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The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era 

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Updated February 14, 2020 7k votes 513 voters 11k views 56 items

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 - 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ron Underwood

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche

Released: 2014

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Kong: Skull Island Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

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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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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The Cabin in the Woods ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

Released: 2012

Directed by: Drew Goddard

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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The Lost World: Jurassic... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Descent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
The Descent Gabi Golan, Keren Miedzinski, Shosh Miedzinski

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shai Miedzinski

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Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Tommy Flanagan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1999

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Godzilla, King of the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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Released: 1956

Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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Released: 2018

Directed by: John Krasinski

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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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Fincher

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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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TrollHunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: André Øvredal

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Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Released: 2011

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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