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Movies Like 'Jurassic World' to Watch Next

If you're looking for more adventure flicks after journeying into a world filled with dinosaurs, discover these 10 other films.

Taylor Freitas
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'Jurassic World Dominion'

Universal Pictures

Jurassic World, the fantasy action thriller starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, re-introduces audiences to the fictional island of Isla Nublar, originally made famous in 1993's Jurassic Park. In an attempt to drive more visitors, theme park executives plan to unveil a new, manmade dinosaur — which turns out to be far more sophisticated (and dangerous) than anyone expected.

Following its release in 2015, Jurassic World became one of the top ten highest-grossing movies of all time. Since then, it's spawned a set of sequels, including 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and 2022's Jurassic World Dominion. Director Colin Trevorrow is back for the third installment in the series, after directing the first film and co-writing the second (he also executive produced the second and third movies).

If you're a dedicated Jurassic World fan, there's a good chance you've seen all of these movies, as well as Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park and its follow-up films (1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Parkand 2001's Jurassic Park III). So, if you've already finished both trilogies (and its Netflix animated series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous), Metacritic has rounded up other movies similar in themes, casts, and genres to keep you entertained.

Whether you enjoy Jurassic World for the action, adventure, or fantasy elements, you should be able to find (at least) one movie on this list that appeals to you. 

Here, Metacritic ranks 10 movies to watch after finishing the Jurassic World franchise.


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Harrison Ford in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of action-packed global adventures
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Paramount+, Vudu
Runtime: 115 minutes

Like Jurassic World, Spielberg's classic 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark is full of action, adventure, and thrills. It revolves on Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), an accomplished archaeologist who embarks on a quest to find the powerful Ark of the Covenant — before the Nazis can find it and use it for evil. Along the way, he reunites with a few familiar faces from this franchise, such as his former lover Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), and goes up against new and old foes, including his rival René Belloq (Paul Freeman). The film received a number of major awards, including a BAFTA Award and five Oscars.

"One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made." — Vincent Canby, The New York Times


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'War for the Planet of the Apes'

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War for the Planet of the Apes

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of animal-vs.-human films
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 140 minutes

As the third film in the Planet of the Apes reboot, War for the Planet of the Apes follows lead chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his troops as they go into battle against a human army. Caesar's crew is decimated after brutal attacks from the humans, led by The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a ruthless man obsessed with re-establishing humans as the dominant species on earth. While any of the Planet of the Apes movies would be a good watch option for Jurassic World fans, we chose this installment for its Oscar-nominated visual effects and emotional storyline.

"It's engrossing every inch of the way, with casualties, infighting, character flaws, war mongering, and some delicious grandstanding from Harrelson." — Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily


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'King Kong'

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King Kong

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of monster-centric adventure flicks
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes,
Runtime: 187 minutes

King Kong, Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of the original 1933 film, shares several similarities with Jurassic World, including larger-than-life characters and awe-inspiring visual effects. This version of the movie follows Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black), and writer Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) on their excursion to King Kong's (Serkis) home of Skull Island. While there, the group must deal with the harsh realities of life on the island, including attacks from natives, dinosaurs, and Kong himself. King Kong was well-received by the major awarding bodies, winning three Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award.

"What a movie! This is how the medium seduced us originally." — Jack Mathews, New York Daily News


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'Pacific Rim'

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Pacific Rim

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of deep sea-themed thrillers
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 131 minutes

Directed, co-written, and produced by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim depicts a future war between humanity and a variety of enormous sea monsters named Kaiju. To fight back against these creatures, humans have created giant robots (called Jaegers), each of which is controlled by a pair of pilots. With humanity on the edge of defeat, two pilots — Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) — are called in to drive a final Jaeger and eliminate the Kaiju for good. Pacific Rim was nominated for a BAFTA Award and Critics' Choice Award (both for visual effects) and spawned a sequel titled Pacific Rim: Uprising

"Pacific Rim, with its carefree blend of silliness and solemnity, is clearly the product of an ingenious and playful pop sensibility." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times


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'Tremors'

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Tremors

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of sci-fi horror comedies
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, , Vudu
Runtime: 96 minutes

Tremors revolves on two Nevada handymen, Val McKee (Kevin Bacon) and Earl Bassett (Fred Ward), who start to notice strange goings-on when they head out of their small town. When the pair tries to find help after finding several locals dead, they discover massive and terrifying underground monsters that have been causing chaos and destruction across their town. With the help of seismology student Rhonda LeBeck (Finn Carter) and doomsday-prepping couple Burt and Heather Gummer (Michael Gross and Reba McEntire), Val and Earl fight back against the carnivorous creatures to save themselves and their hometown.

"It refuses to take itself seriously. And that is its underlying strength." — Juan Carlos Coto, The Miami Herald


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'Godzilla'

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Godzilla

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of high-intensity sci-fi thrillers
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 123 minutes

Released in 2014, Godzilla is an English-language reboot of the Japanese franchise. It features Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody, a former supervisor at Japan's Janjira Nuclear Power Plant, which collapsed in 1999 with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) inside. Years later, Joe asks their son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) to join him back at the site of the disaster, where strange and deadly things have been happening, including the awakening of the titular predatorial killer. With the help of scientists Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins), Ford must protect humanity from Godzilla — before it's too late.

"It's always fun to watch scaly, skyscraper-size behemoths lay waste to civilization, but a bit more human drama wouldn't have gone amiss." — Tom Huddleson, Time Out


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'Kong: Skull Island'

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Kong: Skull Island

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of action-packed monster movies
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 118 minutes

Another entrant from the King Kong franchise, Kong: Skull Island explores how human involvement in nature can have disastrous consequences. Set during the Vietnam War, the film tracks a crew of adventurers who travel to Skull Island to find Kong, the final remaining member of his species. The group consists of current and former soldiers, scientists, and a photojournalist, who find themselves in a fight for survival while exploring the ape's native land. Like Jurassic World, Kong: Skull Island was recognized for its visual effects, scoring a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 2018 Academy Awards.

"If you're looking for a film that offers pure escapism, Kong: Skull Island should definitely meet expectations." — Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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Will Smith in 'Independence Day'

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Independence Day

Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of sci-fi disaster films
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Tubi,
Runtime: 145 minutes

Set during an alien invasion of Earth, Independence Day follows a group of survivors who band together to defeat the extraterrestrials and reclaim the planet. It stars Will Smith as U.S. Marine Stephen Hiller, who leads the charge against the aliens, working with President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman), and satellite technician David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum, who also appears in Jurassic Park and its sequels). Following its release in July 1996, Independence Day became the highest-grossing film of the year and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. 

"Fans of sci-fi, special effects, big explosions, panicky crowd scenes and theater sound systems cranked up way beyond the capacity of the human ear to hear comfortably will love this movie." — Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner


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'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

Metascore: 58
Best for: Fans of adventure-filled comedies
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, , Vudu
Runtime: 119 minutes

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a 2017 sequel to Jumanji, focuses on four New Hampshire teenagers who discover an old video game that forever changes their lives. After inserting it into the console, the teens are transported into the game, with each one morphing into the character that they chose to play. They quickly realize that they must play the game of their lives — or risk getting stuck inside it forever. The film's ensemble cast includes Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Dwayne Johnson, who star as the video game characters chosen by the high schoolers. 

"Fast-paced, frequently funny, and consistently entertaining." — Katie Rife, AV Club


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'Journey to the Center of the Earth'

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Metascore: 57
Best for: Fans of family-friendly adventure flicks
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes,
Runtime: 93 minutes

Brendan Fraser stars as Boston-based volcanologist Trevor Anderson in Journey to the Center of the Earth, a 2008 adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. After receiving a box of items owned by his missing brother, Trevor decides to head to Iceland to uncover the truth about his brother's whereabouts, bringing his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) as well. Once there, the duo embarks on an unforgettable adventure, exploring mysterious caves and paths as they venture further into the center of the planet. Although the filmearned mixed critical reviews, some of its themes and visuals are similar to Jurassic World, which fans of that franchise could enjoy.

"Neither the acting nor the story matters much here; the movie is simply the sum of its 3D effects." — Richard Corliss, Time