The Best Monster Movies

List Rules
Vote for your personal favorite Monster films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

The best monster movies are sure to give you a good scare, so if you’re looking for a good monster flick to watch next, this list has got you covered -- and many of these titles are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, so you won’t have to leave the comfort of your own home for a fright night.

Films in the monster movies genre always involve a monster (obviously!) of some sort -- be it a science experiment gone awry, aliens from another universe, dinosaurs, or some other scary creature, these movies are sure to make you jump outta your seat.

This monster movie list contains titles with tons of action, like Alien, Predator, and Jurrasic Park, and is sorted from best to worst, but you don’t have to take our word for it, because fans of the monster film genre have voted on these titles, and you can cast your vote too! Vote your favorite movies to the top of the list, and if there are movies you hated, vote them down, to move them to the bottom! If we missed any of the best monster movies, then feel free to add them to the list.

So if you’re looking for a frightfully fun time, this list of the best monster movies is a great place to start.

Bernard Louis Kowalski and Larry Cohen have both directed Monster movies, as have many other great directors.

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  • Alien
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    Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • The Thing
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    Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: John Carpenter
  • Aliens
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    Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: James Cameron
  • Predator
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda
  • Jurassic Park
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    Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
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    Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • Frankenstein
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    Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: James Whale
  • Tremors
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    Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Ron Underwood
  • Them!
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    James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Gordon Douglas
  • The Wolf Man
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    Lon Chaney, Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: George Waggner
  • The Blob
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    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth
  • The Fly
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    Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: David Cronenberg
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
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    Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Eugène Lourié
  • Kong: Skull Island
    15
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    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Lake Placid
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    Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Steve Miner
  • The Mummy
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    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea
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    Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Robert Gordon
  • The Blob
    19
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    Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon, Donovan Leitch
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Chuck Russell
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
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    William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Nathan Juran
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
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    Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Ilona Massey
    • Released: 1943
    • Directed by: Roy William Neill
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    22
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    Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Michael Dougherty
  • The Mummy
    23
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    Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
    • Released: 1932
    • Directed by: Karl Freund
  • Clash of the Titans
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    Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier, Judi Bowker
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Desmond Davis
  • Halloween
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    Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: John Carpenter