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Director: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, Natalie Trundy, Paul Williams, Austin Stoker and Noah Keen
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general, as well as various human groups, threaten the stability.
Directors: Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill
Starring: Tim Allen (narrator)
Oscar, a baby chimpanzee, is enjoying his life with his mother in the jungles along the Ivory Coast. Without warning, young Oscar is tragically orphaned during an attack by a rival group of chimpanzees.
Afterwards, he attempts to survive on his own and to be accepted by the other chimps. But Oscar struggles until he is surprisingly adopted by the Alpha Male of his group.
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke and Toby Kebbell
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. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
Dunston Checks In (1996)
Director: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Eric Lloyd, Rupert Everett, Graham Sack, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix and Nathan Davis
A young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel.
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Director: James Fargo
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Beverly D'Angelo, Ruth Gordon, James McEachin, John Quade, Harry GUardino, Phil Everly, Charlie Rich, Roy Jenson and Bill McKinney
Philo Beddoe, your regular, easygoing, truck-driving guy and bar-room brawler, falls in love with a flighty singer who leads him on a screwball chase across the American Southwest, accompanied by his friend/manager Orville and his pet orangutan, Clyde.
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, Iain Cuthbertson, Iain Glen, Maggie O'Neill, David Lansbury and John Omirah Miluwi
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Director Hugh Hudson
Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and Andie MacDowell
Tarzan, the seventh Earl of Greystoke, is raised by a family of apes after he is lost as a child in the jungles of Africa. Captain Phillipe D'Arnot, a Belgian explorer, discovers the adult Tarzan, now lord of the apes, and reintroduces him to the English language and to the British aristocracy. Tarzan becomes John Clayton and is taken to meet his elderly grandfather, the sixth Earl of Greystoke, and his beautiful American ward, Jane Porter.
Living in a grand estate instead of in the trees of the African jungle proves daunting for the struggling student of British formality but he is protected by his loving and eccentric grandfather. Jane continues to teach him about life in British society and before long has captivated John, who must learn how to deal with the strong emotions of human love. John and Jane begin their courtship despite the disapproval of British high society and are eventually engaged to be married.
In the wake of family tragedy, John is forced to face his responsibility to the Greystoke family but he is unable to reconcile his mounting distaste for modern civilization. Ultimately, he finds himself torn between his animal and human families and is forced to make a profound decision about his future.
King Kong (2005)
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black, Jamie Bell, Thomas Kretzmann, Coiln Hanks, Andy Serkis and Evan Parke
In 1933 New York an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Director: Ron Underwood
Starring: Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Rade Serbedzija,
Peter Firth, David Paymer, Regina King, Robert Wisdom and Naveen Andrews
After Mighty Joe Young is brought to America for safety reasons, he escapes and rampages through Hollywood, spurred by tormentors out for revenge.
Director: Nicolas Philibert
Starring: Nénette the Orangutan
Born in the jungles of Borneo, Nenette is a 40-year-old orangutan - and the oldest and most beloved inhabitant at the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris. A captivating study of an enigmatic animal and our relationship to her.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estella Warren, David Warner, Kris Kristofferson, Evan Parke and Anne Ramsay
After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade and his most trusted warrior, Attar.
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, David Oyelowo, Richard Ridings, Tom Felton, Jamie Harris and John Lithgow
Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects, Especially Caesar, his pet chimpanzee.
A list of my favorite films starring apes but NOT monkeys.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
Published 4 years, 6 months ago