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"
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.
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 filler Garlic 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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
Movie 12: Fusion Reborn
Japanese title: "The Rebirth of Fusion!! Goku and Vegeta"
FUNimation title: "Fusion Reborn"
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"
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 Destruction Beerus, 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.
Dragon Ball Super
Movie 1: Broly
Japanese title: "Burorī"
Funimation title: "Broly"
Dragon Ball Z specials
Special 1: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ～Freeza ni Idonda Zetto Senshi Son Gokū no Chichi"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku"
UK title: "The Father of Goku"
Special 2: Movie Overview Special
Japanese title: "Kyokugen Batoru! ! San Dai Chō Saiyahito Supesharu"
Special 3: The History of Trunks
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Zetsubō e no Hankō!! Nokosareta Chō-Senshi Gohan to Trunks"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks"
UK title: "Gohan & Trunks"
Special 4: Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show!
Japanese title: "Zenbu Misemasu Toshi Wasure Doragon Boru Zetto!"
Crossover Special: Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special
Japanese title: "Dori-mu 9 Toriko & Wan Pi-su & Doragonbo-ru Z chō Korabo Supesharu!!"
Dragon Ball GT special
A Hero's Legacy
Japanese title: "Gokū Gaiden! Yūki no Akashi wa Si Xing Qiu"
FUNimation title: "A Hero's Legacy"
Dragon Ball Super specials
This is the Ultimate Battle in all the Universes! Son Goku vs Jiren!!
Japanese title: "Korezo zen uchū ichi no kyūkyoku batoru! Son Gokū bāsasu Jiren!!"
FUNimation title: "This is the Ultimate Battle in all the Universes! Son Goku vs Jiren!!"
History of Japan
Japanese title: "Efu Enu Esu Nijyūnana Jikan Terebi Nihon No Rekishi"
Right Before the Dragon Ball Super Movie Debuts! Looking Back on the TV Show’s Climax
Japanese title: "Doragonbōru no chokuzen sūpā eiga debyū! Terebibangu no kuraimakkusu o furikaette!!"
OVA (original video animation)
OVA 1: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
Two OVA, the original released in 1993, and the shorter remake released in 2010. They are both part of the overall Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans series.
OVA 2: Yo! Son Goku and Friends Return!!
Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi!!"
English translation: "Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!"
OVA 3: Episode of Bardock
Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru: Episōdo o Bādokku"
English translation: "Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock"
PSA (public service videos)
PSA 1: Goku's Traffic Safety
Japanese title: "Gokuu no Koutsuu Anzen"
English translation: "Goku's Traffic Safety"
PSA 2: Goku's Fire Brigade
Japanese title: "Gokuu no Shoubou-tai"
English translation: "Goku's Fire Brigade"
An cinematic attraction that debuted at Universal Studios Japan. It primarily depicts a CG animation of Goku vs. Frieza, presented as a 4D attraction. The event was held from July 1 to September 4.
A cinematic attraction at Universal Studios Japan and the successor to Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D. Like it's predecessor it is a new installment in the Dragon Ball series, this time primarily featuring the face off between Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta against Broly God.
- Cooler and Broly are the only movie characters to appear in more than one movie as the main villain.
- Broly has appeared in the most movies as the main villain.
- In the video game, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, the levels taken from the movies have their original Japanese titles. These levels take place in what is referred to in the game as the "Special Saga," which consists entirely of battles from the movies, with the exception of the level "Destroy the Makyo Star," which takes place during the Garlic Jr. Saga, which is filler.
- The box of the video game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai says that the story mode is based on Fusion Reborn but developers titled it "Fusion Rebirth" on the main menu.
- In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, it is stated that the events of The Tree of Might, Lord Slug, Cooler's Revenge, The Return of Cooler, Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly - Second Coming, Fusion Reborn, all occur in a separate timeline from the main one while the villains from main timeline were still living in Hell. However, Cooler is implied to have existed at one point in the main timeline as Frieza recognizes him.
- From Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest to Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, there’s a recurring gag where the top of Goku’s Gi and shirt are completely ripped off during the battle with the primary film antagonist.