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1. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 785,092 | Gross: $402.45M

2. Jurassic World (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer

Votes: 540,389 | Gross: $652.27M

3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 346,427 | Gross: $229.09M

4. Jurassic Park III (2001)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.9
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42 Metascore

A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna for a holiday, but their unexpected landing startles the island's new inhabitants.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 274,557 | Gross: $181.17M

5. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 22,995 | Gross: $1.30M

6. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 18,023

7. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 6,132 | Gross: $5.00M

8. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

8.0
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91 Metascore

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett

Votes: 51,136

9. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,514

10. The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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 that threatens London.

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

Votes: 1,963

11. Dinosaur 13 (2014)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

7.2
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66 Metascore

A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Votes: 3,306

12. RRRrrrr!!! (2004)

94 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

5.8
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In 35,000 BC, the tribe of the Dirty Hairs is in war against the tribe of the Clean Hairs for eight hundred years, trying to get their shampoo. The chief of the Dirty Hairs sends his ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Marina Foïs, Gérard Depardieu, Damien Jouillerot, Samir Guesmi

Votes: 12,073

13. Lego Jurassic World (2015 Video Game)

E10+ | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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When chaos strikes on Isla Nublar and Sorna, it's up to you to survive against these dinosaurs. You can play any one of the 4 movies and their characters, such as Alan Grant, Owen Grady, and even as the dinosaurs.

Director: Jon Burton | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Troy Baker, John Eric Bentley, JB Blanc

Votes: 764

14. Monster on the Campus (1958)

Approved | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt, Nancy Walters

Votes: 1,373

15. The Deadly Mantis (1957)

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

4.9
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A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph

Votes: 2,816

16. The Genesis Code (2010)

PG | 138 min | Drama

5.5
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A college hockey player and a female journalism student struggle to find common ground with their spiritual faith and scientific studies.

Directors: C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Logan Bartholomew, Kelsey Sanders, C.R. Lewis, Ernest Borgnine

Votes: 564

17. Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Documentary

8.3
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Using the latest digital technology, the era between the dinosaurs and man is superbly recreated by the BBC and Discovery Channel in another winning production from the coalition.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Stockard Channing, Larry Agenbroad, Frank Fish

Votes: 2,325

18. T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

45 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

4.7
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A youth who finds a dinosaur egg accidentally breaks it. Soon after, she begins to have surreal visions of dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Peter Horton, Liz Stauber, Kari Coleman, Charlene Sashuk

Votes: 678 | Gross: $53.35M

19. The Dinosaurs! (1992– )

Documentary

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Stars: Barbara Feldon, Robert Bakker, Peter Dobson, Jack Horner

Votes: 66

20. When Dinosaurs Ruled (1999– )

52 min | Documentary

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Jeff Goldblum, the star of Jurassic Park (1993), narrates this five-part documentary about the dinosaurs of North and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia and Antarctica.

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Bob Bakker, Robert Bakker, Peter Dodson

Votes: 55

21. The Animal World (1956)

Approved | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, History

7.0
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A documentary showcasing the world's many different animal species, both past and present.

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

Votes: 80

22. Animal Armageddon (2009– )

Documentary, Animation, History

7.5
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This documentary series explores the causes behind six major extinction events in Earth's history. It also speculates on the next such event.

Stars: Peter Ward, Michael Carroll, Craig Chesner, Michael Benton

Votes: 169

23. Musée haut, musée bas (2008)

97 min | Comedy

5.3
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A curator terrified of green plants, a ballet of Virgin Saints, a minister of Culture lost in an exhibition of sex organs, a car that has disappeared in the Rembrandt car park, visitors in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Michel Ribes | Stars: Michel Blanc, Simon Abkarian, Victoria Abril, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 416

24. Dinotasia (2012)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Animation

5.7
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A collection of vignettes presenting possible experiences in the lives of dinosaurs during various periods.

Directors: David Krentz, Erik Nelson, David E. Duncan | Stars: Werner Herzog, Lorànt Deutsch

Votes: 338

25. Bipedalism (2005)

94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Director: Evgeniy Yufit | Stars: Aleksandr Anikeyenko, Sergey Chernov, Stanislav Ilyukhin, Valeri Krishtapenko

Votes: 101

26. The Dinosaur Hunters (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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In 1922, American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews led an archeological expedition into Mongolia's Gobi Desert and uncovered one of the richest dinosaur graveyards in the world. Political... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Piddington | Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Paul Brightwell, Michelle Bunyan, Alan Cox

Votes: 33

27. Jurassic (2015 Video)

139 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Director: Trey Smith | Stars: Mark Armitage, Bob Enyart, Aaron Judkins, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 9

28. Dragons or Dinosaurs? (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

5.5
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Dragon images, legends and lore exist all over the world in many different cultures. But what if dragons were actually dinosaurs?

Director: André van Heerden | Stars: Krysta LeBlanc, Chris Gorman, Ralph deGroot, Abigail de Groot

Votes: 55

29. Prehistoric Monsters Revealed (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

7.4
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While presenting various lesser-known prehistoric giant creatures, various paleontologists explain how fossil analysis works and how they can deduce characteristics, behavior and look of these long extinct animals.

Director: Sean Dash | Stars: Sankar Chatterjee, Mike Everhart, Joe Hannibal, Alexander Kaiser

Votes: 53

30. Time Collectors (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Mystery

4.7
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Sam, a wealthy independent paleontologist, makes a fossil discovery that challenges mainstream evolutionary thinking. Sam suspiciously turns up dead, leaving his inheritance and secret to ... See full summary »

Director: Caleb Johnson | Stars: Nick Snell, Deanne Snell, Larry Walangitan, Jack Davenport

Votes: 18

31. What Killed the Mega Beasts? (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Documentary

7.1
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Paleontologists seek evidence to determine which of the three competing theories - kill, chill or ill - best account for the disappearance of all the large animals at the end of the last ice age.

Director: Chris Lent | Stars: Luis Alberto Borerro, David Burney, Sarah Cleaveland, Tim Flannery

Votes: 27

32. Dinosaur Park (1998)

50 min | Documentary

6.3
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An extraordinary look at the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta Canada, highlighting the process and public impact of the unique dinosaur research being performed there by the ... See full summary »

Director: John Robichaud | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Bruce Naylor, Darren Tanke, Philip Currie

Votes: 7

33. Running Wild: Australia's Camels (2016 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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Director: Ben Hawke | Stars: Robyn Davidson, Tahmina Ansari, John Bean, Bejah

34. Darwin's Dilemma (2009 Video)

71 min | Documentary

6.4
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Darwin's Dilemma examines what many consider to be the most powerful refutation of Darwinian evolution-the Cambrian fossil record. Charles Darwin realized that the fossil evidence did not ... See full summary »

Director: Lad Allen | Stars: Doug Axe, Stephen C. Meyer, Simon Conway Morris, Paul Nelson

Votes: 68

35. A.D.A.M. (1988)

98 min | Comedy

5.4
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Anthropologist Tobias Schmidt-Eberbach is about to get married. However, a find of a prehistoric skull on his wedding day messes up his plans. So does hitchhiker Uschi Mueller who he picks ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ballmann | Stars: Helmut Berger, Désirée Nosbusch, Yolanda Jilot, Gunter Berger

Votes: 47

36. Dinosauria (2017)

20 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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Short documentary pilot for potential series about dinosaurs, featuring up to date scientific information and brought to life with retro effects.

Director: Kyle Gilmore | Stars: Dennis Bell, Neil Douglas, Charles Phelps, Gary Stringer

37. Dinosaurs Decoded (2009 TV Movie)

Documentary

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National Geographic reviews Jack Horner's research into juvenile dinosaurs. His evidence suggests that juvenile dinosaurs looked sufficiently different from adults that they have sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Levitt | Stars: Jack Horner, Mark Goodwin, Hans Larsson, Thomas Carr

Votes: 35

38. Jurassic Days (2018 Video)

Documentary, Short

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Stars: Eric-Jamie Anthony Scharf, Gabriel Léon Scharf, Michelle Leia Scharf, Silvie Scharf

39. Scheppers (2004 TV Short)

22 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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Director: Chai Locher | Stars: Jo Rooijakkers, Teddy Spin, Joop van Wijchen, Rene de Voogt

Votes: 5

40. Footprints in Stone: Forbidden History II (2013 Video)

34 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Directors: Cameron Heidrick, Jeffery Jack | Stars: Stephen Skinner, Aaron Judkins, Robert Summers, Carl Baugh

41. Hard Questions for Evolutionists (2011 Video)

108 min

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Star: Carl Baugh

42. ¡Evoluciona! (2014)

Documentary, Short

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Directors: Facundo Juan Devitto, Begoña Ruiz | Stars: Juan Luis Arsuaga, Luis Cuesta, Elena Esparcia, Carmen Sanz

43. The Ape that fell from the sky (2009)

67 min | Documentary

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Director: Zahos Samoladas

44. Trapped in Time (2010 Video)

16 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Director: Rick Cavaggion

45. Oklahoma Rocks! (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

6.4
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"Oklahoma Rocks!" is a celebration of the billion year history of the 46th state. Geologist Devin Dennie travels across Oklahoma to learn the secrets of the state's origin through its sand, stone and soil.

Director: Todd Kent | Star: Devin Dennie

Votes: 10

46. Rise of the Continents (2013– )
Episode: Africa (2013)

TV-PG | 61 min | Documentary

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Africa is the cradle of humanity, it is land born from violent, cataclysmic events. Even today, it is still possible to find evidence, sometimes in the most unlikely places, of these events... See full summary »

Director: Peter Oxley | Stars: Iain Stewart, Richard Nashuma, Mustapha Turay, Charlie Underwood

Votes: 34

47. The Saad Truth (2014– )
Episode: Are Evolutionary Psychology Hypotheses Unfalsifiable? (2018)

Talk-Show

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Star: Gad Saad

48. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening (2013)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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This four part series describes the origins and diversification of life on earth with Australia as a microcosm. This episode describes the history of Earth from its initial formation ... See full summary »

Stars: David Flannery, Jim Gehling, John Paterson, Richard Smith

Votes: 47

49. Elementary (2012– )
Episode: Dead Clade Walking (2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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When Joan revisits one of Sherlock's cold cases, she discovers an unsolved murder is connected to a rare prehistoric fossil. Meanwhile, Sherlock finds himself in uncharted territory when ... See full summary »

Director: Helen Shaver | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 726

50. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Decoding Neanderthals (2013)

TV-G | 53 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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What happened when the first modern humans encountered the Neanderthals? Did they make love or war?

Director: Nick Clarke Powell | Stars: Corey Johnson, John Hawks, April Nowell, Ed Green

Votes: 115



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