Monkey Movies: Kong Flicks to Binge Before 'Godzilla vs. Kong'

We're celebrating our brother from another ancestor with some monkey movies before the premiere of the cinematic showdown "Godzilla vs. Kong."

By Jesse Conner

Monkey Movies: Kong Flicks to Binge Before 'Godzilla vs. Kong'

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A very distant relative of ours has a major battle coming up tomorrow and he needs our support. We are, of course, talking about King Kong in "Godzilla vs. Kong." Help our favorite gargantuan gorilla by watching some of the best monkey movies. We've seen a small preview of the upcoming mega fight in the trailer, but we need more!

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To celebrate Kong and the rest of our simian fam, we've curated 3 of the most epic modern monkey movies, featuring 2 great Kong films, and one with some pretty incredible monkeys. And, don't forget to watch "Godzilla vs. Kong" tomorrow in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

  • King Kong

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    This monkey is one that everyone's heard of, who's known for his ability to fight off airplanes while hanging off of the sides of tall buildings. Filmmaker Peter Jackson brings the iconic ape back to life in this "King Kong" remake. The flick takes place first on an uncharted island where a group of filmmakers, actors, and actresses arrive on shore to learn that it's uncharted for a very good reason.

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    King Kong

    Action / 2005 / PG-13

    Peter Jackson's expansive remake of the 1933 classic follows director Carl Denham (Jack Black) and his crew on a journey from New York City to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), who is whisked away by the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her simian captor.

  • Kong: Skull Island

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    Our second recommendation is likely the most hardcore version of Kong to date. The film is a reboot of the original 1933 film. Instead of arriving to the island by ship as in our last pick, this time the army decides to send in helicopters equipped with bombs to map out the territory. If there's even a slight chance, though, that a 100-foot ape could be on the island, it's probably not the best thing to start dropping explosives upon entry.

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    Kong: Skull Island

    Action / 2017 / PG-13

    Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

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    If you're looking for the most intelligent apes to hit the big screen recently, then we have to mention the ones here. These monkeys are anything but ordinary, and speak really good English, too. They're also forced to battle against a rogue U.S. military faction after a former member of their tribe decides to start war on humans.

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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Action / 2017 / PG-13

    Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

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