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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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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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489 74
Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

447 74
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

526 162
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MountainMan 2013 added The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

417 323
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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

347 60
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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

431 243
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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

431 285
Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Godzilla Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

324 242
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

377 256
Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

353 197
The Mist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

242 209
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The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

283 215
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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

214 186
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Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

274 256
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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281 197
Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

213 184
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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

220 168
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Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

139 68
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An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

132 60
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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

166 179
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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

131 169
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Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

194 212
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Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

125 46
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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

146 160
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Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

145 130
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Noble Johnson, Matt Moore, Joseph W. Girard

81 60
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Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

115 54
A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

100 66
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Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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112 131
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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

135 173
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Godzilla Millenium Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

88 59
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Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

105 131
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It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

108 152
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Tremors 2: Aftershocks Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

79 60
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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

85 68
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

77 63
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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

83 163
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The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

119 143
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The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

110 138
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Eight Legged Freaks Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

60 70
Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Clash of the Titans Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

51 43
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Jason and the Argonauts Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

98 135
Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Mighty Joe Young Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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65 47
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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

58 63
Species is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

63 44
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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

68 49
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

57 39
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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

52 61
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

48 34
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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson