All Godzilla Films Ranked 1-35by gg-stewart | created - 21 May 2014 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
My personal ranking of all 35 Godzilla films, including Toho's series, Hollywood's adaptations and the anime trilogy.
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1. Godzilla (1954)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Votes: 27,112 | Gross: $2.42M
The classic that started it all. In the days before ridiculous plots and silly monster antics, this is a dark, serious film that portrays Godzilla as an allegory for the atomic bomb. My Score: 10/10
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.
The most enjoyable film of the franchise, featuring fantastic redesigns of the three most famous monsters (and the less known Baragon), intense action scenes, great special effects and epic music, even non-Godzilla fans should love this one. My Score: 10/10
3. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island.
The best of the Heisi series, featuring two of Godzilla's greatest co-stars, Mechagodzilla and Rodan, an intricate and original plot and some fantastic battles. The final showdown between Godzilla and his robotic doppelgänger is the best of the series. My Score: 9/10
4. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A typhoon washes ashore a gigantic egg. It's soon claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra. Soon Godzilla arises near Nagoya, washed ashore by the same typhoon.
The best sequel to the original Godzilla. This marks Godzilla's first encounter with Mothra, his most commonly recurring co-star. It is also the last dark film of the series and features an atypically sophisticated plot, a good human villain and impressive special effects for the time. My Score: 9/10
5. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Unrated | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.
The final film of the Heisi series, most famous for being the one where Godzilla dies. Destoroyah is widely regarded as Godzilla's most badass foe, and the monster's connection to the Oxygen Destroyer, the weapon that killed the original Godzilla, adds great continuity to the series. Also, Godzilla Jr. is easily the best incarnation of the Son of Godzilla that the series has seen. My Score: 9/10
6. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.
The concluding entry of the Showa era takes the series back to its roots with a serious and somber film that features Godzilla's second battle against Mechagodzilla, joined this time by Titanosaurus. My Score: 9/10
7. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.
My favorite Godzilla movie in my early childhood and still a nostalgic cult classic. This is by far the most bizarre entry of the series and it is also surprisingly dark despite its eccentricity and camp. Most notably, it features Hedorah, my favorite Godzilla foe. My Score: 8/10
8. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Japan creates an artificial black hole device to trap Godzilla forever, but a test of the device creates new foes for Godzilla, car-sized dragonflies called meganula and their queen, Megaguirus.
The most original and complex Godzilla film since 1989. Megaguirus is a unique foe, relying on speed rather than strength, and her pulse-pounding showdown with Godzilla is a highlight of the series. My Score: 8/10
9. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
G | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.
The first of many films to feature alien invaders using monsters as indomitable soldiers, this one is also notable for being the only film where Godzilla leaves Earth. Godzilla and his titanic co-stars, Rodan and King Ghidorah, don't have much screen time, but make the best of it when they do. My Score: 8/10
10. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
G | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.
A fan favorite monster mash starring Godzilla alongside ten other monsters (though some only make cameos, like Baragon and Varan). The sections featuring the human vs. alien drama drag in the middle, but great action scenes like the four-monster attack on Tokyo and the climactic showdown with King Ghidorah make the film a must-see for all kaiju lovers. My Score: 8/10
11. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Votes: 113,190 | Gross: $110.50M
The second installment in Legendary's Godzilla series which features much more (and much better) monster action that the 2014 film. The inclusion of Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra (all of whom get fantastic CGI upgrades) makes this sequel feel far more like the Toho films, though it features epic destruction capable only in a true Hollywood blockbuster. Not the perfect Godzilla film I was hoping for, but a thoroughly entertaining romp and definitely the best American Godzilla film so far. My Score: 8/10
12. Godzilla 2000 (1999)
PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.
Votes: 7,121 | Gross: $10.04M
The first of the new generation of Godzilla films, it succeeded in its goal of bringing back the real Godzilla to wipe the 1998 abomination from our minds and, as a matter of fact, the King has never looked better! Unfortunately, Godzilla makes only sparse appearances and while I did like the human characters, the plot revolving around the UFO wasn't particularly interesting. My Score: 8/10
13. Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Godzilla's fiftieth Anniversary project, in which Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes and his allies plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X.
The last Toho Godzilla film for 12 years, it is essentially a remake of Destroy All Monsters with a few American sci-fi films like The Matrix and Independence Day thrown into the mix. Though action-packed and thus incredibly enjoyable to watch, it's far from flawless and features a few unnecessary characters, like the idiotic looking King Caesar and Godzilla's fan-hated reject child, kid-appeal character Minilla. My Score: 7/10
14. Godzilla (2014)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.
Votes: 364,444 | Gross: $200.68M
The first TRUE American Godzilla film, we finally get to see what the King of the Monsters looks like when portrayed using modern CGI technology, and it's incredible. With realistic and brutal monster battles, a dark, no-nonsense approach and a great performance by the world's greatest actor, Bryan Cranston, this is all I could have hoped for out of a Godzilla resurrection. EDIT: 4 years later, this film hasn't aged so well. Most of the human characters are one-dimensional and the tendency to cut away from monster fights as they're beginning is downright frustrating. Still pretty good, but not worthy of the 3rd place I originally ranked it at. My Score: 7/10
15. Shin Godzilla (2016)
Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.
Votes: 20,293 | Gross: $1.91M
Japan's revival of their most iconic cinematic character received a lot of hype and, as a huge Godzilla fanboy, I was very excited, obviously. Sadly, the end result is a tedious retread of familiar territory with unengaging protagonists and long meeting scenes that will bore even the most patient viewer. Godzilla looks terrifyingly fantastic and his scenes are cool, but there aren't enough of them to save this film from mediocrity. EDIT: I have rewatched this film twice and warmed up to it considerably. Where the 2014 film aged poorly, this one has more going for it than I gave it credit for. It's essentially a political satire about how poorly a government would handle the situation if a giant monster really turned up in a big city. Still overlong, but a fascinating new twist on the Godzilla story. My Score: 7/10
16. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.
Votes: 7,815 | Gross: $2.73M
The start of the juvenile sixties period where Godzilla slowly devolved from destructive force of nature into super sized superhero. Toho's King Kong is a joke who looked better in the US film thirty years earlier and far too much of the film focuses on him for this to be forgivable. The only scene I liked was the battle with the giant octopus. EDIT: I FINALLY watched the original Japanese version thanks to Criterion's release and wow, what an improvement! The plot and the pacing are miles better, the characters are actually fleshed out enough to be likable, the music actually fits the movie and best of all, those godawful scenes with the American reporter are gone. I stand by my criticism of the Kong suit but otherwise this movie is alot better than I used to give it credit for. My Score: 7/10
17. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.
A solid remake of the classic Mothra vs. Godzilla, the primary change being the welcome addition of Battra, Mothra's dark twin and one of the franchise's coolest characters. The final battle is one of the best. My only major complaint is the lack of originality compared to the other Heisei films. My Score: 7/10
18. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.
The first of the monster melee films, Toho's big four (Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, in his debut) all make appearances. What's not to like? Well, the human plot about a princess who may or may not be from another planet that is only slightly connected to the monster story. Oh, also, the laughable scene where Mothra's priestesses translate the monsters' conversation. My Score: 7/10
19. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Approved | 78 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.
The first sequel to the original Godzilla and the only other black and white film. This one captures the heart of the original, with a dark tone and great monster scenes, but lacks the soul, that is the anti-nuclear message. This film is notable for featuring the first giant monster battle, between Godzilla and fan-favorite Anguirus. My Score: 6/10
20. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.
Though often derided for its overuse of stock footage, hammy acting, terrible special effects and the notorious scene where Godzilla and Anguirus converse, this film is undeniably a blast to watch, both for the bad content and the good. The good comes in the form of a lengthy, exciting and shockingly bloody tag-team battle against King Ghidorah and badass cyclopean cyborg Gigan. My Score: 6/10
21. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
G | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.
The debut of Mechagodzilla boasts some great monster fights and an appearance by the lovable, tenacious Anguirus. Unfortunately, the aliens who resemble Planet of the Apes rejects and the mutant bunny-dog-thing King Caesar take primary focus and are hard to look at without laughing. My Score: 6/10
22. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.
MOST OVERRATED GODZILLA MOVIE EVER! Most say that title goes to DAM or Destoroyah, but this one truly deserves it. The monster battles are boring, the special effects are mediocre and I hate time travel more than any other movie concept. On the plus side, King Ghidorah is back and looking better than ever and the plot is one of the most unique in the series, even including an origins story for Godzilla. My Score: 6/10
23. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
PG | 104 min | Action, Sci-Fi
After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.
I REALLY want to like this film, but I just can't. There isn't nearly enough action, the plot is a little too weird, the American and Arabic terrorists are hilariously stereotypical and Biollante, an awesome concept for a monster, turns up just in time for an anti-climactic ending. The short but brutal monster battles and Godzilla's awe-striking redesign save the film from being lower on the list. My Score: 6/10
24. Son of Godzilla (1967)
PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.
This is where the series really first got aimed at the kiddies and the results aren't as bad as they could've been. While 99% of the fans, myself included, detest Minilla and the film's terrible Godzilla suit, Kamacuras and Kumonga are pretty cool, there's lots of action and the soundtrack is diverse. My Score: 6/10
25. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)
Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast.
One of the more forgettable entries in the Godzilla series, this one at least redeems itself with an awesome final showdown between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla. Still, the rest of the film is rather boring and the human story is directly stolen from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. My Score: 6/10
26. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
One year after the fight between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, the two monsters along with Mothra face off in a conclusive battle royale.
This is by no means a bad Godzilla film, it just suffers from a terrible case of 'been there, done that'. Mothra and Mechagodzilla are the most overused Godzilla foes and many of the lengthy fight's scenes were almost directly ripped from other movies. My Score: 5/10
27. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)
TV-14 | 89 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
A desperate group of refugees attempts to recolonize Earth 20,000 years after Godzilla took over, but one young man wants revenge above all else.
The first ever animated Godzilla movie, which is pretty awesome, and features some of the best anime-style animation I have ever seen. Unfortunately, just like the 2014 and 2016 Godzilla films, this one has too many meeting scenes, too much melodrama and not enough Godzilla. At least it all builds up to an epic battle between the King and some cool futuristic weaponry. My Score: 5/10
28. Godzilla 1985 (1985)
PG | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.
Votes: 5,729 | Gross: $4.12M
The first film of the Heisi series is a very average entry in the series which suffers from a tedious first half but redeems itself, at least partially, with an action-packed second half. Though I was fond of the Cold War tension and the battle with Super X, I was far less fond of the stupid Godzilla suit and anti-climactic finale. My Score: 5/10
29. Godzilla: The Planet Eater (2018)
TV-14 | 91 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Humanity, their alien allies, and Godzilla all enter their endgame as the powerful destructive entity known as Ghidorah arrives on Earth.
Though a vast improvement over its predecessor, the final anime Godzilla film still ends on a mediocre note. There are some pretty cool concepts here and I liked this weird interpretation of King Ghidorah but, once again, there is so little Godzilla in the film that it barely qualifies as a "Godzilla movie". When did giant monster movies get so pretentious? My Score: 4/10
30. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.
In one of the campiest and most derided entries of the series, the action takes place on a remote island rather than downtown Tokyo. With cliche terrorists and a less-than-threatening giant lobster as villains, it's no wonder Godzilla and Mothra, who plays a small but vital part, don't bother to wake up until the movie's third act. My Score: 4/10
31. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Godzilla is threatened by two new forces: Mogera - another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla - a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in space.
This is the only Godzilla film I have lost my love for with age. The plot is confusingly over-complex, the scenes leading up to the climax are tedious and I really just don't like Moguera and Little Godzilla. Space Godzilla is a cool villain, however, and the aforementioned final battle redeems the film somewhat. My Score: 4/10
32. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)
TV-14 | 101 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Humanity's desperate battle to reclaim the Earth from Godzilla continues. The key to defeating the King of the Monsters may be Mechagodzilla, a robotic weapon thought to have been lost nearly 20,000 years ago.
The cliffhanger ending of the first installment of the new Godzilla anime trilogy had me excited for more, and wow am I horribly disappointed. The sequel is a mind-numbingly bland slog whose only original ideas are lost amidst endless, tiresome exposition. There is almost no Godzilla action in the entire film! All these movies needed to do was have cool anime-style fight scenes between Godzilla and other Kaiju. WHY WAS THAT SO DAMN HARD???? My Score: 3/10
33. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
78 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.
Notorious for its atrociousness, this film is the epitome of everything people mock the Godzilla franchise for. It has bad special effects, terrible acting, a juvenile plot, ridiculous fight scenes and an overdose of stock footage. Topping it off is Godzilla's sidekick Jet Jaguar, a blatant Ultraman ripoff. My Score: 2/10
34. Godzilla (I) (1998)
PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.
Votes: 176,740 | Gross: $136.31M
This doesn't even qualify as a Godzilla film. The titular monster, aptly named GINO (Godzilla In Name Only) and Zilla by fans, is a mutant marine iguana with a brood of Jurassic Park velociraptor ripoffs, neither of which remotely resemble the Japanese Godzilla. The actors all either put on poor performances or are forced to say embarrassing lines, which does not in any way aid this overly long deluge of bad filmmaking. My Score: 2/10
35. All Monsters Attack (1969)
G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.
I don't count this one as a Godzilla film either, but if you do it's the worst of the lot without a doubt. The monsters only appear in the dreams of our obnoxious prepubescent protagonist. Minilla features prominently and SPEAKS (sounding like Barney in the US dub). Gabara is a laughably lame villain. And pretty much all the monster fights are stock footage. I even hated it when I was six. My Score: 1/10