Top 10 Dinosaur Fights in Movies

Top 10 Dinosaur Fights in Movies

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Brett Cassano
These fights are dino-mite! From King Kong to Jurassic Park, film history is full of awesome dinosaur vs. dinosaur action. WatchMojo ranks the top dinosaur fights in movies.

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Hold onto your butts, Mojoholics! Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dinosaur Fights in Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at the most ferocious dinosaur fights to ever tear up the silver screen, whereby at least one of the opponents has be this prehistoricanimal. Not giant monsters, not kaijus, but DINOS. Because there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned dinosaur fight to put a smile on your face!

#10: Kong vs. 3 Vastatosaurus Rexes

“King Kong” (2005)

Skull Island is a pretty dangerous place, especially with all the prehistoric beasts roaming and skulking about. Just as Ann Darrow is about to get chomped by a hungry Vastatosaurus Rex, Kong scoops her up and faces off against not one, not two, but three descendants of the T. rex! Talk about major multitasking! This rumble in the jungle gets even more precarious when they fall into a ravine riddled with vines. Even as they’re entangled, these hungry, hungry dinos are hellbent on gobbling up Ann for an afternoon snack. Luckily, Kong’s agility and quick reflexes give him the advantage here. He kills the last one and reminds us why he’s the king of the jungle.

#9: Aladar the Iguanodon vs. Carnotaurus

“Dinosaur” (2000)

After surviving a gigantic meteor strike, an eclectic herd of dinosaurs is relentlessly hunted by the diabolical carnotaurus. The carnotaurus corners them in a narrow valley and Aladar the iguanodon takes a brave stand. The herd follows Aladar’s lead and stands together to fend off the attack. But this carnotaurus is hungry for supper and it chases after a lone iguanodon. Aladar musters every ounce of courage he has and sends the carnotaurus plummeting off a steep, rocky cliff. Aladar saves the herd and reminds us that even dinosaurs have the heart to look after each other.

#8: Blue the Velociraptor vs. Indoraptor

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

Five films into this series, it’s hard to imagine a dinosaur more terrifying than the ones previously seen. But leave it to scientist Henry Wu to cook up the most dreadful monster yet! This dangerous hybrid called the Indoraptor is inadvertently set loose at the Lockwood mansion. Fortunately, Blue the velociraptor comes to the rescue of her former caretaker, Mr. Grady. Blue unleashes all of her fanged ferocity against the Indoraptor. This savage clash of tooth and claw completely trashes a little girl’s bedroom. But that’s to be expected when two ravenous predators are fighting to the death. Despite a few ruffled feathers, Blue, uh, finds a way to kill the Indoraptor by impaling it on a triceratops skull.

#7: Styracosaurus vs. Gwangi the Allosaurus

“The Valley of Gwangi” (1969)

When a band of cowboys moseys into a forbidden valley, they make a dino-mite discovery! An ornery allosaurus named Gwangi presides over a lost land of dinosaurs. Gwangi gets into a fight with a feisty styracosaurus, because apparently this valley ain’t big enough for the two of ‘em. These dinosaurs were brought to life with terrific stop-motion animation by legendary animator Ray Harryhausen. They snarl and claw and bite each other like there’s no tomorrow. It’s just plain fun to watch these two dinosaurs go at it and rip each other to shreds.

#6: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Stegosaurus

“Fantasia” (1940)

Here we have a classic fight set to classical music. Composer Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ serves as the score for this eerie trip to the prehistoric past. At first we’re treated to some beautifully animated dinosaurs grazing peacefully. But as an ominous thunderstorm approaches, so too does the tyrant lizard king. The monstrous T. rex stomps into the scene and attacks a stegosaurus. The stout-hearted stegosaurus fights back with its spike-y thagomizer, forcing the T. rex to really earn its meal. Despite all its vigor, the stegosaurus sadly falls victim to the Rex. The frightening music fits perfectly with this display of deadly dinosaurs fighting to the bitter end.

#5: Triceratops vs. Ceratosaurus

“One Million Years B.C.” (1966)

The second Ray Harryhausen scene to make our list features another ceratopsian and theropod matchup. A long time ago, in the bodacious cretaceous, a sexy cave-couple stumbles upon a grazing triceratops. They hide in a cave as the triceratops battles a fearsome ceratosaurus. Ray Harryhausen artfully gives each dinosaur a hint of personality that shines through as they fight for survival. The ceratosaurus fights ferociously, but ultimately it’s no match for the triceratops. The triceratops savagely skewers the ceratosaurus with its deadly horns. Its victory certainly serves as an inspiration to herbivores everywhere. This scene exemplifies the golden age of old-fashioned movie dinosaurs. They weren’t scientifically accurate, but they were a hell of a lot of fun.

#4: Littlefoot's Mother the Apatosaurus vs. Sharptooth

“The Land Before Time” (1988)

The land before time can be a scary place if Sharptooth is in the neighborhood. Littlefoot and Cera learn this when Sharptooth catches their scent and chases after them. Luckily for Littlefoot, he just so happens to have the most awesome mom ever. Being a large and powerful apatosaurus, Littlefoot’s mother gives Sharptooth an unfriendly swipe of her tail. Her fierce scowl says it all… Back off and don’t mess with my kids! James Horner’s heroic score complements every moment of this mother’s fearless battle to protect her young. And despite suffering serious injuries, Littlefoot’s Mother ensures Littlefoot and Cera’s survival. Never underestimate a ‘longneck’. Later on, Littlefoot and his friends find a way to defeat Sharptooth for good.

#3: King Kong vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex

“King Kong” (1933)

The original King Kong might seem quaint by today’s standards, but in 1933 it was the most dazzling adventure audiences had ever seen. Stop-motion animation pioneer Willis O’Brien created some of the most groundbreaking sequences ever put on film. Among them is this awesome fight between Kong and the T. rex. When the troublesome theropod threatens to eat Ann Darrow, Kong barrels to the rescue. Ann looks on in horror as the two prehistoric titans unleash their primal rage and fight to the death. Teeth gnash, claws swipe, and fists fly as they demolish the jungle around them. The T. rex puts up a good fight, but Kong finishes him by brutally ripping his jaws apart. FATALITY!

#2: Tyrannosaurus Rex & Raptors vs. Indominus Rex

“Jurassic World” (2015)

Here’s a dinosaur fight that’s truly a feast for the eyes! When the fiendish Indominus rex devastates Jurassic World, there’re only a handful of dinosaurs powerful enough to take her on. And so, a familiar T. rex is set loose to put the Indominus in her place. Rexy and Blue join forces, making a formidable dino-alliance. With their combined strength, they give the Indominus a Jurassic ass-kicking. It’s an astonishing sight to behold these dinosaurs engaged in such a herculean battle. Exciting thrills like this are what fun popcorn flicks are all about! The biggest surprise comes at the end, when the Indominus becomes fish food for the mighty mosasaurus. Now that’s totally jawesome!

#1: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Raptors

“Jurassic Park” (1993)

The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park absolutely astounded moviegoers in 1993. And the human characters were exceedingly likable too. So when Grant, Ellie, Lex, and Tim are trapped by two hungry velociraptors, things looked pretty grim. At the last second, the T. rex lunges into frame and snatches up a raptor between its jaws. This had to be one of the most welcome and unexpected surprises in movie history. The second raptor pounces on Rexy’s back, slicing with its razor-sharp claws. But come on… the way Rexy throws the raptor into the skeleton and roars as the banner falls… so freakin’ cool! It’s easy to see how this film made such an indelible impression on so many people around the world.

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