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1. Kong: Skull Island (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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62 Metascore

After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 246,662 | Gross: $168.05M

2. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval

Votes: 208,229 | Gross: $146.88M

3. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 372,344 | Gross: $218.08M

4. King Kong (1976)

PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror

5.9
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61 Metascore

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph

Votes: 27,925 | Gross: $52.61M

5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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79 Metascore

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 395,082 | Gross: $208.55M

6. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 157,813 | Gross: $33.40M

7. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.7
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50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 203,419 | Gross: $180.01M

8. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 74,755 | Gross: $10.00M

9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 478,109 | Gross: $176.76M

10. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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46 Metascore

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 39,505 | Gross: $19.00M

11. Congo (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

5.2
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22 Metascore

When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Laura Linney, Tim Curry, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 39,831 | Gross: $81.02M

12. Mighty Joe Young (1998)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.6
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51 Metascore

A legendary fifteen-foot tall mountain gorilla named Joe is taken to an animal sanctuary in California by a zoologist and a young woman whom he grew up with. A poacher from the past returns to seek vengeance on him.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Rade Serbedzija, Peter Firth

Votes: 26,299 | Gross: $50.63M

13. Monkey Shines (1988)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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71 Metascore

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 9,885 | Gross: $5.34M

14. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.5
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40 Metascore

Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden

Votes: 27,321 | Gross: $8.84M

15. Planet of the Apes (1974)

47 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.

Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard

Votes: 3,776

16. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.3
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69 Metascore

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 29,931 | Gross: $12.30M

17. Instinct (1999)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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43 Metascore

When noted anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell, who left society to live in the jungle is imprisoned for murder, it's up to young psychiatrist Theo Caulder to get through to him.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney

Votes: 30,485 | Gross: $34.10M

18. The Barefoot Executive (1971)

G | 96 min | Family, Comedy

6.0
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55 Metascore

A young man who works in the mailroom at a TV network wants to move up the corporate ladder but finds himself stymied by his selfish boss. By chance he discovers that his neighbor's ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan, Wally Cox

Votes: 1,539

19. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.1
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49 Metascore

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 28,433 | Gross: $9.00M

20. Project X (1987)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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61 Metascore

An Air Force pilot joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X".

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, Willie, Okko

Votes: 9,670 | Gross: $18.53M

21. Link (1986)

R | 103 min | Horror

5.9
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When a Jane Chase, a young zoology student, is invited to assist anthropologist Steven Phillips with his experiments involving chimpanzees, mysterious events occur that all center around Phillip's super intelligent simian servant, Link.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Finch, Richard Garnett

Votes: 2,479 | Gross: $1.72M

22. Buddy (1997)

PG | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

4.9
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An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.

Director: Caroline Thompson | Stars: Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Cumming, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 2,388 | Gross: $10.01M

23. Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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61 Metascore

A young woman who has raised a giant gorilla from an infant brings him to Hollywood years later seeking her fortune in order to save her family's ranch.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Mr. Joseph Young

Votes: 4,232

24. Max mon amour (1986)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.1
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A married French woman takes a zoo chimp named Max to be her lover.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Anthony Higgins, Victoria Abril, Anne-Marie Besse

Votes: 852

25. MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

4.0
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43 Metascore

Jack is a three-year-old chimpanzee who has been the subject of a long-term experiment by Dr. Kendall, a researcher who been teaching Jack to communicate through sign language. Jack, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vince | Stars: Bernie, Louie, Mac, Russell Ferrier

Votes: 2,127 | Gross: $1.25M

26. Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975–1976)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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While on a mission, three astronauts in their spaceship get caught in a time vortex. They return to Earth in the year 3979 A.D. and discover that intelligent apes are now the highest form of life.

Stars: Austin Stoker, Philippa Harris, Henry Corden, Richard Blackburn

Votes: 1,346

27. The Monkey's Uncle (1965)

G | 87 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Midvale College is in fear of losing its college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 671

28. MXP: Most Xtreme Primate (2004 Video)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

4.0
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The third installment in the series of films that began with 2000's MVP: Most Valuable Primate finds the athletically inclined chimp Jack taking to the slopes. After hooking up with some ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vince | Stars: Robby Benson, Devin Douglas Drewitz, Trevor Wright, Ian Bagg

Votes: 732

29. MVP: Most Vertical Primate (2001)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

3.7
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MVP 2 opens with the lovable Jack being ousted from his hockey team, the Seattle Simians, and having to hit the road after being falsely accused of league misconduct. Jack ends up in the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vince | Stars: Cameron Bancroft, Bob Burnquist, Bernie, Louie

Votes: 972

30. Konga (1961)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.3
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Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to ... See full summary »

Director: John Lemont | Stars: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon

Votes: 1,128

31. Summer of the Monkeys (1998)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family

6.2
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Summer Of The Monkeys (set in 1910 on the prairies of Canada) follows the story of a young boy, Jay, who dreams of getting enough money to buy his dream horse. One summer Jay finds four ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael Ontkean, Leslie Hope, Wilford Brimley, Corey Sevier

Votes: 512 | Gross: $0.02M

32. A Cold Night's Death (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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Two scientists suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station.

Director: Jerrold Freedman | Stars: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne, Vic Perrin

Votes: 701

33. Jungle Woman (1944)

Approved | 61 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.1
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Paula the ape woman (Acquanetta) is alive and well, and running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher (J. Carrol Naish), also reverting to her true gorilla form ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Evelyn Ankers, J. Carrol Naish, Samuel S. Hinds, Lois Collier

Votes: 303

34. Going Ape! (1981)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

3.9
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When his father - who owned a circus - dies, Foster inherits 5 million dollars - and 3 orangutans. However there's a condition connected to the money: if he gives away the orangutans or ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Joe Kronsberg | Stars: Tony Danza, Jessica Walter, Stacey Nelkin, Danny DeVito

Votes: 690

35. The Ape Man (1943)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Drama, Horror

4.5
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A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall

Votes: 1,045

36. Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Family

5.8
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Henry Dussard, a young American, inherits a picturesque but badly neglected olive farm in southern France and is determined to make it operational again despite cautionary advice from the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Bernard Woringer

Votes: 407

37. Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet (2001 TV Short)

Documentary, Short, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A documentary about the making of Planet of the Apes (2001).

Director: Thomas C. Grane | Stars: Estella Warren, Tim Burton, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth

Votes: 66

38. Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 127 min | Documentary

7.5
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The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies.

Directors: Kevin Burns, David Comtois | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Mort Abrahams, Charlton Heston, Richard D. Zanuck

Votes: 1,508

39. Time of the Apes (1987 TV Movie)

97 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

2.2
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Three bumbling morons accidentally stumble into a cryogenic freezer and end up in the future, where monkeys populate the Earth.

Directors: Kiyo Sumi Fukazawa, Atsuo Okunaka | Stars: Reiko Tokunaga, Hiroko Saito, Masaaki Kaji, Hitoshi Ômae

Votes: 980

40. Back to the Planet of the Apes (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Sci-Fi

5.5
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This is not an original made-for-TV movie, but two episodes of the 1974 TV series Planet of the Apes (1974) edited together: Planet of the Apes: Escape from Tomorrow (1974) and Planet of the Apes: The Trap (1974).

Directors: Arnold Laven, Don Weis | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Royal Dano

Votes: 775

41. King Kong (1966– )

30 min | Animation

7.0
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An animated series about the adventures of King Kong and his young pal Bobby Bond. Also featured were the adventures of "Tom of T.H.U.M.B.", a 6" tall secret agent.

Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie

Votes: 123

42. Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys (1996– )

22 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A NASA monkey shot into space goes off course and is found by an alien race that mistakes him for Earth's dominant species. Charlie is given intelligence, the rank of Captain, a ship and a mission: to defeat the evil Nebula.

Stars: Jeff Bennett, Jerry Doyle, Karen Maruyama, Maurice LaMarche

Votes: 196

43. Animal Behavior (1989)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

3.8
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A sign language scholar's romance is disrupted by a chimp.

Directors: Jenny Bowen, Kjehl Rasmussen | Stars: Karen Allen, Armand Assante, Josh Mostel, Holly Hunter

Votes: 163 | Gross: $0.04M

44. The Bloody Ape (1997 Video)

Not Rated | 77 min | Horror

5.4
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THE BLOODY APE is the most outrageous, drive-in movie take on Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" ever committed to film. A carnival barker foolishly releases his 400 pound gorilla, who then ... See full summary »

Director: Keith J. Crocker | Stars: Arlene Burns, Bob Ceislick, Christina Zuber Crocker, Kevin Crocker

Votes: 65

45. Search for the Beast (1997)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

1.6
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Dr. David Stone is a scientist with a special interest in legends about the Okaloosa wilderness, where a violent, man-like beast is said to dwell, and where many campers have disappeared ... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Arledge | Stars: Rick Montana, Steven Steele, Holli Day, Kimberly L. Cole

Votes: 121

46. Hanuman (1998)

84 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

5.9
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Director: Fred Fougea | Stars: Robert Cavanah, Tabu, Nathalie Auffret, Khalid Tyabji

Votes: 282

47. Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu: Henge no maki (1938)

50 min | Adventure

6.0
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Director: Sôya Kumagai | Stars: Eizaburô Matsumoto, Fuminori Ôhashi, Reizaburo Ichikawa, Reiko Mishima

Votes: 47

48. Planet of the Apes (2001 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.5
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An astronaut and his crew crash-land on a planet ruled by apes.

Stars: Michael Blanchard, Michelle Briddell, Tim Harrison, Stacy Beth Klass

Votes: 79

49. Garaga (1989)

100 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

5.1
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With their spacecraft shipwrecked on the strange planet of Garaga, the crew of the XeBeC fight for their lives against blood-thirsty warrior apes. Political intrigue follows as the true ... See full summary »

Director: Hidemi Kubo | Stars: Timothy Breese Miller, Ben Coates, Wally Cole, Shannon Conley

Votes: 78

50. Saru no gundan (1974– )

30 min | Sci-Fi, Drama, Family

4.6
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A female scientist and two children are accidentally transported into a future dominated by primates.

Stars: Reiko Tokunaga, Hiroko Saito, Masaaki Kaji, Tetsuya Ushio

Votes: 36



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