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A list of the best giant monster movies of all time. We believe we thought of them all, but if your favorite giant monster film isn't on the list, please feel free to add it to the list of the best giant monster films list yourself. Giant monster movies have been with us for almost a century now, starting with the Lost World in 1925. While every genre is included on this list, giant monster movies tend to focus on horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Japan has a well known affinity for giant monsters, which they refer to as "Kaiju". Whatever your giant monster movie tastes may be, there is bound to be a film on this list of giant monster films that you will enjoy.
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Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot
Year of Release: 1933 King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an ...more
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Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
Year of Release: 2005 King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward
Year of Release: 1990 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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Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura, Koichi Ueda
Year of Release: 1991 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, is a 1991 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Kazuki Omori, and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred ...more
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Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker
Year of Release: 1954 Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more
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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
gamedemon24 added Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara
Year of Release: 1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla is a 1964 crossover Japanese language, Japanese-American science fiction kaiju film co-produced by Toho and American International Pictures. Directed by Ishirō Honda, and ...more
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Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey
Year of Release: 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, and starring ...more
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Year of Release: 2008 Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara
Year of Release: 1956 Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. It was the studio's first Kaiju movie filmed in color. It is one of a series of "giant ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata
Year of Release: 1954 This film, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film. The film was co-produced between the Japanese company Toho, and Henry G. ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida, Kenji Sahara
Year of Release: 1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Gorō ...more
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Dismalhead added 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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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata
Year of Release: 1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata
Year of Release: 1961 Mothra is a 1961 kaiju/tokusatsu film from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the genre film debut of screenwriter Shinichi ...more
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Yoshiko Tanaka, Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe
Year of Release: 1992 Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth is a 1992 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film ...more
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Jill St. John, Claude Rains, David Hedison
Year of Release: 1925 The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Conan Doyle and directed by Irwin Allen. The plot of the film revolves around the ...more
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Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan
Year of Release: 1999 Godzilla 2000: Millennium is a 1999 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Takao Okawara and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-third film released in ...more
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Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey
Year of Release: 1949 Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 American black-and-white fantasy film from RKO Radio Pictures made by the same creative team responsible for King Kong. Produced and written by Merian C. Cooper, who ...more
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Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor
Year of Release: 1957 20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction giant monster film written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced ...more
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Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman
Year of Release: 1999 The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more
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rontumlinson added Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, Nobuo Nakamura
Year of Release: 1966 The War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film. The film was co-produced between the Japanese company Toho, and ...more
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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
abyx added Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Clash of the Titans is a 2010 British-American fantasy adventure film and remake of the 1981 film of the same name produced by MGM. The story is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. ...more
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Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham, Katsuhiko Sasaki
Year of Release: 1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed and co-written by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Katsuhiko ...more
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Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho
Year of Release: 2006 The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local ...more