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The Best Giant Monster Movies

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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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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

    Year of Release: 1933
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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Year of Release: 2005
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    Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Year of Release: 2008
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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura

    Released1991

    Directed byKazuki Ōmori

    Year of Release: 1991
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    Mothra vs. Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Mothra vs. Godzilla

    Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada

    Released1964

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1964
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    Tremors is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Year of Release: 1990
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    Them! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Year of Release: 1954
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway

    Released1953

    Directed byEugène Lourié

    Year of Release: 1953
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    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Mon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

    Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi

    Released1964

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1964
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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida

    Released1974

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Year of Release: 1974
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    Rodan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Rodan

    Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa

    Released1956

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1956
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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Blob is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

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    The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    The Lost World

    Jill St. John, Claude Rains

    Released1960

    Directed byIrwin Allen

    Year of Release: 1925
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    Godzilla vs. Mothra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Mothra

    Yoshiko Tanaka, Akiji Kobayashi

    Released1992

    Directed byTakao Okawara

    Year of Release: 1992
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    Mighty Joe Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Mighty Joe Young

    Ben Johnson, Terry Moore

    Released1949

    Directed byErnest B. Schoedsack

    Year of Release: 1949
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    20 Million Miles to Earth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper

    Released1957

    Directed byNathan H. Juran

    Year of Release: 1957
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    Mothra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Mothra

    Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa

    Released1961

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1961
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    Godzilla Millenium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla Millenium

    Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe

    Released1999

    Directed byTakao Okawara

    Year of Release: 1999
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    Godzilla (2014) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla (2014)

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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    The War of the Gargantuas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    The War of the Gargantuas

    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn

    Released1966

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Year of Release: 1954
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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Year of Release: 1999
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

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    Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Clash of the Titans

    Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson

    Released2010

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

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    Godzilla vs. Megalon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham

    Released1973

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Year of Release: 1973
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