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Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)
I don't know that it's my personal favorite, but this is probably the best Godzilla movie, period. Spinning-off from Mothra's (also excellent) solo feature, this is where fantasy and supernatural elements enter the series - further transforming it into a unique subgenre all its own. The central feature of Godzilla, a giant radioactive dinosaur, battling what is effectively a building-sized butterfly (U.S. distributor's concealed Mothra's identity and sold it as Godzilla vs. The Thing) are still a one of a kind spectacle, even today.
Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)
This installment establishes the good/evil hierarchy of the Toho Kaiju Universe, marks Godzilla official team-switch to hero and introduces the franchise's greatest villain in King Ghidorah, a three-headed golden-skinned dragon from outer space that will destroy Earth unless Mothra can convince Godzilla and Rodan to put aside their differences and team up with her to beat the menace back. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965)
"In the Universe, everything is numbered. The Monster is zero." Actually, the monster is King Ghidorah again, this time ravaging a "Planet X" whose inhabitants offer to take Godzilla and Rodan off Earth's hands to use as weapons against him. Unfortunately, it's a ruse: Planet X already has Ghidorah under mind-control, and now they've got two more monsters to use against Earth. As there are 21 more movies on this list, you can imagine how that works out for them. This is a fun one, though a bit of a retread of the last one.