartans is a 2008 American parody film directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Similar to past movies, such as Scary Movie, Date Movie, and Epic Movie, it directs parodies at ...more
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Trog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Thorley Walters
Trog is a 1970 science fiction horror film starring Joan Crawford in a story about the discovery of a living trogolodyte. The screenplay was written by Peter Bryan, John Gilling, and Aben ...more