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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mothra (1961)

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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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Godzilla 2000

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Godzilla vs. The Thing

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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 Smog Monster

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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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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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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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The War of the Gargantuas

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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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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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Ultraman

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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 vs. Space Godzilla