Top 20 Dinosaur Movies – rrraaaanked! | Action and adventure movies

A film so amazingly stupid that it may not even exist, the sequel to Jurassic World made the mistake of trying to move the story. No longer just a worry about an amusement park full of dinosaurs, this is apparently a horror movie about a black market dinosaur auction in a scary castle. Much worse than I sounded it.

19 Theodore Rex (1995)

If you were to imagine the last movie you’d like to see, a mid-90s comrade police film starring Whoopi Goldberg and a fully dressed, anthropomorphic, animatronic dinosaur might be what you’d expect. Well, it already exists and it’s called Theodore Rex. A movie so bad that Goldberg had to be sued appear in it.

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In 2009, it seemed as if Will Ferrell could do no harm. But that all changed when he released Land of the Lost, a $ 100 million show that attempted to fuse Ferrell’s loose humor to a technologically accurate giant dinosaur effect. The two did not match at all and Land of the Lost remains one of Ferrell’s strangest missteps.

Fun fact: Super Mario Bros. was released two weeks ago Jurassic Park, but those two weeks now feel like 25 years. Everything about this film is sad, not least the fact that its central fanfare – the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs created a parallel dimension of humanoid dinosaurs led by Dennis Hopper – has very little to do with Mario.

16 the Flintstones (1994)

The same dino fashion that inspired Theodore Rex also gave us The Pickstones, a 1994 live-action remake of the beloved comic book series. While it’s not a good movie for any strain – John Goodman looks embarrassed to play Fred Flintstone, for example – it still has its moments. If nothing else, its depiction of Dino is relentlessly charming.

15 Tammy and the T-Rex (1994)

I promise this is a real movie. Denise Richards plays Tammy, a college girl whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend’s brain is implanted into a giant animatronic dinosaur. Legend has it that the film was made only because the director found a model dinosaur that no one used. It shows.

14 the Earth That Forgotten Time (1974)

The Earth That Time Forgotten
The Earth That Time Forgotten. Photo: Amicus / Kobal / Shutterstock

There is a 2009 film of this name produced by the creators of Sharknado. Please avoid that and head for the good stuff: the 1974 version of Kevin Connor. Really, dinosaurs lack the finesse of a Ray Harryhausen production – some are puppets, and some are men dressed nicely – but the story is largely faithful to the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. In addition, it presents one of the all-time great cinematic leaps and bounds.

13 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

If it weren’t for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, this would be the worst sworn film. Another attempt to deviate from a perfect story, The Lost World fails on many fronts. Half of the original cast is missing (replaced by Vince Vaughn and others), all the characters know exactly what to expect from the island, and the finale (in which T rex becomes nuts in San Diego) sails far too close to pastiche.

12 The Gwangi Valley (1969)

The Gwangi Valley
The Gwangi Valley. Photo: Everett Collection Inc / Alay

Three years after One Million Years BC, Harryhausen had another, less successful, dagger at dinosaur creation with The Gwangi Valley. Basically, some cowboys find a load of dinosaurs and have a big fight with them. The whole thing is ridiculous and is not remembered with much fondness. But if HBO can reimagine Westworld as an expensive prestigious drama series, then The Gwangi Valley deserves the same.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel has been adapted countless times, but the most effective version is Harry O Hoyt’s silent offer of 1925. It is an exceptional production, utilizing stop motion, full-body makeup and real animals. Points added for the climax in which a loose brontosaurus shatters a beloved Soho bar. Points lost for other elements aging very, very badly indeed. You will know them when you see them.

10 Jurassic Park III (2001)

What a strange movie. For most of its runtime, Jurassic Park III intends to correct the mistakes of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The story is more compact, the scares are more scary; everything is swimming. Then it comes to an abrupt end, as if the production had run out of money. A missed opportunity.

9 Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

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It is unbelievable to think that Karel Zeman’s 1955 film is almost 70 years old. As the story fades a bit over time – children row a boat along a river and gaps at the animals on the shores – the experience of watching it remains unclear. In terms of animation, set design and ambition, this film is a miracle. Wes Anderson is a fan for some reason.

Keeping a corner with the environmental sermon Ice Age: The Meltdown, the franchise decided to mess up history and introduce some dinosaurs into proceedings. For many, here the series has begun to lose its way, but there is much joy in having the deliberately unfaithful dinosaur depictions.

7 the Earth Before Time (1988)

The Land of Time
The Land of Time. Photo: Universal / Allstar

Although the series later wound up in live-video infinity, for a while The Land Before Time was the dinosaur movie. Directed by Don Bluth and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, it was intended as “Bambi with Dinosaurs” and it absolutely nails the task. In syrupy, scary and profound parts, it’s worth looking back.

6 Jurassic World (2015)

Huge financial success, Jurassic World it’s not so much a sequel as a remake. You could argue that its imitation is becoming memorable and that Chris Pratt is not Jeff Goldblum, but there is something exciting about a story that is told over and over again. And, hey, if you want to rip something off, it could be Jurassic Park too.

Well, you have to ignore most of the movie to consider this movie a dinosaur. But that’s okay, because you’ll just ignore a lot of middle-aged men having blurry quasi-existential crises. The moment comes when Terrence Malick gets bored with his film and decides to show us the history of the universe instead. It’s a dinosaur sequence that can’t be forgotten.

4 The Good Dinosaur (2015)

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This was overlooked during release, thanks to the cultural crater left behind Inside Out, but Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is an oasis of quiet charm. The story of a young apatosaurus who finds himself taking care of a small, dumb man, The Good Dinosaur is not particularly sensational or inventive, but it has a charm because of the bucket and a super weeping ending. The best talking-dinosaur movie.

3 One Million Years BC (1966)

Even compared to some of the flaws in this list, One Million Years BC is extremely inaccurate. Humans were not around 1 million years ago and the last dinosaurs died tens of millions of years before that. But your mind would be blown away in countless ways if you watched Harryhausen’s sensational dinosaur animation in a movie theater in the 60s.

2 King Kong (2005)

King Kong.
King Kong. Photo: Universal / Allstar

I chose Peter Jackson’s 2005 giant, but please submit in your favorite Kong. While New York City is the setting for the famous climax, the real fun is once again on Skull Island. This is where Kong goes at it with a prehistoric beast, fending off an attack so savagely that his power will never again be underestimated.

1 Jurassic Park (1993)

How could it be anything else? Jurassic Park is more than a movie; it is a line in the sand after which the modern craze arose. It’s a marvel of technological advancement and (mostly) accurate creature depictions, tied to a propulsion plot that understands exactly what buttons it needs to press at any given time. An undisputed classic, this film will still be first on the list in a century.

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