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The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s

Updated October 1, 2019 2.3k votes 224 voters 5.2k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Wrong Turn

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Schmidt

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    The Ring

    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette

    Released2002

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Trick 'r Treat

    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

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    Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw

    Released2006

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    Dog Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Dog Soldiers

    Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham

    Released2002

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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    The Host is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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    Ginger Snaps is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Ginger Snaps

    Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Fawcett

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    Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Let the Right One In

    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman

    Released2008

    Directed byTomas Alfredson

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    Slither is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Slither

    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    REC is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    REC

    Manuela Velasco, Javier Botet

    Released2007

    Directed byPaco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró

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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler

    Released2009

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

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    The Orphanage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    The Orphanage

    Geraldine Chaplin, Belén Rueda

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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    Godzilla: Final Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Godzilla: Final Wars

    Don Frye, Masami Nagasawa

    Released2004

    Directed byRyuhei Kitamura

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    Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s

    Released2001

    Directed byShusuke Kaneko

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    Godzilla: Tokyo SOS is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

    Masami Nagasawa, Yumiko Shaku

    Released2003

    Directed byMasaaki Tezuka

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    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera

    Released2000

    Directed byMasaaki Tezuka

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    Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Ju-on: The Grudge

    Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina

    Released2002

    Directed byTakashi Shimizu

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    Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the 2000s
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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich

    Released2000

    Directed byE. Elias Merhige

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