With blockbusters like Jurassic Park
, it's easy to see that filmmakers and audiences alike are interested in seeing dinosaurs on screen. This comprehensive filmography, arranged alphabetically, gives for each film the basic facts (year of release, country of origin, studio, running time), a plot summary, the author's critical commentary, and (except for minor works) a section on people and production, and information on the special effects. One appendix gives capsule entries for films that deal only briefly with dinosaurs; another lists films never made or never completed; a third covers Toho Studio's quasi-dinosaurs.
To be included, a movie must depict one or more prehistoric, reptilian, and non-humanoid creatures. Inaccurate portrayals are included, so long as the intent is to represent a dinosaur. Excluded are films with only prehistoric mammals, those with prehistoric humans but lacking primordial reptiles, and those with mythical creatures.