Looking for the Best Giant Monster Movie Marathon? These Godzilla Movies Deliver.
With so many great giant monster movies coming out, we understand wanting MORE. Stop roaring with frustration as you sort through the sea of titles out there! We went on a Kaiju marathon for you and picked out the 10 best Godzilla movies sure to state your need for monster-fueled mayhem.
Ready to smash your way through the most epic Godzilla movie marathon of all time? Strap in and prepare yourself for more plasma blasts than your eyes can handle., because it’s time for the king of monsters to take the stage on your TV.
This is a new movie, yes, but that doesn’t make it any less worth your time! This movie returns to the more bleak feeling of the original and gives us a hulking monster with incredible destructive power. The fact that Godzilla evolves from an aquatic horror into a biped force of nature on screen gives this feature bonus points. This movie recreates the horror of the original release in a way that resonates with modern audiences, and we love it.
Godzilla vs. Destroyah
This movie did something really daring and it pays off incredibly. SPOILER ALLERT! Godzilla dies — No, we mean it, he actually dies. Not like Godzilla (2014) where he gets up and walks away, but for real, put-him-in-the-ground dead. In fact, Godzilla is dying before the fight even begins. His chest glows red as his heart, like a reactor, melts down. His final act is to take on Destroyah, and the fight is entirely worth the premise. It is dramatic instead of campy, and it’s a great addition to the franchise.
Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: All Out Monster Attack!
We always say more is better, and in this case, we’re totally on point. King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Baragon are the protectors of Earth, which leaves Godzilla with one role to play — and it’s our favorite role. Yep, he gets to be the bad guy again! Sure, good Godzilla always wins our hearts, but sometimes it feels so good to be bad. This four monster showdown lives up to the hype as Godzilla takes on his foes and smashes the city on his latest rampage.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
This one deserves a spot on the list for no other reason than it’s the first Godzilla movie to feature time travel. Future Earthlings land a spaceship on top of Mt. Fuji, claiming Godzilla has destroyed Japan in the future. They offer to go back in time and destroy Godzilla before this has happened (why didn’t they go there in the first place?), but as it turns out, they’re dirty, dirty liars and instead release King Ghidorah onto modern day Japan. Godzilla then shows up and gets to be the hero. But let’s face it: the thing that makes this film awesome is King Ghidorah rising again with new cyborg enhancements as Mecha-King Ghidorah.
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Another movie where Godzilla plays the Big Bad. In this one, we get the introduction of Mothra, who soon became a fan favorite. She is heralded by two fairies who sing her theme song (it sounds lame, but we promise it’s cooler than it seems). Full of surreal imagery, this movie sets itself apart from others in the series and is well worth the time it takes to watch it.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
…AKA Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. This sequel strikes a different tone then most of the Godzilla movies on our list. It’s strongly environmental, Hedorah being explained as a microscopic creature from space that merged with pollution when it entered Earth’s atmosphere to become a disgusting mess of a giant monster (Convoluted? Sure, but makes more sense then a lot of Godzilla’s enemies). The visuals are more psychedelic than many of the movies in the series, and Hedorah has a great design that makes it a difficult enemy for our big guy to face.
Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
When Godzilla is an enemy to humanity, everyone is trying to stop him. In this case, they decided the solution was (obviously) to make a robot Godzilla. The problem with this? You can’t control Godzilla…even a robot version. Godzilla himself isn’t going down without a fight, and thankfully has some help to take on his robotic counterpart. King Caesar the dog… lion… man… thing, comes to his aid and helps the King of Monsters take on this robo-menace. All in all, it’s a good Kaiju rumble that will have you rooting for the Kings the whole way through.
Godzilla vs. Biollante
In yet another attempt to stop Godzilla, his enemies (again) make their own monster. This time, they steal a bit of the king’s DNA and try to make something new with it. What they come up with is a hybrid of a rose and a venus flytrap that’s basically nothing but teeth and tentacles. Of course Biollante goes off and wreaks its own havoc instead of just taking on Godzilla like a good bioengineered monster, but it’s one of the more unnerving foes Godzilla has ever gone up against. Biollante has so many tricks and teeth (seriously, so many teeth) that it’s hard to believe Godzilla could ever win this one.
Destroy All Monsters
This is the monster fight to end all monster fights. Sure, the title doesn’t have Godzilla in it, but don’t be fooled. Godzilla shows up — and so does every other monster that Toho ever created in the final piece of the Showa series. Everyone shows up. It’s the ultimate showdown (of ultimate destiny) that we all wanted from the first time Godzilla beat down another Kaiju. We got it, and it’s the WWE Kaiju ring match we deserved.
This is not your usual fun Kaiju romp, we warn you — don’t expect a Showa-style wrestling match. This is a movie born out of the atomic bomb. Godzilla is a creature created from nuclear fallout, which gave the people of Japan a way to (fictionally) fight a force that had destroyed so many lives. This movie became the first real breakaway hit from Japanese cinema and launched the entire franchise. While it is bleak and dark, we cannot recommend this Kaiju classic enough. It’s important to see where the King of Monsters began his reign of terror, and understand the forces that brought him to life.