Monkeying Around at the Movies: The Top Ten Movies With Apes As Stars

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Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Over the weekend, the number one movie at the box office grossing over $54 million was the sci-fi prequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes starring Oscar-nominated actor James Franco and Freida Pinto.

That got us thinking, monkeys in the movies have always drawn a big crowd with the primates becoming as big of stars as their human relatives. Check out ten of our favorite movies in box office history where the apes are the stars!

1. Planet of the Apes — 1968: Though there’s been sequels and now prequels, nothing beats the original film starring Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash lands on a planet where apes have overrun the human race. And nothing beats his famous line “Get your stinking hands off me, you damn dirty ape!”

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