Modern Planet of the Apes Movies in Order
The Planet of the Apes movies in order has had three successful iterations of rebooted movies to date. From 2001’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014, the movie adaptation was a success. In 2017, the third film in the rebooted franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes, was released. The last movie is probably one of the best ones but some argue that all three movies after 2001’s Planet of the Apes were quite stellar even critics agree.
We’ve decided not to include the older Planet of the Apes movies for the simple reason that they don’t really hold up in the special effects department. It’s something we’ve decided not to cover anymore because the site’s focus is really on good movies that are still watchable.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella Warren. The sixth film in the Planet of the Apes franchise was loosely adapted from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel of the same name and serves as a remake of the 1968 film version. It tells the story of astronaut Leo Davidson crash-landing on a planet inhabited by intelligent apes. The apes treat humans as slaves, but with the help of an ape named Ari, Leo starts a rebellion.
The movie had mixed reviews as expected with reboots and remakes of old classics but I really enjoyed this movie and it’s not bad at all.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback. It is the first film in the Planet of the Apes series. The film follows the apes after their escape from a laboratory and their eventual evolution into a society that begins to question their place in the world. The film stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, and Andy Serkis. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released in the United States on July 11, 2011.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction drama film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, and Judy Greer.
After the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a group of genetically modified apes led by Caesar escape from a laboratory and take over San Francisco. A human militia led by Colonel Marcus Taylor and a U.S. Army Special Forces team led by Captain Leon Savage struggle to stop them.
The film was released on June 11, 2014, by 20th Century Fox. It received generally positive reviews, with praise for its acting, direction, visual effects, and emotional impact, but criticism for its plot, pacing, and lack of originality. It earned $743 million worldwide and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 American science fiction action film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback. It is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes series, and the sequel to Rising of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, and Judy Greer.
The film takes place after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where Caesar (Serkis) has assumed leadership of the apes and is joined by a group of rebel apes led by Koba (Kebbell). As Caesar struggles to maintain order, he is forced to make difficult decisions in response to a growing threat from a band of human survivors who are led by a charismatic warlord named “Colonel”, the leader of a paramilitary group called “Alpha Omega”.
The film received critical acclaim, with praise for the performances of Serkis, and the rest of the cast, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. The film was also a commercial success, grossing over $724 million worldwide against a budget of $185 million.
There you have it. All the Planet of the Apes movies past the year 2000 era. All these have decent special effects and although the first 2001 Planet of the Apes movie got grossly mixed reviews, it’s still a watchable film whose story is based on the older Planet of the Apes movies so just treat it as a nostalgic trip.