Top ten dinosaur movies

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1.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
“ Sure, the star of this film is the infamous 50 foot tall ape, but to dismiss the wonderful Dinosaurs in this movie would be downright criminal. The scene with Kong fighting the Tyrannosaurus is probably my favorite dinosaur scene in any movie. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
2.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ This one is a given. Still the greatest looking dinosaurs ever created. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
3.
The Lost World (1925)
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. (106 mins.)
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
“ This film is a lot of fun. You can really see a lot of shades of King Kong here, from the wonderful stop motion dinosaurs to the fantastic second half of the film, which features a "Brontosaurus" going on a rampage through a city. The Image of a large Sauropod dinosaur stomping on buildings and crushing people is one that has stuck with me since I was a little kid. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
4.
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
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In this remake of the 1940 film with a similar title, Prehistoric man Tumak is banished from his savage tribe and meets pretty Loana who belongs to a gentler coastal tribe but he must fight caveman Payto to win her favors. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
“ It's a hammer film starring the lovely Raquel Welch and awesome stop motion dinos by the legendary Ray Harryhausen; I'm there. Highlights include A battle between a Styracosaurus and a huge Ceratosaurus, An incredible battle between a caveman and an Allosaurus where said dinosaur ends up impaled on a stake, A giant turtle, two Pterosaurs fighting over Raquel, and the scariest ape men this side of Quest for fire. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
5.
Fantasia (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
“ "The Rite of Spring" sequence features my favorite depiction of dinosaurs ever. The fight between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus is heart pounding, scary, and tragic. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
6.
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus... (96 mins.)
“ two words: cowboys and Dinosaurs. This movie is great. You get a King Kong type plot where an Allosaurus(my favorite dinosaur)is wrangled up from a lost valley and is taken back to civilization, being put on display in a wild wild west show. Of course, like any great monster movie, Gwangi escapes and wreaks havoc on the town. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
7.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Godzilla is still a dinosaur and this is his greatest film. No list of dinosaur movies would be complete without Godzilla ” - Stompgodzilla
 
8.
The Land Before Time (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley. (69 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ Great Children's movie. Everyone knows this one. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
9.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
“ The film that inspired Godzilla. This one is about a fiction dinosaur, Rhedosaurus, who goes on rampage in New York city after being freed from ice. This one is a lot of fun. ” - Stompgodzilla
 
10.
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A paleontologist and her husband discover a mother and baby brontosaurus in Africa, and try to protect them from a group of hunters intent on capturing the dinosaurs. (95 mins.)
Director: B.W.L. Norton
“ This one is a childhood favorite. To my knowledge, it's the only movie about Mokele Mbembe, a large Sauropod type dinosaur that is said to be on the loose in modern day congo. The special effects are dated but there is a real charm to the movie. Besides, how can anyone hate a baby dinosaur? (unless it's Minya, the son of Godzilla...or Godooky, the other son of godzilla. What's with the King of the monsters having the lamest kids?) ” - Stompgodzilla