Monsters

The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time  

Ranker Film
357 votes 62 voters 22 items

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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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive
2
A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe
3
The Mist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
4
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghid... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
5
Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
6
Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
7
King Kong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Hayden the Monster Man added Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
8
The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker
9
The Descent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
10
Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
11
The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan
12
An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall
13
TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg
14
The Host is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho
15
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Hayden the Monster Man added Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg
16
Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander
17
It Follows is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Linda Boston
18
Splinter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham
19
Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox
20
Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller
21
Colossal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens
22
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Intelligent Monster Movies of All Time
John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel