List of Godzilla movies

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This is a list of all official feature-length Godzilla movies. There are currently 37 films in the franchise: 17 authored by Toho (one of which with Benedict Pictures), three by Toho Eizo, 13 by Toho Pictures, one by TriStar Pictures et al., and three by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures et al. Toho only considers the live action films that it or its subsidiaries create to comprise the numerical entries in the franchise; as such, it excludes the Hollywood adaptations and animated films from the numerical order and maintains that Godzilla Minus One is the 30th Godzilla film.[1] There is one upcoming Godzilla film awaiting release: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the fifth entry in the Monsterverse series of films produced by Legendary, scheduled for April 12, 2024.

List

= Showa series
= Heisei series
= TriStar
= Millennium series
= Monsterverse
= Reiwa series

Main series

There are a total of 30 Godzilla movies which comprise the mainline series. The movies are split into four distinct subseries: Showa, comprising the first 15 films; Heisei, comprising the next seven films; Millennium, comprising the next six films after that; and Reiwa, which includes Shin Godzilla, three animated films which are considered spinoffs, and the most recent installment, Godzilla Minus One. Despite the Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa series being named after political periods of Japan, the series do not neatly map on to the eras; the first film of the Heisei series, The Return of Godzilla, was in fact released during the Showa era, and Shin Godzilla in the Heisei era. Moreover, all of the Millennium series was released during the Heisei era.

# Poster Title
(Japanese)
Release date Funded by Produced by Director(s) Writer(s) FX director(s) Monster(s)*
Story Screenplay
#1
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Godzilla
(ゴジラ)
November 3, 1954 Toho Ishiro Honda Shigeru Kayama Takeo Murata
Ishiro Honda
Eiji Tsuburaya
#2
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Godzilla Raids Again
(ゴジラの逆襲, lit.
"Godzilla's Counterattack")
April 24, 1955 Motoyoshi Oda Shigeaki Hidaka
Takeo Murata
#3
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King Kong vs. Godzilla
(キングコング対ゴジラ)
August 11, 1962 Ishiro Honda Shinichi Sekizawa
#4
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Mothra vs. Godzilla
(モスラ対ゴジラ)
April 29, 1964
#5
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Ghidorah, the Three-
Headed Monster

(三大怪獣 地球最大の決戦,
lit. "Three Giant Monsters:
The Greatest Battle on Earth
")
December 20, 1964
#6
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Invasion of Astro-Monster
(怪獣大戦争, lit.
"The Great Monster War")
December 19, 1965 Toho
Benedict Pictures
Toho
#7
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Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
(ゴジラ・エビラ・
モスラ 南海の大決闘,
lit. "Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra:
Great Duel in the South Seas
")
December 17, 1966 Toho Jun Fukuda Eiji Tsuburaya
Sadamasa Arikawa
#8
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Son of Godzilla
(怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子,
lit. "The Battle of Monster
Island: Son of Godzilla
")
December 16, 1967 Shinichi Sekizawa
Kazue Kiba
Sadamasa Arikawa
#9
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Destroy All Monsters
(怪獣総進撃, lit.
"Monster Total Advancement")
August 1, 1968 Ishiro Honda Ishiro Honda
Kaoru Mabuchi
#10
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All Monsters Attack
(ゴジラ・ミニラ・ガバラ
オール 怪獣大進撃, lit.
"Godzilla, Minilla, Gabara:
All Monsters Attack
")
December 20, 1969 Shinichi Sekizawa Ishiro Honda
Teruyoshi Nakano[2]
#11
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Godzilla vs. Hedorah
(ゴジラ対ヘドラ)
July 24, 1971 Yoshimitsu Banno Yoshimitsu Banno
Kaoru Mabuchi
Teruyoshi Nakano
#12
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Godzilla vs. Gigan
(地球攻撃命令
ゴジラ対ガイガン, lit.
"Earth Attack Command:
Godzilla vs. Gigan
")
March 12, 1972 Toho Toho
Toho Eizo
Jun Fukuda Shinichi Sekizawa
#13
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Godzilla vs. Megalon
(ゴジラ対メガロ)
March 17, 1973 Toho Eizo Shinichi Sekizawa Jun Fukuda
#14
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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
(ゴジラ対メカゴジラ)
March 21, 1974 Shinichi Sekizawa
Masami Fukushima
Hiroyasu Yamaura
Jun Fukuda
#15
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Terror of Mechagodzilla
(メカゴジラの逆襲, lit.
"Mechagodzilla's
Counterattack
")
March 15, 1975 Ishiro Honda Yukiko Takayama
#16
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The Return of Godzilla
(ゴジラ, lit. "Godzilla")
December 15, 1984 Toho Pictures Toho Pictures
Toho Eizo
Koji Hashimoto Tomoyuki Tanaka Hideichi Nagahara
#17
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Godzilla vs. Biollante
(ゴジラVS (たい)ビオランテ)
December 16, 1989 Toho Pictures
Toho Eizo Bijutsu
Kazuki Omori Shinichiro Kobayashi Kazuki Omori Koichi Kawakita
#18
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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
(ゴジラVS (たい)キングギドラ)
December 14, 1991 Kazuki Omori
#19
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Godzilla vs. Mothra
(ゴジラVS (たい)モスラ)
December 12, 1992 Takao Okawara
#20
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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
(ゴジラVS (たい)メカゴジラ, lit.
"Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla")
December 11, 1993 Wataru Mimura
#21
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Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
(ゴジラVS (たい)スペースゴジラ)
December 10, 1994 Kensho Yamashita Hiroshi Kashiwabara
#22
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Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
(ゴジラVS (たい)デストロイア)
December 9, 1995 Takao Okawara Kazuki Omori
#23
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Godzilla 2000: Millennium
(ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム)
December 11, 1999 Toho Pictures Hiroshi Kashiwabara
Wataru Mimura
Kenji Suzuki
#24
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
(ゴジラ× (たい)メガギラス G (ジー)消滅作戦,
lit. "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus:
The G Annihilation Strategy
")
December 16, 2000 Masaaki Tezuka
#25
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Godzilla, Mothra and
King Ghidorah: Giant
Monsters All-Out Attack

(ゴジラ・モスラ・
キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃)
December 15, 2001 Shusuke Kaneko Keiichi Hasegawa
Masahiro Yokotani
Shusuke Kaneko
Makoto Kamiya
#26
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Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
(ゴジラ× (たい)メカゴジラ, lit.
"Godzilla × Mechagodzilla")
December 14, 2002 Masaaki Tezuka Wataru Mimura Yuichi Kikuchi
#27
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Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
(ゴジラ×モスラ×
メカゴジラ 東京SOS (エス・オー・エス),
lit. "Godzilla × Mothra ×
Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS
")
December 13, 2003 Masahiro Yokotani
Masaaki Tezuka
Eiichi Asada
#28
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Godzilla Final Wars
(ゴジラ FINAL (ファイナル) WARS (ウォーズ))
December 4, 2004 Ryuhei Kitamura Wataru Mimura
Isao Kiriyama
#29
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Shin Godzilla
(シン・ゴジラ)
July 29, 2016 Toho Toho Pictures
Cine Bazar
Hideaki Anno
Shinji Higuchi
Hideaki Anno Shinji Higuchi
Katsuro Onoue[a]
#30
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Godzilla Minus One
(ゴジラ-1.0 (マイナスワン))
November 3, 2023 TOHO Studios
ROBOT
Takashi Yamazaki Kiyoko Shibuya

Hollywood films

Four Godzilla movies have been produced entirely by Hollywood studios, with a fifth in development. However, it should be noted that three of the Japanese Godzilla films were brought to the United States with new footage shot by American studios inserted into them. These include Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (a 1956 Americanization of 1954's Godzilla), the 1963 American release of King Kong vs. Godzilla, and Godzilla 1985 (a 1985 Americanization of 1984's The Return of Godzilla). Though these are generally not included in the tally of American Godzilla films, the 2016 book Shin Godzilla Walker: The New Legend of the King of the Monsters does treat Godzilla, King of the Monsters! as a distinct work.[3]

There have also been two Godzilla films created as cooperations between American and Japanese companies from their inception. Invasion of Astro-Monster was produced in Japan but co-funded by Benedict Pictures Corporation of the United States, while Godzilla: King of the Monsters was shot in America but co-funded by Toho. Despite this, Invasion of Astro-Monster is primarily considered a Japanese film and is part of the main Godzilla series, while Godzilla: King of the Monsters is primarily an American film and is included among the American spinoffs.

The 1998 film by TriStar et al. is standalone, while the other three American Godzilla films, produced by Legendary Pictures, share continuity and make up the Monsterverse series along with the King Kong film Kong: Skull Island.

# Poster Title
(Japanese)
Release date Funded by Produced by Director(s) Writer(s) VFX supervisor Monsters*
Story Screenplay
#1
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GODZILLA (GODZILLA (ゴジラ)) May 19, 1998 TriStar Pictures
Fried Films
Independent Pictures
Centropolis Entertainment Roland Emmerich Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Volker Engel
#2
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Godzilla
(GODZILLA ゴジラ)
May 16, 2014 Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Legendary Pictures Gareth Edwards David Callaham Max Borenstein Jim Rygiel
#3
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Godzilla: King
of the Monsters

(ゴジラ キング・
オブ・モンスターズ, lit.
"Godzilla: King of Monsters")
May 31, 2019 Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Toho
Huahua Media[b]
Michael Dougherty Max Borenstein
Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
Zach Shields
Guillaume Rocheron
#4
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Godzilla vs. Kong
(ゴジラvs (ブイエス)コング)
March 31, 2021 Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Adam Wingard Terry Rossio
Michael Dougherty
Zach Shields
Eric Pearson
Max Borenstein
John DesJardin
#5
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Godzilla x Kong:
The New Empire

(ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国)
March 29, 2024 To be announced. Terry Rossio
Adam Wingard
Simon Barrett
Terry Rossio
Simon Barrett
Jeremy Slater
Alessandro Ongaro

Animated films

A trilogy of animated Godzilla films was created by Toho, but is not considered to be part of the main film series, likely because of the films' lack of live-action cinematography. The films are, however, counted as part of the Reiwa series.

Peculiarly, Godzilla.com, the official international website for the Godzilla franchise, previously counted the shows Godzilla, Godzilla: The Series, and Godzilla Singular Point as "films," bringing its tally of animated movies to six.[5]

# Poster Title
(Japanese)
Release date Funded by Animated by Director(s) Writer(s) Monsters*
Story Screenplay
#1
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GODZILLA: Planet
of the Monsters

(GODZILLA (ゴジラ) 怪獣惑星)
November 17, 2017 Toho Polygon Pictures Kobun Shizuno
Hiroyuki Seshita
Gen Urobuchi Gen Urobuchi
#2
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GODZILLA: City on
the Edge of Battle

(GODZILLA (ゴジラ) 決戦機動増殖都市,
lit. "GODZILLA: Battle
Mobile Proliferation City
")
May 18, 2018 Sadayuki Murai
Tetsuya Yamada
Gen Urobuchi
#3
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GODZILLA: The Planet Eater
(GODZILLA (ゴジラ) 星を喰う者)
November 9, 2018 Gen Urobuchi

See also

Notes

  1. Though Higuchi is credited as tokugi kantoku (特技監督, "director of special effects") in Japanese, Toho's English-language press notes specify that he is the VFX director. Onoue was the director for the film's second unit, which shot a small number of practical effects sequences, making him more akin to the special effects directors of prior Godzilla films.
  2. Huahua Media purchased a stake in the film just before release,[4] and therefore could not have contributed to its production budget.

References

This is a list of references for List of Godzilla movies. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. "Godzilla Film History (ゴジラ映画ヒストリー)". godzilla-sp.jp. Archived from the original on 10 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. Nakamura et al. 2014, pp. 81, 96.
  3. Kikuchi, Kato & Yamamoto 2016, pp. 52, 81.
  4. Brzeski, Patrick (30 April 2019). "China's Huahua Media Buys Stake in Legendary's 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. "Filmography". Godzilla.com. Archived from the original on 14 September 2022.

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