11 Guillermo del Toro Films You Must See

There's no denying Guillermo del Toro is a horror genre king! We’re rounding up some of his best films that are a definite must-see. But beware: Some of these classics will make your next movie night feel all dark and twisty.

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1. The Shape of Water

The 2017 film, which follows a mute woman named Elisa and her love story with a mysterious underwater creature, earned the Mexican director the award for Directing and Best Picture. The academy award-winning film is definitely a must-see! 

2. Pan's Labyrinth

One of Del Toro's most popular flicks is Pan's Labyrinth. This dark fantasy film follows a young Spanish girl named Ofelia and her encounter with the faun Pan. Del Toro's creativity and imagination come to life through the film's incredible set, costumes, and other dynamic details.

3. Crimson Peak

Del Toro mixes romance and his usual dark nature in Crimson Peak. The film follows a couple's young love and the secrets that get uncovered throughout their relationship.

4. Cronos

One of the director's earlier works, Cronos, tells the story of an alchemist who builds an extraordinary mechanism that grants eternal life to its owner. The characters throughout the film are on the hunt for the device because of its magical property.

5. Pacific Rim

Del Toro's 2013 sci-fi monster film, Pacific Rim, is a must-see for those interested in the future of the world. The movie is set in the 2020s, when humanity is left to defend itself against a species of monsters.

6. The Devil's Backbone

The Devil's Backbonea film the Mexican director considers his "most personal," follows a 12-year-old named Carlos whose father died in the Spanish Civil War. Carlos is left to fend for himself in a dark, ominous orphanage.

7. The Orphanage

Guillermo del Toro helped direct this 2007 Spanish horror film. The Orphanage centers on Laura and her quest to turn her childhood orphanage into a home for disabled children.

8. Kung Fu Panda 2

Del Toro added a quite different film to his resume with his work in Kung Fu Panda 2. The sequel follows panda Po and his friends as they battle to stop a conquerer and his powerful weapon.

9. Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots is another of Del Toro's kid-friendly films, starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and others. A spin-off prequel to Shrek, the film follows Puss in Boots and his adventures leading up to meeting Shrek and his friends.

10. The Hobbit

Del Toro's involvement with The Hobbit was controversial, due to the fact that he left his work on the film before its release. Despite the disagreement, the director helped write the script and develop the series.

11. Hellboy

Del Toro’s 2004 supernatural film, Hellboy, follows a superhero who is rescued from the Nazis and grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.