Best Pokemon Movies


The Top Ten

1 Pokemon Movie - Lucario and The Mystery of Mew

I nearly cried at the end, this is an AMAZING movie, and actually my favorite Pokemon movie so far. If you haven't watched this yet, I insist you watch this as soon as you can!

This is part of what makes Lucario my second favorite Pokemon of all time, next to Unbound Hoopa. Lucario's distrust of humans is believable and emotional, and I loved the characters of both him and Sir Aaron. I really liked the ending, and the message of Sir Aaron through the Time Flower. Lucario's sacrifice was so emotional and awesome!

HECK YEA! This movie features as the main characters my favorite Pokemon: Lucario and my brother's favorite Pokemon: Mew. Plus the main concept of the movie is awesome. I like the part where Ash dies.

I wish ash would have died so I could replace him!

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2 Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew

For one, before I share my opinion, I'd like to say that I watched this movie at the same time as I watched the others because of age, so any movie I vote on has no nostalgic reasoning for me. There will be spoilers, so if you are like me, one of those people who read this lists before watching stuff, beware. :P

So, here is a summary of the movie. Ash, Misty, and Brock get a message to go to a strange island, but later a dangerous storm holds them and all the other trainers back. Later, they arrive at the island to find an intelligent Pokemon that can talk and has extremely powerful psychic powers. Everyone attempts battling it, but fails. Mewtwo wants revenge on humans because he was completely created as an experiment. He creates clones and makes the real Pokemon fight these clones. Mew, whom Mewtwo was cloned from battles Mewtwo, but Ash jumps between them and dies. All the Pokemon, including the clones cry, healing Ash with their tears. Mewtwo is surprised by the bond of ...more

This movie was terrible. I hated the music, and the animation was the definition of cringe. I just hate it.

I like this movie and the last seen is best last seen was very emotional

Nostalgia aside, this movie is not good. I mean, Mewtwo is the best part of the film and that isn't properly explored in the dubbed version of the movie. The original Japanese version better illustrates Mewtwo's character and motivation and that's the biggest reason to hold this film up. With that left out, there's not much to say positively about this movie.

Its also ironic how hypocritical this film is. Nearing the end, Ash and co. realize that "Fighting is wrong", which makes no sense because the Pokemon series has always revolved around on fighting. Sure they mean "Violent fights", but that doesn't make it any better either. Also, when Ash gets resurrected, that was (let's be honest) a very stupid scene.

In addition, people really need to stop calling this the best film in the series. There's a lot more than just "The First Movie" to be honest. - CrimsonShark

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3 Pokemon Movie - The Rise of Darkrai

It was my first Pokemon movie, so this may just be blinded nostalgia. Of course, it's pokemon, so a couple of things are a bit weird (such as Darkrai just suddenly being alive again), but it's a well-crafted story in my eyes, the movie-exclusive characters are well built in a short time frame, and the action sequences were animated much better than I remember them every viewing.

Best pokemon movie for me so far. This movie is what made Darkrai my fave pokemon, I love his story. - PopcornPelican

I Loved this Pokemon movie. For some reasons because It showed us that all the Pokemon movies are connected, also because palkia is my favorite Pokemon. Not the best but probably 2nd or 3rd

Best Pokemon movie

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4 Pokemon - The Movie 2000

The best movie there is for me, it had a lot of action and the fact that it kept lugia underwater for almost half of the movie made it even more special when it finally showed his self. And certainly not least is the amazing score in this movie all the ost was brilliant and complemented each scene.

The best Pokemon movie easily. Team Rocket were hilarious! Lots of Ash and Misty romance hints and Lugia was awesome!

Best Pokemon movie of all time. nice plot, AWESOME music, great Pokemon, perfect balance - fullymetal

I totally love actually I seen this movie by chance let's I tell you my story of seeing this movie. In December 2016 a huge Pokemon fan is waking. I started seeing Pokemon in November because I was totally bored with a cartoon name doreamon. I think that in my small life of 10 years I have only seen doreamon. actually when I was small I totally hate Pokemon because I think that cartoon is for small kids and when I see Pokemon I think that it is not cartoon because it is emotional. then I started seeing doreamon almost full day but now I was fed up with doreamon so I started Pokemon just for a change. when I started Pokemon I fall in love with it, it was so amazing that I what a same episode 10 times in a day but in even that I was not bored. I watch the first movie in a very young age because my sister was a huge Pokemon fan at that time. At that first I love pikachu then misty. I think that only one movie is there With misty but I was wrong.then one day I was going somewhere when I ...more

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5 Pokemon Heroes: The Movie

Surprisingly mature for a Pokémon movie, with some real risks and emotion. It may run for just barely an hour, but it's one you won't forget.

And don't even get me started on some of the music. "Search For the Girl" (the song that plays as Ash chases Latias through the streets of Alto Mare) is beautifully simplistic, and just amazingly well-put-together. Even seven years after I first watched the movie, I still can't get that theme out of my head. When I flew to Venice (the city Alto Mare is designed upon, for those who didn't figure from all the canals), I couldn't help but play that piece as I strolled through the streets myself; it just fits incredibly well.

Definitely more than you'd expect from a Pokémon movie. Of course, it is still flawed (Bianca doesn't have much character development aside from her friendship with Latias), but they pale into insignificance. And you know a movie's good when people are still arguing fourteen years after its release about who ...more

This was an amazing movie and deserves to be in the top 5. Somehow even if its flawed with the characters, it did something I never expected from a Pokemon movie and that was to include real risks in relationships. Ash and Latias' relationship is beautiful, because I ship them so hard because of this movie.

The only Pokemon movie where I actually cried. Latios and Latias are so cute, and the story is awesome, too. I'd recommend this movie if you want to watch a Pokemon movie.

The best and unforgettable pokemon movie I have ever watched...

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6 Pokemon: Arceus & The Jewel of Life

Sheena's friend, Alex, serves no purpose whatsoever in this movie. And Ash is apparently Jesus, according to the scene near the beginning where he runs across the surface an entire lake without falling through.

It's just silly little errors like that really bring down what was otherwise a pretty decent movie.

This is the best Pokemon movie because arceus is shown in this movie the strongest Pokemon and the god of all Pokemon's

I liked everything in this film apart from Arceus' stupid voice acting!

This movie is amazing. Everyone should watch it.

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7 Pokemon 3 - The Movie

Honestly, this is the first Pokemon film to actually deal with real life issues that people struggle with in the real world. Both the first two movies were good, but this is why The Spell of the Unown is the best. Molly the antagonist doesn't really want to be the antagonist, all she wants is to have her broken family back. The film deals with feelings such as loss and regret, something that Mewtwo and 2000 lacked. Both Ash and Molly's journeys through the film manage to highlight this, with Ash wanting to save his mother (who has a much better and relevant role in this movie) and Molly just wanting to have a family back. In the end, Molly does see her father again, and Ash reunites with his mother, but the feelings that surface through The Spell of Unown still matter today, and the movie still brings out the same emotions in me that it did when I was 3. Ultimately, this is truly a masterpiece.

A serious step up in animation quality, and the darker tone from the previous movie along with the more fantastic elements really work and had me invested throughout.

This is just excellent, everything about this movie is done right, from Ash's motivation to be part of the adventure, to cause, the tone, it's all just fantastic.

I thought this was one of (if not) the best Pokémon movies out there.

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8 Pokemon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior

This was one of the first movie I saw. Honestly, it was a hard choice for me because some of the other movies were so good. But this one just personally brought a special life lesson for me somehow...

Well-developed villain, a sassy genderfluid hedgehog and an alternate dimension with a huge void dragon. The equation for my favorite Pokemon movie! The soundtrack is also pretty great.

Shaymin is my favorite thing ever so yeah I liked this

It is very nice

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9 Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

Beautiful movie and emotional too. This movie has great animation and may is the star of this movie. If you love cute water Pokemon then watch this movie. You experience watching the journey through water and their are pirates too. If you are a true Pokemon fan then do watch it. This movie is from advanced generation.

Best movie ever for me

It's my favorite pokemon movie

One of the pokemon is a gen 4 and their a forth wall break called dimonds and pearls lets get thru this season first

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10 Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

I love this movie 'cause every legendary including the weather trio's primal and mega form showed up, and since the movies, Arceus and the Jewel of life, Arceus has appeared again. This time he is like a god, who saved and helped the people. Also this where there is an actually a Pokemon that is a villain rather than a person. Also, team rockets didn't do much of a trouble but helped, even though Confined was a bit annoying and did not have a lot of moves. They could have had hyperspace hole be on of Confined's moves, but they did not which looks as if Confined is really weak and useless against his shadow. Confined could have helped fight instead of relying of Mega Rayquaza the whole time.

Personally, I like this movie, though it was disappointing to see that the finished product was so average, especially considering how hyped the trailers made me and that I love Hoopa as a Pokemon in general. Each Legendary has one chance to be in the spotlight - one chance - and Hoopa's chance...didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.

I am watching this movie now and it is amazing


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The Contenders

11 Pokemon - Zoroark: Master of Illusions

One of the darkest Pokemon entries yet. I felt so connected to the characters though. I really wish there was more Zoroark & Zorua in other films or the animated series. The villain was the best of the series. And the end was emotional. This deserves #1 or top 3 at least

Amazing movie and includes one of the dark but interesting Pokemon ever! Exciting and has a great storyline. My personal favourite followed by Pokemon 3 : Spell of the unown

A wonderful piece of art. I love Zoroark in this movie, and I love its pokemon movies. I would watch this again because it was emotional and had a good plot.

Zoroark is so damn cool

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12 Pokemon - Destiny Deoxys

It was released in the U.S.A the same year I was born (2005), so I consider this movie alongside Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (which was also released in Japan in 2005), two special films just because they were released the same year (but in different regions) I was born. - GumballWatterson

The most iconic scene of the movie was the beginning when Deoxys came crashing down to earth and had the greatest beatdown on a legendary Pokemon ever when he fought Rayquaza.

This movie is awesome! I got it on christmas and deoxys is boss!

I like this movie

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13 Pokemon 4Ever: Movie

I liked this film it wasn't the best but it definitely wasn't the worst! I love celebi's role in this film as well

This movie is the worst

Like the name says POKEMON 4 EVER.

Should be much higher!

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14 Pokemon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back

This is the first Pokemon movie, and also the First Pokemon movie I had seen, it deserves 1st position, the whole movie was so great!.

Best movie and its very nostaglic

Sorry, I got confused in Pokemon the first movie, because of the different titels, by the way, can anyone tell me is there any diffrence in both of them

It is the first Pokemon movie so it is the best Pokemon movie in the world.
It is special because of is the best Pokemon in the world.

15 Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

Ok film. Not the best though but it was nice to see Mewtwo again brings back memories. Quite intense film but that's a good thing. Just was missing something that other Pokemon films had. Such as Pokemon 2000, Pokemon Spell Of The Unown, Rise of Darkrai, Zoroark Master of Illusions and Diancie & The Cocoon of Justice.

I like how genesect was shown very powerful and mewtwo has meg evolution but having a female voice made me down buypt the female voice actually suits mewtwo,while I like the battle where genesect battles mewtwo and then a little speed race was going on, the movie was cool but it need to show the back stuff genesect more,even I like the scene where the genesect go to the city and for the genesect looked like a forest and wow, one of the perfect movie

16 Pokemon - Jirachi Wish Maker

What? Only 13? The relationship between Max and Jirachi was one of the most touching in the series!

This movie is amazing and so touching

This made me cry a lot oops

It was way better than any other...and how is ranger of the sea above it...impossible...and...ridiculous

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17 Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

It was the most worst pokemon movie so far

My mother got this movie for Christmas and it was a HUGE disappointment. Never has a Pokemon movie been so painful to watch! Even, the prequel that came with the DVD (which was supposed to explain the backstory of this movie) couldn't save this lame trainwreck of a movie! - PerfectImpulseX

It was ok I guess

THIS FILM IS AWESOME I just love the parts when xerneas gives power appears and beats yveltal - Aaronwahed

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18 Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice

Not the best but in the top 5 for sure. Great animations and great battle scenes with great message about fear and friendship/family. I think better than many other movies in the series. Not better than the original movie though. Or pokemon 2000.

This was a beautiful movie, and I felt relatable to the characters. The animation was amazing. I love Keldeo, and I love the sword of Justice. This movie really blew my mind.

Why does everyone assume that Virizion is a girl?

This movie sucks

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19 Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

It's the newest pokemon movie and also the one added this movie to this list? seems strange

This movie is a really good movie. I am not going to say anything about it. {IT IS THAT GOOD! }

20 Pokemon Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

The theme music really highlights the movie. The ending theme tune was my favourite ending theme tune because it has this subtle touch that you can't deny

It's the best pokemon movie ever that I feel strange both one ever added it to this list

It has many mega evolved pokemon

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1. Pokemon Heroes: The Movie
2. Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
3. Pokemon - The Movie 2000
1. Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew
2. Pokemon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior
3. Pokemon Movie - Lucario and The Mystery of Mew
1. Pokemon Movie - Lucario and The Mystery of Mew
2. Pokemon - Destiny Deoxys
3. Pokemon 3 - The Movie

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