1. Capuchin Monkey: Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) – 8.4
For fans of Indiana Jones and his many adventures, the little capuchin is an adorable but sneaky little character in the 1981 release Raiders of the Lost Ark. The monkey is actually a thief in the story and he follows Indiana (Harrison Ford) and Marion (Karen Allen) by winning them over with his charms. The movie gives the monkey a ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ending with his ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ being caused by a ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴed date meant for Indy. The little capuchin who’s real name is not known, gave a magnificent performance in the movie and his character has stayed memorable for many years.
2. Spike: Ace Ventura (1994) – 6.9
Most comedy fans are familiar with the Ace Ventura franchise which produced a few great sensational hits by the famously diverse and dramatic actor Jim Carrey. In the film, Ace Ventura is a pet detective who must solve animal ᴄʀɪᴍᴇs. He is the perfect person to do this because of his ability to connect with animals and communicate with them. Spike, the capuchin monkey is his somewhat-trusted sidekick who is just adorable to watch as he partners up with Ventura on his escapades. Spike’s real name is Binx and he is quite the celebrity; famously known for his roles in both acclaimed Ace Ventura movies as well as George of the Jungle and ᴏᴜᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ.
3. Betsy: ᴏᴜᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ (1995) – 6.6
The movie ᴏᴜᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ stars actor Dustin Hoffman as Colonel Sam Daniels, a ᴠɪʀᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ who is tasked with finding a solution to an ᴏᴜᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ with resembles Eʙᴏʟᴀ. As it is later discovered the ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ was brought over by a capuchin monkey named Betsy who was sᴍᴜɢɢʟᴇd for exotic animal sales.
Betsy is ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛed by a man-made ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ that was ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛally leaked out onto a base camp in Africa. Betsy escaped once in the US and spreads the ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛion like ᴡɪʟᴅꜰɪʀᴇ. The movie follows Betsy closely as she evades her captors and gives a talented performance. For trivia-fans, Betsy also played as Marcel, Ross’s pet monkey in the TV series Friends.
4. Dexter: Night At The Museum (2006) – 6.4
The movie Night at the Museum is a fun family movie about museum artifacts and statues that come to life at night due to a magical Egyptian artifact. The main character is Larry Daley played by actor Ben Stiller, an overnight watchman who is meant to keep the museum safe. Dexter is a taxidermy capuchin who comes to life as a mischievous monkey causes Larry a load of headᴀᴄʜᴇs. Dexter is played by animal actress Crystal, who also played in Disney’s 1997 film, George of the Jungle.
5. Ella: Monkey Shines (1988) – 6.2
Here is every monkey-lovers worst nightmare come true. George A Romero has a knack for ʜᴏʀʀᴏʀ film making and the movie Monkey Shines is a ᴘsʏᴄʜᴏlogical ʜᴏʀʀᴏʀ that does not disappoint. It follows a sports player named Allan who becomes a ǫᴜᴀᴅʀɪᴘʟᴇɢɪᴄ after sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀing a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ. He bonds with an intelligent capuchin whom his friend appoints to him as an aide.
Unknown to Allan, the monkey has been experimented on and injected with human brain tissue to make it extremely intelligent. Soon things turn ugly as Ella, the monkey becomes possessive of Allan and carries out ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀs, even ᴋɪʟʟing Allan’s friends and family members.