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

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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

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

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

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

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The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

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Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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

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

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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

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

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Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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

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Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

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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

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

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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

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

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

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Godzilla Millenium Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

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Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

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

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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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

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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

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The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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

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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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Eight Legged Freaks Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

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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

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

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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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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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

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

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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough