Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)--the original Tokyo stomper.
Rodan (1957)--prehistoric flying reptile.
Godzilla Raids Again (1959)--a.k.a. Gigantis, the Fire Monster, Godzilla's Counterattack.
Dagora, the Space Monster (1960)--a group of flying jellyfish.
Mothra (1962)--a gigantic moth.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)--an unwelcome simian tourist in Japan.
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)--gigantic toxic-fire-breathing reptile vs. a moth.
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965)--also starring Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan.
Gamera (1965)--200-ft. flying fire-breathing turtle.
Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)--ice-breathing dino vs. the terrapin.
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)--a sea monkey; Mothra helps.
Gamera vs. Gaos (1967)--a bat thing.
Son of Godzilla (1968)--giant spiders and preying mantises.
Destroy All Monsters (1969)--yes, do.
Godzilla's Revenge (1969)--footage inspires a harassed schoolboy.
Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)--spearheaded creature.
Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)--famous comic short.
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1970)--Rodan helps.
Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)--alien invaders.
Godzilla on Monster Island (1972)--with Angorus vs. cockroaches from space.
Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1972)--Hedorah, a glob of goo.
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)--with Anzilla vs. alien invaders' creations.
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)--buzzsaw bird Gaigan and insect Megalon.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)--with King Seeser vs. doppelganger.
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1978)--alien robots.
Godzilla 1985 (1985)--Raymond Burr, as in the 1956 version.
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)--whatever.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)--23rd-century alien enemies.
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)--unhatched egg on an island.
Godzilla (1998)--New York, city of dreams.

The name Godzilla comes from Gojira, the nickname of a worker at Toho Studios. The English word "gorilla" combined with the Japanese word for whale, "kujira," became gojira. For a critical analysis of this monster and its possible symbolic significance, see this essay on Gojira.

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