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The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era

Updated May 14, 2021 8.7k votes 565 voters 12.4k views58 items

List RulesVote up the best monster movies that have been released since 1990. No zombies.

This list contains information on the best modern monster movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best films about new monsters come in many forms. Some monster movies made after 1990 find characters fighting for their lives against alien invaders while other good monster movies feature flesh-eating zombies. Many of the best new giant monster movies are remakes of classic horror films.


What films will you find on this top modern monster movies list? Godzilla has to be near the top. Dinosaurs, werewolves, aliens, goblins, basilisks, and even a terrifying unicorn are among the monsters featured in the best new monster films - not to mention a whole host of brand new monsters.


Cloverfield used a found footage narrative to demonstrate the fear characters felt facing off against a horrifying monster. Other good films featured on this top modern monster movies list include Super 8, The Mist, War of the Worlds, and Kong: Skull Island.


How will we ever determine which modern monster movie is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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    Jurassic Park

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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
    Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film...  more


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  • 5

    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam
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  • 6

    Jurassic World

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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden
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    Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019)

    Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe
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  • 10

    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú
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    The Cabin in the Woods

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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  • 14

    King Kong

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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt
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    Reign of Fire

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    The Descent

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  • 18

    Alien vs. Predator

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  • 19

    Lake Placid

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  • 20

    Independence Day

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    Deep Blue Sea

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    Alien 3

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    Jurassic Park III

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