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List Rules Monsters must be GIANT! No human-sized beasts or creatures.

List of the scariest giant monster movies of all time, as ranked by monster movie aficionados and film critics. Ever since 1925’s The Lost World, monster movies have graced the film world with their stunning and sometimes head-scratching special effects, screaming human victims, and interesting fight scenes. In the 1950s, giant monster movies became the hottest genre of the decade, spanning dozens of movies about made up creatures. The special effects were like nothing anybody had ever seen before, which was part of what made the movies so scary. As special effect technology advanced, so did the scariness of these monster films. Compared to the building crushing monster from 2008’s Cloverfield, monsters like The Blob, Giant Leeches, and Mothra aren’t as scary. However, in the time they were made, they were terrifying audiences everywhere.

Creatures in these monster movies ranged from a woman who grow 50-feet tall to killer T-Rexes that have grown in a scientist’s lab. Each monster villain causes destruction of property, loss of life, and chaos to the lives of the protagonists. This list is filled with the monsters that are the most frightening to audiences around the world.

What are the scariest giant monster movies ever made? This list features a large portion of the movies that can cause chills to ever the toughest of moviegoers. 

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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476 67
Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

438 71
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

521 158
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MountainMan 2013 added The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

412 319
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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

342 55
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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

426 239
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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

427 281
Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Godzilla Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

316 239
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

372 252
Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

347 193
The Mist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

238 206
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The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

212 182
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Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

279 212
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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

268 252
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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278 194
Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

207 183
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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

138 64
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An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

215 165
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Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

127 56
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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

164 176
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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

130 166
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Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

122 43
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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

191 210
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Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

144 157
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Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

143 128
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Noble Johnson, Matt Moore, Joseph W. Girard

78 57
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Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

112 49
A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

98 64
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Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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111 128
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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

87 55
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Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

134 170
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Godzilla Millenium Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

104 128
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It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

106 150
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Tremors 2: Aftershocks Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

78 57
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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

84 65
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

83 160
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The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

118 141
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The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

74 61
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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

110 135
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Eight Legged Freaks Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

60 68
Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Clash of the Titans Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

50 41
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Jason and the Argonauts Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

98 132
Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Mighty Joe Young Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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65 44
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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

68 46
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

57 60
Species is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

57 36
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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

62 43
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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

52 59
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

48 32
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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson