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The Scariest Giant Monster Movies 

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List Rules Monsters must be GIANT! No human-sized beasts or creatures.

List of the scariest giant monster movies of all time, as ranked by monster movie aficionados and film critics. Ever since 1925’s The Lost World, monster movies have graced the film world with their stunning and sometimes head-scratching special effects, screaming human victims, and interesting fight scenes. In the 1950s, giant monster movies became the hottest genre of the decade, spanning dozens of movies about made up creatures. The special effects were like nothing anybody had ever seen before, which was part of what made the movies so scary. As special effect technology advanced, so did the scariness of these monster films. Compared to the building crushing monster from 2008’s Cloverfield, monsters like The Blob, Giant Leeches, and Mothra aren’t as scary. However, in the time they were made, they were terrifying audiences everywhere.

Creatures in these monster movies ranged from a woman who grow 50-feet tall to killer T-Rexes that have grown in a scientist’s lab. Each monster villain causes destruction of property, loss of life, and chaos to the lives of the protagonists. This list is filled with the monsters that are the most frightening to audiences around the world.

What are the scariest giant monster movies ever made? This list features a large portion of the movies that can cause chills to ever the toughest of moviegoers. 

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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

Released: 1990

Directed by: Ron Underwood

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

Released: 1933

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

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

Released: 1998

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

Released: 1958

Directed by: Irvin Yeaworth

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

Released: 1954

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

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Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1999

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Landis

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Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 2013

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Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

Released: 2000

Directed by: David Twohy

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Released: 2004

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Luis Llosa

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Released: 1956

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

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Released: 1981

Directed by: Desmond Davis

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Released: 2005

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