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Stream These 5 ‘Godzilla’ Movies For ‘King of Monsters’ Origin Stories

Brush up on your Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah.

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This weekend the most beloved monster of all time is back in theaters, and this time around, Godzilla has a few friends. For longtime fans of the mashing monster, Godzilla’s kaiju compatriots in the new film — Godzilla: King of Monsters will seem familiar.  Even someone with a passing familiarity with monster toys knows Mothra is a giant butterfly/moth thing and you’ve probably seen that three-headed dragon; King Ghidorah once or twice. But, if you and your kids are pumped about all the kaiju monster action in King of Monsters, it’s a perfect time to check out the origin stories.

Here’s where you can stream five essential Godzilla monster movies to get the classic origins of all the big kaiju monsters from Godzilla: King of Monsters. (Spoiler alert: none of them are on Netflix.)

1. Godzilla/Gojira (1954) 

The original Japanese classic is, in some ways, still the best. A political film about the horrors of nuclear war, this film also introduced the world to the stomping Big G and that iconic roar. Though this original film was later released with American dubbing and a weird narration by Raymond Burr, the classic subtitled Japanese version is the only way to watch it. Despite the heaviness of this movie, it’s still an awesome movie to watch with kids, because, it is, a fantastic monster movie through and through.

You can rent the original Godzilla on YouTube (above) or on Amazon Prime right here.

2. Rodan (1956)

Is he a giant pterodactyl? What is Rodan’s power, exactly? From sonic booms to giant ants, you’ll figure it all out right here.

You can rent the original Rodan on YouTube (above) or on Amazon Prime right here. (Rodan is also free if you have Starz.)

3. Mothra (1961)

The cutest kaiju of them all also has the quirkiest — and most musical — monster movie of them all. Is this movie a good monster movie? Will it be your favorite? No. But your kids are going to love it. Easily the goofiest Godzilla-adjacent movie ever.

You can rent the original Mothra on YouTube (above) or on Amazon Prime right here.

4. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

The big bad of Godzilla: King of Monsters has a long, complicated history. This is his first appearance, it’s also rad.

You can rent the original Mothra on YouTube (above) or on Amazon Prime right here. 

5. Godzilla (2014 version)

Remember when Bryan Cranston was in this movie like right after Breaking Bad ended? Remember how Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson played lovers in this movie right after playing siblings in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Yeah, actually, it’s fine if you don’t. But, the good news is, this movie, which King of Monsters is technically the sequel to, is actually pretty good. Parents might find it a little weird, if only because the movie posits Godzilla as birth control for other monsters. Still, solid flick.

You can rent the 2014 version of Godzilla on Amazon Prime.