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The Best Giant Monster Movies

Updated October 2, 2019 6.1k votes 685 voters 31.2k views46 items

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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  • King Kong1
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

    Year of Release: 1933
    King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C....  more
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Year of Release: 2005
    King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,...  more
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  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah3
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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura

    Released1991

    Directed byKazuki Ōmori

    Year of Release: 1991
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, is a 1991 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho...  more
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  • Mothra vs. Godzilla4
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    Mothra vs. Godzilla

    Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada

    Released1964

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1964
    Mothra vs. Godzilla is a 1964 crossover Japanese language, Japanese-American science fiction...  more
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  • Cloverfield5
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Year of Release: 2008
    Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt...  more
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  • Tremors6
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Year of Release: 1990
    Tremors is a 1990 American western monster film directed by Ron Underwood, written by Brent...  more
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  • Them!7
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    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Year of Release: 1954
    Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures...  more
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  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms8
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway

    Released1953

    Directed byEugène Lourié

    Year of Release: 1953
    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film from Warner...  more
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  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster9
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    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

    Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi

    Released1964

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1964
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no...  more
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  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla10
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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida

    Released1974

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Year of Release: 1974
    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho....  more
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  • Rodan11
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    Rodan

    Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa

    Released1956

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1956
    Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho...  more
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  • Pacific Rim12
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro....  more
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  • The Blob13
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

    The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin...  more
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  • The Lost World14
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    The Lost World

    Jill St. John, Claude Rains

    Released1960

    Directed byIrwin Allen

    Year of Release: 1925
    The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by...  more
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  • Godzilla vs. Mothra15
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    Godzilla vs. Mothra

    Yoshiko Tanaka, Akiji Kobayashi

    Released1992

    Directed byTakao Okawara

    Year of Release: 1992
    Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth is a 1992 Japanese science fiction kaiju film...  more
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  • Mighty Joe Young16
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    Mighty Joe Young

    Ben Johnson, Terry Moore

    Released1949

    Directed byErnest B. Schoedsack

    Year of Release: 1949
    Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 American black-and-white fantasy film from RKO Radio Pictures made...  more
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  • Mothra17
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    Mothra

    Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa

    Released1961

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1961
    Mothra is a 1961 kaiju/tokusatsu film from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō...  more
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  • 20 Million Miles to Earth18
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper

    Released1957

    Directed byNathan H. Juran

    Year of Release: 1957
    20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction giant monster film written by Bob...  more
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  • Godzilla (2014)19
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    Godzilla (2014)

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a...  more
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  • Godzilla Millenium20
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    Godzilla Millenium

    Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe

    Released1999

    Directed byTakao Okawara

    Year of Release: 1999
    Godzilla 2000: Millennium is a 1999 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Takao...  more
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  • The War of the Gargantuas21
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    The War of the Gargantuas

    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn

    Released1966

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1954
    This film, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science...  more
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  • The Iron Giant22
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Year of Release: 1999
    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both...  more
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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters23
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a 2019 American monster film directed by Michael Dougherty....  more
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  • Godzilla vs. Megalon24
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    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham

    Released1973

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Year of Release: 1973
    Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed...  more
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  • Clash of the Titans25
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    Clash of the Titans

    Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson

    Released2010

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

    Clash of the Titans is a 2010 British-American fantasy adventure film and remake of the 1981...  more
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