Godzilla movies franchise is a Japanese media franchise with more than 38 films; amongst them, 33 are produced by Toho studios. Most of these Godzilla movies are available on HBO max, but few are also unavailable on the site. As HBO max launched, it has sidelined all other streaming platforms, mainly in classic movies.
It has an entire branch of services that it receives and mostly the classic movies of Godzilla from Toho Studios. Many are often confused about spin-offs or unrelated movies. So, we will include the list of hit series of Godzilla movies that are worth watching are:
List of Godzilla Movies on HBO max:
1. The 1954 original
About The 1954 original:
1954 was the year when the series started. HBO max has both versions of movies, Japanese and American. The Japanese original is Godzilla by Ishirō Honda. The American version is “Godzilla, King of the monsters.”
The Japanese version is always considered as one of the supreme versions, and on HBO max, it comes with subtitles. However, today’s younger audience is least interested in the Japanese version. This version also remains the best version of the movies among the franchise.
2. Godzilla Raids Again
About Godzilla Raids Again:
This movie is a sequel to the 1954 movie. It is available to watch. But there is no American counterpart that was poorly dubbed. This movie has a follow-up in which the first monster fights are introduced. But it was not that interesting that it could keep the first movie on hold the audience.
In this sequel, Godzilla is in a fight with his old enemy, whose name is Anguirus. The people of Japan have to see and figure out as to how to get rid of him and defeat him. But the monsters’ attacks are determined to destroy Japan.
3. Godzilla from the 60s
About Godzilla from the 60s:
It is the sequel that is followed by King kong vs. Godzilla, which is very much available on HBO max. King Kong vs. Godzilla is a purely entertaining and full movie that is entirely based on entertainment and is not related to real life in any way.
In this, both characters are introduced on screen with colors. The movie revolves around a man who is hungry for money and publicity. He wants to sell his pharmaceutical ads on TV by making King kong its bait.
Movies that are part of these are as follows:
4. Mothra vs. Godzilla
About Mothra vs. Godzilla:
Mothra is a beauty and grace and is ready to punch on Godzilla’s face. In the movie, a news reporter finds an egg near the beach, and unfortunately, greedy businessmen take it. He is warned that this can create havoc as it belongs to Mothra. Godzilla starts to attack the shoreline for any known reason, but to rescue Mothra is recruited.
It is a movie about the Three-Headed Monster, and also, there is an invasion by Astro-Monster, whose name is Monster Zero. When a monstrous creature whose name is Ghidorah comes from outer space and invades planet Earth.
Mothra takes charge that she will convince Godzilla to help her. Help her in saving the planet from all the invasions that are happening. In this movie, Pteranodon Rodan shows his first appearance on the screen.
6. Ebirah: Horror of the Deep
About Ebirah: Horror of the Deep
In this movie, a group uses slave labor to build all the military weapons they need; this group is native to a nearby island. They also make a mysterious yellow liquid which is a secret weapon they use that is used for the sea monster to keep it away, Ebirah.
They see that Godzilla is sleeping on a nearby side of a cliff. When he and his crew mates are stuck on the island, they see Aquatic chaos where Godzilla tries to help and defend the natives from an evil sea creature.
7. Son of Godzilla
About Son of Godzilla:
The creatures uncover a mysterious egg around. And when it hatches, it unveils Godzilla’s baby, whose name is Minilla. When Godzilla goes to check on his son and take him all along with him, he is attacked by his other predator enemies.
This movie is the perfect example of a little father-son bonding time. This movie shows how a father is possessive and concerned about his son. And also, there are instances where Godzilla is seen with a funny side in this movie.
8. Destroy All Monsters
About Destroy All Monsters:
This movie was one of the blockbusters of this genre. Also, this movie has the biggest Godzilla team-up ever from all the series that are released. There is one area where all the beasts are collected and caged. But it doesn’t work out the way scientists wanted.
The committee is hacked and then attacked by an alien species. These species are one of the cruelest specie known; they not only let the monsters escape into the wild but also manipulate and encourage them to attack famous cities like New York, Paris, London, Beijing, and Moscow and harm all the property and create havoc among people.
Godzilla movies from the 1970s that are available on HBO max from Toho studios are as follows:
9. Godzilla vs. Hedorah
About Godzilla vs. Hedorah:
Japan is under attack when Hedorah is a space-dwelling monster. He enters Earth and makes the Earth a miserable place. So that he can feed on the planet’s trash and pollution so that he becomes and grow stronger.
He soon turns into a sea monster so that he can consume more toxic waste in the sea present. Godzilla soon gets to know his presence and his motive. He then tries to destroy the smog monster into biodegradable dust by his means and methods.
A fun fact involved in this movie is that for the very first time, Godzilla is shown flying with the help of his atomic powers and is the only time to be seen.
10. Godzilla vs. Gigan
About Godzilla vs. Gigan:
In this movie, there is a nefarious group of alien cockroaches. They arrive on Earth to find a new home planet, and then everything starts to get more supernatural. Cockroaches, after seeing Godzilla, realized that they could never be able to take over Earth until and unless Godzilla is around them and is present on Earth.
So, they come up with a plan which is not at all easy and is very complicated but to get their path clear, they need to execute this plan. The plan involves hypnotizing humans that have recently died and some other alien life forms. They seek the help of King Ghidorah, who will help them as he is always ready to destroy Godzilla once and for all.
11. Godzilla vs. Megalon
About Godzilla vs. Megalon:
Godzilla vs. Megalon is a movie which is all taking place in the underwater city of Seatopia. It is a place that is full of peace and harmony. But one day after nuclear testing was done, it destroyed the kingdom with a series of environmental disasters.
Seatopians found that there was a sea-dwelling beetle growing in it, and also, they could fire ray beams, and all along, they could drop napalm bombs. At a very correct time, Godzilla comes up and fails their plan and sends all the creatures back to the depth where they came up from.
12. Terror of Mechagodzilla
About Terror of Mechagodzilla:
It is also known as the last movie of Godzilla until there was the reboot of 1984. Though we saw that in the previous series, Godzilla somehow defeated the robot version of himself, and now he has to fight with him again. However, after one of the scientists gets removed by the scientific community for some reason, he decides to rebuild the creature to seek revenge. This robot will now only work for him and will lead to more attacks by the aliens.
Titanosaurus was asked for help with the counterattacks. Mechagodzilla was easy to handle for Godzilla, but Titanosaurus was a real threat to him and others as he is a smart dinosaur with antennae at the top of his head, which helps to assist him with his mind control powers and also with his tail that has the ability to create cyclones. This movie is full of action and is a drama film.
13. Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters
About Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Michael Dougherty is the director of this only Godzilla movie from Legendary’s Monster-verse, which is available on HBO Max and can be watched. Apart from this movie, Godzilla from 2014 and Kong from 2016, where Skull Island is, however, unavailable on this platform to be watched.
This movie is considered the first direct sequel of the Godzilla franchise, which is an American movie. This film shows the relationship between both Godzilla and the US military as it is seen that Godzilla travels to Antarctica. He goes there to fight with the newly arrived titans, who are King Ghidorah and Rodan.