My favorite Godzilla films

Keep in mind, this is a personal favorites list. The American Godzilla film is excluded because it's the odd one out (and hardly classifies as a Godzilla film in the traditional sense). Please note, ratings are reflective of what I think of the Japanese versions (An example being, my 9/10 score for KING KONG VS. GODZILLA is based on the original Japanese version, and not the severely edited U.S. cut by John Beck).
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1.
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
“ Practically perfect! ” - frakyouguys
 
2.
Godzilla 1985 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan. (103 mins.)
“ This was my first Godzilla film, so some of it's more obvious faults don't bother me so much. The Japanese version (known internationally as RETURN OF GODZILLA) is a much better film, but I still have a big soft spot for New World's GODZILLA 1985 ” - frakyouguys
 
3.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 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.)
“ Banno's avant-garde approach to film making spawned one of the most unique, and also strangest film in the entire Godzilla series. The film had quite the impact on me when I first saw it, and years later, it still stands out among the formulaic Godzilla films we're seen for decades. A true gem in experimental film making. Fans tend to either love it or hate it. There is hardly an in-between. ” - frakyouguys
 
4.
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
“ King Ghidorah hasn't look this good since! ” - frakyouguys
 
5.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 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
“ What can I say? I have a soft spot for the 70's Godzilla films, and this entry is (arguably) the best of the bunch. ” - frakyouguys
 
6.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
“ Critically, the BEST Godzilla film there ever was, and ever will be. ” - frakyouguys
 
7.
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
“ My personal favorite Godzilla sequel made in the past several decades. The film is only hampered by having far too many characters, and an uneven musical score. Everything else is pretty spectacular. The SPX in this film put Kawakita's work done in the 90's to shame. ” - frakyouguys
 
8.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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
“ Not a fan of the Universal/John Beck version, but the Japanese version shines as a great satire on commercialism in Japan. The film was always meant to be funny, and that's something that apparently went over Beck's head when he was assembling his truncated cut for Universal. It's a shame that the Japanese version has STILL yet to be released here in the states, in any form. ” - frakyouguys
 
9.
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
“ The edited-for-violence/content version released theatrically by Bob Cohn is unfortunately the version that ended up on home video in the 80s, and showed up on several early DVD releases as well. Luckily, in 2008, Classic Media released both the uncut Japansese version, as well as the rare uncut TV version (done by the late Henry G. Saperstein) to a hungry fan base. I STRONGLY suggest seeking out this particular DVD, and avoid the early VHS/DVD releases. ” - frakyouguys
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
“ A guilty pleasure of mine. A terribly film, sure, but I just have too much fun with it personally. ” - frakyouguys
 
15.
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
“ A slopped together mess (just like MEGALON), but just too much damn fun. ” - frakyouguys
 
16.
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla. (105 mins.)
Director: Shûsuke Kaneko
“ IMO, the best Godzilla film sine BIOLLANTE. ” - frakyouguys
 
17.
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
“ My personal favorite of the 90's films. ” - frakyouguys
 
18.
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process. (82 mins.)
Director: Motoyoshi Oda
“ The U.S. GIGANTIS cut is embarrassing, and easily the worst Americanization of a Godzilla film next to KING KONG VS. GODZILLA. The Japanese version is okay, and does retain some of the dark atmosphere of GOJIRA (54'), especially in the scenes showing the evacuation of Osaka. ” - frakyouguys
 
19.
Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked TÃf'kyÃf' in 1954 to stop the beast. (88 mins.)
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
“ Really like this one. I still don't care for the little girl and her over sensitive feelings toward life (there's just a little too much of that), but otherwise, the film isn't half bad, and boasts some impressive SPX and miniatures. Definitely one of the better films of the Millennium series. ” - frakyouguys
 
20.
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
“ Honestly, Akira Ifukube's score is my favorite thing about this film. Other than that, nostalgia is the only reason it's placed where it is. I don't think the film holds up very well nowadays, but it is pretty entertaining overall. ” - frakyouguys
 
21.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
One year after the fight between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, the two monsters along with Mothra face off in a conclusive battle royale. (91 mins.)
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
“ Almost as good as GxMG..but Chujo wasn't an interesting enough character to have the film focus so much on him. His devotion to Kiryu was an interesting concept, but it just comes off as rather awkward in execution. This film has the best incarnation of Mothra since the 60's, and that's one of it's strongest attributes. Godzilla's battle with Kiryu is (unfortunately) pretty anti-climatic, and it's a shame he spends most of the film "breaking down", after which the film's pacing slows to a halt. With that said, the film's SPX are still some of the best in the entire Godzilla series. ” - frakyouguys
 
22.
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
“ Admittedly, I don't watch this film very much, and ironically actually didn't like it much as a kid, but I've actually grown to appreciate it for what it is: A Godzilla film for children. It isn't a masterpiece by an stretch of the imagination, but I think it succeeds in what it was trying to do. It was never really meant to be like the Godzilla films that came before it, and was released as part of Toho's Champion Festival for children, which was very popular at the time. ” - frakyouguys
 
23.
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
“ I want to love this film, I really do..however, it just has too many negatives for me to praise it as high as other people. Akira Ifukube's music score, and last 20-30 minutes of the film are fantastic, but for the first hour+, the film just kind of plods along. The character of Emiko from GOJIRA is a wasted opportunity, and could have used more screen time and more emphasis in the story. Also, all of the talk of the dangers of building a new Oxygen Destroyer are suddenly just forgotten midway through the film, and we're instead treated to a scene that completely rips off James Cameron's ALIENS. Ugh...Great ending at least. Godzilla looks great, and Destoroyah is menacing (even if he is practically immobile in his final form). ” - frakyouguys
 
24.
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
“ Great music..Godzilla's brief undersea battle with Battra shines, and his appearance at the volcano trumps his similar arrival in BIOLLANTE..but everything else is bland. The adult Mothra looks AWFUL here, and is extremely poorly executed. ” - frakyouguys
 
25.
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 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.)
“ SpaceGodzilla is cool..but, meh. This film is just bad. The flashy light show at the end is at least somewhat entertaining. ” - frakyouguys
 
26.
Godzilla 2000 (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga. (99 mins.)
Director: Takao Okawara
 
27.
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
Director: Masaaki Tezuka
“ This film is just embarrassing. I like Megaguirus, and the final battle is actually pretty exciting, but the film has some really poor SPX work, and it's pretty distracting at times (considering it was made in 2000; the 70's films had an excuse, this doesn't). Decent music score by Oshima, but I felt her scores for the Kiryu films were better. ” - frakyouguys
 
28.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Godzilla's 50th Anniversary project, in which Gojira (Godzilla) travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X. (125 mins.)
“ I just can't help but hate this film. It was SUCH a wasted opportunity on Toho's part. There are far too many references to other, better American made Sci-Fi films (The Matrix, Return of the Jedi, etc.), and they are really poorly executed on top of that. The monsters don't have nearly enough screen time considering it's the longest film in the entire series, which is inexcusable for a film celebrating 50 years of Japanese monsters. The music is god awful, Kaiser Ghidorah looks absolutely hideous, and none of Godzilla's encounters last all but a few seconds. I loved seeing classic Toho actors like Akira Takarada and Kumi Mizuno in lead roles, but it's a shame they couldn't have been part of something more grand than this mess of a film. It was great to have so many classic monsters back...but they deserved so much better than this.

There are some good SPX strewn throughout the film, but it just isn't enough to save it. ” - frakyouguys