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1. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Fishing scout-pilots are startled to discover a new monster named Anguirus alongside a second Godzilla. The monsters make their way towards Osaka as Japan can only brace for tragedy and relive the horror of Godzilla once more.

Directors: Motoyoshi Oda, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 6,100

2. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 46,045 | Gross: $3.00M

3. Rodan (1956)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A mining engineer investigates the death of his fellow coworkers and discovers prehistoric nymphs emerging from the mines. As he heads deeper into the mines, he makes a more horrifying discovery in the form a prehistoric flying creature.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata, Akio Kobori

Votes: 4,759 | Gross: $0.50M

4. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

Moses, an Egyptian Prince, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 65,894 | Gross: $93.74M

5. Mothra (1961)

Passed | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An expedition to Infant Island discovers a native population and tiny twin fairy priestesses of the island's mythical deity. Named Mothra, she sets out to rescue her fairies after they are kidnapped by an exploitative businessman.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Yumi Itô

Votes: 4,083

6. Atragon (1963)

TV-Y7 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

When an ancient underground civilization and their snake-like guardian plots to reclaim the surface world, those of the surface fights back.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Shûe Matsubayashi | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Yôko Fujiyama, Yû Fujiki, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 1,022

7. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Not Rated | 89 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Mothra's egg washes ashore and is claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to her fairies. As Godzilla arises near Nagoya, the people of Infant Island must decide if they are willing to answer Japan's own pleas for help.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yû Fujiki

Votes: 8,098

8. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Not Rated | 85 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A detective is assigned to protect a princess who prophecies the Earth's end with the arrival of a powerful space monster. Mothra and her fairies must persuade Godzilla and Rodan to set aside their differences or face the invader alone.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi

Votes: 5,979

9. Wonder 3 (1965– )

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

Three aliens are sent to Earth by the Galactic Congress to decide if it should be destroyed to protect universal peace from mankind's warlike ways. The three assume disguises as animals; ... See full summary »

Stars: Bobbie Byers, Neil Patrick, Paul Brown, Kurt Nagel

Votes: 18

10. Thunderbirds (1965–1966)

TV-G | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In either the year 2026 or 2065, the Tracy family run International Rescue - a top-secret organization whose ongoing mission is to rescue people trapped in extraordinarily dangerous situations.

Stars: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Dyneley, David Graham, Shane Rimmer

Votes: 4,049

11. Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1965–1967)

TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A human member of a defense force is given the life and ability to change into a giant super-hero to battle the monsters that wreaks havoc on Earth.

Stars: Susumu Kurobe, Sandayû Dokumamushi, Masaya Nihei, Bin Furuya

Votes: 593

12. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 75,388

13. Mahô tsukai Sarî (1966–1968)


Sally, the princess of the land of magic, comes down to earth against her father's will.

Stars: Michiko Hirai, Fuyumi Shiraishi, Kôsei Tomita, Jôji Yanami

Votes: 69

15. Ultraseven (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An alien superhero from M-78 protects Earth from extraterrestrial threats in this popular classic follow-up to the original "Ultraman" TV series.

Stars: Shôji Nakayama, Kôji Moritsugu, Yuriko Hishimi, Sandayû Dokumamushi

Votes: 313

16. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 41,748

17. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 616,620 | Gross: $56.95M

19. Tiger Mask (1969–1971)

23 min | Animation, Action, Sport

A wrestler challenges the criminal organization that made him famous.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Nana Yamaguchi, Michiko Nomura, Taimei Suzuki

Votes: 438

21. Return of Ultraman (1971–1972)

TV-PG | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Another being from Nebula M-78, identical to the original Ultraman, combines with car racer-turned-MAT patrol member Hideki Gô, and fights assorted menaces in a frightening new "Age of Monsters."

Stars: Jiro Dan, Shunsuke Ikeda, Akira Nagoya, Jun Negami

Votes: 176

22. Kamen Rider (1971–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A grasshopper-like, motorcycle-riding cyborg (joined by another one later in the show) fights the evil organization that transformed him for their evil deeds.

Stars: Akiji Kobayashi, Shinji Nakae, Gorô Naya, Jirô Yabuki

Votes: 239

24. Lupin the 3rd (1971–1972)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of the master thief Lupin III and his cohorts as they dive into various escapades, all the while in pursuit by the tenacious Inspector Zenigata.

Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Yukiko Nikaido, Gorô Naya

Votes: 1,904

25. Ryu the Primitive Boy (1971–1972)

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Ryu was rescued by a monkey when his tribe left him in the woods to die. In the animated series he is sacrificed to Chirano - Tyrannosaurus Rex - at the top of a cliff heap. In the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michel Clainchy, Michel Fortin, Danielle Hazan, Michiko Hirai

Votes: 34

26. Triton of the Sea (1972– )

23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5000 years ago, evil demigod Poseidon and his minions attack the good mermen. A dolphin saves one of them, baby Triton. Later, as a young boy, Triton decides to avenge his family and end the reign of evil Poseidon and his monsters.

Stars: Masako Ebisu, Akemi Hirokawa, Gentarô Inoue, Kaneta Kimotsuki

Votes: 48

27. Kaiketsu Raion Maru (1972–1973)

30 min | Action, Fantasy

A ninja swordsman, able to transform into a lion-headed warrior, defends Japan from an army of demons who murdered his master.

Stars: Tetsuya Ushio, Naruhiko Umechi, Daisaku Shinohara, Shingo Fukushima

Votes: 21

28. Ultraman Ace (1972–1973)

TV-PG | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After being mortally wounded in a monster attack, grocery man Seiji Hokuto and medical girl Yuko Minami are revived by (and given two Ultra Rings, with which they unite into) a new Ultra-being, Ultraman Ace.

Stars: Mitsuko Hoshi, Keiko Nishi, Shunichi Okita, Tetsurô Sagawa

Votes: 101

29. Devilman (1972–1973)

30 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Akira and his father are killed while mountain climbing in the Himalayas, and Devilman chooses Akira's body as a cover to disguise himself. When Devilman/Akira moves in with the Makimuras, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazuko Sawada, Ryôichi Tanaka, Kôsei Tomita, Kyôko Satomi

Votes: 253

30. Kikaida: Android of Justice (1972–1973)

Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

A transforming super-android, on the run from an evil organization, fights its rampaging robot monsters and helps his creator's daughter & son find their lost father.

Stars: Daisuke Ban, Jun Mizunoe, Masahiro Kamiya, Shun Ueda

Votes: 54

31. Henshin Ninja arashi (1972–1973)

Short, Action, Adventure

Kuji and his son Hayata discover the leader of their ninja clan plans to use the magical transforming ninja created by Kuji not to maintain peace but to wage war, conquering all of Japan. ... See full summary »

Stars: Tatsuya Nanjô, Shinji Nakae, Fuyukichi Maki, Michihiro Ikemizu

Votes: 10

32. Gatchaman (1972–1974)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A team of bird-themed superhero ninjas battle the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced international terrorist organization determined to conquer the world.

Stars: Katsuji Mori, Isao Sasaki, Kazuko Sugiyama, Yoku Shioya

Votes: 668

33. The Gutsy Frog (1972– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Hiroshi is a boy, a bit lazy in school and in his daily tasks. One day, fighting against his bullies classmates, Hiroshi accidentally fell over a frog who was jumping through Nerima, Tokyo ... See full summary »

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Sachiko Chijimatsu, Kazue Takahashi, Kazuya Tatekabe

Votes: 26

34. Iron King (1972–1973)

30 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy

Anti-hero Gentaro and his sidekick Goro (who has the ability to transform into the Iron King) must do battle against against various threats including a vengeful ancient clan, phantom terrorists, and invading extraterrestrials.

Stars: Shôji Ishibashi, Mitsuo Hamada, Shinzô Hotta, Chiaki Ukyô

Votes: 50

35. Mazinger Z (1972–1974)

30 min | Action, Animation, Sci-Fi

Teenager Koji Kabuto pilots the amazing super-robot Mazinger Z to avenge its inventor (his grandfather) against the Mycene Empire, led by the evil mad scientist Doctor Hell.

Stars: Hiroya Ishimaru, Osamu Katô, Haruko Kitahama, Minori Matsushima

Votes: 1,197

36. Babel nisei (1973– )

Animation, Action, Adventure

Koichi is the Japanese middle-school descendant of a race of extraterrestrials who crash-landed on the Earth 5000 years ago. He has psychokinetic powers which uses to fight the evil Yomi who wants to gain dominance over the world

Votes: 24

37. Kamen Rider V3 (1973–1974)

TV-PG | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

As Masked Rider V3, Shiro Kazami carries on for Riders 1 and 2, and fights the evil Destron organization.

Stars: Hiroshi Miyauchi, Akiji Kobayashi, Hizuru Ono, Gorô Naya

Votes: 92

38. Robot Detective (1973– )

30 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A female scientist builds a humanoid robot detective (complete with human-like personality) to fight a band of murdering robots created and led by her crazed brother.

Stars: Yumiko Kaga, Yûko Kimi, Kiyoshi Kawakubo, Sumio Tomikawa

Votes: 31

39. Ultraman Taro (1973)

TV-PG | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After being killed in a monster attack, adolescent young man Kotarô Higashi is transformed by the entire Ultra Family into a powerful new Ultra-being, Ultraman Tarou.

Stars: Saburô Shinoda, Toyoyuki Kimura, Shûsuke Tsumura, Kiyoko Matsuya

Votes: 109

41. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 17,297

42. Inazuman (1973–1974)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A college student, who transforms into an insectoid mutant superhero, fights the evil mutants sent by the Newmanity Empire led by the fearsome Phantom Banba.

Stars: Daisuke Ban, Shôzô Îzuka

Votes: 24

43. Cutie Honey (1973–1974)

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Honey Kisaragi is Professor Takeshi Kisaragi's daughter. She studies at a religious school from which she likes to escape frequently. Her father orders her to come home one day through a ... See full summary »

Stars: Eiko Masuyama, Kazuko Sawada, Katsuji Mori, Kôsei Tomita

Votes: 137

44. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama