Agent Mothman's Favorite Giant Monster Movies

"There is something very pure, and very full of love in monster movies, even more so in kaiju movies" - Guillermo del Toro
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1.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
 
2.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Gordon
 
6.
Tarantula (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Rodan (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity. (82 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
9.
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
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
 
10.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs. (62 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
11.
The Black Scorpion (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
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
 
12.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
 
13.
The Blob (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
 
14.
Mothra (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests... (101 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
15.
Gorgo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
Godzilla 1985 (1984)
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Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan. (103 mins.)
 
29.
The Blob (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A strange lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (95 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
30.
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
 
31.
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
 
32.
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
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
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
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A variety of horrible poisonous spiders get exposed to a noxious chemical that causes them to grow to monumental proportions. (99 mins.)
Director: Ellory Elkayem
 
38.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Godzilla's fiftieth Anniversary project, in which Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X. (125 mins.)
 
39.
King Kong (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a movie crew travel to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, they encounter a giant and furious gorilla who takes their leading actress and forms a special relationship with her, protecting the beautiful lady at all costs. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
40.
The Host (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
41.
Cloverfield (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
 
42.
Monsters (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border. (94 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
 
43.
Pacific Rim (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (131 mins.)
 
44.
Godzilla (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity. (123 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards