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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Best Dinosaur Movies of All Time - Based on 38 Online Rankings

Welcome to our Reel Fives pre-launch movie rankings for the best dinosaur movies of all time. Our Reel Fives team has found 38 published ranked lists of the top dinosaur movies published online and ended up with 45 dinosaur movies that made the cut. For each ranked list of greatest movies for the dinosaur movie genre we have taken the top five ranked dinosaur films. The movie rankings on top dinosaur movies are included at the bottom of this post and include rankings of the best movies in the dinosaur film genre created by movie experts as well as dinosaur movie rankings from polling sites, such as ranker.com.

 Dinosaur movies are not easy to make, which is why the ranking list of the top movies for this genre is comparatively smaller than for our other pre-launch movie rankings such as our top zombie movies, top superhero movies, and top outer space movies rankings. Dinosaur movies, historically, have some fear-based elements, which in some way may categorize some dinosaur films into the horror genre, as well a good versus bad theme. The Jurassic Park series dominates the dinosaur movie genre, with Jurassic Park (1993) as the best dinosaur movie overall, based on the published rankings. The Jurassic Park movies play off the fear based and good vs. bad motifs. However, it should be noted that there is a clear difference between animated and non-animated dinosaur films in this genre. In animated dinosaur films, the good versus bad motif is present to teach children a lesson because that is their target audience. In this way, dinosaur movies teach children to do the right thing and are not as nuanced. In non-animated dinosaur films, there is more nuance. Animated dinosaur films appear lower on our ranking list, whereas non-animated dinosaur films rank higher, with the exception of Land Before Time (1988). The evolving technology in the film industry is only going to make the impossible look more realistic. Jurassic World (2015) made $511.8 million at the box office. Because dinosaur movies like this are so profitable, we expect to continue to see the film industry developing dinosaur movies.

We are not surprised that Jurassic Park (1993) is the top film because it has set the standard for the genre. Jurassic Park (1993) made dinosaurs come to life and flowed like an action movie. There were loud noises, some humor, and a hero, Dr. Alan Gant (Sam Neil), to save the day. We also did not find the fact that Land Before Time (1988) is second in our top dinosaur movies of all time rankings surprising given it spawned a franchise, including a series of movies for children. The first film in this influential franchise for the dinosaur movie genre proves to be the best film, while the other movies in this franchise did not live up to the expectations of the first one. King Kong (1933), ranked as the 9th dinosaur movie, and comes as a bit of a surprise because it is such a classic film. In our other rankings, classic films tend to be ranked higher, but not in this case. We look forward to the dinosaur film genre growing, as it has great potential due to the film industry’s advances in technology. Hopefully plots for future films in the dinosaur movie genre will improve too; few of the movies in the dinosaur movie rankings have a strong plot. Many of the dinosaur movies in the genre went straight to DVD or video, which may be a critique on the plot itself. We hope to see growth in the dinosaur genre in terms of depth of plot and a more realistic portrayal of dinosaurs. 

Top 43 Dinosaur Movies Based on 38 Published Rankings
Percent of online top fives movies appear shown on right
1 . Jurassic Park (1993): 89.4%
2 . The Land Before Time (1988): 65.7%
3 . Dinosaur (2000): 57.8%
4 . The Lost World: JurassicPark (1997): 34.2%
5 . King Kong (2005): 26.3%
6 . Godzilla (Gojira) (1954): 23.6%
7 . The Lost World (1925): 18.4%
8 . Jurassic Park 3 (2001): 13.1%
9 (tied). Godzilla (1998): 10.5%
9 (tied). The Land that Time Forgot (1975): 10.5%
9 (tied). Toy Story (1995): 10.5%
9 (tied). King Kong (1933): 10.5%
9 (tied). One Million Years B.C. (1966): 10.5%
9 (tied). The Valley of Gwangi (1969): 10.5%
15 (tied). Walking With Dinosaurs (2013): 7.89%
15 (tied). Jurassic World (2015): 7.89%
15 (tied). We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993): 7.89%
18 (tied). Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009): 5.26%
18 (tied). Barney's Great Adventure (1998): 5.26%
18 (tied). 100 Million BC (2008): 5.26%
18 (tied). The Flinstones (1960): 5.26%
18 (tied). Caveman (1981): 5.26%
18 (tied). Beast from 20000 Fathoms (1967): 5.26%
24 (tied). Aztec Rex (2007): 2.63%
24 (tied). Dinoshark (2010): 2.63%
24 (tied). Theodore Rex (1995): 2.63%
24 (tied). Supergator (2007): 2.63%
24 (tied). Godzilla (2014): 2.63%
24 (tied). Magic in the Water (1995): 2.63%
24 (tied). Adventures in Dinosaur City (1992): 2.63%
24 (tied). Carnosaur (1993): 2.63%
24 (tied). Meet the Robinsons (2007): 2.63%
24 (tied). Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008): 2.63%
24 (tied). When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970): 2.63%
24 (tied). Dinocroc vs Supergator (2010): 2.63%
24 (tied). Gertie the Dinosaur (1914): 2.63%
24 (tied). The Tree of Life (2011): 2.63%
24 (tied). House 2: The Second Story (1987): 2.63%
24 (tied). Rite of Spring from Fantasia (1942): 2.63%
24 (tied). Dinocroc (2004): 2.63%
24 (tied). Gorgo (1961): 2.63%
24 (tied). The Good Dinosaur (2015): 2.63%
24 (tied). The Ballad of Big Al (2000): 2.63%

Dinosaur Movie Ranking Sources
About Education List of top 5 (link)
All Time Best List of top 10 (link)
autostraddle List of top 10 (link)
azcentral List of top 10 (link)
Blank Entertainment List of top 5 (link)
Bluedreamer List of top 5 (link)
Brown Tails List of top 5 (link)
Calgary is Awesome List of top 10 (link)
Deviant Art List of top 5 (link)
Dino Enterprise List of top 5 (link)
Egg Pen List of top 20 (link)
Facebook List of top 9 (link)
Get Out of the Basement List of top 5 (link)
Hipsterical List of top 5 (link)
imdb List of top 37 (link)
Letterboxd List of top 5 (link)
List Challenges List of top 50 (link)
Listal List of top 10 (link)
Made Man List of top 10 (link)
Men Stuff List of top 6 (link)
movie fan central List of top 10 (link)
Movie Scene List of top 10 (link)
Paleontoriano List of top 10 (link)
Ranker List of top 43 (link)
Reel World Theology List of top 5 (link)
scified List of top 10 (link)
Screen Junkies List of top 10 (link)
Screen Rant List of top 25 (link)
Slideshare List of top 5 (link)
Squabble Box List of top 10 (link)
The Guardian List of top 5 (link)
The Movie Network List of top 7 (link)
The Top Tens List of top 10 (link)
Top2040 List of top 20 (link)
torrgetalga List of top 17 (link)
William Stout List of top 10 (link)
Youtube List of top 10 (link)
Youtube List of top 10 (link)

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