Movie Monsters

As long as there have been movies, there have been movie monsters. Some are scary (the Mummy, the shark in Jaws), some are silly (Harry in Harry and the Hendersons), and some are even cuddly (Sully in Monsters, Inc.). Whether your kids love a good scare or need something a little gentler, you're sure to find something monstrous on this list.

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Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters

age 3+

Super Monsters celebrate Día de los Muertos in cute special.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Monsters, Inc.

age 5+

Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2001)
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Monsters University

age 5+

Monsters Inc. prequel is a fun college comedy for all ages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Beauty and the Beast

age 6+

Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1991)
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Harry and the Hendersons

age 7+

A big, Harry family adventure full of laughs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1987)
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Hotel Transylvania

age 7+

Father-daughter comedy works as intro to monster movies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Monsters vs. Aliens

age 7+

Homage to '50s alien flicks too intense for youngest kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Rumble

age 7+

Charming WWE-produced wrestling comedy is a champ.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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A Monster in Paris

age 8+

French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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The Bride of Frankenstein

age 9+

A riveting, funny, and suspenseful horror classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1935)
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The Mummy (1932)

age 9+

This vintage classic is more funny than scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1932)
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Frankenstein

age 10+

Classic monster movie still electrifies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1931)
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King Kong (1933)

age 10+

Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1933)
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Monster House

age 10+

Frightful fun for tweens and up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Gremlins

age 12+

Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1984)
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Jurassic Park

age 12+

Terrifyingly realistic dinos run amok in sci-fi landmark.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Jaws

age 13+

'70s classic horror tale is still scary as ever.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Love and Monsters

age 13+

Charming post-apocalyptic adventure is filled with suspense.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Tremors

age 13+

Modest monster flick is great fun for teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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Cloverfield

age 14+

Tense monster movie is loud, hectic -- and scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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