F-E: my top Godzilla and King kong movies

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1. Godzilla (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

32 Metascore

A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria

Votes: 185,534 | Gross: $136.31M

2. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 390,593 | Gross: $200.68M

3. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Ôsugi

Votes: 24,412 | Gross: $1.91M

4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 155,879 | Gross: $110.50M

5. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 399,788 | Gross: $218.08M

6. Kong: Skull Island (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 287,431 | Gross: $168.05M

7. Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 119,781

8. Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

41 Metascore

An independent group of researchers actively track Godzilla as a giant meteor is discovered. The mysterious rock begins to levitate as it's true intentions for the world and Godzilla are revealed.

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki

Votes: 7,772 | Gross: $10.04M

9. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Japan creates an artificial black hole device to trap Godzilla forever, but a test of the device creates new foes for Godzilla, car-sized dragonflies called meganula and their queen, Megaguirus.

Directors: Masaaki Tezuka, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Misato Tanaka, Shôsuke Tanihara, Masatô Ibu, Yuriko Hoshi

Votes: 3,593

10. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Attack of the Giant Monsters (2001)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A reporter, notorious for working on pseudo-documentaries, must uncover the legend of the three guardian monsters who must rise to defend Japan from the vengeful spirits within Godzilla.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Chiharu Niiyama, Ryûdô Uzaki, Masahiro Kobayashi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 5,508

11. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A new Godzilla causes the JSDF to construct a cyborg countermeasure from the original monster's remains. The beast's restless soul is discovered to inhabit the machine as the pilot must learn to find value in her own life.

Directors: Masaaki Tezuka, Katsumune Ishida, Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera, Kô Takasugi

Votes: 4,153

12. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Mothra and her fairies return to Japan to warn mankind that they must return Kiryu to the sea, for the dead must not be disturbed. However Godzilla has survived to menace Japan leaving Kiryu as the nation's only defense.

Directors: Masaaki Tezuka, Koji Hashimoto, Kazuki Ohmori, Takao Okawara | Stars: Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mickey Koga, Hiroshi Koizumi

Votes: 3,964

13. Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Godzilla's fiftieth Anniversary project, in which Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes and his allies plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X.

Directors: Ryûhei Kitamura, Koji Hashimoto, Shûsuke Kaneko, Toshio Masuda, Kazuki Ohmori, Takao Okawara, Masaaki Tezuka, Kenshô Yamashita | Stars: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Don Frye, Maki Mizuno

Votes: 7,875

14. Godzilla (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 30,511 | Gross: $2.42M

15. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Fishing scout pilots make a horrifying discovery when a new monster named Anguirus and a second Godzilla are found. The two monsters make their way towards Osaka as Japan can only brace for tragedy once more.

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

Votes: 6,030

16. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Mothra's egg washes ashore in Japan and is claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to Infant Island. As Godzilla arises near Nagoya, the Infant Islanders 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: 8,027

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

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A princess, targeted for assassination, prophecies the arrival of a space monster. Mothra must convince Godzilla and Rodan to set aside their hatred of humanity or face the powerful space monster by herself.

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

Votes: 5,914

18. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

G | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Aliens known as the Xiliens arrive on Earth seeking to borrow Godzilla and Rodan to save their planet from Monster Zero. Sent on the expedition are astronauts Glenn and Fuji who discover it's none other than King Ghidorah.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Jun Tazaki, Akira Kubo

Votes: 5,661

19. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A teen searching for his brother stows away on a criminal's boat that shipwrecks on Letchi island, where terrorists have enslaved the Infant Island natives. Discovering Godzilla asleep, they decide to awaken him to liberate the natives.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chôtarô Tôgin, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 4,766

20. Son of Godzilla (1967)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A reporter stumbles upon weather experiments on a tropical island, discovering giant mantids, a cast away woman, and an infant monster that Godzilla must adopt and learn to raise as one of his own.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, Beverly Maeda, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 4,263

21. Destroy All Monsters (1968)

G | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

At the turn of the century, Earth's monsters have been safely rounded up and studied on Monsterland. Chaos erupts when a race of she-aliens known as the Kilaaks unleashes the monsters across the world.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 5,675

22. All Monsters Attack (1969)

G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A latchkey child living in the industrial and polluted city of Kawasaki confronts his loneliness and bullies through his escapist dreams of Monster Island and friendship with Minilla.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda, Kengo Furusawa | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Tomonori Yazaki, Hideyo Amamoto

Votes: 4,120

23. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Family

An ever evolving alien life-form from the Dark Gaseous Nebula arrives to consume rampant pollution. Spewing mists of sulfuric acid and corrosive sludge, neither humanity or Godzilla may be able to defeat this toxic menace.

Directors: Yoshimitsu Banno, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Yamanouchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 5,033

24. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A manga artist becomes suspicious of his employers when a garbled message is discovered on tape. As he forms a team to investigate, Godzilla and Anguirus begin their own plan of action.

Directors: Jun Fukuda, Yoshimitsu Banno, Ishirô Honda, Shûe Matsubayashi | Stars: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda

Votes: 4,408

25. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.

Directors: Jun Fukuda, Yoshimitsu Banno, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham

Votes: 5,378

26. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

G | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

An Okinawan prophecy appears to foretell Earth's destruction at the hands of Godzilla, only for the true Godzilla to reveal his doppelganger as a mechanical alien weapon.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 6,102

27. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Attempts to salvage Mechagodzilla are thwarted by a new monster, causing an Interpol investigation that uncovers the work of a shunned biologist and his daughter, who's life is entwined with the resurrected Mechagodzilla.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida

Votes: 4,437

28. The Return of Godzilla (1984)

103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Attempts are made to suppress the news of a resurrected Godzilla that has emerged amid increasing Cold War tensions.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, Toshio Masuda, Shûe Matsubayashi, Shirô Moritani | Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Shin Takuma

Votes: 908

29. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

PG | 104 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Desolate by the loss of his daughter, a geneticist creates a monstrous new mutation.

Directors: Kazuki Ohmori, Koji Hashimoto, Kenjirô Ohmori | Stars: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima, Kôji Takahashi

Votes: 5,353

30. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Directors: Kazuki Ohmori, Koji Hashimoto, Katsumune Ishida | Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki

Votes: 5,891

31. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Japan is caught in the middle of a three way battle between Godzilla, the divine Mothra, and her dark counterpart Battra.

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata, Saburô Shinoda

Votes: 4,383

32. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The United Nations assembles the ultimate weapon to defeat Godzilla, while scientists discover a fresh pteranodon egg on a remote Japanese island.

Directors: Takao Okawara, Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Masahiro Takashima, Ryoko Sano, Megumi Odaka, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 4,615

33. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Godzilla is threatened by two new forces: Mogera - another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla - a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in space.

Directors: Kenshô Yamashita, Kazuki Ohmori, Takao Okawara | Stars: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto

Votes: 4,403

34. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Unrated | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.

Directors: Takao Okawara, Ishirô Honda, Koji Hashimoto, Shûe Matsubayashi, Kazuki Ohmori, Kenshô Yamashita | Stars: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka

Votes: 5,799

35. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

TV-14 | 89 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A desperate group of refugees attempts to recolonize Earth 20,000 years after Godzilla took over, but one young man wants revenge above all else.

Directors: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 7,883

36. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)

TV-14 | 101 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Humanity's desperate battle to reclaim the Earth from Godzilla continues. The key to defeating the King of the Monsters may be Mechagodzilla, a robotic weapon thought to have been lost nearly 20,000 years ago.

Directors: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 4,426

37. Godzilla: The Planet Eater (2018)

TV-14 | 91 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Humanity, their alien allies, and Godzilla all enter their endgame as the powerful destructive entity known as Ghidorah arrives on Earth.

Directors: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 3,702

38. King Kong (1933)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher

Votes: 80,407 | Gross: $10.00M

39. Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

50 Metascore

The showman who brought Kong to New York returns to Skull Island and finds Kong's son, a spunky 12-footer with a winning personality and his dad's awesome strength.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston

Votes: 4,189 | Gross: $1.34M

40. King Kong Escapes (1967)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

King Kong is brought in by an evil ruler to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to do the task. This leads to the machine and the real Kong engaging in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller, Akira Takarada

Votes: 2,362

41. King Kong (1976)

PG | 134 min | Adventure, Horror

61 Metascore

A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph

Votes: 30,390 | Gross: $52.61M

42. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The advertising director of a pharmaceutical company seeks to boost the ratings of their sponsored TV program by capturing a legendary monster as a marketing scheme when Godzilla re-emerges. (Original Japanese Version)

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Yû Fujiki, Kenji Sahara, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 305

43. King Kong Lives (1986)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure

32 Metascore

Kong falls from the twin towers and he appears to be alive. However, his heart is failing, so it's replaced with an artificial one. All is well until he senses that there's a female Kong somewhere out there and escapes wreaking havoc.

Directors: John Guillermin, Charles McCracken | Stars: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, George Antoni

Votes: 5,554 | Gross: $4.71M

44. The Mighty Kong (1998 Video)

G | 71 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A showman brings a giant ape to New York in a tune-filled version of the 1933 classic.

Director: Art Scott | Stars: Dudley Moore, Jodi Benson, Randy Hamilton, William Sage

Votes: 159

45. Kong: King of Atlantis (2005 Video)

69 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The ancient empire Atlantis is returning to Earth and its evil ruler, Queen Reptilla, hoping to trick New Kong into becoming the King of Atlantis.

Director: Patrick Archibald | Stars: Daphne Goldrick, Saffron Henderson, David Kaye, Scott McNeil

Votes: 125

46. Kong: Return to the Jungle (2007)

81 min | Animation, Sci-Fi