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The Best 'Godzilla' Movies Ever, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies in the Godzilla franchise.

There is no doubt that all the Godzilla movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the best of the franchise. Will it be the first Godzilla film that started it all back in 1956 or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series, from Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters will make it to the top of the list?

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Godzilla movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite city destroying monster(s) ranked by popularity and with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies in the Godzilla series. Vote up your favorites and vote down the Godzilla films you think diminish the franchise to ensure the right movie makes it to the top of the list.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'Godzilla' Movies Ever, Ranked
Photo: Toho

Additional Monsters: Destoroyah, Godzilla Junior

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Worldwide Gross: $18 million

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, was a 1995 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara, with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred Takuro Tatsumi, Yasufumi Hayashi, and Megumi Odaka. The film also featured a cameo by Momoko Kōchi, reprising her role from the original Godzilla. This 22nd installment in the Godzilla franchise was the final film in the Heisei, or second, series of films. The film received publicity around the world for Toho's announcement that they would kill Godzilla. Toho ended the series to make way for an American Godzilla film, which was ultimately produced in 1998. He would begin a new series of Godzilla films in 1999 ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Akihiko Hirata, Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney, Koichi Ueda, Masahiro Takashima, + more

Released: 1995

Directed by: Takao Okawara

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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'Godzilla' Movies Ever, Ranked
Photo: Toho, The Criterion Collection
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Additional Monsters: None

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Worldwide Gross: $562,711

Released: 1956

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Godzilla vs. Mothra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'Godzilla' Movies Ever, Ranked
Photo: Toho

Additional Monsters: Mothra, Battra

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Japan Gross: ¥2.22 billion

Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle For Earth is a 1992 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Takao Okawara with special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film stars Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi and Akiji Kobayashi. The 19th installment in the Godzilla series, unadjusted for inflation the film remains the highest grossing film of the entire Godzilla series. After the success of the previous year's Godzilla vs King Ghidorah, Toho decided to bring back Mothra, their second most famous creation. Composer Akira Ifukube won a Japanese Academy Award for his score. The film was the second highest grossing film in Japan in 1993, second only to Jurassic Park. The ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Yoshiko Tanaka, Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe, Satomi Kobayashi, Koichi Ueda, + more

Released: 1992

Directed by: Takao Okawara

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Godzilla vs. Gigan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'Godzilla' Movies Ever, Ranked
Photo: Toho
4 7 VOTES

Additional Monsters: Gigan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67% 

Worldwide Gross: $20 million

Godzilla vs. Gigan, released in Japan as Chikyū Kogeki Meirei: Gojira tai Gigan, is a 1972 Japanese Kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi and Minoru Takashima. The twelfth film of the Godzilla series, this film featured the return of Godzilla's greatest foe King Ghidorah. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was displeased with the previous film, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and wanted to return the series to the more traditional route of well known monsters and an alien invasion plot. This was the last film in which Godzilla was portrayed by Haruo Nakajima who had played the character since the first film ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Haruo Nakajima, Yuriko Hishimi, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Kunio Murai, + more

Released: 1972

Directed by: Jun Fukuda

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