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1. King Kong (1933)

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

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: 75,553 | Gross: $10.00M

2. The Ape Man (1943)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Drama, Horror

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: 1,063

3. Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A college professor attempts to salvage his personal and professional reputation by using a laboratory chimpanzee to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Lucille Barkley

Votes: 829

4. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 159,146 | Gross: $33.40M

5. Night of the Bloody Apes (1969)

R | 81 min | Horror

This cheap Mexican horror film is a remake of Cardona's Doctor of Doom (1962), spiced with nudity, medical footage, women wrestling, and cheap gore shots. Female masked wrestler Lucy (who ... See full summary »

Director: René Cardona | Stars: José Elías Moreno, Carlos López Moctezuma, Armando Silvestre, Norma Lazareno

Votes: 806

6. The Barefoot Executive (1971)

G | 96 min | Family, Comedy

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: 1,563

7. Every Which Way but Loose (1978)

PG | 114 min | Action, Comedy

41 Metascore

The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo

Votes: 21,916 | Gross: $106.00M

8. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

PG | 135 min | Adventure, Drama

A missing heir of respected Scottish family, raised in African jungles by animals, finally returns to his estate only to realize that difference between the two worlds is really significant.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm

Votes: 16,942 | Gross: $45.90M

9. A Summer to Remember (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Silent since losing his hearing to meningitis, young Toby Wyler takes a bitter stance against the world and his family, refusing to accept his new stepfather. But when a highly trained ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: James Farentino, Louise Fletcher, Tess Harper, Bridgette Andersen

Votes: 122

10. Link (1986)

R | 103 min | Horror

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: 2,507 | Gross: $1.72M

11. In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Because of a severe drought in Kenya in 1984, ninety thousand starving baboons go on a murderous rampage, killing humans and animals alike.

Director: Raju Patel | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Timothy Bottoms, Irene Miracle, Michele Carey

Votes: 356 | Gross: $0.18M

12. Project X (1987)

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

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: 9,745 | Gross: $18.53M

13. Monkey Shines (1988)

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

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: 10,009 | Gross: $5.34M

14. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi

Votes: 22,815 | Gross: $24.72M

15. Animal Behavior (1989)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

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

16. Monkey Trouble (1994)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A young girl's life turns hairy when her new pet monkey turns out to be a trained pickpocket on the run from a scheming Gypsy.

Director: Franco Amurri | Stars: Thora Birch, Harvey Keitel, Finster, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 6,041 | Gross: $16.34M

17. Baby's Day Out (1994)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

After three kidnappers lose the baby they have kidnapped, both the cops and kidnappers go looking for the baby.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Haley

Votes: 42,544 | Gross: $16.67M

18. Congo (1995)

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

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: 40,368 | Gross: $81.02M

19. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 102,939 | Gross: $67.82M

20. Born to Be Wild (1995)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A young teen bonds with a gorilla who has learned sign language - which comes in handy when they take to the road to escape the ape's bad guy owner. A good-natured family adventure, with Peter Boyle.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Wil Horneff, Helen Shaver, Jean Marie Barnwell, John C. McGinley

Votes: 1,353 | Gross: $3.67M

21. Dunston Checks In (1996)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Adventure, Family

54 Metascore

A young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Eric Lloyd, Rupert Everett

Votes: 11,382 | Gross: $9.87M

22. Mighty Joe Young (1998)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Family

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: 26,510 | Gross: $50.63M

23. MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

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: 2,160 | Gross: $1.25M

24. MVP: Most Vertical Primate (2001)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

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: 989

25. Funky Monkey (2004)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

Boy genius Michael Dean (Adkins) teams up with a super-talented chimpanzee and his caretaker (Modine) to take down an animal testing lab. In exchange the scientist gives the boy some pointers on the girl of his dreams.

Directors: Harry Basil, Gene Quintano | Stars: Seth Adkins, Matthew Modine, Roma Downey, Alexandre Aubry

Votes: 655

26. MXP: Most Xtreme Primate (2004 Video)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

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: 744

27. King Kong (2005)

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

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: 375,713 | Gross: $218.08M

28. Spymate (2003)

PG | 81 min | Adventure, Family

Minkey, a super-spy primate, and his partner Mike were the two best spies in the business. For years, they made every mission possible... But when Mike retired to raise his baby girl, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vince | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jay Brazeau, Richard Kind, Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Votes: 1,018

29. Curious George (2006)

G | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

The Man in the Yellow Hat is an oddball museum employee who looks after his pet monkey, an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose enthusiasm often gets the best of him.

Director: Matthew O'Callaghan | Stars: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy, Frank Welker

Votes: 14,815 | Gross: $58.64M

30. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,880 | Gross: $25.89M

31. Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina, Steve Forrest

Votes: 733 | Gross: $1.45M

32. 28 Days Later... (2002)

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

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 355,007 | Gross: $45.06M



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