Monsters The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best intelligent movies, or those that are smart, clever, etc.

Monster movies are great and all, but intelligent monster movies? Now that's a genre of movies we can all get behind. We're not talking about monsters with high IQs, though. Intelligent monster movies are those that incorporate more than just a big scary creature, horrific mauling, and everyone running for their lives. While all of that makes for great entertainment, a smart monster movie brings a little more to the table. While it may not necessarily make you genuinely afraid of potential monsters, an intelligent monster flick provokes thought. 

Of course, this type of movie isn't just there to make you think or feel a certain way. Smart monster movies can incorporate more intricate storylines, eye-opening dialogue, or even show a different and unique point of view. To help you get the right idea, such intelligent horror films featuring monsters could include Jacob's Ladder, The Mist, and even Cloverfield. Perhaps an even better example is the 2018 hit thriller, A Quiet Place. Now, while there are plenty of popular intelligent monster films out there, only so many can be considered the best. 

It's up to you to determine just which of these top monster movies are the smartest, so check out the list below and cast your votes accordingly to ultimately rank them from best to, well, next best. Feel free to add your own clever monster movies to the mix as well.

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
A Quiet Place John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
TrollHunter Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

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The Host is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Byzantium Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Let the Right One In Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
The Descent Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid

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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
The Babadook Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan

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The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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It Follows is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
It Follows Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Linda Boston

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Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghid... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

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An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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Splinter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Splinter Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham

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Colossal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Colossal Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens

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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Trick 'r Treat Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox