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List Rules Movies must have apes or monkeys in them.

With moviegoers going bananas over Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it only seems right to formulate a list of the best ape movies ever. Our primate relatives have starred in countless monkeylicious movies over the years. Some of these movies are CGI, some are animated and some are just 'regular' movies (What?! No IMAX 3D digital? The horror!). They all represent great cinematic achievements for these apes.

What are the best ape movies? What are some simian films? Sadly, there is no specific Oscar category for primates, but there should be! In the meantime, let's show these monkeys, orangutans, capuchins and gorillas a little love by giving them a place of honor on this list of the best ape movies ever. Did your favorite not make the list? No problem - just add it!
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Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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ozzy added Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

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Adam Tyler added King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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Charley Feldman added Dawn of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

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Gorillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown

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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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Mighty Joe Young Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Regina King

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ozzy added Planet of the Apes Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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mariegamer added Congo Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

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Project X Helen Hunt, Matthew Broderick, Jean Smart

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Every Which Way but Loose Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

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ozzy added King Kong Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo

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pmmom38 added The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm, Richard Griffiths

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but chickens double d added Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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Chris Abraham added Dunston Checks In Faye Dunaway, Jason Alexander, Paul Reubens

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Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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siddfinch1 added Escape from the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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siddfinch1 added Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Don Murray

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siddfinch1 added Battle for the Planet of the Apes John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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Monkey Shines Stanley Tucci, Frank Welker, Janine Turner

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but chickens double d added George of the Jungle Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann

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pmmom38 added The Jungle Book 2 Phil Collins, John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment

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siddfinch1 added Beneath the Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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pmmom38 added Spymate Emma Roberts, Pat Morita, Debra Jo Rupp

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pmmom38 added Ed Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda - Ed the Chimpanzee deserves a spot on this best ape movies list - not because the 1996 movie 'Ed' is a wonder to behold, but because Ed is! Yes, this chimp starts out as a mere baseball team mascot, but quickly becomes a stellar ...

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RaheelBudha added MVP: Most Valuable Primate Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith

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bojanthebest added Any Which Way You Can Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon

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martin-norbäck-olivers added 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop - The prologue is all ape

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King Kong vs. Godzilla Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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but chickens double d added Tarzan, the Ape Man Robert Douglas, Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes

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chicosh added Going Bananas

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but chickens double d added George of the Jungle 2 John Cleese, Julie Benz, Michael Clarke Duncan

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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ape Movies
William Christopher Smith added Kong: Skull Island Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

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pmmom38 added Monkey Trouble Harvey Keitel, Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers

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PeteBoyle added Bedtime for Bonzo Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezake

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DaeLassiter added Snowflake, the White Gorilla Ariana Grande, Christopher Lloyd, David Spade

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chicosh added Going Ape! Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Jessica Walter - Tony Danza inherits three orangutans. In order to collect his full inheritance, he has to make sure the apes stay safe and well cared for for three years.

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Lon Harris added Night of the Bloody Apes Anna Thomson, Armando Silvestre, José Elías Moreno

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punksnotdead added The Murders in the Rue Morgue Val Kilmer, Ian McShane, Boris Karloff

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punksnotdead added Instinct Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Lon Harris added Ape Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Rod Arrants