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A film so hilariously stupid it might as well not exist, the sequel to it Jurassic world made the mistake of advancing the story. This is no longer just a romp in a theme park full of dinosaurs, but ostensibly a horror film about a black market dinosaur auction in a spooky castle. Much worse than I let it sound.

19 Theodore Rex (1995)

If you had to imagine the last movie you would want to see, a mid-’90s buddy cop movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and a fully clothed anthropomorphic animatronic dinosaur would be what you would imagine. Well, it already exists and it’s called Theodore Rex. A movie so bad that Goldberg had to be sued appear in it.

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In 2009, it seemed Will Ferrell could do no wrong. But that all changed when he released Land of the Lost, a $100 million extravaganza that attempted to meld Ferrell’s easygoing-goosey humor with a technologically precise effects behemoth about dinosaurs. The two were a complete mismatch, and Land of the Lost remains one of Ferrell’s oddest missteps.

Fun Fact: Super Mario Bros was released two weeks earlier Jurassic Park, but those two weeks now feel like 25 years. Everything about this film is murky, not least the fact that its central idea – the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs created a parallel dimension of humanoid dinosaurs led by Dennis Hopper – has very little to do with Mario.

16 The Flintstones (1994)

The same dinosaur fad that inspired Theodore Rex also brought us The Flintstones, a live-action remake of the popular 1994 animated series. While it’s not a good movie – John Goodman looks embarrassed playing Fred Flintstone, for example – it has nevertheless its moments. Last but not least, the portrayal of Dino is relentlessly cute.

15 Tammy and the T. Rex (1994)

I promise this is a real movie. Denise Richards plays Tammy, a college girl whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend’s brain is implanted in a giant animatronic dinosaur. Legend has it that the film was only made because the director found a model dinosaur that nobody was using. It shows.

14 The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

The land that time has forgotten. Photo: Amicus/Kobal/Shutterstock

There is a 2009 movie by that name produced by the creators of Sharknado. Please avoid that and grab the good stuff: Kevin Connor’s 1974 version. True, the dinosaurs lack the finesse of one Ray Harryhausen Production – some are puppets, some men in disguise – but the story is mostly faithful to the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. It also contains one of the greatest cinematic jump scares of all time.

13 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Wouldn’t it be for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, that would be the worst Jurassic movie. Another attempt to deviate from a perfect story, The Lost World fails on many fronts. Half of the original cast is missing (replaced by Vince Vaughn and others), all characters know exactly what to expect from the island, and the finale (in which a T-Rex goes berserk in San Diego) sails far too close to pastiche .

12 The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

The valley of Gwangi
The valley of Gwangi. Photo: Everett Collection Inc/Alamy

Three years after One Million Years BC, Harryhausen had another less successful attempt at creating dinosaurs with The Valley of Gwangi. Essentially, some cowboys find a bunch of dinosaurs and have a big fight with them. The whole thing is ridiculous and not fondly remembered. But if HBO can rethink western world as an expensive prestige drama series, The Valley of Gwangi deserves the same.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel has been adapted countless times, but the most effective version is Harry O Hoyt’s 1925 silent film. It’s an exceptional production that uses stop motion, full body make-up and real animals. Added points for the climax where a loose Brontosaurus smashes a popular Soho drinking establishment. Loss of points for other elements that do indeed age very, very much. You will recognize them when you see them.

10 Jurassic Park III (2001)

What a strange movie. For most of its lifespan, Jurassic Park III has been intent on correcting the flaws of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The story is tighter, the horrors scarier; everything runs smoothly. Then it comes to an abrupt end, as if the production ran out of money. A missed opportunity.

9 A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

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It is incredible to believe that Karel Zeman’s 1955 film is almost 70 years old. While the story has faded somewhat over time – children rowing a boat down a river and marveling at the animals on the bank – the experience of seeing it remains undiminished. In terms of animation, set design and ambition, this film is a marvel. Wes Anderson is a fan for a reason.

After cornering itself in a corner with the eco-preaching Ice Age: The Meltdown, the franchise decided to falsify the story and introduce some dinosaurs into the proceedings. For many, this is where the series started to stray, but the deliberately unfaithful depictions of dinosaurs offer plenty of joy.

7 The Land Before Time (1988)

The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time. Photo: Universal/Allstar

Though the series eventually snaked into direct-to-video infinity, it was The Land Before Time for a while that dinosaur movie. Directed by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, it was intended to be “Bambi with Dinosaurs” and absolutely gets the job. Partly syrupy, spooky and deep, it’s worth watching again.

6 Jurassic World (2015)

A great financial success Jurassic world is less a sequel than a remake. One could argue that his impersonation is becoming routine and that Chris Pratt is no Jeff Goldblum, but there’s something exciting about a story well told once more. And, hey, if you’re looking to rip something off, it might as well be Jurassic Park.

OK, you have to ignore most of the movie to consider this a dinosaur movie. But that’s okay, because you’ll just ignore a lot of middle-aged men who have mundane quasi-existential crises. The moment in question comes when Terrence Malick gets bored with his movie and decides to show us the history of the universe instead. There is one dinosaur sequence that cannot be forgotten.

4 The Good Dinosaur (2015)

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This was overlooked at release thanks to the culture crater left behind from the inside to the outside, but Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is an oasis of quiet charm. The tale of a young apatosaurus in charge of a small, mute human, The Good Dinosaur, isn’t particularly spectacular or inventive, but it has tons of charm and an utterly tearful ending. The best movie about talking dinosaurs.

3 A million years B.C. (1966)

Even compared to some of the duds on this list, One Million Years BC is completely inaccurate. Humans didn’t exist about 1 million years ago and the last dinosaurs died tens of millions of years before that. But you would have been blown away in countless ways if you had seen Harryhausen’s spectacular dinosaur animation in cinemas in the ’60s.

2 King Kong (2005)

King Kong.
King Kong. Photo: Universal/Allstar

I’ve settled on Peter Jackson’s 2005 Giants, but feel free to jump in on your favorite Kong. While New York is the scene of the famous highlight, the real fun is on Skull Island. Here, Kong wields a prehistoric beast and repels an attack so brutally that his power will never again be underestimated.

1 Jurassic Park (1993)

How could it be anything else? Jurassic Park is more than a movie; it is a line in the sand from which the modern blockbuster came into being. It’s a marvel of technological advancement and (mostly) accurate creature depictions coupled with a driving plot that understands exactly which buttons to push at any given moment. An undeniable classic, this film will still be at the top of the list a century from now.

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