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Godzilla Films Ranked: Worst to First

With Godzilla vs Kong right around the corner, I'm gonna rank all the films in my favorite franchise. I also added every soundtrack in the franchise because I wanted album art that matched the films.
33Kunio Miyauchi
All Monsters Attack!


All Monsters Attack

Fuck this movie.

Grade: Z
32Masaru Sato
Son of Godzilla


Son of Godzilla

Introduced Minilla. Unforgivable.

Grade: F
31Takayuki Negishi
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters


Anime Trilogy

So much missed potential. Hope Godzilla Singular Point is better than this embarrassing misstep.

Grade: D-
30Masaru Sato
Ebirah: Horror of the Deep


Ebirah Horror of the Deep

A giant Lobster is not an acceptable villain. Also the giant condor scene may be the worst in the entire franchise.

Grade: D-
29Masaru Sato
Godzilla Raids Again


Godzilla Raids Again

The fact this film followed the immortal classic Gojira is dumbfounding. This movie kinda sucks.

Grade: D-
28Riichiro Manabe
Godzilla vs. Megalon


Godzilla vs Megalon

Save for the amazing tail dropkick moment, this movie is barely even a Godzilla film. Dude shows up over halfway through, but by that point your attention is guaranteed to be lost.

Grade: D
27David Arnold
GODZILLA


Godzilla 1998

A guilty pleasure of mine. It was my first Godzilla movie so it will always have a special place in my heart; even if it isn't objectionably good.

Objective Grade: D
Personal Grade: B
26Takayuki Negishi
Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla


Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla

Definitely the weakest film in the Heisei series. This film commits the sin of introducing a mech that is even worse than Mechagodzilla II. SpaceGodzilla is a super cool villain, but the fight scenes with him are admittedly pretty lame.

Grade: D+
25Akira Ifukube
Godzilla vs Gigan


Godzilla vs Gigan

It’s such a shame Gigan made his debut in this boring ass movie. Monster action is pretty solid, but everything else is a snoozefest.

Grade: D+
24Akira Ifukube
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II


Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II

Mechagodzilla’s butt ugly redesign pisses me off to the point where every scene he’s in is almost completely ruined. The soundtrack is super fuckin dope though,

Grade: C-
23Akira Ifukube
Invasion of Astro-Monster


Invasion of the Astro Monster

The poor man’s Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster. Passable but nothing remarkable.

Grade: C-
22Riichiro Manabe
Godzilla vs Hedorah


Godzilla vs Hedorah

This is a REALLY weird one. I like it, but it’s still a little to stupid at points for me to love. I mean, Godzilla fucking flies in this movie.

Grade: C
21Akira Ifukube
Mothra vs Godzilla


Mothra vs. Godzilla

Probably gonna step on some toes here, but I really don’t like Mothra that much. You couldn’t pick a lamer insect to blow up to kaiju proportions. My distaste for Mothra definitely contributes to why this film is so low on the list.

Grade: C
20Akira Ifukube
Godzilla vs Mothra


Mothra vs Godzilla

A marked improvement over the original movie. My biggest gripe comes down to how fucking dreadfully awful Mothra’s design is here. Literally a cotton ball with wings. Battra is pretty dope though.

Grade: C+
19Akira Ifukube
Godzilla 2000: Millennium


Godzilla 2000

This film was pretty much only made to counter the negative reception the 98 movie had garnered from fans. While it isn’t a homerun, it is still a solid kaiju film with a dope final enemy.

Grade: C+
18Akira Ifukube
Destroy All Monsters


Destroy All Monsters

The final battle between the earth monsters vs Ghidorah is worth the price of admission, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a tad bit too slow paced for most people.

Grade: C+
17Akira Ifukube
Terror of Mechagodzilla


Terror of Mechagodzilla

A damn good direct sequel of GvMG, but not quite as good. This is partially due to how fucking annoying Titanosaurus’ roar is. Shit gets grating really fast.

Grade: B-
16Kouichi Kawakita
Godzilla vs Biollante


Godzilla vs Biollante

Solid followup to G84, but doesn’t quite match the suspense it’s predecessor.This movie definitely has some pacing issues, but is still home to one of the coolest kaiju in the entire franchise.

Grade: B-
15Michiru Oshima
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla


Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

While it’s sequel is minorly superior, this is still a damn good Godzilla movie. Having the spirit of the first Godzilla possess the mechanical doppelganger is simply genius. Another thing about this movie and it’s sequel that is a plus is just how strong the human characters are.

Grade: B
14Michiru Oshima
Godzilla: Tokyo SOS


Godzilla Tokyo SOS

The Kiryu duology is meant to be seen as a cohesive whole, but individually, I’ve gotta give the nod to this one. Has easily the best special effects and miniatures of any Godzilla film. Highly recommended.

Grade: B
13Akira Ifukube
Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster


Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster

The film that created the ensemble monster brawls that would thankfully remain a recurring theme in the franchise. Super important and a one of the best films in the Showa series.

Grade: B
12Alexandre Desplat
Godzilla


Godzilla 2014

This one will always be special to me. I’ve been a Godzilla fan since the age of 6, and it always killed me that I could never see my childhood icon on the big screen. Being able to see an actual Godzilla movie in the theater is an experience I will never forget.

Grade: B
11Akira Ifukube
Godzilla vs King Ghidorah


Godzilla vs King Ghidorah

This movie’s got it all: fantastic action, time travel, vengeful aliens, cyborgs and the one and only appearance of the coolest mech of the franchise, Mecha-King Ghidorah.

Grade: B
10Michiru Oshima
Godzilla vs Megaguirus


Godzilla vs Megaguirus

I will never understand why people consider this one of the worst in the franchise. The new monster, the multi-staged insectoid Megaguirus is pretty fucking cool and very different from previous Godzilla kaiju. The first time we see the creature, it kills a young couple in a very slasher movie way, which is pretty original for a Godzilla film. This film has a ton of great ideas; and while they aren’t flawlessly executed, the film is still very fun and interesting.

Grade: B
9Bear McCreary
Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

While I enjoyed the 2014 Godzilla film, this movie delivered more of what I wanted from a Godzilla film. This movie wastes no time fucking around, and instead drops you directly into the action. The monster fights are super fun to watch, the kaijus’ redesigns are dope, and the soundtrack is one of the best in the entire series. My only major complaint is that the human characters are a little one-note and forgettable.

Grade: B
8Akira Ifukube
King Kong vs Godzilla


King Kong vs Godzilla

Pitting the two most popular giant monsters together in a battle to the death is such an awesome concept, and Godzilla vs King Kong pulls it off in a very satisfying way. While it does take a long time for the two monsters to start fighting, the rest of the film does pack an entertaining punch. If you want some dumb fun, this is a great choice.

Grade: B+
7Masaru Sato
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla


Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla

Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla is definitely a step in the right direction, relying less on silly gags and ridiculous kaiju battles. For the first time in a while Godzilla is given a genuinely threatening villain, which would go on to become one of the most popular kaiju ever. There may be a couple silly moments to laugh at, but the overall package is solid.

Grade: B+
6Reijiro Koroku
The Return of Godzilla


The Return of Godzilla

For Godzilla not having any kaiju to face, this film is surprisingly entertaining. The movie does a good job making Godzilla scary again, and the darker tone is a welcomed change of pace from the light hearted films of the 60s and 70s.

Grade: B+
5Akira Ifukube
Godzilla vs Destoroyah


Godzilla vs Destoroyah

Probably the only film in the Heisei series that I can say I’m truly a fan of. The film has a surprising amount of emotional weight, and Destoroyah is easily on the coolest kaijus in the entire franchise. Godzilla’s death will never fail to make me tear up, and is probably the most impactful moment in the entire franchise. A fantastic way to end an otherwise lackluster series.

Grade: A-
4Keith Emerson
Godzilla: Final Wars


Godzilla Final Wars

This movie is absolutely fucking nuts. Definitely the most action packed film in the series; offering us martial art fights, motorcycle chases, extraterrestrial dogfights, and enough monster action for 3 movies. It takes a little bit to get started, but once it does, it never lets up once.

Grade: A
3Akira Ifukube
Gojira


Gojira

The original is widely regarded as the best in the series, and it isn’t hard to see why. It’s hard to deny the influence this film had on monster movies, and stands as one of the finest creature features of all time.

Grade: A
2Shiro Sagisu
Shin Godzilla Official Soundtrack


Shin Godzilla

The thing I love about Shin Godzilla is just how different it is to the rest of the films in the series. Godzilla films have always been fantastical, and comfortably fits within the science fiction genre and never really shoots for a realistic approach. But with Shin Godzilla, we finally get to see how a Godzilla attack would be handled in the real world. I acknowledge this approach isn’t everyone's cup of tea, and could be perceived as bland or uninteresting. For me however, this was a great unique approach that helps it stand apart from the rest of the films in the series.

Grade: A
1Kow Otani
GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack


Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

The perfect combination of everything you want out of a Godzilla film. Fun action scenes, interesting story, great practical effects, glorious destruction and a superb soundtrack. In addition, this film goes the extra mile and gives us the best human characters in the entire franchise.

Grade: A+
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