Top Ten Best Dragon Ball Z Movies

The Top Ten
1 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Product Image

Great movie for comedy and action. The main villains are very interesting and unique compared to other DBZ movie villains. The fighting style of Bill's is a treat to watch very much a throw back to classic martial arts and you see his melee based arts shift as he fights tougher opponents. This movie did a great job of balancing the old while introducing new elements.

The movie really sets the stage for the future of the Dragon Ball Z series from hence forth this movie has revived it.

My ranking:

1. Battle of Gods - 8.9
2. Bardock: The Father of Goku - 8.8
3. The History of Trunks - 8.6
4. Ressurection of 'F' - 8.5
5. The Path to Power - 8.3
6. Wrath of the Dragon - 8.2
7. Fusion Reborn - 8.1
8. The World's Strongest - 7.8
9. Dead Zone - 7.7
10. Mystical Adventure - 7.6
11. Yo! Son Golu and His Friends Return - 7.6
12. The Tree of Might - 7.5
13. Curse of the Blood Rubies - 7.5
14. Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan - 7.5
15. Bojack Unbound - 7.5
16. Sleeping Princess in Beauty Castle - 7.4
17. Cooler's Revenge - 7.4
18. Super Android 13 - 6.9
19. The Return of Cooler - 6.7
20. Lord Slug - 6.5
21. Plan to eradicate the (Super) Saiyan - 5.3
22. Bio-Broly - 4.8
23. Episode of Bardock - 4.2
24. Broly: The Second Coming - 3.0

My ranking:

1. Battle of Gods - 8.9
2. Bardock: The Father of Goku - 8.8
3. The History of Trunks - 8.6
4. Ressurection of 'F' - 8.5
5. The Path to Power - 8.3
6. Fusion Reborn - 8.2
7. The World's Strongest - 8.1
8. Wrath of the Dragon - 7.8
9. Dead Zone - 7.7
10. Mystical Adventure - 7.6
11. Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return - 7.5
12. The Tree of Might - 7.5
13. Curse of the Blood Rubies - 7.4
14. Bojack Unbound - 7.2
15. Sleeping Princess in Beauty Castle - 7.1
16. Super Android 13 - 6.7
17. Lord Slug - 6.4
18. Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan - 5.6
19. Plan to eradicate the (Super) Saiyans - 5.3
20. Cooler's Revenge - 4.8
21. Bio-Broly - 4.5
22. Return of Cooler - 3.9
23. Broly: The Second Coming - 3.4
24. Episode of Bardock - 2.3

Best Dragon Ball Z movie, no doubt. It had a great story that was retold even in the Super series (which wasn't really perfect), the animation was spot on, as well as the new characters, the battle was not too long or too short, voice acting 10/10, in short everything was as good as possible.

2 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan Dragon Ball Z:  Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan Product Image

If Broly's name wasn't in the title, the writers could have done a very interesting plot twist with this movie. The first half of this movie builds up with the destruction of a galaxy and the Z Fighters searching for the Legendary Super Saiyan and saving a race of slaves. The second half is just one awesome badass fight scene between the Z Fighters and Broly. And I love Roshi's drunk scene. Even though I think Broly is a very overrated super villain I also think that his small motivation for hating Goku serves to show how insane he really is. I just wish Goku got a few more hits in the end.

Good stuff here, only drawback, the cheap-o ending with the lame-assed punch, thank god he gets a decent death at the hands of SSJ2 Gohan (it's in the Daizenshuu 6: Movies & T.V. specials TOEI production manual that Gohan IS SSJ2 in this fight, as animation errors are present) with help from Goten, Kid Trunks, and the spirit of Goku (his energy essence, I believe) in an epic Son Goku Family Kamehameha with a cool assist from Kid Trunks as a Ki Blast disruption in Broly: The Second Coming

Broly was an awesome villain should have been put in the show after the Frieza saga would have been perfect. Broly was pure evil and he tossed around Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, and Piccolo like they were nothing. He tossed around 4 super saiyans and Namek it took them all giving their powers to Goku to finish him. It was the most suspend filled and most dire of all the movies.

Broly was what made the movie awesome. While the ending might not have been the best, in a way, if you look at and try to see if it was remotely good, you can tolerate the ending, and maybe like it. Personally, I kind of liked the climactic part to it, and it almost fit. It was a really good movie over all.

3 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Product Image

Janemba is so cool! I couldn't choose between this one or Battle of the Gods. So I voted for both. Gogeta is easily one of my favorite characters in Dragon Ball. I can't wait to play as him and Janemba in Xenoverse 2! Also, this movie gave me a good idea of what hell would look like. Now if only Janemba had actually said words...

The comedy and action in this movie are top notch, the villain was decent, the fusion amazing, and the going back and forth between the living world and the other world kept me very entertained. Has always been my favorite dbz movie, not even Battle of Gods could surpass it.

By far the best DBZ movie! I loved the separation of battles! Earth had its own minor skirmish, and then in the other dimension Goku, Vegeta, and Pikon vs the incarnation of all evil! What's not to love!

This is definitely one of the best movies. Story is super creative and villains powers are awesome. Gogeta kicks ass

4 Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku Product Image

What I love about Bardock is that up to this point, the Saiyans have been built up as villains - heartless, bloodthirsty killing machines. Bardock, however, realized Frieza's evil and stood up to him to try to avenge his friends and save his planet. He may have failed but he went out like a hero.

This was a great movie. It tells you the story of Bardock, the father of Raditz and Goku and how he was destroyed along with most of the Saiyan race. Bardock is so cool!

While this is a special, this is without a doubt the best work TOEI ever made. Bardock is my favorite character from the franchise because of how badass he is.

This had such emotional depth to it which is not really apart of a dbz movie. Plus you get to see the saiyans in their prime, plus Bardock went out gangsta against Friza.

5 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound Product Image

I'm somewhat surprised this one is somewhat down on the list. While Battle of Gods was pretty decent, I feel the ratings were somewhat inflated for there being a lack of a new DBZ movie in awhile. Never the less, BOG was a satisfying appetizer. Anyway, Bojack unbound shows many reddeming qualities that I find appealing. The villain is pretty evil for a DBZ villain to start with. This movie is the only DBZ movie with a tournament as its setting. It shows everyone fighting for a decent period of time and has small B.S. moments. And last of all it shows Gohan for the beast he is. Its hard not to like Gohan,considering in concept he could have been the main character in DBZ. SS2 Gohan is one of every fans favorite characters due to the hidden silent rage and utter power he brings with himself. Great movie through and through

This movie is awesome. The tournament brings back DragonBall memories, and has the classic characters dueling it out. Gohan proves again how much of a badass he is!

This should either be first or second, Gohan is a real badass in this movie pretty much the best ss2 than anyone else.

This one should be in the top 3 Gohan was badass in this movie and it was really fun to watch the tourney!

6 Dragon Ball Z - The History of Trunks Dragon Ball Z - The History of Trunks Product Image

This is the only film out of them all that can qualify as a great standalone film. Despite it tying in excellently with the show, someone with no prior knowledge will not be lost, given the nature of this film's "timeline". The emotion, atmosphere, voice acting and action in this film are all top notch. This film is how I was introduced to the DBZ series and is in my opinion the best one.

Easily up there as one of the best DBZ movies of all time, everything about it is fantastic, the plot, the build-up and the dark theme of the film. It ranks up with likes of Bojack Unbound, BTLSS and BTFOG, also, it ties in with the events of the anime, I'd definitely recommend giving it a watch, especially DBZ fans.

Why is this so far down. It is the second best movie the first being Bardock. Both are tragic and have different plots then z fighters get beat up the z fighters get back up and beat the bad guy easily.

Easily the most heartfelt of the movies. The history of trunks really helps you understand the nightmare that is the future. Trunk's first transformation was sick too

7 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Product Image

I really like this movie AND I own it. It would honestly be one of my favorites if Goku hadn't of "Saved the Earth" again. I'm sick and tired of seeing Goku kick Vegeta to the dust just because Akira Toryiama won't let Vegeta get the spotlight. But honestly, This is a pretty awesome.

The definitive Dragon Ball Z experience. It's packed with action, humour and tons of epic moments. It was a fantastic theatre experience. It's some of the best this long-running franchise has to offer.

So much awesomeness packed into one movie. The best action, the best humour, the best villain, the best transformations, and the best soundtrack. The BEST Dragon Ball movie

The fights in this movie were so sick. Seeing Dragon Ball on the big screen in a room full of fans was quite the experience!

8 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon Product Image

Since I don't count the Bardock or Trunks specials as movies (they're treated as T.V. specials, not feature films), I'd have to consider this one the best. Not only did it have beautiful animation, but it had some surprisingly effective character development from Trunks, and Tapion was a pretty solid character. Admittedly, the ending was a bit of a Deus ex Machina, but it looked pretty damn awesome regardless.

Hands down the best film in the DBZ series! It has a great plot and the best character development of all the films. This one may not have the energetic and zealous fight scenes, but it makes up in the story department. I have no clue why it is so low, dumbfounded...

This is in my opinion the second best DBZ movie ever, how it is so low on the list I have no idea. You get to see Trunks get his sword, and Goku's first time using Dragon Fist technique. Goku is always badass but he was exceptionally so in this movie! 10/10 Loved it!

This movie shouldn't be so low. It gave us some of the best character development in Dragon Ball Z, especially the relationship between Trunks and Taipon. It had a good story, buildup, and fight scene at the end.

9 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge Product Image

How is this #10? It has one of the best and dramatic stories and one of the best and most compelling, complete, and vengeful villains in the DBZ movies. Cooler is like a better version of Frieza. All the power and intimidation with none of his whiny, arrogant traits. He deserved his own saga. The fight scenes were intense and personal. The buildup to the confrontation between Goku and Cooler was amazing (plus I like the rock soundtrack). It may have done the common DBZ movie formula (villain beats Goku, Goku powers up and beats villain) but I feel as though this movie executed it the best.

In terms of animation quality, drama and story telling, this is by far the best Dragonball Z movie ever created. It not only does the series and the characters justice by expanding on the existing universe (even though it's non-canon) and gives us a very interesting revenge story, it also includes one of the best and most intimidating villains to come out of the show, and lays the groundwork for one hell of a final act.

Man this should be after Battle of gods, I don't know why it is so low... Well I guess most people didn't watch this movie as it was never shown over T.V. may b that's why... I would recommend to ever1 who loves Dbz... Please guys this movie has almost everything kaioken, kamehameha, Frieza generation 5th transformation... N at the end Gokus' Super Sayian transformation!
The fight is intense... Ending is much better than brolly... Which is, I don't know who the hell put it at top...
From my view sequence should be... 1. Battle of gods. 2. Fusion Reborn 3. Bardock the father of Goku. 4. Coolers Revenge 5. Wrath of Dragon. Well I'm not sure where to place Bojack unbound :/

Extremely cool movie. I thought it would be further up there on this list. Cooler's final form transformation was total beast. He looks like a ninja with super speed and super strength. He actually stands up to a SSJ with his ultimate technique: SUPERNOVA which can destroy planets.

10 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler Product Image

Why is this here two times on the list? I'm just gonna say what I said before:

Screw this movie. It makes no sense. Its heavily implied that Piccolo is fused with Kami already which means he was stronger than Super Saiyan Goku and Super Saiyan Vegeta COMBINED. Why wasn't he fighting Cooler? Also, Hitting robots really hard doesn't even make sense. Its also basically a copy of Frieza's life in the DBZ universe. The only reason I voted for it was because of the clean Animation and Drawing. Also, Its still better than Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (The entire trilogy).

The original was so awesome, but this sequel made Cooler "20% Cooler". Throw in some funny moments with Master Roshi, Oolong, and Yajirobe, plus a kickass fight of SSJ Goku and SSJ Vegeta against Meta Cooler, and you have a sequel worth taking a look at it Cooler is your favorite DBZ villain.

Why did Cooler bring Goku and Vegeta to his heart? He seemed to operating just fine without the extra power. Why didn't he just kill the two of them with all of the Meta Coolers on the planet?

This was the only movie in which Goku and Vegeta fought as equals, not Goku surpassing him. This deserves one of the top 3 as there was no plox hax, and Goku and Vegeta beat the villain off their own power.

The Contenders
11 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming Product Image

Starts off cute, becomes funny, then pretty serious and straight forward. Just what everyone needs in a DBZ movie. And I loved Videl's design in this one.

Good movie enjoyed it

12 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13 Product Image

Sure everybody thought Android 13, 14, and 15 were bland villains (like how many Androids did Dr. Gero actually make? ) and the final battle isn't the best fight in DBZ history, but it's a very enjoyable film and I highly recommend to those fans of the Androids/Cell Saga.

Placement in timeline aside, this was definitely a fun little adventure. With epic moments like Goku absorbing the spirit bomb, SSJ not being enough to stop Super Android 13 and a final glance at Dr. Gero's work. This is definitely a great movie

This is a great movie. I almost crapped my pants when Goku absorbs the spirit bomb and goes berserk.

This movie is awesome

13 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug Product Image

I am not saying this movie deserves to be top 5. To be honest, I like the later movies way better than this. But at least, this movie has the False Super Saiyan Transformation. If you don't know what I am talking about, watch this movie and learn about the unique transformation.

The False Super Saiyan transformation is by far my favorite. But it kinda came out of nowhere. This movie deserves a better spot on this list.

Sure the story isn't that strong and Lord Slug is basically a recycled version of Piccolo Sr. but I can safely say that the fight scenes and rock music were awesome.

This film made Disturbed one of my favorite modern rock bands of all time.

14 Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Product Image

Turles is one of the best villains/characters in DBZ. He's represents what Goku would have become if he hadn't lost his memory and became part of Earth's population. He's also very strong. He's a badass!

Turles is my favorite character. I love his voice in the Big Green dub! He was such a good villain and he will hopefully be great in the upcoming game, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2! He appears in the trailer so hopefully he'll be in it, Xenoverse 1 had his armor and a few bits of dialogue about him.

This film has some of the best animated fights from the series plus Turles was a badass. The Broly films suck and shouldn't even be in the top ten.

Aside from a lacklustre first half, this is easily my favourite DBZ movie with some awesome moves on display by the main villain Turles.

15 Dragon Ball Super: Broly Dragon Ball Super: Broly Product Image

From now I can tell its gonna be a thrilling, enticing, with an actually decent story entry in the Dragon Ball franchise, Broly's actually gonna be a character instead of a demented weapon, and we're gonna get to see Vegeta's Super Saiyan God form

16 Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Product Image

Oh, how I love this movie. It's just nothing but fun which is what I love about it. Man, I still have it at home

Piccolo is a total badass in this movie. Hell, they even made Master Roshi/Kame-Sen'nin a badass again like in the original series.

DR. Willow is a rather interresting villain. Same as his minions and the Bio-Men

Well, I'm not going to spoil anything. Watch the movie if you're a DBZ fan, because you're gonna love it.

This Is one of the best examples of Dragon Ball Z. It deserves to be much higher.

One of the best. Great fight scenes, should be in top 10.

Amazing movie, and Piccolo is so badass here.

17 DragonBall Z: Fusion - Hope Returns DragonBall Z: Fusion - Hope Returns Product Image

This isn't really a movie, But it still deserves a vote.

It is the best

18 Dragon Ball: The Path to Power Dragon Ball: The Path to Power Product Image

This is great movie

19 Dragonball Z: The Dead Zone Dragonball Z: The Dead Zone Product Image

Garlic Jr is badass in this movie. He is ' king

20 Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

This is a really good movie. It fits right in with the DBZ universe. Plus, Its really funny. This should honestly be higher on the list, With the clean Animation and Drawing, And a good plot.

21 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly Product Image

One of the greatest dragonball movies ever because you get to see how broly somehow gets revived and has a major showdown with goten, trunks, android 18, and krillin a little and its one of my favorites

22 Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle Product Image
23 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure Product Image
24 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies Product Image
25 Dragonball: Evolution Dragonball: Evolution Product Image
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