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The Best 90s Monster Movies

Updated June 5, 2019 1.7k votes 263 voters 14.1k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite monster films that were released in the 1990s.

For all the horror and action nerds, here is a list of the best ‘90s monster movies, ranked by other movie fans on Ranker. This decade boasts new, high profile versions of both Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Godzilla. Hollywood’s commitment to the monster genre only increased in the '90s, as special effects gradually got better and better.
 

Also on this 1990s monster film list are originals The Relic, Mimic and Tremors. You’ll also find three more films in the Godzilla brand (all from Japan), a film called Frankenhooker (the title should tell you what that’s about), and Leprachaun (plus three sequels in the decade).
 

So, which of the movies on this list of good 90s monster movies would you recommend to others? Vote up the top 90s monster movies and make sure to add any we might have missed.

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    Tremors
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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    Lake Placid
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Arachnophobia
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    The Relic
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    The Relic

    Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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    Predator 2
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    Predator 2

    Gary Busey, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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    Mimic
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    Mimic

    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch
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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates

    Released1990

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    Deep Rising
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    Deep Rising

    Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • 9
    Nightbreed
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    Nightbreed

    David Cronenberg, Doug Bradley

    Released1990

    Directed byClive Barker

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  • 10
    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
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    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

    Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Harrison

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    Tremors 2: Aftershocks
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    Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    Fred Ward, Michael Gross

    Released1996

    Directed byS. S. Wilson, Andy Wilson

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    Godzilla
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    Godzilla

    Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria

    Released1998

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Leprechaun
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    Leprechaun

    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis

    Released1993

    Directed byMark Jones

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    Jack Frost
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    Jack Frost

    Shannon Elizabeth, Rob LaBelle

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Cooney

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    Godzilla Millenium
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    Godzilla Millenium

    Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe

    Released1999

    Directed byTakao Okawara

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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1994

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura

    Released1991

    Directed byKazuki Ōmori

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    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
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    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

    Akira Emoto, Akira Nakao

    Released1994

    Directed byKensho Yamashita

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    Leprechaun 2
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    Leprechaun 2

    Clint Howard, Warwick Davis

    Released1994

    Directed byRodman Flender

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    Leprechaun 3
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    Leprechaun 3

    Warwick Davis, Leigh-Allyn Baker

    Released1994

    Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith

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    Castle Freak
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    Castle Freak

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1995

    Directed byStuart Gordon

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    Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor
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    Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor

    George Gerard, Greg Sullivan

    Released1990

    Directed byGlenn Takakjian

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    Leprechaun 4: In Space
    8
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    Leprechaun 4: In Space

    Debbe Dunning, Warwick Davis

    Released1997

    Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith

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    Frankenhooker
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    Frankenhooker

    Heather Hunter, Louise Lasser

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Henenlotter

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