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6 Best Crocodile / Alligator Horror Movies

Best Crocodile / Alligator Horror Movies

My 6 Picks:

  • Title: ALLIGATOR
  • Release Date: July 2, 1980
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Directed by: Lewis Teague
  • Starring: Robert Forster, Robin Riker
  • About the Movie: This movie took the urban myth of Alligators in the sewers and gave it life on screen. It is old but worth the watch if you are really interested in this genre and where it started.
  • Where to Watch: It is almost 30 years old so it isn't available from the more popular streaming services but you can pick up the DVD on Amazon.
  • Title: LAKE PLACID
  • Release Date: July 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Directed by: Steve Miner
  • Starring: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White
  • About the Movie: Lake Placid tells the story of a crocodile that found its way into a lake that should have been otherwise inaccessible and from there started to terrorize the local population. This movie has some great action in it and stars a HUGE crocodile. How many movies show you what a fight between a giant crocodile and a grizzly bear would look like? It also has several sequels but none are as good as the original.
  • Where to Watch: It can be found on Amazon Prime Video or you can pick up the DVD from Amazon.

  • Title: PRIMEVAL
  • Release Date: January 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Directed by: Michael Katleman
  • Starring: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton, Jürgen Prochnow, Gideon Emery
  • About the Movie: Primeval is filmed somewhat like a documentary. The crocodile in this movie is named Gustave and is reportedly responsible for hundreds of deaths along a river in South Africa. A film crew sets off to hunt it down and capture it but the crocodile isn’t their only problem. One of my favorite things about this movie is how it was advertised. The original advertisements made it seem like Gustave was a serial killer with a massive body count.
  • Where to Watch: It can be found on Amazon Prime Video or you can pick up the DVD from Amazon.



  • Release Date: April 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Directed by: Andrew Traucki, David Nerlich
  • Starring: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda
  • About the Movie: This movie makes the list because the crocodile seemed to be toying with its victims and this intelligence made it even better. Moving bodies in and out of their sight so they would panic and lying in wait for them to get near the water. I have to say the idea of being stuck in a tree just a few feet above cloudy water with a hungry crocodile waiting for you is a nightmare.
  • Where to Watch: It isn't available from the main "stream" streaming services but you can pick up the DVD on Amazon.


Title: ROGUE

  • Release Date: April 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Directed by: Greg McLean
  • Starring: Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, John Jarratt
  • About the Movie: This is my favorite of the genre because you can really feel the helplessness of the situation. Accidentally stumbling into the territory of a large and very aggressive crocodile only to find out you cannot get back out without passing said crocodile is about as helpless as it gets. In this movie, you get to see some great shots of the huge croc as well as its lair!
  • Where to Watch: It is available on YouTube Movies and you can pick up the DVD on Amazon.

Title: CRAWL

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  • Release Date: Jul 12, 2019
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Directed by: André Øvredal
  • Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper
  • About the Movie: This is the newest addition to this fantastic sub-genre. Our heroine drives INTO an oncoming hurricane in Florida to check on the safety of her estranged father. She finds him in the "crawl" space of his home, injured and the gator scares ensue. This movie is great at building suspense, especially since it's isn't just the alligators but a destructive, flood causing hurricane. The creatures in this feature don't even have to be giant to terrify.
  • Where to Watch: It is available on Amazon Prime Video or you can pick up the DVD on Amazon.

There are few creatures as frightening, in or out of their natural habitat as Crocodiles. They are powerful, armored, fast, and territorial. There is a reason these predators have survived, unchanged for thousands of years! Check these great movies out and let me know if you have a good Croc-Gator movie you think should be listed here!


duppycon2 from Yuma AZ on October 07, 2012:

Saw "Black Water", and was pleasantly surprised. Out of the others, I've seen parts of "Lake Placid" several times - just never watched it all the way through.

I think one reason why crocs and gators are particularly frightening is that you're in danger in the water and at water's edge. After all, you can avoid getting chomped by a shark simply by staying out of the water!

Nice article, Devan. Voted up!

northerner on May 07, 2012:

There was two others I thought was very good;

Crocodile 2 Death Swamp/Death Roll

The NBC TV Special Supercroc (not to be confused with a z-grade film of the same name.)

Heather on March 04, 2012:

I want to see the movie now please

Heather on February 25, 2012:

I love all the crocodiles movies but i need to see brutal river so bad help me

Devan Lindsey (author) from Denham Springs, LA on March 31, 2011:

@Disko.Blayde - Thanks very much. I hope you like them as mch as I did!

disko.blayde from Phoenix on March 31, 2011:

Thank you for compiling this in depth look at the best crocodile and alligator horror films! I shall have a marathon this weekend!

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