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The Best 'Godzilla' Movies Ever, Ranked

Updated April 16, 2021 2.3k votes 185 voters 1.5k views38 items

List RulesVote 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 1954, or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series, perhaps from Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse - such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters?

If you've ever asked yourself - how many Godzilla movies are there? - this is the definitive ranking. 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 - and answer which of Godzilla's changing appearances is the most popular. 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.

  • Photo: Toho, The Criterion Collection

    Additional Monsters: None

    Worldwide Gross: $562,711

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    • Photo: Toho

      Additional Monsters: Mechagodzilla, King Caesar, Anguirus

      Worldwide Gross: $20 million

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      • Photo: Toho

        Additional Monsters: Destoroyah, Godzilla Junior

        Worldwide Gross: $18 million

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        • Photo: Warner Bros., Toho

          Godzilla: King of the Monsters

          Additional Monsters: Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, King Kong, Scylla, Methuselah, Behemoth, Female MUTO

          Worldwide Gross: $387.9 million

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