Fans Pick Their Top 10 Favorite Godzilla Movies of the Heisei Era

Nearl 10,000 Japanese fans weigh in on a ranking of all of the Godzilla films published from 1989 - 2019

A promotional poster for Godzilla: King of the Monsters featuring actresss Millie Bobby Brown in the foreground and smoke, fire, and Godzilla in the background.


To coincide with the theatrical release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the Rankingoo! website polled some 9,904 Godzilla fans from ages 10 - 60 about their favorite Godzilla films of the Heisei Era (1989 - 2019), and the results may surprise you.


The poll was conducted on April 24, 2019 using the question "What's your favorite Godzilla movie of the Heisei Era?", and the Top 10 results are as follows:


Godzilla Earth gets nommed on by an extra-dimensional King Ghidorah in Godzilla: The Planet Eater.


10.) The Godzilla 3DCG Theatrical Film Trilogy (2017 - 2018), 417 votes.


The titular monster of Roland Emmerich's 1998 Godzilla film, aka GINO, aka Zilla.


09.) Godzilla (1998), 441 votes. (Really?)


Kiryu, the mechanical anti-Godzilla weapon, puts up its dukes and prepares to tussle in a ruined city.


08.) Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), 459 votes.


Godzilla stares at its off-screen opponent with a quizzical expression on its face.


07.) Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), 482 votes.


The titular monster of Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla film is a big ol' chonker.


06.) Godzilla (2014), 498 votes.


A photo from the set of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, featuring Godzilla, Rodan, and Mechagodzilla.


05.) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), 561 votes.


Possessed by the ghosts who perished in the Pacific Theater of WWII, a monstrous Godzilla puts the bite on a weakened King Ghidorah while Mothra attempts to intervene.


04.) Godzilla. Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), 739 votes.


Emmy Kano (played by actress Anna Nakagawa) is charmed by three adorable Dorats, the chronological precursors to the monstrous King Ghidorah.


03.) Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), 757 votes.


Mothra and Battra prepare to yeet a stunned Godzilla into the Pacific Ocean.


02.) Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), 1390 votes. 


A googly-eyed immature form of Godzilla takes a leisurely waddle through Kamata, leaving destruction in its wake.


01.) Shin Godzilla (2016), 2162 votes.


Interestingly, the Top 10 results are not simply a popularity contest ranked by which films are the most recent. If this sample is representative, it means that the Polygon Pictures Godzilla anime films (available on Netflix) are slightly less popular than the disastrous Roland Emmerich version! The Gareth Edwards version also made a decent showing, although it didn't manage to crack the Top 5.


It's nice to see some of my favorite entries of the Millenium series represented, but I lament the distinct lack of Godzilla vs. Biollante in the Top 10 results. Nobody loves the giant mutant rose bush!


Source: Rankingoo! via Anime! Anime!


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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

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