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The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever  

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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
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more
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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
jhammond added Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern
Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more
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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
FazeehaManzoor added Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi
The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more
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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
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard
Dinosaur is a 2000 American live-action/computer-animated science fiction adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation with The Secret Lab, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more
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The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Jill St. John, Claude Rains, David Hedison
The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Conan Doyle and directed by Irwin Allen. The plot of the film revolves around the ...more
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Journey to the Center of the E... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was directed by Henry
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
bojanthebest added Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno
Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. A reimagining of the popular Japanese film monster of the same name, the film focuses on a ...more
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The Land That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Doug McClure, Keith Barron
The Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The screenplay was written by Michael Moorcock. The film ...more
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot
King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an ...more
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The Valley of Gwangi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson
The Valley of Gwangi is a 1969 American western-fantasy film directed by Jim O'Connolly and written by William Bast. It stars James Franciscus and, in their final film appearances, Richard ...more
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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski
Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, and starring ...more
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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Ariel Winter
Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more
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The Last Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The People That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Dinotopia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
StephanieVandenBranden added
Dinotopia is a four-hour TV miniseries co-produced by Walt Disney Television and Hallmark Entertainment. It is based on the fictional world of Dinotopia, a utopia in which sentient dinosaurs and ...more
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Baby: Secret of the Lost Legen... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
wiabux added John Goodman, Jay Leno, Martin Short
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is a 1993 American animated science fiction adventure film, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio, distributed by Universal Pictures, and ...more
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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
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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Walking with Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
subrata added Karl Urban, Justin Long, John Leguizamo
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D is a 2013 animation, action and family film directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale.