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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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493 75
Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

451 75
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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

529 163
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MountainMan 2013 added The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

418 324
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King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

349 61
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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

432 245
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Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

433 287
Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Godzilla Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

325 243
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

380 256
Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

356 197
The Mist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

243 210
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The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

284 217
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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

215 187
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Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

275 257
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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281 198
Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

214 185
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Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

221 169
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Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

140 69
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An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

133 61
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Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

167 179
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Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

131 170
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Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

194 213
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Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

125 47
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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

146 161
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Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

145 131
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 61
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Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

115 55
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 67
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Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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112 132
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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

135 174
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Godzilla Millenium Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

88 60
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Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

105 132
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It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

108 153
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Tremors 2: Aftershocks Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

79 61
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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

84 163
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The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

85 69
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

77 64
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King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

119 144
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The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

110 139
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Eight Legged Freaks Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

60 71
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 44
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Jason and the Argonauts Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

98 136
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 48
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Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

58 64
Species is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

63 45
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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

68 50
The Fly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

57 40
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Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

52 62
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 35
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Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson