“Gojira” or “Godzilla” (1954): As a result of nuclear testing, a 164-foot monster reptile with radioactive breath emerges from the ocean and nearly destroys Tokyo before it is killed. Director: Ishiro Honda.
“Godzilla Raids Again” (1955): Although supposedly destroyed in “Godzilla,” the monster rises again to battle a giant turtlelike creature called Anguirus, leaving Japanese cities in ruins. Director: Motoyoshi Oda.
“King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962): A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong, who escapes and goes on to fight Godzilla. Director: Honda.
“Mothra vs. Godzilla” (1964): Mothra, the giant moth that was introduced in the 1961 movie of that name — along with the Shobijin twin fairies — has to deal with the once-again marauding Godzilla. Director: Honda.
“Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” (1964): Once enemies, Godzilla and Mothra, along with Rodan, must unite to battle Ghidorah, a beast that crashes on Earth in a meteorite. Director: Honda.
“Godzilla vs. Monster Zero,” aka “Invasion of Astro-Monster” (1965): Beings from Planet X request the services of Godzilla and Rodan to battle King Ghidorah, but the Planet X inhabitants really want to use all three beasts to attack Earth. Director: Honda.
“Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster,” aka “Ebirah: Horror of the Deep” (1966): Teens on a wayward sea mission land on Letchi Island, in which the natives are enslaved by the terrorist organization Red Bamboo. The Red Bamboo uses the sea monster Ebirah to keep the natives from escaping the island, so a slumbering Godzilla is summoned to defeat Ebirah. Director: Jun Fukuda.
“Son of Godzilla” (1967): Godzilla's son is imperiled by a giant spider and mantises on a tropical island, forcing the elder reptile to save his endangered offspring. Director: Fukuda.
“Destroy All Monsters” (1968): Aliens from another planet release the beasts imprisoned on Monster Island, including Godzilla, King Ghidorah, King Kong, Anguirius, Baragon, Gorosaurus, Manda and Varan, to destroy Earth's inhabitants. Director: Honda.
“Godzilla's Revenge,” aka “All Monsters Attack” (1969): In his imagination, a bullied boy sees himself on Monster Island, where Godzilla and his son, Minya, must face off with other monsters. Director: Honda.
“Godzilla vs. Hedorah” (1971): Environmental issues arise as Hedorah, the smog monster, attacks Japan and it is up to Godzilla to save the country. Director: Yoshimitsu Banno.
“Godzilla vs. Gigan” (1972): Aliens draft the destructive services of Gigan and King Ghidorah, which they control from a secret hideout inside a Godzilla-replica building at a theme park in Japan. Godzilla teams up with former foe Anguirius to stop the other two beasts. Director: Fukuda.
“Godzilla vs. Megalon” (1973): Seatopia, an undersea society, sends Megalon up to destroy the world, and Godzilla, with the help of size-changing robot Jet Jaguar, goes after this new enemy. Director: Fukuda
“Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” (1974): Once again, aliens seeking to take over Earth are on the rampage, building a mechanical Godzilla to take out the biological one. Anguirus and King Shisa assist Godzilla. Director: Fukuda.
“Terror of Mechagodzilla” (1975): Those aliens never give up. With a reconstructed Mechagodzilla going up against Godzilla once more, an evil scientist also introduces a new adversary, Titanosaurus, to attack Godzilla. Director: Honda.
“Godzilla 1985 - The Legend Is Reborn,” aka “The Return of Godzilla” (1985): Supposedly a new Godzilla, no longer willing to defend Japan, returns to his evil ways. Raymond Burr reprises his role as reporter Steve Martin from the 1954 original. Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer.
“Godzilla vs. Biollante” (1989): A scientist combines the cells of a rose with those of Godzilla, creating a new, menacing botanic foe for Godzilla, who has just emerged from his volcanic grave from the 1985 “Reborn” movie. Director: Kazuki Ohmori.
“Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah” (1991): Time travelers from the 23rd century come back to warn Japan that Godzilla will cause a catastrophic nuclear incident, and King Ghidorah is tasked with taking out Godzilla. But the time travelers have other motives linked to destroying Japan's economy. Director: Ohmori.
“Godzilla vs. Mothra,” aka “Godzilla & Mothra: The Battle for Earth” (1992): Earth, angered by its treatment at the hands of humans, sends the terrible Battra to eradicate mankind, but Mothra fights to prevent that, and soon Godzilla joins the fray, leading to a three-way battle. Director: Takao Okawara.
“Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II” (1993): Godzilla is having deja vu as yet another mechanical imitation of him, built by United Nations engineers, is out to get him. Director: Okawara.
“Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla” (1994): Godzilla faces two new threats: Mogera, another U.N.-built machine, and Spacegodzilla, a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in outer space. Director: Kensho Yamashita.
“Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” (1995): The aftermath of an oxygen destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, who goes after Godzilla, who is having his own issues with a nuclear meltdown. Director: Okawara.
“Godzilla” (1998): American moviemakers offer their take on this massive reptile, with the beast taking a break from Japan to wreak havoc on Manhattan. Director: Roland Emmerich.
“Godzilla 2000 - Millennium” (1999): Once again in hero mode, Godzilla must deal with a UFO that turns into a mysterious creature named Orga. Director: Okawara.
“Godzilla vs. Megaguirus” (2000): Godzilla resumes his hobby of terrorizing Japan but the defenses include the Gryphon, a high-tech ship, and Dimension Tide, a device that creates black holes. During a test of the Dimension Tide, eggs appear that hatch dragonfly-type Meganuras, including the huge Megaguirus. Director: Masaaki Tezuka.
“Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah - Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” (2001): Godzilla targets Japan again, and this time Mothra, King Ghidorah and Baragon come to the defense of the country. Director: Shusuke Kaneko.
“Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” (2002): A new, malevolent Godzilla zeroes in on Japan, and a new mechanical Godzilla, using the bones of the original beast, is created to battle this latest menace. Director: Tezuka.
“Godzilla - Tokyo S.O.S.” (2003): Mothra returns to Japan to warn the country it must return Mechagodzilla and the bones to the sea. But the current Godzilla is still on a rampage. Director: Tezuka.
“Godzilla - Final Wars” (2004): When the space alien Xilians unleash monsters to destroy the big cities of the world, mankind decides to forgive Godzilla for his recent infractions and have him go worldwide to vanquish Monster X and Gigan. Director: Ryuhei Kitamura.
— Vernor Rodgers