Eyepatch-wearing scientist Serizawa, still hurting from memories of WWII, refuses to use the Oxygen Destroyer that would kill Godzilla… but also all other sea life. Yet, in
(1954), when he sees footage of the devastation the monster has caused, as well as children singing a sad hymn, he realises he must do battle.
Why It's Great:
The crux of the original movie, this is a sober, ultra-serious evocation of Japan's post-war anxiety and the benchmark for all subsequent attempts to make Godzilla mean more than just a cool monster.