Graveyard Shift The Scariest Giant Monster Movies  

Ranker Film
Originally by
22.5k votes 1.7k voters 56.8k views 116 items Embed

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. 

list ordered by

1
631 299
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

The Longest Hollywood Marriages The Dumbest Moves Made By Every Horror Movie Victim

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

3
451 75
Ranker Video
Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

4
529 163
Ranker Video
MountainMan 2013 added The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

5
418 324
Ranker Video
King Kong Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

6
349 61
Ranker Video
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

7
432 245
Ranker Video
Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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

9
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

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

11
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

12
243 210
Ranker Video
The Blob Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

13
284 217
Ranker Video
Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

14
215 187
Ranker Video
Them! Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

15
275 257
Ranker Video
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

The Best Old Horror Movies The Sexiest Vampire Movies Ever Made

16
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

17
214 185
Ranker Video
Anaconda Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

18
221 169
Ranker Video
Lake Placid Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

19
140 69
Ranker Video
An American Werewolf in London Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

20
133 61
Ranker Video
Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

21
167 179
Ranker Video
Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

22
131 170
Ranker Video
Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

23
194 213
Ranker Video
Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

24
125 47
Ranker Video
The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

25
146 161
Ranker Video
Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

26
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

27
81 61
Ranker Video
Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

28
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

29
100 67
Ranker Video
Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

Johnny Mnemonic Is Decidedly The Most Bananas Science Fiction Movie Of All Time The Greatest And Completely True Keanu Reeves Stories Ever Told

30
112 132
Ranker Video
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

31
135 174
Ranker Video
Godzilla Millenium Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

32
88 60
Ranker Video
Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

33
105 132
Ranker Video
It Came from Beneath the Sea Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

34
108 153
Ranker Video
Tremors 2: Aftershocks Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

35
79 61
Ranker Video
Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

36
84 163
Ranker Video
The Host Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

37
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

38
77 64
Ranker Video
King Kong Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

39
119 144
Ranker Video
The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

40
110 139
Ranker Video
Eight Legged Freaks Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

41
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

42
51 44
Ranker Video
Jason and the Argonauts Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

43
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

The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time The Best American Actors Working Today

44
65 48
Ranker Video
Dracula Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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

46
63 45
Ranker Video
Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

47
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

48
57 40
Ranker Video
Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi

49
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

50
48 35
Ranker Video
Creepshow Stephen King, Ed Harris, Ted Danson