I spent some time today piecing together the cinematic history of Godzilla. I have about a dozen Godzilla movies on DVD and Blu-Ray. Most are available in English. A few are not. Some were brutally mangled for US release, but I think many of those have since been re-released by distributors that actually care about the film (most notably Gojira and Godzilla Raids Again).
With that in mind, I have compiled a list of the Godzilla films and what I consider to be the important Godzilla-related films (I included Rodan, for example, but I did not include movies like War of the Gargantuas, which are ostensibly set in the same universe but which never cross over with Godzilla), and linked them to what I consider the best versions of those films on DVD or Blu-Ray. Unfortunately, some are very difficult to find at a sane price (or unavailable entirely, in the case of Return of Godzilla).
I hope that other people find this list useful.
- Godzilla (1954)
- Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
- Rodan (1956)
- Mothra (1961)
- King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
- Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
- Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)
- King Kong Escapes (1967)
- Son of Godzilla (1967) This is currently quite hard to find at a sane price. I do not know why anyone would pay more than $20 for this.
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- All Monsters Attack (1969) aka “Godzilla’s Revenge”.
- Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) I suggest that you watch this in Japanese with English subtitles.
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) This is another one that is difficult to find for a sane price.
- Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
- The Return of Godzilla (1984) Unfortunately, there is no English version of this film on DVD. That may be a blessing: the Americanized version of this film (“Godzilla 1985”) was an abomination. You may be able to find a region-free copy of the Japanese film on Ebay, though.
- Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) This is a huge improvement over the DVD release: widescreen, with both the Japanese and English audio tracks.
- Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) This is a huge improvement over the DVD release: widescreen, with both the Japanese and English audio tracks.
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
- Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
- Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
- Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
The American knock-off
- Godzilla 2000 (1999)
- Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
- Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
- Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
- Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
- Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
“Fat Godzilla” era
- Godzilla (2014)