Entertainment The Best 50s Monster Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 1950s.

The best horror movies of the 50s are just waiting for you to rank them, so if you're a classic horror geek, then this list is where you make your opinion count. These are the legends that started it all. Back then you didn't need color to be scary, as most of the best 50's horror movies are in black and white. Almost 70 years later these films still have an impact on modern monster movies, with some franchises even pumping out new films. 

Back in the 50's Christopher Lee was Hollywood royalty. He starred in more than one great monster movie from the 50's, including the iconic Dracula that made him a legend to this day.

One of the most iconic monster movies of the 50s is The Blob, with legendary Steve McQueen. Who could forget those unforgettable moments of the Blob taking over the city? It really was a great decade for scary monster films.

Vote for your favorites on this list of 50's monster movies, and downvote any that you really wouldn't recommend to others who are new to classic monster movies.

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Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams
Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster horror 3-D film in black-and-white, directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit ...more
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Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata
King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao ...more
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Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton
The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a ...more
108 20
Them! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 50s Monster Movies
LucasChiara added Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker
Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more
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James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by ...more
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Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, and starring ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer
The Mummy is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was written by Jimmy Sangster and produced by Michael Carreras and Anthony ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier
Tarantula is a 1955 American science fiction film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, and starring John Agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll. The ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara
Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. It was the studio's first Kaiju movie filmed in color. It is one of a series of "giant ...more
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Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor
20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction giant monster film written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced ...more
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Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith
It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert ...more
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Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict
It! The Terror from Beyond Space is an independently made 1958 American black and white science fiction film produced by Robert Kent, directed by Edward L. Cahn, and starring Marshall Thompson, ...more
42 9
It Came from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 50s Monster Movies
John Weir added Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Dave Willock
It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction film, the first in the 3-D process from Universal-International. It was produced by William Alland, directed by Jack ...more
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Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva
Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, being the only 3-D film released in 1955 and the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film. It premiered in Denver on March 23, ...more
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This Island Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 50s Monster Movies
John Weir added Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis
This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. It is based on the novel of the same name by Raymond F. Jones which was originally published in the ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court
The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was Hammer's first colour horror film, and the ...more
55 27
The Black Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 50s Monster Movies
Mara Corday, Richard Denning, Carlos Rivas
The Black Scorpion is a 1957 Mexican-American horror film released by Warner Brothers, with stop motion special effects created by Willis O'Brien.
45 24
Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 50s Monster Movies
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis
Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story "Casting the ...more
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Vincent Price, Dan Seymour, Brett Halsey
Return of the Fly is the first sequel to the 1958 horror film The Fly. It was released in 1959, and directed by Edward Bernds. Unlike the preceding film, Return of the Fly was shot in black and ...more
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Vincent Price, Ernest Torrence, Dallas McKennon
The Tingler is a 1959 horror-thriller film by American producer/director William Castle. It is the third of five collaborations with writer Robb White and stars Vincent Price, Darryl Hickman, ...more
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Yvette Vickers, Allison Hayes, Roy Gordon
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 American low-budget science fiction feature film produced by Bernard Woolner for Allied Artists Pictures. It was directed by Nathan H. Juran from a ...more
49 30
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Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker, Robert Brown
The Abominable Snowman is a 1957 British horror film directed by Val Guest. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it is based on a 1955 BBC television play, The Creature, written by Nigel Kneale, who ...more
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Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Ricou Browning
The Creature Walks Among Us is the third and final installment of the Creature from the Black Lagoon horror film series from Universal-International, following 1955's Revenge of the Creature. ...more
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The Trollenberg Terror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 50s Monster Movies
Forrest Tucker, Warren Mitchell, Janet Munro
The Trollenberg Terror is both a 1956 "Saturday Serial" ITV UK television programme and a 1958 independently made black-and-white British science fiction film. Both versions were ...more
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