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The Best Japanese Sci-Fi Movies

Updated June 14, 2020 3.5k votes 451 voters 23.3k views113 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.

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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    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Akihiko Hirata, Shin Kishida
    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, is a 1974 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho....  more
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    Rodan

    Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa
    Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho...  more
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    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

    Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no...  more
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    Battle Royale

    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama
    Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same...  more

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    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    Masatō Ibu, Kōichi Yamadera
    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and...  more
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    Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion

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    Mothra (1961)

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    Destroy All Monsters

    Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara
    Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Kaijū Sōshingeki, is a 1968 Japanese science...  more
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    Godzilla vs. The Thing

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    Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth

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    Terror of Mechagodzilla

    Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Nakamaru
    Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Mekagojira no Gyakushū (メカゴジラの逆襲, lit....  more

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    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    Akiji Kobayashi, So Yamamura
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, is a 1991 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho...  more
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    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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    Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

    Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata
    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...  more
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    King Kong vs. Godzilla

    Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi
    King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by...  more

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    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama
    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written...  more

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    Rebirth of Mothra

    Sayaka Yamaguchi, Hitomi Takahashi
    Rebirth of Mothra, released in Japan as Mothra, was released in 1996 and is the first in a...  more
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    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

    Akihiko Hirata, Akira Nakao
    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, was a 1995 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Co.,...  more

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    Parasyte: Part 1

    Shôta Sometani, Eri Fukatsu
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    Godzilla vs. Biollante

    Demon Kakka, Kyōka Suzuki
    Godzilla vs. Biollante is a 1989 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. The...  more
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    The War of the Gargantuas

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    Godzilla 1985

    Raymond Burr, Keiju Kobayashi
    Godzilla 1985 is a Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by R.J. Kizer and...  more
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    Godzilla 2000

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    Godzilla's Revenge