While Godzilla films are mostly known for their cheesy man-in-the-suit special effects and horribly dubbed dialog, they are unjustly put down for all the wrong reasons.
There's actually a number of Godzilla films that are actually quite good. TOHO is releasing yet another origin story later this year titled Godzilla Resurgence, you can check out the first trailer posted by trailerparty here. As such, it seems like an appropriate time to do a top 10 count down of the big G-man's best movies.
So here are the 8 Best Godzilla Movies. All hail the King!
8. Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster
Ghidorah, Godzilla's arch rival, makes his first appearance in this movie. The golden three headed dragon from space is quite a force to be reckoned with, and has Godzilla team up with allies Rodan and Mothra to defeat the creature. While the plot is pretty cockamamie involving an alien princess, the fights are good and the effects decent enough for the time period.
7. Godzilla vs. Biollante
Biollante might just be the most creatively designed kaiju that Godzilla has gone up against. It's final form is breathtaking, making use of all the great effects given to TOHO at the time. Even the human plot in this one is interesting, and not just put on the backburner like so many others. Add to that a fantastic soundtrack, and you've got a great Godzilla movie.
6. Return of Godzilla
After a brief hiatus the Big G returns in this 1985 movie which is almost as dark as the original. There's no monsters here to fight, just Godzilla laying waste to Tokyo and everything in it. It's a true return of form for the King of Monsters which is a better example of the character than the 2014 Edwards production by far.
5. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
I might get points taken off for preferring this 1990's sequel to it's 70's predecessor but this really is the better of the two films. Godzilla goes against a mechanical version of himself created by the Japanese government. This features some great fights where Godzilla gets pretty beat up, and an interesting subplot with Godzilla Jr., which could have been lame but ends up working pretty good in this.
4. Godzilla vs. Destroyah
Epic in every sense of the word, this entry has the Big G start to deteriorate due to large levels of radiation. Before he implodes however Godzilla must do battle with Destroyah, a huge kaiju that looks like the spawn of Satan. This film ended the Heisi series and sent Godzilla out on a good note. The monster fights are well done, and the many forms of Destoryah are creative and different. Also worth mentioning is that this film links to the very first Godzilla film, which is a big plus for fans.
3. Godzilla vs. Mothra
Once TOHO realized the mad amounts of cash they could make with Godzilla fighting other recognizable monsters, they were kick to crank out this versus films. One of the earliest, and still one of the best, is Godzilla vs. The Thing, aka Godzilla vs. Mothra. The plot involves a giant egg that Godzilla wants to destroy, and he is forced to do battle with a giant moth named Mothra. The monster fight is pretty well shot for 1964 and the plot, while hokey, is enjoyable to say the least. Only downside is the annoying twin fairies that keep showing up.
2.Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
This one has it all; time travel, cyborgs, laser fights, plus one of the best kaiju fights between Godzilla and his arch nemesis, King Ghidorah. Sure it's campy, but come on, it's a Godzilla movie. If you can look past the plot holes and hammed acting this movie is a B-movie gem of epic proportions.
The movie that started it all. It's dark, bleak, gritty, terrifying and still holds up today. This is by far the darkest Godzilla movie, the original Japanese one, not the American edited version with Raymond Burr. Godzilla is not a good guy or a bad guy in this installment. Rather he is a force of nature that causes destruction in his wake. If you haven't seen this original masterpiece, I highly suggest you do so.
Do you have a list of movies that you want to recommend? Now you have a place to do it.
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