The Best 90s Monster Movies  

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List Rules Vote 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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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward
Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Underwood, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, ...more
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Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda
Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more
Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 90s Monster Movies
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Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more
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Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, Penelope Ann Miller
The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by Peter Hyams and based on the best-selling novel Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The film stars Penelope Ann Miller, Tom ...more
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Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus
Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more
Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 90s Monster Movies
SteveWard added Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover
Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel ...more
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David Cronenberg, Doug Bradley, Charles Haid
Nightbreed is a 1990 American dark fantasy film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his 1988 novella Cabal. The film features Craig Sheffer as Aaron Boone, an unstable mental patient ...more
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Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng
Deep Rising is a 1998 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Anthony Heald. It was distributed by Hollywood Pictures and Cinergi ...more
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Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover
Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror comedy film, and the sequel to Gremlins. It was directed by Joe Dante. The story continues the adventures of the creature Gizmo, who spawns ...more
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Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is a 1990 American horror anthology film directed by John Harrison based on the anthology television series Tales from the Darkside. The film, shot in ...more
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Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan
Godzilla 2000: Millennium is a 1999 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Takao Okawara and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-third film released in ...more
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Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver
Tremors II: Aftershocks is a 1996 direct-to-video sequel to Tremors, in which the character of Earl Bassett, returning from the first film, is hired to deal with a subterranean ...more
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Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a 1994 American horror film directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Robert De Niro and Branagh. The picture was produced on a budget of $45 million and is ...more
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Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis, Ken Olandt
Leprechaun is a 1993 cult American horror comedy film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Warwick Davis in the title role and Jennifer Aniston in her film debut. The film was shot in ...more
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Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. A reimagining of the popular Japanese film monster of the same name, the film focuses on a ...more
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Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura, Koichi Ueda
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, is a 1991 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Kazuki Omori, and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred ...more
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Akira Emoto, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a 1994 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Kensho Yamashita and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred Megumi ...more
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Shannon Elizabeth, Rob LaBelle, Christopher Allport
Jack Frost is an American horror comedy film written and directed by Michael Cooney and released in 1997. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Snowmonton, where a truck carrying serial ...more
Leprechaun 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 90s Monster Movies
Clint Howard, Warwick Davis, Michael McDonald
Leprechaun 2 is a 1994 American comedy horror film and the second film in the Leprechaun series. It released in 1994 and is the final entry in the series to be released theatrically. It centers ...more
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Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Jessica Dollarhide
Castle Freak is a 1995 American horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, slightly based upon the short story The Outsider by H. P. Lovecraft. It was released direct to video on 14 November 1995. ...more
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Warwick Davis, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Michael Callan
Leprechaun 3 is a 1995 American comedy fantasy horror film. It is the third installment and first direct-to-video entry in the Leprechaun series.
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George Gerard, Greg Sullivan, Tara Leigh
Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor is an American 1990 science fiction horror film written and directed by Glenn Takajian and produced by Ted A. Bohus.
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Heather Hunter, Louise Lasser, Charlotte Kemp
Frankenhooker is a 1990 American black comedy horror directed by Frank Henenlotter. Very loosely inspired by Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, the film stars James Lorinz as medical school ...more
Leprechaun 4: In Space is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 90s Monster Movies
Debbe Dunning, Warwick Davis, Jessica Collins
Leprechaun 4: In Space is a 1997 direct-to-video horror comedy/science fiction film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It is the fourth film in the Leprechaun series.