The 12 Best Monster Movies of All Time

Monster movies are a great illustration of how human imagination has no limits. They also showcase the depths entertainment industries go to as they strive to remain relevant and retain fans. Monsters in Sci-Fi themed movies have been more successful and have a wider fan base.

You wouldn’t talk about monsters and forget Godzilla. With a list of Godzilla movies in chronological sequence, everyone can get the ultimate monster movies experience. In the list below, 12 of the best monster movies of all time under the Sci-Fi category have been reviewed.

Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Director: Drew Goddard

Writers: Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard

Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

The plot has two technicians on their normal routine on a secret operation. Then five teens on the weekend off in the woods in a cabin with no network reception. After the cellar door in the cabin basement flings itself open, their investigation awakens what will haunt them.

Jaws (1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb

Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

After A white shark terrorizes Amity Island, the sheriff closes the beach, but this only conflicts with the mayor and some business people. A lady whose son had been devoured by the shark puts on a bounty, attracting many to the hunt.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Michael Crichton, David Koepp

Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

A rich tycoon creates an island of dinosaurs. John Hammond and six others, tour the island to explore the gigantic creatures. Unfortunately, a stealing attempt by one of the park employees turns the island into havoc as the creatures turn against the visitors. Steven Spielberg is one of the world’s most renowned film directors of all time.

Hellboy (2004)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Peter Briggs, Mike Mignola

Cast: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

The most unlikely superhero is a monster summoned from hell by a Russian monk. He is rescued from the Russians during the war and raised by a professor in the U.S., where he is teamed up with two other exotic kids. They fight paranormal threats together.

The Host (2006)

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Writers: Bong Joon Ho, Won-jun Ha, Chul-hyun Baek

Cast: Kang-ho Song, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

After toxic chemicals are released into the Han River by an American military base, the result is seen six years later when a mutant squid monster starts to terrorize people near the river. A family has to save their daughter, who the monster has taken.

The Mummy (1999)

Director: Stephen Sommers

Writers: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Two coincidental archeologist groups set off to dig at the ancient Hamunaptra city. Unfortunately, one group unleashes an ancient curse of the treacherous High Priest. The Mummy awakens more powerfully, and they cannot stop it despite their efforts.

Pacific Rim (2013)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Writers: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Monstrous sea creatures named Kaiju threaten the existence of humankind. The only way people can stop the creatures is via massive robots called Jaegers, which link two pilots through a neural bridge. The fate of man rests on the success of the remaining unlikely duo.

Godzilla (2014)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Writers: Ishirô Honda, Takeo Murata, Shigeru Kayama

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

An accident with reactors in Japan leads an engineer into an investigation. Massive underground creatures that feed on radiation are responsible, and they are being trapped in various areas. They escape and cause disasters, but the only creature that can face them is the Godzilla, now awakened.

The Maze Runner (2014)

Director: Wes Ball

Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Every thirty days, a boy with no memory is added to an area known as “The Glade,” where they struggle under their set of rules to survive. Monsters named Grievers patrol the maze preventing the boys from escaping. Soon they have even more danger to face.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Director: John Krasinski

Writers: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Invincible predators drawn by noise terrorize the earth, and the only way for survival is utter silence. After almost a year without sight of predator activity, the people are almost confident that the danger is over. This proves to be wrong soon.

The Thing (2011)

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Writers: Eric Heisserer, John W. Campbell Jr.

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

A discovery aged around 100,000 years is found deep in the Arctic, and the occupant is frozen in ice within the area. The scientists carry the creature, and after freeing it, it attacks them and turns them into aliens. The thing becomes a source of chaos.

The Meg (2018)

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Writers: Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber

Cast: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Although believed to be extinct, the largest sea predator ever existed cost a diver his family, job, and honor. However, another attack by the creature presents an opportunity to redeem himself, and as if on a suicide mission, he confronts the Mega hunter head-on.


The sci-fi-themed monster movies on the list present the best entertainment for movie lovers. Anyone should take some time to watch the movies on the list.

Featured Image Credit: Godzilla/Warner Bros. 

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