Happy to say my vote has just given Terror of Mechagodzilla the lead over Destoroyah.
While TOMG may not have been as grand a conclusion from a narrative standpoint, due to the looser continuity of the Showa series as opposed to the Heisei series, Godzilla's final venture into the Pacific makes for an elegiac conclusion to both the film and the series, and is a far more subtle finish than Godzilla literally disintegrating out of existence. Beyond that, TOMG represents a triumphant swan song for Ishiro Honda, ending the Golden Era of kaiju cinema with a final film from the man who oversaw the birth of the genre. While I maintain that the 70s Godzilla films are almost all underrated -- save this film's predecessor, which is grossly overrated -- it is also nice to see one more film made in the more serious style of Honda's earlier kaiju films as opposed to the more stylized and campy works of Jun Fukuda and the beautifully bizarre acid trip helmed by Yoshimitsu Banno.
By contrast, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is a rather middling film which is elevated slightly above the mediocrity of the other 90s films only by Godzilla's effectively melancholic death scene. Even so, it suffers from one of the weakest human elements of any Godzilla film (whereas TOMG has one of the strongest) and some pretty shoddy pacing. GFW is a wild ride but I think most would agree it is the weakest of these three films and it is by no means a good conclusion to the Millennium series, which isn't even really a series to begin with.
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The sea has cobalt, it's full of mercury. Too many fumes in our oxygen!
All the smog now is choking you and me. Good Lord, where is it gonna end?
Got to get it back, someday. Got to get it back, and soon now.
For tomorrow maybe you and me...
We're movin', we're movin', movin' to the Moon now!
It's up to us to make a choice.
We know what it's worth to save the Earth!