The Best Monster Movies Of The 1950s

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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 '50s horror movies are in black and white. Over 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 1950s 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 '50s monster movies, and vote down any that you really wouldn't recommend to others who are new to classic monster movies.

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  • Them!
    1
    James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Gordon Douglas
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
    2
    Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
    3
    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda
  • The Thing from Another World
    4
    James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
  • The Blob
    5
    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
    6
    Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Eugène Lourié
  • The Mummy
    7
    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
    8
    William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Nathan Juran
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea
    9
    Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Robert Gordon

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  • Tarantula
    10
    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • Rodan
    11
    Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Ishirō Honda
  • Revenge of the Creature
    12
    Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space
    13
    Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
  • The Black Scorpion
    14
    Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Edward Ludwig
  • It Came from Outer Space
    15
    Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • Night of the Demon
    16
    Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
  • The Curse of Frankenstein
    17
    Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • Horror of Dracula
    18
    Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • Forbidden Planet
    19
    Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
  • The Tingler
    20
    Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: William Castle
  • The Creature Walks Among Us
    21
    Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Ricou Browning
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: John Sherwood
  • Return of the Fly
    22
    Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, John Sutton
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Edward Bernds
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
    23
    Yvette Vickers, Allison Hayes, Roy Gordon
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
  • This Island Earth
    24
    Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
  • House of Wax
    25
    Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Andre de Toth