Year Began: 1954
Number of Entries: 29
The original Godzilla emerged from the Pacific Ocean in 1954 to level Tokyo — and has become one of the longest-running movie franchises of all time. In his nearly 60 years, the radioactively stirred lizard has battled everything, from the world’s greatest armies to King Kong and giant moths. But what makes the Godzilla series so enduring isn’t its comical premise or even its mindless destruction, but rather the sustaining idea that when humanity is faced with seemingly impossible odds, it will persevere — even over giant destructive movie monsters.