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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)
11%

#11
Adjusted Score: 4734%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A sheriff, a big-game hunter and a wildlife officer try to kill three giant crocodiles.... [More]
Directed By: David Flores

#10

Primeval (2007)
19%

#10
Adjusted Score: 20724%
Critics Consensus: Primeval is a low-quality horror film, which due to the inane political messages does not even qualify as campy fun.
Synopsis: Veteran reporter Tim Manfrey (Dominic Purcell) lands possibly the worst assignment of his life: Travel to the African country of... [More]
Directed By: Michael Katleman

#9

Eaten Alive (1976)
35%

#9
Adjusted Score: 35896%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Deep in the swamps of Louisiana, disfigured psychotic Judd (Neville Brand) manages a sleazy, decaying motel. Upon learning that one... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#8

Lake Placid (1999)
47%

#8
Adjusted Score: 50878%
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: When a mysterious creature violently kills a man in a Maine lake, Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), the local game warden,... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#7

Rampage (2018)
51%

#7
Adjusted Score: 68208%
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 shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla that's been in his care since... [More]
Directed By: Brad Peyton

#6
Adjusted Score: 55143%
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: Aussie adventurer Steve Irwin - a.k.a. the Crocodile Hunter - has avoided the death-roll and nabbed another feisty crocodile, hoping... [More]
Directed By: John Stainton

#5

Black Water (2007)
80%

#5
Adjusted Score: 71556%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the swamps of Northern Australia, a killer crocodile stalks a pregnant woman, her boyfriend and her sister.... [More]

#4

Alligator (1980)
80%

#4
Adjusted Score: 81137%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A herpetologist (Robin Riker) helps a detective (Robert Forster) track her flushed-away pet, now a king-size mutant called Ramone.... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Teague

#3

Crawl (2019)
83%

#3
Adjusted Score: 95434%
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 town, young Haley ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father,... [More]
Directed By: Alexandre Aja

#2

Dark Age (1988)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 53909%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An Australian government ranger (John Jarratt) and two Aborigines hunt a legendary 25-foot crocodile.... [More]
Directed By: Arch Nicholson

#1

Rogue (2007)
94%

#1
Adjusted Score: 71466%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rugged American adventure-travel journalist Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) joins a cruise along a crocodile-infested river organized by tomboyish guide Kate... [More]
Directed By: Greg McLean

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