The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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List Criteria: 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. 

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    King Kong 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

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    The Thing 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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    Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Tremors 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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    Jaws 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, Jean Reno

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Aliens 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    The Blob 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Lee Payton

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    Them! 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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    Ghostbusters 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Jurassic Park III 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

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    Anaconda 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

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    Lake Placid 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda

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    Noble Johnson, Matt Moore, Joseph W. Girard

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    Rodan 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

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    Godzilla Millenium 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Amy Hill, Hiroshi Abe, Ron Yuan

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    An American Werewolf in London 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall

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    Super 8 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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    Mothra 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

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    It Came from Beneath the Sea 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

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    Pitch Black 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Tremors 2: Aftershocks 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Fred Ward, Michael Gross, Helen Shaver

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    King Kong 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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    The Blob 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    Eight Legged Freaks 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Scarlett Johansson, David Arquette, Kari Wührer

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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Lee Van Cleef, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

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    Dawn of the Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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    Hellboy 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    The Host 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

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    Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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    Clash of the Titans 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

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    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

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    Frankenstein 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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    Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

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    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

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    TrollHunter 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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    Knut Nærum, Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg

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    Tarantula 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

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    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier

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    Andrew Leman, John Klemantaski, Barry Lynch

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    The Evil Dead 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi

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    Dracula 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

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    Jaws 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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    The Chronicles of Riddick 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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    The Wolf Man 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies


    Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney

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