Get Your Fix of Retro “Godzilla” Movies For Free on Crackle

Godzilla 1954 movie
“Godzilla” 1954 (Image via Rotten Tomatoes)

The decades-spanning Godzilla IP is experiencing a high right now, and I’m all for it. The live-action Godzilla Minus One just snagged an Oscar for Best Visual Effects and we have the much-anticipated Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire releasing on March 29, 2024. If you’re someone who wants to go back in time and enjoy retro Godzilla movies, Crackle has a bunch of them available for free!

When it comes to making your way through the numerous Godzilla movies, I’ll be frank, I’m no expert. I haven’t watched the entire catalog. However, going over the titles available for free on the Crackle streaming service, I can for sure share my two cents about some of them. So, let’s begin.

Godzilla (1954)

I mean, you have to start with the OG. Directed by Ishirō Honda, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Takeo Murata, you get to see the origin of the giant lizard. The narrative is very clear when it comes to the connection between the King of Monsters and nuclear testing, with the film ending with a dire warning that said threat might arise again from the ocean depths if such testing continues.

Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Of course, the giant lizard comes back again in the sequel. However, he’s not alone. there’s a new monster named Anguirus in the mix, too.

Godzilla vs Gigan (1972)

The story is about giant insectoid aliens wanting to colonize Earth by impersonating humans and calling upon King Ghidorah and Gigan. Godzilla and Anguirus have to team up to put a stop to the sinister plan. And for those who might know, yes, this is the movie where Godzilla speaks. There’s also a giant Godzilla robot thrown in there for good measure.

Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)

I’m a Mothra stan. I also ship Mothra and Godzilla. So, yes, I’m a bit biased when it comes to movies featuring the giant moth.

The film has a lot of talking when it comes to the possession of Mothra’s egg as well as nuclear testing devastating communities. When Godzilla appears, humanity looks toward Mothra to save them.

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1965)

This movie has Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan teaming up to face the alien Ghidorah. As a fan of Mothra, I like how she came through when it was time to make Godzilla and Rodan realize they needed to put their pettiness aside and work together to defeat Ghidorah.

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

If you’re looking for an all-out monster battle, this one is it. The story takes place during a time when all of the fearsome Kaiju have been placed in a facility for research purposes. However, things take a turn for the worst when an alien race called the Kilaaks device a plan to release the monsters across the world.

It’s a fun romp with the monsters banding together to attack King Ghidorah as well as another threat called the Fire Dragon.

Godzilla Destroy All Monsters film
“Destroy All Monsters” 1968 (Image via Rotten Tomatoes)

Other films you can watch for free on Crackle include:

  • Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (1971)
  • Godzilla Vs. Megalon (1973)
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956)
  • Son of Godzilla (1967)

Do you want even more Godzilla goodness in your life?

Well, make sure to read our “Godzilla Films You May Have Missed (But Really Shouldn’t)” recommendation post.

Which Godzilla movies have you watched and which ones are your favorites?

Let us know.

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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