Ranking All Of The Planet of the Apes Movies From Worst To Best

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War for the Planet of the Apes is out now and it's one of the better movies from the franchise. However, this series spans decades and there are now NINE movies in the franchise.

Some are great, while others are disappointing. Here is how we ranked them.

Bear in mind, some spoilers will be discussed for some of these films so click away if you haven't seen them yet. If you don't care, you can read on to know which movies in the series are worth watching.

9) Planet of the Apes (2001): The Tim Burton directed Planet of the Apes movie is just horrible. It seems as if Burton just watched the original movie and didn't understand the history and lore of the franchise.

To me, he just chose the famous quotes to shoehorn in and made up his own thing.

Not to mention it includes a really stupid twist ending that doesn't make a lot of sense. Avoid this as it's not worth your time.

8) Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970): This film may include Charlton Heston and many cast members from the original, but this is still a bad movie. The reason I don't like this movie very much is due to Heston changing the ending of the film.

Heston wanted no part of the franchise again so he changed the ending. Not to mention the religious cult and their weird powers ruined what could have been a good sequel to the original.

7) Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973): Now is the hardest part of the list because I like the rest of the movies. Battle for the Planet of the Apes is good, but the reason it's so low on this list is because it had a very low budget. It was supposed to be a war between the last humans and the apes.

Due to the low budget, it was more of a scuffle between two gangs than a war.

Anyway, there are some cool elements to this film that Matt Reeves pulled to make Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I like this film, but the other movies are better.

6) Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972): This is similar to Battle for the Planet of the Apes as a higher budget could have made this film better. Not to mention there are some weird story choices here such as Caesar's trainer killing himself for no reason whatsoever. I never understood why he did that.

They also had to edit the ending because it was too violent. It kind of has messy editing, but it works.

Aside from that, this movie is great as it has themes of slavery and racism. It is also a heavy inspiration to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

5) Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011): This movie is similar to Conquest, but benefits by having a bigger budget and a better story. Some of the plot holes from the original movies are solved and we get a film that kickstarted one of the best reboot trilogies in history.

It is also cool because Caesar is the main star as opposed to James Franco.

It's one of the first non-animated movies I've seen where humans are not the main characters. This is something the Transformers films have yet to learn...

4) Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971): This movie is great because it is a lot different to the rest of the franchise. This is because it's the only comedy film in the series.

I also love Roddy McDowell playing Cornelius and Kim Hunter playing Zira.

The humans at the start of the film embrace the apes which is cool to see.

The latter end of the movie does get dark and depressing, but this one is definitely worth checking out if you have not seen it before.

3) War for the Planet of the Apes (2017): This is an excellent conclusion to one of the best trilogies in history. Caesar has grown up to be an old man and will do anything in his power to save his race. The Colonel played by Woody Harrelson is also a mean villain that will sacrifice his morals to make sure humans survive.

Much like Rise, this film fills the plot holes from the originals. It finally explains to us why humans are so primitive and apes rose to become smarter.

It might not have lots of action, but it's got hard hitting drama. It might also have the second best ending of the franchise.

2) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014): The reason I like this movie better than War is for two reasons. There's more action in this film and it has a better pace. I also feel that the ape Koba is a far more interesting villain that Harrelson's "The Colonel".

This movie also feels like a soft remake of Battle for the Planet of the Apes, but it does everything better.

The characters have better motivations and the budget is higher so we actually see a battle playing out. My personal favorite from the new trilogy.

1) Planet of the Apes (1968): The original movie is still a classic and many of the themes included in it are relevant even today. The movie has so many classic quotes that many of the other movies steal from. All of the actors are also great including Charlton Heston as Taylor and Maurice Evans as Dr.

Zaius. The score is memorable and reminds us how horrible Taylor's situation really is. It also has one of the best twist endings in cinema history. Go out and watch it now if you can.

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