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The Best Japanese Sci-Fi Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2020 2.5k votes 419 voters 20.6k views 113 items

Godzilla is probably the most iconic Japanese Sci-Fi movie character ever. This towering monster is one of the most referenced characters in movie history, so it only makes sense there’s plenty of Godzilla films on this list of Japanese Sci-Fi movies. In a way it's almost like a list of the best Godzilla movies, but there’s a lot more to this list than just the giant green monster. Be sure to dive in and check out this extensive list of Japanese Sci-Fi movies for yourself; you’ll be sure to find something that’s out of this world.

The original 1954 Godzilla, directed by Ishiro Honda, was so influential and popular it has spawned 30 films. The character of Godzilla has its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1961’s Mothra was another film about Japanese kaiju, or monster. Kaiju have been the basis for newer films as well, such as Pacific Rim.

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Godzilla (1954)
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Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida, Kenji Sahara

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jun Fukuda

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Gorō ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more
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Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Kaijū Sōshingeki, is a 1968 Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. The ninth entry in the original Godzilla series, it stars Akira Kubo, ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara

Released: 1956

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. It was the studio's first Kaiju movie filmed in color. It is one of a series of "giant ...more
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Mothra (1961)
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Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

Released: 2000

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more

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Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura, Koichi Ueda

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kazuki Ōmori

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, is a 1991 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co., Ltd.. Directed by Kazuki Omori, and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita, the film starred ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney

Released: 1995

Directed by: Takao Okawara

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 ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Nakamaru, Kenji Sahara

Released: 1975

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Mekagojira no Gyakushū (メカゴジラの逆襲, lit. "Mechagodzilla's Counterattack") is a 1975 Japanese kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda, written by ...more

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Raymond Burr, Keiju Kobayashi, Yasuko Sawaguchi

Directed by: Koji Hashimoto

Godzilla 1985 is a Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by R.J. Kizer and Koji Hashimoto. The film is a heavily re-edited version of the Japanese film, The Return of ...more
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Godzilla vs. The Thing
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Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

Released: 1962

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao ...more

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Demon Kakka, Kyōka Suzuki, Yoshiko Tanaka

Released: 1989

Directed by: Kazuki Ōmori

Godzilla vs. Biollante is a 1989 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. The film was written and directed by Kazuki Ōmori, and stars Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu ...more
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Godzilla 2000
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Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Haruo Nakajima

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Invasion of Astro-Monster, known in Japan as Kaijū Daisensō, is a Japanese American science fiction kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa

Released: 1957

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

The Mysterians, released in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun, is a 1957 Science fiction Tokusatsu film directed by Ishirō Honda and produced & released by Toho Studios. It is notable for being the ...more
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The War of the Gargantuas
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Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster
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Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Haruo Nakajima

Released: 1955

Directed by: Eiji Tsuburaya, Motoyoshi Oda

Godzilla Raids Again, is a 1955 Japanese Science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Motoyoshi Oda, and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Hiroshi ...more
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Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney, Koichi Ueda

Released: 1993

Directed by: Takao Okawara

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, released in Japan as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1993 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Takao Okawara and featuring special ...more
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Yumiko Shaku, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Nakao

Released: 2002

Directed by: Masaaki Tezuka

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Godzilla × Mechagodzilla, is a 2002 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka, written by Wataru Mimura, and ...more
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Haruo Nakajima, Yuriko Hishimi, Kenpachiro Satsuma

Released: 1972

Directed by: Jun Fukuda

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, ...more
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Space Battleship Yamato (2010)
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Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla