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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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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman Rampage is a 2018 American action adventure monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely based on the video game series. When three animals are mutated into giant monsters, primatologist Davis ...more

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Lionel Barrymore, Montagu Love, Lloyd Hughes Year of Release: 1961 The Mysterious Island is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film directed by Lucien Hubbard, a film adaptation of Jules Verne's novel L'Île mystérieuse, published in 1874. The film was released ...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

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Albert Dekker, Alan Oppenheimer, Brian Donlevy Year of Release: 1965 Gammera The Invincible is a 1966 Sci-fi film written by Nisan Takahashi and Richard Kraft and directed by Noriaki Yuasa and Sandy Howard.

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abyx added Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike Wrath of the Titans is a 2012 film directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

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Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer Year of Release: 2002 Eight Legged Freaks is a 2002 American horror-comedy film directed by Ellory Elkayem and stars David Arquette, Kari Wührer, Scott Terra, and Scarlett Johansson. The plot concerns a ...more

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DugoNinja added Anna Lee, Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher Jack the Giant Killer is a 1962 United Artists fantasy film starring Kerwin Mathews in a fairy tale story about a young man who defends a princess against a sorcerer's giants and demons. The ...more

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Godzilla (2014) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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Hayden the Monster Man added Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier Year of Release: 1955 Tarantula is a 1955 American science fiction film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, and starring John Agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll. The ...more

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jack the giant slayer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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Nick Adams, Takashi Shimura, Kumi Mizuno Year of Release: 1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World, is a 1965 Kaiju film. A Japanese/American co-production, produced by Toho from Japan and Henry G. Saperstein's company UPA from America. Directed by Ishirō Honda ...more

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abyx added Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich Beowulf is a 2007 American motion capture computer-animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the Old English epic poem of the same ...more

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Godzilla (1998) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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Scott Merritt added Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Joe Piscopo King Kong is a 1976 American monster thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about a giant ape ...more

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Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth Year of Release: 1979 Prophecy is a 1979 science fiction-horror film directed by John Frankenheimer and written by David Seltzer. It stars Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante. This is an ecological fable ...more

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RacerX added Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ichirō Nagai Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own 1982 manga of the same name. ...more

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Gene Roth, Ed Kemmer, June Kenney Year of Release: 1958 Earth vs. the Spider is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction-horror film produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon, who also wrote the story, upon which the screenplay by George ...more

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Yvette Vickers, Allison Hayes, Roy Gordon Year of Release: 1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 American low-budget science fiction feature film produced by Bernard Woolner for Allied Artists Pictures. It was directed by Nathan H. Juran from a ...more

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RacerX added Daimajin Miwa Takada Daimajin- The Avenging God.
 A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.
Daimajin is a 1966 Japanese jidaigeki kaiju film of the Daimajin series directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda. Its musical score is composed by Akira Ifukube. The film had a brief state-side theatrical ...more

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Janet Leigh, DeForest Kelley, Rory Calhoun Year of Release: 1972 Night of the Lepus, also known as Rabbits, is a 1972 American science fiction horror film based on the 1964 science fiction novel The Year of the Angry Rabbit. Released theatrically on October ...more

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Ron Asheton, Gunnar Hansen, Josh Becker Year of Release: 1995 Mosquito is a 1995 science fiction film directed by Gary Jones. The film's plot pays homage to the classic 1950s horror genre. The film stars Gunnar Hansen who played the character Leatherface ...more