Dangerous giants: 20 films about huge creatures

People are accustomed to consider themselves the crowns of creation and the kings of nature. And they themselves refute this in the movies, where giant lizards effortlessly destroy skyscrapers, and huge octopuses drag large liners to the bottom. Kaiju – this is how fantastic beasts of monstrous size are called in Japan – emphasize how weak a person is on the scale of the universe. However, films about ferocious giants are not permeated with pessimism – despite the inequality of forces, the two-legged brave men come into battle with the titans of the animal world, fighting for a place under the sun.

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

The fantastic novelty of the cinema will bring together in an irreconcilable confrontation the two most famous giants – the stars of the screen. To find a way to stop the aggressive Godzilla, scientists equip an expedition to the center of the Earth – to the homeland of a huge reptile. The giant primate Kong is to guide you through the unknown world. But the sinister lizard intends to deal with the monkey.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original Title :
Godzilla vs. Kong

Genre:
Action, fantasy

Actors:
Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall …

Country:
USA, Australia, Canada, India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Love and Monsters (2020)

A new foreign film will tell about giant monsters that appeared due to the impact of an asteroid. Ordinary insects, amphibians and reptiles have mutated into huge creatures. Most of humanity is destroyed, and the few survivors of the apocalypse are hiding in bunkers. A guy and a girl in love ended up in different shelters. The guy goes in search of a lady of the heart, although he does not have survival skills, and at the sight of monsters he falls into a daze.

Original title:
Love and Monsters

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Dylan O’Brien, Hiro, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
16+


Monster Hunter (2020)

Spectacular American blockbuster filmed based on the popular video game. A detachment led by Captain Artemis goes in search of the missing comrades-in-arms. The storm takes the fighters to another world, inhabited by gigantic monsters. The soldiers die one by one until Artemis meets the Hunter, who knows how to destroy the bloodthirsty giants. Monster Slayer agrees to cooperate.

Original title:
Monster Hunter

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Milla Jovovich, Tony Jah, Ron Perlman…

Country:
USA, China, Germany, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Underwater (2019)

A creepy movie about big monsters inspired by the works of horror writer Howard Lovecraft. The station performs work in the ocean at a depth of eleven kilometers. Sudden damage to the hull endangers the lives of employees. The crew until then cope with the emergency, until an unknown horror of gigantic proportions appears from the impenetrable darkness of the ocean.

Original title:
Underwater

Genre:
Horror, Action

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Rampage (2018)

A genetic experiment that has gone out of control turns predatory animals into huge aggressive monsters. While the authorities are using weapons to destroy the sinister giants mercilessly destroying cities, a primatologist researcher is working on an antidote in the hope of not only stopping the invasion, but also saving his old friend – a huge albino monkey.

Original title:
Rampage

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Ackerman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
12+


Meg: Monster of the Deep (2018)

A film about the most terrible giant creature that ever inhabited the planet Earth – a prehistoric megalodon shark. An ancient marine predator attacks a bathyscaphe with a scientific expedition. A rescue operation is sent to help the scientists. An experienced submariner , who has already encountered an ancient horror that has returned from oblivion, is also invited to participate in the rescue .

Original title:
The Meg

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson…

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age limit:
16+


Kong: Skull Island (2017)

An expedition of explorers, military and adventurers landed on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean. Officially, the team is tasked with discovering minerals and studying exotic animals. In fact, those who arrived on the island intend to catch the ancient giants, but the invasion of the gigantic gorilla Kong’s possessions turns into a real survival game for outsiders .

Original title:
Kong: Skull Island

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman…

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+


I fight giants (2017)

A fantasy teen movie about the confrontation between huge monsters and a brave girl. An ordinary schoolgirl is convinced that she has a mysterious power that can stop the attack of evil giants. No one believes the stories of the heroine, but the teenager has a new girlfriend who does not question even the most incredible stories. Support gives the heroine strength to repel the most powerful onslaught of giants.

Original title:
I Kill Giants

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots…

Country:
USA, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12 +


Jurassic World (dilogue, 2015 and 2018)

Thousands of curious flock to a unique theme park on a tropical island where you can see real dinosaurs. Giant lizards, contrary to the assurances of scientists , turned out to be too smart and too dangerous to be exhibits for the entertainment of tourists. The first blockbuster of this dilogy was planned as the fourth part of the Jurassic Park film franchise.

Original title:
Jurassic World

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, action

Actors:
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick J. Robinson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
12+


Godzilla (2014)

The release of the film about a giant monster was timed to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the cult film franchise. Exploring an ancient tomb of prehistoric lizards, scientists discover a strange large loophole, as if someone got out of there. Soon, a terrible creature of gigantic size attacks the cities. The ferocious giant does not act alone – there are still such giants in the world.

Original title:
Godzilla

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe …

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
16+


Pacific Rim (dilogue, 2013 and 2018)

Nightmarish kaiju giants have risen from the depths of the sea, threatening humanity with complete annihilation. Huge robots controlled by a tandem of pilots are fighting against gigantic creatures. During one of the most important battles, it was decided to use the legendary, but outdated model. Two pilots – an inexperienced trainee and a retired outcast – must prevent the apocalypse .

Original title:
Pacific Rim

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
12+


Troll Hunters (2010)

The Norwegian feature film about huge, vicious creatures cleverly disguises itself as a documentary and has received quite high ratings in the Scandinavian countries. While investigating bear poachers, a group of students learn about the existence of real trolls from a hunter. Usually mythical giants hid in the north of the country, not touching the travelers, but lately aggressive giants have been attacking everyone they can reach.

Original title:
Trolljegeren

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Merk…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Clash of the Titans (2010)

A modern remake of the mythological action movie from the eighties. The ancient hero Perseus was born from God, but brought up by people. When the lord of the underworld Hades turned his nightmarish army of demons against Zeus, only Perseus was able to lead a detachment of fearless warriors. Large scorpions and krakens are intimidating by their very appearance, but the sharp swords of heroes will defeat even the most terrible monsters.

Original title:
Clash of the Titans

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Actors:
Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson …

Country:
USA, UK, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
12+


Monstro (2007)

The film about the invasion of large animals was shot in the mockumentary genre . A young guy has a farewell party before a long trip to Japan . The celebration is interrupted first by a quarrel between the protagonist and the girl, and then by the loud roar of a gigantic monster. Even the army is powerless before a huge creature. The city is doomed to destruction, but the hero, risking his life, seeks to save his beloved.

Original title:
Cloverfield

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective

Actors:
Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Transformers (film series, 2007 – 2018)

Two highly developed races of huge robots have been waging an irreconcilable war with each other for hundreds of thousands of years. Endless battles have brought opponents to the small planet Earth, where a new large-scale battle will unfold. Although humans look pathetic and insignificant compared to the Autobots and Decepticons, humanity has an important role to play in the outcome of the confrontation.

Original title:
Transformers

Genre:
Fantasy, Action

Actors:
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
12+


King Kong (2005)

The top films about giant animals continue with another variation of the story of a huge gorilla, filmed by the director of The Lord of the Rings. The film crew arrives on Skull Island to investigate the legend of the mysterious creature. Fiction will turn into a frightening reality. Travelers will find themselves between two terrible threats – Kong himself and bloodthirsty dinosaurs. The sound, visual effects and sound editing of this blockbuster are Oscar-winning.

Original title:
King Kong

Genre:
Action, drama, romance, adventure, fantasy

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black …

Country:
New Zealand, USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Power of Fire (2002)

Waking up after many years of hibernation, fire-breathing dragons began to incinerate cities and destroy people. A small group of Londoners who survived the great fires meet a real dragon hunter. A brave warrior knows how to exterminate cruel creatures and return control over the planet to humanity. Together with another brave warrior from the Londoners’ hideout, the hunter sets out to fight the monsters.

Original title:
Reign of Fire

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:
Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Isabella Skorupko, Gerard Butler …

Country:
USA, UK, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
12+


Anaconda (1997)

The list of the best films about huge animals would be incomplete without a true classic of adventure horror. A group of researchers is studying the impenetrable South American forests. The guide takes the scientists further and further. Enthusiasts keen on the work do not immediately realize that the cunning local resident intends to use strangers as bait for the anaconda – a very large and very scary snake.

Original title:
Anaconda

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.8

Age Limits :
12+


Jurassic Park (trilogy, 1993, 1997, 2001)

All lovers of dinosaurs and good science fiction should definitely watch the spectacular film adaptations of thrillers by writer Michael Crichton. An eccentric scientist managed to recreate dinosaurs and decided to build an amusement park where everyone can admire these amazing creatures of nature. The insidious reptiles turned out to be too smart and, having discovered loopholes in the security system, broke free.

Original title:
Jurassic Park

Genre:
Adventure, fantasy, family

Actors:
Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
6+


Tremors (film series, 1989 – 2020)

Among these popular horror films about underground monsters, there are already seven feature films and one series. Creepy huge worms slept deep underground for many years, but one day they decided to break out. Giant creatures easily kill people and destroy entire cities. Over time, worms evolve, becoming even more dangerous and deadly. The idea of ​​the first thriller of the screenwriter was inspired by the views of the deserts of the southwestern United States.

Original title:
Tremors

Genre:
Horror, comedy, action

Actors:
Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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