List of Giant-Monster Films

This is a list of giant monster films according to their release date. Films involving giant monsters began with the 1925 film The Lost World, as developments in cinema and animation enabled the creation of realistic giant creatures. This was followed by the 1933 classic King Kong. These early films had themes of adventure and exploration of unknown regions, and incorporated fights with giant monsters as a climactic element. The development of atomic weaponry in the 1940s gave rise to its involvement in popular themes. Japanese cinema began its foray into giant monster films with the 1954 film Godzilla, a giant reptile created by nuclear radiation. The Americans brought out their own film along similar themes with 1953's The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, featuring an Arctic hibernating dinosaur, and 1954's Them!, which involved giant irradiated ants. The British followed with Gorgo in 1961, and 1955's Tarantula had a spider rather than insect. Japanese cinema continued with a giant moth in Mothra, and turtle in Gamera. Dinosaur-themed films experienced a revival in the 1960s with a 1960 remake of The Lost World, 1966's One Million Years B.C., and 1969's The Valley of Gwangi. Movies featuring Godzilla and Gamera were made into the 1970s, and 1976 saw a high-profile remake of King Kong. Awareness of toxic waste in the 1970s may have inspired 1979's Prophecy, which featured a giant mutant bear in the woods in Maine.
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1.
The Lost World (1925)
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. (106 mins.)
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
“ The Lost World is a 1925 silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 book of the same name. The movie was produced by First National Pictures, a large Hollywood studio at the time, and stars Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger. This version was directed by Harry O. Hoyt and featured pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O'Brien (an invaluable warm up for his work on the original King Kong directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack). Writer Doyle appears in a frontspiece to the film. In 1998, the film was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. ” - lankalion
 
2.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ King Kong is a Pre-Code 1933 fantasy monster adventure film co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, and written by Ruth Rose and James Ashmore Creelman after a story by Cooper and Edgar Wallace. The film tells of a gigantic island-dwelling gorilla-like creature called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. The film stars Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933 to good reviews. Kong is distinguished for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and its musical score by Max Steiner. The film has been released to video, DVD, and Blu-ray, and has been computer colorized. In 1991, the film was deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. ” - lankalion
 
3.
Japanese King Kong (1933 Short Film)
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“ Wasei Kingu Kongu (和製キング・コング?, lit. Japanese King Kong) was a 1933 Japanese black-and-white silent film directed by Torajiro Saito. The film is a now lost silent short based on King Kong and produced by Shochiku Studios (who released the original 1933 film in Japan on behalf of RKO). It has been suggested, without any strong evidence, that the film was lost as a result of US atomic bombing in 1945. ” - lankalion
 
4.
The Son of Kong (1933)
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The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son. (70 mins.)
“ The Son of Kong is a (1933) American adventure movie/monster movie produced by RKO Pictures. Directed by Ernest Schoedsack and featuring special effects by Buzz Gibson and Willis O'Brien, the film starred Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack and Frank Reicher. The film was a direct sequel to King Kong which was released just 9 months earlier. ” - lankalion
 
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“ King Kong Appears in Edo (江戸に現れたキングコング Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu?) is a kaiju film released in Japan in 1938[2][3], but is now considered to be a lost film. ” - lankalion
 
6.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
“ The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 science fiction film directed by Eugène Lourié and stars Paul Christian, Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway with visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. The film is about an atomic bomb test in the Arctic Circle that unfreezes a hibernating fictional dinosaur, a Rhedosaurus, that begins to wreak havoc in New York City. It was one of the first monster movies that helped inspire the following generation of creature features, coining it with the atomic age. ” - lankalion
 
7.
Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira?) is a 1954 Japanese science fiction film. The film was directed by Ishirō Honda and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka. In 1956, a heavily edited version was released in the U.S. as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. The original Japanese-language version is now available in the United States and Britain under the title Gojira. It was the first of many "giant monster" movies (known as kaiju) to be produced in Japan, many of which also feature Godzilla. ” - lankalion
 
8.
Them! (1954)
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ Them! is a 1954 American black and white science fiction film about man's encounter with a nest of gigantic irradiated ants. It is based on an original story treatment by George Worthing Yates. It was developed into a screenplay by Ted Sherdeman and Russell Hughes for Warner Bros. Pictures Inc., and was produced by David Weisbart and directed by Gordon Douglas. It starred James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon and James Arness.
One of the first of the "nuclear monster" movies, and the first "big bug" film, Them! was nominated for an Oscar for Special Effects and won a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing. The film starts off as a simple suspense story, with police investigating mysterious disappearances and unexplainable deaths. The giant ants are not even seen until almost a third of the way into the film. ” - lankalion
 
9.
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
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Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process. (82 mins.)
Director: Motoyoshi Oda
“ Godzilla Raids Again (ゴジラの逆襲 Gojira no Gyakushū?), also known in the United States as Gigantis, the Fire Monster, is a 1955 Japanese black and white tokusatsu kaiju film directed by Motoyoshi Oda, written by Shigeaki Hidaka and Takeo Murata, and produced by Toho. It was the sequel to the previous year's successful Godzilla and was the second film in the Godzilla franchise. It is the first film to feature Anguirus. It is the first film in the series (and in kaiju eiga) to feature a battle between two monsters. Although director Ishirō Honda and composer Akira Ifukube did not return for this sequel, the special effects were once again created by Eiji Tsuburaya.
The English title Godzilla Raids Again was created by Toho in the 1950s, but only appeared onscreen in later US television and home video releases. The 1959 U.S. release was titled Gigantis the Fire Monster, and Godzilla's name was changed for this version of the film. The American and Japanese versions of the film vary considerably. ” - lankalion
 
10.
Half Human (1958)
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Japanese villagers worship a monster and his son who live in an island cave. Some circus people hear about them... (63 mins.)
“ Half Human, originally released in Japan as Jūjin Yuki Otoko (獣人雪男?, lit. "Monster Snowman"), is a tokusatsu film produced and released by Toho Film Productions Ltd. in 1955. The film was made by Toho's legendary Godzilla production team of Ishirō Honda, Eiji Tsuburaya, and Tomoyuki Tanaka. This was director Honda's second assignment in the kaiju (or monster) genre, after the original Godzilla (1954). According to Wikipedia Japan, the movie has been removed from circulation due to the original screenplay describing the inhabitants of the remote village similar to the Ainu people as being deformed from generations of inbreeding. However, no such reference is made in the film's dialogue, but for this reason broadcasters and media publishing companies have refrained from showing it. ” - lankalion
 
11.
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Gordon
“ t Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) is an American science fiction film produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer for Columbia Pictures, from a script by George Worthing Yates designed to showcase the special model-animated effects of Ray Harryhausen. It was directed by Robert Gordon and stars Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, and Donald Curtis. Much of the filming was done at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, including scenes aboard a submarine, and several naval personnel were given supporting roles. One of the main radar man characters is Joseph R. Fanning from Valdosta, Ga. He was an instructor there at the San Francisco Naval Base. ” - lankalion
 
12.
Tarantula (1955)
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A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ Tarantula is a 1955 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold, and starring Leo G. Carroll, John Agar, and Mara Corday. Among other things, the film is notable for the appearance of a 25-year-old Clint Eastwood in an uncredited role as a jet pilot at the end of the film. ” - lankalion
 
13.
Rodan (1956)
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Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity. (82 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon (空の大怪獣 ラドン?, lit. "Radon, Giant Monster of the Sky"), is a 1956 tokusatsu film produced by Toho Studios. It was the studio's first daikaiju eiga filmed in color (though Toho's first color tokusatsu film, Madame White Snake, was released earlier that year). It is one of a series of "giant monster" movies that found an audience outside Japan, especially in the United States, where it was originally released as Rodan! The Flying Monster! ” - lankalion
 
14.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
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Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs. (62 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ attack of the Crab Monsters is a 1957, American, black-and-white, science fiction film, written by Charles B. Griffith and produced and directed by Roger Corman via Los Altos Productions, on contract for distribution by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation. The plot follows a scientific expedition trapped on a remote island inhabited by atomically mutated giant crabs. It was distributed as the main feature on a programmed double bill with Not of This Earth. ” - lankalion
 
15.
Beginning of the End (1957)
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Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm... (76 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ Beginning of the End is a 1957 American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Peter Graves and Peggie Castle. The film is about an agricultural scientist (Graves) who has successfully grown gigantic vegetables using radiation. Unfortunately, the vegetables are then eaten by locusts (the swarming phase of short-horned grasshoppers), which grow to gigantic size and attack the nearby city of Chicago. The film is generally recognized for its "atrocious" special effects and considered to be one of the most poorly written and acted science fiction motion pictures of the 1950s. ” - lankalion
 
16.
The Giant Claw (1957)
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Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture. (75 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
“ The Giant Claw is a 1957 science fiction film about a giant bird that terrorizes the world. Produced by Clover Productions under the working title 'Mark of the Claw' and released through Columbia Pictures, it starred Jeff Morrow and Mara Corday, and was directed by Fred F. Sears. The film has been a staple of the bootleg video market with only two official VHS releases (one in the USA through Goodtimes Home Video and the other through Screamtime in the United Kingdom) to date. Columbia Pictures finally released the film officially to DVD in October 2007 as part of the two disc four film set Icons of Horror Collection - Sam Katzman. ” - lankalion
 
17.
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
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A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south. (79 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
“ The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 science fiction film produced by William Alland for Universal-International Pictures. It was directed by Nathan Juran from a screenplay by Martin Berkeley, and starred Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, and Pat Conway. It was filmed in black and white and runs for 79 minutes. ” - lankalion
 
18.
The Black Scorpion (1957)
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Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
“ The Black Scorpion is a 1957 American horror film released by Warner Brothers, with stop motion special effects done by Willis O'Brien. ” - lankalion
 
19.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. (82 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
“ 20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction film written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced by Charles H. Schneer's Morningside Productions for Columbia Pictures and directed by Nathan H. Juran. As with several other Schneer-Columbia collaborations, it was developed to showcase the stop-motion animation talents of Ray Harryhausen. ” - lankalion
 
20.
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
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Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body... (80 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ The Amazing Colossal Man is a 1957 black-and-white science fiction film, directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Glenn Langan. The film revolves around a 60 foot mutant man produced as the result of an atomic accident. ” - lankalion
 
21.
Kronos (1957)
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Aliens from another world send a huge robotic accumulator to invade the Earth and absorb all energy it comes in contact with. (78 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
“ Kronos (Ravager of Planets) is a 1957 black and white science fiction film directed by Kurt Neumann, starring Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence. The film is also known as Kronos, Destroyer of the Universe. In the years since its release, Kronos has been widely praised both for its above-average storyline and its farsighted portrayal of the consequences of overconsumption of natural and man-made resources, and has achieved minor cult status. ” - lankalion
 
22.
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
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Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community. (77 mins.)
Director: John Sherwood
“ The Monolith Monsters (1957) is a science fiction film directed by John Sherwood and starring Grant Williams and Lola Albright. It is based on a story by Jack Arnold and Robert M. Fresco with screenplay by Fresco and Normal Jolley. ” - lankalion
 
23.
Daikaijû Baran (1958)
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When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more... (87 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Varan the Unbelievable, released in Japan as Giant Monster Varan (大怪獣バラン Daikaijū Baran?), is a 1958 daikaiju eiga (giant-monster movie) directed by Ishirō Honda (drama) and Eiji Tsuburaya (tokusatsu), and their last black-and-white monster film. The title character Varan is one of Toho Studios' least-famed creations. Although shown in Japanese-language theaters in the USA, the film saw general U.S. release in 1962 only after being heavily revised, in the manner of Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, to have all principal scenes reshot with American actors. Indeed, the plot itself was generally revised, and the Japanese material consisted only of special effects, a few incidental shots, and the ending scene. ” - lankalion
 
24.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
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When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind. (65 mins.)
Director: Nathan Hertz
“ Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 American science fiction feature film produced by Bernard Woolner for Allied Artists Pictures. It was directed by Nathan H. Juran (credited as Nathan Hertz) from a screenplay by Mark Hanna, and starred Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers. The original music score was composed by Ronald Stein. The film was a take on other movies that had also featured size-changing humans, namely The Amazing Colossal Man and The Incredible Shrinking Man, but substituting a woman as the protagonist.
The story concerns the plight of Nancy Archer, a wealthy heiress whose close encounter with an enormous alien being causes her to grow into a giantess. She uses her new size and power to seek revenge against her philandering husband Harry and his mistress, Honey Parker. ” - lankalion
 
25.
War of the Colossal Beast (1958)
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Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry. (69 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ War of the Colossal Beast is a 1958 black-and-white science fiction film, directed by Bert I. Gordon and produced by Carmel Productions and distributed by American International Pictures. It continued the storyline of the 1957 movie The Amazing Colossal Man, although it was not marketed as a direct sequel, and featured a different cast. Both The Amazing Colossal Man and War of the Colossal Beast were later mocked on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
26.
The Spider (1958)
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Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider. (73 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ Earth vs. the Spider (also known as The Spider and Earth vs. the Giant Spider) is a 1958 American black and white science fiction horror film produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon, who also wrote the story which the screenplay by George Worthing Yates and Laszlo Gorog is based upon. It starred Ed Kemmer, Eugene Persson and June Kenney.
The film's original title was Earth vs. the Spider but when The Fly, also released in 1958, became a blockbuster, the film company changed the name to The Spider on all advertising material. The original screen title, however, was never changed. ” - lankalion
 
27.
Monster from Green Hell (1957)
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A scientific expedition in Africa investigates wasps that have been exposed to radiation and mutated into giant, killing monsters. (71 mins.)
“ Monster from Green Hell is a 1957 B movie shown as a double-feature to the 1957 film The Brain from Planet Arous. It is also seen as a clone of Them!. ” - lankalion
 
28.
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
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A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them. (62 mins.)
“ Attack of the Giant Leeches is a low-budget 1959 science fiction film from American International Pictures. It was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski, produced by Gene Corman, and the screenplay was written by Leo Gordon. The film is in black and white, and runs for 62 minutes. It was one of a spate of monster movies produced during the 1950s in response to cold war fears; in the film a character speculates that the no-no leeches have been mutated to terrible giant size by atomic radiation from nearby Cape Canaveral.
This film was also called Attack of the Blood Leeches, Demons of the Swamp, She Demons of the Swamp, and War of the Giant Leeches. ” - lankalion
 
29.
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
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Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London. (80 mins.)
“ Behemoth, the Sea Monster or War of the Paeleosaurus (1959) is an American-British science-fiction film co-production. Originally a story about an amorphous blob of radiation, the script was changed at the distributor's insistence to a pastiche of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), though elements of the original concept remain in the early parts of the film and in the "electric eel" power of the titular monster. The script was written by blacklisted author Daniel James under the name "Daniel Hyatt," with Eugène Lourié co-writing as well as directing. Released in the United States as War of The Giant Paeleosaurus, the film starred Gene Evans and André Morell. It was distributed by Allied Artists Pictures. ” - lankalion
 
30.
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
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A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature. (74 mins.)
Director: Ray Kellogg
“ The Giant Gila Monster is a 1959 black-and-white science fiction film directed by Ray Kellogg, and produced by Ken Curtis. It stars Don Sullivan, Lisa Simone, as well as Fred Graham, Shug Fisher and Bob Thompson. This low-budget B-Movie featured a cast of unknown actors, and the effects included a live gila monster filmed on a scaled-down model landscape. The movie has been released on DVD and is considered a cult classic. ” - lankalion
 
31.
The Killer Shrews (1959)
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On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane. (69 mins.)
Director: Ray Kellogg
“ The Killer Shrews is a 1959 science fiction film directed by Ray Kellogg. It has been released on DVD and is considered[by whom?] a cult classic. It was featured in the fourth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as the first season of the similar show This Movie Sucks!. ” - lankalion
 
32.
Konga (1961)
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Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size... (90 mins.)
Director: John Lemont
“ Konga is a 1961 British science fiction film directed by John Lemont and starring Michael Gough, Margo Johns and Austin Trevor. It was distributed in the United States by American International Pictures.
The film was the basis for a comic-book series published by Charlton Comics in the 1960s. ” - lankalion
 
33.
Gorgo (1961)
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Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up. (78 mins.)
Director: Eugene Lourie
“ Gorgo is a 1961 British Giant monster movie. Directed by Eugène Lourié, it tells the story of an underwater monster's capture off the coast of Ireland. The monster is taken to London to be featured as a circus attraction. The film borrows elements from other monster movies, such as Godzilla and King Kong. It was also featured in an episode of the cult movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
34.
Mothra (1961)
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Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests... (101 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Mothra (モスラ Mosura?) is a 1961 monster movie from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the kaiju eiga debut of screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa, whose approach to the genre grew to prominence during the 1960s. The film stars Frankie Sakai, a popular comedian in Japan at the time, and Hiroshi Koizumi, in the first of many academic roles he would adopt in tokusatsu. Jerry Ito (transliterated as "Jelly Ito" in the credits of the U.S. release) stars in the film, his only contribution to Toho's kaiju eiga genre. Ito also appeared in 1958's Japanese/US co-production "The Manster" (a.k.a. "The Split"), and in Toho's 1961 end-of-the-world science fiction feature "Sekai Daisensou" ("The Last War"). ” - lankalion
 
35.
Reptilicus (1961)
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After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life. (92 mins.)
Director: Sidney Pink
“ Reptilicus, a giant monster film about a fictional prehistoric reptile, is a Danish-American co-production, produced by American International Pictures and Saga Studios, and is upon close examination two distinctly different films helmed by two different directors.
The original version, which was shot in Danish was directed by Danish director Poul Bang and released in Denmark on February 25, 1961.
The American version, which was in English with a nearly identical cast, was directed by the film's American producer-director Sidney W. Pink; this version was initially deemed virtually unreleasable by American International Pictures and had to be extensively reworked by the film's Danish-American screenwriter, Ib Melchior, before being finally released in America in 1962. ” - lankalion
 
36.
Mysterious Island (1961)
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island. (101 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
“ Mysterious Island (UK: Jules Verne's Mysterious Island) is a 1961 film released by Morningside Productions. Based very loosely upon the novel The Mysterious Island (L'Île mystérieuse) by Jules Verne, the film was produced by Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen. Directed by Cy Endfield, it was released through Columbia Pictures. The motion picture was filmed at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, England as a showcase for Harryhausen's stop-motion animation effects. Like several of Harryhausen's classic productions, the musical score was composed by Bernard Herrmann. ” - lankalion
 
37.
Gorath (1962)
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Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American... (88 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Gorath, released in Japan as Calamity Star Gorath (妖星ゴラス Yosei Gorasu?), is a Japanese science fiction tokusatsu film produced by Toho in 1962. The story for Gorath was by Jojiro Okami, a former Japanese Air Force pilot who also gave the original ideas to the films The Mysterians, Battle in Outer Space, and Dogora. ” - lankalion
 
38.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
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A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla. (97 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira?) is a 1962 Japanese science fiction/monster film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, and Mie Hama. It was the third installment in the Japanese series of films featuring the monster Godzilla. It was also the first of two Japanese made films featuring the King Kong character and also the first time both King Kong and Godzilla appeared on film in color and widescreen. Produced as part of Toho's 30th anniversary celebration, this film remains the most commercially successful of all the Godzilla films to date. ” - lankalion
 
39.
Atragon (1963)
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Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers... (94 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Atragon, released in Japan as Undersea Warship (海底軍艦 Kaitei Gunkan?), is a 1963 Toho tokusatsu film based on a series of juvenile adventure novels under the banner Kaitei Gunkan by Shunrō Oshikawa (heavily influenced by Jules Verne) and the illustrated story Kaitei Okoku ("The Undersea Kingdom") by illustrator Shigeru Komatsuzaki, serialized in a monthly magazine for boys. Komatsuzaki also served as an uncredited visual designer, as he had on The Mysterians (1957) and Battle in Outer Space (1959). visualizing the titular super weapon, among others. ” - lankalion
 
40.
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again. (89 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ Mosura tai Gojira?) (also known as Godzilla Against Mothra, Godzilla vs. Mothra, and Godzilla vs. the Thing) is a 1964 live-action special effects (tokusatsu) monster (kaiju) film directed by Ishirō Honda. It was the fourth film to be released in the Godzilla series, produced by Toho Company Ltd. It is the second film to feature Mothra. ” - lankalion
 
41.
Dogora (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The Earth is attacked by a giant jellyfish monster from outer space that, for some reason, has a sweet tooth for diamonds. (83 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Dogora or Dagora, the Space Monster, released in Japan as Giant Space Monster Dogora (宇宙大怪獣ドゴラ Uchū Daikaijū Dogora?), is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1964. It was directed by the "Golden Duo" of director Ishirō Honda and special-effects director Eiji Tsuburaya. ” - lankalion
 
42.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat. (93 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as Three Giant Monsters: Earth's Greatest Battle (三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦 San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen?) and originally released in the US as Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster, is a 1964 tokusatsu kaiju film, and is the 5th film in Toho's Godzilla series. It is the first film to feature King Ghidorah, the main antagonist of the Godzilla series, second film to feature Rodan, and the third film to feature Mothra. It was directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. This is the Godzilla film that transposed the monster from a villain to an anti-hero, where later in the series Godzilla changed again from an anti-hero to a protector of the human race. ” - lankalion
 
43.
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab... (90 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Frankenstein Conquers the World, released in Japan as Frankenstein versus Subterranean Monster Baragon (フランケンシュタイン対地底怪獣バラゴン Furankenshutain Tai Chitei Kaijū Baragon?) and Toho's official English title is Frankenstein vs. Baragon, is a tokusatsu kaiju/horror film produced in 1965 by Toho Company Ltd. This film features a Japanese version of the Frankenstein Monster, who becomes giant-sized to fight the giant subterranean monster, Baragon.
This was also the first of three Toho-produced films to star Hollywood actor Nick Adams, the second being the sixth Godzilla film, Invasion of Astro-Monster, and the third being the 1967 spy film, The Killing Bottle. ” - lankalion
 
44.
Daikaijû Gamera (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo. (78 mins.)
Director: Noriaki Yuasa
“ Gamera (大怪獣ガメラ Daikaijū Gamera?, Giant Monster Gamera, released in the United States as Gammera: The Invincible and in 2010 on DVD as Gamera: The Giant Monster) is a 1965 daikaiju eiga (Japanese giant monster film) about a giant turtle named Gamera. The film is similar in nature to the popular Godzilla films, and is also the first in a series of films about Gamera. It was one of five Gamera films to be featured in episodes of the movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
45.
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Inoshirô Honda
“ Invasion of Astro-Monster; known in Japan as Great Monster War (怪獣大戦争 Kaijū Daisensō?); Monster Zero and Godzilla vs. Monster Zero in the United States; and Invasion of the Astro-Monsters in the United Kingdom, is a Toho kaiju film released in 1965 as a direct sequel to Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. It is sixth in the Godzilla series, popular in the West for having the Japanese series' only Hollywood lead, Nick Adams. It is the second film to feature King Ghidorah and the third film to feature Rodan. It is the first Godzilla film to feature alien invaders and the last to feature the popular 1960s tokusatsu team of director Ishirō Honda, screenwriter Shinichi Sekizawa, and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya. ” - lankalion
 
46.
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
“ Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, released in Japan as Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō?) and known internationally as Ebirah, Horror of the Deep, is a 1966 kaiju/tokusatsu film directed by Jun Fukuda and written by Shinichi Sekizawa. This is the first film in the series with special effects directed by Sadamasa Arikawa. Eiji Tsuburaya, now very busy with Tsuburaya Productions, supervised the effects shoot. The film is the seventh in the original Godzilla series. ” - lankalion
 
47.
Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera. (106 mins.)
Director: Shigeo Tanaka
“ Gamera vs. Barugon (大怪獣決闘 ガメラ対バルゴン Daikaijū Kettō: Gamera Tai Barugon?, Giant Monster Duel: Gamera Versus Barugon, released in the U.S. as War of The Monsters) is a 1966 daikaiju eiga (Japanese giant monster film) featuring the giant turtle Gamera produced and distributed by Daiei Motion Picture Company. The film is the second to feature Gamera. Gamera vs. Barugon was released in the United States by AIP-TV as War of the Monsters, and then later by Sandy Frank as Gamera vs. Barugon. It was one of five Gamera films to appear in the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. This is the only Gamera film not directed for kids. ” - lankalion
 
48.
The Magic Serpent (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru... (94 mins.)
“ The Magic Serpent (怪竜大決戦 Kairyū Daikessen?, The Mystic Dragons' Decisive Battle) is a 1966 tokusatsu kaiju/ninja fantasy film produced by Toei Company Ltd. This film is a loose retelling of the famous Japanese folktale, Jiraiya Gōketsu Monogatari (The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya), using daikaiju, which the hero Jiraiya and villain Orochimaru turn into giant monsters using ninja magic. ” - lankalion
 
49.
The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An experimental lab animal called a gargantua escapes from his captors and is suspected to be the creature... (88 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ The War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira (フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ対ガイラ Furankenshutain no Kaijū: Sanda tai Gaira?), is a 1966 daikaiju eiga (giant monster movie), and a semisequel to Frankenstein vs. Baragon. ” - lankalion
 
50.
King Kong Escapes (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Inoshiro Honda
“ King Kong Escapes, released in Japan as King Kong's Counterattack (キングコングの逆襲 Kingu Kongu no Gyakushū?), is a 1967 science fiction/monster film. A Japanese/American co-production from Toho (Japan) and Rankin/Bass (USA). Directed by Ishiro Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred both American actors (such as Rhodes Reason and Linda Miller) alongside Japanese actors (such as Akira Takarada, Mie Hama and Eisei Amamoto). The film was a loose adaptation of the Rankin/Bass Saturday morning cartoon series The King Kong Show and was the second and final Japanese made film featuring the character King Kong. Although Toho had produced King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1962, this film is not a sequel to the earlier production. ” - lankalion
 
51.
Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A gigantic bat emerges from a volcano to terrorize Japan and only one thing can stop it...Gamera! (86 mins.)
Director: Noriaki Yuasa
“ Gamera vs. Gyaos (大怪獣空中戦 ガメラ対ギャオス Daikaijū Kūchūsen: Gamera Tai Gyaosu?, Giant Monster Midair Battle: Gamera Versus Gyaos, released in the U.S. as Return of The Giant Monsters) is a 1967 daikaiju eiga (Japanese giant monster film) featuring the giant turtle Gamera by the Daiei Motion Picture Company. Gamera vs. Gyaos was released in the United States by AIP-TV as Return of the Giant Monsters, and later by Sandy Frank as Gamera vs. Gaos. It was one of five Gamera films to be featured as episodes of the movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
52.
Son of Godzilla (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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. (86 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
“ Son of Godzilla, released in Japan as Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Godzilla's Son (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子 Kaijū-shima no Kessen Gojira no Musuko?), is a 1967 film. The eighth part of the Toho studio's Godzilla series, it was directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa (supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya.) It is the first film to feature Kamacuras, Kumonga, and Minilla. ” - lankalion
 
53.
Daikyojû Gappa (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa... (90 mins.)
“ Daikyojū Gappa (大巨獣ガッパ?, "Giant Beast Gappa") is a 1967 tokusatsu kaiju film. The film was produced by Nikkatsu Corporation, and was their only film in the giant monster genre. The international English title for the film was Gappa the Triphibian Monster. The international English print was reedited and retitled Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, for its original release in the United States. Media Blasters, under the Tokyo Shock label, released the Japanese and international English prints on VHS and DVD, while the US print is now in the public domain because of the bankruptcy of a production company and un-succeeding of copyright. ” - lankalion
 
54.
Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Earthquakes in central Korea turn out to be the work of Yongary, a prehistoric gasoline-eating reptile that soon goes on a rampage through Seoul. (80 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
“ Yonggary or Yongary (대괴수 용가리 - Taekoesu Yongary lit. Great Monster Yongary), also known as Yongary, Monster from the Deep, is a 1967 South Korean teukchwal (특촬 - "special effects" or tokusatsu) film directed by prominent genre-film director Kim Ki-duk (no relation to the art film director Kim Ki-duk). In 1999, a remake/update was made released in Korea as simply Yonggary and released in the United States as Reptilian. ” - lankalion
 
55.
The X from Outer Space (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The spaceship AAB-Gamma is dispatched from FAFC headquarters in Japan to make a landing on the planet Mars and investigate reports of UFOs in the area... (89 mins.)
“ The X from Outer Space (宇宙大怪獣ギララ Uchū Daikaijū Girara?, Giant Space Monster Guilala) (1967) is a Japanese science fiction film, released by the studio Shochiku Kinema Kenkyu-jo in response to the popularity of Toho Studios' Godzilla franchise. It was also the first kaiju film released by Shochiku. ” - lankalion
 
56.
Gamera vs. Viras (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras. (75 mins.)
Director: Kenji Yuasa
“ Gamera vs. Viras (ガメラ対宇宙怪獣バイラス Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu?, Gamera Versus Space Monster Viras, released in the U.S. as Destroy All Planets) is the fourth entry in the original Gamera film series. ” - lankalion
 
57.
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race. (89 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Total Monster Advance (怪獣総進撃 Kaijū Sōshingeki?), is a 1968 daikaiju eiga (Monster Movie). The ninth in Toho Studios' Godzilla series, it was directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa (supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya.) This is the fifth film to feature Mothra, third to feature King Ghidorah, fourth to feature Rodan, and second to feature Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Minilla, Baragon, and Varan. ” - lankalion
 
58.
King of Kong Island (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  
Eve is a jungle girl brought up by apes. She is captured with a number of apes by a mad scientist, conducting mind control experiments on them. Eventually she is liberated by a young explorer. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Morris
“ Kong Island (Original Italian title: Eva, la Venere selvaggia; translated as Eve, the Wild Woman) is a 1968 exploitation film directed by Roberto Mauri. The film was promoted in the U.S as King of Kong Island. ” - lankalion
 
59.
Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Aliens kidnap two children and take them to another planet for the purpose of getting knowledge from their brains, but Gamera follows and tries to rescue them. (82 mins.)
Director: Noriaki Yuasa
“ Gamera vs. Guiron (ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン Gamera Tai Daiakujū Giron?, Gamera vs. Devil Monster Guiron, released in the U.S. as Attack of the Monsters), is a 1969 kaiju film, the fifth entry in the original Gamera series. It was one of five Gamera films to be featured as episodes of movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
60.
All Monsters Attack (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles. (69 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ All Monsters Attack, released in Japan as Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara: All Monsters on Parade (ゴジラ • ミニラ • ガバラ オール 怪獣大進撃 Gojira Minira Gabara Ōru Kaijū Daishingeki?), is a 1969 tokusatsu film, also known as Godzilla's Revenge The 10th film in Toho Studio's Godzilla series, it was directed by Ishirō Honda, who also directed the special effects, assisted by Teruyoshi Nakano. This is the second film to feature Ebirah and Kamacuras. It is the third film to feature Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, and Minilla. Despite the credits in both versions, Eiji Tsuburaya was not directly involved with the production of this film. The "Special Effects Supervised by" credit was given out of respect, since he was still the head of the Visual Effects Department. ” - lankalion
 
61.
Latitude Zero (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack. (89 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Latitude Zero (緯度0大作戦 Ido zero daisakusen?), is a 1969 tokusatsu film. It was directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya (his last science-fiction film). The story was written by Ted Sherdeman, writer on the 1954 science-fiction film, Them! (and based on a 1941 radio serial written by Sherdeman entitled Latitude Zero), and starred Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Akira Takarada, Masumi Okada, Richard Jaeckel, Patricia Medina, and Akihiko Hirata. ” - lankalion
 
62.
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1974 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bambi is contentedly nibbling the grass, seemingly unaware of his impending encounter with Godzilla. What will happen when the two finally meet? (2 mins.)
“ Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969) is the title of the cartoon created entirely by Marv Newland. Less than two minutes long, the film is a classic of animation—#38 in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994).
Newland was originally planning to do a live-action film; but, when he lost an essential magic hour shot, he drew this film in his room, rented from Adriana Caselotti, the voice of 1937 film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ” - lankalion
 
63.
Gamera vs. Monster X (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle. (83 mins.)
Director: Noriaki Yuasa
“ Gamera vs. Jiger (ガメラ対大魔獣ジャイガー Gamera Tai Daimajū Jaigā?, Gamera versus Giant Demon Beast Jiger, released in the U.S. as Gamera vs. Monster X) is a 1970 kaiju film by the Daiei Motion Picture Company. It is the sixth entry in the original Gamera series. ” - lankalion
 
64.
Space Amoeba (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning... (84 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Space Amoeba or Yog—Monster from Space, released in Japan as Gezora, Ganime, Kamoeba: Decisive Battle! Giant Monsters of the South Seas (ゲゾラ・ガニメ・カメーバ 決戦! 南海の大怪獣 "Gezora Ganime Kameba Kessen! Nankai no Kaijuu"?), is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1970. This was one of director Ishirō Honda's last kaiju movies, and the first such movie made after the death of special-effects director Eiji Tsuburaya. Teisho Arikawa did the special effects for this film.
While some fans deride the film as a last gasp of the kaiju eiga genre, others appreciate the fact that the monsters have been scaled down (only being 20 to 30 meters tall), making their interactions with human characters more compelling. ” - lankalion
 
65.
Gamera tai Shinkai kaijû Jigura (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
Space aliens arrive on Earth with their giant shark and intend to take over the planet but they must first destroy Gamera. (87 mins.)
Director: Noriaki Yuasa
“ Gamera vs. Zigra (ガメラ対深海怪獣ジグラ Gamera tai Shinkai Kaijū Jigura?, Gamera versus Deep Sea Monster Zigra) is a 1971 kaiju film starring Gamera created by Daiei Motion Picture Company. Unlike previous Gamera sequels, Gamera vs. Zigra was not released by AIP-TV. Sandy Frank released the film to television and home video in the 1980s. It is one of five Gamera films featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
66.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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. (85 mins.)
“ Godzilla vs. Hedorah (ゴジラ対ヘドラ Gojira tai Hedora?), also known as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, is a 1971 film. The eleventh film in Toho Co. Ltd.'s Godzilla series (chronologically after All Monsters Attack), it was directed by Yoshimitsu Banno with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. It was the first film to feature Hedorah. The score was composed by Riichiro Manabe. The film contains several strange impressionistic animated scenes portraying the smog monster at his evil work. This was the first Godzilla movie since the first two to teach a lesson about serious danger threats as edutainment. But unlike the first two Godzilla films this film teaches a lesson about the dangers of pollution. ” - lankalion
 
67.
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on. (89 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
“ Godzilla vs. Gigan, released in Japan as Earth Destruction Directive: Godzilla vs. Gigan (地球攻撃命令 ゴジラ対ガイガン Chikyū Kogeki Meirei Gojira tai Gaigan?) and also known as Godzilla on Monster Island when first released to U.S. theaters, is a 1972 tokusatsu Kaiju film. The 12th of Toho Studio's Godzilla series, it was directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. It is the fourth film to feature King Ghidorah and the third to feature Anguirus. It is also the first film to feature Gigan and the last to feature the Soshingeki-Goji suit; all Showa Godzilla films after that used the Megaro-Goji suit. Furthermore, this was the final film in which Haruo Nakajima would play Godzilla (he had played the role ever since the first film). ” - lankalion
 
68.
Night of the Lepus (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!! (88 mins.)
“ Night of the Lepus, also known as Rabbits, is a 1972 American science fiction horror film based on the 1964 science fiction novel The Year of the Angry Rabbit. Released theatrically on October 4, 1972, it focuses on members of a small Arizona town who battle thousands of mutated, carnivorous killer rabbits. The film was the first science fiction work for producer A.C. Lyles and for director William F. Claxton, both of whom came from Western film backgrounds. Various character actors from Westerns the pair had worked on were brought in to star in the film, including Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, and DeForest Kelley. Shot in Arizona, Night of the Lepus used domestic rabbits filmed against miniature models and actors dressed in rabbit costumes for the various attack scenes. ” - lankalion
 
69.
Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An inventor and his family try to raise funds to feed a giant monster named Daigoro so that he doesn't shrink... (85 mins.)
“ Daigoro vs Goliath (Kaijû daifunsen: Daigorou tai Goriasu - literal translation, Great Desperate Monster Battle: Daigoro vs. Goliath) is 1972 Kaiju film. The film was produced by Tsuburaya Productions. The film was never released in the US. ” - lankalion
 
70.
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
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. (82 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
“ Godzilla vs. Megalon (ゴジラ対メガロ Gojira tai Megaro?) is a 1973 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film directed and co-written by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. It was the thirteenth film in the Godzilla franchise. It is the second film to feature Gigan and the first and only film to feature Megalon and Jet Jaguar.
In 1991, the film was shown on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. ” - lankalion
 
71.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Apelike aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it. (84 mins.)
Director: Jun Fukuda
“ Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ Gojira Tai Mekagojira?), originally known in the United States as Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster and subsequently Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster, is a 1974 tokusatsu kaiju film. This was the 14th of the Toho studio's Godzilla series (set after Godzilla vs Megalon), it was directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano and the original score composed by Masaru Sato. It is the fifth film to feature Anguirus and the first film to feature Mechagodzilla and King Caesar. ” - lankalion
 
72.
The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
Giant spiders from another dimension invade Wisconsin. (84 mins.)
Director: Bill Rebane
“ The Giant Spider Invasion is a low-budget 1975 film produced by Transcentury Pictures, a partnership owned by the film's director Bill Rebane. The film is about giant spiders that terrorize the town of Merrill, Wisconsin and the surrounding area. The Giant Spider Invasion was given a U.S. release in theaters in 1975, and was distributed by Group 1 Films. The impressive theatrical poster art was a throwback to the giant monster movies of the 1950s. The film was shown mainly in drive-in theaters. The movie achieved additional exposure many years later, when it was featured in a 1997 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) (season 8, episode 10). Although it was given small theatrical release, it would later be regarded as a cult classic in the B film realm. ” - lankalion
 
73.
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (83 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Counterattack of Mechagodzilla (メカゴジラの逆襲 Mekagojira no Gyakushū?), is a 1975 tokusatsu kaiju film. The film was titled The Terror of Godzilla in its original American theatrical release. The 15th film in Toho's Godzilla series, it was directed by Ishirō Honda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. It is the second film to feature Mechagodzilla and the only film to feature Titanosaurus. Akira Ifukube provides the music score. The movie was written by Yukiko Takayama, who was the second female writer for a Godzilla film (the first was Kazue Shiba, who wrote for 1967's Son of Godzilla).
Terror of Mechagodzilla was the last movie in the Showa series of Godzilla movies before The Return of Godzilla began the Heisei series of Godzilla films in 1984. Because of the crash of Japanese cinema and the oil crisis of the mid-to-late 1970s (which had also affected some television shows), the Godzilla film series was forced to go on hiatus. As a result, Terror of Mechagodzilla had the lowest attendance figures of all the movies in the series.
This was the last Godzilla film directed by Ishirō Honda. He was reportedly slated to direct Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), but he died early that year. ” - lankalion
 
74.
King Kong (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla. (134 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ King Kong is a 1976 American monster movie produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic film of the same name, about how a giant ape is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition. ” - lankalion
 
75.
Ape (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  
A newly discovered 36-foot gorilla escapes from a freighter off the coast of Korea. At the same time an American actress is filming a movie in the country. Chaos ensues as the ape kidnaps her and rampages through Seoul. (87 mins.)
Director: Paul Leder
“ A*P*E (released in South Korea as 킹콩의 대역습 - King Kong eui daeyeokseup; The Great Counterattack of King-Kong) is a 1976 science fiction/monster movie. It was an American/South Korean co-production produced by Kukje Movies and the Lee Ming Film Co. (South Korea) and Worldwide Entertainment (USA) with 3-D effects. Directed by Paul Leder and featuring special effects by Park Kwang Nam, the film starred Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns and Alex Nicol. It was released at approximately the same time as Dino De Laurentiis' 1976 remake of King Kong. In later years the film has also gone under the titles of Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla, and Hideous Mutant. ” - lankalion
 
76.
Queen Kong (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A female film crew journeys to Africa where a giant ape, Queen Kong, falls in love with the crew's male star. (87 mins.)
Director: Frank Agrama
“ Queen Kong 1976 British comedy film spoofing King Kong. The film was never released theatrically in the UK, due to legal action by Dino De Laurentiis, producer of the 1976 King Kong remake. It got limited release in Italy and Germany. The film has since resurfaced on DVD. ” - lankalion
 
77.
Goliathon (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter... (86 mins.)
Director: Homer Gaugh
“ The Mighty Peking Man (猩猩王 THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN) (Mandarin: Hsing Hsing Wang, Cantonese: Sing Sing Wong - literally "Orangutan King: THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN") is a 1977 film produced in Hong Kong by Shaw Brothers Studio to capitalize on the craze surrounding the 1976 remake of King Kong. The film was originally released in the US in 1977 as Goliathon. ” - lankalion
 
78.
The Food of the Gods (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A group of friends travel to a remote Canadian island to hunt, only to be attacked by giant killer animals which have populated the place. (88 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ The Food of the Gods is a 1976 film released by American International Pictures and was written, produced, and directed by Bert I. Gordon.
The Food of the Gods starred Marjoe Gortner of Earthquake, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, John McLiam, and Ida Lupino. This film was loosely based on a portion of the H. G. Wells novel The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth. A sequel to the film was made in 1989, entitled Food of the Gods II. ” - lankalion
 
79.
Empire of the Ants (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A con artist tries to sell bogus real estate deals in an area overrun by giant ants. (89 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
“ Empire of the Ants is a 1977 science fiction horror film by Bert I. Gordon. Based very loosely on Empire of the Ants by H.G. Wells, the plot involves a group of prospective land buyers led by Marilyn Fryser (Joan Collins), who wind up battling giant, mutated ants. ” - lankalion
 
80.
Prophecy (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster. (102 mins.)
“ Prophecy is a 1979 horror film directed by John Frankenheimer and written by David Seltzer. It stars Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante. ” - lankalion
 
81.
Super Monster (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Using several clips from previous Gamera entries, this film deals with alien forces sending all the monsters Gamera has faced in one final battle to rid the planet of its last hope. (92 mins.)
Director: Noriaki Yuasa
“ Gamera: Super Monster (宇宙怪獣ガメラ Uchu Kaijū Gamera?, Space Monster Gamera), a 1980 kaiju film, was the belated final entry in the Shōwa Gamera series, and the last Gamera film written by Nisan Takahashi and directed by Noriaki Yuasa. It relied heavily on stock footage from previous Gamera films. This movie was made when Daiei was brought out of bankruptcy by Tokuma Shoten publishing company. It was intended as a one-shot movie for children. There wasn't another Gamera film for another 15 years, until his revival in 1995. ” - lankalion
 
82.
Q (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is. (93 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
“ Q (also known as The Winged Serpent and as Q - The Winged Serpent) is a 1982 horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, and Richard Roundtree. ” - lankalion
 
83.
Godzilla 1985 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan. (103 mins.)
“ The Return of Godzilla (released as Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira?) in Japan and as Godzilla 1985 in North America) is a 1984 daikaiju film. The sixteenth film in Toho's Godzilla series, it was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka and directed by Koji Hashimoto with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano. ” - lankalion
 
84.
Pulgasari (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country... (95 mins.)
Director: Sang-ok Shin
“ Pulgasari is a North Korean feature film produced in 1985, a giant-monster film similar to the Japanese Godzilla series. It was produced by South Korean director Shin Sang-ok, who had been kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung.
Teruyoshi Nakano and the staff from Japan's Toho studios, the creators of Godzilla, participated in creating the film's special effects. Kenpachiro Satsuma – the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995 – portrayed Pulgasari, and when the Godzilla remake was released in Japan in 1998, he was quoted as saying he preferred Pulgasari to the American Godzilla. ” - lankalion
 
85.
King Kong Lives (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc. (105 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ King Kong Lives is a 1986 American monster movie produced by DEG Studios. Directed by John Guillermin and featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi, the film starred Linda Hamilton and Brian Kerwin. The film was a belated sequel to King Kong. In most International markets the film was released as "King Kong 2" or "King Kong II". ” - lankalion
 
86.
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating... (93 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 film based loosely on the novel by Bram Stoker of the same name and drawing upon the English myth of the Lambton Worm. The film was written and directed by Ken Russell and stars Amanda Donohoe and Hugh Grant. ” - lankalion
 
87.
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush. (104 mins.)
Director: Kazuki Ohmori
“ Godzilla vs. Biollante (ゴジラVSビオランテ Gojira tai Biorante?) is a 1989 kaiju film written and directed by Kazuki Ōmori. It was the seventeenth film to be released in the Godzilla franchise and the second in terms of the franchise's Heisei period. The film is set after the events of The Return of Godzilla, and involves a sample of Godzilla's DNA being recovered from his last rampage and falling into the possession of a tormented scientist who combines the samples with the DNA of a plant and his deceased daughter, creating Biollante. At the same time, Godzilla appears to plague Japan again, and a massive fight breaks out between him and Biollante that threatens most of Japan. This is the first film of the series with special effects by Koichi Kawakita. ” - lankalion
 
88.
Tremors (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Underwood
“ Tremors is a 1990 American science fiction horror comedy film directed by Ron Underwood, based on a screenplay by Brent Maddock and S. S. Wilson, and starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire. It was distributed by Universal Studios.
The film was received well by critics and holds an 88% favorable rating at the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. ” - lankalion
 
89.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign. (103 mins.)
Director: Kazuki Ohmori
“ Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (ゴジラVSキングギドラ Gojira tai Kingu Gidora?), alternatively spelled Godzilla vs. King Ghidora, is the 18th installment in the Godzilla series of films. This is the fifth film to feature King Ghidorah and the first film to feature Mecha-King Ghidorah, (the second being Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II). The movie was released theatrically in Japan on December 14, 1991. It was directed by Kazuki Omori and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. The plot follows a group of time travelers from the 23rd century who go back in time to erase Godzilla from history supposedly to erase a devastating future that the mutated dinosaur causes, but instead, they replace him with a three-headed dragon called King Ghidorah and go on a personal campaign to destroy Japan using the monster. Koichi Kawakita was awarded a Japanese Academy Award for his special effects in the film. ” - lankalion
 
90.
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra. (102 mins.)
Director: Takao Okawara
“ Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (ゴジラVSモスラ Gojira tai Mosura?), released in Japan as Godzilla vs. Mothra, is the 19th installment in the Godzilla series of films. It is the sixth film to feature Mothra and the only film to feature Battra. The movie was released theatrically in Japan on December 12, 1992. The film features Mothra's egg being unearthed by a typhoon, and this sets off a chain of events that awakens both Godzilla and Mothra's doppelganger Battra, issuing a titanic feud between Godzilla and the two giant insects. It was directed by Takao Okawara from a screenplay by Kazuki Omori, produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka and Shogo Tomiyama, with special effects provided by Koichi Kawakita. Akira Ifukube's score won a Japanese Academy Award. ” - lankalion
 
91.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island. (108 mins.)
Director: Takao Okawara
“ Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, released in Japan as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ゴジラVSメカゴジラ Gojira tai Mekagojira?), is a 1993 film directed by Takao Okawara and written by Wataru Mimura. It was the twentieth film in Toho's Godzilla series and the first to feature BabyGodzilla. It is also the fifth film to feature Rodan and the third film to feature Mechagodzilla. The plot involves the discovery of a Godzilla egg in the nest of Rodan, which is brought back to Japan, luring both Rodan and Godzilla there, forcing the Japanese Self-Defense Force to send in Mechagodzilla, a giant robot resembling the mutated dinosaur, to combat the two monsters. It is the third Godzilla film to updated/remake a previous Godzilla film, 1974's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. However, the films plot and characters are not at all connected or related to the original. ” - lankalion
 
92.
Ticks (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of troubled teenagers are led by social workers on a California wilderness retreat, not knowing that the woods they are camping in have become infested by mutated, blood-sucking ticks. (85 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
 
93.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Godzilla is threatened by two new forces: Mogera - another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla - a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in space. (108 mins.)
“ Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (ゴジラVSスペースゴジラ Gojira tai SupēsuGojira?) is a 1994 kaiju film directed by Kensho Yamashita and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara. It was the twenty-first film released in the Godzilla series and sixth in the Heisei series of films. It is the second film to feature the Moguera and Little Godzilla and also the seventh film to feature Mothra. It is the only film to feature SpaceGodzilla. The film involves an alien clone of Godzilla dubbed SpaceGodzilla arriving to dominate Earth, and Godzilla goes out to defeat him in order to save his son from the space monster. The Japanese Self-Defense Force sends in Moguera, a giant robot, to assist Godzilla in combating the terror from space. ” - lankalion
 
94.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown. (103 mins.)
Director: Takao Okawara
“ Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (ゴジラVSデストロイア Gojira tai Desutoroia?), alternatively titled Godzilla vs. Destroyer, is a 1995 film directed by Takao Okawara and written by Kazuki Omori. It was released in Japan on December 9, 1995. It is the 22nd installment in the Godzilla series of films and the seventh & last of the Heisei series. The film is the last in the Heisei series to feature Godzilla, who is nearing a nuclear meltdown which threatens the Earth. To further worsen the situation, vicious creatures called Destoroyah emerge from the water and start terrorizing Japan, and the Japanese Self-Defense Force must come up with a daring plan to take down both threats. ” - lankalion
 
95.
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A hibernating species of giant carnivorous bird is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the Japanese military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore. (96 mins.)
Director: Shûsuke Kaneko
“ Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦 Gamera: Daikaijū Kuchu Kessen?, Gamera: Giant Monster Midair Battle), is a 1995 reboot of the Gamera series. It is the ninth entry in the Gamera film series and first in Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera trilogy.
It was a co-production of Hakuhodo/Daiei Pictures/Nippon Television, and was the first Gamera film not to be released by Daiei Pictures. It has been widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike, and is considered a classic of the genre. ” - lankalion
 
96.
Mosquito (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A violent massacre caused by human-sized mosquitoes forces the lone survivors to band together in a fight for survival as the mosquitoes continue their onslaught. (92 mins.)
Director: Gary Jones
“ Mosquito is a 1995 science fiction film directed by Gary Jones. The film's plot pays homage to the classic 50's horror genre. Mosquito is about mosquitoes that become mutated when a spaceship crash lands in a swamp. The mosquitoes grow to enormous size and attack campers in a remote northern wilderness. Filmed entirely in Michigan, the film stars Gunnar Hansen who played the character Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ron Asheton, lead guitarist for the punk rock band The Stooges also stars. After a long run on the USA Network, Mosquito was picked up by the channel SyFy. The film's classic b-movie dialogue, special effects that range from great to really bad, and eye popping gore have earned it a cult following. ” - lankalion
 
97.
Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A meteor shower carries hostile insectoid creatures to Japan, where they rapidly reproduce. (99 mins.)
Director: Shûsuke Kaneko
“ Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 Gamera Tsū: Region Shūrai?, Gamera 2: Legion Advent), released in 1996, is the tenth movie in the Gamera film series and the sequel to Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. ” - lankalion
 
98.
Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity. (106 mins.)
Director: Okihiro Yoneda
“ Rebirth of Mothra, released in Japan as Mothra (モスラ Mosura?), is the first in a trilogy of kaiju eiga films produced by Toho, in which Mothra's son saves the world from environment-threatening monsters. This film features the monsters Mothra, Mothra Leo, Fairy Mothra, Desghidorah (or Death-Ghidorah), and Garugaru. Rebirth of Mothra was the final Toho kaiju film with which long-time producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was directly involved (he died less than six months after its release). ” - lankalion
 
99.
Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Battling a life depression, Earl Bassett is offered a job as a mercenary to help a Mexican oil company with a Graboid epidemic that's killing more people each day. However, the humans aren't the only ones with a new battle plan.. (100 mins.)
Director: S.S. Wilson
“ Tremors 2: Aftershocks is a 1996 action-horror-sequel to Tremors, in which the character of Earl Bassett, returning from the first movie, is hired to deal with a subterranean "Graboid" infestation at a Mexican oilfield. It was directed by S.S. Wilson, and stars Fred Ward, Christopher Gartin, Michael Gross and Helen Shaver. It was followed by Tremors 3: Back to Perfection. ” - lankalion
 
100.
Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Mothra's twin nymphs and children from the city find a lost city, as well as a giant monster that is attracted to environmental calamities. (100 mins.)
Director: Kunio Miyoshi
“ Rebirth of Mothra II, released in Japan as Mothra 2: The Undersea Battle (モスラ2 海底の大決戦 Mosura Tsū Kaitei no Daikessen?), is a 1997 daikaiju eiga film, second in Toho's Mothra Trilogy, which began with Rebirth of Mothra in 1996. This film features the monsters Mothra Leo, Rainbow Mothra, AquaMothra, Fairy Mothra, Ghogo, Dagahra, Barem, and Garugaru. ” - lankalion