Ranking The Planet Of The Apes Movies

Here's our ranking of the Planet of the Apes franchise!

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7. Planet of the Apes (2001)

7. Planet of the Apes (2001)

When weirdo director Tim Burton took on the idiotic task of remaking the original Planet of the Apes movie for a modern audience, he must not have taken a look at what made the 1968 film so special. It wasn't the shocking ending, cool makeup, or action (all of which work quite well here) that made the movie great, it was the memorable characters and meaningful story. Here, the writer, director, and cast do nothing to make the audience care about these characters or want to see what's gonna happen to them next. At times it's difficult to watch, but the outstanding makeup, visual effects, and action keep you enthralled enough to make it to the ending. Speaking of that ending, it certainly pays homage to the original in a great way and actually makes a sequel much more interesting than it should be.

6. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

6. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Conquest for the Planet of the Apes is one of the better films in the original five-film series. It's by far the darkest of the movies and features an obvious political message that straddles the line between quiet subtlety and beating you over the head too much. Roddy McDowell gives what might be his best performance here as an angry, revolutionary Caesar. Also, delivering some solid acting is Ricardo Montalban as Caesar's mentor and father-figure Armando, who provides great character motivation and drives the intelligent ape to lead his kind against humanity. It's a harrowing tale and is shot like a horror movie which gives it a unique feel. This one also features one of the series' signature shocking endings.

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