Ape Movies

by Mike_Noga | created - 26 May 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Do you like apes? Me too! I mean fictional apes, the kind that talk or fight giant lizards or crush the spines of nosy townsfolk at the command of a mad scientist. So please enjoy this big,hairy list of movies featuring fictional apes.* * This includes monkeys but not lemurs, lorises or marmosets.

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1. Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

Passed | 70 min | Horror

The owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.

Director: Curt Siodmak | Stars: Barbara Payton, Lon Chaney Jr., Raymond Burr, Tom Conway

Votes: 893

2. Link (1986)

R | 103 min | Horror

A zoology student must try to outsmart a murderous and super-intelligent orangutan.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Finch, Richard Garnett

Votes: 2,157 | Gross: $1.72M

3. The Ape (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Horror

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gene O'Donnell, Dorothy Vaughan

Votes: 1,350

4. Mark of the Gorilla (1950)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure

Nazis dressed to look like Great Apes are looking for gold, and Jungle Jim must stop them.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Trudy Marshall, Suzanne Dalbert, Onslow Stevens

Votes: 289

5. Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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: 3,858

6. 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: 24,971 | Gross: $50.63M

7. 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: 150,409 | Gross: $33.40M

8. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 37,026 | Gross: $19.00M

9. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 27,668 | Gross: $12.30M

10. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 26,631 | Gross: $9.00M

11. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden

Votes: 25,678 | Gross: $8.80M

12. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 194,978 | Gross: $180.01M

13. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 454,924 | Gross: $176.76M

15. Back to the Planet of the Apes (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 92 min | Sci-Fi

This is not an original made-for-TV movie, but two episodes of the 1974 TV series Planet of the Apes (1974) edited together: Planet of the Apes: Escape from Tomorrow (1974) and Planet of the Apes: The Trap (1974).

Directors: Arnold Laven, Don Weis | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Royal Dano

Votes: 687

16. Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 127 min | Documentary

The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies.

Directors: Kevin Burns, David Comtois | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Mort Abrahams, Charlton Heston, Richard D. Zanuck

Votes: 1,400

17. The Bloody Ape (1997 Video)

77 min | Horror

THE BLOODY APE is the most outrageous, drive-in movie take on Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" ever committed to film. A carnival barker foolishly releases his 400 pound gorilla, who then ... See full summary »

Director: Keith J. Crocker | Stars: Arlene Burns, Bob Ceislick, Christina Zuber Crocker, Kevin Crocker

Votes: 62

18. 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: 723

19. 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: 10,624 | Gross: $9.87M

20. The Gorilla (1927)

80 min | Horror, Thriller

An ape is suspected of committing a series of murders.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Charles Murray, Fred Kelsey, Walter Pidgeon, Brooks Benedict

Votes: 13

21. The Gorilla (1930)

70 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A series of murders that take place in an old, dark mansion are suspected of being committed by an ape.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Joe Frisco, Harry Gribbon, Walter Pidgeon, Lila Lee

Votes: 12

22. The Gorilla (1939)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Horror

When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz, Anita Louise

Votes: 1,028

23. 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: 19,632 | Gross: $106.00M

24. Any Which Way You Can (1980)

PG | 116 min | Action, Comedy

51 Metascore

A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.

Director: Buddy Van Horn | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith

Votes: 14,817 | Gross: $70.69M

25. King Kung Fu (1976)

G | 95 min | Action, Comedy

A gorilla trained in martial arts gets loose and terrorizes the city of Wichita, Kansas.

Director: Lance D. Hayes | Stars: John Ballee, Billy Schwartz, Lois Ayres, Allan Baker

Votes: 363

26. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Unrated | 61 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox, Leon Ames, Bert Roach

Votes: 2,999

27. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Jason Robards, Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 894

28. Ape (1976)

PG | 86 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A newly discovered 36-foot gorilla escapes from a freighter off the coast of Korea. At the same time an American actress is filming a movie in the country. Chaos ensues as the ape kidnaps her and rampages through Seoul.

Director: Paul Leder | Stars: Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Nak-hun Lee

Votes: 1,345

29. The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. The action, locations set in India, and interracial romance made ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Evelyne Kraft, Danny Lee, Feng Ku, Wei Tu Lin

Votes: 1,316 | Gross: $0.02M

30. White Pongo (1945)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy

Hunters and scientists venture into the jungle to track down a savage albino gorilla, which they believe could be the missing link between man and ape.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Richard Fraser, Maris Wrixon, Lionel Royce, Al Eben

Votes: 454

31. 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: 8,975 | Gross: $5.34M

32. Ed (1996)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

25 Metascore

A trained chimpanzee plays third base for a minor-league baseball team.

Director: Bill Couturié | Stars: Matt LeBlanc, Jayne Brook, Gene Ross, Paul Hewitt

Votes: 7,690 | Gross: $6.29M

33. 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: 1,969 | Gross: $1.25M

34. Nabonga (1944)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure

When a treasure hunter seeks a downed airplane in the jungles of Africa, he encounters one of the passenger's young daughter, now fully grown, and with a gorilla protector.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Julie London, Barton MacLane, Fifi D'Orsay

Votes: 359

35. George of the Jungle (1997)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

A man raised in the jungle by apes falls in love with a wealthy American heiress.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 62,265 | Gross: $105.26M

36. Ingagi (1930)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An expedition enters an area of the Congo jungle to investigate reports of a gorilla-worshipping tribe. After many dangerous adventures, they come upon the tribe they sought, only to watch ... See full summary »

Director: William Campbell | Stars: Sir Hubert Winstead, Charles Gemora, Daniel Swayne, Arthur Clayton

Votes: 30 | Gross: $4.00M

37. Son of Ingagi (1940)

Passed | 70 min | Horror

A newlywed couple is visited by a strange old woman who harbors a secret about the young girl's father.

Director: Richard C. Kahn | Stars: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Daisy Bufford

Votes: 157

38. The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Slip, Sach and the rest of the Bowery Boys enter a haunted house, where they engage in slapstick with the Gravesend Family which has one Creepy Butler, 2 Mad Scientists a crazy old woman with a Man eating Plant a Savage Gorilla, an 8 foot tall Robot and a Vampiress.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 470

39. The Monster and the Ape (1945)

Passed | 295 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

At the Bainbridge Research Foundation, Professor Franklin Arnold, displays his creation, the Metalogen Man, a robot, to Professor Ernst and three other colleagues. Shortly afterward, the ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Robert Lowery, George Macready, Ralph Morgan, Carole Mathews

Votes: 43

40. Morgan! (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl

Votes: 1,393

41. 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: 37,685 | Gross: $81.02M

42. The Monster and the Girl (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 310

43. Captive Wild Woman (1943)

Approved | 61 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: John Carradine, Evelyn Ankers, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 584

44. The Jungle Captive (1945)

Approved | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Once again, Paula Dupree, the Ape Woman, is brought back to life, this time by a mad scientist and his disfigured assistant, who also kidnaps his female lab assistant in order to have a ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Otto Kruger, Vicky Lane, Amelita Ward, Phil Brown

Votes: 242

45. Teenape Goes to Camp (2008 Video)

61 min | Comedy, Horror

Teenape is back, and this time he's headed to the wilds of Camp Arawak for the summer to help his old friend Heather play camp counselor to a group of derelicts and miscreants.

Director: Chris Seaver | Stars: Casey Bowker, Meredith Host, A.J. Stabone, Shawn Green

Votes: 73

46. The Ivory Ape (1980 TV Movie)

104 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An ivory ape escapes from a freighter and makes its way to Bermuda. Two anthropologists want to save it, but the local authorities hire a big-game hunter to track it down and kill it.

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani | Stars: Jack Palance, Steven Keats, Cindy Pickett, Céline Lomez

Votes: 44

47. Time of the Apes (1987 TV Movie)

97 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Three bumbling morons accidentally stumble into a cryogenic freezer and end up in the future, where monkeys populate the Earth.

Directors: Kiyo Sumi Fukazawa, Atsuo Okunaka | Stars: Reiko Tokunaga, Hiroko Saito, Masaaki Kaji, Hitoshi Ômae

Votes: 873

48. Law of the Jungle (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Adventure, Romance

Nona Brooks, former member of a stranded theatrical troupe, earns a temporary living singing in a café in Duakwa, British Rhodesia, Africa. The café owner is secretly in league with two ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Arline Judge, John 'Dusty' King, Mantan Moreland, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 118

49. Bloodmonkey (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A renowned but mad professor leads a small group of American students into the jungles of Africa to investigate a remote tribe of killer chimpanzees rumored to be the missing link.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Matt Ryan, Amy Manson, Matt Reeves

Votes: 1,093