The Right Way to Watch the Godzilla Movies in Order

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If you are a movie fan, you might have come across the Godzilla movies. The original franchise was released in 1954, and since then, more than thirty movies have been made. Interestingly, Godzilla movies span five decades, and Japan, the USA, France, and Australia are just some of the countries where these films were shot. You can stream Godzilla movies in order on Netflix at the comfort of your home and enjoy the fun it comes with.

Here we bring you a list of Godzilla movies (American Godzilla movies) in order by year of release.

Godzilla (1954)

Director: Ishiro Honda

Writer: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda, Shigeru Kayama

Cast: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata

This is the first movie on the Godzilla movies list. In 1954 Godzilla was released in Japan. The monster of the film is a mutant creature that comes from undersea nuclear tests. It makes its way across the land, destroying all things on its path while people try to find ways to stop it. The film was a success and almost overnight became the most recognizable character of Japan’s cinema history. It would, later on, inspire other films such as The Return of Godzilla (1984).

Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Director:  Motoyoshi Oda, Ishiro Honda

Writer: Takeo Murata, Shigeaki Mudaka, Shigeru kayama

Cast: Koji Kobayashi, Momoko Kôchi, Minoru Chiaki

The sequel to Godzilla was released in 1955. It is among the old Godzilla movies which you shouldn’t miss. The film starts with the monster Rodan fighting another monster called Angilas. Suddenly both monsters are interrupted when a plane crashes between them. The two monsters then join forces and attack the humans that are around. Meanwhile, Godzilla is awakened by an undersea explosion that brings him to land, where he faces Rodan and Angilas, striking a small village nearby.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)

Director: Ishiro Honda and Terry O. Morse

Writer: Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda

Cast: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi

Godzilla King of the Monsters was released in 1956 as an edited version of Godzilla (1954). The film starts with a publishing tycoon on his way to Japan after receiving some disturbing news that something has happened there. He then receives further bad news about the monster known as Gojira destroying everything it comes across.

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Director: Ishiro Honda and Thomas Montgomery

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa, Paul Mason, Bruce Howard

Cast: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Mie Hama

King Kong vs. Godzilla was released in 1962. These Godzilla and Kong movies in order start with the two monsters fighting each other for supremacy on an island. They are both presented to the public as attractions by their respective owners, who want them to fight after the humans failed to stop attacking people. The fight is then interrupted by a group of humans who are trying to escape the island.

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Director:  Ishiro Honda, Masao Tachibana

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Hiroshi Koizumi, Yuriko Hoshi, Kyoko Kagawa

The film starts with a commune member who is looking for the tiny goddess known as Mothra. He then asks for help from the other members, all women who live in a place called Infant Island, to ask her for assistance. After seeing what Godzilla has done to Tokyo, the tiny goddess agrees and goes there with one of the commune members, but they soon find themselves under attack by Godzilla himself.

Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Director:  Ishiro Honda

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Yosuke Natsuki, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi

The story starts with a man looking to sell a mysterious and priceless artifact that has been in his family for generations. He is contacted by a wealthy man who wants to buy it. Still, things start going wrong when the seller’s son accidentally activates an ancient mechanism that awakens three monsters known as Rodan, Godzilla, and Mothra.

Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

Director:  Ishiro Honda, Eiji Tsuburaya

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Akira Takarada, Nick Adams, Jun Tazaki

The story starts with two astronauts who are sent to a planet called Faru. They then meet the ruling family living on this planet for generations which includes an older man who is the king, his daughter, and his grandson. When they meet them, it becomes apparent to one of the astronauts that things are not right on this planet because there seems to be a connection between the ruling family and an unknown force called Monster Zero, which has been causing problems for humanity on other planets.

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)

Director: Jun Fukuda, Teruyoshi Nakano

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Akihiko Hirata

The story starts with two men who are on their way to a small island near Japan. They then begin exploring the island and soon find themselves under attack by some strange sea creatures. One of them manages to escape while another one is attacked. Still, it turns out that this was all covered up because of an organization known as the Red Bamboo, which seems to be controlling these monsters for them to protect their base on the small island from attacks.

Son of Godzilla (1967)

Director: Jun Fukuda, Teruo Ishii

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa, Kazue Shiba

Cast: Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yuriko Hoshi

The story starts with a scientist trying to teach his son about life by talking to him. He then tells the boy that he will take him on a trip to meet his uncle later. The boy seems excited about the idea, but he doesn’t know that his father is serious and wants him to come along with him on this trip because something terrible has just happened – Godzilla was spotted near an island where they are going.

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Director: Ishiro Honda, Jun Fukuda

Writer: Ishiro Honda, Takeshi Kimura

Cast: Akira Kubo, Yukiko Kobayashi, Tadao Takashima

The story starts with a group of children playing on an island when their games get interrupted by some strange events. A scientist then meets up with them and explains that a monster has been terrorizing this part of the world for years because he was placed here by aliens. The scientist then tells them about an organization called KIDS, who sent him to investigate Godzilla’s sudden appearance on this island, but things take a turn when they find out that all the monsters have been brought to the island and must now fight for their lives.

All Monsters Attack (1969)

Director: Ishiro Honda, Jun Fukuda, Kengo Furusawa

Writer: Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Tomonori Yazaki, Machiko Naka, Ichiro Urashima

The story starts with a young boy trying to get his father’s attention so that he can have some time with him. His father is busy doing experiments on a unique device that will help him talk to all the monsters in the world. He then tells his son about how he has been working with these creatures for years, but something terrible happens when Godzilla’s allies are attacked by some of the deadliest space aliens ever known, and now it looks like they want revenge.

Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (1971)

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno, Jun Fukuda (Toho editor)

Writer: Yoshimitsu Banno, Takeshi Kimura

Cast: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase

The story starts with a group of scientists finding out why there has been an increase in pollution levels in the ocean, and then they meet a creature known as Hedorah, who has been causing all these problems. They then try to find out what this monster wants, but it doesn’t take long before Godzilla arrives on the scene and decides to fight against him, which puts everyone’s lives at risk.

Godzilla Vs. Gigan (1972)

Director: Jun Fukuda, Terry O. Morse (Toho editor)

Writer: Takeshi Kimura, Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yutaka Hayashi, Tomoko Umeda

The story starts with a group of refugees trying to escape from wars and conflicts in the past. They then find out that one country is willing to help them, but it turns out that they want their benefit because they let these people work in conditions where they will put their lives at risk, which means this whole operation could turn into a tragedy for everyone.

 

Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973)

Director: Jun Fukuda, Teruyoshi Nakano

Writer: Jun Fukuda, Takeshi Kimura, Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Yutaka Hayashi, Isao Yamagata, Rumi Hattori, Kenji Sahara, Yoshio Tsuchiya

The story starts with a group of children trying to get rid of an evil gang that has been terrorizing their community. They then find out about this underground kingdom and decide to follow some leads there, which is where they meet Jet Jaguar, but he ends up being taken over by the people in charge, so now it’s time for Godzilla to come to the rescue.

Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla (1974)

Director: Jun Fukuda, Teruyoshi Nakano

Writer: Jun Fukuda, Masami Fukushima, Shinichi Sekizawa

Cast: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata

The story starts with a group of scientists working on creating a robot that combines the powers of three different robots. They then find out about Godzilla’s arrival to Japan and use him as an opportunity for this machine to be tested, but it turns out that MechaGodzilla has other plans in mind.

Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975)

Director: Ishiro Honda, Teruyoshi Nakano

Writer: Yukiko Takayama

Cast: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Tetsuya Uozumi, Kojiro Hongo

The story starts with a scientist who is trying to find out what happened to his missing friend. He then discovers that this disappearance may be related to the creation of MechaGodzilla, and it seems like he wants revenge for some unknown reason, but it turns out that an alien race has taken him over. As a result, this becomes the perfect opportunity for MechaGodzilla to be used in battle once again and bring even more destruction across Japan.

The Return of Godzilla (1984)

Director: Koji Hashimoto, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Kazuki Omori

Writer: Fred Dekker, Akira Murao

Cast: Ken Tanaka, Yosuke Natsuki, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Jun Tazaki

A new Godzilla movie has been created, which is the perfect opportunity for everyone to watch it. The story starts with a group of scientists trying to find out why there have been some anomalous seismic readings in Japan lately. Still, they don’t take long before Godzilla appears on the scene once again and causes even more destruction across the country.

Godzilla 1985 (1985)

Director: Koji Hashimoto, R.J Kizer

Writer: Reuben Bercovitch, Fred Dekker, Akira Murao

Cast: Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Hideo Nakamura, Yosuke Natsuki

The story starts with scientists who work together to create a new weapon that could be useful for humanity. They then find out about the existence of Godzilla, and this becomes their perfect opportunity because it means they can try and experiment on him, which is when all hell breaks loose across Japan once again.

Godzilla Vs Biollante (1989)

Director: Kazuki Omori, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kensho Yamashita

Writer: Shinichiro Kobayashi, Kahzuki Omori

Cast: Wataru Mimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Kunihiko Mitamura, Tokuma Nishioka, Kenji Sahara, Yoshiko Tanaka

The story starts with a group of scientists trying to develop a new type of energy that would be able to solve all the world’s problems. During their work, they find out about Godzilla, and his arrival becomes an opportunity for them to test these theories on him, which is when everything goes from bad to worse across Japan once again.

Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Director: Kazuki Omori, Takao Okawara, Teruyoshi Nakano

Writer: Kahzuri Omori

Cast: Wataru Mimura, Masanobu Takashima, Mayako Nigo, Shinji Takagi, Akira Nakao

The story starts with a group of scientists trying to find out why there have been some strange weather patterns in the area lately. They then discover that Godzilla is behind this, and it seems like he is about to cause even more destruction across Japan. Still, it does not take long before King Ghidorah appears on the scene as well, which means that this could be an opportunity for them to try and find a way of stopping Godzilla once again.

Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992)

Director: Takao Okawara, Kazuki Omori, Jun Fukuda

Writer: Wataru Mimura, Akira Murao, Kazuki Ohmori

Cast: Wataru Mimura, Mayako Nigo, Shinji Takagi, Akira Nakao

In the last installment of the Heisei series, Godzilla returns in his most destructive adventure yet. As meteorite speeds towards Earth and an unexplainable phenomenon occur at Lake Ashino, Japan is again threatened by monsters spawned from nuclear waste created by man’s arrogance and ignorance. A new breed of a beast called Mothra takes to the air and seeks to destroy the evil Godzilla before unleashing his fury on Japan.

Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla II (1993)

Director: Takao Okawara, Jun Fukuda, Kensho Yamashita

Writer: Yutaka Izubuchi, Wataru Mimura, Shinji Nshikawa

Cast: Wataru Mimura, Mayako Nigo, Takeshi Shirato, Akira Nakao

The final installment of the Heisei series pits Godzilla against his most formidable foe yet: MechaGodzilla, a super-charged robot with one goal in mind – to destroy its natural enemy. With each monster’s unearthly abilities and extraordinary strength, it will take everything Earth can muster to defeat this indestructible machine before it destroys the world.

Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

Director: Takao Okawara, Kensho Yamashita

Writer: Kanji Kashiwa, Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Shinichiro Kobayashi

Cast: Wataru Mimura, Mayako Nigo, Takeshi Shirato, Akira Nakao

In this sequel to Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla, a new monster called SpaceGodzilla appears and starts attacking major cities in Japan. The only ones who can stop it are Mothra’s twin fairies (voiced by Naoko Iwasaki) and a young man named Moll (Yumiko Shaku). Meanwhile, Godzilla is undergoing repairs on an island in the South Pacific.

Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Director: Takao Okawara, Kensho Yamashita

Writer: Kaoru Kamigiku, Koichi kawakita, Yosuke Nakano

Cast: Wataru Mimura, Mayako Nigo, Takeshi Shirato, Takuro Tsasumi

In this film, Godzilla is a creature that has been mutated from the Oxygen Destroyer that was used to kill the original Godzilla. The monster Destoroyah begins attacking Tokyo and fights with both Mothra and an advanced weapon called “Micro-Oxygen” before being killed by Super MechaGodzilla. Although this movie is usually placed in the Heisei series, it was produced when Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) was being filmed.

Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Director: Takao Okawara,

Writer: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura, Takao Okwara

Cast: Takehiro Murata, Mayako Nigo, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida

Godzilla 2000 is a 1999 science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. While not the first reboot of the Godzilla series, it served as one following an extended hiatus after 1995’s poorly received “vs.” film and was followed by Shin Godzilla in 2016. The story follows the Japanese Coast Guard members who battle with Godzilla after he reawakens in the modern-day, while later discovering that a second Godzilla was also on Japan’s shores.

Godzilla Vs Megaguirus (2000)

Director: Masaaki Tezuka, Ishiro Honda

Writer: Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura

Cast: Misato Tanaka, Shosuke Tanihara, Masato Ibu

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho and the twenty-third installment in the Godzilla series. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 14, 2000. In this movie, an insectoid queen emerges from her home dimension of Seatopia after being imprisoned for millions of years by Godzilla’s ancestors. She plans to unleash an army of giant Meganula on Japan. With the creature proving immune to conventional weaponry, G-Force turns instead to a time travel device to send Tokyo residents Shinichi Ozaki and his psychic partner Kiriko Tsujimori back through history.

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

Director: Shusuke Kaneko, Masaaki Tezuka

Writer: Keiichi Hasegawa, Shusuke Kaneko, Masahiro Yokotani

Cast: Ryudo Uzaki, Chiharu Niiyama, Masahiro Kobayashi

The story takes place in Okinawa again (as opposed to Tokyo like all other movies), and we get to see Godzilla in all of his terrifying glory right away. The opening scene is one of the most frightening sequences I’ve ever seen, with a young girl running from Godzilla through an entire village while he stomps everything in sight and sets huge sections on fire. From there, things go downhill fast as the military scrambles to find Godzilla and stop him. They face a lot of opposition from the natives who refuse to evacuate, believing that this is their god coming back to visit them for some reason.

Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)

Director: Masaaki Tezuka, Takao Okawara

Writer: Wataru Mimura

Cast: Shin Takuma, Yumiko Shaku , Kana Onodera

Godzilla’s reign of terror continues in the year 2040. The Earth Defense Force (EDF) is equipped with mighty mechas to combat the giant monster, but these super robots prove useless against Godzilla. A young scientist named Akane Yashiro (Naoko Iijima) is now trying to convince everyone that Earth’s only hope lies in resurrecting King Ghidorah from its three-headed rest and using it as a weapon against Godzilla. How will they bring King Ghidorah back?

Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S (2003)

Director: Masaaki Tezuka, Koji Hashimoto, Kazuki Ohmori

Writer: Masahiro Yokotani, Masaaki Tezuka

Cast: Takenori Emoto, Miho Yoshioka, Mickey Koga

In this movie, we see a new version of MechaGodzilla, this time called Kiryu. This MechaGodzilla is an entirely different character from the one seen in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002). G-Force initially built it to protect Japan against threats like Godzilla. Still, after being launched into battle, it became possessed by a strange energy that brought King Ghidorah back to life. Now that the three-headed monster is back, it’s up to Godzilla and Mothra (and some help from Kiryu) to stop him before he destroys Japan.

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura, Shusuke Kaneko

Writer: Wataru Mimura

Cast: Masahiro Matsuoka, Roi Kikukawa, Don Frye

With fifty years of Godzilla movies under their belt, Toho wanted to go out with a bang. This is the first movie to be made in widescreen (a big deal at the time), and it is also one of the longest movies ever featuring Godzilla, clocking in at nearly two hours. For this reason, fans were worried that there wouldn’t be enough room for monsters other than Godzilla himself.

Godzilla (2014)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Max Borenstein

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

The first Godzilla movie in over a decade was highly anticipated by fans. It brought together the original team behind Pacific Rim to create what many believe is one of the best movies ever made. The film is a reboot of the franchise, ignoring everything that came before it and restarting Godzilla’s story from scratch. We get to see a much different side of Godzilla this time around as he doesn’t just destroy cities for no reason; there are actual consequences for his actions, making him truly terrifying. The movie also explores what happens when humans have to deal with something they don’t understand and how politics can get in the way of doing what’s right.

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Director: Hideaki Anno

Writer: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Yutaka Takenouchi

The newest Godzilla movie is unlike any other. It was made by the same people who created Neon Genesis Evangelion, showing how much influence Anno has over the franchise. This time around, Godzilla isn’t even seen until halfway through the movie. For most of it, we focus on government officials trying to solve issues like what to call this giant monster (they eventually decide to name him “Gojira”) and stop his rampage before he destroys more and more of Tokyo.

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

Director: Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita

Writer: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai

Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita

The first of three planned animated Godzilla movies was just recently released in theaters. Set 20,000 years into the future and focusing on a group of soldiers who journey to Earth after learning that Godzilla isn’t just still alive; he’s become an even more significant threat than before. The monster is enormous (the size of North America) and has no problem with destroying entire cities like it was nothing at all.

Godzilla: City of the Edge of Battle (2018)

Director: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita

Writer: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai

Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita

This sequel to the 2017 film Godzilla: Planet of Monsters continues five years after world events where aliens called kaiju started attacking and razing cities. A small group of humans lives on a base in Japan with mechs humanity can use to fight back against the invaders, but now they are faced with an even more dangerous threat, a second Godzilla.

Godzilla: The Planet Eater (2018)

Director: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita

Writer: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai

Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita

Movie description: This finale to the trilogy of animated films about Godzilla continues five years after kaiju has taken over the world. The survivors of a failed plan to defeat Godzilla and take back Earth now live on spaceships in space, but they make one last-ditch attempt to save their home planet from an extinction-level threat that is worse than any monster they have ever had faced before.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Director: Michael Dougherty

Writer: Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty

Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown

This 2019 film is among the recent Godzilla movies about Godzilla. It is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, which rebooted the franchise. It follows a team of scientists trying to understand Godzilla and his role in the ecosystem of Earth, but they are up against a new monster that is even bigger than him. They also find out that Godzilla might not be the only monster who has walked across Earth’s surface.

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Director: Adam Wingard

Writer: Terry Rossio, Michael Dogherty, Zach Shields

Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall

The will be an epic chapter in the cinematic Monster verse which features two of the greatest icons in motion picture history. This is the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong. There is also humanity caught in the balance. This movie will be released in 2021 and will provide more information once it is out.

The Godzilla movie series has the same stories as the Jurassic Park franchise. Both films have huge monsters trying to eat people and ruining the city but still, both have separate fans. People love to watch it as it has suspense and thriller with excellent sound quality and some terrifying scenes.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Godzilla movies are a must-watch for anyone a fan of kaiju films or action movies. It is essential to ensure you have excellent sound and picture devices to stream the movies and enjoy these actions. We hope you will enjoy the rest as we await the release of Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021).

Joshua Garner

Joshua calls himself nerd+geek who is also passionate about football. He enjoys comics, animes, and science fiction. He finds his comfort in writing about suspense, thrillers and science fiction shows and movies.

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