Favorite Kaiju and Giant Monster Moviesby garyvmiller | created - 06 Dec 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
All the Kaiju I’ve watched ranked.
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1. King Kong (1976)
PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror
A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.
Votes: 28,532 | Gross: $52.61M
One of my favorite movies of all time. Its on my Mount Rushmore of favorite films in any genre. I was always obsessed with giant monsters (still am) and this movie, this "version" of KONG is the definitive version for me, always has been and it always will be.
Part of the reason it’s the most meaningful Kong to me I'm sure is Nostalgia obviously. But each and every time I watch it I’m captivated and completely immersed in it. It makes me feel today the exact way it did when I was watching it at 5.
The fact that it takes place in the present time, at that time the 1970's is a big upgrade over the noir of the original. It’s more relatable as I am a child of the 70’s..
This movie was made before the days of CGI overloaded (Video game movies) Movies relied on actually sets, and real locations, as well as actual built working parts, giant Gorilla hands and what not, it definitely isn’t actors pretending to see things that aren’t there in front of green screens. Some things hold up while others don’t, for me it’s just adds a little 70’s charm.
The Rick Baker’s Kong suit and Makeup is well done, so much emotion is caught in Kong’s eyes and with his facial expressions, you feel his emotions with him. Kongs Roar is chilling and terrifying yet also very vulnerable and sympathetic.
“Dwan” Jessica Lange’s character is absolutely gorgeous here, I was totally in love with her when I was very young watching this, she is unbelievably beautiful. The scenes between her and Kong you really can see and feel Kong's absolute infatuation with her and I don't blame him.
THE SCORE!!! Its absolutely magnificent!!! By leaps and bounds some of the most emotion pulling effective music I’ve ever heard, it really does a number on me!!! It gives this film the most heart of any entry in the series.
Stand out moments for me are the initial abduction of Dwan by Kong, him leveling trees on his way to get his “offering” we’ll say. I love that wall and the chanting of KONG KONG KONG with all the drums and the torches in the darkness of night. EPIC introduction to our first time seeing King Kong.
I also enjoy seeing Kong come back and seeing him Destroying that wall. He is in a Full blown RAGE at that point and I love it!! The New York stuff with the Subway and seeing him climbing The World Trade Center is cool. That Bloody Ending is still a bit of a Gut punch every time. Even though I know it’s coming. What a Film! Let’s get a fully loaded Blu-ray release someday PLEASE!!!!
2. Godzilla (2014)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.
Votes: 364,864 | Gross: $200.68M
I love this movie! After having just watched Godzilla King of the monsters opening weekend I knew I needed to watch this one again for comparison sake. Back in 2014 when I saw this one opening weekend it had blown my doors off. I had seen it a couple of times since, and I had obviously picked up the Blu-ray, but this was the first time I’d watched it in well over a year. I honestly thought when revisiting this one that I would like it a lot still but feel it was inferior to King of the monsters. WRONG! This movie is so Good!!
Its played completely straight, no camp, no jokes. The Meltdown scene in the movies opening act is Chilling, Cranston shines (as always) This Film is beautiful to look at, all the MUTO City destruction scenes look great. The night scenes in Honolulu, the Tsunami that Godzilla creates while coming to shore. The city shots on that train. The scenes in the forest with the Russian submarine and the MUTO. The broken track and train scene. All the destruction in Vegas. This film features lots of night scenes that are ALL just over flowing with Tension and Atmosphere. That HALO jump scene, wow. The imagery, the colors, the score, it’s like they’re jumping strait into Hell! I love how when they land the city is a wasteland, just mass Destruction, all is in darkness, you can see the silhouettes of giant monsters! Very apocalyptic! That scene is cinematic perfection! Godzilla coming thru the Darkness Smoke and Debris right after that jump scene to ROAR is GOLD!! Every single time Godzilla is on screen it’s Electric!! The cinematography here is just gorgeous! The score is amazing, the tone is perfect, this is a near perfect film. Godzilla’s roar gives me Chills every time!
As I said at the beginning I am fresh off watching Godzilla King of the monsters (2019) on opening weekend, which I did thoroughly enjoy. But now having revisited this one I feel as though this is clearly the superior of the two movies. And so at this moment anyway this is still the best American version of Godzilla.
3. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.
Votes: 7,843 | Gross: $2.73M
4. King Kong (1933)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 76,115 | Gross: $10.00M
5. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Votes: 114,663 | Gross: $110.50M
6. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.
This was one of the few Godzilla films I hadn’t seen.
And.... WOW, I LOVED IT!!! It’s so bizarre and weird. Hedorah was Great in all his forms. As he sludges across the sea in the early portion of the film I got a Creepshow 2 “The Raft” monster vibe. His red Eyes gave me an Octaman vibe. He reminded me of a Ghost from the PAC-Man Arcade game a few times. And the last weird (probably obscure) connection I drew was to the character of Tendril from The Inhumanoids cartoon. He looked a lot like him when in his full standing form, but the way everything he touched died reminded me of the character of D’Compose from the same cartoon. Now I want to revisit Inhumanoids. I actually want an Inhumanoids movie!! That would be insane!!!
Hedorah is now easily one of my favorite Kaiju. This movie has tons of on screen Monster time, especially Hedorah. He’s super interesting, I was hooked the whole time. It also features long battle scenes between Godzilla and Hedorah, they start early then stop then go at it again and then they have a quite lengthy climax. I think my favorite shot of the film is Hedorah in what I call Pac-Man Ghost Monster form devouring a bunch of cars the shot looks cool of him slowly oozing and sludging over the top of them. That or him flying over in Flying Saucer mode and shooting out Toxic chemicals leaving everyone below as liquefied Skeletons
This movie also has a groovy score, some absolutely uniquely bizarre edits (which I loved) and some unique and weird animated Hedorah scenes. So many shots are now just stuck in my head. This one is great check it out.
7. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.
I am currently making my way through the entire Godzilla library. Many of these films I watched when I was young but some I'm watching for the first time..
This one was awesome!! THE SCORE was amazing, just perfect!! Titanosaurus and MechaGodzilla were both great rivals for Godzilla, the stand alone scenes of Titanosaurus attacking the city were good but the ones featuring MechaGodzilla destroying the city were even better, some of the best I've seen in this generation so far. Godzilla takes a few to show up but when he does it's a kick ass entrance!! He basically just appears in the darkness behind a giant building, and then promptly shoots his atomic breath at Titanosaurus and it's pretty damn awesome. The battle scenes satisfy, and the surrounding human story surprisingly is one of my favorites that I have seen thus far in the series. A very good entry in the series here.
8. Clash of the Titans (1981)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Perseus (Harry Hamlin) must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker).
Votes: 38,933 | Gross: $41.09M
Medusa, The Kraken, Calibos, Bubo, The Giant Scorpions, The Giant Vulture!! Lots of cool stuff here all thanks to the master Ray Harryhausen!! I love me some old school stop motion monsters!! Such charm I grew up with this stuff. The Ferryman used to creep me out when I was little, he’s still pretty wicked. I’d say Medusa is the highlight of a movie full of fantastical things. I put it here mainly because of the Kraken!
9. Kong: Skull Island (2017)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.
Votes: 254,961 | Gross: $168.05M
10. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.
The Rodan scenes are my favorite parts of this movie. Prior to seeing this film I knew who he was but I hadn’t yet seen his stand alone film (which I now have and it is excellent) But he is the highlight of this film for me.
The battle he and Godzilla have is so campy and so awesome. Godzilla constantly kicking rocks at Rodan to which Rodan simply head butts them back in the direction of Godzilla is hilarious!! We also have Rodan constantly pecking at Godzilla on the top of his skull with that beak of his, and then picking him up and dropping him like a bag of dirt after soaring thru the sky carrying him like a bag of groceries! When Mothra shows up and tries to calm them both down she sprays her silk on them and we are then treated to Rodan laughing at Godzilla and then Godzilla almost having to sit down because he’s laughing so hard at Rodan!!! Yeah.... It must be seen guys..
When we encounter the new monster in this film “The All Mighty King Ghidorah” Mothra is the first to attack but she pretty much gets blown away. Godzilla is pushed aside with little effort as well by the menacing KG.. Rodan however welcomes KG to the screen by racing fulltilt right at him like an out of control flying Rhino and rams him with the force of a million freight Trains!!! Which drops both monsters hard to the ground!! For some reason Godzilla spends most of his time in the fight throwing rocks instead of using his fire or nuclear or radioactive breath whatever you want to call it, puzzling?? In the end the 3 monsters combine to turn KG away for now. This is a fun movie for fans of the Genre.
11. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster and a slumbering Godzilla.
60’s Godzilla is one of my sweet spots!! This one is fun. Ebirah the giant Lobster is a cool looking monster! He and Godzilla have some really cool fight scenes in the Ocean! The film is laced with a groovy 60’s score which only adds to its charm. We even get a bit of Mothra in this one.
12. Son of Godzilla (1967)
PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.
I love the GIANT SPIDER and Praying Mantises!! The giant bugs look GREAT!! The island is cool and all the scenes involving the bugs are great! The island girl Riko played by Beverly Maeda is very nice to look at!!
The sounds the Mantises make is a bit creepy, as is the thought of giant insects and spiders. In a rarity we actually see two of the Godzilla opponents square off against one another, the Mantis gets bit or stung and killed by the giant Spider which is a cool scene, we also see Godzilla Torch a couple of the mantises and eventually in the films climax after battling the spider for a bit he torches him as well!!
One laughable aspect that prevents this one from being higher on the list is that it probably has the worst Godzilla suit in the entire series, it’s pretty terrible, pretty laughable but it adds to the campy feel of this one. We also meet Manilla (Godzilla’s son apparently) and wow........... This one is purely for fun for fans of the series.
13. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
G | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.
BLOOD SQUIRTS OUT OF GODZILLA!!!! Aliens turn into Gorillas!!! King Caesar and Godzilla crush Mechagodzilla until Godzilla beheads him, classic entry!!!
14. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
G | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.
15. Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956)
Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.
Godzilla looks wicked here. Excellent Suitmation utilized here, some of the best in the entire series. The Black and White helps to enhance the visuals and create quite a Dark and Sinister look. The tone in this American retelling is quite tame compared to the much darker Japanese version.
16. Godzilla (1954)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Votes: 27,160 | Gross: $2.42M
The original Japanese classic! Much Darker then the American repackaging. Though being American the American version is the one I’m most familiar with. They are the same movie but the American version is spliced together with an American actor helping guide the story. This is the better version honestly. But I’m linked to the one I know best.
17. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.
Talos is my favorite Harryhausen creation ever!! Wish there was even more of him here!! He is one of my absolute favorite Giant Titans. He looks flawless.
18. King Kong Escapes (1967)
G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
19. All Monsters Attack (1969)
G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.
GUILTY PLEASURE ALERT
After seeing this a half dozen times as a youngster it’s only natural that’d I’d have a connection with it. Having always seen the English dubbed version tonight I watched the actual Japanese version with English subtitles and I found it a much more enjoyable watch.
Is the movie 50% Godzilla Monster fight footage from other films, yes. Son of Godzilla, Destroy all Monsters, Godzilla vs The Sea Monster and so on.. But as a youngster watching this and following the story of this young boy Ichiro as he would close his eyes and teleport to monster Island, it hit home, you get lots of monsters, lots of Godzilla and in spite of the hate this film gets it plucks at my nostalgia strings and I find it quite enjoyable.
20. Rodan (1956)
Unrated | 74 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A large mining accident sets loose prehistoric Insects and giant pterosaur's on Japan.
Votes: 4,182 | Gross: $0.50M
This is one of my favorite Kaiju films. I really like the look of Rodan, his design is very well done, far superior to how cheesy Godzilla sometimes looks in his films. The scenes where Rodan is attacking the Cities look real and devastating. When Rodan whips across the screen breaking the sound barrier and creating shock waves producing hurricane type winds its quite the thrill! The sound of him breaking the sound barrier in edition to his screeching cry are both fantastic. The movie plays it strait mostly, with a serious tone, nothing goofy or comedic and I like that. The ending is a bit of a downer but doesn't take to much away from this very good movie.
21. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.
Votes: 6,545 | Gross: $5.00M
22. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A typhoon washes ashore a gigantic egg. It's soon claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra. Soon Godzilla arises near Nagoya, washed ashore by the same typhoon.
23. King Kong (2005)
PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.
Votes: 378,375 | Gross: $218.08M
24. The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
G | 92 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
An experimental lab animal called a gargantua escapes from his captors and is suspected to be the creature that is killing people all over the countryside. But when the gargantua from the ... See full summary »
“The words get stuck in my throat”
25. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.
26. Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman who has raised a giant gorilla from an infant brings him to Hollywood years later seeking her fortune in order to save her family's ranch.
27. Mothra (1961)
Passed | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of its two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.
28. Son of Kong (1933)
Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.
Votes: 3,762 | Gross: $1.34M
29. King Kong Lives (1986)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure
Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc.
Votes: 5,155 | Gross: $4.71M
30. The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.
32. The Black Scorpion (1957)
Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.
34. Godzilla 1985 (1985)
PG | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.
Votes: 5,740 | Gross: $4.12M
36. Rampage (2018)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago.
Votes: 130,725 | Gross: $101.03M
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.
39. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Unrated | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.
42. Tarantula (1955)
Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A spider escapes from an isolated Arizona desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.
Votes: 8,132 | Gross: $1.10M
Unrated | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | Announced
Godzilla vs. Wolfman consists of a werewolf appearing in Japan, which becomes irradiated and grows to enormous size. This giant Wolfman encounters Godzilla in the countryside, and the two monsters battle.
44. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
78 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.
45. Pacific Rim (2013)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
Votes: 454,465 | Gross: $101.80M