Godzilla Films Best To Worst

by filmreviewerguy | created - 08 Jul 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

My personal ranking of the Godzilla movies. Currently missing: Godzilla Raids Again Ghidrah, The Three-Headed Monster The Return of Godzilla Godzilla vs. Destroyah Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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1. Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Godzilla's fiftieth Anniversary project, in which Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Don Frye, Maki Mizuno

Votes: 6,892

4/5

Lots of action with tons of monsters from the franchise and some mutant martial arts action too.

2. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

PG | 104 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima, Kôji Takahashi

Votes: 4,553

4/5

A little darker than usual with one of the most interesting monsters Godzilla has faced. Lots of great scenes with the army battling Godzilla too.

3. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Chiharu Niiyama, Ryûdô Uzaki, Masahiro Kobayashi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 4,696

3.5/5

See Godzilla take on three monsters. Satisfying action and really good special effects.

4. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Godzilla is threatened by two new forces: Mogera - another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla - a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in space.

Director: Kenshô Yamashita | Stars: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto

Votes: 3,685

3.5/5

Entertaining action scenes and Godzilla Jr. is pretty funny.

5. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki

Votes: 5,086

3.5/5

Enjoyable science-fiction plot and great showdown between Godzilla and King Ghidorah.

6. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 85,513 | Gross: $110.50M

3.5/5

7. Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965)

G | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Jun Tazaki, Akira Kubo

Votes: 4,445

3.5/5

Godzilla in space fighting King Ghidorah, what's not to like?

8. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)

PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chôtarô Tôgin, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 3,741

3.5/5

Fun scenes with Godzilla destroying the base and fighting Ebirah. However, the giant bird fight is terrible.

9. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

G | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 4,797

3.5/5

Godzilla has his first bout with Mechagodzilla. Enjoyable monster action makes up for the other aspects of the movie.

10. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yû Fujiki

Votes: 6,495

3.5/5

Entertaining first encounter between Mothra and Godzilla has some slow moments but is worth checking out.

11. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida

Votes: 3,582

3.5/5

Really fun giant monster battles make this final entry in the Showa series worth a watch.

12. Son of Godzilla (1967)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, Beverly Maeda, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 3,252

3.5/5

Often dismissed for being overly comedic. Fun adventure with some chuckles with Godzilla and his offspring.

13. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata, Saburô Shinoda

Votes: 3,798

3.5/5

Enjoyable action sequences make up for the rest of the movie.

14. Destroy All Monsters (1968)

G | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 4,358

3/5

It should have been one of the best. The final battle is fun to watch but the rest of it is a disappointment.

15. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka | Stars: Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera, Kô Takasugi

Votes: 3,576

3/5

Has some interesting ideas but is a little too slow in places.

16. Godzilla (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 25,992 | Gross: $2.42M

3/5

Not bad by any means but fails to live up to its reputation. It's definitely not as fun to watch as many of the later entries.

17. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Osugi

Votes: 19,165 | Gross: $1.91M

3/5

Overuse of digital effects and way too much emphasis on politics hinder an otherwise engaging giant monster movie.

18. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham

Votes: 4,335

2.5/5

Jet Jaguar is a great addition to the franchise and the end battle is very fun but the rest of the movie is rather bland.

19. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 357,604 | Gross: $200.68M

2.5/5

Way too much focus on the human characters. It's also way too dark at times making it hard to see the battle between Godzilla and Muto.

20. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda

Votes: 3,496

2/5

I like Gigan and it's always great seeing King Ghidorah again but the rest of the movie is pretty terrible.

21. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 7,337 | Gross: $2.73M

2/5

Great final battle cannot save an otherwise dull movie. The Kong costume also looks really cheap.

22. Godzilla (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

32 Metascore

A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria

Votes: 173,854 | Gross: $136.31M

2/5

Underwhelming American remake gives us a monster that barely resembles Godzilla. Basically, just a mediocre giant monster movie.

23. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

G | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno | Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 3,916

2/5

Weird experimental film that beats you over the head with its environmental message. Has some funny moments but that's about it.

24. All Monsters Attack (1969)

G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Tomonori Yazaki, Hideyo Amamoto

Votes: 3,288

1.5/5

Absurd plot and steals whole scenes from earlier films. Has some comedic value but that's about it.

25. Godzilla 2000 (1999)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

41 Metascore

Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki

Votes: 6,900 | Gross: $10.04M

1/5

Really slow and boring. The final battle is a disappointment.

26. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

TV-14 | 89 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A desperate group of refugees attempts to recolonize Earth 20,000 years after Godzilla took over, but one young man wants revenge above all else.

Directors: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 6,666

1/5

Awful anime Godzilla has some interesting ideas but terrible execution.



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