‘Jurassic World,’ 2015
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Hollywood’s dino might at the movies

‘Jurassic World,’ 2015

“Jurassic World,” starring Chris Pratt and directed by Colin Trevorrow, is the first entry in Steven Spielberg’s "Jurassic Park” franchise in over a decade. It’s also the latest film to capitalize on the moviegoing public’s ongoing obsession with dinosaurs. Take a look at more Hollywood films costarring the giant prehistoric beasts. 

 (Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment)
‘King Kong,’ 1933

1933’s “King Kong,” starring Fay Wray, found the giant ape fighting a slew of prehistoric creatures, including a feisty T. rex and a pteradon, pictured. A box office smash in its day, it spawned several sequels, spinoffs and remakes, including Peter Jackson’s 2005 hit of the same name. 

 (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
‘Godzilla,’ 1954

The famous Japanese monster was first introduced to audiences in 1954’s “Gojira,” which was reedited and released in the U.S. as “Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" Although the ancient sea monster isn’t technically a dinosaur, Godzilla certainly shares plenty of visual DNA with various species. 

 (Toho Co.)
‘One Million Years B.C.,’ 1966

While not exactly scientifically accurate, 1966’s “One Million Years B.C.” thrilled audiences by pairing a scantily clad Raquel Welch with stop-motion dinosaurs and other ancient animals rendered by ace effects artist Ray Harryhausen.

 (The Kobal Collection)
‘Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend,’ 1985

“Baby,” starring Sean Young, left, and William Katt, was based on rumors that some dinosaurs survived extinction and live in unexplored regions of Africa.

 (File photo)
‘The Land Before Time,’ 1988

Five years before “Jurassic Park,” Steven Spielberg teamed with George Lucas to executive produce the animated dinosaur tale "The Land Before Time,” directed by Don Bluth. A box office hit, it spawned a dozen straight-to-video sequels and a TV series. 

 (Universal Studios)
‘Jurassic Park,’ 1993

In 1993, Steven Spielberg‘s “Jurassic Park” brought Michael Crichton’s bestselling sci-fi novel about dinosaur clones to the big screen using state-of-the-art special effects. While many of the film’s awe-inspiring visuals were accomplished using computers, some of the film’s creatures were practical -- such as the ailing triceratops seen here with costar Sam Neill. It became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. 

 (Universal )
‘The Flintstones,’ 1994

The beloved ‘60s animated series “The Flintstones” made the jump to the big screen in 1994, with John Goodman as prehistoric patriarch Fred Flintstone. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop provided the film’s dinosaur effects. 

 (Universal Pictures)
‘Toy Story’ franchise, 1995, 1999, 2010

Among the talking toys at the center of Pixar’s acclaimed trilogy is Rex, voiced by Wallace Shawn, seen left in 1999’s “Toy Story 2.”

 (Disney / Pixar)
‘Theodore Rex,’ 1996

Taking place in a world where intelligent dinosaurs and humans coexist, “Theodore Rex” featured Whoopi Goldberg as a cop whose new partner is a T. rex (voiced by George Newbern).

 (Savoy / New Line Cinema)
‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park,’ 1997

Spielberg and his effects crew packed the 1997 sequel with even more dinosaurs. Here, Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum, left), Eddie Carr (Richard Schiff) and Nick Van Owen (Vince Vaughn) are astonished to come upon two stegosaurs in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”

 (ILM )
‘Godzilla,’ 1998

In 1998, “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich resurrected Godzilla for a big-budget U.S. remake that redesigned the big green guy and largely failed to connect with fans. 

 (Centropolis Effects / Columbia / TriStar)
‘Dinosaur,’ 2000

Disney brought an iguanodon named Aladar (voiced by D.B. Sweeney) and dozens of other species to life in the 2000 live-action/animated film “Dinosaur,” which chronicled the last days of the dinosaurs before extinction.

 (Disney Enterprises)
Jurassic Park III,’ 2001

After sitting out 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” Sam Neill returned as Dr. Alan Grant in Joe Johnston’s “Jurassic Park III.” It was the last film in the series for over a decade. 

 (Universal Studios)
‘Land of the Lost,’ 2009

Will Ferrell squared off against a T. rex in a strange, faraway place in the 2009 big-screen version of the 1970 children’s show "Land of the Lost.”

 (Rhythm & Hues / Universal Pictures)
‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,’ 2009

In the third film in the animated “Ice Age” franchise, the mammalian heroes come snout-to-snout with giant dinos. Problems ensue.

 (Blue Sky Studios)
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ 2014

Grimlock and his fellow Dinobots have been part of the “Transformers” lore since the ‘80s cartoon and were brought to life via computer-generated imagery in the fourth film in the series, “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

 (ILM / Paramount Pictures)
‘Godzilla,’ 2014

2014’s "Godzilla” is the latest in a long line of films featuring the titular behemoth first introduced in 1954. A sequel is in the works for 2018. 

 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
‘The Good Dinosaur,’ 2015

2015 is the Year of the Dinosaur on the big screen. A few months after “Jurassic World” stomps into theaters, Pixar will release “The Good Dinosaur,” which explores what could have happened if the dinosaurs had never gone extinct and instead evolved alongside humans.

 (Pixar)
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