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The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era

Updated February 14, 2020 8.5k votes 526 voters 11.3k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

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    Tremors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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    Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Godzilla

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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  • 5
    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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  • 7
    Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura

    Released1956

    Directed byTerry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda

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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
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    The Cabin in the Woods

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2012

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Descent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    The Descent

    Gabi Golan, Keren Miedzinski

    Released2009

    Directed byShai Miedzinski

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    Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Reign of Fire

    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2002

    Directed byRob Bowman

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    Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Alien vs. Predator

    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    A Quiet Place

    John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Krasinski

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Alien 3

    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Jurassic Park III

    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Shin Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Monster Movies of the Modern Era
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    Shin Godzilla

    Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi

    Released2016

    Directed byHideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

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