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I watched the original Godzilla, and I found that it was much more serious than I expected. From what I've seen from clips and plot summaries of the later movies (and watching the 2004 Godzilla: Final Wars movie), they're nothing like the original. It seems as though the Godzilla series basically breaks down into the original on the one hand, and the rest of the series in a quite distant and much sillier other hand.

I'd like to give Kaiju films a shot, and I like that they're something unlike anything I've seen before, but Final Wars was too empty (terrible script, not much plot, and IMO uninteresting action scenes), and the original Godzilla was really just an anti-nuclear disaster movie, not a fantasy action film.

But there's like 50 million Godzilla films (not to mention all the other Kaiju movies). Where to start? Maybe just Godzilla 2?

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The '90s-era reboot of Gamera was very well done. imdb.com/title/tt0113142 // imdb.com/title/tt0116390 // imdb.com/title/tt0184503 –  Will Feldman Aug 10 '13 at 18:57
What elements did you like that you wanted to see more of? –  System Down Aug 11 '13 at 0:50

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Kaiju - Wikipedia

Kaiju (怪獣 kaijū?) is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange creature". The most famous Kaiju is Godzilla. Other notable Kaiju include Gamera, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla and Rodan. The term ultra-kaiju is shorthand for kaijus in the Ultra Series.

The link has a good collection of notable Kaiju films and creators you can look into. It already involves all the material you have mentioned in the question.

Also, you have not mentioned exactly what it is you are looking for. Are you looking for Kaiju films with more monster action in it somehow? In any case, I suggest that you take note of films mentioned in the link and choose ones that interests you.

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I'm pretty much sure you have gone through the Wikipedia article, but the question is sort of vague to give a conclusive answer. So I thought revisiting this page might help you more, as it contains a much larger collection of materials. –  kicker86 Aug 10 '13 at 19:06

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