All Of The Dragon Ball Movies, Ranked According To IMDb

Most Dragon Ball fans are unaware that there are more Dragon Ball movies than they realize. According to IMDb, here’s how they all rank.

Since the Dragon Ball manga was converted into anime form in 1986, there have been numerous movies based on the events of the long-running manga, many of which take place outside of the series’ recognized canon. While the movies grew in popularity as Dragon Ball got more successful, this was not true for all of them.

Dragon Ball doesn’t appear to be stopping down anytime soon, with a manga, four anime series, numerous films, and innumerable games under its belt. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the most recent installment in the franchise, released in North America on August 18, 2022, and is the first production to focus almost entirely on 3D animation.

Which is the best Dragon Ball film, according to IMDb?

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is now playing in North American theaters and doing well. While Dragon Ball features have been around for decades, they have only recently been portrayed as real events. They are no longer optional side quests, and the most recent releases have some of the best animation in the franchise’s history. How does Super Hero compare to the other Dragon Ball movies?


Dragonball: Evolution (2.6)

Evolution is the worst Dragon Ball movie ever made. Dragonball: Evolution lacks anything that distinguishes Akira Toriyama’s work. The action lacks force and speed, failing to match the manga or anime’s early battles.

Even though they share a name with their cartoon counterparts, Evolution’s characters aren’t interesting enough to carry an adventure. The picture wastes James Marsters.


Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (5.9)

Broly is a one-note character, yet Dragon Ball fans like him because he adds more Super Saiyan action. The Bio-Broly film is the poorest of all the animated Dragon Ball movies, maybe because it focuses on Goten and Trunks rather than Goku or Vegeta.

This film turns Broly’s already simplistic persona to a brainless, unattractive monster. This movie is pointless.


Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming (6.5)

Broly – Second Coming is only slightly better than Bio-Broly, which isn’t hard. The Goku-Gohan-Goten Kamehameha, reminiscent of Gohan’s Cell Games ki-blast, saves the film from obscurity.

Second Coming is a generic Dragon Ball movie made to cash in on Broly’s popularity. Non-canon releases may seem tiny, but they’re not. The Return is boring.


Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (6.6)

Lord Slug, one of the original Dragon Ball Z movies, follows a renegade Namekian as he tries to take over the world. The climactic battle shows audiences Goku’s potential Super Saiyan form. Lord Slug introduced the idea that Namekian ears are sensitive to high-pitched sounds, which is never discussed again.

The best Dragon Ball Z movies contain iconic villains, but not Lord Slug. His design, albeit threatening, is too similar to stand out.


Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess In Devil’s Castle (6.6)

Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle was the second Dragon Ball film and was originally released in Japan with Saint Seiya, Hikari Sentai Maskman, and Choujinki Metalder. Master Roshi sends Goku and Krillin to Devil’s Castle as part of their training.

Despite having a more adventurous tone than most of the following films, Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle isn’t memorable. Still, it’s a good hour.

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Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest (6.7)

The World’s Strongest is a strange film in comparison to most other Dragon Ball films. It follows Goku and his pals as they strive to prevent a mad scientist from taking over Gohan’s body in order to become the world’s strongest fighter.

This Dragon Ball movie, like most others, takes place in an unknown time period. This side adventure should not have happened, according to the story’s canon, because Goku is shown knowing about the Spirit Bomb attack while Piccolo and Gohan are still on Earth. This only happened after he beat Frieza on Planet Namek instead of Yardrat.


Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (6.8)

Curse of the Blood Rubies, the first Dragon Ball film, depicts a teenage Goku and his regular traveling companions Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong as they search for the Dragon Balls. Unlike the most of the previous movies in the series, this one presents an alternate plot from the first arc of the series rather than something altogether new.

As a result, Curse of the Blood Rubies can be a little boring because there aren’t many surprises. Having said that, the film retains the essence of the show’s early sagas, providing a fun frolic with likeable characters and a little action.


Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (6.8)

Dead Zone, the first Dragon Ball Z film, sees Goku and Piccolo partner up prior to Raditz’s arrival on Earth, needing to fight yet another evil person who seeks to obtain immortality through the Dragon Balls. Unlike most other villains, Garlic Jr. succeeds in his plan to acquire immortality, but he is defeated when a young Gohan banishes him to the titular Dead Zone.

Dead Zone does not fit in with the canon storyline very well, but it is a solid enough filler distraction. Garlic Jr. is a hilarious villain who makes an appearance in the main episode.


Dragon Ball Z: Tree Of Might (6.8)

Although, like the Broly films, Tree of Might introduced another Saiyan character, Turles, the film’s villain, is completely forgettable despite the film’s overall greatness. Although it takes place in the same strange universe as World’s Strongest, one interesting part of Tree of Might is that it tells how Gohan met Icarus, a dragon he is frequently seen playing with as a toddler throughout the series.


Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (6.9)

Mystical Adventure, like Curse of the Blood Rubies, is a retelling of the Dragon Ball narrative. This time, the film adds characters who appeared later in the series, such as Tien and Chiaotzu, while still telling part of the series’ origin narrative.

The heroes travel to the kingdom of Mifan to compete in a tournament, but they are swiftly drawn into a plot to dethrone Chiaotzu. Mystical Adventure offers some excellent visuals, particularly in its depiction of Mifan, and the action sequences are adequate for Dragon Ball.

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Dragon Ball Z: The Return Of Cooler (7.0)

Cooler returns to New Namek after being defeated in an earlier film, despite the fact that Goku soundly crushed him in their initial combat. The villain has a new metallic body and a scheme to drain New Namek of all life.

The plot is somewhat illogical and serves merely to bring Cooler back for another battle with Goku and Vegeta. Despite this, the action scenes are good enough to rank The Return of Cooler as one of the better Dragon Ball movies.


Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! (7.0)

Just as Goku believed he was done fighting the androids and Cell, Super Android 13 appears to lecture him about his $20 haircut and put him in his place for good. While Dr. Gero’s creations murdered him and his lab was destroyed by Krillin and Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, one of the scientist’s computers remained operational to develop several more androids, none of which were as intimidating as 17, 18, or Cell.

Super Android 13 struggles to remove the impression that it is a rehash of previous show storylines, including a villain who is a little too generic. Having said that, the fight sequences are adequate.


Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (7.1)

This film begins by reenacting the events of Planet Vegeta’s destruction in order to portray Cooler, Frieza’s brother, allowing Goku’s ship to fly away to Earth. After that, in Cooler’s Revenge, King Cold’s lesser-known kid seeks vengeance for Frieza’s death by pursuing Goku on Earth.

While entertaining, this film rewrites far too many events involving Frieza and his race, which can be annoying for die-hard fans. When all of stuff is considered, Cooler’s Revenge offers above-average action and a decent adversary, which are arguably the two most crucial aspects of a Dragon Ball Z film.


Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (7.1)

While the events of Bojack Unbound aren’t canon to the Dragon Ball series, they do raise a few important questions about the world that were never addressed in the main series. For example, it wonders if Goku can depart the Other World on his own accord using Instant Transmission, given it was previously established that he could do so while still living.

Bojack Unbound is also one of the rare films in which Gohan is allowed to flourish as the hero he should have been if he hadn’t been overshadowed by Goku so much. For these reasons, fans of the franchise should see this film.


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (7.1)

Battle of Gods triggered a revival of Dragon Ball material after a long hiatus. The series’ first canon film puts Goku against Beerus, the God of Destruction, who is tempted to destroy Earth if he is unable to defeat a Super Saiyan God.

Following the announcement of Dragon Ball Super, the events of Battle of Gods were translated into the anime series, with certain events playing out differently in order to lengthen the run time. The film, though, remains the finest way to experience this narrative.

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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (7.2)

Resurrection ‘F,’ released shortly after Battle of Gods, shows the return of fan-favorite evil dictator and all-around bad guy, Frieza, who was last seen in 1995’s Fusion Reborn film.

Not only did Goku and Vegeta get to show off their new Super Saiyan Blue forms, but fans of the series got to witness what Frieza could achieve if he trained. As much fun as it is to see the villain again, Frieza does not appear to be as much of a threat in Resurrection ‘F,’ which reduces the suspense during the combat sequences.

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Dragon Ball: The Path To Power (7.2)

The Path to Power, like Curse of the Blood Rubies, retells the first few chapters of Dragon Ball but adds elements from subsequent story arcs such as the Red Ribbon Army arc. This film is a fantastic place to start for Dragon Ball newcomers who want to sample everything the series has to offer.

While well-told and produced, The Path to Power may fail to attract the attention of long-time fans who saw the original Dragon Ball anime.


Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (7.3)

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The latest film in the franchise, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, debuted in 2022. Super Hero, like Broly, reintroduces characters and organizations from prior episodes. This film’s stakes are lower than DBS’s since it focuses on Piccolo and Gohan’s relationship.

Piccolo, a fan favorite, is often overshadowed by Goku and Vegeta.

Super Hero focuses on the Namekian, almost as a monument to the character’s legacy. Piccolo is Dragon Ball Z’s most renowned father figure despite not having any children; he prepared Gohan for his later hardships. Piccolo and Gohan’s closeness is strengthened in Super Hero.

The 2022 picture falls short of Dragon Ball Super’s lofty standards. Broly, yet it’s still nostalgic.

Super Hero’s 3D animation is uncomfortable because it deviates from anime’s regular style, yet the aesthetics are good.

Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (7.4)

With Broly being such a popular character, it’s no surprise that his first film is not only one of the series’ best, but also one of its most beloved. Broly, although focused on the titular powerhouse and the Legendary Super Saiyan form, which is even more powerful than the multiple transformations Goku and Vegeta can pull off, also revived the idea that there were additional Saiyans outside Goku and his offspring.

The action in this film is amazing, as long as you don’t mind seeing DBZ’s protagonists tossed around like ragdolls for 20 minutes.


Dragon Ball Z: Wrath Of The Dragon (7.5)

Wrath of the Dragon shares several story beats with the Buu Saga, such as a magical creature trying to free a horrific entity imprisoned to inflict planetary disaster.

The plot is predictable, but it shows how Trunks gets his sword during the Android arc. Wrath of the Dragon departed from the DBZ era’s action-driven flicks by stressing adventure.


Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (7.6)

Gogeta, the fabled fusion of Goku and Vegeta, battles Janemba, an evil who has sealed the Other World’s gates. This film also reintroduces Pikkon from the Other World Tournament filler narrative after the Cell Games and Frieza from Hell.

Fusion Reborn has some of the strongest action of the original Dragon Ball Z movie, but its villain is dull.


Dragon Ball Super: Broly (7.8)

Broly, the latest Dragon Ball film and the only one with the Super title, finally introduces the titular Saiyan, albeit with a different backstory. Broly goes on a rampage after Frieza kills his father, Paragus.

This Broly is powerful, yet he’s not the adversary from earlier films, making him more sympathetic.

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