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Top 20 Dinosaur Movies - Rrraaanked! | Action and adventure movies

A movie so stunningly dumb that it might not exist either, the Jurassic World sequel made the mistake of trying to move the story along. It’s no longer just a fun movie about an amusement park filled with dinosaurs, it’s ostensibly a horror movie about a black market dinosaur auction in a spooky castle. Much worse than I made it seem.

19 Theodore Rex (1995)

If you had to imagine the last movie you’d like to see, a mid-90s buddy cop movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and a fully-animated dinosaur dressed as an animatronic might be what you’d imagine. Well, it really does exist and it’s called Theodore Rex. A movie so bad that Goldberg had to be sued for appearing in it.

Watch the trailer for Land of the Lost.

In 2009, it looked as if Will Ferrell had done nothing wrong. But that all changed when he released Land of the Lost, a stunning $100 million movie that attempted to incorporate Ferrell’s loose humor into the subtle technological impact on dinosaurs. The two never intertwined and the Land of the Lost remains one of Ferrell’s strangest mistakes.

Fun fact: Super Mario Bros. launched two weeks before Jurassic Park, but those two weeks now feel like 25 years. Everything about this movie is bleak, not least by the fact that its central ego – the meteor that killed the dinosaurs created a parallel dimension to the human dinosaurs led by Dennis Hopper – has nothing to do with Mario.

16 The Flintstones (1994)

The same dinosaur fad that inspired Theodore Rex also gave us The Flintstones, a live-action 1994 remake of the beloved animated series. Although it’s not a good movie by any means — John Goodman seems embarrassed to play Fred Flintstone, for example — it still has its moments. If nothing else, his portrayal of Dino is relentlessly cute.

15 Tammy and T. Rex (1994)

I promise you this is a real movie. Denise Richards plays Tammy, a college girl whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend’s brain is transplanted into a giant animatronic dinosaur. Legend has it that the movie was only made because the director found a typical dinosaur that no one was using. He appears.

14 The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

The land that time forgot
The land forgotten by time. Photography: AMICOS/KOPAL/Shutterstock

There is a 2009 movie of that name that was produced by the creators of Sharknado. Please avoid that and head for the good stuff: Kevin Connor’s 1974 version. It’s true that the dinosaurs lack Ray Harryhausen’s production ingenuity—some are dolls, some are men in clothes—but the story is mostly true to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ narration. In addition, it features one of the greatest horror cinematic horror movies of all time.

13 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

If not for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, this would have been the worst Jurassic movie. Another attempt to get away from a perfect story, The Lost World failed on several 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 end (in which the T rex excels in San Diego) sails near pastiche.

12 Gwanji Valley (1969)

Gwangji Valley
Gwanji Valley. Photo: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

Three years after the millionth year B.C., Harryhausen faced another, less successful stab at creating dinosaurs with the Guangji Valley. Basically, some cowboys find a load of dinosaurs and have a big fight with them. The whole thing is ridiculous and not remembered with much interest. But if HBO can reimagine Westworld as an expensive prestige drama series, The Valley of Gwangi is worth the same.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel has been adapted countless times, but the most effective version is Harry or Hoyt’s silent show from 1925. It’s an exceptional production, using stop-motion, full-body makeup and real animals. Peak points added, as a loose Brontosaurus smashes into Soho’s beloved restaurant for drinking. Missing points for other items are already very poorly aging. You will know them when you see them.

10 Jurassic Park III (2001)

What a strange movie. For the most part of its running time, Jurassic Park III is bent on righting the wrongs of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The story is tighter, the fears more terrifying; Everything is running smoothly. Then it comes to an abrupt end, as if the money has run out. missed opportunity.

9 Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

Watch the trailer for a trip to the beginning of time.

It’s unbelievable to think that the 1955 Karel Zeman movie is almost 70 years old. While the story has faded a bit over time – children rowing on a boat in the river and tossing animals on the banks – the experience of watching it remains uninterrupted. This movie is considered a miracle in terms of animation, design and ambition. Wes Anderson is a fan for a reason.

After cornering itself with the eco-engagement Ice Age: The Meltdown, the franchise decided to juggle history and get some dinosaurs into the proceedings. For many, this is where the series began to lose its way, but there are plenty of delights to be enjoyed in the deliberately unfaithful depiction of dinosaurs.

7 The Earth Before Time (1988)

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Earth ahead of time. Photo: Universal/Allstar

Although the series eventually stumbled to the infinity of live video, The Land Before Time has been around for a while The Dinosaur movie. Directed by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, it has been envisioned as “Bambi with the Dinosaurs” and it does just that. In its gritty, frightening, and deep parts, it’s worth a re-watch.

6 Jurassic World (2015)

A huge financial success, Jurassic World is not so much a sequel as a remake. You could argue that tradition has gone by heart and that Chris Pratt isn’t Jeff Goldblum, but there’s something exciting about a story that’s told so well once again. And hey, if you’re going to loot anything, it might as well be Jurassic Park.

Well, you have to ignore most of the movie to consider this a dinosaur movie. But that’s okay, because you’d be ignoring a lot of middle-aged men who are in near-existential crises. The moment in question comes when Terrence Malik gets bored with his movie and decides to show us the history of the universe instead. There is a dinosaur sequence that cannot be forgotten.

4 The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Watch a clip from the movie The Good Dinosaur.

This was overlooked at release, thanks to the culture pit left by Inside Out, but Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is an oasis of quiet charm. The story of a young Apatosaurus who finds himself in charge of a mute little human, The Good Dinosaur isn’t particularly amazing or inventive, but it has great charm and a very weepy ending. Best movie about talking dinosaurs.

3 million years BC (1966)

Even compared to some of the duds on this list, 1 million BC is highly inaccurate. Humans were not around a million years ago and the last dinosaurs died tens of millions of years before that. But your mind would have exploded in countless ways if you had seen Harryhausen’s stunning dinosaur animation in a movie theater in the 1960s.

2 King Kong (2005)

King Kong character.
King Kong character. Photo: Universal/Allstar

You’ve picked Peter Jackson’s titan of 2005, but feel free to dispense with your favorite Kong. While New York is the setting for the famous peak, the real fun is back on Skull Island. This is where Kong goes with a prehistoric monster, to fend off an attack so brutal that his power will never be underestimated again.

1 Jurassic Park (1993)

How could anything else be? Jurassic Park is more than just a movie. It’s a line in the sand after which the recent groundbreaking film appeared. It’s a marvel of technological advancement and (mostly) an accurate depiction of creatures, bound together by a propulsive plot that understands exactly which buttons you need to press at any given moment. This undisputed classic will still be at the top of the list a century from now.

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