Possibly the most famous monster movie of all time, the original 1933 King Kong is a darker twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast story. The giant ape Kong falls in love with beautiful actress Ann Darrow, then pays the ultimate price by getting shot off the Empire State Building by fighter planes. But was King Kong real? Scientists believe a creature of similar description roamed the Earth nine million years ago. Fossil records suggest that Gigantopithecus blacki stood more than ten feet tall and may have weighed close to a ton.