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All Alligator and Crocodile Movies Ranked

There are major differences between crocodiles and alligators – different snout sizes, one calls saltwater home, the other fresh – but we imagine they’re all negligible when you’re staring down a reptilian maw of serrated teeth. Their crushing jaws, tough exteriors, and peculiar elongated shapes have made them the villains in some vibrant monster movies, ranging from horror comedies (Lake Placid), summer blockbusters (Rampage), and near-classics (Rogue). Those will soon be joined by Crawl, a wind-and-rain–swept action flick from the director of Piranha 3D, so we’re taking a tumble in the swamp by ranking all the best and worst crocodile and alligator movies by Tomatometer!

#11

Lake Placid 2 (2007)
17%

#11
Adjusted Score: 3.846%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The serine waters of Lake Placid stir once again in this sequel that finds laid-back Sheriff James Riley (John Schneider)... [More]
Directed By: David Flores

#10

Primeval (2007)
19%

#10
Adjusted Score: 20.149%
Critics Consensus: Primeval is a low-quality horror film, which due to the inane political messages does not even qualify as campy fun.
Synopsis: An American news crew travels to one of the most remote locations on the planet in hopes of capturing the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Katleman

#9

Eaten Alive (1977)
29%

#9
Adjusted Score: 29.606%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Also known as Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter, Legend of the Bayou and Horror Hotel, the film concerns a maniac (Neville... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#8

Lake Placid (1999)
46%

#8
Adjusted Score: 49.785%
Critics Consensus: Betty White's delightful supporting turn may be worth the price of admission alone, but Lake Placid is swamped by a smarmy script and inability to deliver on the creature feature mayhem.
Synopsis: So what's under the water in that lake deep in the Maine woods? No one is sure what it could... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#7

Rampage (2018)
51%

#7
Adjusted Score: 62.445%
Critics Consensus: Rampage isn't as fun as its source material, but the movie's sheer button-mashing abandon might satisfy audiences in the mood for a brainless blockbuster.
Synopsis: Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily... [More]
Directed By: Brad Peyton

#6
Adjusted Score: 54.761%
Critics Consensus: Aside from the unnecessary plot about a downed US spy satellite, there's not much difference between the movie and the TV show.
Synopsis: Australia's high-impact answer to Marlin Perkins moves from the Animal Planet channel to the big screen in this wild and... [More]
Directed By: John Stainton

#5

Black Water (2008)
79%

#5
Adjusted Score: 63.075%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Three tourists navigating the treacherous swamps of Northern Australia are forced to fight for their lives after a hungry crocodile... [More]

#4

Alligator (1980)
84%

#4
Adjusted Score: 85.048%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lewis Teague directed this sly horror-comedy from a script by John Sayles, which plays off the old urban legend about... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#3

Crawl (2019)
83%

#3
Adjusted Score: 91.039%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.
Synopsis: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father... [More]
Directed By: Alex Aja

#2

Dark Age (1988)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 44.946%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dark Age could also be titled The Dark Side -- of Crocodile Dundee, that is. This Australian action-packed thriller concerns... [More]
Directed By: Arch Nicholson

#1

Rogue (2008)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 50.427%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A handful of tourists looking for adventure get more than they bargained for when they cross paths with a massive... [More]
Directed By: Greg McLean

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