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The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made

Updated October 22, 2020 37.9k votes 3.1k voters 167.0k views136 items

List RulesHorror films that star animals as villains

Here is 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, killer 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. You'll quickly find that this si far more than just a 'top 10 horror movies with animals' list. 

From the scary sea world of Jaws to the rural charm of Cujo, there are many different types of giant animal horror movies to enjoy. You might also be able to find these animal thrillers on Netflix or other streaming service.

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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    Jaws
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Jurassic Park
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Cujo
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    Cujo

    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro

    Released1983

    Directed byLewis Teague

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    The Thing
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Birds
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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

    Released1963

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Deep Blue Sea
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    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Arachnophobia
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    Lake Placid
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    The Fly
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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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    Jaws 2
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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

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    Anaconda
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    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

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    Mimic
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    Mimic

    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

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    Piranha
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    Piranha

    Mila Kunis, Alexandra Paul

    Released1995

    Directed byScott P. Levy

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    Creepshow
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    Creepshow

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Congo
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    Congo

    Tim Curry, Laura Linney

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    King Kong
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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    Piranha
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    Keenan Wynn, John Sayles

    Released1978

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    Orca
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    Bo Derek, Richard Harris

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Anderson

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    Eight Legged Freaks
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    Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette

    Released2002

    Directed byEllory Elkayem

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    Planet of the Apes
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    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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    Alien
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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

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    Alligator
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    Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick

    Released1980

    Directed byJon Hess, Lewis Teague

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    Pet Sematary
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    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

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    Grizzly
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    Grizzly

    Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel

    Released1976

    Directed byWilliam Girdler

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    Tremors
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

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