Dinosaurs are interesting creatures. These colossal extinct reptiles have a way of capturing our attention and instilling fear in our souls. Dinosaurs have been featured in movies for almost a century, and there’s no sign of that trend ending any time soon. While the Jurassic Park franchise is definitely what most people think of when they think of 8 best dinosaur films, there are plenty others to enjoy.

1. Journey To The Center Of The Earth (2008)

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Director- Eric Brevig

Sean Anderson, Professor Trevor Anderson’s adolescent nephew, arrives. While his mother, Elizabeth, prepares to relocate to Canada, he will spend ten days with his uncle. She offers Trevor a box that belonged to his lost brother, Max. Trevor discovers a book containing connections to his brother’s last excursion. He and Sean decide to follow in Max’s footsteps and travel to Iceland. There, they encounter Hannah sgeirsson, an Icelandic guide. A rainstorm occurs while they are climbing a mountain, and they seek shelter in a cave. However, the cave’s entrance is destroyed by lightning, trapping the trio inside. They are looking for a way out and end up falling down a hole. Where they uncover a vanished world at the Earth’s core.

2. King Kong (1933)

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Director(s)- Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. SchoedSack

Carl Denham is a daring and accomplished director. He travels by ship to an undiscovered island in 1933 with a huge crew, his friend Jack Driscoll, and the starlet Ann Darrow to shoot a picture. The locals worship Kong, a massive gorilla, and they kidnap Ann to present her as a sacrifice to Kong. Jack Driscoll, who is in love with her, Carl Denham, who wants to capture the beast for a New York exhibition. The other members of the crew go into the forest to rescue Ann. Ann is smitten by King Kong, who shields her from threats. However, the gorilla is apprehended and transported to New York. King Kong breaks free in the middle of a Broadway show, causing terror in the Big Apple.

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3. The Last Dinosaur (1977)

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Director(s)- Alex Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani

The discovery of a lost land concealed inside the warm pocket of a dormant volcano beneath the polar ice cap has been disclosed by science. Masten Thrust, a rich oil mogul and big-game hunter. He is tasked with leading a team to the site to examine the last remaining dinosaurs. Thrust and his team discover that the secret world is home to both dinosaurs and prehistoric humans when they arrive. While the humans cause some problems for the explorers, the real danger is the hungry tyrannosaur. Who wants to eat the Great White Hunter and his crew for lunch.

4. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

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Director- Jim O’Connolly

T.J. Breckenridge, a stunning cowgirl in 1900 Mexico, hosts a faltering wild west performance. Tuck Kirby, who works for Buffalo Bill’s wild west show, wants to buy T.J. out, but T.J. has an ace up her sleeve: a miniature horse, which she hopes would enhance attendance at her show. The little horse, on the other hand, is from The Forbidden Valley, and a convoy of gipsies has demanded that it be returned to the valley; the horse’s genesis is also known to a British palaeontologist working in the neighbouring desert, Sir Horace Bromley. T.J., her men, and Tuck eventually track Bromley down to The Forbidden Valley, where they meet a slew of living dinosaurs. The gipsies call one of them, a hostile Allosaurus, Gwangi, and a frantic chase leads to a violent battle with a styracosaur and, eventually, dread in the nearby town.

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5. The Land Before Time (1988)

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Director- Don Bluth

“Join dinosaur companions Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky, and Petrie on an amazing prehistoric adventure in this famous animated classic for the entire family.” Littlefoot, a young Bracheosaurus, finds himself alone in a long-ago era of rumbling volcanoes and deadly earthquakes. When he sets out to find the famed Great Valley’s rich feeding grounds, he meets up with four other juvenile dinosaurs who agree to join him on his quest. The courageous small band confronts ravenous predators and formidable hurdles on their adventurous journey across an exciting and dangerous landscape, learning new life lessons and the value of collaboration along the way.

6. Dinosaur (2000)

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Director- Ralph Zondag

Dinosaurs controlled the Earth long before humans arrived on the scene. A family of lemurs discovers a dinosaur egg that is developing on a small island off the coast. Because there are no parents, the newborn is cared for by the lemurs, Aladar (D.B. Sweeney). Years later, a midsize meteorite strikes the island, causing the island’s population to escape to the continent due to the shockwave. There, Aladar and his family encounter other dinosaurs as well as genuine dangers for the first time. The meteor’s devastation has also driven a herd of various herbivores to relocate to a remote valley where they can find food and shelter from the carnivorous animals that are chasing them. Aladar’s manner of assisting others is initially rejected by the herd because he grew raised with a different knowledge of the world, but it is soon demonstrated that reason is preferable than panic.

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7. The Dinosaur Project (2012)

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Director- Sid Bennett

A British expedition led by head researcher Jonathan Marchant, his assistant, a doctor, and a television team travels to the Congo in quest of dinosaur evidence. The party is joined by a local guide and a helicopter pilot before heading to the bush. During their journey, they discover Jonathan’s son stowing away in the helicopter. In the beginning of Jonathan Marchant and his team’s final journey, the helicopter is attacked by flying creatures and crashes in the woods.

8. Walking With Dinosaurs 3D (2013)

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Director(s)- Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook

Zack, a palaeontologist, goes on a fossil hunt with his nephew Ricky and niece Jade. Ricky is alone when he is approached by a talking rook, who transforms into an Alexornis named Alex. He tells him about a narrative set 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous epoch. Patchi is the smallest of a litter of Pachyrhinosaurus hatchlings, and his older sibling Scowler frequently bullies him. Bulldust, their father, is the head of a Pachyrhinosaurus herd. Patchi’s mentor, Alex, tries to help him impress Juniper, a female Pachyrhinosaurus, but her herd migrates south without him.

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