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The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made 

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List Rules Horror films that star animals as villains

A list of the scariest animal movies ever made, ranked by the sheer terror you'll feel watching them on the big (or small) screen. Are you looking for a new favorite scary animal movie? Browse through this list of the scariest animal movies ever made to see which ones are considered to be the best by voters just like you. Ranked in order from the most popular scary animal movie to the least popular, it will be easy to find some new great scary animal movies to watch tonight. If you see a animal horror movie that you liked really well that’s at the bottom of the list, go ahead and vote for it to see it get ranked higher on the list. But be warned, you may never look at your pets the same way again.

From the scary sea world of Jaws to the rural charm of Cujo, there are many different types of horror movies about animals to enjoy. If you know of one that isn’t on the list, go ahead and add it so that other scary animal movie enthusiasts can experience new thrills and frights.

Whether your particular favorite scary animal movies pick lies with dogs or dinosaurs, there are unlimited scares to experience by watching movies from this list.

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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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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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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StacyWolfe added Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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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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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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John Goodman, Brandy Norwood, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1990

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animal Movies Ever Made
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luis Llosa

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Mila Kunis, Alexandra Paul, Soleil Moon Frye

Released: 1995

Directed by: Scott P. Levy

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StacyWolfe added Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

Released: 1933

Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus

Released: 1997

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

Released: 1995

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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StacyWolfe added 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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StacyWolfe added Orca Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Anderson

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Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson

Released: 1982

Directed by: George A. Romero

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Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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StacyWolfe added Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari W├╝hrer

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ellory Elkayem

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Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick, Robert Forster

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jon Hess, Lewis Teague

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Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, R. Lee Ermey

Released: 2003

Directed by: Glen Morgan

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StacyWolfe added Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Prine

Released: 1976

Directed by: William Girdler

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StacyWolfe added Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

Released: 1954

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

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Kelly Brook, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 2010

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

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