5 Godzilla Movies to Watch Before the Monster Returns in May

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Godzilla, the king of the monsters, returns to the big screen next month when the eponymously titled film directed by Gareth Edwards makes its debut in U.S. theaters on May 16.

Although the upcoming film will be the first major American Godzilla movie produced since the 1998 reboot directed by Roland Emmerich, the history of Godzilla films extends all the way back to 1954, when the original Japanese film Gojira was released. The Ishirō Honda-directed 1954 movie was filmed in black and white and featured a lumbering monster played by an actor in a rubber Godzilla suit. In contrast, the latest film is scheduled to be released in 3-D and features the latest in digital special effects.

In preparation for the return of everyone’s favorite movie monster, or “kaiju,” here is a list of some of the most popular Godzilla movies that everyone should see before the beast returns to theaters.

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