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The Best Natural Horror Films 

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Updated October 3, 2019 2.4k votes 205 voters 22.4k views 78 items

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

A list of the best natural horror movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about natural horror events are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous natural horror movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.


This list answers the questions, "What are the best natural horror movies?" and contains items like Ice Spiders to Razorback. So what's in your top 10? If Creep or King Cobra is in there, vote for one of those, or both.


Various bits of information are included with these popular natural horror movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So from the latest, to the greatest, here is the full natural horror movies list, ordered from best to worst.

All sorts of directors have taken on Natural horror films movies. Examples include James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro, and George A. Romero.

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Natural Horror Films
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1963

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more

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John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

Arachnophobia is a 1990 American horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall and starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It was the first film released by Hollywood Pictures, as well as being ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane

Released: 1999

Directed by: Renny Harlin

Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was directed by ...more

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Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lewis Teague

Cujo is a 1983 American psychological horror/thriller film based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Teague, and written by Don Carlos Dunaway and Lauren Currier.

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Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise, which was based on Peter Benchley's novel of the ...more

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Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1999

Directed by: Steve 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 ...more

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Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

Released: 1978

Directed by: Joe Dante

Piranha is a 1978 American B movie about a swarm of killer piranhas. It was directed and co-edited by Joe Dante and starred Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ellory Elkayem

Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 American horror-comedy film directed by Ellory Elkayem and stars David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scott Terra, and Scarlett Johansson. The plot concerns a ...more

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Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jon Hess, Lewis Teague

Alligator is a 1980 American monster movie, directed by Lewis Teague with a screenplay by John Sayles. It stars Robert Forster, Robin Riker, and Michael V. Gazzo. It follows the attempts of a ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luis Llosa

Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers on a film ...more

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Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus

Released: 1997

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more

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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

Released: 1982

Directed by: George A. Romero

Creepshow is a 1982 horror anthology film with elements of black comedy directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The film's ensemble cast included Hal Holbrook, Adrienne ...more

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Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

Released: 1954

Directed by: Gordon 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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Jena Malone, Bar Paly, Laura Ramsey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Carter Smith

The Ruins is a 2008 horror film directed by Carter Smith which stars Jonathan Tucker, Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey, and Joe Anderson. Released in 2008, the American-Australian ...more

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Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

Released: 2003

Directed by: Chris Kentis

Open Water is a 2003 drama psychological horror film loosely based on the true story of an American couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge ...more

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Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more

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Mia Wasikowska, Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg McLean

Rogue is a 2007 Australian independent horror film about a group of tourists in Australia who fall prey to a giant, man-eating crocodile. Rogue was released in Australia on 8 November 2007. The ...more
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Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, Daniel Stern

Released: 1989

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

Leviathan is a 1989 science fiction horror film about a hideous creature and a group of people in a sealed environment, in a similar vein to such films as Alien and The Thing. It is one of many ...more

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Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey

Released: 2003

Directed by: Glen Morgan

Willard is a 2003 horror film loosely based on the novel Ratman's Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert and a remake of the 1971 film Willard. It was not billed as a remake by the producers, but as a ...more

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Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1978

Directed by: Irwin Allen

The Swarm is a 1978 science fiction monster horror film about a killer bee invasion of Texas. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog. The director was Irwin Allen, and the ...more

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Famke Janssen, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Flemyng

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

Deep Rising is a 1998 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen and Anthony Heald. It was distributed by Hollywood Pictures and Cinergi ...more
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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Natural Horror Films
DuckTempo added Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more

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Orca Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Anderson

Orca is a 1977 horror film directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, starring Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, and Will Sampson. It is based on Arthur Herzog's novel of ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Kitsch

Released: 2006

Directed by: David R. Ellis

Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The ...more

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