The 10 Best Movies About Dinosaurs

04.10.15 3 years ago
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The idea that a race of super-lizards ruled our planet millions of years before even the most primitive of humans existed is a pretty exciting concept. Not only does it make for some great adventure stories, but it has the extra added benefit of being true. With Jurassic World hitting theaters on July 12, now’s a good a time as any to look at some other movies about dinosaurs from bygone years. Let’s start with the obvious one, shall we?

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Universal Studios

10. Jurassic Park – 1993

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

An eccentric billionaire dreams up a crazy scheme and it nearly kills everyone involved. It’s a classic tale. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel about a zoo with dinosaurs was not only a box office smash, it introduced us to one of the greatest concepts ever: a dinosaur that can spit acid on your face.

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Walt Disney Studios

9. Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend – 1985

Starring: William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan

A brontosaurus (a species of dinosaur that, it turns out, was real all along) mother and her baby are discovered in the jungles of Africa, and it’s up to the Greatest American Hero and Lt. Lois Einhorn to protect them from poachers.

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Walt Disney Studios

8. Dinosaur – 2000

Starring: D.B. Sweeny, Julianna Margulies

One of Disney’s first forays into CGI films, this film dared to ask the question “What if the dinosaurs in The Land Before Time looked real?”

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Retromedia Entertainment

7. Planet of Dinosaurs – 1977

Starring: Mary Appleseth, Harvey Shain, Derna Wilde

A spaceship gets lost (as they’re wont to do) and crash lands on a mysterious planet – a planet of… wait for it… dinosaurs! A fun, late ’70s treasure featuring a climactic battle with a T-Rex.

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New Line Cinema

6. Theodore Rex – 1995

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is a cop in the future who doesn’t play by the rules. But, she meets her match when she’s assigned a new partner – who just happens to be (spoiler alert) a dinosaur! The hilarity, you guys!

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