The Best 70s Monster Movies  

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List Rules Vote 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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Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more
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Jaws Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
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Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. The film is set primarily in ...more
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Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, Vern Stierman
The Legend of Boggy Creek is a 1972 horror docudrama about the "Fouke Monster," a Bigfoot-type creature that has been seen in and around Fouke, Arkansas since the 1950s. The film mixes ...more
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The Hills Have Eyes Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman
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Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Gorō ...more
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Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker
The Food of the Gods is a 1976 science fiction thriller film released by American International Pictures and was written, produced, and directed by Bert I. Gordon. The Food of the Gods starred ...more
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It's Alive John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, James Dixon
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Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase
Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a 1971 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Yoshimitsu Banno and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Akira ...more
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Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson
The Horror of Frankenstein is a 1970 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions that is both a semi-parody and remake of the 1957 film The Curse of Frankenstein. It was produced and directed ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas
Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano/Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express, is a 1972 Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring ...more
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Gamera vs Jiger Tsutomu Takakuwa, Kelly Varis, Katherine Murphy
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Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers
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Night of the Lepus (1972) Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun
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The Terror of Mechagodzilla Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata
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The Scars of Dracula Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
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Frankenstein The True Story James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum
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Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell 1974 Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith
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Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi
Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed and co-written by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Katsuhiko ...more
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