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The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s 

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Updated October 1, 2019 1.8k votes 220 voters 5k views 37 items

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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Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

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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Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

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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Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

Released: 2002

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

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Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee

Released: 2002

Directed by: Neil Marshall

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Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Fawcett

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Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bong Joon-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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Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gunn

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John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

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Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet, Ana Isabel Velásquez

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

Released: 2001

Directed by: Bill Paxton

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Godzilla: Final Wars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Don Frye, Masami Nagasawa, Rei Kikukawa

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura

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Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda, Édgar Vivar

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona

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Godzilla, Mothra and Kin... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Hideyo Amamoto, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda

Released: 2001

Directed by: Shusuke Kaneko

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Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Masami Nagasawa, Yumiko Shaku, Mitsuki Koga

Released: 2003

Directed by: Masaaki Tezuka

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Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera, Yusaku Yara

Released: 2000

Directed by: Masaaki Tezuka

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Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2000

Directed by: Tarsem Singh

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