Movies/Shows with Monkeys, Chimps and Apes

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1. 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: 150,460 | Gross: $33.40M

2. 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: 37,039 | Gross: $19.00M

3. 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: 26,641 | Gross: $9.00M

4. 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: 25,691 | Gross: $8.80M

5. Planet of the Apes (1974)

47 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.

Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard

Votes: 3,290

6. 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: 195,039 | Gross: $180.01M

7. 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

8. 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: 455,132 | Gross: $176.76M

9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

79 Metascore

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 372,107 | Gross: $208.55M

10. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval

Votes: 170,818 | Gross: $146.88M

11. 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: 37,705 | Gross: $81.02M

12. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 917,256 | Gross: $305.41M

13. The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Romance, Family

Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey

Votes: 8,674

14. 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: 19,644 | Gross: $106.00M

15. Shakma (1990)

R | 100 min | Horror

A wild animal attacks people trapped in a large tower.

Directors: Hugh Parks, Tom Logan | Stars: Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Ari Meyers, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,321

16. Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

College prof Peter Boyd tries to salvage his professional and personal reputation by using a lab chimp to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development.

Director: Frederick De Cordova | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Lucille Barkley

Votes: 775

17. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 6,408 | Gross: $2.73M

18. King Kong (1933)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape 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: 70,680 | Gross: $10.00M

19. King Kong (1976)

PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph

Votes: 26,002 | Gross: $52.61M

20. 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: 62,288 | Gross: $105.26M

21. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 350,266 | Gross: $218.08M

22. Konga (1961)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to ... See full summary »

Director: John Lemont | Stars: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon

Votes: 1,043

23. 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: 24,982 | Gross: $50.63M

24. King Kong Lives (1986)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure

Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, George Antoni

Votes: 4,616 | Gross: $4.71M

25. The Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy

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: 3,237 | Gross: $1.34M

26. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

76 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 551,879 | Gross: $424.67M

27. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi

Votes: 21,113 | Gross: $24.72M

28. 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: 8,974 | Gross: $5.34M

29. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

PG | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Apelike aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 4,174

30. Primal Force (1999 TV Movie)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rescuers try to reach plane crash victims that are trapped on an isolated Mexican island populated by mutant baboons. Ron Perlman stars as a troubled guide hired to lead the mission.

Director: Nelson McCormick | Stars: Ron Perlman, Mark Kiely, Roxana Zal, Kimberlee Peterson

Votes: 695

31. 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

32. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made.

Stars: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 20,900

33. 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: 14,821 | Gross: $70.69M

34. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Votes: 584,786 | Gross: $423.32M

35. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

PG-13 | 169 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush

Votes: 530,231 | Gross: $309.42M

36. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush

Votes: 424,073 | Gross: $241.07M

37. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

PG | 135 min | Adventure, Drama

A shipping disaster in the nineteenth century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. The mother dies soon ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm

Votes: 16,047 | Gross: $45.90M

38. Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)

PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Tarzan returns to his homeland of Africa to save his home from destruction.

Director: Carl Schenkel | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Jane March, Steven Waddington, Winston Ntshona

Votes: 1,931 | Gross: $2.15M

39. Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996– )

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Tarzan returns to Africa to defend his jungle from both human and supernatural foes alike with a little help from his friends, including in one episode Carson Napier of Venus, who's also authored by Tarzan's creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Stars: Joe Lara, Aaron Seville, Don McLeod, Nkhensani Manganyi

Votes: 159

40. Tarzan in Manhattan (1989 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan goes to New York to rescue the chimp Cheetah, who has been captured by an evil animal experimenter. There, he teams up with Jane, a cab driver and daughter of an ex-cop private eye, who help Tarzan free Cheetah and his friends.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Joe Lara, Kim Crosby, James Medina, Jan-Michael Vincent

Votes: 300

41. Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Adventure

The plot follows the novel more closely than does any other Tarzan movie. John and Alice Clayton take ship for Africa. Mutineers maroon them. After his parents die the newborn Tarzan is ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Sidney | Stars: Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, True Boardman, Kathleen Kirkham

Votes: 554 | Gross: $3.27M

42. The Romance of Tarzan (1918)

70 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan and Jane are to sail for England. They are attacked by natives and Tarzan is believed to have been killed. The Greystoke relatives return to England, the Porters (Jane's family) goes... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Lucas | Stars: Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, Thomas Jefferson, Cleo Madison

Votes: 17

43. The Adventures of Tarzan (1921)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan spurns the love of La, Queen of Opar. When he isn't trying to keep the Bolshevik Rokoff and Clayton (pretender to the Greystoke estate) from reaching Opar, he is attacked ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert F. Hill, Scott Sidney | Stars: Elmo Lincoln, Louise Lorraine, Scott Pembroke, Frank Whitson

Votes: 82

44. The Jungle Book (1994)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill

Votes: 14,366 | Gross: $44.34M

45. The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Pre-teen jungle boy Mowgli gets to human world and is pursued by P.T.Barnum circus scout Harrison who wants to take him to circus as curiosity. Harrison hires local grandee Buldeo for help ... See full summary »

Director: Dee McLachlan | Stars: Jamie Williams, Billy Campbell, Roddy McDowall, David Paul Francis

Votes: 832 | Gross: $0.48M

46. 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: 62,288 | Gross: $105.26M

47. George of the Jungle 2 (2003 Video)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Adventure

George, now a father, goes to Las Vegas, where he has to help out his brother.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: Christopher Showerman, Julie Benz, Angus T. Jones, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 5,163

48. Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1927)

57 min | Action, Adventure

Flora Hawks is in love with the overseer of Tarzan's African estate. After a search for a legendary city of diamonds, Tarzon races with his pet lion Jad-bal-ja to save Haws from being sacrificed to a lion-god.

Director: J.P. McGowan | Stars: James Pierce, Frederick Peters, Edna Murphy, Harold Goodwin

Votes: 104

49. The Revenge of Tarzan (1920)

90 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan and Jane are sailing for France in answer to a call for help from Countess de Coude who is being persecuted by her brother Rokoff. After a duel with the Countess' jealous husband, ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Revier, George M. Merrick | Stars: Gene Pollar, Karla Schramm, Estelle Taylor, Armand Cortes

Votes: 23

50. Tarzan the Mighty (1928)

Action, Adventure