List of giant-monster films

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This is a list of giant monster films according to their year of release. One of the first films involving giant monsters was the 1925 film The Lost World, as developments in cinema and animation enabled the creation of realistic giant creatures. This was followed by the 1933 classic King Kong. These early films had themes of adventure and exploration of unknown regions, and incorporated fights with giant monsters as a climactic element.

The development of atomic weaponry in the 1940s gave rise to its involvement in popular themes. The American 1953 film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, featured a giant dinosaur that awakened due nuclear tests that took place in the Arctic[1][2] and 1954's Them!, which involved giant irradiated ants. Another film: Tarantula had a spider rather than insects.[1] Japanese cinema began its foray into giant monster films with the 1933 film Wasei Kingu Kongu (an adaptation of the American film King Kong). Later in 1954 the film Godzilla was released. This was followed by an ongoing trend of giant reptiles created by nuclear radiation.[1] Japan continued with a giant moth in Mothra, a turtle in Gamera, and after these followed many more. Other countries have their own giant monster movies such as the United Kingdom with Gorgo in 1961.

Dinosaur-themed films experienced a revival in the 1960s with a 1960 remake of The Lost World, 1966's One Million Years B.C., and 1969's The Valley of Gwangi.[3] Movies featuring Godzilla and Gamera were made into the 1970s, and 1976 saw a high-profile remake of King Kong. Awareness of toxic waste in the 1970s may have inspired 1979's Prophecy, which featured a giant mutant bear in the woods in Maine.[1]

Godzilla was remade in 1998, and King Kong in 2005. 2008 saw the release of the successful Cloverfield, which some critics have claimed inspiration from the September 11 attacks.[4][5][6]Pacific Rim, a film featuring giant mecha battling with kaiju, was released in 2013, and the following year Legendary reinterpreted Godzilla for a new generation of audiences in his 30th film.

The List[edit]

NameRelease DateMedia
The Nibelungs: Siegfried1924
The Thief of Bagdad1924DVD
The Lost World1925DVD
The Mysterious Island1929
The Sea Bat1930
King Kong1933Blu-ray/DVD
Son of Kong1933DVD
Japanese King Kong1933
King Kong Appears in Edo1938
The Arctic Giant1942
Unknown Island1948
Mighty Joe Young1949DVD
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms1953DVD
Mesa of Lost Women1953DVD
Monster from the Ocean Floor1954DVD
Godzilla Raids Again1955DVD
Half Human1955
It Came from Beneath the Sea1955Blu-ray/DVD
The Animal World1956DVD
The Beast of Hollow Mountain1956DVD
Forbidden Planet1956
Godzilla, King of the Monsters1956Blu-ray/DVD
The Sword and the Dragon1956
20 Million Miles to Earth1957Blu-ray/DVD
The Amazing Colossal Man1957
Attack of the Crab Monsters1957DVD
Beginning of the End1957DVD
The Black Scorpion1957DVD
The Cyclops1957DVD
The Deadly Mantis1957DVD
The Giant Claw1957DVD
The Monolith Monsters1957DVD
Monster from Green Hell1957DVD
The Monster That Challenged the World1957DVD
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad1958Blu-ray/DVD
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman1958DVD
The Blob1958Blu-ray/DVD
Earth vs. the Spider1958DVD
The Space Children1958
The Strange World of Planet X1958VHS
The Trollenberg Terror1958
Varan the Unbelievable1958DVD
War of the Colossal Beast1958DVD
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock1959
Attack of the Giant Leeches1959DVD
Behemoth, the Sea Monster1959DVD
The Birth of Japan1959
The Giant Gila Monster1959DVD
The Killer Shrews1959DVD
Space Invasion of Lapland1959
Goliath and the Dragon1960
The Lost World1960DVD
Goliath Against the Giants1961
The Mysterious Island1961Blu-ray/DVD
Jack the Giant Killer1962
King Kong vs Godzilla1962Blu-ray/DVD
The Magic Sword1962
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm1962
Dogora, the Space Monster1964
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster1964DVD
Jason and the Argonauts1963Blu-ray/DVD
Mothra vs. Godzilla1964DVD
Frankenstein Conquers the World1965DVD
Invasion of Astro-Monster1965
Village of the Giants1965
Return of Daimajin1966Blu-ray/DVD
Wrath of Daimajin1966Blu-ray/DVD
Gamera vs. Barugon1966Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster1966Blu-ray/DVD
One Million Years B.C.1966DVD
The Magic Serpent1966
War of the Gargantuas1966DVD
Village of the Giants1966
Gamera vs. Gyaos1967Blu-ray/DVD
King Kong Escapes1967Blu-ray/DVD
Gappa, The Colossal Beast1967
Son of Godzilla1967DVD
The X from Outer Space1967DVD
Yongary, Monster from the Deep1967DVD
Destroy All Monsters1968Blu-ray/DVD
Gamera vs. Viras1968Blu-ray/DVD
Kong Island1968
The Lost Continent1968
All Monsters Attack1969Blu-ray/DVD
Bambi Meets Godzilla1969
Gamera vs. Guiron1969Blu-ray/DVD
Latitude Zero1969DVD
The Valley of Gwangi1969DVD
Gamera vs. Jiger1970Blu-ray/DVD
Space Amoeba1970DVD
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth1970
Gamera vs. Zigra1971Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Hedorah1971Blu-ray/DVD
Beware! The Blob1972
Daigoro vs. Goliath1972
Godzilla vs. Gigan1972Blu-ray/DVD
Night of the Lepus1972DVD
Godzilla vs. Megalon1973DVD
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad1973Blu-ray/DVD
The Neptune Factor1973DVD
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla1974DVD
The Giant Spider Invasion1975DVD
The Super Inframan1975VHS
The Land That Time Forgot1975
Terror of Mechagodzilla1975DVD
At the Earth's Core1976
The Food of the Gods1976DVD
King Kong1976DVD
Queen Kong1976DVD
Empire of the Ants1977DVD
Giant of the 20th Century[7]1977
The Last Dinosaur1977
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds1977
The Mighty Peking Man1977DVD
The People That Time Forgot1977
Planet of Dinosaurs1978DVD
Warlords of Atlantis1978
Up from the Depths1979
Gamera: Super Monster1980Blu-ray/DVD
Island Claws [8]1980
Clash of the Titans1981Blu-ray/DVD
The Loch Ness Horror1981
Q - The Winged Serpent1982Blu-ray/DVD
Yor, the Hunter from the Future1983VHS
Monster Shark1984
The NeverEnding Story1984VHS
The Return of Godzilla1984VHS
Eight-Headed Giant Serpent's Counterattack1985
King Kong Lives1986DVD
The Barbarians1987VHS
The Gate1987VHS
The Blob1988Blu-ray/DVD
The Lair of the White Worm1988DVD
Thunder of Gigantic Serpent[9]1988
Deepstar Six1989DVD
Godzilla vs. Biollante1989Blu-ray/DVD
Alligator 2: The Mutation1991
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah1991DVD
Godzilla vs. Mothra1992DVD
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II1993DVD
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla1994DVD
Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon1994DVD
Cruel Jaws1995
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe1995Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah1995DVD
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie1995
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion1996Blu-ray/DVD
Rebirth of Mothra1996DVD
Tremors 2: Aftershocks1996Blu-ray/DVD
Rebirth of Mothra II1997DVD
The Relic1997DVD
Starship Troopers1997Blu-ray/DVD
Deep Rising1998DVD
The Faculty1998
Mighty Joe Young1998DVD
The Mighty Kong1998VHS
Rebirth of Mothra III1998DVD
The Attack of the Giant Moussaka1999DVD
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris1999Blu-ray/DVD
The Iron Giant1999DVD
Godzilla 2000: Millennium1999DVD
King Cobra1999DVD
Lake Placid1999Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus2000DVD
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack2001DVD
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring2001Blu-ray/DVD
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection2001Blu-ray/DVD
Crocodile 2: Death Swamp2002
Eight Legged Freaks2002DVD
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla2002DVD
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002DVD
Python 22002
Reign of Fire2002
Deep Shock2003
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.2003DVD
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King2003DVD
Rectuma [10]2003
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid2004
Boa vs. Python2004DVD
George and the Dragon2004
Godzilla: Final Wars2004DVD
Raptor Island2004DVD
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins2004Blu-ray/DVD
Ultraman the Next2004DVD
Deep Sea Beast Reigo2005
King Kong2005Blu-ray/DVD
Komodo vs. Cobra2005DVD
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire2005DVD
Negadon: The Monster from Mars2005DVD
Gamera the Brave2006Blu-ray/DVD
The Host2006Blu-ray/DVD
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep2006DVD
S.S. Doomtrooper2006
Big Man Japan2007DVD
Eye of the Beast2007
Ice Spiders2007
Lake Placid 22007DVD
Mega Snake2007DVD
The Mist2007Blu-ray/DVD
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep2007Blu-ray/DVD
Anaconda 3: Offspring2008DVD
Beyond Loch Ness2008
Black Swarm2008
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army2008DVD
The Incredible Hulk2008DVD
Journey to the Center of the Earth2008Blu-ray/DVD
The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit2008DVD
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor2008
Anacondas: Trail of Blood2009DVD
Land of the Lost2009
Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy2009
Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus2009Blu-ray/DVD
Sea Beast2009
Clash of the Titans2010Blu-ray/DVD
Death Kappa[11]2010Blu-ray/DVD
Lake Placid 32010DVD
The Last Airbender2010DVD
Mega Piranha2010DVD
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus2010Blu-ray/DVD
Mongolian Death Worm2010DVD
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2010
The Troll Hunter2010Blu-ray/DVD
Xtinction: Predator X[12]2010
Age of the Dragons2011
Dinocroc vs. Supergator2011Blu-ray/DVD
The Dragon Pearl2011
Ferocious Planet2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 22011
Iron Invader2011
Killer Mountain2011
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid2011Blu-ray/DVD
Sand Sharks2011
Sector 72011
Super 82011Blu-ray/DVD
Super Shark2011
Swamp Shark2011DVD
Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks[13]2011
2-Headed Shark Attack2012Blu-ray/DVD
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey2012Blu-ray/DVD
John Carter2012Blu-ray/DVD
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island2012Blu-ray/DVD
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter2012DVD
Million Dollar Crocodile2012
Snow Shark2012
Wrath of the Titans2012
47 Ronin2013
Big Ass Spider!2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug2013Blu-ray/DVD
Jack the Giant Slayer2013Blu-ray/DVD
Pacific Rim2013Blu-ray/DVD
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters2013Blu-ray/DVD
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark2014
The Monkey King2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies2014Blu-ray/DVD


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  4. ^ Roger Ebert (January 17, 2008). "Review: Cloverfield". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
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  8. ^ "Island Claws". IMDB. 
  9. ^ "Thunder of Gigantic Serpent". IMDB. 
  10. ^ "Rectuma". IMDB. 
  11. ^ "Death Kappa". IMDB. 
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  14. ^ "Robocroc". IMDB. 

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