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8 Classic Bug Movies to Watch

The weather outside may be frightful, but watching movies inside is delightful. Everyone has their favorite movie, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new. If you’re looking to change things up, you can always go with a film featuring your favorite creepy crawlies. We’ve made a list of classic bug films you can watch at your next movie night.


Ant silhouette

Them! is one of the first big bug movies to hit our screens. Citizens of a New Mexico town are in danger when giant ants—who were exposed to radiation from atomic bomb testing—begin terrorizing them. This 1954 movie is perfect for fans of science fiction and monster movies. 

The Fly

Fly close up

Experimentation gone wrong and perfectly describes The Fly. A scientist’s experiment doesn’t go as planned when his and a fly’s atomic particles merge. This leads to a half-man, half-fly creation. The original film debuted in 1958 with a remake premiering in 1986.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Lawn close up

If you’re looking for a more comedic movie, Honey. I Shrunk the Kids is a great option. When several kids are accidently shrunk to the size of bugs, they end up with a new perspective of their backyard. This 1989 film delivers all the bug feels but in a family-friendly way.



Another bug movie to add to your list is the 1997 science fiction horror film Mimic. A scientist creates a hybrid bug species to help eradicate cockroaches that have been spreading a deadly disease. All seems well until the hybrid bugs return years later and begin killing humans. Unfortunately, they have developed the ability to mimic the appearance of humans.


Brazilian Wandering spider

Arachnophobia is a great option, unless you’re afraid of spiders. Though the spider featured in the film isn’t huge, it’s still deadly. After stowing away in its victim’s coffin, the spider makes its way to America. Once there, it breeds and soon a town is overrun with deadly spiders. With the help of other town members, a local doctor tries to exterminate the arachnids.


Spider on web

If you’re in search of a not so scary spider movie, you can always try Spiderman. There are several movies featuring the famous web-slinging hero. When a radioactive spider bites Peter Parker, he uses his newfound spider abilities to help fight crime in his city.

The Swarm

Swarm of bees

It wouldn’t be a list of bug movies if bees weren’t mentioned at least once. The 1978 film, The Swarm, shows what happens when unfriendly bees work together. Swarms of Africanized killer bees terrorize different towns in Texas in this science fiction thriller.

Ant Man

Ant Close Up

Bug-inspired abilities are a common occurrence in superhero movies like Ant Man. This movie is a great option if you want an action packed movie without the horror. With the ability to shrink to the size of an ant, Scott Lang is ready to fight crime from a new and tiny perspective.

From sci-fi thrillers to family-friendly comedies, there are plenty of buggy films to watch. If you’re in the mood for something new, we recommend checking out one or maybe even two of these movies. Which bug movie is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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