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List of giant-monster films

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

Name Release Date Media
The Nibelungs: Siegfried 1924
The Thief of Bagdad 1924 DVD
The Lost World 1925 DVD
The Mysterious Island 1929
The Sea Bat 1930
King Kong 1933 Blu-ray/DVD
Son of Kong 1933 DVD
Japanese King Kong 1933
King Kong Appears in Edo 1938
The Arctic Giant 1942
Unknown Island 1948
Mighty Joe Young 1949 DVD
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms 1953 DVD
Mesa of Lost Women 1953 DVD
Godzilla 1954 Blu-ray/DVD
Monster from the Ocean Floor 1954 DVD
Them! 1954 DVD
Godzilla Raids Again 1955 DVD
Half Human 1955
It Came from Beneath the Sea 1955 Blu-ray/DVD
Tarantula 1955 DVD
The Animal World 1956 DVD
The Beast of Hollow Mountain 1956 DVD
Forbidden Planet 1956
Godzilla, King of the Monsters 1956 Blu-ray/DVD
Rodan 1956 DVD
The Sword and the Dragon 1956
20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 Blu-ray/DVD
The Amazing Colossal Man 1957
Attack of the Crab Monsters 1957 DVD
Beginning of the End 1957 DVD
The Black Scorpion 1957 DVD
The Cyclops 1957 DVD
The Deadly Mantis 1957 DVD
The Giant Claw 1957 DVD
Kronos 1957 DVD
The Monolith Monsters 1957 DVD
Monster from Green Hell 1957 DVD
The Monster That Challenged the World 1957 DVD
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958 Blu-ray/DVD
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 1958 DVD
The Blob 1958 Blu-ray/DVD
Earth vs. the Spider 1958 DVD
The Space Children 1958
The Strange World of Planet X 1958 VHS
The Trollenberg Terror 1958
Varan the Unbelievable 1958 DVD
War of the Colossal Beast 1958 DVD
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock 1959
Attack of the Giant Leeches 1959 DVD
Behemoth, the Sea Monster 1959 DVD
The Birth of Japan 1959
The Giant Gila Monster 1959 DVD
The Killer Shrews 1959 DVD
Space Invasion of Lapland 1959
Dinosaurus! 1960 DVD
Goliath and the Dragon 1960
The Lost World 1960 DVD
Goliath Against the Giants 1961
Gorgo 1961 Blu-ray/DVD
Konga 1961 DVD
Mothra 1961 DVD
The Mysterious Island 1961 Blu-ray/DVD
Reptilicus 1961 DVD
Gorath 1962
Jack the Giant Killer 1962
King Kong vs Godzilla 1962 Blu-ray/DVD
The Magic Sword 1962
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962
Atragon 1963 DVD
Dogora, the Space Monster 1964
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 DVD
Jason and the Argonauts 1963 Blu-ray/DVD
Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 DVD
Frankenstein Conquers the World 1965 DVD
Gamera 1965 Blu-ray/DVD
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965
Village of the Giants 1965
Daimajin 1966 Blu-ray/DVD
Return of Daimajin 1966 Blu-ray/DVD
Wrath of Daimajin 1966 Blu-ray/DVD
Gamera vs. Barugon 1966 Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster 1966 Blu-ray/DVD
One Million Years B.C. 1966 DVD
The Magic Serpent 1966
War of the Gargantuas 1966 DVD
Village of the Giants 1966
Gamera vs. Gyaos 1967 Blu-ray/DVD
King Kong Escapes 1967 Blu-ray/DVD
Gappa, The Colossal Beast 1967
Son of Godzilla 1967 DVD
Ultraman 1967
The X from Outer Space 1967 DVD
Yongary, Monster from the Deep 1967 DVD
Destroy All Monsters 1968 Blu-ray/DVD
Gamera vs. Viras 1968 Blu-ray/DVD
Kong Island 1968
The Lost Continent 1968
All Monsters Attack 1969 Blu-ray/DVD
Bambi Meets Godzilla 1969
Gamera vs. Guiron 1969 Blu-ray/DVD
Latitude Zero 1969 DVD
The Valley of Gwangi 1969 DVD
Gamera vs. Jiger 1970 Blu-ray/DVD
Space Amoeba 1970 DVD
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth 1970
Gamera vs. Zigra 1971 Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 Blu-ray/DVD
Beware! The Blob 1972
Daigoro vs. Goliath 1972
Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 Blu-ray/DVD
Night of the Lepus 1972 DVD
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 DVD
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1973 Blu-ray/DVD
The Neptune Factor 1973 DVD
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974 DVD
The Giant Spider Invasion 1975 DVD
The Super Inframan 1975 VHS
The Land That Time Forgot 1975
Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 DVD
A*P*E 1976 DVD
At the Earth's Core 1976
The Food of the Gods 1976 DVD
Grizzly 1976 VHS
King Kong 1976 DVD
Queen Kong 1976 DVD
Empire of the Ants 1977 DVD
Giant of the 20th Century[7] 1977
Jabberwocky 1977 VHS
The Last Dinosaur 1977
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds 1977
The Mighty Peking Man 1977 DVD
The People That Time Forgot 1977
Planet of Dinosaurs 1978 DVD
Warlords of Atlantis 1978
Prophecy 1979 DVD
Up from the Depths 1979
Alligator 1980 DVD
Crocodile 1980
Gamera: Super Monster 1980 Blu-ray/DVD
Island Claws [8] 1980
Monster 1980
Caveman 1981
Clash of the Titans 1981 Blu-ray/DVD
The Loch Ness Horror 1981
Q - The Winged Serpent 1982 Blu-ray/DVD
Hercules 1983
Krull 1983 VHS
Yor, the Hunter from the Future 1983 VHS
Ghostbusters 1984 VHS/DVD
Monster Shark 1984
The NeverEnding Story 1984 VHS
Razorback 1984 VHS
The Return of Godzilla 1984 VHS
Pulgasari 1985 DVD
Eight-Headed Giant Serpent's Counterattack 1985
King Kong Lives 1986 DVD
The Barbarians 1987 VHS
The Gate 1987 VHS
The Blob 1988 Blu-ray/DVD
The Lair of the White Worm 1988 DVD
Thunder of Gigantic Serpent[9] 1988
Deepstar Six 1989 DVD
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 Blu-ray/DVD
Tremors 1990 Blu-ray/DVD
Alligator 2: The Mutation 1991
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 DVD
Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992 DVD
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 DVD
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 DVD
Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon 1994 DVD
Cruel Jaws 1995
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 Blu-ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995 DVD
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 1995
Zarkorr! The Invader 1996
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion 1996 Blu-ray/DVD
Rebirth of Mothra 1996 DVD
Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1996 Blu-ray/DVD
Anaconda 1997 DVD
Mimic 1997 Blu-ray/DVD
Rebirth of Mothra II 1997 DVD
The Relic 1997 DVD
Starship Troopers 1997 Blu-ray/DVD
Deep Rising 1998 DVD
The Faculty 1998
Godzilla 1998 Blu-ray/DVD
Mighty Joe Young 1998 DVD
The Mighty Kong 1998 VHS
Rebirth of Mothra III 1998 DVD
The Attack of the Giant Moussaka 1999 DVD
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris 1999 Blu-ray/DVD
The Iron Giant 1999 DVD
Godzilla 2000: Millennium 1999 DVD
King Cobra 1999 DVD
Komodo 1999 DVD
Lake Placid 1999 Blu-ray/DVD
Reptilian 1999 DVD
Crocodile 2000
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 DVD
Python 2000
Spiders 2000 DVD
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001 DVD
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Blu-ray/DVD
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection 2001 Blu-ray/DVD
Crocodile 2: Death Swamp 2002
Eight Legged Freaks 2002 DVD
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002 DVD
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 DVD
Python 2 2002
Reign of Fire 2002
Deep Shock 2003
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003 DVD
Hulk 2003 DVD
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 DVD
Rectuma [10] 2003
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 2004
Boa vs. Python 2004 DVD
Dinocroc 2004
Garuda 2004
George and the Dragon 2004
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 DVD
Raptor Island 2004 DVD
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004 Blu-ray/DVD
Ultraman the Next 2004 DVD
Deep Sea Beast Reigo 2005
King Kong 2005 Blu-ray/DVD
Komodo vs. Cobra 2005 DVD
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 DVD
Negadon: The Monster from Mars 2005 DVD
Pterodactyl 2005
Eragon 2006
Gamera the Brave 2006 Blu-ray/DVD
The Host 2006 Blu-ray/DVD
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep 2006 DVD
Mammoth 2006
S.S. Doomtrooper 2006
Big Man Japan 2007 DVD
Croc 2007
D-War 2007 Blu-ray/DVD
Eye of the Beast 2007
Gryphon 2007
Ice Spiders 2007
Lake Placid 2 2007 DVD
Mega Snake 2007 DVD
The Mist 2007 Blu-ray/DVD
Primeval 2007 DVD
Rogue 2007
Supergator 2007 DVD
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 2007 Blu-ray/DVD
Anaconda 3: Offspring 2008 DVD
Beyond Loch Ness 2008
Black Swarm 2008
Cloverfield 2008 Blu-ray/DVD
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 2008 DVD
The Incredible Hulk 2008 DVD
Journey to the Center of the Earth 2008 Blu-ray/DVD
The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit 2008 DVD
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008
Outlander 2008
Anacondas: Trail of Blood 2009 DVD
Chaw 2009
Land of the Lost 2009
Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy 2009
Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus 2009 Blu-ray/DVD
Sea Beast 2009
Altitude 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
Amphibious 2010
Behemoth 2010 DVD
Clash of the Titans 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
Death Kappa[11] 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
Dinoshark 2010
Lake Placid 3 2010 DVD
The Last Airbender 2010 DVD
Mega Piranha 2010 DVD
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
Mongolian Death Worm 2010 DVD
Monsters 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
Sharktopus 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010
The Troll Hunter 2010 Blu-ray/DVD
Xtinction: Predator X[12] 2010
Age of the Dragons 2011
Dinocroc vs. Supergator 2011 Blu-ray/DVD
The Dragon Pearl 2011
Ferocious Planet 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 2011
Iron Invader 2011
Killer Mountain 2011
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid 2011 Blu-ray/DVD
Roadkill 2011 DVD
Sand Sharks 2011
Sector 7 2011
Super 8 2011 Blu-ray/DVD
Super Shark 2011
Swamp Shark 2011 DVD
Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks[13] 2011
2-Headed Shark Attack 2012 Blu-ray/DVD
Bigfoot 2012
Grabbers 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 Blu-ray/DVD
John Carter 2012 Blu-ray/DVD
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 2012 Blu-ray/DVD
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter 2012 DVD
Million Dollar Crocodile 2012
Piranhaconda 2012 DVD
Snow Shark 2012
Wrath of the Titans 2012
47 Ronin 2013
Big Ass Spider! 2013
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 Blu-ray/DVD
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 Blu-ray/DVD
Pacific Rim 2013 Blu-ray/DVD
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 Blu-ray/DVD
Robocroc[14] 2013
Godzilla 2014
Hercules 2014
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark 2014
The Monkey King 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 Blu-ray/DVD


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  14. "Robocroc". IMDB. 

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