Tarzan films I have seen

by Alberto-7 | created - 01 Feb 2013 | updated - 26 Oct 2017 | Public

All the Tarzan films I have seen to date.

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1. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 6,578

The first Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan film is dry and starchy. I had a very hard time sitting through this.

2. Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

Passed | 200 min | Action, Adventure

In the African Jungle, a group of Europeans come across the fabled white man who was raised by apes. Tarzan takes an immediate liking to the blond Mary Brooks and rescues her during a nasty... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Julie Bishop, Edward Woods, Philo McCullough

Votes: 560

Buster Crabbe is great but does this film ever stink! It is not fair to say so because the complete film serial is no longer available and all that remains is the first couple of chapters released as a feature. Maybe one day we will see the complete serial. Until then: Ugghhh

3. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Passed | 104 min | Action, Adventure

The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, Jack Conway | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 4,501

The best Johnny Weissmuller-Maureen O'Sullivan Tarzan film. Their playful swim together is beautiful

4. The New Adventures of Tarzan (I) (1935)

Not Rated | 257 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala. It contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward A. Kull, Wilbur McGaugh | Stars: Bruce Bennett, Ula Holt, Ashton Dearholt, Frank Baker

Votes: 256

Herman Brix makes an amazing Tarzan and the Guatemalan locations are terrific but....this serial is so long and repetitive that you lose interest very quickly. It is best to only see a couple of chapters at a time. Ula Holt is good as the leading lady and Lewis Sargent as George (the comic relief) has a few good scenes.

5. Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Passed | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Tarzan finds a boy from a crashed plane and raises him with Jane in the jungle. A search party comes looking for the plane.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Ian Hunter

Votes: 2,978 | Gross: $2.27M

I really enjoyed this one. Weissmuller and O'Sullivan are good together again.

6. Tarzan Triumphs (1943)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, War

As WWII rages on, a group of Nazi paratroopers land on the secret city of Palandria to exploit its wealth, and they start taking hostages. Can the powerful King of the Jungle and his trusted companions--Cheeta, and Buli--save them?

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Frances Gifford, Johnny Sheffield, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 1,959 | Gross: $3.27M

Tarzan vs. the Nazis , round one. Silly, silly film.

7. Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure

With Jane still away for the war effort, Tarzan and Boy set off to retrieve rare medicinal herbs, only to run into an American messenger, Nazi spies, and the mysterious desert's treacherous fauna and flora. Will they make it in one piece?

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Nancy Kelly, Johnny Sheffield, Otto Kruger

Votes: 1,917

Tarzan vs. the Nazis, round two. Ok film. Don't remember that much from it, which is not a good sign.

8. Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure

A group of archaeologists asks Tarzan to help them find an ancient city in a hidden valley of women. He refuses, but Boy is tricked into doing the job. The queen of the women asks Tarzan to help them.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 2,199

The return of Jane in the form of Brenda Joyce really helps this film. Her reunion with Tarzan is very sweet.

9. Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)

Approved | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

As a spate of leopard attacks causes panic, a sceptical Tarzan joins a hunting expedition, only to face a pagan cult of Leopard-God worshippers and their fiendish High-Priestess. Can he escape the sharp claws of the savage Leopard Woman?

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Acquanetta

Votes: 2,095

Brenda Joyce is great as Jane. We even have a subplot where a young boy trying to kill Jane!!

10. Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

To equip the American zoos with as many animals as possible, a cruel trio of big-game hunters team up with an unexpected ally, threatening the African fauna. Will Tarzan allow the fiendish huntress to pillage the jungle?

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Patricia Morison

Votes: 1,918

Enjoyed this one quite a bit. The last appearance by Johnny Sheffield as boy as he had outgrown the role(he is almost as big as Tarzan in this one). Brenda Joyce is great as always as Jane.

11. Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)

Approved | 68 min | Action, Adventure

To escape from an arranged marriage to Aquatania's pagan god, a desperate maiden ends up in Tarzan's fishing net. But soon, he, too, finds himself before a well-planned conspiracy. Can Tarzan save the mermaid from the barbaric idol's will?

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, George Zucco, Andrea Palma

Votes: 1,843

Weissmuller's final Tarzan film and not a minute too soon. He was clearly too old at the time. The Mexican locations are terrific and the high dive that killed a stuntman is (sadly) spectacular.

12. Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Tarzan secretly arrives in Blue Valley, the land of the magical fountain of youth, to find the intrepid aviatrix who can save an innocent man. But, is she the same person she used to be? Can Tarzan protect the vale's ultimate mystery?

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Albert Dekker, Evelyn Ankers

Votes: 498

First Lex Barker Tarzan film with Brenda Joyce in her final appearance as Jane. This one is interesting in that it shows a place where people don't age. Alain Napier is in this. Not a bad start to Barker's Tarzan films.

13. Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Adventure

As Jane and the local tribeswomen are abducted one by one by the wild Lionians, Tarzan attempts to persuade their prince to accept a potent medicament for his ailing men, while the girls face certain death. Can Tarzan set them free?

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Lex Barker, Vanessa Brown, Robert Alda, Hurd Hatfield

Votes: 462

Vanessa Brown is lovely as a petite Jane. Her scenes with Denise Darcel are great. The finale is very exciting. Lex Barker is solid as always.

14. Tarzan's Savage Fury (1952)

Passed | 81 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan acts as a guide for two British government agents recently arrived in Africa to secure a great cache of diamonds for the English military. However, the agents are not what they seem.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Lex Barker, Dorothy Hart, Patric Knowles, Charles Korvin

Votes: 399

Enjoyed the story of Tarzan's "fake" cousin trying to worm his way into the jungle. Dorothy Hart is the second best Jane (after Brenda Joyce) in my opinion. Barker is good as always.

15. Tarzan and the She-Devil (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Adventure

Ivory poachers, headed by Lyra the She-Devil, Vargo and Fidel, capture a native tribe to carry their loot. Tarzan intervenes and is captured. Jane is also captured and believed killed, so ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Lex Barker, Joyce Mackenzie, Raymond Burr, Monique van Vooren

Votes: 440

Only Raymond Burr as the heavy saves this from being terrible. Too bad this is Barker's last Tarzan film.

16. Tarzan's Peril (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Escaped convicts are selling weapons to a warlike native tribe.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Lex Barker, Virginia Huston, George Macready, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 452

Some footage shot in Africa helps. Alain Napier plays a good guy again in this one.

17. Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan leads five passengers from a downed airplane out of the jungle. En route white hunter Hawkins tries to sell them to the Oparian chief. Captured by the Oparians and nearly sacrificed ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Gordon Scott, Robert Beatty, Yolande Donlan, Betta St. John

Votes: 533 | Gross: $1.99M

Solid entry with Gordon Scott in top form. The film includes sequences actually shot in Africa in color, the way it should be! This one has a very 1950s feel to it. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

18. Tarzan and the Trappers (1960 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Adventure

After dispatching a ruthless hunter who traps animals for gain, he has to contend with his brother who is out for revenge.

Directors: Charles F. Haas, Sandy Howard, H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Gordon Scott, Eve Brent, Rickie Sorensen, Cheta

Votes: 491

What happens when you edit together three dull pilot episodes of an unsold TV series? You get a boring, boring, boring feature film with absolutely no positives whatsoever. Even Gordon Scott can't help this. Almost as bad as the 1981 Bo Derek Tarzan film.

19. Tarzan's Fight for Life (1958)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure

Dr. Sturdy is trying to establish a modern hospital in the jungle. His efforts are strongly opposed by Futa, the witch doctor, and Ramo, a native warrior. There are kidnappings, a race ... See full summary »

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Gordon Scott, Eve Brent, Rickie Sorensen, Jil Jarmyn

Votes: 411 | Gross: $1.57M

This one was OK but the over-reliance on studio shooting puts a damper on viewing this film. After Tarzan and the Lost Safari, how could they go back to shooting almost exclusively in a studio? Woody Strode is wasted here.

20. Tarzan's Greatest Adventure (1959)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure

Four British villains raid a settlement to obtain explosives for use in a diamond mine. In doing so they nearly destroy the settlement, so and Tarzan pursues them to their mine.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane, Niall MacGinnis

Votes: 1,075 | Gross: $2.18M

The greatest Tarzan film of all time. Gordon Scott is terrific as is Anthony Quayle as the heavy. This is a tense, nail-biting adventure shot on location in Kenya with an incredible supporting cast that includes a young Sean Connery. If you have never seen a Tarzan film, start here!

21. Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)

Approved | 82 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Betta St. John, John Carradine

Votes: 585

This is almost as good as Tarzan's Greatest Adventure. Scott is at his best and Jock Mahoney is one evil dude. Funny because, he would go on to play Tarzan in the next two films! I can't forget to mention the good supporting cast with John Carradine as one of the vilest villains ever. Great film.

22. Tarzan Goes to India (1962)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure

Summoned by an Indian princess, Tarzan travels to India where hundreds of wild elephants are in danger. A company is building a hydroelectric dam and the contractors have only a few weeks ... See full summary »

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Leo Gordon, Mark Dana, Feroz Khan

Votes: 428

I have a very soft spot for this film. Jock Mahoney is great as the Lord of the Jungle. He may be leaner than most Tarzans, but he makes up for it in poise and character. The story is good and the charge of the elephants is very exciting. I absolutely love Tarzan's arrival into India: jumping out of an airplane into a lake!!

23. Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Adventure

The spiritual leader of an oriental country is dying. The leader's evil brother Khan is plotting to prevent Kashi, the youthful heir, from assuming his rightful position. Tarzan is summoned... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode, Tsu Kobayashi, Earl Cameron

Votes: 396

I was quite disappointed with this film. It is probably because it seems to run forever(although it is only 92 minutes long) and go nowhere. I am also disturbed by Jock Mahoney's drastic weight loss throughout the film (he became very sick and lost nearly 50 lbs). Too bad. I really think Mahoney was one of the better Tarzans.

24. Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure

The international criminal Vinaro enjoys sending explosive wristwatches to his enemies. Here he kidnaps ten-year-old Ramel whom he thinks can lead him to the lost city of gold. Tarzan ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Mike Henry, David Opatoshu, Manuel Padilla Jr., Nancy Kovack

Votes: 417

Groovy 1960s James Bond type of Tarzan film with spectacular Mexican locations. Mike Henry is just too wooden in the role but the film makes up for this in sheer action and excitement.

25. Tarzan and the Great River (1967)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan is summoned to Brazil by an old friend to stop an evil tribal cult from destroying native villages and enslaving the survivors. The Lord of the Jungle is accompanied on his quest by ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Mike Henry, Jan Murray, Manuel Padilla Jr., Diana Millay

Votes: 316

Only Jan Murray's hilarious performance makes this film watchable. Henry is so wooden as Tarzan that you think you'll get splinters watching him! The Brazilian locations are good but they have spliced in footage of Hippos and other animals that are not native to Brazil. What were they thinking?

26. Tarzan (1966–1968)

60 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan (Lord Greystoke), already well educated and fed up with civilization, returns to the jungle and, more or less assisted by chimpanzee Cheetah and orphan boy Jai, wages war against poachers and other bad guys.

Stars: Ron Ely, Manuel Padilla Jr., Rockne Tarkington, Virgil Richardson

Votes: 670

I really enjoyed this series when I was a kid. Upon seeing episodes recently, I realize that it was pretty average. The major problem lies with the dull scripts. Ron Ely is good as the Apeman and the Mexican and Brazilian locations are beautiful. A couple of episodes are good, especially The Deadly Silence, which is tense and gripping . Do yourself a favour and don't watch too many at one sitting.

27. Tarzan's Deadly Silence (1970)

G | 88 min | Adventure

Tarzan loses his hearing after a bomb blast, and is hunted through the jungle by the ruthless Colonel.

Director: Robert L. Friend | Stars: Ron Ely, Manuel Padilla Jr., Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode

Votes: 48

Two part episode from the 1966-67 series released theatrically. Jock Mahoney guest stars as a deranged para military nut-job and is ably assisted by Woody Strode. Ron Elly is great in this one. On the whole, worth a look.

28. Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama

24 Metascore

While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other.

Director: John Derek | Stars: Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Miles O'Keeffe, John Phillip Law

Votes: 4,908 | Gross: $36.57M

Ugghhh. What a piece of garbage. The worst Tarzan film ever. Period.

29. Tarzan in Manhattan (1989 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan goes to New York to rescue the chimp Cheetah, who has been captured by an evil animal experimenter. There, he teams up with Jane, a cab driver and daughter of an ex-cop private eye, who help Tarzan free Cheetah and his friends.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Joe Lara, Kim Crosby, James Medina, Jan-Michael Vincent

Votes: 326

Crazy mishmash TV movie. I didn't care for it.

30. Tarzán (1991–1995)

30 min | Adventure

Tarzan had no formal education and spoke in broken English. Jane was a French environmental scientist working on ways to save endangered species. Roger Taft was the son of a wealthy New ... See full summary »

Stars: Wolf Larson, Lydie Denier, Sean Roberge, William S. Taylor

Votes: 322

Wolf Larson is good as the Apeman but 30 minute episodes just aren't long enough to flesh out interesting stories. The Mexican locations are beautiful and Lydie Denier is lovely to look at but this is not that good.

31. Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure

Hunters trespass into Sukulu country, where animals are sacred, posing as photographers. Their work has the blessing of the U.N.'s Dr. Celliers, close friend of the Sukulu chief. The ... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Gordon Scott, Vera Miles, Peter van Eyck, Jack Elam

Votes: 450

First Gordon Scott Tarzan film is typical studio-bound nonsense with a smattering of badly-matching stock footage of jungle animals at play. The story is OK and Scott is good in his first Tarzan film but Vera Miles absolutely steals the show(she is stunningly gorgeous and spunky as hell). Jack Elam is not bad as the main villain. The superstitious native plot-line was dated even back in 1955. This was the last Tarzan film to be filmed in black and white.

32. Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968)

G | 99 min | Action, Adventure

A reporter and her fiance are conducting a search in the jungle for a wild boy, the lost son of a downed geologist.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Mike Henry, Rafer Johnson, Aliza Gur, Steve Bond

Votes: 328

Ho hum, another dull Mike Henry Tarzan film. It is a definite improvement over Tarzan and the Great River but does not compare to the excitement of Tarzan and the Valley of Gold. The plot creaks along but we've seen all this before told in a much more interesting way. Henry is more at ease in the role in this film but that is not saying much. The Brazilian locations (doubling for Africa) are quite beautiful and the finale is well done. Ok but far from the best Tarzan films.

33. Tarzan Escapes (1936)

Passed | 89 min | Action, Adventure

An expedition seeking to bring Jane back to civilization, and Tarzan into captivity, gets more than it's bargained for.

Directors: Richard Thorpe, John Farrow, James C. McKay, George B. Seitz, William A. Wellman | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler, Benita Hume

Votes: 2,981

Very well done entry in the series has Weissmuller and O'Sullivan in top shape. All the supporting cast is good. The story has a couple of slow parts and takes some time to get going but the finale is exciting.

34. Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Virginia Grey

Votes: 2,967

Very silly entry in the Tarzan series that is still quite entertaining. The MGM formula was wearing thin by this time but the film still contains some good moments. There are way too many Cheeta antics in this one but some are funny. The best part is the finale that includes Tarzan jumping off the Brooklyn bridge. This one is fun but it is far from the best in the series. Maureen O'Sullivan is good as always, in this, her last portrayal of Jane.

35. Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)

Unrated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Reginald Owen

Votes: 2,633

Amazing, exciting entry in the series has a fast moving plot and a tense final third. Boy gets a lot of screen time to display his athletics. Tom Conway is very good as a nuanced villain. The only negative is the over reliance on Cheetah`s comical moments. Overall, this is one entry you should not miss.

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