Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Via a Preference Revealer app:
Spoiler:
Godzilla
Mothra vs. Godzilla
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Monster Zero
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla's Revenge
Godzilla Raids Again
I feel my results are a bit of an amalgamation of my objective and subjective views of these movies. But I enjoy them all to at least some degree. But this got me thinking about how the Godzilla films stack up against Toho's other classic Kaiju offerings. So I did it again, using their other titles featuring giant monsters (Battle in Outer Space and The War in Space are included due to them sometimes being listed as apart of the same "series" as Mysterians and Gorath).
Spoiler:
Godzilla
Mothra
Mothra vs. Godzilla
The Mysterians
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Atragon
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Rodan
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Gorath
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Monster Zero
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
Destroy All Monsters
Battle in Outer Space
Dogora, the Space Monster
Frankenstein Conquers the World
War of the Gargantuas
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla vs. Megalon
King Kong Escapes
Godzilla's Revenge
Latitude Zero
Godzilla Raids Again
The War in Space
Space Amoeba
Giant Monster Varan
I might do another ranking that expands it to include more their sci-fi/disaster titles, though I'm not exactly sure where to draw the line (do I also include their SFX-heavy war films or offbeat stuff like House or Blue Christmas?).
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Followed MaxRebo's lead and used a preference revealer app:

Monster Zero
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Godzilla
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Destroy All Monsters
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla's Revenge

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MaxRebo320 wrote: Thu Aug 04, 2022 10:06 am I feel my results are a bit of an amalgamation of my objective and subjective views of these movies. But I enjoy them all to at least some degree.
Same, I put G54 as my favorite movie of all time but it's only #4 when ranking in the Godzilla series itself.
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Ok, time to follow the preference revealer trend!

Terror of Mechagodzilla
Mothra vs Godzilla
Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster
Godzilla vs Monster Zero
King Kong vs Godzilla
Godzilla vs Hedorah
Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs Megalon
Godzilla vs Gigan
Godzilla vs The Sea Monster
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla’s Revenge
Godzilla Raids Again
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Also went the preference revealer route:

Gojira
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Son of Godzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster
Monster Zero
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla's Revenge
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Megalon

Some of these placements feel... off to me. Top 3 and bottom 5 seem about right, but that stretch from Son through DAM... some of those could easily shift around.
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mikelcho wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 6:09 pm My personal favorites:

*Godzilla
*Godzilla Raids Again
*King Kong vs. Godzilla
*Mothra vs. Godzilla
*Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster
*Invasion of the Astro-Monster
*Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (I've said it before and I'll say it again, you never forget your first time)
*Son of Godzilla
*Destroy All Monsters
*Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
*Terror of Mechagodzilla

All of these are the Japanese subtitled versions, of course.
I forgot to mention that there's only one little thing wrong with Godzilla Raids Again, and that's the fact that the fight scenes between Godzilla and Anguirus were accidentally sped up too fast to be realistic-looking. If I could change one thing about any of these films, this would be it. This, and having Baragon destroy the Arc du Trioumphe in Destroy All Monsters the way he was supposed to do in the first place (the script said Baragon; therefore it's Baragon).
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Using Max Rebo's preference revealer, I got this.

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Apparently ToMG has dethroned Frankenstein vs Baragon.

I didn't list Gigantis or The War in Space, since I haven't seen them.
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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1 - Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster
2 - King Kong vs Godzilla
3 - Godzilla vs Gigan
4 - Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla
5 - Son of Godzilla
6 - Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster
7 - Godzilla vs Hedorah
8 - Godzilla's Revenge
9 - Godzilla vs Monster Zero
10 - Terror of MechaGodzilla
11 - Destroy All Monsters
12 - Gojira
13 - Mothra vs Godzilla
14 - Godzilla vs Megalon
15 - Godzilla Raids Again

The top 5 are pretty consistent, the rest fluctuate depending on my mood.
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1.)- Gojira
2.)- Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
3.)- Terror of Mechagodzilla
4.)- Godzilla vs Hedorah
5.)- Godzilla vs Monster Zero
6.)- Mothra vs Godzilla
7.)- Ghidorah the 3-Headed Monster
8.)- Godzilla vs Gigan
9.)- King Kong vs Godzilla
10.)- Godzilla vs Megalon
11.)- Destroy All Monsters
12.)- Son of Godzilla
13.)- Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
14.)- Godzilla Raids Again
15.)- Godzilla's Revenge

Did this using the preference reveal as well.

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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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Just finished a recent rewatch of the Showa series, start to finish:
1) Godzilla
2) Mothra vs. Godzilla
3) Terror of Mechagodzilla
4) King Kong vs. Godzilla
5) Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster
6) Godzilla vs. Hedorah
7) Monster Zero
8) Son of Godzilla
9) Destroy All Monsters
10) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
11) Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
12) Godzilla Raids Again
13) Godzilla vs. Gigan
14) Godzilla vs. Megalon
15) Godzilla's Revenge

Ghidorah really clicked with me this time, like it much better than before. Wasn't as impressed with MZ and Gigan but I still like both films a lot.
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Did the preference revealer. Some of those were very difficult.

Godzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Monster Zero
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla's Revenge
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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HedorahIsBestGirl wrote: Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:45 am
Ghidorah really clicked with me this time, like it much better than before. Wasn't as impressed with MZ and Gigan but I still like both films a lot.
Glad you can finally see the light.

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Voyager wrote: Thu Nov 17, 2022 11:33 am And welcome back to TK. It’s felt like an eternity since I last saw you.
Thanks, it feels like an eternity for me, too. I decided to take a break from TK that ended up lasting almost 2 years. But I've recently reignited my interest in Godzilla (as tends to happen every couple years) and realized I missed this forum.
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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1: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

:Godzilla68: vs. :Mechagodzilla74:

2: Terror of Mechagodzilla

:Godzilla68: vs. :Mechagodzilla74: 2

3: Gojira

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4: King Kong vs. Godzilla

:kingkong1962: vs. :Godzilla68:

5: Godzilla Raids Again

:Godzilla68: vs. :Anguirus:

6: Godzilla vs. Gigan

:Godzilla68: vs. :Gigan:

7: Destroy All Monsters

8: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster

:Godzilla68: vs. :Hedorah:

9: Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster

:Godzilla68: , :Rodan56: , :Mothra61: vs. :KingGhidorah64:

10: Invasion of the Astro Monster

:Godzilla68: & :Rodan56: vs. :KingGhidorah64:

11: Son of Godzilla

12: Godzilla's Revenge

13: Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster

14: Godzilla vs. Megalon

:Godzilla68: vs. :Megalon:

15: Godzilla vs. The Thing

:Godzilla68: vs. :Mothra61:
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Re: Your ranking of the Showa Godzilla films

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The preference generator sounded interesting so I took a stab at it. I ranked these based on how much I personally like them, not how “objectively good” they are. I used the American titles but I consider the Japanese and English versions basically on par with each other except for the original. Which is why you’ll see both Godzilla and Godzilla King of the Monsters as I ranked them separately.

Overall, I find this very accurate. In fact, it might be a more honest ranking than if I put them in order manually.

Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster
Godzilla vs The Thing
Godzilla
Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla
Godzilla King of the Monsters
Godzilla vs Gigan
King Kong vs Godzilla
Terror of MechaGodzilla
Godzilla vs The Sea Monster
Destroy All Monsters
Monster Zero
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla vs The Smog Monster
Godzilla’s Revenge
Godzilla vs Megalon
Son of Godzilla

It’s worth noting that I quite like ALL of these films. And some would be moved significantly if this were a statement of quality cinema vs personal enjoyment. For example, Monster Zero would certainly be among what I consider the “best” films, but I’ve seen it SOO many times now that I’ve kinda grown tired of it. I’ve got MZ fatigue, lol.

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