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The Best Godzilla Films You Should Watch After You’re Done With Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

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If you want the best rubber-suited throwdown done right, you can’t go wrong with the Godzilla films from Japan. Whether it’s the Showa, Heisei, or Millennium series, one thing is for certain when it comes to Mr. Atomic Breath here; destruction and giant monster fights usually follow. Along with a lot of lovely-if-campy practical effects.

The problem is that there are 29 of these films, and each of them has intersecting timelines. And that’s even taking into account the title changes from Japan to English markets.bSo which one should you go with to get your monster mash fix?

We’re here to help you get acquainted with these essential picks, especially if you’re done with the fantastic Godzilla: King of the Monsters which is out right now in Malaysian and Southeast Asian cinemas.

Godzilla (1954)

This is a place to start as any to get to know the original King of the Monsters. You have to see the origin story of how he is the antagonist who perpetuated the “man created the monster” allusion via nuclear weapons story bit. Basically, humans are paying the price for their callous way of treating the earth.

Many filmmakers have tried remaking this original, but they can’t come close to matching its nihilistic tone. Plus, the other remakes have way too much talking. We’re looking at you Shin Godzilla.

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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

If you want to know what the big deal is with this giant moth, you can’t do any wrong watching this 1964 classic. Here, the two monsters clash due to corporate greed involving Mothra’s eggs. Somehow, the military gets involved but it just reinforces the fact that Godzilla is an unstoppable force.

Mothra plays a big part in the new Godzilla film, so this film is an essential starting point if you want to find out more about the Godzilla/Mothra dynamic.

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Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

As with every hero and villain archetype in pop culture, Godzilla needs his arch-nemesis. And no other monster comes close than the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah. This second Ghidorah origin story (Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster was the first) deals with some time-travelling nonsense, but the real meat is the appearance and battles of not one three-headed badass dragon, but two.

If you want a super-entertaining Godzilla flick with some bats*** crazy moments, just tune in to this after seeing the other two films. Maybe just watch Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster after you’re done with this to get some context.

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Godzilla 2000 (1999)

If you’re done watching the 1954 film, you can jump straight into this late 90s wonder that restarted the franchise for the third time. This one comes with a decent balance of human/kaiju drama, a badass space rock monster thing for the big G to fight, and arguably one of the best and dumbest lines to end a Godzilla film. And that’s saying a lot, given the series nature at taking itself seriously.

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Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S (2003)

Who wants a Millenium-era Godzilla flick with a big budget? Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S is your go-to film if you want to see a robot Godzilla, original Godzilla, and Mothra fight each other in pure destruction and demolition bliss.

No building is spared and no tank artillery goes unfired; this is the essence of later-year Godzilla flicks down to its primal form and with more money to burn for a grand spectacle.

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Destroy All Monsters (1968)

A veritable monster mash. This is where Godzilla and his pals/arch-rivals team up to fight aliens coming to wreck Earth up. They mind-control some of the monsters to fight each other for reasons involving galactic takeover or something.

Once you see the claws and tails fly, you’ll just shut your brain off and just enjoy the rubber suit carnage. At the very least, the last 10 minutes of the film is all you need to justify watching all of Destroy All Monsters.

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Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Shortened to GMK by fans, this monster mash has King Ghidorah and Mothra going at it against Godzilla, who also rampages through Tokyo. As usual, the human heroes and military try their best to contain the situation. Spoiler alert; they fail at it.

Still, if you want a nicely-budgeted rampage film with practical effects aplenty, this installment delivers all that without bogging people with monster rampage continuity. It’s really thoughtful of the Millenium era to just make the first Godzilla film the reference point to all these post-1999 flicks, right?

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Godzilla Final Wars (2004)

Hell to the yes! This is non-stop action that combines monster fighting and martial arts fighting. While it may turn purists off with its heavy use of digital effects, you won’t find an insane mash-up like this Godzilla movie. We used to believe that there is a plot amidst this film, but it’s just a great excuse to have the best monsters in the series team up and fight each other.

Oh, and 1998 Godzilla gets the shaft too. Deservedly so.

What’s your favourite Godzilla film? What would you recommend people should watch before Godzilla 2? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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