Dragon Ball Z: Movie Pack Collection Two
Prepare to level up with the Dragon Ball Z Film Collection Two! From Cooler to Bojack, this epic collection â featuring films six through nine â is the next step in your quest to attain every DBZ movie ever made! The Dragon Ball Z Film Collection Two: more action than you can handle!
Return of Cooler:As an eerily familiar foe threatens the peaceful people of Namek, Goku and the Z-Fighters are summoned to save a world that is not their own. The face behind this heinous onslaught? None other than Cooler and his malevolent minions! The fate of Namek hangs in the balance, and victory wonât be so easy the second time around!
Super Android 13:A mysterious fiend is creating Androids that are faster, stronger, and far more deadly than anything ever devised by the deceased Doctor Gero. Goku and the rest of the Z-Fighters must find the identity of the murderous mastermind if they are to halt the onslaught of his lethal inventions.
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan:Broly â a powerful Saiyan warrior with an unspeakable evil streak â has the Z-Fighters squarely in his sights! Now, a race to save the universe turns into a test of survival skills for Earthâs mightiest warriors. Prepare for the most intense Saiyan battle in history: a clash for the ages rooted in the pains of a secret past.
Bojack Unbound:Warriors from every corner of the galaxy are gathering to compete in the most incredible martial arts tournament ever conceived. Many will test their strength and skill, but few will live to see the end. Before a victor can be crowned, Bojack â a powerfully evil intergalactic villain â turns the tournament into a fight for survival!
List of Dragon Ball films
Wikipedia list article
Dragon Ball is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. Since 1986, there have been 23 theatrical films based on the franchise, including twenty anime films produced by Toei Animation, two unofficial films, and one official live-action film. A twenty-first anime film is currently in development with a planned release of 2022.
Original run (1986–1996)
During the franchise's original broadcast run (1986-1997), Toei produced Dragon Ball films rapidly, often two a year to match the Japanese spring and summer vacations. Seventeen films were produced in this period—three Dragon Ball films from 1986 to 1988, thirteen Dragon Ball Z films from 1989 to 1995, and finally a tenth anniversary film that was released in 1996 and adapted the Red Ribbon arc of the original series. These films have a running time below feature length (around 45–60 minutes each) except for the 1996 film, at 80 minutes. These films were mostly alternate retellings of certain story arcs involving new characters or extra side-stories that do not correlate with the same continuity as the manga or TV series.
These were generally screened back to back with other Toei films for that season as special theatrical events in Japan. The first through fifth films were shown at the Toei Manga Festival (東映まんがまつり, Tōei Manga Matsuri), while the sixth through seventeenth films were shown at the Toei Anime Fair (東映アニメフェア, Toei Anime Fea). By 1996, the first sixteen anime films up until Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995) had sold 50 million tickets and grossed over ¥40 billion ($501 million) at the Japanese box office, making it the highest-grossing anime film series up until then, in addition to selling over 500,000 home video units in Japan.
Live-action film (2009)
A single live-action adaptation of the series was released in 2009, Dragonball Evolution. The film only vaguely adapted elements from the franchise and made $58 million worldwide, against a production cost of $30 million. It received a 15% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 3.5/10, amid accusations of whitewashing. A number of sequels to Evolution were planned—with lead Justin Chatwin signed on for three films. He expressed interest in seven films in interview, but none of these sequels were ever produced. The rights to any further live action films are currently owned by the Walt Disney Company, after their acquisition of 20th Century Fox.
Evolution remains the only licensed live-action film, though two unlicensed films were released in the early 1990s.
Animated revival (2013–present)
The franchise returned with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013), the first animated film since 1996, and the first produced with Toriyama's involvement. The film—a sequel to the original series—became the franchise's most successful at the time. Unlike the classic event circuit films, those from 2013 onwards were developed with an international theatrical release planned from the beginning, under 20th Century Fox, now owned by The Walt Disney Company. Battle of Gods was followed by Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' in 2015. The second film introduced Jaco to Dragon Ball, a character which had debuted in Toriyama's spin-off manga Jaco the Galactic Patrolman in 2013. These two movies were adapted by the Dragon Ball Super TV series, with the plotlines from the two films forming multi-episode arcs early in the show's broadcast.
Later movies would adopt the Super moniker, beginning with Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) which grossed more than $100 million worldwide, and is—as of June 2020—the 12th highest-grossing anime film of all time. The most recently released two films, Resurrection 'F' and Broly, both hold an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A second Super film, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, is currently in production and scheduled for a 2022 release.
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In commemoration of the release of the 20th film, an official online poll asked 6,000 Japanese fans to pick their favorite film in the franchise. The top five films were (from first to fifth): Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler.
Box office performance
Home video sales
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- ^On April 6, 2010 Funimation announced that Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies would be released to a bilingual DVD on July 27, 2010, but the release was delayed to December 28, 2010, 21 years to the day after Harmony Gold's dub. Funimation announced the voice cast for a new English dub of the film on November 12, 2010.
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- ^Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure was aired on December 28, 1989 by Harmony Gold USA broadcast their dub along with Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies.
- ^It was redubbed by Funimation, and released on November 21, 2000 on VHS, and February 27, 2001 on DVD.
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone was released on December 17, 1997 on DVD by Pioneer.
- ^It was re-released on May 31, 2005 on DVD and redubbed by Funimation.
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- ^It was re-released on November 14, 2006 on DVD and redubbed by Funimation, along with Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might.
- ^Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might was aired in the broadcast on November 15 and 22, 1997 by Saban.
- ^It was released on March 13, 1998 on DVD by Pioneer.
- ^It was re-released on November 14, 2006 on DVD and redubbed by Funimation, along with Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest.
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug was produced by Funimation and released to VHS and DVD on August 7, 2001.
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- ^Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler was released on DVD in the United States on August 13, 2002 by Funimation.
- ^Also known as Extreme Battle! The Three Great Super Saiyans
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! was released in North America on DVD by Funimation on February 4, 2003
- ^Also known as Dragon Ball Z: Burn Up!! A Close Fight - A Violent Fight – A Super Fierce Fight and Dragon Ball Z: The Burning Battles
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan was released on August 26, 2003 on DVD by Funimation.
- ^Also known as Dragon Ball Z: The Galaxy's at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound was released on DVD on August 17, 2004 by Funimation.
- ^Also known as The Dangerous Duo! Super Warriors Never Rest and Dragon Ball Z: Dangerous Rivals
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming was released in North America on April 5, 2005 on DVD by Funimation.
- ^Also known as Dragon Ball Z Super Warrior Defeat!! I'll Be The Winner and Dragon Ball Z: Attack! Super Warriors
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly was released on September 13, 2005 on DVD by Funimation.
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn received a theatrical release as a double feature with the special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku (1990), under the title Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Double Feature.
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn was released on September 17, 2006 by Funimation.
- ^Also known as Dragon Ball Z: Explosion of Dragon Punch
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon was released on September 12, 2006 on DVD by Funimation.
- ^Dragon Ball: The Path to Power was on DVD and VHS on April 29, 2003 by Funimation.
- ^Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' was released in North America on August 4, 2015 by Funimation and 20th Century Fox International.
- ^Dragon Ball Super: Broly was released in North America on January 16, 2019 by Funimation and 20th Century Fox International.
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- ^The Dragon Ball anime series and anime films have collectively sold more than 30 million DVD and Blu-ray units in the United States, as of 2017. It is currently unknown how many of these sales were for the Dragon Ball anime films specifically.
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A Guide to All Dragon Ball Z and Super Movies
Folks, we have to assume some super dedicated fan used their pandemic downtime to gather the seven legendary Dragon Balls, because millions of fans’ wishes have finally been answered: 2022 will see the release of a brand spanking new Dragon Ball Super movie! One with heavy involvement from series creator Akira Toriyama himself that promises to push the animation envelope into uncharted territories.
In desperately googling for any info you can about the film, you might come across the old 90s Dragon Ball Z movies that don’t get revisited enough anymore. Maybe you saw a couple air on Toonami as a kid, and you never went back to see the rest.
Either way, here is our Dragon Ball Z Movie Guide to get you up to speed for 2022.
The 90s Dragon Ball Z Movies
- Not canon… but worth your time!
Coming out every March and July for half a decade during the height of the show’s popularity, these roughly hour-long Dragon Ball Z movies were a chance for creators to morph the storyinto different shapes and sizes for a guaranteed audience. The films aren’t exactly Toriyama canonical, but the more hardcore Dragon Ball Z fans will find some of them appreciatable.
1. Dragon Ball Z: The Dead Zone (1989)
The very first Dragon Ball Z Movie, so you have to watch it for its historic value alone! It also introduces a green shrimp man named Garlic Jr. who returns for a not too great filler arc in the series.
2. Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (1990)
With how high power levels sky-rocket later on in the series, we do find it hard to believe the second Dragon Ball Z movie contains ‘The World’s Strongest’, which is canonically just God now we suppose. Not too good, but this one has cool Toriyama robots, at least!
3. Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1990)
Turles is a Saiyan who looks a lot like another Saiyan named Bardock who looks a lot like another Saiyan named Goku. Ignoring that, the Dragon Ball Z movie The Tree Of Might is secretly about Kid Gohan secretly befriending a dinosaur in the woods, striking on some of the same magic that made the Gohan Piccolo ‘filler’ work so well in Z. Well worth watching.
4. Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (1991)
The titular ‘Lord Slug’ is a ‘Super Namekian’, and whether you should watch this one or not depends on how you respond to the phrase ‘Super Namekian’.
5. Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (1991)
What if Frieza had a brother named Cooler?
6. Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (1992)
What if Frieza had a brother named Metal Cooler and actually there were a lot of them?
7. Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! (1992)
With Future Trunks now in the picture, Super Android 13! firmly takes place later on in the Dragon Ball Z timeline where said power-levels have been suped-up. While not strictly canonical, the film does further expand on the Dr. Gero and Android mythos making it one of more ambitious 90s Dragon Ball Z movie entries.
8. Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)
The first appearance of Broly, the non Toriyama OC so good they gave him a trilogy and eventually introduced him into the canon properly years later. Dragon Ball Super: Broly may be the better movie, but Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan laid the groundwork for what was to come and its good in its own right.
9. Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound – (1993)
The last (90s) appearance of Future Trunks in a Dragon Ball Z movie, the biggest reason to see this one.
10. Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming (1994)
Surprisingly, this film sees some of the best characterization Goten ever gets, with a surprisingly heart-felt in the last few minutes. Recommended.
11. Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (1994)
King Kai tells Goku to fight Broly in hell, but unfortunately that’s just the epilogue of this film.
12. Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995)
Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn rules and it might be our favorite of the 90s films. Getting the so-cool-they-made-him-canon-later Gogeta’s a good start, but what really makes Fusion Reborn so special is how surreal it is! Goku and Vegeta have to take on the big bad Janemba in what’s basically a Jelly-Bean dimension, duking it out in a lot of trippy settings.
13. Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995)
What if Dragon Ball Z was a fantasy series but also it kind of worked?
The Dragon Ball Z to Super Pipline
Dragon Ball GT ate up some of Dragon Ball’s good will, but not enough. The series would return with Toriyama at the helm via a pair of movies in 2013 and 2015 that would break the ground for Dragon Ball Super to eventually spring forth. Super remade the events of both of these films, and maybe the TV versions would since be considered canon, but they’re basically the same and also worse, so be sure to watch these.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013)
Not only was Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods the long-dreamed return of the most popular anime ever, it perfectly captured everything that allowed Dragon Ball to enrapture audiences for decades on end. It resurrected all the whimsy and charm of early Dragon Ball while delivering fights any Dragon Ball Z movie would be lucky to have, not to mention throwing Beerus and Whis into the mix. It not only met but exceeded all our collective expectations.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F (2015)
Very fun, pretty cool they threw the Maximum the Hormone Frieza track in there, but his return didn’t quite live up to the Battle of Gods precedent.
Dragon Ball Super: The Movies
The Dragon Ball Super TV series ended in mid 2018, but announcement of a follow-up movie soon followed. The problem? Fans were left dry for a couple years after, but now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
Despite being the sequel film to Dragon Ball Super, the Akira Toriyama created Dragon Ball Super Broly’s more or less the perfect specifically Dragon Ball Z movie. Very little fat after the introductory sequence, the film cuts straight to the point and is, essentially, three gigantic action set pieces depicting the most lavishly animated and full-bodied kinetic shonen fighting we’ve ever seen. A must watch.
Untitled Dragon Ball Super Movie 2022
We recently found out that there is a new Super movie coming out! Here’s what we know so far:
- The new movie will come out in 2022.
- The film is already underway.
- Akira Toriyama is leading the story and dialogue, which should make the purists happy.
We Need More Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is already more than 30 years old, and there are few anime that have succeeded in creating such a lasting legacy. Akira Toriyama’s masterpiece will continue to be a pillar of anime culture, so if you haven’t seen these movies yet… Well… time to get re-acquainted with the legends.
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The Dragon Ball films are animated and live-action films made based on the Dragon Ball manga and its four animated TV series, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, and Dragon Ball GT.
All Dragon Ball movies were originally released in theaters in Japan, typically when the vast majority of Japanese school children are on spring and summer vacations in March and July, although it pairs up with a Dr. Slump movie, usually 60 minutes long. All of the movies have been released in the United States, and are usually released under a shorter title. Akira Toriyama, the artist who created the franchise, had little to do with the movies past some of the character designs. However, he is listed as the creator of the movies in the credits. In Daizenshuu 6 (released in 1995), Akira Toriyama stated that he considers the movies to be stories in a "different dimension" than the main story of the manga he created.Daizenshuu 7 lists only Dead Zone and Cooler's Revenge in the main timeline.
Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies
Japanese title: "The Legend of Shen Long"
FUNimation title: "Curse of the Blood Rubies"
UK Title: "The Legend Of Shenron"
Premiering on December 20, 1986, this film features an alternate scenario to the Emperor Pilaf Saga, set in a parallel world.
Movie 2: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Japanese title: "Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
FUNimation title: "Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
UK Title: "Sleeping Beauty in Devil Castle"
Premiering on July 18, 1987, this film features an extended version of the story of how Goku and Krillin began their training with Master Roshi.
Movie 3: Mystical Adventure
Japanese title: "Mystical Great Adventure"
FUNimation title: "Mystical Adventure"
UK title: "Mystical Adventure"
Premiering on July 9, 1988, this film features an alternate scenario to the Tien Shinhan Saga, set in a parallel world.
Movie 4: The Path to Power
Japanese title: "The Path to Ultimate Strength"
FUNimation title: "The Path to Power"
Premiering on March 4, 1996, this film is an altered re-telling of the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
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Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
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Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
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Dragon Ball Z
Movie 1: Dead Zone
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z"
FUNimation title: "Dead Zone"
UK title: "In Pursuit of Garlic"
Premiering on July 15, 1989, taking place after the end of Dragon Ball but before the start of Dragon Ball Z, this movie introduces the antagonistic Makyan race led by Garlic Jr. - who would return in the fillerGarlic Jr. Saga.
Movie 2: The World's Strongest
Japanese title: "The World's Strongest Guy"
FUNimation title: "The World's Strongest"
UK title: "The Strongest Guy in the World"
Premiering on March 10, 1990, taking place after the Attack of the Saiyans but before the Battle on Planet Namek, this film featured Dr. Wheelo attempting to obtain Goku's body for himself.
Movie 3: The Tree of Might
Japanese title: "Super Showdown for the Whole Earth"
FUNimation title: "The Tree of Might"
UK title: "Super Battle in the World"
Premiering on July 7, 1990, set during the Battle on Planet Namek, this movie featured the renegade Saiyan Turles attempting to use Earth to grow the Tree of Might, so he could eat its fruit and become the strongest in the universe.
Movie 4: Lord Slug
Japanese title: "Super Saiyan Son Gokū"
FUNimation title: "Lord Slug"
UK title: "Super Saiya Son Goku"
Premiering on March 9, 1991, and also set during the Battle on Planet Namek, this movie featured the evil Super NamekianLord Slug, who aimed to reclaim his youth and convert Earth into a vehicle.
Movie 5: Cooler's Revenge
Japanese title: "The Incredible Mightiest vs. Mightiest"
FUNimation title: "Cooler's Revenge"
UK title: "Super Rivals"
Premiering on July 20, 1991, set after the Battle on Planet Namek but before the Android conflict. This movie debuted Frieza's brother Cooler, who attacked Earth to try and get revenge for his brother's death.
Movie 6: The Return of Cooler
Japanese title: "Clash!! 10 Billion Power Warriors"
FUNimation title: "The Return of Cooler"
UK title: "Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors"
Premiering on March 7, 1992, set after the Battle on Planet Namek but before the Android conflict. Cooler returns after having merged with the Big Gete Star and attacks New Namek.
Movie 7: Super Android 13!
Japanese title: "Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans"
FUNimation title: "Super Android 13!"
UK title: "Super Battle of the Three Super Saiyans"
Premiering on July 11, 1992, set during the Android conflict in a parallel world this movie sees the debut of three androids who were destroyed in the main timeline as they attempt to fulfill their objective of killing Goku.
Movie 8: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Japanese title: "Burn Up!! Hot Fight! Fierce Fight! Super Violent Fight!"
FUNimation title: "Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan"
UK title: "The Burning Battles"
Premiering on March 6, 1993, set during the break before the Cell Games, this movie introduced Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan and the Z Fighters first conflict with him.
Movie 9: Bojack Unbound
Japanese title: "The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy"
FUNimation title: "Bojack Unbound"
UK title: "Super Guy in the Galaxy"
Premiering on July 10, 1993, set shortly after the Cell Games, this movie features the Galaxy Soldiers attacking Earth, with Goku dead, it is up to Gohan to step up and stop them.
Movie 10: Broly - Second Coming
Japanese title: "The Dangerous Duo! Super-Warriors Can Not Rest"
FUNimation title: "Broly - Second Coming"
Premiering on March 12, 1994, set early during the Majin Buu Conflict, this film features Broly appearing once more and battling the Z Fighters again.
Movie 11: Bio-Broly
Japanese title: "Super-Warrior Defeat!! I'm the One who'll Win"
FUNimation title: "Bio-Broly"
Premiering on July 9, 1994, set during the Majin Buu Conflict, this film features the clone of Broly: Bio-Broly, who is encountered by Goten and Trunks
Movie 12: Fusion Reborn
Japanese title: "The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta"
FUNimation title: "Fusion Reborn"
Premiering on March 4, 1995, set during the Majin Buu Conflict, this film introduces Goku and Vegeta's Fusion Dance self: Gogeta to defeat Janemba - who has been causing trouble in the Other World.
Movie 13: Wrath of the Dragon
Japanese title: "Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won't Do It, Who Will?"
FUNimation title: "Wrath of the Dragon"
Premiering on July 15, 1995, set after the Majin Buu Conflict, this film shows the conflict between Tapion and Hirudegarn, with the Z Fighters aiding in bringing it to a close.
Movie 14: Battle of Gods
Japanese title: "Kami to Kami"
FUNimation title: "Battle of Gods"
Premiering on March 30, 2013 and effectively jump-starting a new era of Dragon Ball, this film is one of the two which make up the Gods of the Universe Saga. The movie introduces God of DestructionBeerus, whom Goku must become a Super Saiyan God to battle. It was later adapted into the God of Destruction Beerus Saga.
Movie 15: Resurrection ‘F’
Japanese title: "Fukkatsu no F"
FUNimation title: "Resurrection ‘F’"
Premiering on February 21, 2015 as the second part of the Gods of the Universe Saga, this movie features the return of Frieza, who attacks Earth as Golden Frieza and battles Goku and Vegeta in their new Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan forms. It was later adapted into the Golden Frieza Saga.
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All Of The Dragon Ball Movies
In 1984 Akira Toriyama began the Dragon Ball series, and in 1986 the movies started to take off and has since created 23 theatrical films. Toei Animation created 20 anime films out of these 23, while two movies were unofficial and one movie was an official live-action film. The Dragon Ball movies have become some of the best selling, most popular anime films now to date.
The three series of films created by Akira is widely known as Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball Super, all intertwining with one another creating new storylines and new characters in each, sometimes even new transformations and forms. The fact that these films continue to push out different series is quite possibly what has kept them so popular for so long.
They say that the Dragon Ball anime series and films are so popular and so large that it could influence just as much of a crowd as any other popular anime series out there. So, what makes the series and films so special?
We’ve compiled a list of all the Dragon Ball films in order, along with a little about each so that you will be caught up in all there is to know about every Dragon Ball film to date. But first, where did the movies originate?
The History of Dragon Ball Movies
So, we know that Dragon Ball was a comic series written by Akira Toriyama in the early 80s, who first depicted his art in magazines, and then shortly after moved to the television screen. While the tv series did come first, the movies followed shortly after in 1986 which was just two years after Dragon Ball had debuted.
The movies were made to not only go into a more extended time frame on each plot and on each storyline but also so you could dive a lot deeper into the characters and their personalities. You were able to learn more in-depth about each hero’s life, and also each villain’s life, which were as equally as interesting to watch.
In fact, even though the series kicked off the Dragon Ball saga, you’ll actually find way more information about the world of Dragon Balls and the DB characters by watching the movies, so we say if you’re a true fandom kid, make sure you watch each one in chronological order as listed by year (and by series) below!
All of the Dragon Ball Movies in Order
Curse of the Blood Rubies: 1986
This is the very first Dragon Ball movie ever made, starting the trend of animated and alternate universes. This movie was also known as “The Legend of Shenlong” and is a continuation of manga’s introductory arc when Goku meets Bulma and Master Roshi for the very first time. This is also the very first time, and the only time, that you will meet the character King Gurumes, who never appears in any DB series, film, or show ever again.
Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle: 1987
The film of the sleeping princess in the devil’s castle actually depicts the fairy-tale of Sleeping Beauty and is essentially a retold version of the tale, but with martial arts and an actual devil named Count Lucifer. In this movie, we meet Krillin for the first time, and we also watch Goku become Master Roshi’s student all in just under one hour of viewing time.
Mystical Adventure: 1988
Mystical Adventure concludes the season of Dragon Ball and its movies when Goku completes his training with Master Roshi and then participates in the World’s Martial Arts Tournament, which ends up putting them in the middle of a conspiracy. This conspiracy also involves a plot against Emperor Chiaotzu and the legendary Dragon Balls. This movie also gives out new roles and motivations for characters, creating an almost brand new DB world for the fans to continue diving into.
Fight For Victory, Son Goku!: 1990
This is perhaps the most interesting, yet intriguing in many ways, movie yet of Dragon Ball the series. Why? It’s the first attempt at a live-action Dragon Ball movie featuring actual people as the characters. Pretty cool to see Goku in action as an actual child!
The Magic Begins: 1991
Another attempt at live-action Dragon Ball, The Magic Begins is pretty much the live version of the Curse of the Blood Rubies and is pretty funny for a Dragon Ball action movie. One of the weirdest things about this movie, however, is that they change the name of Dragon Balls to Dragon Pearls…we aren’t sure we like this move.
Path to Power: 1996
The Path to Power marked the series’ 10th anniversary, so because of this, the Path to Power movie is all about the origins of Goku and his battles with the Red Ribbon Army.
Dragon Ball Z
Dead Zone: 1989
Dead Zone would be the very first film to appear under the Dragon Ball Z series of films, also doubling as it’s prequel. This movie starts out with an alien named Garlic Jr. who is seeking vengeance on his own father when he chose Kami as God of Earth, instead of the elder Garlic.
This movie ended up becoming so popular that Garlic Jr. returned in full-blown Dragon Ball Z arc, making Dead Zone the only Dragon Ball movie to be recognized by the anime.
The World’s Strongest: 1990
This film begins with a pair of prisoners breaking out of their icy cage, but not just any prisoners, they are a pair of mad scientists seeking to conquer and dominate the world. However, Goku and his fighters are not having it and decide to take matters into their own hands by finding and destroying the mad scientists.
In the meantime, a disembodied brain named Dr. Urio is plotting to steal the world’s strongest man’s body, which is none other than Goku himself. Dr. Urio wants to break out of his robotic shell that he’s trapped in and the only way to do this is to fight and conquer Goku, and take over his body as his own.
While this film was criticized over the generic, see-through, and what some say is a “predictable” plot, because it was so energetic and the fights were so animated and large, “The World’s Strongest” ended up being one of the most noted DB films in history.
The Tree of Might: 1990
This movie is all about Turles and his space pirates, now Turle is Goku’s evil counterpart, so he’s not out to make nice and make friends. In fact, this movie is about how Turle and his buddies are landing on Earth to plant the Tree of Might, which will completely drain the planet from all of its life sources putting that energy into them instead. Of course, Goku must fight them off to save the planet.
One pretty cool fact about the Tree of Might movie is that it has the most English dubs over any other DB movie on the market!
Bardock – The Father of Goku: 1990
This movie reveals when the war between the Saiyans and Freiza actually began, all thanks to Bardock’s premonitions. Bardock realizes that he must protect his son if the Saiyans are ever going to be able to win against Freiza. This movie actually represents the beginning of the entire Dragon Ball saga as it said to be the prequel of the whole concept.
Lord Slug: 1991
Lord Slug is a space-pirate hellbent on destroying and sucking the earth clean from its resources, but he’s challenged by Goku and is in cahoots with Goku’s evil counterpart, so he gets his own movie foreshadowing his life and what we hope to be his ending.
Cooler’s Revenge: 1991
Cooler’s Revenge is also known as The Greatest Rivals, especially in other countries and is a follow-up to Goku’s fight with Freiza. Cooler is Freiza’s brother and comes to Earth seeking revenge against Goku when he wins the fight against Frieza in the end. Hence the name, Cooler’s Revenge.
The Return of Cooler: 1992
As if the first Cooler movie wasn’t enough revenge for him, he comes back for more just a year later in the Return of Cooler. Being that it is a direct sequel to Cooler’s Revenge, you can only imagine the plot and storyline behind this movie as well.
Super Android 13!: 1992
In Super Android 13!, Goku is pretty much stalked by three enemies, Android 13, 14, and 15 who are pissed about Dr. Gero’s death and also seek revenge on Goku. These villains can’t get enough of Goku it seems like. This movie is also the first depiction of Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks all fighting together in a battle.
The History of Trunks: 1993
Future Trunks is most comparable to The Terminator, and in this film he has his own backstory and his life plays out in front us, allowing us to learn much more about this Android slaying buddy of Goku’s.
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan: 1993
Vegeta travels to New Vegeta in this film and ends up meeting Broly there, another Super Saiyan who is ruling over New Vegeta. This classic is even considered to be the best Dragon Ball film there ever was.
Bojack Unbound: 1993
Bojack is actually an original character, drawn out and depicted by Akira in the very early stages of Dragon Ball, so this entire film caters to the story of him and how he fights off evil with Goku, and even when Goku is off taking care of his kid, Bojack is there to protect and fight as much as he can.
Broly – Second Coming: 1994
You guessed it, this is about Broly coming back for revenge and is ready to kill, steal, and destroy in the Second Coming where he is coming back to fight Goku, only to find that he is now dead and instead he must fight Gohan, which is Goku’s warrior son.
The finale to the “Broly” series, features not only Broly but also Goten, Trunks, Android 18, and Mr. Satan where they find (and have to fight) Broly’s new warriors that were created with just his DNA. This movie was actually voted the worst of all the DragonBall movies.
Fusion Reborn: 1995
This film was all about the living and the dead fusing together into one, villains and heroes alike, this movie was said to be the most morbid and the most intense as far as fighting goes.
Wrath of the Dragon: 1995
After Majin Buu is defeated, Goku learns there are new threats in town and must learn to defeat these new enemies. In this film you will see them enlist the help of the great hero Tapion.
Battle of Gods: 2013
The Battle of Gods features Beerus, the Egyptian cat-human who only wants to destroy the Earth, of course getting through Goku first. The only problem is that Goku is just a human, a mortal, and Beerus is a God …the God of Destruction at that. Goku must learn a new Saiyan form just to beat him.
Resurrection ‘F’: 2015
Frieza returns as a stronger, golden alien, ready to kill and destroy even more than before. This film features some pretty epic battles as Frieza’s main goal now is to kill every single Saiyan.
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A Hero’s Legacy: 1997
Son Goku Jr. stars in this film, A Hero’s Legacy, to come back to the planets and save his grandmother. The only problem is that little Goku isn’t exactly a fighter like his father was, so he has to learn to follow in his daddy’s footsteps.
DragonBall Evolution: 2009
On a class all of its own, DragonBall Evolution is yet another but also the last, live depiction of Dragon Ball and might even be the worst of them all. This is Hollywood’s version, and many people believe it was too “Americanized” and didn’t match Goku’s backstory, personality, or the show really at all.
Dragon Ball Super
In Broly, we see that Goku and Vegeta both toughed it out during their fight with Freiza and they’re still training to continue fighting when a new threat comes along. And that new threat is Broly. None other than Frieza’s ally, seeking revenge on those who hurt his friend. This film introduces Broly in a lot more detail and gives him more of a storyline.
Son Gokû / Son Gohan / Son Goten / Gotenks (voice), Son Goku / Turles / Son Gohan (voice), Son Gokû / Son Gohan / Son Goten (voice), Son Gokû / Son Gohan (voice), Son Goten / Son Gokû (voice), Son Gokû / Son Gohan / Bardock (voice), Son Gokû / Son Gohan / Son Goten / Gogeta / Veku / Gotenks (voice), Son Goku / Son Gohan (voice)
West Kaiô / The Dictator / Romeo (voice), Broly (voice), Bio-Broly (voice)
Trunks / Gotenks (voice), Trunks (voice), Future Trunks (voice)
Misokattsun / Umigame (voice), Enma Daiou / Mr. Satan (voice), Wings (voice), Mr. Satan (voice), Gyû-maô (voice)
Kuririn (voice), Kuririn / Yajirobe (voice), Krillin (voice), Kuririn / Minoshia (voice)
Buruma (voice), Bulma (voice), Bulma / Baby Trunks (voice), Bulma Briefs (voice)
Master Roshi (voice), Muten Roshi (voice), Kame Sen'nin (voice), Kame-sen'nin (voice)
Oblong (voice), Ûron (voice), Jaguar-Butta / Bubbles (voice), Oolong (voice), Icarus (voice), Oolong / Tako Kagaku-sha (voice), Oolong / Haiya Dragon (voice)
In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue Gohan and save the world from being sucked into a dead zone.
The evil Dr. Kochin uses the dragon balls to resurrect his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, in an effort to take over the world. Dr. Wheelo, his body having been destroyed by the avalanche that killed him fifty years before, desires the body of the strongest fighter in the world as his new vessel. Believing Roshi to be the world's strongest warrior, Dr. Kochin abducts Bulma and forces Roshi to surrender himself to save her. When Goku hears of their abduction, he goes to their rescue.
Goku and friends must stop a band of space pirates from consuming fruit from the Tree of Might before it's destructive powers drain Earth's energy.
A Super Namekian named Slug comes to invade Earth. But the Z Warriors do their best to stop Slug and his gang.
After defeating Frieza, Goku returns to Earth and goes on a camping trip with Gohan and Krillin. Everything is normal until Cooler - Frieza's brother - sends three henchmen after Goku. A long fight ensues between our heroes and Cooler, in which he transforms into the fourth stage of his evolution and has the edge in the fight... until Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan.
Dr. Gero's Androids #13, #14, and #15 are awakened by the laboratory computers and immediately head to the mall where Goku is shopping. After Goku, Trunks, and Vegeta defeat #14 and #15, #13 absorbs their inner computers and becomes a super being greater than the original three separately were. Now it is up to Goku to stop him.
Mr. Money is holding another World Martial Arts Tournament and Mr. Satan invites everyone in the world to join in. Little does he know that Bojack, an ancient villain who has escaped his prison, is competing. Since Goku is currently dead, it is up to Gohan, Vegeta, and Trunks to defeat Bojack and his henchman.
A Saiyan Space pod crash-lands on Earth out of which a wounded Saiyan crawls: Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan. The wounded Broly shouts out in frustration and turns into normal form. The place soon freezes, trapping him in it and he falls into a coma.
Jaga Bada, Mr. Satan's old sparring partner, has invited Satan to his personal island to hold a grudge match. Trunks and Goten decide to come for the adventure and Android #18 is following Satan for the money he owes her. Little do they know that Jaga Bada's scientist have found a way to resurrect Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan.
Not paying attention to his job, a young demon allows the evil cleansing machine to overflow and explode, turning the young demon into the infamous monster Janemba. Goku and Vegeta make solo attempts to defeat the monster, but realize their only option is fusion.
The Z Warriors discover an unopenable music box and are told to open it with the Dragon Balls. The contents turn out to be a warrior named Tapion who had sealed himself inside along with a monster called Hildegarn. Goku must now perfect a new technique to defeat the evil monster.
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Every Dragon Ball Movie In Chronological Order
For a franchise that's mostly known for its various television series, there's been plenty of Dragon Ball movies. Most of them are exciting, self-contained stories that introduce new villains for the Z Warriors to take down.
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How each one fits into the timeline is interesting because most aren't technically canon. In fact, they're basically set in their own parallel universe. Yet, they usually still acknowledge the events of the series, so most could be a part of the main timeline. The movies themselves certainly have a specific chronological order, and this is how it looks. Please note that this is just for movies; specials and OVAs aren't included.
20 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
A few of the early Dragon Ball movies present alternate versions of sagas from the anime. Curse of the Blood Rubies covers the early days of the original series when Goku first met Bulma.
Although, things are very different, as events are moved around, and there are several new villains. For instance, instead of Emperor Pilaf being the main antagonist, it's a monster called King Gurumes.
19 Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
For the tenth anniversary of the Dragon Ball franchise, Toei Animation released The Path to Power. It's another movie that retells the beginnings of Dragon Ball. Once again, it covers Goku meeting Bulma and some of his other friends. Although, this time, he's facing off against the Red Ribbon Army.
18 Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
In the Dragon Ball series, Goku and Krillin earned the right to train with Roshi by introducing him to Launch. Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle tells an alternate tale where the two boys have to retrieve a 'princess' for the old man. Only then will he make them two of his many disciples.
17 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Mystical Adventure is yet another re-telling. This time it's based on a combination of the Commander Red and Tien Shinhan Sagas. The movie revolves around a Martial Arts Tournament in Mifan that a few of the heroes enter. But there's a more sinister plot behind the scenes involving Master Shen and General Tao.
16 Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
Unlike their predecessors, the Dragon Ball Z movies tell original stories. This one takes place before Raditz shows up on Earth.
It sees Garlic Jr. and his underlings hunt down all of the Dragon Balls and kidnap Gohan in the process. It's an act that puts him in the crosshairs of Goku, whereas the antagonist has a separate issue with Piccolo.
15 Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
In The World's Strongest, the villainous duo of Dr. Kochin and Dr. Wheelo attempt to find the strongest man in the world so they can transplant Wheelo's brain into the fighter's body. Of course, this leads them to the Z Warriors. It's pretty much impossible to determine where it would fit in the main timeline as there are too many inconsistencies.
14 Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
The Tree of Might introduces a new Saiyan to the series named Turles. He's an unsavory individual who plants a magical tree on Earth that intends to use up all of the planet's nutrients.
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Goku and his friends try to stop them. Based on the main timeline, the heroes should've all been on Namek at this point, as it's definitely set post-Saiyan Saga.
13 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Another movie that takes place when the Z Warriors are supposed to be on Namek is Lord Slug. The plot is about the titular antagonist landing on Earth and trying to take it over. Goku has a tough time stopping him, as Slug is one of the stronger movie villains.
12 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
A lot happens between Frieza's death and the Android's arrival. For instance, the fallen Emperor's older brother, Cooler, tries to exact revenge on Goku for embarrassing his family. So, he comes to Earth to kill the Saiyan and destroy the planet. But that's easier said than done.
11 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
After their creator, Dr. Gero, is killed, Android 13, 14, and 15 wake up. As always, the main target for these Androids is Goku, so they find and attack the Saiyan at their first opportunity. This initiates a big fight between Gero's creations and the Z Fighters. To fit into the main timeline, this would have to happen before Vegeta and Trunks enter the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
10 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
Early in The Return of Cooler, it's shown that Dende is the guardian of Earth. This means the movie must take place in the time before the Cell Games - although Gohan's has gotten younger somehow. Regardless, the story revolves around Cooler and the Big Gete Star, who have taken over New Namek. Their goal is to absorb all of the planet's energy, but the Super Saiyan pair of Goku and Vegeta intervene.
9 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
In the first Broly movie, his father tries to get revenge on the Vegeta family by luring the prince of all Saiyans into a trap. However, things take a turn when Broly meets Goku as due to an incident as a child, the titular antagonist hates the heroic Saiyan. So, he goes blind with rage and attempts to destroy all of the Z Warriors. These events occur before the Cell Games.
8 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
This movie fits within the main timeline better than most as it's set shortly after Cell is defeated. In fact, the antagonist's self-destruction freed the titular villain of this movie. Goku, on the other hand, perished from that same blast. Therefore Gohan is responsible for saving the world from Bojack and his allies.
7 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming
Not long before the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Broly makes his presence known once again. This time he comes to Earth, and Goku is no longer alive to stop him. Instead, that task falls to the likes of Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Videl.
6 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly
Not one of the most highly regarded movies, Bio-Broly sees a liquidy clone of the Legendary Super Saiyan attack Trunks and Goten. As the rest of Earth's heroes are off trying to stop Babidi and Majin Buu, it's up to the two young Saiyans, Krillin, and Android 18, to save the day.
5 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
In this one, trouble brews in Other World as a new force named Janemba allows the residents of hell to return to the land of the living. To get things back to normal, Goku and Vegeta have to end the powerful foe. The rest of the Dragon Team, however, must protect the Earth from hell's former inhabitants. It all happens during the Buu Saga.
4 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
With Buu gone, the Earth finally enjoys a time of peace. That is until the monster known as Hirudegarn is released from captivity. Alongside a mysterious hero named Tapion, the Z fighters need to find a way to stop the giant beast. Luckily for them, Goku is once again among the living.
3 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Battle of Gods is set several years after the victory over Kid Buu. And in it, the God Of Destruction, Beerus, wakes from his long slumber.
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He attempts to track down the fabled Super Saiyan God, which, of course, leads him to Goku and the others. In this instance, it's not the movie doing the retelling as Battle of Gods did this storyline before Dragon Ball Super existed.
2 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Not long after Beerus' search for the Super Saiyan God, the events of Resurrection ‘F’ take place. It all begins when a few of the remaining members of the Frieza force summon Shenron to wish the Emperor back. The villain then trains rigorously before bringing his strongest forces to Earth for his revenge.
1 Dragon Ball Super: Broly
The opening of Dragon Ball Super: Broly actually takes place before any of the other movies as it chronicles the early years of the titular character. But the main portion of the adventure happens after the Tournament of Power.
Paragus attempts to use Broly to vengeance on the Vegeta family. It leads to some high-octane battles between Broly and Earth's strongest Saiyans, aka Goku and Vegeta.
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