There are few movie monsters as famous as Godzilla. The giant, fire-breathing radioactive reptile first appeared on screens in the 1954 Japanese classic Gojira, a surprisingly dark movie that was as much an allegory for the wartime atomic bombing of Japan as it was a monster movie. The huge popularity of that film spawned dozens […]
I am a big fan of Godzilla movies. I don’t remember when I saw the Raymond Burr version, but it was only recently that I saw the original Godzilla movie that led to the later Raymond Burr version. You may see the term Kaiju in some of the links and I defined in Trivia Question: Kaiju.
I wasn’t aware of the term “kaiju” for a long time. For a simple explanation that is open to some debate among kaiju fans, we can go with Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiju. In some cases, I see it translated as “strange beast” and in other places as “monster.” Some purists would argue it only applies to Japanese movies of a certain genre; I tend to take the broader view that it includes a broader category.like King Kong and other giant beasts. Had I titled this blog post “Godzilla,” then thrown in kaiju, some would have gotten the reference.
The last Godzilla movie I saw in a theater was Shin Godzilla and I haven’t followed the next Godzilla movie that’s supposed to come out next year enough to know if I will like it or not.
There are a number of Godzilla YouTube videos that give you different ways to watch the movies: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Godzilla+history.
It’s important to understand that are several timelines for Godzilla movies and they don’t always work together. You can start with any number of the YouTube videos: Godzilla all movies [ 1954 to 2014 ] Full scenes and transformations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwtBhc19gqw
This one appears to break it down by Showa, Heisei, and Millenium:
Serie Showa: Gojira  Godzilla Raids Again  King Kong vs. Godzilla  Mothra vs. Godzilla  Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster  Invasion of Astro-Monster (Godzilla vs. Monster Zero)  Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster)  Son of Godzilla  Destroy All Monsters  All Monsters Attack (Godzilla’s Revenge)  Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)  Godzilla vs. Gigan  Godzilla vs. Megalon  Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla  Terror of Mechagodzilla  Serie Heisei: The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985)  Godzilla vs. Biollante  Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah  Godzilla vs. Mothra (Godzilla & Mothra: The Battle for Earth)  Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2  Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla  Godzilla vs. Destoroyah  Serie Millenium: Godzilla 2000: Millennium (Godzilla 2000)  Godzilla vs. Megaguirus  Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack  Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla  Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.  Godzilla: Final Wars  Godzilla: 2014
This one, [OLD] The Godzilla Timeline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LfDLoNEETg
All of the Godzilla continuities are laid out. Read more here: https://wikizilla.org/wiki/List_of_Go… – https://wikizilla.org/wiki/List_of_Godzilla_film_continuities Contents: 0:38 Showa Continuity 1:26 All Monsters Attack (standalone) 1:44 Heisei Continuity 2:42 Godzilla 2000 2:56 Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 3:20 GMK 3:34 Kiryu Saga Continuity 4:35 Godzilla: Final Wars (standalone) 4:53 Legendary Continuity 5:09 Godzilla: Resurgence (standalone) 5:13 GODZILLA (1998)
Another difference between some of the different timelines is “good” Godzilla vs. “bad” Godzilla.” Good Godzilla tends to be the defender of Earth and intelligent except when aliens or others use some means of control to take over Godzilla; bad Godzilla tends to be unintelligent or bent on revenge. Bad Godzilla tends to go after humans either through instinct or intentionally. Good Godzilla tries to avoid human deaths when possible although the monsters Godzilla faces don’t have a problem with killing humans. Both Godzillas have a bad habit of wreaking havoc on cities and towns in their path.
This link (it’s above as well): https://wikizilla.org/wiki/List_of_Godzilla_film_continuities is probably one of the best timelines out there.