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The Best 70s Monster Movies

Updated October 2, 2019 353 votes 89 voters 3.7k views20 items

List RulesVote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 1970s.

Are you new to the classic horror genre? As you’ll discover on this list of the best 70s monster movies, the decade saw the continuation of the Godzilla franchise with three more films and the reinvention of the Frankenstein brand with The Horror of Frankenstein and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974.

Among the films on this list of monster movies from the 70s you’ll discover the drive-in classic It’s Alive, Steven Spielberg’s story of a monster shark in Jaws, and Alien, a film that began an entire franchise. And don’t miss the big-budget take on King Kong staring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good 70s monster films creeped you out? Vote up the best 1970s monster movies and make sure to add any we might have missed. And when you're done, check out our list of the best 1970s horror movies.

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    Alien
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Jaws
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    Jaws

    Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 3
    The Legend of Boggy Creek
    15
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    The Legend of Boggy Creek

    Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon

    Released1972

    Directed byCharles B. Pierce

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    The Hills Have Eyes
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    The Hills Have Eyes

    Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston

    Released1977

    Directed byWes Craven

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    The food of the Gods
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    The food of the Gods

    Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin

    Released1976

    Directed byBert I. Gordon

    The Food of the Gods is a 1976 science fiction thriller film released by American... more on Wikipedia
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    Night of the Lepus (1972)
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    Night of the Lepus (1972)

    Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh

    Released1972

    Directed byWilliam F. Claxton

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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama

    Released1974

    Directed byJun Fukuda, Masami Fukushima, Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Hiroyasu Yamamura

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    Godzilla vs. Hedorah
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    Godzilla vs. Hedorah

    Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura

    Released1971

    Directed byYoshimitsu Banno

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  • 9
    Nosferatu the Vampyre
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    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani

    Released1979

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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    The Horror of Frankenstein
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    The Horror of Frankenstein

    Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara

    Released1970

    Directed byJimmy Sangster

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    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974
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    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974

    Peter Cushing, Shane Briant

    Released1974

    Directed byTerence Fisher

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  • 12
    Horror Express
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    Horror Express

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

    Released1972

    Directed byEugenio Martín

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  • 13
    Gamera vs Jiger
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    Gamera vs Jiger

    Tsutomu Takakuwa, Kelly Varis

    Released1970

    Directed byNoriaki Yuasa

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  • 14
    The Terror of Mechagodzilla
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    The Terror of Mechagodzilla

    Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai

    Released1975

    Directed byIshirô Honda

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  • 15
    Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
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    Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)

    Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon

    Released1971

    Directed bySeth Holt, Michael Carreras

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  • 16
    Godzilla vs. Megalon
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    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase

    Released1973

    Directed byJun Fukuda

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  • 17
    The Scars of Dracula
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    The Scars of Dracula

    Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman

    Released1970

    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

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  • 18
    It's Alive
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    It's Alive

    John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell

    Released1974

    Directed byLarry Cohen

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  • 19
    Frankenstein The True Story
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    Frankenstein The True Story

    James Mason, Leonard Whiting

    Released1973

    Directed byJack Smight

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    Don't Know

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