I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I love The Descent, but I don’t like the new Godzilla movie.” I bet you’ve heard it, too! It’s like saying, “I love The Matrix, but I don’t like Keanu Reeves.”
Since the dawn of cinema when the first film cameras were invented, many different films have been made. From silent films to the latest 3D films and even television, the genre has changed dramatically throughout time. One thing that hasn’t changed though is the existence of a timeless monster that has been called many different names throughout history: Godzilla.
If you are a regular visitor to this site, then you probably know my love for Godzilla movies. As a kid, I always thought it was cool how they could create such a massive creature that could move incredibly fast—but I was always disappointed that the monsters didn’t look that much like the ones I saw in my comics and movies. But times have changed, and now they look really cool.
Dr Yamane: I can’t believe Godzilla was the last of his kind. If the nuclear tests continue, one day, somewhere in the world… there could be a new Godzilla.
Godzilla is one of the longest running movie franchises in the world. In nearly 70 years, 36 feature films have been released, not counting crossovers and films added to the franchise after the fact. It seems like every few years there’s a new Godzilla movie.
We’ve already counted five good Godzilla movies and five movies that are downright painful to watch, but there are many more to choose from. What are the next three Godzilla movies to watch or skip? We’ll find out.
Reporter: The great cities of the world are being destroyed one by one by monsters. Moscow – Rodan, Beijing – Motra, London – Manda, Paris – Baragon. …we present a special newsletter: Godzilla is in New York now. Godzilla is invading the city!
Destroy all monsters
Plot Overview: In the distant future of 1999, all the kaiju are trapped on Monster Island. An alien race called Kilaak invades Earth and demands that she submit to them. When humanity refuses, the Kilaaki control the minds of the monsters and allow them to roam free.
Scientists attempt to destroy mind control while the Earth is destroyed by Kaiju. Eventually they manage to free the monsters and set them up against the invaders. The Kilaaki then reveal their trump card: King Ghidorah. Can the monsters of Earth defeat the Destroyer of Worlds?
Why this film: Destroy All Monsters was meant to be the grand finale to the Godzilla franchise, and it shows. In the film, a dozen monsters run amok around the world and join forces to fight King Ghidorah as the equivalent of the Avengers.
Lesser-known monsters like the Gorosaurus, Kumonga and Manda get as much attention as their better-known counterparts. Destroy All Monsters doesn’t skimp on the human side of the story either, presenting an entertaining tale of an alien invasion with plenty of espionage and action.
Best scene: All the monsters work together to raise the level of Tokyo before they are released.
Dr. Serizawa: Senators, if we’re gonna survive, we have to find ways to coexist with the Titans. With Gojira.
Dr. Graham: Sort of a symbiotic relationship, if you will. The lion and the mouse.
Senator: Or the Scorpion and the Frog. So you want to make Godzilla our pet.
Dr. Serizawa: No. We will be his.
Godzilla: The king of the monsters
Plot Overview: Humanity tries to get the problem under control when it learns of the existence of giant monsters called Titans. While governments debate what to do, scientists are developing a sonic lure called ORCA that could attract the titans. The scientists and ORCA are captured by terrorists who want to turn Titan into a weapon.
Terrorists attack the research base where Titan is located and accidentally awaken an all-powerful monster named King Ghidorah. Godzilla defeats the newcomer, and the rest of the Titans side with Hydora. Humanity must team up with Godzilla to defeat King Ghidorah and his army of titans.
Why this film: Godzilla (2014) made it to our list of Godzilla movies to skip because it focuses on a boring main character and almost no Godzilla. KOTM proves that Legendary can learn from its mistakes.
The main characters are loaded with real emotion and character beyond that of the average soldier. Side characters like Dr. Serizawa and Chen get a chance to shine. Titans have time in the spotlight and are much easier to see.
KOTM also features one of the best Godzilla movie soundtracks. Each monster has its own leitmotif, with French horns for Rodan, an ethereal chorus for Mothra, and Buddhist chants interspersed in King Hydora’s theme. These motifs blend with Akira Ifukube’s classic score, giving the soundtrack an old yet new feel. There’s even a cover of the Blue Oyster Cult song Godzilla featuring his leitmotif.
Best scene: A resurrected Godzilla emerges from the depths and throws his atomic breath into the air to announce his return, all to a remixed version of his theme.
Akane: Let me show you what Kiryu can do!
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Plot Overview: A soldier named Akane accidentally kills his commander during a fight against Godzilla. She struggles with survival guilt, but finds a way to redeem herself when she is chosen to pilot a superweapon against Godzilla called MechaGodzilla.
Mecha-Godzilla goes to battle with Godzilla, but when he hears the monster’s roar, he is out of contention. It turns out that the robot’s computer is based on the DNA of another Godzilla, making it behave like a dead kaiju. MechaGodzilla is about to run out of power, but the government has a problem: Can they fix MechaGodzilla’s programming before Godzilla kills them all?
Why this film: Godzilla movies are the weakest when it comes to people. Most people want to see monsters destroying cities and fighting each other. Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla has one of the strongest storylines in the franchise. Akane’s struggle with survival guilt is more understandable than previous psychic hordes, alien invasions, and elves.
This incarnation of MechaGodzilla, often referred to as Kiryu, is one of the strongest and most stylish versions of the character. It contains a huge amount of weapons against Godzilla, and the DNA computer gives it a rudimentary personality. There’s a reason Kiryu made our list of the top 5 giant robots.
Best scene: Kiryu pushes Godzilla into the ocean and freezes them both with his Absolute Zero cannon, creating a colossal ice formation.
Dr. Forrester: So, your experiment this week, Joel, involves a giant, bloated, mutant lizard.
Forrester: No, Godzilla! There’s a giant Hummer… and a tank full of oil.
Raven: It was a lobster!
Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Godzilla vs. Sea Monster (Season 2, Episode 13)
Plot Overview: A young man convinces his friends to steal a boat so they can find his brother, who is lost at sea. They are attacked by a monster and are shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Soon they meet a native named Dayo, who tells them that his people have been enslaved by a terrorist organization called Red Bamboo.
The sailors’ escape plan gets out of hand when they discover that Red Bamboo controls a giant lobster named Ebira, which kills anyone who tries to escape. Dayo leads them to the mountain where Godzilla sleeps. They plan to wake up Godzilla so he can kill Ebira and destroy the Red Bamboo.
Why it sucks: Ebira: Horror of the Deep focuses primarily on a group of unwitting sailors and incompetent terrorists who roam the island’s forests. There are attempts to give the film a James Bond spy feel as they fight terrorists, but the attempt fails.
King Kong was supposed to be in this movie, so it can be seen how Godzilla takes care of Dayo like Kong takes care of Fay Wray. Godzilla’s costume was damaged from the start, and most of the fight scenes had to be filmed so that the damage was not visible. This led to many camera jumps, close-ups or Godzilla playing with the Ebira ball with a stone.
Redemptive qualities: Red Bamboo is an interesting idea of human menace that could have been done much better in another film. This was also played on Mystery Science Theater 3000, where the constant riffing made it much more bearable.
Tagline: It crawls from the depths of pollution! Breathing poison… It leaves a trail of deadly slugs. …. Destroy everything in its path!
Godzilla versus Gedora
Plot Overview: The alien life form mixes with the polluted water and forms a giant monster from the slime. The monster, quickly named Gedora, begins to run amok. It creates many ecological disasters that are exacerbated by pollution.
Believing that the end of the world is near, the hippies gather for one last mass party. Godzilla tries to fight Gedora, but his acidic body paralyzes him. The scientists are looking for a way to kill Gedora when he attacks the group with an injured Godzilla in pursuit.
Why this film: Godzilla vs. Gedora is a giant anti-pollution ad disguised as entertainment. The characters are constantly talking about the terrible pollution as Gedora feeds on mud, smog and garbage. There are times when even Captain Planet would say: I think they got the message.
This movie is fascinating even if the hippies aren’t in it. The characters have random hallucinations and think everyone around them has a fish head, or see everything as a psychedelic cartoon. I’ll take that as a contact signal. As for the monsters, Godzilla learns that he can fly. Seriously, though. He unleashes his atomic blast on the ground and Houston, we have a launch!
Redemption factors: The movie Godzilla vs. Gedora did a lot to draw attention to the huge environmental problems in Japan in the 1970s. Hedora is one of the darkest and deadliest kaiju Godzilla has ever seen. Many scenes show half-melted corpses that were unlucky enough to be caught in his rampage.
Tagline: Can Godzilla defeat the evil Megaguirus?
Godzilla versus Megaguirus
Plot Overview: A government organization creates a satellite called Dimension Tide to bombard Godzilla with black holes (?). The test shot opens a gateway to prehistory causing the egg to fall. The son of one of the scientists brings home an egg and throws it down the nearest drain when his mother discovers it.
Out of the egg comes a swarm of insects called Meganulon. They attack Godzilla, sucking his energy and giving it back to his queen, Megaguirus. A dragon-sized dragonfly attacks Godzilla and threatens to unleash an apocalyptic swarm of Meganulon. Can humanity survive their collision as the dimensional tide begins to come in over the Earth?
Why it sucks: Humanity’s plan is to defeat Godzilla with a satellite-based black hole cannon. Who the hell thought that was a good idea? ! Why would the UN allow Dimension Tide to exist, especially when space weapons are prohibited by international law? Why would they attack Godzilla with a weapon that will likely destroy the planet? Did anyone else study physics?
Even if you ignore the utter stupidity of Dimension Tide, the rest of the movie is boring and the characters are idiots. The little hero is responsible for thousands of deaths because he stole an egg. The creator of the weapon constantly justifies its existence by saying that she wants revenge on Godzilla for killing her mentor. I was hoping that Godzilla and Megaguirus would join forces to destroy humanity.
Redemptive qualities: There’s a hilarious scene where Godzilla attacks Megaguirus. Her facial expressions and body language tell you she’s thinking: Oh, s***! The film also shows that Godzilla is immune to the power of black holes, because why not?
Do you agree with our choice? Are there any movies you’d like to trade with? What did you see and what did you miss? Tell us about it in the comments.
Jared Bunakos has been writing since 2016.I’m a big fan of accurate, fun movies, so when I get the chance to write about movies, I try to do it justice, instead of just writing a random blog post. I’m going to do it the same way with Godzilla movies. Nobody can deny that The 1954 original g, the 1998 remake g, and the 2014 reboot g are all excellent movies, but by focusing on the facts, I’ll try to paint the picture of the film you should watch, and not the one you shouldn’t.. Read more about best godzilla movies and let us know what you think.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the top 10 best Godzilla movies?
Godzilla is a monster that has been around for over half a century. He was created by the Toho movie production company, is portrayed by a menagerie of actors, and is one of the most recognizable symbols in Japan. He has made countless appearances in movies and television shows, but few have been as influential as his first appearance. The movie that started it all is very different than the Godzilla movies we know today, and if you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat. Godzilla has been around for over 60 years, and he’s been involved in a lot of films. With all due respect to his fans, however, I don’t think he’s ever been in a movie that could legitimately be called “great”. That’s why I made this list. Watch it before you watch Godzilla, so you can see what he’s up against. For those who’ve never seen Godzilla, this is a big list of ten great movies that you can watch instead of Godzilla.
Which Godzilla movies are connected?
The Godzilla series has been a staple of Japanese cinema since 1954. The stories of giant monsters wreaking havoc on Tokyo have been told over 50 times in film, only to date has Godzilla been killed multiple times. Some of the films are highly regarded by fans and critics, others are met with lukewarm reactions. No matter what, the fight between man and beast never ends. The idea behind this blog is to prepare you before you see the upcoming Godzilla movie. I will be talking about whatever DVD/Blu-ray/BR/Netflix/or whatever releases in the near future and will always try to make it more enjoyable.
How many different Godzilla movies are there?
Ever since Godzilla stomped out of the waters of Japan in the 1954 original, he has stomped around the world in a plethora of films, TV shows, video games, and theme park attractions. Many Godzilla fans feel that the “Godzilla” in “Godzilla” should have been “Godzilla II”, while others are not fond of the idea of two different films being called “Godzilla”. In fact, the history of Godzilla is so convoluted, that the number of different films in the series can be counted on one hand. It’s a good thing that the first Godzilla movie is a good movie, or otherwise this article would be dull. It’s also a good thing that the second Godzilla movie is a good movie, or else this article would be dull. So it must be boring, then, when I say I’ve seen more Godzilla movies than most people. But they’re not all good movies, and I’m not a monster.
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