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Top 10 Movie Giants of All Time

by Katt Maxwell|July 17, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Movie Giants of All Time

With the blockbuster monster cartoon films Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, another film that is raking some reviews is the Pacific Rim. It offers a story about a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures. So, if want to deviate from the cute monsters of Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, Pacific Rim is one film that will show giant sea creatures that drive the earth into an apocalypse. Now that we are watching giant monsters and creatures on the silver screen, it is nice to recall some of the best giant movies we have seen. Here is a list of Top 10 Movie Giants of All Time you should definitely watch.

Top 10 Movie Giants of All Time

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King Kong (1933)

King Kong definitely has a spot in our top ten list. Since its groundbreaking 1933 film, King Kong has been a part of our classic giant film. The 1976 and 2005 remakes, including the subsequent sequels of the story, make the colossal gorilla one of the most famous movie icons, especially when he climbs up the Empire State Building. King Kong has been referenced many times in popular culture and has been made a popular theme park ride.

Godzilla (1954)

Another influential movie giant in movie history is Godzilla. First appearing in Ishirō Honda's 1954 film, Godzilla has since then become a pop culture icon. It inspired dozens of sequels and also kicked-off the Japanese giant monster “Kaiju” craze. Godzilla resembles an amphibious reptilian monster with gigantic spines on its back. Commonly referred to as the King of the Monsters, Godzilla was remade in 1998 and an upcoming remake is supposed to be shown in 2014.

Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers From a giant gorilla and a giant dinosaur-like reptile, let’s go to giant bugs. Starship Troopers basically tells us a story of a fight against giant alien bugs for the survival humankind. The story revolves around the interstellar war between mankind and "Arachnids,” an insectoid alien species.

Dragon Wars: D-War (2007; Korea)

Dragon Wars: D-War is loosely based on a Korean legend. In this legend, every five hundred years, unknown creatures will return and wreak havoc to the planet. Meanwhile, based on the legend, a woman will transform in a serpent to fight against this destructive creature. A man consequently protects the woman as she wages a war against the destructive dragon. This movie shows a battle between a giant serpent and a devilish dragon, between good and evil.

Never Ending Story (1984)

While D-War reveals a giant serpent and a devilish dragon, The NeverEnding Story shows Falkor, a luckdragon. Falkor has an elongated, winged body. He also has rudimentary paws and pink scales with dull light hairs on the length of his body. While appearing much like an Oriental dragon, Falcor also has distinctive canine features. Never Ending Story is basically a fantasy film where a boy is drawn into a mythical land in an ancient storybook. It is about the boy’s quest in saving the mythical land of Fantasia from destruction.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

While the previous movies on our list show giant creatures the size of a building, the movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids shows giant insects because the main characters have been shrunk down to ¼ of an inch. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is an action comedy film about a frustrated inventor who accidentally shrinks his and his neighbor's kids to the size of insects. With his electromagnetic shrink ray, the teens fight their way against the dangers of their garden and to be grown back to their natural sizes.

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Now, let’s go with a story about giants. Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 film loosely based on the fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk”. It features a war between humans and a race of giants. A war breaks out when Jack, a young farmhand who must rescue a princess from a race of giants, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

Transformers (2007)

From giant humans, let us go to giant robots, well, make them giant alien robots. The Transformers is a story between two warring alien clans, the Autobots and the Decepticons. The film features awesome cars transforming into giant alien robots. The 2007 film has been followed by two sequels, the 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Anaconda (1997)

One of the famous giant snakes in film history is the Anaconda. This movie features a giant anaconda lurking in the Amazon Rainforest alongside a film crew and a snake hunter. The film crew was kidnapped by a hunter who is going after the world's largest anaconda. Even though the film received various negative reviews, it still managed to be a box office hit and be followed by three sequels.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Last on our list, but definitely not the least, is the Jurassic Park. This film has been famous for its show of dinosaurs alongside human beings. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film is based on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel “Jurassic Park.” The plot centers on Isla Nublar, a fictional island near Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, where a wildlife park is located containing cloned dinosaurs. The film was a success leading to two more sequels: the 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park and the 2001 Jurassic Park III.

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