Who doesn't like a good monster fight? The mere image of two gigantic beasts brawling their way through a major metropolitan area is enough to set any fanboy's heart aflutter. But, of course, we all know that there's one giant monster whose aptitude for barn-burners goes above and beyond the competition: the O.G. atomic reptile himself, Godzilla. The following list represents the very most memorable, massive, and monstrous battles of his storied career:
6. Godzilla Vs. King Kong
What better scene to start with than the iconic finale of 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla, which saw the two most famous mega-monsters in movie history duke it out on a remote mountainside? Soon, we'll relive this showdown with the upcoming remake, scheduled for 2020.
5. Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
Moving up a bit in chronology to the "heisei" era of Godzilla, this vicious battle from 1993's Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II sees Godzilla and his government-built robot nemesis throwing down in epic fashion!
4. Godzilla, Mothra, And Gigan Vs. King Ghidorah
Another fan favorite, this stunning finale to 1964's Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster finds Godzilla and his frenemies Mothra and Gigan teaming up to take on the evil dragon, Ghidorah.
3. Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah
One of the most emotional fights in Godzilla history comes at the climax of 1995's Godzilla vs. Destroyah (which in and of itself was kind of a "end of an era" film for Toho), when Godzilla's nuclear-enhanced heart literally begins to melt down after crablike nemesis Destroyah kills his only son, Godzilla Junior.
2. Godzilla & Jet Jaguar Vs. Megalon
Conversely, this duel between the Green GOAT, his goofy buddy Jet Jaguar, and the slimy beetle-lord Megalon is full of ribald slapstick and zany moves such as the classic Godzilla tail-slide drop-kick. Not to be missed!
1. Godzilla Vs. The MUTOs
And that, friends, is called saving the best for last. Gareth Edwards brought Godzilla well into the aughts with his brilliant 2014 American reboot. This dark, earth-shattering vision of kaiju combat was just the cherry on top of an already decadent, delicious cinema cake.
HONORABLE MENTION: Godzilla Vs. Zilla
As a fight, it may not be all that impressive, but this awesome in-joke from 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars deserves a place on the list for finally allowing fans to see the proper "big G" take on his lame-o counterpart from Roland Emmerich's utterly limp 1998 re-imagining. I'll let you guess who wins.
That oughta do it, y'all! If you love Godzilla as much as I do, then I encourage you to contribute to the comments with your own picks for his all-time best smack-downs!
Get a sneak peek at the next Godzilla movie in the trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence below and all hail the king!