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The Best 90s Monster Movies

Updated June 5, 2019 1.7k votes 265 voters 14.2k 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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  • Tremors1
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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  • Lake Placid2
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E....  more
  • Arachnophobia3
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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  • Predator 24
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    Predator 2

    Gary Busey, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John...  more

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  • The Relic5
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    The Relic

    Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    The Relic is a 1997 science fiction/horror film directed by Peter Hyams and based on the...  more
  • Mimic6
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    Mimic

    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del...  more
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch7
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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates

    Released1990

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror comedy film, and the sequel to Gremlins....  more

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  • Deep Rising8
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    Deep Rising

    Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    Deep Rising is a 1998 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring...  more
  • Nightbreed9
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    Nightbreed

    David Cronenberg, Doug Bradley

    Released1990

    Directed byClive Barker

    Nightbreed is a 1990 American dark fantasy film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on...  more
  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks10
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    Tremors 2: Aftershocks

    Fred Ward, Michael Gross

    Released1996

    Directed byS. S. Wilson, Andy Wilson

    Tremors II: Aftershocks is a 1996 direct-to-video sequel to Tremors, in which the character of...  more
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie11
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    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

    Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Harrison

    Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is a 1990 American horror anthology film directed by John...  more

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  • Godzilla12
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    Godzilla

    Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria

    Released1998

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland...  more

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  • Leprechaun13
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    Leprechaun

    Jennifer Aniston, Warwick Davis

    Released1993

    Directed byMark Jones

    Leprechaun is a 1993 cult American horror comedy film written and directed by Mark Jones. It...  more

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  • Jack Frost14
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    Jack Frost

    Shannon Elizabeth, Rob LaBelle

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Cooney

    Jack Frost is an American horror comedy film written and directed by Michael Cooney and...  more

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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein15
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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1994

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • Godzilla Millenium16
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    Godzilla Millenium

    Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe

    Released1999

    Directed byTakao Okawara

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  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah17
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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura

    Released1991

    Directed byKazuki Ōmori

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, is a 1991 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho...  more
  • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla18
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    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

    Akira Emoto, Akira Nakao

    Released1994

    Directed byKensho Yamashita

    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a 1994 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho....  more

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  • Leprechaun 219
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    Leprechaun 2

    Clint Howard, Warwick Davis

    Released1994

    Directed byRodman Flender

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    Leprechaun 3

    Warwick Davis, Leigh-Allyn Baker

    Released1994

    Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith

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  • Castle Freak21
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    Castle Freak

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1995

    Directed byStuart Gordon

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  • Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor22
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    Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor

    George Gerard, Greg Sullivan

    Released1990

    Directed byGlenn Takakjian

    Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor is an American 1990 science fiction horror film written and...  more
  • Leprechaun 4: In Space23
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    Leprechaun 4: In Space

    Debbe Dunning, Warwick Davis

    Released1997

    Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith

    Leprechaun 4: In Space is a 1997 direct-to-video horror comedy/science fiction film directed...  more
  • Frankenhooker24
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    Frankenhooker

    Heather Hunter, Louise Lasser

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Henenlotter

    Frankenhooker is a 1990 American black comedy horror directed by Frank Henenlotter. Very...  more