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The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever

Updated August 30, 2018 16.9k votes 5.5k voters 586.9k views47 items

List RulesThe 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
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Land Before Time

    Diana Ross, Frank Welker

    Released1988

    Directed byDon Bluth

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

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig

    Released2009

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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    Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Jurassic Park III

    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Dinosaur

    Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies

    Released2000

    Directed byRalph Zondag, Eric Leighton

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    Journey to the Center of the E is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Lost World

    Jill St. John, Claude Rains

    Released1960

    Directed byIrwin Allen

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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    Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Godzilla

    Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria

    Released1998

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    The Land That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Land That Time Forgot

    Doug McClure, Keith Barron

    Released1975

    Directed byKevin Connor

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    The Valley of Gwangi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Valley of Gwangi

    Gila Golan, James Franciscus

    Released1969

    Directed byJim O'Connolly

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    Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Ice Age: The Meltdown

    Queen Latifah, Jay Leno

    Released2006

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha

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    The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Lost World

    Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love

    Released1925

    Directed byHarry O. Hoyt

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    Walking with Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Karl Urban, Justin Long

    Released2013

    Directed byNeil Nightingale, Barry Cook

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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 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway

    Released1953

    Directed byEugène Lourié

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    We're Back! A Dinosaur&#39 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

    John Goodman, Jay Leno

    Released1993

    Directed byRalph Zondag, Don Bluth, Simon Wells, Phil Nibbelink, Dick Zondag

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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura

    Released1956

    Directed byTerry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda

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    Godzilla Millenium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Godzilla Millenium

    Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe

    Released1999

    Directed byTakao Okawara

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    Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dinosaur Movies Ever
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    Land of the Lost

    Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2009

    Directed byBrad Silberling

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