Top 13 Best Monkey Movies of All Time You Should Not Miss
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Outstanding intelligence, strength and agility are what we can easily see in a monkey. They have a natural life and the behavior of monkeys is extremely rich and diverse. Within the scope of this article, KnowInsiders does not delve into the science and history of monkeys, but only introduces cinematic works that take monkeys as inspiration and build scripts.
Let's review the top 13 monkey movies worth watching from action movies, psychological humor to animation.
1. Amy: Congo (1995)
Congo, directed by Frank Marshall in 1995, had to enter this list in some manner owing to its quantity of memorable ape characters and overall underappreciation, and certainly the "talking" gorilla Amy (who utilizes a gadget that converts her sign language to spoken English) comes here in the Top 5. What's not to like about her passion of art and habit of referring to herself in the third person? "Amy, you're a nice gorilla."
2. King Kong (1933)
|King Kong (1933)|
Most monkey movies ever made share a strand of DNA with this Merian Cooper classic. With this work, Willis O'Brien became an animator who pioneered stop-motion techniques, creating realistic frames of monkeys on screen. Four model monkeys made of foam, iron and rubber with rabbit and bear fur were used during filming.
3. Planet of the Apes Franchise (1968)
|Planet of the Apes Franchise (1968)|
While Charlton Heston's character is the obvious protagonist of Planet of the Apes, Roddy McDowall's chimp Dr. Cornelius is the true star of the franchise. Cornelius, a curious ape who questions traditional concepts of religion and evolution, is a noble and admirable counterpoint to the Apes world's status quo, and truly begins to take over the series in the succeeding chapters.
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4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
|Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)|
With a score of 7.6/10 by the IMDB site, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has become one of the most watched monkey fantasy movies ever. The film originates from the same virus found in chimpanzees. This virus is believed by scientists to be able to become a cure for Alzheimer's disease for humans. Expert Will Rodman experimented on a pregnant female chimpanzee and modified it, making the mother's intelligence develop on par with that of a human. Later, baby chimpanzee Caesar was raised by Will, he learned very quickly and inherited his mother's intelligence. This monkey has released the virus in the laboratory into the air, making other monkeys have the same intelligence as him. Together they rose up, fleeing to the forest of Muir. Meanwhile, one of Will's fellow experimenters contracted the new virus and died a few days later. Scientists were not aware that the virus they developed only helped monkeys evolve, but it was fatal to humans. The film ends with expert Will's neighbor going on a train abroad. Before that, he accidentally contracted the disease from Will's co-worker. This is an open ending, signaling a global pandemic will take place.
5. Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
|Gorillas in the Mist (1988)|
Not only participating in the action and psychological film genre, the monkeys and their relatives also participate in the biographical genre. Gorillas In The Mist tells about the nearly 20-year-old dedication of the famous chimpanzee Dian Fossey, who was murdered in 1985. The film was filmed in the remote Congo, where the female researcher was once born. live and work. According to government regulations, each day the crew is only allowed to send 5 people into the deep forest to work. They have to travel through many dangerous places and work in difficult and deprived tropical forest conditions. The female lead Sigourney Weaver was once threatened by an 82kg gorilla. But later, it was this monkey named Pablo who became acquainted with the crew and became a "bright star".
6. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
|Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)|
Greystoke: The Tale of Tarzan, directed by Hugh Hudson of Chariots of Fire, is famous for returning the Tarzan story to its origins and abandoning the campy trappings that the tale had acquired over the years. It's a darker take on the famous narrative of a youngster trapped in the jungle and raised by an ape family. The 1984 picture is especially renowned for the highly lifelike apes made by effects guru Rick Baker, even by today's standards. The ape effects are fantastic, but if you're expecting for a Tarzan movie with a person swinging about in the trees, this may not be the film for you. The apes in the film, like those in Burroughs' novel, exhibit basic linguistic skills.
7. Mighty Joe Young (1998)
|Mighty Joe Young (1998)|
This is a good and touching movie about giant gorillas, which is a remake of the movie of the same name built in 1949. The film directed by Ron Underwood tells about the life of a big uncle King Kong, loved by a beautiful girl. Archaeologist named Jill Young raised, protected and cared for. The film is about the bond between humans and domestic animals, despite danger or differences in species. Film released by Walt Disney company with the participation of famous Hollywood stars - Oscar-winning beauty Charlize Theron.
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8. The Hangover II (2011)
|The Hangover II (2011)|
Four boys Stu, Phil, Alan and Doug go to Bangkok to hold a bachelorette party for Stu before he gets married. However, things once again did not go according to plan. After a night of "chaotic", Teddy - Stu's future brother-in-law - disappeared. Stu, Phil and Alan wake up in a cheap motel in Bangkok. On Stu's face appeared a large tattoo, Alan had his head shaved, a monkey in clothes appeared. The three "musketeers" must quickly find Teddy before Stu's wedding. Many ironic events happened that caused the group of friends to encounter many problems in the land of the Golden Temple, Thailand….
9. Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
|Every Which Way But Loose (1978)|
Released in 1978, Every Which Way But Loose is a must-see with lots of funny, hilarious scenes.
In the film, Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood plays a truck driver who likes to fight and cause trouble at pubs. However, the attraction of the film is the close friendship between the driver Philo Beddoe and the large orangutan he got from a bet.
10. Curious George (2006)
|Curious George (2006)|
With curiosity and agility, the monkey named George has stepped from the page of the best-selling novel to the big screen, bringing laughter to many families and children. The film revolves around the funny story of George and his owner – The Man in the Yellow Hat with the participation of the voices of Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke… The film is 86 minutes long and is the first animated feature Universal Pictures produced since Balto 1995. Besides, Curious George is also Image Entertainment's first animated film. The film premiered in February 2006, grossing $69.8 million at the box office. With this success, the film was transferred to broadcast in the television genre on PBS Kids channel.
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11. 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
|2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)|
2001: A Space Odyssey is a hugely popular film that has received several accolades, interpretations, and has had a significant impact on the science-fiction genre. Even minor personalities have been thoroughly examined.
A chunk of the film is dedicated to man-apes, namely Moon-watcher, the leader of the man-ape tribe. The audience witnesses this ape climb to the position of tribal leader, discover the use of tools, and overcome his adversary, One-Ear. Of course, there isn't much to say about the character, but the man-ape appears in one of the most renowned films in history and plays a significant part.
12. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
|The Wizard Of Oz (1939)|
It's one thing to see flying horses or pigs, but flying monkeys? The Wizard of Oz was a man of unbounded imagination. The monkeys originated in L. Frank Baum's novel, but are most recognized in the 1939 film. They serve the Wicked Witch and have little more to offer in terms of personality.
Their legacy is significant, as seen by references to them in The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Once Once a Time (2011-2018), and even The Avengers (2012).
13. Instinct (1999)
Anthropologist Dr Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) gets really mad after spending so much time with wild monkeys in this 1999 thriller. The monkey role in the film was played by dwarf actor Verne Troyer, later famous through the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Talking about the filming process, artist Jason Matthews said: “I had to put him on my shoulder to go through the forest because he was so small. We can step over a 20cm tall tree, but for Mr. Verne it is a big challenge.”
Above are the top 10 monkey movies worth watching from action movies, comedy to animation that you can consider to watch in your spare time. Let us know your point of view in the comment section below!
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