Featured on MST3K - "Mystery Science Theater 3000"by RagingR2 | created - 17 Sep 2011 | updated - 09 Sep 2012 | Public
These films were featured on the show "Mystery Science Theater 3000". In total 198 episodes were broadcast from 1988 to 1999. UPDATE: this list now also features the (short) films, series and documentaries that were featured in several shorts, mostly at the beginning of each episode.
Of course there are listings elsewhere, like on Wikipedia, or by simply looking up the episode listing for MST3K on IMDb. But having them in an IMDb list here offers additional features. For instance you can now sort them by descending IMDb user rating (or ascending... depending on what you are looking for) to find a cool movie to watch tonight.
The default sorting order is the order in which they were aired, or were supposed to air, starting with the unaired pilot episode from 1988 featuring "The Green Slime" (1968). This list now also includes the films that were featured in the shorts.
It's interesting to see that there are [only 5 films] / [still a surprising 5 films] (pick one) on this list with an IMDb rating of 5.5 out of 10 or higher - that is if you include the TV-series "General Hospital" that was featured in a few shorts. On the other hand, there are 64 titles with a rating of 2.0 or lower...
It's also interesting to see that the posters for some of these films' IMDb entries attest to the fact that they are most (in)famous above all for being featured on MST3K.
There are four titles on this list that were featured on Mystery Science Theatre, Elvira's Movie Macabre ánd Cinema Insomnia. So apparently they are popular subjects for [witty remarks] / [ridicule] (pick one). These are "The Brain That Wouldn't Die", "Santa Clause Conquers The Martians", "Eegah" and "The Giant Gila Monster". See also the notes besides the specific entries.
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1. The Green Slime (1968)
G | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.
This was featured in the unaired pilot episode, created in 1988.
2. Invaders from the Deep (1981)
When aquatic aliens plot to take over the planet, the world aquanaut security patrol are called in to battle the aliens.
This was featured in the 1st episode on KTMA-TV in 1988
3. Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars (1981 TV Movie)
91 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
Captain Scarlet and friends battle the Mysterons from Mars.
Captain Scarlet vs. the Mysterons
4. Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1987 TV Movie)
75 min | Sci-Fi
In this second film compiled from two episodes of a Japanese TV serial, Captain Joe, reformed interstellar marauder Ken and the rest of the crew of the Backus-3 set off to destroy an alien ... See full summary »
This one was featured two times; in episode #3 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #318 on Comedy Central.
5. Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (1966)
106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera.
"Gamera vs. Barugon" This one was featured two times; in episode #4 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #304 on Comedy Central.
6. Daikaijû Gamera (1965)
81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo.
"Gamera" This one was featured two times; in episode #5 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #302 on Comedy Central.
7. Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967)
87 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A gigantic bat emerges from a volcano to terrorize Japan and only one thing can stop it...Gamera!
"Gamera vs. Gyaos" This one was featured two times; in episode #6 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #308 on Comedy Central.
8. Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971)
87 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Space aliens arrive on Earth with their giant shark and intend to take over the planet but they must first destroy Gamera.
"Gamera vs. Zigra" This one was featured two times; in episode #7 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #316 on Comedy Central.
9. Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
Unrated | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Aliens kidnap two children and take them to another planet for the purpose of getting knowledge from their brains, but Gamera follows and tries to rescue them.
"Gamera tai daikaijû Giron" This one was featured two times; in episode #8 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #312 on Comedy Central.
10. Phase IV (1974)
PG | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. ... See full summary »
11. Cosmic Princess (1982 TV Movie)
91 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
_Space: 1999_ (1975) season 2 episodes The Metamorph and Space Ward were edited together to create this movie about the adrift in space crew of Moonbase Alpha that meets shape-shifting alien Maya and her father who wants their brains.
12. To the Stars by Hard Ways (1981)
148 min | Sci-Fi
A female creature created in space tries to live on earth and has special (and sometimes dangerous) powers.
A.k.a. "Humanoid Woman" or "Cherez ternii k zvyozdam"
13. Fugitive Alien (1987 TV Movie)
102 min | Action, Sci-Fi
An alien is pursued as a traitor by his own race because he refuses to kill humans.
"Star Wolf" This one was featured two times; in episode #12 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #310 on Comedy Central.
14. SST: Death Flight (1977 TV Movie)
89 min | Adventure, Drama
On its maiden flight, the crew of America's first supersonic transport learns that it may not be able to land, due to an act of sabotage and a deadly flu on-board.
15. Mighty Jack (1968 TV Movie)
Espionage team "Mighty Jack", headquartered on a flying submarine, opposes the plans of Q, which is trying to take over the world using... um... ice that doesn't melt.
This one was featured two times; in episode #14 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #314 on Comedy Central.
With an average 1.3 this is the lowest rated entry on this list. But probably because it only received 238 votes, it is not on the IMDb "Bottom 100" list.
16. Superdome (1978 TV Movie)
100 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
It's Superbowl. And there's a lot of drama, one of the players, Dave Wolecki, has been so preoccupied with the game and if his bum knee will hold out until the game, has been completely ... See full summary »
17. City on Fire (1979)
R | 106 min | Action, Drama
A pyromaniac, ex-employee of a city oil refinery creates an explosion at the facility which starts a chain-reaction of fires that engulf the entire city.
18. Time of the Apes (1987 TV Movie)
97 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Three bumbling morons accidentally stumble into a cryogenic freezer and end up in the future, where monkeys populate the Earth.
This one was featured two times; in episode #17 of the original season on KTMA-TV, and in episode #306 on Comedy Central.
19. The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure
Sumuru is a beautiful but evil woman who plans world domination by having her sexy all-female army eliminate male leaders and replace them with her female agents.
20. Hangar 18 (1980)
PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Sci-Fi
Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with an UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campaign some politicians try to hide the... See full summary »
Votes: 1,789 | Gross: $6.00M
21. The Last Chase (1981)
PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian ... See full summary »
22. Kyôryû kaichô no densetsu (1977)
92 min | Sci-Fi
A Japanese village is menaced by a plesiosaur from the depths of the sea. Meanwhile, deep in a cave of ice, a prehistoric egg begins to hatch. The plesiosaur and the mystery creature ... See full summary »
Legend of the Dinosaurs, or "Kyôryuu: Kaichô no densetsu"
23. The Crawling Eye (1958)
Unrated | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.
"The Trollenberg Terror" This was featured in the first episode of the first season on The Comedy Channel.
24. Radar Men from the Moon (1952)
Approved | 167 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Strategic targets on Earth are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. Government security head Henderson suspects it's an "atomic ray" originating from the moon! He assigns Commando Cody, ... See full summary »
This one was featured in seven shorts in the first season on The Comedy Channel, starting in episode #102, the episode that features "The Aztec Mummy Against The Humanoid Robot".
25. La momia azteca contra el robot humano (1958)
Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A mad doctor builds a robot in order to steal a valuable Aztec treasure from a tomb guarded by a centuries-old living mummy.
The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy, or "La momia azteca contra el robot humano"
26. The Mad Monster (1942)
Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.
27. Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)
90 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
A spaceship crashes upon an unexplored planet, and the rescuers sent to search for survivors discover that decades have passed due to time dilation.
28. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
Not Rated | 64 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.
30. Robot Monster (1953)
Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi
The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.
Votes: 3,869 | Gross: $1.00M
31. The Slime People (1963)
Unrated | 76 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters, a small group of people must fight for survival in the deserted metropolis.
33. Robot Holocaust (1986)
79 min | Sci-Fi
A highly unlikely band of heroes traverses a post-apocalyptic wasteland to rescue a scientist from the tyrannical Dark One and his army of robots.
34. Moon Zero Two (1969)
G | 100 min | Crime, Sci-Fi
A space salvage expert and his partner become involved with a group of criminals intent on hijacking a small asteroid made of sapphire and crashing it into the moon for later recovery. The ... See full summary »
35. Untamed Youth (1957)
80 min | Drama
Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town. Local agricultural magnate Tropp is a sponsor for a ... See full summary »
36. The Black Scorpion (1957)
Approved | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.
38. Five the Hard Way (1969)
M | 82 min | Action, Sport
Motorcycle racer Rommel seeks vengeance against JC, a madman who murdered the sidehacker's fiancee.
39. The Phantom Creeps (1939)
Approved | 265 min | Sci-Fi
A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.
This one was featured in three shorts in season 2 on The Comedy Channel, starting in episode #203, the episode that features "Jungle Goddess".
40. Jungle Goddess (1948)
Approved | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
When a plane carrying the daughter of a millionaire crashes in an African jungle, two pilots set out to collect the reward. They discover that she has become the goddess of a primitive ... See full summary »
45. Lost Continent (1951)
Passed | 83 min | Sci-Fi
Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up ... See full summary »
47. King Dinosaur (1955)
Not Rated | 63 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new planet moves into our solar system and four scientists (two couples) are sent to explore Planet Nova. In between romantic interludes, the cast faces an iguana masquerading as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
48. First Spaceship on Venus (1960)
Unrated | 79 min | Sci-Fi
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.
Der Schweigende Stern
49. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Not Rated | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.
Gojira tai Megaro
50. Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)
PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.
Gojira-Ebira-Mosura: Nankai no daiketto
51. The Blade Master (1984)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Muscle-bound Ator and his mute East Asian sidekick travel from the ends of the earth to save his aged mentor from the evil, mustachioed Zor.
52. Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983)
80 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A young boy in the woods discovers a lovable alien...or is it?
Los nuevos extraterrestres
53. The Stranger (1973 TV Movie)
100 min | Sci-Fi
TV series pilot (series never launched). After a freak mishap, an astronaut finds himself on an almost precise copy of Earth (right down to the Plymouth cars). However, this planet has ... See full summary »
"Stranded in Space"
54. Daddy-O (1958)
Approved | 74 min | Crime, Music, Mystery
Phil, a part-time truck driver and singer who wears his pants far too high, meets a feisty platinum blonde who challenges him to a drag race through Griffith Park. When he is caught and ... See full summary »
55. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
Approved | 80 min | Sci-Fi
Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. As he grows, his ... See full summary »
56. It Conquered the World (1956)
Approved | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.
Not Rated | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A group of lonely Viking women build a ship and set off across the sea to locate their missing menfolk, only to fall into the clutches of the barbarians that also hold their men captive. ... See full summary »
"Viking Women and the Sea Serpent"
60. Mr. B Natural (1957)
29 min | Musical, Short
A young boy is sitting in a room one day, bored, when suddenly a leotard-clad woman calling herself Mr. B Natural appears in his room. Mr. B Natural describes to the boy the wonder and ... See full summary »
This one was featered in a short in episode #319, the episode that features "War of the Colossal Beast".
61. War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
Approved | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry.
62. The Unearthly (1957)
Approved | 73 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results.
The Master (1984)
60 min | Adventure, Drama, Action
In the opening episode of this series John Peter McAllister is introduced as an American who remained in Japan after the War and became a Ninja. He has just discovered he has a daughter ... See full summary »
This episode from "The Master" was featured, together with "Out-of-Time Step", on the episode "Master Ninja I"; episode #322 on Comedy Central.
The Master (1984)
45 min | Adventure, Drama, Action
The Master's search for his daughter leads him and his apprentice to a dance club under siege by corrupt business men.
This episode was featured, together with "Max", on episode #322 on Comedy Central.
66. Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)
PG | 92 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror
An evil Chinese mastermind plots to freeze the Earth's oceans.
"Die Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu"
The Master (1984)
State of the Union
Adventure, Drama, Action
McAllister and Keller find themselves caught up in business politics when a union organizer's light is threatened by her sadistic boss.
This episode from "The Master" was featured, together with "Hostages", on the episode "Master Ninja II"; episode #324 on Comedy Central.
The Master (1984)
Adventure, Drama, Action
Master and apprentice are caught up in the terrorist abduction of an influential senator and his rambling daughter.
This episode was featured, together with "State of The Union", on episode #324 on Comedy Central.
69. Marooned (1969)
G | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?
Votes: 3,878 | Gross: $4.35M
70. The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.
This title was also featured on "Elvira's Movie Macabre" and "Cinema Insomnia".
71. City Limits (1984)
PG-13 | 86 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Drama
A series of teenage gangs struggle against each other in a not-so-distant future. Eventually they united against an evil corporation, as represented by evil CEO Robby Benson who wants to control everything.
72. Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A young alien and a teenage earthling fall in love, and plot to stop the alien's race from using Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet.
73. Time Walker (1982)
PG | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An alien, buried in King Tut's tomb, terrorizes a college campus.
"Being from Another Planet"
74. Undersea Kingdom (1936)
Approved | 226 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure
Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. ... See full summary »
This one was featured in two shorts in season 4, starting in episode #406, the episode that features "Attack of the Giant Leeches".
75. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.
77. Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959)
G | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.
"Ercole e la regina di Lidia"
78. Indestructible Man (1956)
Approved | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
Charles "The Butcher" Benton, a brutal death row inmate gets double-crossed by his crooked lawyer. He gets his chance for revenge when, after he's been executed, a bizarre experiment brings him back to life and more deadly than ever.
79. Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)
Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, who has allied herself with aliens and is sacrificing her own people in a bid to awaken a moon goddess.
"Maciste e la regina di Samar"
80. The Magic Sword (1962)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.
81. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (1961)
Unrated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.
"Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide"
82. General Hospital (1963– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.
Three segments from this series from 1963 were featured in shorts in season 4, starting in episode #413, the episode that features "Manhunt in Space".
83. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954– )
26 min | Family, Sci-Fi
Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers.
Segments from this series were featured in two episodes in season 4, starting in episode #413, the episode that features "Manhunt in Space".
84. Manhunt in Space (1956 TV Movie)
78 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Not a feature film, but several episodes of the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) edited together and released as a feature.
85. Tormented (1960)
Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller
A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.
87. Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956)
Approved | 73 min | Sci-Fi
A team of astronauts lands on a moon of Jupiter to find it populated with beautiful young women looking for mates. An old man explains to the explorers the group's story, as well as the moon's dangers.
88. Crash of Moons (1954 TV Movie)
Unrated | 78 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Not a feature film but a three-part episode from the TV series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954) edited together and released as a feature.
89. Attack of the Eye Creatures (1965 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Alien "eye" creatures invade a small town.
"Attack of the The Eye Creatures"
91. The Human Duplicators (1965)
80 min | Sci-Fi
An alien is dispatched from a faraway galaxy to take over the Earth by "duplicating" humans and creating a race of zombies resembling animated pottery in this low-budget sci-fi film. Enjoy ... See full summary »
92. Monster a-Go Go (1965)
TV-PG | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A space capsule crash-lands on Earth, and the astronaut aboard disappears. Is there a connection between the missing man and the monster roaming the area?
93. The Day the Earth Froze (1959)
Not Rated | 67 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build ... See full summary »
94. Hired! (1940)
19 min | Short
A middle-aged auto sales manager is having poor results with his staff, so he gets some advice from his hanky-wearing father.
This short film was featured in two shorts in season 4, starting in episode #423, the episode that features "Bride of The Monster".
96. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror
A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.
The infamous... Manos is Spanish for "hands", so the title literally means "Hands: The Hands of Fate". If you wanna have a laugh in a different way, try reading some of the IMDb user reviews for this one! :)
With an average rating of 1.5, this is currently the #4 on IMDb's "Bottom 100" list. It has been on #1 and #2 too at varrying points. It's interesting to see that, probably mainly because of this, it recieved an ammazing number of 21.000+ user ratings.
98. Le fatiche di Ercole (1958)
G | 107 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.
Votes: 1,487 | Gross: $5.00M
99. Swamp Women (1956)
Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
An undercover policewoman helps three female convicts escape from prison so that they can lead her to a stash of stolen diamonds hidden in a swamp.
100. Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966)
95 min | Thriller, Mystery
A series of murders in Michigan lead an American secret agent to Amsterdam, where he uncovers a plot to imperil the world with a potent new drug.
"Secret Agent Super Dragon"