Kaiju List

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1. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 1,659

aka Frankenstein Conquers the World or Frankenstein vs. Baragon

How did a giant Frankenstein end up fighting monsters? Glad you asked, this is a good overview from Den of Geek:


The tale of how Frankenstein’s Monster arrived at Toho films is a long and storied one. In the 1960s, legendary animator Willis O’Brien wrote a script treatment where a giant version of Frankenstein’s Monster would face off against King Kong. Hollywood didn't bite, but Toho did. Toho was more interested in featuring their treasured Godzilla and produced Godzilla vs. King Kong instead. Toho became fascinated with the idea of Frankenstein and planned to produce Godzilla vs. Frankenstein. Toho eventually rejected the idea because Godzilla was still being used as a villain and they did not want him to put in the role of protector against Frankenstein, so they inserted a new monster, Baragon, into the script and produced Frankenstein Conquers the World. So what began in Willis O’Brien’s brain morphed into an amalgamation of madness.

2. Godzilla 1985 (1985)

PG | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

31 Metascore

Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Raymond Burr, Keiju Kobayashi, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi

Votes: 5,689 | Gross: $4.12M

aka The Return of Godzilla

Start of the Heisei era of kaiju films

3. Godzilla (1977)

106 min | Sci-Fi

In 1977, the film was purchased and colorized by Luigi Cozzi in a terrible way of a old negative print. When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off... See full summary »

Directors: Luigi Cozzi, Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse, Kurt Neumann, Motoyoshi Oda, Val Guest, Eugène Lourié, Arthur Penn | Stars: Raymond Burr, Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kôchi, Fuyuki Murakami

Votes: 316

4. 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, Kazuki Ohmori, Kenshô Yamashita | Stars: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka

Votes: 5,046

aka Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

5. 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 | Stars: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto

Votes: 3,822

aka Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

6. Destroy All Monsters (1968)

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

Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

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

Votes: 4,649

aka Destroy All Monsters

7. Space Amoeba (1970)

G | 84 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Atsuko Takahashi, Yukiko Kobayashi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 903

8. Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)

Unrated | 97 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Mothra's twin nymphs and children from the city find a lost city, as well as a giant monster that is attracted to environmental calamities.

Director: Kunio Miyoshi | Stars: Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Aki Hano, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 863

aka Rebirth of Mothra II or Mothra 2: The Undersea Battle

9. Varan the Unbelievable (1958)

87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a rare species of butterfly is found in a mysterious valley in Japan, a pair of entomologists go to investigate and find more. However, when they get there they find an uncharted lake ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kôzô Nomura, Ayumi Sonoda, Koreya Senda, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 443

aka Giant Monster Varan

10. Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity.

Director: Okihiro Yoneda | Stars: Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Aki Hano, Kazuki Futami

Votes: 1,060

aka Rebirth of Mothra

11. Atragon (1963)

TV-Y7 | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

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

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Yôko Fujiyama, Yû Fujiki, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 824

aka Atragon

Features Manda a giant snake.

12. Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002)

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

After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast.

Director: Masaaki Tezuka | Stars: Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera, Kô Takasugi

Votes: 3,686

aka Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

13. Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)

TV-G | 99 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

To save the world, Mothra goes back in time in an attempt to defeat a younger King Ghidora.

Director: Okihiro Yoneda | Stars: Megumi Kobayashi, Misato Tate, Aki Hano, Atsushi Ohnita

Votes: 729

aka Rebirth of Mothra III or Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks

14. Daimajin (1966)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Miwa Takada, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Jun Fujimaki, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 1,080

Another giant monster movie series from Daiei, unusually they are period films featuring samurai.

Available in a nice triple pack DVD set.

15. Return of Daimajin (1966)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy

Giant statue exacts revenge upon those who conquer its worshippers.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Shiho Fujimura, Tarô Marui, Takashi Kanda

Votes: 510

aka Return of Daimajin

16. Wrath of Daimajin (1966)

Not Rated | 79 min | Fantasy

In a mountainous region of Japan, Lord Arakawa kidnaps the men of nearby villages to use as slave labor, producing gunpowder from his sulfur pits. A band of young boys decide to rescue their enslaved fathers on their own.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Hideki Ninomiya, Shinji Hori, Masahide Iizuka, Muneyuki Nagatomo

Votes: 479

aka Wrath of Daimajin

17. The Magic Serpent (1966)

Not Rated | 86 min | Fantasy

In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of ... See full summary »

Director: Tetsuya Yamanouchi | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Tomoko Ogawa, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Bin Amatsu

Votes: 312

aka Battle of the Dragons

18. Big Man Japan (2007)

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

62 Metascore

An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $0.04M

aka Big Man Japan

An excellent tribute to giant monster movies, contrasting modern dour CGI fests with the dayglo funfests of yore (at least that is my interpretation, although it is only one of the levels this works on).

19. King Kong Escapes (1967)

G | 96 min | Adventure, 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: 2,077

aka King Kong Escapes

20. Ultraman (1968)

79 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A feature-length compilation of episodes of the famous Japanese sci-fi TV series about a futuristic policeman who secretly transforms into a giant extraterrestrial savior.

Director: Hajime Tsuburaya | Stars: Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe, Hiroko Sakurai, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 233

22. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Mecha-Streisand (1998)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Barbra Streisand comes to South Park after she learns that the boys have discovered a mysterious ancient stone. She hopes to unlock the stone's magical powers and transform herself into a deadly robotic giant.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Mary Kay Bergman, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 2,140

Spoof presumably inspired by the big American remake but drawing on the classic older Japanese films.

23. Gamera the Brave (2006)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Family

In 1973, Gamera sacrifices his life to rid the world of the Gyaos once and for all. Thirty-three years later, a small boy, whose father witnessed the 1973 event, named Toru finds a ... See full summary »

Director: Ryuta Tasaki | Stars: Ryô Tomioka, Kaho, Shingo Ishikawa, Shogo Narita

Votes: 844

aka Gamera the Brave

24. Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Unrated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.

Directors: Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Myron Healey, Tsuruko Kobayashi, Clifford Kawada, Derick Shimatsu

Votes: 604

The US edit of Giant Monster Varan

25. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In a small Japanese village, a young woman discovers the means for her revenge, while Gyaos birds are sighted around the world and humankind debates Gamera's allegiance.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Shinobu Nakayama, Ai Maeda, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 2,143

aka Gamera 3: The Awakening of Iris

End of the Heisei era of kaiju films.

26. Gappa the Triphibian Monsters (1967)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An expedition in the South Pacific lands on a tropical island where the natives worship the mysterious deity Gappa. An earthquake opens up an underground cavern and a baby reptile is ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Noguchi | Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Yôko Yamamoto, Yuji Kodaka, Kôji Wada

Votes: 1,235

aka Gappa the Triphibian Monster or Monster from a Prehistoric Planet

The film is public domain, get from the Internet Archive.

27. Gamera vs. Monster X (1970)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle.

Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Shigeo Tanaka | Stars: Tsutomu Takakuwa, Kelly Varis, Katherine Murphy, Kon Ohmura

Votes: 889

28. Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras.

Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Shigeo Tanaka | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Tôru Takatsuka, Carl Craig, Michiko Yaegaki

Votes: 1,152

aka Destroy All Planets

The film is public domain, get from the Internet Archive (and another upload here).

29. Super Monster (1980)

92 min | Sci-Fi

Using several clips from previous Gamera entries, this film deals with alien forces sending all the monsters Gamera has faced in one final battle to rid the planet of its last hope.

Directors: Noriaki Yuasa, Shigeo Tanaka | Stars: Mach Fumiake, Yaeko Kojima, Yoko Komatsu, Keiko Kudo

Votes: 574

aka Gamera Super Monster

End of the Shōwa era of kaiju films although the boom was long over.

30. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A hibernating species of giant carnivorous birds is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: IHARA, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 2,578

31. Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A meteor shower carries hostile insectoid creatures to Japan, where they rapidly reproduce.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Miki Mizuno, Tamotsu Ishibashi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 1,942

32. Dogora (1964)

83 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

The Earth is attacked by a giant jellyfish monster from outer space that, for some reason, has a sweet tooth for diamonds.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yôko Fujiyama, Hiroshi Koizumi, Nobuo Nakamura

Votes: 560

aka Dogora or Dogora, the Space Monster or Giant Space Monster Dogora

33. Gorath (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Yumi Shirakawa, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno

Votes: 559

aka Gorath

Featuring Maguma.

Third in Toho's trilogy of space-operas, the first being The Mysterians and the second is the non-kaiju film Battle in Outer Space.

34. Latitude Zero (1969)

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

A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 637

aka Latitude Zero

Features Black Moth, a giant chimera/griffin-type creature.

35. Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972)

85 min | Family, Fantasy

An inventor and his family try to raise funds to feed a giant monster named Daigoro so that he doesn't shrink. Meanwhile, a meteor lands into the sea bringing with it another giant monster ... See full summary »

Director: Toshihiro Iijima | Stars: Hiroshi Inuzuka, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 55

aka Daigoro vs. Goliath

aka King Kong Appears in Edo

An unauthorised King Kong rip-off and possibly the first kaiju films, now thought to be lost. More on it at Wikipedia.

38. Pulgasari (1985)

95 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that he... See full summary »

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Son Hui Chang, Ham Gi Sop, Jong-uk Ri, Gwon Ri

Votes: 853

The North Korean monster film famously made on orders from Kim Jong-il, who had the South Korean director kidnapped.

39. Reptile 2001 (1999)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Horror, Fantasy

It's been asleep for two hundred million years. Now it been awakened by aliens from another galaxy. The aliens are using Yonggary to destroy mankind.

Director: Hyung-rae Shim | Stars: Richard Livingston, Harrison Young, D.J. Robbins, Brad Sergi

Votes: 1,541

40. Garuda (2004)

115 min | Fantasy

In 2005, Bangkok begins the second phase of building their city subway system. But they accidentally discover something more. They have awoken an ancient animal which hibernates for more ... See full summary »

Director: Monthon Arayangkoon | Stars: Sornram Theppitak, Sara Legge, Dan Fraser, Chalad Na Songkhla

Votes: 354

aka Garuda

From Thailand

41. Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13 | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller

Votes: 359,335 | Gross: $80.05M

42. Urutora Q (1965– )

30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The first television series produced by eiji tsyburaya,the special effects man behind Godzilla.In the vein of the outer limits and the twilight zone except with giant rubber suited ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yasuhiko Saijô, Hiroko Sakurai, Yoshifumi Tajima

Votes: 106

A kind of X-Files with giant monsters that laid the foundations for the Ultraman series.

44. Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman (1974)

80 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The Hindu god Hanuman teams up with Ultraman and his brethren against familiar Ultra-foes in this rare Ultraman movie co-produced in Thailand.

Directors: Sompote Sands, Shohei Tôjô | Stars: Ko Kaeoduendee, Anan Pricha, Yodchai Meksuwan, Pawana Chanajit

Votes: 62