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1. Movie Magic (1994– )

30 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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Documentary series dealing with every aspect of special effects in movies, from low-budget make-up to multi-million-dollar computer-generated graphics. The clear presentation includes ... See full summary »

Stars: James Cameron, Richard Edlund, Rick Baker, Ken Ralston

Votes: 121

2. King Kong (1933)

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

7.9
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla 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: 68,111

3. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

Approved | 205 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 31,227 | Gross: $46.30M

4. The Puppetoon Movie (1987)

G | 90 min | Animation, Family

7.3
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Salute to the revolutionary Oscar winning stop motion animated Puppetoons created by sci-fi fantasy film legend George Pal. Gumby, Pokey and Arnie the Dinosaur host 12 of Pal's milestone ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Leibovit | Stars: Paul Frees, Dal McKennon, Art Clokey, Dick Beals

Votes: 91

5. Creation (1931)

7.2
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A lost submarine discovers a secret island where dinosaurs still live.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien | Star: Ralf Harolde

Votes: 38

6. The Lost World (1925)

Unrated | 106 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.1
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes, Lewis Stone

Votes: 3,608

7. The Animal World (1956)

82 min | Documentary

7.1
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A documentary showcasing the world's many different animal species, both past and present.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: John Storm, Theodore von Eltz

Votes: 72

8. This Is Cinerama (1952)

G | 115 min | Documentary

7.1
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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and ... See full summary »

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Michael Todd Jr. | Stars: Lowell Thomas, Kathy Darlyn, Toni Valk

Votes: 361

9. 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: 3,663

10. The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
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In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper | Stars: Preston Foster, Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale, John Wood

Votes: 748

11. Morpheus Mike (1915)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.5
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Director: Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 10

12. Dinosaur Movies (1993 Video)

66 min | Documentary

6.4
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Hosts Christy Block and Don "Dinosaur" Glut present Dinosaurs in films, from silent movies to the present day.

Director: Donald F. Glut | Stars: Donald F. Glut, Christy Block, Forrest J. Ackerman, Jim Danforth

Votes: 19

13. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.3
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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 3,054

14. The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918)

Not Rated | 16 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

6.0
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In a dream Uncle Jack looks through a magic telescope owned by the ghost of a hermit and sees what life was like millions of years ago, including a battle between prehistoric monsters.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien | Stars: Herbert M. Dawley, Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 136

15. The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy (1915)

5 min | Comedy, Short, Animation

6.0
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Three cavemen court Miss Araminta Rockface. She favors the one who apparently slew the Missing Link ... but a dinosaur did the deed.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 214

16. R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (1916)

10 min | Animation, Short, Romance

6.0
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Two prehistoric suitors, one a mailman, compete for the affections of a prehistoric maiden and a dinosaur.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 89

17. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.9
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A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 5,984

18. The Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston

Votes: 3,035

19. The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié | Stars: Gene Evans, André Morell, John Turner, Leigh Madison

Votes: 1,555

20. The Lost World (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains

Votes: 2,871

21. Dancing Pirate (1936)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

5.3
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The story of a Boston dance teacher who gets shanghaied by buccaneers who might make his next steps be off the plank!

Director: Lloyd Corrigan | Stars: Charles Collins, Frank Morgan, Steffi Duna, Luis Alberni

Votes: 146

22. Prehistoric Poultry (1916)

Animation, Short

5.3
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A caveman falls victim to a prehistoric prankster, but he is avenged by his pet chicken.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien

Votes: 46

23. The Black Scorpion (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.2
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Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro

Votes: 1,963

24. The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

4.3
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An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle are being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

Directors: Edward Nassour, Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Guy Madison, Patricia Medina, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro

Votes: 1,063

25. Conquest of Area 53 (2018)

Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi | Post-production

World-famous cryptozoologist Dr. James Ferro leads an expedition into the jungles of a vast island populated by dangerous genetically-engineered creatures.

Director: Zach Klinefelter | Stars: Zach Klinefelter, Benjamin Barton, David Kelley, Lars Wengren

26. Along the Moonbeam Trail (1920)

10 min | Animation, Short

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A magic aeroplane takes two children to the Moon, where they encounter prehistoric monsters and witness a battle between them.

Directors: Herbert M. Dawley, Willis H. O'Brien

27. Emilio and His Magical Bull (1975)

G | 54 min | Animation

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Director: Edward Nassour | Stars: Sara Bernier, Jud Howard, Ted Knight, Dal McKennon

28. Necro-Maniac (Video)

Horror | Filming

A chainsaw-wielding killer clown is on a grisly mutilation spree. When he is killed and returns from the dead, there is hell to pay.

Director: Joe Pinkerton | Star: Joe Pinkerton

29. Curious Pets of Our Ancestors (1917)

5 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Willis H. O'Brien

30. The Birth of a Flivver (1917)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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Two cavemen invent the wheel, but when they are frustrated in their attempts to have a dinosaur pull a cart, conclude that the device is useless.

Director: Willis H. O'Brien

31. My Last (2014)

9 min | Short, Horror

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An old serial killer with his eyes on retirement kidnaps a victim who will have the honor of being his very last kill. But has this seasoned murderer bitten off more than he can chew?

Director: Henry Bartels | Stars: Thor Bartos, Trevin Wiley

32. Movie Magic (1994– )
Episode: Stop Motion Animation: One Step at a Time (1994)

Documentary, History

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How stop-motion animation works with an emphasis on the work of Willis O'Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and Phil Tippett.

Stars: Ray Harryhausen, Willis H. O'Brien, Phil Tippett