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The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era

Updated November 9, 2020 8.8k votes 545 voters 11.8k views56 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

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura

    Released1956

    Directed byTerry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda

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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • The Cabin in the Woods10
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Reign of Fire

    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Bowman

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    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen

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  • A Quiet Place18
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    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

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    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance

    Released1992

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    Jurassic Park III

    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

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    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

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    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

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