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The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s

Updated October 1, 2019 2.3k votes 226 voters 5.3k views37 items

List RulesVote 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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    Dawn of the Dead
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Zombieland
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Wrong Turn
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    Wrong Turn

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Schmidt

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    The Ring
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Trick 'r Treat
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    Trick 'r Treat

    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

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    Hellboy
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 8
    The Hills Have Eyes
    54
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw

    Released2006

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    Monsters, Inc.
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • 10
    Dog Soldiers
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    Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham

    Released2002

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    The Host
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Ginger Snaps
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    Ginger Snaps

    Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Fawcett

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    Let the Right One In
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    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Slither
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    Slither

    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    REC
    36
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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  • 16
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 17
    Monsters vs. Aliens
    36
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    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler

    Released2009

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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    Frailty
    27
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    The Orphanage
    21
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    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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  • 20
    Godzilla: Final Wars
    23
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    Godzilla: Final Wars

    Don Frye, Masami Nagasawa

    Released2004

    Directed byRyuhei Kitamura

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    Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

    Released2001

    Directed byShusuke Kaneko

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  • 22
    Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
    18
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    Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

    Masami Nagasawa, Yumiko Shaku

    Released2003

    Directed byMasaaki Tezuka

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  • 23
    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
    16
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    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera

    Released2000

    Directed byMasaaki Tezuka

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  • 24
    Ju-on: The Grudge
    18
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    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina

    Released2002

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    Shadow of the Vampire
    13
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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich

    Released2000

    Directed byE. Elias Merhige

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