10 Movies about Dinosaurs

This top of the best movies about dinosaurs and monsters like them includes fascinating fantasy about the ancient world, spectacular horrors, and family adventure cartoons, but there is at least one reptile in each picture on the list.

Movies About Dinosaurs

1. My Pet Dinosaur

Release year: 2007

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family

Cast: Alex Ethel, Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin

Starts a top science fiction film dedicated to the Loch Ness monster. This mystical relative of the plesiosaur haunts people, according to legend, since the time of the Romans, and the first written mention of it dates back to the 6th century. During World War II, Angus finds an egg on the shore of a Scottish lake and hides it in a barn. Soon Angus hatches a cute creature that looks like a mixture of a plesiosaur and a giraffe.

2. Journey to the Center of the Earth

Release year: 2008

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Science Fiction, Action, Family, Adventure

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem

Brendan Fraser knows how to approach dead killers. But the mummies have become dry for him, and now this brutal hunter in antiquity has chosen more colorful dinosaurs as rivals. To be honest, there are not many of them in the film: there are mauisaurs (underwater creatures that seriously claim to be the largest marine reptiles in history) and giganotosaurus (a predator similar to a Tirex).

3. Jurassic Park

Release year: 1993

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

One of the highest-grossing films in history and one of NASA’s most credible sci-fi films. Well, obviously one of the most recognizable films on this top. Scientists have figured out how to grow dinosaurs using genetic engineering, ancient mosquitoes, and frogs. The composition of the product is questionable, but competent marketing can work wonders. For reptiles recreated in laboratories, a tourist park is created and a special group is invited to inspect it.

4. Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn

In the sequel, it turns out that the abandoned dinosaurs did not die out in paradise conditions and successfully continue to breed. We have to go to the island again, though already on the next one – the fantastic creatures decided to expand the places where they live. By the way, the first part of the adventure does not teach the human heroes anything: both women and children will again drop by for lunch at the huge reptiles. Yes, okay – the main thing is that the lizards eat.

5. Jurassic Park 3

Release year: 2001

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Cast: Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni, Trevor Morgan

A lot has changed in the third installment of the franchise. First, Spielberg left. Secondly, unlike the older brothers, this film is not based on a book by American science fiction writer Michael Crichton. Third, Sam Neill returned as Alan Grant. And finally, a new villain: the tyrannosaurus was removed from its pedestal.

6. Jurassic World

Release year: 2015

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson

The Spielberg franchise has been alive for almost three decades. Five years ago, the fourth film in the universe with a title shortened by one letter was released, and the sixth Jurassic period is planned soon. By the way, while everyone is wondering if the second “Avatar” will be able to destroy Tony Stark’s team at the box office, remember that “Jurassic World” takes an honorable sixth place in the top of the highest-grossing cinema films.

7. Godzilla

Release year: 2014

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston

A new kaiju is announced on earth who loves to feast on radiation. The monster easily destroys fighter jets, warships, and any army units, while having time to gnaw on Russian nuclear missiles as a lunch. The world is powerless against this threat, but Godzilla emerges from the ocean just in time. The lizard pursues a radioactive addicted kaiju with the express intention of once again becoming the only giant monster on the planet. But the defender of humanity will have an unpleasant surprise: his opponent will not fight alone.

8. The Lost World

Release year: 2001

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama

Cast: Bob Hoskins, James Fox, Tom Ward, Matthew Reese

A fanatic professor named Challenger wants to prove to the scientific community that there is a miracle island in the Amazon jungle where dinosaurs live. The professor recruits a team and sets off on a journey full of dangers, adventures, discoveries, and, of course, prehistoric lizards.

9. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Release year: 2010

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Detective, Adventure

Cast: Louise Bourgoin

Ambitious journalist Adele goes on an expedition to Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. The girl is not going to write about pyramids and national cuisine: her goal is to revive the mummy of an ancient healer to save her sister’s life. But while Adele was choking on sand and riding camels, Professor Esperandier, whose help the journalist counted on, ended up behind bars.

10. March of the Dinosaurs

Release year: 2011

Genre: Documentary, Animation

Cast: Stephen Fry, Simon Kerr

The plot of this movie is based on real scientific research. Seventy million years ago, North America began to become covered with ice, and herbivores had to migrate hundreds of kilometers in search of food. One of these migrants turned out to be the Edmontosaurus Scar, and this guy has nothing to do with the namesake lion with the Claudius fratricide syndrome. Dinosaur Scar is just an unfortunate baby who was left alone during the migration and had to fight for life in a world where no one thought about social support for orphans. The second main character is the predator Patch. His relatives do not change their place of residence, but their food is actively leaving their familiar environment, so toothy reptiles will also have to starve and arrange fierce fights for every piece of meat. And this is in conditions of constant darkness and cold.


What could be better than watching huge prehistoric lizards trample cities and eat humans? All problems seem so small at once. On the other hand, there are several ways to keep your young paleontologists busy for a couple of hours and to relax – so as not to become fossils ahead of time.

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