foreign films The Best Japanese Sci-Fi Movies  

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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.

Which of these Japanese Sci-Fi movies are your favorites? Vote and get them to the top of the list!

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Godzilla (1954)

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Destroy All Monsters Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo 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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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida, Kenji Sahara 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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Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Akihiko Hirata, Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney 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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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata 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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Rodan Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara 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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Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki 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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Godzilla 1985 Raymond Burr, Keiju Kobayashi, Yasuko Sawaguchi 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. King Ghidorah Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura, Koichi Ueda 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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Godzilla 2000

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King Kong vs. Godzilla Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata 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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Mothra (1961)

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Terror of Mechagodzilla Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Nakamaru, Kenji Sahara Terror of Mechagodzilla is a 1975 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Tomoko Ai, ...more

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Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster

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Godzilla vs. Biollante Demon Kakka, Kyōka Suzuki, Yoshiko Tanaka 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 vs. The Thing

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Invasion of Astro-Monster Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Haruo Nakajima 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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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Akira Nakao, Shelley Sweeney, Koichi Ueda 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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Godzilla Raids Again Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Haruo Nakajima 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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Godzilla vs. Gigan Haruo Nakajima, Yuriko Hishimi, Kenpachiro Satsuma 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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Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla Yumiko Shaku, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Nakao 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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Rebirth of Mothra Sayaka Yamaguchi, Hitomi Takahashi, Megumi Kobayashi Rebirth of Mothra, released in Japan as Mothra, was released in 1996 and is the first in a trilogy of kaiju-films produced by Toho, in which Mothra's son saves the world from ...more

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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata, Kumi Mizuno Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special ...more

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The War of the Gargantuas

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Ultraman

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Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla

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The Mysterians Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa 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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Casshern Susumu Terajima, Tetsuji Tamayama, Ryō Casshern is a 2004 Japanese tokusatsu film adaptation of the anime series of the same name. It was written and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. It stars Yusuke Iseya as Tetsuya Azuma/Casshern, Kumiko ...more

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Gamera vs. Monster X

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Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth

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Gamera vs. Guiron Eiji Funakoshi, Nobuhiro Kashima Gamera vs. Guiron, is a 1969 kaiju genre film, the fifth entry in the original Gamera series. It was one of five Gamera films to be featured as episodes of movie-mocking television show Mystery ...more

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Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

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King Kong Escapes Paul Frees, Mie Hama, Hideyo Amamoto King Kong Escapes, . Directed by Ishiro Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred both American actors (such as Rhodes Reason and Linda Miller) alongside Japanese ...more

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Attack on Titan: End of the World

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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera, Yusaku Yara Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-fourth film released in the ...more

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Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion

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Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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Godzilla vs. Megalon Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham, Katsuhiko Sasaki Godzilla vs. Megalon is a 1973 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed and co-written by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, the film starred Katsuhiko ...more

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Gamera the Brave Kaho, Susumu Terajima, Tomorowo Taguchi Gamera the Brave, released in Japan as Young Braves of Gamera, is a kaiju film released in 2006, produced by Kadokawa Pictures. This is the twelfth Gamera film and the first produced by Kadokawa ...more

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Ultraman: Monster Big Battle Akihiko Hirata, Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle is a 1979 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Tsuburaya Productions, consisting of re-edited material from the original television series Ultraman.

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Atragon Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Yu Fujiki Atragon, released in Japan as Undersea Warship, is a 1963 science fiction tokusatsu film directed by Ishirō Honda and produced and financed by Toho. It is based on a series of juvenile adventure ...more

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Ultraman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Japanese Sci-Fi Movies
Ultraman Daisuke Ryu, Nae Yūki, Toshiya Nagasawa Ultraman: The Next, released in Japan simply titled ULTRAMAN, is a 2004 tokusatsu superhero film. It is part of the Ultra Series' experimental Ultra N Project, and features an Ultraman character ...more

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Tokyo Gore Police Eihi Shiina, Tak Sakaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura Tokyo Gore Police is a 2008 Japanese-American film co-written, edited, and directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and stars Eihi Shiina as Ruka, a vengeful police officer. Tokyo Gore Police was ...more

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Message from Space Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada Message from Space is a film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, one of the co-directors of Tora! Tora! Tora!. The film stars Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, and in a rare foreign film appearance, Vic ...more

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Gatchaman

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Battle in Outer Space Ryō Ikebe, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Korenari Senda Battle in Outer Space, is a 1959 Japanese Science Fiction film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Ryo Ikebe, ...more

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Ultraman (2004)

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Frankensten Conquers the World

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Matango Hideyo Amamoto, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara Matango, also known as Fungus of Terror, Curse of the Mushroom People and Attack of the Mushroom People, is a 1963 Japanese tokusatsu movie. It was directed by Ishirō Honda, and written by ...more

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Gantz Kazunari Ninomiya, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ayako Yoshitani Gantz is a series of two Japanese live-action films released in 2011, based on the manga series of the same name by Hiroya Oku. The first was simply titled Gantz, and the second was titled ...more