Height Matters: 15 Movies About Giants

In the folklore of different countries, you can find many stories about giants – creatures of incredible size, possessing superhuman strength and magical abilities. Cinematography, on the other hand, took a step further, moving away from standard fairy-tale characters and offering the viewer new large-sized monsters. Our selection of films about giants will allow you to dream up and see giants in both the realities of the ancient and modern world.

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

In the center of the plot of the foreign novelty of the cinema is the clash of two legendary monsters. A huge lizard Godzilla is attacking the base of a large corporation. The government sets a goal – to destroy the giant. However, it is not so easy to overcome the monster. A team of scientists, together with their guide, the ancient giant gorilla Kong, sets off for Skull Island, the home of all giants. There is a source of energy needed to defeat the tailed enemy. The expedition includes several soldiers, researcher Nathan, Dr. Ilene and the girl Jia – after all, she was the only one who managed to find a common language with Kong.

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+


Espen in Search of the Golden Castle (2019)

Norwegian cinema about giants and other fantastic creatures is reminiscent of our folk story about Ivan the Fool, only the Scandinavian hero is called Espen. After he saved the princess from the clutches of the trolls, the guy became famous for being reliable. Therefore, when the king and queen are poisoned at the ball, it is Espen, along with the princess, who set off in search of living water. The magic liquid is hidden within the walls of the Golden Castle, but before getting there, the heroes will have to overcome the machinations of an evil sorceress.

Original title:
Askeladden – I Soria Moria slott

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure

Actors:
Vebjorn Enger, Ellie Harboa, Mads Sjogard Pettersen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
6+


I fight giants (2017)

The heroine of the film, based on the comic book of the same name, is a schoolgirl named Barbara. The girl lives with her older sister and brothers in a house on the coast. Everyone considers her strange, because she sees the world of giants and dreams of fighting with them in order to save the human world. However, Barbara does not give up. She goes around the forest every day, setting traps, learning magic spells and preparing potions. The girl knows for sure that all world catastrophes are the machinations of monsters.

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 +


Espen in the troll kingdom (2017)

The plot of the film about trolls is based on Norwegian folklore, namely, on kind children’s tales about a simple village boy Espen. He lives on a farm with his father and brothers. Because of his wild imagination, the guy constantly gets into trouble. One day, while the brothers were out hunting, the bungler managed to burn down the house. At the same time, the princess disappears in the kingdom. Rumor has it that the mountain king has kidnapped her and is going to make her his wife. To get a reward and rebuild his father’s house, Espen, along with his brothers, goes in search of a girl.

Original title:
Askeladden – I Dovregubbens hall

Genre:
Adventure, family

Actors:
Vebjorn Enger, Ellie Harboa, Mads Sjögard Pettersen …

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
6+


Big and kind giant (2016)

For the second time, Disney has taken on the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s books, turning a dark fairy tale into a brighter and more colorful story for the whole family to watch. Little girl Sophie accidentally sees a giant walking through the streets at night, looking into houses where there are children. Noticing the girl, he grabs her and takes her to his country. It turned out that this giant is not at all the same as in children’s horror stories. He does not eat children, but takes away bad dreams from babies. Sophie was lucky – she met the only good giant. However, not all fabulous creatures in this country are so good-natured.

Original title:
The BFG

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure, family

Actors:
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall…

Country:
USA, India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Monster Voice (2016)

The rating project, which received good reviews from the audience, continues the list of the best films about giants. Fantasy is worth a look for lovers of philosophical thoughts in a beautiful cinematic package. Conor is a sad teenager struggling with his mother’s illness. The boy has no support at all. The father lives with another family, the stern grandmother does not indulge in affection, and her peers are constantly bullied at school. Conor is helped only by a tree-like giant who comes to the boy in a dream. He promises to tell three fascinating stories in exchange for the fact that the teenager will share his own.

Original title:
A Monster Calls

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones…

Country:
UK, Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

The cinematic version of the tale of Jack and the beanstalk turned into an interesting fantasy adventure film. The young peasant unwittingly becomes the one who opened the portal between the worlds of people and giants. Terrible giants, without wasting time, immediately kidnap Princess Isabelle and claim the rights to the lands taken from them. War is coming. In order to remedy the situation and save the princess, Jack goes up the giant bean stalks.

Original title:
Jack the Giant Slayer

Genre:
Fantasy, adventure

Actors:
Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Percy Jackson and the Sea of ​​Monsters (2013)

The main characters of the film in the fantasy genre about giants and other mythical creatures are teenagers, children of the love of people and gods, living in a special camp for half-breeds. Hermes’ son Luke attacks the camp, destroying the magical defenses. To restore the protective field, you need to find the Golden Fleece. Ares’ daughter Clarissa rushes in search of a magical artifact. And after her, the son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson, in the company of friends and the half-brother of Cyclops Tyson. The guys have a difficult path through the Sea of ​​Monsters.

Original title:
Percy Jackson: Sea of ​​Monsters

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, adventure, family

Actors:
Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
6+


Wrath of the Titans (2012)

When people stop believing in the gods, the celestials lose their strength. The titans decide to take advantage of this situation, accumulating their anger in captivity. At this time, the warrior Perseus lives the usual life of a fisherman, raising his son and forgetting about past exploits. However, he cannot stand aside – the uprising of the titans threatens the death of all mankind. Saying goodbye to his son, the hero sets off towards dangers, and on the way he will meet a minotaur, a chimera, a cyclops and other terrible monsters.

Original title:
Wrath of the Titans

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes…

Country:
Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Troll Hunters (2010)

Complements our top Norwegian adventure film about trolls – mountain giants who are at war with people. The thriller is filmed in the style of a documentary report from the scene. A group of students learns that real trolls live in the north of Norway, whose existence is hidden by the government. Armed with improvised items, the daredevils go into the forest to fight dangerous creatures.

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+


Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

Simple guy Lemuel dreams of becoming famous, but so far he is just an employee in the letter department. To find sensational material and become famous, he goes to the Bermuda Triangle – there you can definitely find a bunch of all sorts of interesting anomalies. But a sudden storm takes the adventurer to the island . Lemuel finds himself in a magical land inhabited by little people. So the hero of American fantasy becomes, unexpectedly for himself, a modern Gulliver.

Original Title :
Gulliver’s Travels

Genre:
Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family

Actors:
Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 4.9

Age Limits :
12+


Cyclops (2008)

A trash film about a cyclops with an abundance of blood and meat cannot be attributed to good fairy tale stories, therefore the allowed age category for watching a movie is 16+. The Roman Empire is threatened by a one-eyed Cyclops giant. The emperor sends a combat detachment led by General Marcus to defeat the monster. Now Cyclops is forced to participate in gladiator fights until the end of his days , but the warrior Marcus, who captured the giant, also enters the arena. The former general manages to find an approach to the Cyclops. Recent enemies form an alliance to fight the cruel emperor together.

Original title:
Cyclops

Genre:
Fantasy

Actors:
Eric Roberts, Kevin Stapleton, Frida Show…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.5, IMDb – 2.9

Age limit:
16+


Incredible Hulk (2008)

Dr. Bruce Banner is better not to be angry, because he has a secret. With every outburst of anger, he turns into a green aggressive giant nicknamed the Hulk. In order not to run into trouble, the scientist hides in the Brazilian jungle , where he intends to find a cure for his mutation. And now, when the healing is already so close, Bruce has a new opponent with the same genetic anomaly. That’s just the second thug likes his feature, and the appearance of an antidote is not included in his plans.

Original title:
The Incredible Hulk

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


Monstro (2007)

The American film is the introductory part of a kind of trilogy in the genre of fantasy, created in the format of an amateur shooting. Guy Rob is going to fly to Japan. His friends organized a farewell party , but the fun is interrupted by a huge monster that destroys everything in its path. New York, and soon the rest of the country plunges into chaos. Friends could have evacuated, but Rob’s girlfriend is in the central park area, and the company goes to save her, filming what is happening on camera.

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+


Odyssey (mini-series, 1997)

After the capture of Troy, the brave warrior Odysseus intends to return to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. However, the journey home will be long and difficult. Odysseus angered the god Poseidon, and as punishment, he condemned the king to eternal wandering on the seas. The journey will stretch for ten years – the warrior will have to fight the cannibal-cyclops, visit the kingdom of Hades and be held captive by Calypso, the daughter of the titan Atlanta. It is also not easy for his wife to expect her beloved husband – numerous fans hover around the faithful wife of the missing wanderer.

Original title:
The Odyssey

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, adventure, history

Actors:
Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini…

Country:
Great Britain, Italy, Germany, USA, Turkey, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


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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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