12 Best Grown up Movies With Friendly Monsters

Monsters don't always have to be scary, especially when they're in movies primarily produced for folks of all ages. From heartwarming tales of unlikely friendships to epic adventures that span galaxies, these 12 movies in this article all feature more friendly than ferocious monsters.

Each movie has a unique story and character to capture your attention and imagination, from the prodigious E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to the thrilling, action-packed Cloverfield. So, grab some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy the company of these lovable monsters.

1. The Shape Of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water Doug Jones
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

This Oscar-winning film is a stunning love story between a mute woman and a humanoid amphibian creature. With breathtaking visuals, gorgeous cinematography, and a mesmerizing score, The Shape of Water is a must-see film for romance and fantasy fans.

2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Henry Thomas
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

The next on the list of movies with friendly monsters is Steven Spielberg's classic film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The movie follows the story of a young boy who befriends an extraterrestrial stranded on Earth. Full of heart, humor, and iconic moments, E.T. remains a beloved movie.

3. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters, Inc. John Goodman, Bill Crystal
Image Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

Pixar's imaginative film occurs in a world where monsters generate power by scaring children. When one monster, Sulley, befriends a human child, he must find a way to keep her safe from his colleagues. The movie is a delightful family-friendly film lush with colorful characters and an engaging plot.

4. The Iron Giant (1999)

Iron Giant Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

The Iron Giant is an animated film set in the Cold War era. The film tells the story of a young boy who befriends a giant robot from outer space. With stunning animation, a poignant tale, and a powerful message about the importance of compassion and empathy, The Iron Giant is a timeless masterpiece.

5. District 9 (2009)

District 9 1
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing.

This science-fiction film takes place in a world where aliens are forced to live in slums and are treated as second-class citizens. When a human becomes infected with an alien virus, he begins to understand their plight and must help them escape their oppression.

District 9 has impressive visual effects and a thought-provoking story; it is a hauntingly striking and unique film.

6. King Kong (2005)

King Kong Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Director Peter Jackson's epic retelling of the classic story follows a film crew that travels to a mysterious island and encounters a giant gorilla. With breathtaking action sequences, incredible cinematography, and a powerful performance by Andy Serkis as Kong, this film is a thrilling adventure from start to finish.

7. Monsters University (2013)

Monsters University Bill Crystal
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

This Pixar prequel to Monsters, Inc. explores the early years of Mike and Sulley's friendship as they attend Monsters University to learn the skills they'll need to become scarers. The film is both hilarious and heartwarming and features a great ensemble cast of characters.

8. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6 Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit
Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

This Disney animated film follows the story of a young boy named Hiro and his robot companion Baymax as they team up with a group of superheroes to save their city from a dangerous villain.

The film's combination of action, humor, and heart has made it a favorite for kids and adults. It was a major hit upon its release.

9. The Host (2006)

The Host
Image Credit: Showbox Entertainment.

The Host is a South Korean film by director Bong Joon-ho that features a monster that emerges from the Han River and begins attacking citizens.

However, the story quickly takes a turn as a family bands together to save one of their own who the monster has taken. The film is both thrilling and emotional and features incredible performances from its cast.

10. Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim Rinko Kikuchi
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Guillermo del Toro‘s sci-fi action movie features giant robots battling giant monsters, and it's a blast from start to finish. The monsters, known as “kaiju,” are terrifying and awe-inspiring. The action sequences are some of the best in recent memory.

11. Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

Where The Wild Things Are Paul Dano, Sonny Gerasimowicz
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Directed by Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are is an adaptation of the beloved children's book. It is a visually stunning exploration of imagination and childhood, with playful and spirited monsters.

12. Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors Rick Moranis, Levi Stubbs
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 musical comedy directed by Frank Oz. The movie is about a man-eating plant. It is a hilarious and offbeat cult classic. The plant, Audrey II, is a memorable and sassy character, and the songs are utterly beautiful. If you want to laugh yourself to tears, here's one for you.

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Boloere Seibidor, fondly called B.S. is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics to cover include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sites. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.