Monster Mayhem: 10 Enjoyable Giant Monster Movies

Most giant monster movies are so bad that they are charmingly enjoyable because they have that B-movie magic. Some are actually very good, and a couple are incredibly bad that they are virtually impossible to enjoy and are best left unwatched. This list features some of the giant monster movies that I have enjoyed through the years.
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Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ The original Japanese classic - not the lousy American remake from 1998 - features both food for thought and monster mayhem all shrouded in a cloud of nuclear angst. Definitely the most iconic giant monster movie ever. ” - DeadHumans
Tremors (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Underwood
“ What I love about this one is its combination of high octane action, monster movie horror and slapstick humor. Featuring a trio of man-eating giant worms that terrorize a backwater hillbilly village, "Tremors" is, for my money a truly entertaining monster movie. ” - DeadHumans
Them! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ Featuring giant mutant ants and divided into three acts each of which is pretty much a movie in itself, this movie is probably one of the best giant monster flicks I have ever seen. Highly recommended if you are a fan of old school monster movies. ” - DeadHumans
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus... (96 mins.)
“ Cowboys versus dinosaurs! Could it be any better? Yes, it could, and it is, because this features Harryhausen's incredible special effects. ” - DeadHumans
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Gordon
“ A giant octopus wreaking havoc in San Fransisco - and it's a scientist who saves the day after his military buddy fails to kill the octopus. ” - DeadHumans
The Lost World (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An expedition leaves for the Amazon to prove the existance of dinosaurs. (150 mins.)
Director: Stuart Orme
“ Perhaps not a giant monster movie as such, but it does feature lots of giant dinosaurs and some brilliant performances by Bob Hoskins and Peter Falk... and it is way superior to any installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. ” - DeadHumans
The Spider (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider. (73 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ Perhaps neither as successful nor as well made as "Tarantula", this one is nonetheless much more charming and slightly more enjoyable than "Tarantula", I think, because of the naivety the pervades "Earth vs. the Spider" from beginning to end (the museum scene is a very good example of this). ” - DeadHumans
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
“ A giant prehistoric beast rises from the arctic ocean, awoken by nuclear testing, and unleashes its wrath upon mankind. A well trodden path of a plot by now, but, hey, if it works, it works, and in this flick, it definitely works. ” - DeadHumans
Warlords of the Deep (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Searching for the lost world of Atlantis, Prof. Aitken, his son Charles and Greg Collinson are betrayed by the crew of their expedition's ship... (96 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ Starring B-movie icon Doug McClure, this movie features a plethora of weird monsters in all shapes and sizes, the most epic of which is the Mogdaan. Entertaining and hilarious, this one is a must-see for B-movie lovers. ” - DeadHumans
Anaconda: The Offspring (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
A mercenary-for-hire accepts a mission from a billionaire to capture a dangerous snake that could possibly help cure a terminal illness. (91 mins.)
“ The first one was crap. The second one was not bad. The third one is a true B-flick with silly genetically modified snakes and a lame plot. But it's got the Hoff in it, and that's enough to make it an instant classic. ” - DeadHumans