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A list of all the best monster movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This monster movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of monster films also contains monster movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This monster films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best monster movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This monster movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Upvoting your favorites gets them to rise to the top of the list.

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These are the top films in the monster genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the monster genre in it. Be it the motifs of the monster genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

What belongs closer to the top of this list, Frankenstein or Terror of Frankenstein? If we missed any monster movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous monster movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about monster movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the monster movies. List includes photos and monster movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

This list below has everything from Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell to Kronos.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these monster movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good monster movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest monster movies, here is the full monster movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Monster Movies
abyx added Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. ...more

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abyx added Kurt Russell, Keith David, John 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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Monster Movies
slaft added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers 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 ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Monster Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough 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 ...more

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Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata 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, ...more

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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward 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, ...more

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abyx added Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn 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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Creature from the Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Monster Movies
slaft added Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams 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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Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker 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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Don Frye, Masami Nagasawa, Rei Kikukawa Godzilla: Final Wars is a 2004 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, written by Wataru Mimura and Isao Kiriyama and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. It is the 28th and ...more

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Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive 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 ...more

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Yoshiko Tanaka, Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth is a 1992 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film ...more

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josephnewofcali added Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney 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" ...more

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josephnewofcali added Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson 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 ...more

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Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey 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 ...more

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Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton 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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Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata The War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film. The film was co-produced between the Japanese company Toho, and ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Monster Movies
abyx added Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney, Koichi Ueda Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, released in Japan as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1993 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Takao Okawara and featuring special ...more

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Boris Karloff, Walter Brennan, Billy Barty Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American horror film, the first sequel to Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as The Monster, Elsa Lanchester ...more

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Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier Clash of the Titans is an 1981 British-American fantasy adventure film involving the Greek hero Perseus, and features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist, Ray Harryhausen. It was ...more

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Yumiko Shaku, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Nakao Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Godzilla × Mechagodzilla, is a 2002 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka, written by Wataru Mimura, and ...more

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Hideyo Amamoto, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a 2001 science fiction kaiju film directed by Shūsuke Kaneko, written by Kaneko, Keiichi Hasegawa and Masahiro Yokotani, and ...more

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Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida, Kenji Sahara Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Gorō ...more

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Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Nakamaru, Kenji Sahara Terror of Mechagodzilla is a 1975 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Tomoko Ai, ...more

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Akihiko Hirata, Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, was a 1995 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara, with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred Takuro ...more

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Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor 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 ...more

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Monster Movies
abyx added Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David 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, ...more

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Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Haruo Nakajima Godzilla Raids Again, is a 1955 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Motoyoshi Oda, and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Hiroshi ...more

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Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert ...more

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Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Kaijū Sōshingeki, is a 1968 Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. The ninth entry in the original Godzilla series, it stars Akira Kubo, ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Monster Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas 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 ...more

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Demon Kakka, Kyōka Suzuki, Yoshiko Tanaka Godzilla vs. Biollante is a 1989 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. The film was written and directed by Kazuki Ōmori, and stars Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu ...more

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Haruo Nakajima, Toshio Shiba, Hiroyuki Kawase Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a 1971 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Yoshimitsu Banno and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Akira ...more

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Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham, Katsuhiko Sasaki Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed and co-written by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Katsuhiko ...more

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Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara Mothra vs. Godzilla is a 1964 crossover Japanese language, Japanese-American science fiction kaiju film co-produced by Toho and American International Pictures. Directed by Ishirō Honda, and ...more

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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Monster Movies
abyx added Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more

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Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata Mothra is a 1961 kaiju/tokusatsu film from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the genre film debut of screenwriter Shinichi ...more

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Haruo Nakajima, Yuriko Hishimi, Kenpachiro Satsuma Godzilla vs. Gigan, released in Japan as Chikyū Kogeki Meirei: Gojira tai Gigan, is a 1972 Japanese Kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, ...more

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Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lou Costello Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, or Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein —although the film is usually referred to as simply Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein—is a 1948 ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Josie Maran 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 ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Monster Movies
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence 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 ...more

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Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan Godzilla 2000: Millennium is a 1999 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Takao Okawara and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-third film released in ...more

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Akira Emoto, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a 1994 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Kensho Yamashita and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred Megumi ...more

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Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera, Yusaku Yara Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-fourth film released in the ...more

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Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao ...more

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Bill Travers, Martin Benson, Basil Dignam Gorgo is a 1961 British science fiction monster film directed by Eugène Lourié. The film focuses on Gorgo, an ancient sea monster brought back to London for exploitation but ...more

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Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata, Kumi Mizuno Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special ...more

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Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone Son of Frankenstein is a horror monster film and is the third film in Universal Studios' Frankenstein series and the last to feature Boris Karloff as the Monster as well as the first to feature ...more