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18 of the best dinosaur movies and documentaries of all time (plus ‘Jurassic Park’)

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Gentle giants, cuddly friends, vicious monsters, deadly dragons: even the earliest cinematic depictions of dinosaurs testify to our complicated relationship with Earth’s prehistoric lizards. Gertie the dinosaur from Windsor McCay may be stubborn, but she’s unlikely to eat you and might even dance if you ask her politely.

DW Griffiths Brute force, also from 1914, does not bother with the distinction between the age of dinosaurs and the age of humans, which is a recurrent willful ignorance. Who doesn’t want to ride a dinosaur? by Buster Keaton three ages introduced more cavemen to the world of dinosaurs then 1925 The lost World really brought them to life on screen. This movie made a distinction between the friendlier-looking vegetarian dinosaur species and their scarier carnivorous cousins, a conceit that’s carried through. jurassic park and beyond.

There’s a lot of flexibility in the dinosaur-on-film genre, with movies featuring dinosaur cops, robot dinosaurs, and a number of fully made-up dinosaur creatures. With Jurassic World Dominionthe sixth film based on Spielberg’s original and Michael Crichton’s original novel, by the way, let’s review some of our favorites.