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Top 25 best monster movies of all time

Want to know what the best Monster movies of all time are according to the Magnificent Movies community? Check out this Top 25, ranked by the ones who know best.

Will it be The Thing, Pan's Labyrinth or Jaws? Find out which movies are the greatest in this genre and you definitely want to watch! Do you agree on this ranking? Feel free to share your comments and your own favorite Monster movies below!


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  1. The Fly (1986)

    The Fly

    When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

    Directed by David Cronenberg
  2. Alien (1979)


    During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

    Directed by Ridley Scott
  3. The Thing (1982)

    The Thing

    Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

    Directed by John Carpenter
  4. Godzilla (1954)


    Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

    Directed by Ishirô Honda
  5. Frankenstein (1931)


    Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again.

    Directed by James Whale
  6. Jaws (1975)


    An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.

    Directed by Steven Spielberg
  7. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.

    Directed by Jack Arnold
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he's saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.

    Directed by Dan Trachtenberg
  9. The Host (2006)

    The Host

    A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. Hyun-seo's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

    Directed by Bong Joon-ho
  10. The Blob (1958)

    The Blob

    A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger.

    Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
  11. Jurassic Park (1993)

    Jurassic Park

    A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.

    Directed by Steven Spielberg
  12. Predator (1987)


    Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of its victims as it goes along. Occasionally seeing through its eyes, the audience sees it is an intelligent alien hunter, hunting them for sport, killing them off one at a time.

    Directed by John McTiernan
  13. Cloverfield (2008)


    Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

    Directed by Matt Reeves
  14. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

    An American Werewolf in London

    Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

    Directed by John Landis
  15. The Descent (2005)

    The Descent

    After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other.

    Directed by Neil Marshall
  16. Nosferatu (1922)


    Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula."

    Directed by F.W. Murnau
  17. Q (1982)


    New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food?

    Directed by Larry Cohen
  18. Monsters (2010)


    Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures," while a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

    Directed by Gareth Edwards
  19. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    Bride of Frankenstein

    Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.

    Directed by James Whale
  20. Tremors (1990)


    Hick handymen Val McKee and Earl Bassett can barely eke out a living in the Nevada hamlet of Perfection, so they decide to leave town -- despite an admonition from a shapely seismology coed who's picking up odd readings on her equipment. Before long, Val and Earl discover what's responsible for those readings: 30-foot-long carnivorous worms with a proclivity for sucking their prey underground.

    Directed by Ron Underwood
  21. The Day of the Triffids (1963)

    The Day of the Triffids

    A shower of meteorites produces a rare night time spectacle that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the World's population go completely blind. In the original novel, this chaos results in the escape of Triffids: farmed plants harvested for their oils, which are capable of moving themselves around and are carnivorous. In this film version, however, the Triffids are not indigenous plants. Instead they are space aliens whose spores have arrived in this and an earlier meteor shower. Derided by the original novel's author, John Wyndham, for straying so far away from the source material.

    Directed by Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
  22. Swamp Thing (1982)

    Swamp Thing

    Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed. Arcane, desperate for the formula, attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane...

    Directed by Wes Craven
  23. Jeepers Creepers (2001)

    Jeepers Creepers

    A college-age brother and sister get more than they bargained for on their road trip home from spring break. When the bickering siblings witness a creepy truck driver tossing body bags into a sewer near an abandoned church, they investigate. Bad move! Opening a Pandora's Box of unspeakable evil, the pair must flee for their lives -- with a monstrous "shape" in hot pursuit.

    Directed by Victor Salva
  24. Troll Hunter (2010)

    Troll Hunter

    A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

    Directed by André Øvredal
  25. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    Night of the Living Dead

    A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.

    Directed by George A. Romero

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