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The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made

Updated October 22, 2020 37.5k votes 3.0k voters 166.5k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Cujo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Cujo

    Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro

    Released1983

    Directed byLewis Teague

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  • 4
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 5
    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

    Released1963

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 7
    Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • 8
    Arachnophobia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Arachnophobia

    John Goodman, Brandy Norwood

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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  • 9
    Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

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  • 10
    The Fly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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  • 11
    Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

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    Piranha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Piranha

    Mila Kunis, Alexandra Paul

    Released1995

    Directed byScott P. Levy

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  • 13
    Mimic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Mimic

    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Congo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Congo

    Tim Curry, Laura Linney

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    Creepshow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Creepshow

    Stephen King, Ed Harris

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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  • 16
    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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    Orca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Orca

    Bo Derek, Richard Harris

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Anderson

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    Piranha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Piranha

    Keenan Wynn, John Sayles

    Released1978

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    Eight Legged Freaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Eight Legged Freaks

    Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette

    Released2002

    Directed byEllory Elkayem

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 21
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Alligator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Alligator

    Dean Jagger, Sydney Lassick

    Released1980

    Directed byJon Hess, Lewis Teague

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    Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Pet Sematary

    Stephen King, Fred Gwynne

    Released1989

    Directed byMary Lambert

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    Grizzly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Grizzly

    Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel

    Released1976

    Directed byWilliam Girdler

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    Them! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Animal Horror Movies Ever Made
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    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Douglas

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