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This is not meant to be a list of every movie with a lizard in it, only a list of those I know about.
When I see or learn of a new one, I'll add it to the list.

None of the brief descriptions below give away important plot information you won't want to know before watching a movie,  but when you click on a movie name, you will go to a page with pictures and information that might contain spoilers.

Considering how common they are in much of the world, lizards are used in movies far less frequently than snakes, probably because they are small, silent, mostly harmless, and have little commercial value.

Most of these are live-action feature films or tv movies (not single tv episodes, commercials, animated films, or nature documentaries) that mostly use real lizards, with some exceptions.

Links lead to pictures and information about the lizards and the movies on one of the various pages listed above.
If a movie uses more than one type of lizard that puts them on more than one of my pages, the page links are listed as numbers.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Costello also meets a gigantic monster lizard inside the mummy's tomb.
Deep Red
Altered States (1980) 

A Harvard scientist eats some Mexican magic mushrooms and hallucinates a bunch of lizards.
Altered States
Arabesque (1966) 

A chase scene through the London Zoo is punctuated musically to several shots of snakes and lizards sticking out their tongues.
Badlands (1973) (IMDB)

Martin Sheen is standing in a wide open field at dusk somewhere in the South Dakota Badlands staring off into space and we see some kind of game bird, a big black rubber lizard that never moves, and looks like nothing you'd find in South Dakota or anywhere in the US, a thundercloud with lightning, then a hawk standing on the ground, then back to Sheen.
The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans (2009)

An imagined iguana and a bearded dragon freak out Nicholas Cage.
Bad Lieutenant
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) 

Somebody shoots a Gila Monster on a rock before Cable can kill it with a knife for food.
Ballad of Cable Hogue
Big Stakes (1922)

Getting bitten by a deadly Gila Monster is the price to pay for losing a bet.
Big Stakes
Broken Lance (1954)  

A man finds that his old ranch is so run down that there's a Gila Monster in the garden.
Broken Lance
CrissCross (1992) 

Young Florida boys hang Brown Anoles from their nose and tongue.

Cross Country Detours (1940)

On a split screen an animated gila monster growls while a little girl recites poetry.
Cross Country Detours
Cross Country Detours (1940)

An animated lizard sheds its skin like a woman doing a strip tease dance.
Cross Country Detours
Deep Red (1975)

A creepy sadistic little girl sticks a pin through a lizard just to torture it.
Deep Red
Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967)

Django is chained to a cross and tortured, then left alone to be tormented by bloodthirsty vampire bats and even worse - a Green Iguana.
Django Kill
Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

A young Italian boy shoots a wall lizard with a slingshot.
Don't Torture a Duckling
Drive, He Said (1971)

A campus radical runs naked into a college science lab and releases mice, snakes, lizards, and other animals.
Drive He Said
Duel in the Sun (1946) 

A couple of Chuckwallas show up briefly as local color in this campy western melodrama.
Duel In The Sun
El Topo (1970) 

Nihilistic Mexican murderers abuse large spiny-tailed lizards.
El Topo
The Fallen Idol (1948) 

A young boy keeps a Slow Worm hidden behind a brick.
Fallen Idol
The Far Side of Jericho (2006)

Fugitive women decline a young boy's offer of lizard to eat.
The Far Side of Jericho
Fort Apache (1948) 

A trading post exhibits a stuffed Gila Monster on its wall.
Fort Apache
The Freshman (1990)

A young film student is hired to pick up something that turns out to be a live Komodo Dragon, which gets loose and causes a real commotion.

The Freshman
Frogs (1972) 

Snakes and frogs and lizards strike back at humans for polluting the world.
The Giant Gila Monster (1959) 

A giant Gila Monster terrorizes a small town.
Giant Gila Monster
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)

A woman suddenly dropped into the African wilderness is terrified by a monitor lizard.
The Gods Must Be Crazy II
Greed (1924) 

A fugitive sees a Gila Monster and a Chuckwalla in Death Valley.
Hell's Belles (1969) 

A biker is knocked out on a dirt road in the Sonoran Desert. When he wakes up, he sees a Gila Monster.
Hell's Belles
Holes (2003) 

Yellow-spotted Lizards with fangs kill people with their venom.
The Holy Mountain (1973) 

Horned lizards dressed as Aztecs fight Cane Toad conquistadores in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
The Holy Mountain
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) (IMDB)

Camped in the jungle at night, an annoying woman who's not much of a camper (played by Kate Capshaw) starts screaming when she grabs a fruit bat hanging on a line instead of her laundry and then finds a monitor lizard sitting on a branch.
Indiana Jones
Impromptu (1991)

A young George Sand performs a ritual at a shrine in the woods, hoping to leave a live lizard as an offering, until she discovers the lizard is dead.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)

A young Chinese girl does not see her new husband until he comes into their bedroom on their wedding night. He scares her with a lizard and she is not happy to see that she has married a young boy who plays with lizards.
The Joy Luck Club
The Killer Snakes (She sha shou) (1975)  

A bullied man uses snakes and monitor lizards to get revenge.
The Killer Snakes
Le Cercle Rouge (1970) 

An alcoholic's delirium includes Uromastyx and Iguanas.
Le Cercle Rouge
The Left Handed Gun (1958) 

Billy the Kid is recuperating in bed when his friends prank him with a horned lizard in a box.
Left-handed Gun
Licence to Kill (1989)

An evil drug lord carries around an iguana that wears a diamond studded collar.
Licence to Kill
Life of Pi (2012) 

A monitor lizard runs up to the camera at a zoo in India.
Life of Pi
The Lizard (1972)

A Robin-Hood-like Kung Fu cat burglar leaves a toy lizard at the scenes of his crimes.
Deep Red
Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) 

There are no lizards in this movie, but there is plenty of women's skin...
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
The Lizard Woman (2004)

Fiendish geckos bite people, turn them into zombies, and turn one woman into a lizard woman.
The Lizard Woman
Lord of the Flies (1963)

A boy marooned on a tropical island plays with an anole.
Lord of the Flies
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

A two-headed lizard makes a tasty post-apoctalyptic snack for Max.
Mad Max Fury Road
Male and Female (1919)   

A woman on a deserted island in the south seas searches for food but finds a Gila Monster instead.
Male and Female
Manny & Lo (1996)

An 11-year-old girl says the pledge of allegiance to a green anole then hypnotizes it.
Manny & Lo
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu makes a mind-control serum of sacred herbs and reptiles, including a Gila Monster.
The Mask of Fu Manchu
Meltdown (Shu dan long wei) (1995)

A terrorist throws snakes at a woman to force her to do what he wants and she is also attacked by a monitor lizard that eventually bites a man on the butt and hangs on as he is pulled up into the ceiling.
The Mercenary (1968) 

A revolutionary disguised as a mine worker finds a lizard in his lunch then forces the mine owner to eat it.
The Mercenary
Midnight's Children (2014) 

We see a gecko on the wall of a hospital in India.
Midnight's Children
The Naked Prey (1965) 

A great jungle adventure movie filmed in Africa with lots of herps, including some South African lizards.
The Naked Prey
The Night of the Iguana (1964) 

Mexican beach boys catch and sell Green Iguanas for food, and a drunken ex-minister frees an Iguana in order to release himself.

Night of the Iguana
On the Road (2012)

 A woman attacks a tree full of green anoles with a broom in her yard at night.
On the Road
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) 

An old Indian man gives Josey Wales a horned lizard that told him they should go to Mexico.
Outlaw Josey Wales
Papillon (1973) 

An anole sits on a tin roof as our protagonists arive at prison.
Peeping Tom (1960) 

A scientist studies his son's reaction to fear by dropping a lizard on him as he sleeps and filming his reaction.

Peeping Tom
Picnic at Hanging Rock  (1975) 

Dragons and skinks are used for local color while some schoolgirls picnic.
Picnic at hanging rock
The Puffy Chair (2005) 

A guy visits his quirky brother to find him in a bush videotaping Green Anoles.
The Puffy Chair
Que Viva Mexico (1932/1979)

A girl in a market in Mexico sells spiny-tailed iguanas for dinner.

Que Viva Mexico
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

A young Australian girl finds a monitor lizard in a tree and captures it for dinner.

Rabbit-Proof Fence
Raising Arizona (1987)

Leonard Smalls, the lone biker of the Apocalypse, a man with all the powers of Hell at his command, shoots a lizard off a rock, just for fun.
Raising Arizona
Rango (2011) 

Rango is a Chameleon, Bad Bill is a Gila Monster, Waffles is a horned lizard, and Beans is a Desert Iguana.
The Rawhide Terror (1934) 

A crazy killer tortures a gila monster probably just for fun.
Deep Red
Red River (1948) 

A cowboy riding a horse leans over and grabs a Texas Horned Lizard off the ground without stopping.
Red River
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

A boy uses a lizard tied to a string on the end of a pole to tease a young servant girl.
Scent of Green Papaya
The Show (1927) 

A deadly poisonous Green Iguana kills a man at a carnival then is stolen in an attempt to kill another man.
The Show
Sirens (1993)

A large lizard sits on a desk at a train station.
Skyfall (2012) 

A casino in Macao has a pit below the gambling floor inhabited by Komodo Dragons.
Sorcerer (1970) 

An anole lives in the squalid workers' barracks of a poor South American town.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Luke finds a Green Iguana at a cave entrance and a monitor lizard inside.
Empire Strikes Back
Strange Days (1995)

A weirdo keeps a collared lizard as a pet, because, that's what weirdos do in movies.
Strange Days
Tales of Terror (1962) 

A drunk hallucinates a Green Iguana on his shelf and a Gila Monster on his cellar stairs.
Tales of Terror
Tarzan Escapes (1936) 

Hunters in an Africa jungle pass through a staming swamp full of man-eating iguanas. Two of them fall in and are eaten alive by the hideous monsters.
Tarzan Escapes
The Terminator (1984)

Sarah Connor, the mother of the leader of the army of the last hope of humankind in its war against the machine overlords, has a cute little pet iguana named Pugsley.
The Terminator
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 

A Gila Monster crawls under the rock where Bogart hid his treasure.
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Tree of Life (2011) 

Two boys chase their terrified mom with a Texas Alligator Lizard.
The Tree of Life
This is Not a Film (2011) 

A large Green Iguana crawls around a movie director's house in Iran.
this is not a film
Twice Told Tales (Rappaccini's Daughter) (1963)

A poisonous woman who kills any living thing she touches, proves her condition by touching and killing a lizard she finds in her garden.
Twice Told Tales
Venom (1981) 

A woman in a London pet store holds a big Tegu on her shoulder.
Walkabout (1971)  

A boy and a teenage girl lost in the Australian desert encounter an Aborigine boy who catches and eats lizards.

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