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The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era  

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List Rules Vote 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. War of the Worlds is another good recent monster movie.

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, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary's Godzilla–Kong ...more
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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more
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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman
Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of ...more
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats
Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more
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The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker
The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more
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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
carlybobarly added John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe
A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and ...more
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Shin Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira, also known as Godzilla Resurgence) is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film and the 31st installment in the Godzilla franchise. It received 11 Japan Academy ...more
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Scott Merritt added 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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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg
Trollhunter is a 2010 Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a "found footage" mockumentary. It is written and directed by André Øvredal, and features a mixed ...more
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Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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
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Godzilla, King of the Monsters... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
DugoNinja added Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishirō Honda. The film is a heavily re-edited American adaptation, ...more
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Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler
Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler. It takes place in the year 2020 in ...more
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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Gabi Golan, Keren Miedzinski, Shosh Miedzinski
The Descent is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Shai Miedzinski.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Carly Kiel added John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more
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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Tommy Flanagan
Alien vs. Predator is a 2004 American science fiction action film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen. It is the first installment of the Alien vs. ...more
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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern
Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more