For years Godzilla has been the biggest movie franchise, the vast variety of movies under the franchise is a great way to entertain yourself and your kids, in addition, kids learn a lot of things from the environment they are surrounded with. Godzilla is a great way to teach them how fierce nature can be if we don’t play our part properly, that’s why we have shortlisted the best Godzilla movies to watch for kids.
If your kid/kids are into scary stuff then Godzilla is the best movie franchise to start with. There are about 30 movies in the franchise, so you have a large platter to pick from, we have compiled a list of Godzilla movies you can start with.
Best Godzilla Movies for Kids in 2022
The king of the monsters got his crown here. There’s no fighting or weird plot lines. Here you see a giant nuclear-created monster destroying Japan because it’s angry. Much like the original Kong, it may be hard for kids to fully grasp why this slow-moving film is highly regarded, but at least in black and white, Godzilla looks more realistic in his rubber suit.
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Also known as Godzilla vs. The Thing, this film makes it hard to believe that a giant moth could be a legit threat to Godzilla. Yet Mothra is somehow the best-known monster that’s not a nuclear lizard or a giant ape. Make no mistake, if you’re going to watch this movie, you’re going straight to the fight scenes, as it’s some of Toho’s best. Where else can you see a man in a rubber suit swat at a moth on strings?
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Do you know what Godzilla really needed? Time-travel. The plot is a little convoluted, but in short, people from the future warn that Godzilla will destroy Japan. But it’s really just a ruse by an alien race from the future. Oh, and Godzilla fights a three-headed dinosaur in Ghidorah. That’s some Jim Henson-level puppetry magic.
Godzilla: Final Wars
In what was meant to be Godzilla’s final film, Toho Pictures created an epic assembly of past Godzilla opponents (and human characters). The giant monster, of course, destroys everything that comes his way including the 1998 Godzilla monster, which for some reason feels so good to see. This film is really an homage to the Godzilla franchise and has some of his best fights compacted into one film.
It’s not the best Godzilla movie, but it’s definitely the best American Godzilla release (the less said about the 1998 version, the better). Bryan Cranston shows up in this reboot which succeeds in making Godzilla feel epic and scary. Plus, it’s actually canon. The film’s plot references the original 1956 film and it is meant to be the same world. That’s pretty nerdy for a monster movie.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
This one is truly iconic, the “Batman vs. Superman” of the giant monster world. Kong, blown up to Godzilla’s size, is practically unrecognizable compared to the original American version of the giant ape. He feeds off electricity for no discernible reason and plays the hero’s role. This being the third film in the series, Godzilla is still in full villain mode and has yet to make his anti-hero transition.
They have an absurd, drawn-out battle that ends in both crashing off a cliff and into the ocean, after which Kong swims away. A very persistent urban legend has maintained that there was a Japanese cut of the ending where “Godzilla wins,” but this was never the case. Regardless, the movie doesn’t truly reveal a victor, making it all the more surprising that there was never a sequel.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
After a series of masterfully constructed trailers that emphasized the beauty and grandiosity of the kaiju, overlayed with portentous dialog from the leads, audiences could be forgiven if they went into Michael Dougherty’s King of the Monsters expecting a certain degree of dignity and gravitas. Alas, this is not that film—the 2019 KOTM has more of a Michael Bay sensibility, feeling more or less like last year’s cheesy-fun The Meg, except with kaiju.
The human drama is ridiculous in the extreme—not automatically a bad thing, more an expected thing, in a Godzilla sequel—but it becomes infuriating when it fails to progress the plot (what little there is) in a way that makes any kind of sense. Indeed, whenever a human character is on screen in KOTM, you typically find yourself dumbfounded by the things coming out of their mouths.
On the other hand, the film also contains some of the most gorgeously rendered giant monsters battling in the history of the big screen, so that certainly helps. In the same vein as Final Wars, but without as much action, this is an entry where spectacle and destruction are the only features of note.
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Not as aggressively dumb as the preceding Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but also lacking any real attempt at a bigger message or any kind of profundity, Godzilla vs. Kong knows exactly what it is and delivers what it promises in its title—no more, and no less. Generations have been waiting for this rematch, and the fight scenes between the two “alpha” Titans are certainly worth the price of admission, as the two great beasts smash each other’s faces through skyscrapers with absolutely no concern for the thousands of innocent bystanders who are most assuredly trodden underfoot.
We admit that we’re particularly glad to say that an actual winner is crowned in that fated 1v1, and the right choice was made. The human drama of Godzilla vs. Kong, on the other hand, is like a starvation ratio of the plot being shared by three times as many performers as should be necessary to handle it. Why do more human characters keep getting added to the Legendary MonsterVerse, when it doesn’t know what to do with the ones it already has (and killed the only interesting ones), we can’t say? But they don’t do Godzilla vs. Kong any favors. Still, this is a serviceable popcorn muncher.