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The Best Monster Movies

Updated April 8, 2020 11.0k votes 630 voters 28.5k views182 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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  • 1
    Alien
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    39

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Thing
    180
    41

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Aliens
    148
    33

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Predator
    183
    55

    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Jurassic Park
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    82

    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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Tremors
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    61

    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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    59

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Creature from the Black Lagoon
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    40

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Wolf Man
    100
    35

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Blob
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    44

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Frankenstein
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    49

    Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, John Boles

    Released1931

    Directed byJames Whale

    Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Fly
    83
    27

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Them!
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    47

    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Kong: Skull Island
    73
    30

    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Mummy
    87
    47

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
    75
    37

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Cloverfield
    92
    54

    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Halloween
    80
    43

    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Jurassic World
    69
    33

    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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
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    40

    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

    Akira Emoto, Akira Nakao

    Released1994

    Directed byKensho Yamashita

    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a 1994 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Blob
    55
    24

    The Blob

    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith

    Released1988

    Directed byChuck Russell

    The Blob is a 1988 monster horror film written by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Lake Placid
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    4

    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.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    20 Million Miles to Earth
    58
    29

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Van Helsing
    72
    43

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Hellboy
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    21

    Hellboy

    John Hurt, Selma Blair

    Released2004

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button