Some movies featuring Godzilla and his associated monsters include "Godzilla," "Terror of Mechagodzilla" and "Godzilla vs. Mothra." Other movies featuring Godzilla monsters include "Gamera," "Gorgo" and "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster."
"Godzilla," released in 1954, was the first movie to feature Godzilla or other monsters. Despite being intended as a serious drama, the film spawned a series of monster movie sequels, such as "Terror of Mechagodzilla," "Godzilla Rides Again" and "Godzilla vs. Mothra." Godzilla was originally a villain, but his popularity led to films such as "Son of Godzilla" and "All Monsters Attack," where Godzilla assumes the role of the hero. As a hero, Godzilla fights his archenemy, King Ghidorah, in "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster."
The success of the Godzilla franchise led to movies featuring other, similar monsters, such as "Yongary," "Gamera" and "Gorgo." "Gamera" was released in 1965, with its creator hoping to capitalize on the success of the Godzilla series by creating a similar monster. The plan was successful, as Gamera remains an iconic figure in Japanese film. As of 2015, two American adaptations of "Godzilla" have been released, both sharing the original film's title. The first, released in 1998, starred Matthew Broderick and Hank Azaria, while the second, released in 2014, starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. The monster in the American adaptations is considered to be different from the original monster, despite both being named Godzilla.