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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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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
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Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn
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MountainMan 2013 added Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward
Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent Maddock, S. S. Wilson and Underwood, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, ...more

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Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno
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Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton
The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a ...more

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Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker
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Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart
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Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall
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Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi
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Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle
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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
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Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda
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A Nightmare on Elm Stree... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp
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Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier
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Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson
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Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers
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