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The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 2000s.

As you’ll note on this list of the top 2000s monster movies, the longer a genre exists, the more liberties a filmmaker will take. Two of the more interesting entries you'll find here are the animated comedies Monsters, Inc. and Monsters vs. Aliens, which were both very funny and charming children's movies that adults loved too.

Also among the films on this list of the best ‘00s monster films you’ll find the zombie comedy Zombieland, the eerie and all too possible 28 Days Later, and the comics-based Hellboy, featuring a monster as its main character. And make sure to check out Shadow of the Vampire, a movie about the making of the classic vampire film Nosferatu.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good ‘00s monster films left you wanting more? Vote up the top monster movies from the 2000s and feel free to add any movies that we might have left off.

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Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers
This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film directorial debut. A remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film of the same name, it is written by James Gunn and ...more
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Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
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Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers
Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and starred Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, ...more
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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more
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Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho
The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local ...more
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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle
Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald. The title is a pun on the cookie ginger snap. ...more
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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman
Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of ...more
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Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. A British production, set in the highlands of ...more
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Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine
The Hills Have Eyes is a 2006 American horror film and remake of Wes Craven's 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes. Written by filmmaking partners Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur of the ...more
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Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more
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Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie
Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut, and starring Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, and Michael ...more
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more
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Godzilla: Final Wars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Don Frye, Masami Nagasawa, Rei Kikukawa
Godzilla: Final Wars is a 2004 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, written by Wataru Mimura and Isao Kiriyama and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. It is the 28th and ...more
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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger
Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more
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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more
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Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox
Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez
REC is a 2007 Spanish horror film, co-written and directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. The film was shot in Barcelona, Spain and the title is an abbreviation of the word ...more
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Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more
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Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio
The Cell is a 2000 horror film directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.
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Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghid... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Hideyo Amamoto, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a 2001 science fiction kaiju film directed by Shūsuke Kaneko, written by Kaneko, Keiichi Hasegawa and Masahiro Yokotani, and ...more
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera, Yusaku Yara
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-fourth film released in the ...more
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Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Masami Nagasawa, Yumiko Shaku, Mitsuki Koga
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., released in Japan as Godzilla × Mothra × Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS, is a 2003 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka. It was the twenty-seventh ...more
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Francisco Rabal, Macarena Gómez, Ferran Lahoz
Dagon is a 2001 Spanish horror film directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli. Despite the title, the plot is actually based on H. P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth ...more
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Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar
The Orphanage is a 2007 Spanish horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger ...more