Ever because the Dragon Ball manga was translated into anime kind in 1986, there have been numerous movies that encompass the occasions of the long-running manga, lots of which happening exterior of the established canon of the collection. Whereas the movies usually gained a bigger following as Dragon Ball turned extra standard, that wasn’t the case for all movies.
With 20 movies and Four collection underneath its belt to this point, the Dragon Ball would not appear like it may be slowing down any time quickly, particularly contemplating the truth that the Dragon Ball Tremendous manga just lately completed its newest arc, the Galactic Patrol Prisoner saga, that also must be translated into anime kind.
20 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (6.0)
Whereas Broly is one thing of a one-note character, he’s well-loved among the many majority of Dragon Ball followers for bringing extra excessive Tremendous Saiyan motion to the collection. That being stated, the Bio-Broly movie is just not solely the weakest of the movies that focus on Broly, but in addition the weakest of all Dragon Ball movies, which can have one thing to do with the truth that it facilities round Goten and Trunks reasonably than Goku or Vegeta.
19 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming (6.6)
Broly’s second movie, Broly – Second Coming, is simply barely higher than Bio-Broly, although that additionally is not significantly laborious to perform. One saving grace that retains this movie from fading into obscurity is the Goku-Gohan-Goten Kamehameha that’s paying homage to the same ki-blast utilized by Gohan within the Cell Video games, full with a ghostly Goku to help his sons.
18 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (6.7)
One of many earlier Dragon Ball Z movies, Lord Slug follows a rogue Namekian as he makes an attempt to take over the earth whereas additionally giving followers a glimpse of Goku’s future Tremendous Saiyan kind throughout the remaining battle. Lord Slug additionally launched the thought of Namekian ears being overly delicate to high-pitched noises, one thing that does not come up once more within the collection after this.
17 Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Satan’s Fort (6.8)
Initially launched solely in Japan as a quad-feature alongside the Saint Seiya, Hikari Sentai Maskman, and Choujinki Metalder movies, Sleeping Princess in Satan’s Fort is the second Dragon Ball characteristic made and follows a younger Goku and Krillin as they’re despatched on a quest by Grasp Roshi as a part of their coaching to research the titular Satan’s Fort.
16 Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (6.8)
A considerably weird movie in comparison with most different Dragon Ball options, The World’s Strongest follows Goku and his mates as they attempt to maintain a mad scientist from taking up Gohan’s physique with a purpose to turn out to be the world’s strongest warrior.
Like most different Dragon Ball movies, this one takes place in an undisclosed time period that, in response to the canon of the story, should not have occurred, as Goku is proven understanding the Spirit Bomb assault whereas each Piccolo and Gohan are nonetheless on Earth, which solely occurred lengthy after he defeated Frieza on Planet Namek whereas he ought to have been on Yardrat.
15 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (6.9)
The primary-ever Dragon Ball movie, Curse of the Blood Rubies follows a younger Goku, alongside his common touring companions Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong, as they attempt to discover the Dragon Balls. Not like most different Dragon Ball movies, this one tells an alternate story of the primary arc of the collection reasonably than a wholly new story.
14 Dragon Ball: Mystical Journey (7.0)
Identical to Curse of the Blood Rubies, Mystical Journey is one other retelling of the Dragon Ball story, this time introducing characters that got here into the collection later, resembling Tien and Chiaotzu, whereas nonetheless telling one thing of an origin story for the collection.
13 Dragon Ball Z: Lifeless Zone (7.0)
The primary movie launched underneath the Dragon Ball Z title, Lifeless Zone follows Goku and Piccolo teaming up earlier than Raditz arrives on earth to start Dragon Ball Z, having to struggle towards yet one more dangerous man who needs to achieve immortality by means of the Dragon Balls. Not like the vast majority of different villains, Garlic Jr. truly succeeds in his plan to achieve immortality, however his is defeated by being banished to the titular Lifeless Zone by a younger Gohan.
12 Dragon Ball Z: Tree of May (7.0)
Though Tree of May launched one other Saiyan character that made the Broly movies so standard, Turles, the villain on this movie, is completely forgettable regardless of the first rate high quality of the movie as an entire. Though it takes place in the identical odd continuity as World’s Strongest, one neat facet of the movie is exhibiting how Gohan met Icarus, a dragon he’s typically seen taking part in with throughout the collection as a baby.
11 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (7.1)
Following his defeat in an earlier movie, Cooler returns to trigger issues on New Namek, even supposing Goku soundly defeated him of their first battle, in a brand new metallic physique and a plan to empty all life from New Namek.
The plot is considerably nonsensical and solely serves to convey Cooler again for an additional spherical towards Goku and Vegeta, however the motion scenes are adequate to put it as one of many higher Dragon Ball movies regardless of this.
10 Dragon Ball Z: Tremendous Android 13! (7.1)
Simply when Goku thought he was completed with preventing off the androids and Cell, Tremendous Android 13 exhibits as much as lecture him about his $20 haircut and put him in his place as soon as and for all. Whereas Dr. Gero might have been killed by his creations and his lab destroyed by Krillin and Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, one in all Gero’s computer systems stayed lively to create a number of new androids, although none of them had been as imposing as 17, 18, or Cell.
9 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (7.2)
Considerably retconning the occasions of Planet Vegeta’s destruction to indicate Cooler, Frieza’s brother, letting Goku’s ship fly off to earth, Cooler’s Revenge sees King Chilly’s lesser-known youngster get revenge on Frieza’s demise by coming after Goku on earth. Whereas the movie is nice, it additionally retcons a couple of too many occasions surrounding Frieza and his race that must be ignored to understand it.
8 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (7.2)
Whereas the occasions of Bojack Unbound aren’t canon to Dragon Ball’s story, it does convey up a couple of key questions in regards to the world that had been by no means answered in the primary collection, resembling whether or not or not Goku might depart Different World of his personal volition with On the spot Transmission, because it was already established that he might accomplish that whereas he was nonetheless alive. This movie can be one of many few the place Gohan can actually shine because the hero he ought to have been had he not been overshadowed by Goku so many occasions.
7 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (7.2)
The primary within the resurgence of Dragon Ball media and the primary canon movie within the collection, Battle of Gods pits Goku towards the God of Destruction, Beerus, who’s tempted to destroy Earth if he is not capable of battle a Tremendous Saiyan God. After Dragon Ball Tremendous was introduced, the occasions of the movie had been translated into the anime collection, with sure occasions taking part in out otherwise for the sake of stretching out the run time.
6 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (7.3)
The second canonical movie, popping out shortly after Battle of Gods, Ressurection ‘F’ sees the return of fan-favorite evil overlord and all-around dangerous man, Frieza, who was final seen in Fusion Reborn movie that launched in 1995.
Not solely did Goku and Vegeta get to indicate off their new ‘Tremendous Saiyan Blue’ varieties, however followers of the collection had been lastly capable of see what Frieza might do if he truly educated.
5 Dragon Ball: The Path to Energy (7.4)
Like Curse of the Blood Rubies, The Path to Energy as soon as once more retells the primary few chapters of Dragon Ball, although this time mixing in components of latter story arcs, such because the Pink Ribbon Military arc. If newcomers to Dragon Ball wish to get a style for what the collection has to supply, this can be a good place to begin.
4 Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Tremendous Saiyan (7.5)
With Broly being such a well-liked character, it is no shock that his debut movie is just not solely one of the crucial beloved within the collection, but in addition the most effective. Targeted on the titular Broly and the Legendary Tremendous Saiyan kind that’s much more highly effective than the a number of varieties Goku and Vegeta might muster, Broly additionally introduced again the thought that there have been nonetheless Saiyans out within the universe except for Goku and his youngsters.
3 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (7.5)
Going down shortly after the occasions of the Buu Saga, Wrath of the Dragon follows lots of the similar story beats, together with a magical being making an attempt to launch a monstrous entity from its imprisonment to trigger destruction on a galactic scale. Whereas the story is pretty predictable, it does present one model of occasions that results in Trunks acquiring his signature sword when he returns from the long run throughout the Android arc.
2 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (7.7)
Whereas the primary draw of Fusion Reborn is to see the legendary fusion of Goku and Vegeta, Gogeta, battle towards Janemba, who has blocked the gates to Different World to stop any souls from getting into or leaving. This movie additionally sees the return of Pikkon from the Otherworld Event filler arc that occurred shortly after the Cell Video games in addition to Frieza, who has been spending all of his time in Hell.
1 Dragon Ball Tremendous: Broly (7.9)
The newest Dragon Ball movie and the one to have the Tremendous title, Broly lastly brings the titular Saiyan into the story canon, although with a barely completely different backstory this time. As a substitute of being aggravated by Goku conserving him awake at evening as an toddler, Broly goes on a rampage after Frieza kills his father, Paragus, desirous to kill Goku and Vegeta as soon as and for all. Whereas this model of Broly is extremely highly effective, he is not essentially an antagonist as he was in earlier movies, permitting him to be a extra sympathetic character.