Godzilla, the giant reptile from James Bond. It’s been seven decades since your drunkest friend emerged from the ocean’s depths with 17 packets of macaroni cheese dust and tap water in his “queso dip” crockpot at the Super Bowl party. Since his debut in 1954, this monster-king has appeared in more films than any British spy.
We have put up a convenient chronology of Godzilla’s (The King of the Monsters) almost 70-year life. The series has been made to seem more sophisticated due to a few reboots, a dozen or so named monsters, and a few repeating themes. The majority of Godzilla films are available on HBO Max.
If HBO Max is not accessible in your area, use the best HBO Max VPN to get around the geo-blocking and enjoy buffer-free viewing. Each new installment is effectively a stand-alone picture due to the lack of overarching consistency. However, there are times when a cursory knowledge of various characters and events is required, even if all you need to know is that “that’s Godzilla” while pointing at the television.
We have outlined how to view Godzilla movies in chronological sequence, both by release date and by their occurrence.
Strange occurrences occur off the coast of Odo, with several ships being shipwrecked and burnt to the ground. The few survivors have been unable to offer any exact details. Only the residents of Odo Island believe they know why the event occurred: according to mythology, when the famous monster Godzilla runs out of fish in the water, he looks for nourishment on land. He could only be appeased by human sacrifice. Godzilla emerges from the water at night and destroys the island.
Professor Yamane, whose daughter Emiko is dating navy officer Ogata, investigates Godzilla’s massive, radioactive footsteps and discovers the answer: This is how the monster spent millions of years underwater, as shown by a comparably ancient trilobite, until being awakened by the atomic attack. Before retreating into the water, the Godzilla makes his initial appearance on the island. The navy immediately starts bombing the area of water where Godzilla resides.
Godzilla Raids Once More (1955)
Godzilla Raids Again is a direct sequel to Godzilla because it contains certain returning characters and makes allusions to the events of the first film. However, the film rapidly clarifies that this Godzilla is a brand-new member of the same species, not the same radioactive lizard from the previous year.
This film also features Godzilla’s first encounter with another kaiju, Anguirus, a strange turtle/ankylosaurus-like monster who would return in numerous more films in the series.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Godzilla and our gorgeous big boys met for the first time early in their careers. In King Kong vs. Godzilla, the sad ape is reimagined as a much more giant ape with much less pathos. Godzilla starts the journey frozen in an iceberg, where he has remained since the Japanese Army buried him in an icy avalanche after Godzilla Raids Again.
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ichiro Sakai, a news reporter, and Junko Nakanishi, a photographer, shoot recent typhoon damage for a story. A massive egg has been discovered in the water near a Japanese town. The villagers save the egg, which they later sell to Kumayama, a Happy Enterprises entrepreneur. Instead of doing scientific research, he wants to turn it into a tourist destination.
Kayama meets with the company’s director, Jiro Torahata. When they speak about the egg, some tiny twins look like fairies called Shobijin. They attempt but miss them. Sakai, Junko, and Professor Miura are among the Shobijin who have escaped (who wanted to investigate the egg). The fairies explain that the egg is Mothra’s and that if they do not return it, the larva will destroy the community. They all agree to assist them and return the egg.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
King Ghidorah, the franchise’s most famous enemy, appears in this film, crashing down from space to face Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan. Besides a fundamental awareness of who the primary monster characters are, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster seems to have little general continuity with the prior films, which is more or less the franchise’s baseline in terms of a continuing plot. (These movies are virtually made to be viewed on cable out of sequence.) For the first time in history, Godzilla is also presented as a heroic character, which will remain his role for the rest of the series.
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
It is the year 196X. A spacecraft piloted by Fuji and Glenn is on its way to Jupiter to study the recently found “Planet X.” This planet lies directly behind Jupiter. The astronauts meet a humanoid species that live on the planet soon after arriving. The Xilians, as the residents are known, beg the astronauts for a favor. For a long time, Monster Zero (King Ghidorah) has decimated their world.
To fight Monster Zero, Zero-One (Godzilla), and Zero-Two (Rodan), they want to borrow the two terrestrial monsters. The Xillians will provide the Earthlings with a cure for any ailment. The astronauts agree and go back to Earth to fulfill the request. A team of scientists quickly tracks down Godzilla and Rodan. One of the Xillians suddenly appears on Earth during the quest. It’s supposed to aid in the search.
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
A young Japanese boy, Ryota, discovers that his missing brother Yota was not killed in a boat accident and is still alive. Together with his buddies Mita and Yota, he borrows a boat and sets out to find the missing individual. They discover Yashi, who is also not permitted to be aboard the boat. The buddies realize Yashi has taken the boat out to sea the following morning.
The yacht is attacked by the enormous crab Ebirah throughout the voyage, but the crew manages to rescue themselves on an island’s beach. There, they encounter Daiyo, a little girl. This story is about a guy who lives on the island and maybe the missing Yota. This girl is one of the island’s residents. These people were enslaved by the “Red Bamboo” group, which was testing chemical weapons on the island.
Son of Godzilla (1967)
It is an unwritten law of film that the acute youngster must follow every terrifying beast. (See also, for example, Son of Kong and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.) Minilla, Godzilla’s sort-of spawn, is rescued from the clutches of an island of deadly insects in the Son of Godzilla. Godzilla uses bullying to teach Minilla how to fight.
The two team up to beat a swarm of praying mantises and a giant spider, resulting in the only rendition of “Cats in the Cradle” I’m interested in hearing. The only connection between Son of Godzilla and the other films is that it asks you to identify Godzilla out of a lineup.
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
The Godzilla franchise’s Destroy All Monsters is similar to The Avengers. This film assembles all of the previous films’ monsters and a handful from other Toho franchises for a gigantic battle royale against the everlasting jabroni King Ghidorah.
It does, however, serve as a type of reboot for the series, introducing a new continuity in which global peace has been established, and all kaiju on Earth now live in relative peace on the fittingly named Monster Island.
All Monsters Attack (1969)
All Monsters Attack seems to have no clear narrative ties to any previous Godzilla picture, which is a good thing since viewing it makes you never want to see another rubber monster film again. The film follows a young kid called Ichiro who has a psychic dream relationship with Minilla and is essentially a loose remake of Son of Godzilla that recycles an incredible amount of material from other films in the series.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Hedorah is an extraterrestrial that lands on Earth and starts eating pollution. Godzilla is drawn to Hedorah’s antics and fights the pollution monster feeding on the smoke from a chimney. Hedorah reverts to his previous form at the exact moment, which Godzilla easily defeats.
The two monsters engage in a series of skirmishes above Japan. Hedorah eventually transforms into a flying saucer-shaped entity, enabling her to soar and spread a sulfuric acid mist over the country while destroying many industries.
Godzilla Vs. Gigan (1972)
When Gigan first appears in Godzilla vs. Gigan, he is one of the more intriguing-looking characters among Godzilla’s supporting characters. When King Ghidorah returns to Earth, only Godzilla and his BFF Anguirus will be able to stop him. Except for the fact that Monster Island exists, this film, like the others in the series, is a new episode of the Godzilla television show.
Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Megalon may be the peak of this tendency. In a direct sequel to Godzilla vs. Gigan, the film begins with a nuclear test that sends Godzilla’s Monster Island pals Rodan and Anguirus into the Earth’s core. Megalon, a beetle enforcer despatched by the undersea inhabitants to wreak havoc on the surface world, invades the surface world due to tests on what is effectively Atlantis.
The aliens from the last film, apparently resenting their defeat by Godzilla and Anguirus, send Gigan back to Earth to help Megalon. The emergence of Jet Jaguar, a robot kaiju created by a teenage fan as part of a promotional contest, is also noteworthy.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
To combat the alien robot pretender Mechagodzilla, Godzilla allies up with a dog gremlin creature dubbed King Caesar. The evil cyborg is sent by a strange species of ape-like aliens that seek to utilize the monster to conquer Earth since every civilization in the cosmos seems to have the same goal.
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
Terror of Mechagodzilla is a direct sequel to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, in which the Simeons construct Mechagodzilla with the help of a deranged scientist. Because the same insane scientist is similarly obsessed with the Titanosaurus mystery, he joins forces with the aliens’ monster in a bid to wipe out humanity. Because of falling box office receipts, Terror of Mechagodzilla was the last Godzilla picture of the Shwa era. For nearly ten years, the big guy would not appear in any official Toho production.
The Return of Godzilla (1984)
As a direct sequel to the 1954 film, The Return of Godzilla also serves as a reboot, starting from the beginning and dismissing the events of all preceding Shwa films. Minilla is in a terrible situation.
Consequently, this film’s Godzilla serves as a metaphor for the world’s rapidly expanding nuclear weapons. A Soviet missile is destroyed by an SDI system meant to imitate the much-maligned SDI system, nicknamed the “Star Wars project,” mockingly to stay up with current events.
Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1992)
Only one plot point is required to comprehend the events of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: Godzilla overcame Mecha-King Ghidorah in the last battle, resuming the previous film at the sea’s bottom.
The “grumpy shithead” of this film replaces the semi-heroic Godzilla of the previous two films, which made him renowned in the first place. Godzilla confronts Mothra and Battra for no apparent reason in this film (see “grumpy shithead” above), killing Battra and imprisoning him once again in an underwater cave.
Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Despite its title, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II is a sequel to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), not 1974’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Following Ghidorah’s destruction by Godzilla in Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah, the United Nations, uses his remains to create Mechagodzilla and Garuda. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Rodan and Baby Godzilla make their Heisei debuts.