Ranking the Godzilla Films of the Shōwa Era (1954–1975)

maxresdefaultI don’t want Cinespiria to just be a film review website, I want to have some other features too. Since I am a big fan of lists, I figured I would rank films in specific genres or franchises. One of my all-time favorite franchises is Godzilla.

So I present you with a ranking of all the Godzilla films from the Shōwa Era (1954–1975), which started with the first Godzilla film and ended in 1975 before taking a nine year hiatus.

Granted, this list could change in my mind from time-to-time, as it is already hard enough to try and quantify them somehow. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses and as cookie cutter as some are, they’re all still unique for something.

1. Gojira a.k.a. Godzilla – original Japanese version (1954)
2. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
3. Godzilla, King of Monsters – American version of Gojira (1956)
4. Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster (1964)
5. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
6. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
7. Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971)
8. Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)
9. Monster Zero (1965)
10. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
11. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
12. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
13. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
14. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
15. Son of Godzilla (1967)
16. Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)