Since his unforgettable creature-feature debut in 1954, Godzilla has appeared in almost 40 movies, 32 in Japan alone, as the King of Monsters has indeed lived up to his name.
Everything from the kaiju of Pacific Rim to the term "Bridezilla" reminds us of the iconic lumbering city-destroyer's atomic breath, and soon we'll be seeing much much more of this literal trailblazer (he actually does "blaze" his trails) with two new films coming out in the Monster Universe: next year's Godzilla: King of Monsters, and 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong.
But, before they come out, and especially if you're one of those fans who's hoping for the Pacific Rim/ Godzilla crossover Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight hinted last year had at least been discussed, here's a primer on the seven essential Godzilla movies to watch or rewatch before they do. By all means, watch all thirty-nine or so if you can, but here are our faves, from the original 1954 Godzilla to 2016's Shin Godzilla.
Additional reporting by Alexis Sottile.