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The Best Monster Movies

Updated June 21, 2021 10.2k votes 697 voters 29.7k views183 items

List RulesVote 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.

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose...  more
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a...  more
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    34

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael...  more
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke,...  more
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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 same...  more
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

    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, and...  more
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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura

    Released1956

    Directed byTerry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda

    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, commonly...  more
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    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Richard Carlson, Richard Denning

    Released1954

    Directed byJack Arnold

    Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 monster horror 3-D film in black-and-white, directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit...  more
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    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, Geena...  more
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    The Wolf Man

    Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains

    Released1941

    Directed byGeorge Waggner

    The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a werewolf named "The Wolf Man" and features...  more
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    Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, John Boles

    Released1931

    Directed byJames Whale

    Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by Mary...  more
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

    The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a...  more
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    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan...  more
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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    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 film...  more
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway

    Released1953

    Directed byEugène Lourié

    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, and starring Paul Christian,...  more
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a 2019 American monster film directed by Michael Dougherty. As the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against god-sized monsters, the mighty Godzilla...  more
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    The Mummy

    Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan

    Released1932

    Directed byKarl Freund

    The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris Karloff as a revived ancient Egyptian priest. The movie also features Zita Johann, David Manners and...  more
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film directed by Frank Darabont, and based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. After a storm of never-before-seen proportions...  more
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film...  more
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    Van Helsing

    Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman

    Released2004

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    Van Helsing is a 2004 American horror action film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious. The film is an...  more
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    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 official...  more
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. 22 years after the events of Jurassic...  more
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    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    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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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

    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 Gleeson,...  more
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper

    Released1957

    Directed byNathan H. Juran

    20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction giant monster film written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced by...  more