Best Pokemon Movies


The Top Ten

1 Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew

To hell with all these people hating on this movie. It is wonderful and dear to my heart. It should be enjoyed! Such powerful emotion and mystery in this. It's so novel compared to the others. Movie 2000 was also very good but this would be my #1 personally.

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

My favorite

I like mewtwo

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2 Pokemon Movie - Lucario and The Mystery of Mew

This right here is the real best Pokemon movie.

Lucario is my favorite pokemon also my name is luca but it has so much of the right stuff

I love lucario, sir aaron and lady rin! 10 out of 10

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!

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3 Pokemon - The Movie 2000

No words to describe this movie

An amazing plot with amazing music and the best play on words prophecy ever just let me type the the full prophecy.

"Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning, lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's great guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, alone its song will fail, thus the earth shall turn to ash. Oh, Chosen One. Into thine hands bring together all three. Their treasure combined, tame the Beast of the Sea."

Isn't that just amazing

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.

Lugia and Slowking, need I say more?

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4 Pokemon Movie - The Rise of Darkrai

Poop out your pikachu

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.

The story of Alicia and Darkrai was so heartwarming! This was one of the few movies that actually made me cry. While I do wish that they went more into the story of Alicia and Darkrai, it was memorable, and to this day I can still hear oracion in my head sometimes

Why is this lower than the first movie? This should be at number one! - TGBBOD

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5 Pokemon Heroes: The Movie

If you don't like this you can burn in hell

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.

This Pokémon movie practically made Latios and Latias my favorite mons

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6 Pokemon 3 - The Movie

Emotional, stunning animation, best voice acting so far, and great music. I LOVE IT!

The simple fact that unknown took a girl's father and then made a copy of how this little girl imagined her father. And made an entei is amazing. It shows u the true power of unknown and how unkown is STILL a weird and ancient pokemon. Plus charizard coming in at the end and saving ashes life AGAIN after we haven't seen him in awhile is just tear jerking. I also have to put heroes up there with it. Having a beautiful story behind it and verry loveable characters

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.

The deepest of the pokemon movies. The main antagonist being an orphaned little girl who in her heartache causes chaos all around her as she tries to run away from her reality and create her own fantasy world. Rather than being a typical 'goodie vs baddie' movie that most pokemon movies end up being, you can really empathise with the character which makes the story far more engaging. On top of this the animations are top notch and the soundtrack amazing. A great movie all around.

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7 Pokemon: Arceus & The Jewel of Life

This is the best film and arceus is the best pokemon too.

Arceus is annoying as heck, (95% of his lines are "Justice") but this was pretty alright.

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

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8 Pokemon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior

It had enough momentum to keep me interested through it, something I cannot say about most other pokemon movies.

The best basically

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.

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9 Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

This garbage movie should not get any praise. It's just a terrible movie period. Absolute garbage.

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.

It's my favorite pokemon movie

Best movie ever for me

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10 Pokemon - Zoroark: Master of Illusions

This was the first Pokemon movie I watched, and honestly my favorite. Great characters, great plot, and just generally awesome. The fact this film was the debut of Zorua and Zoroark, one of my favorite evolutionary chains, definitely helped.

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.

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The Contenders

11 Pokemon - Destiny Deoxys

This movie was so cool!

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.

I like this movie

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12 Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages Pokemon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages

It's sick bro! Snake 1749

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.

Should be number 1 or 2

love it

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13 Pokemon 4Ever: Movie

I loved this movie. I watched it in third grade for a history/design class. It was an enriching experience and out of the blue. (Our teacher was eccentric in a good way) Now I love this Pokemon 2000, Destiny Deoxys and Jirachi Wish Maker the most. These movies have a lot to do with ecology, misuse of science and human pride and amorality, how people want things desperately enough to cause damage. I would definitely rearrange this list as some of the top ten movies aren't even that good. This is one of the best!

2nd best this list is rigged thanks akira toriytama

This is probably the one I've ReWatched the most so I'm voting for this movie! - Curti2594

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

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14 Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You!

Very beautiful animation and nostalgia aside it's very different from the the first season which for me is a plus. I grew up with season 1 as it was airing in the late 90's and the differences were for the best. Brock and Misty's absence didn't bother me either. I was actually worried it would be too close to the 1st season because let me be honest, I don't want to watch a cropped recap of something I have seen before. The fresh new take on the beloved 1st meeting of Ash and Pikachu and seeing Ash struggling with right and wrong is a welcome departure from his usual character which to be honest gets more and more Mary Sue like with each new generation. No one truly feels happy to lose and seeing Ash actually get angry and storm off when he first lost to Cross (Charmander's evil original trainer) and seeing him say hurtful things to his best friend (s) shows a darker side to Ash and really fleshed him out. And as a bonus my own child adoree this movie so yay for movie 20.

I think that movie should be in the top 2. I disagree to your opinion. And according to me, this movie will never be underrated.

I cried almost every twenty minutes in the movie! Especially that Luxray death part I was crying so hard! Like WHY WHY IS THIS MOVIE IS SAD

This was a awesome movie I cried so much near the end I think it was becuse of how pikachu was crying

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15 Pokemon - Jirachi Wish Maker

Why only 14

Max’s sure to have to delete a wish in the candy scene

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

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

It's amazing

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.

This I Liked Much A Sensational Movie

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17 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

Good Movie But 2 Things Though
1.Why is Genesect a Threat to Mewtwo
2. Mewtwos female voice irritates me it just ruins its character - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

18 Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction

I just loved it!

This is the best pokemon movie of all time

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 the most worst pokemon movie so far

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19 Pokemon Movie: Mewtwo Returns
20 Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel

Best Pokemon movie

One of the best movies! Super Underrated, a Must watch, you'll fall in love with Volcanion and Magearna >w<

My favorite it is way better than diance and the coocon of destruction and Zygarde 100 percent was awesome and the final battle had awesome music.

Its on here Twice - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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21 Detective Pikachu

Just got back from watching it, it was great, but the ending was terrible and didn't make any sense. - myusernameisthis


22 Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

This is probably the second best Pokemon movie

Well done, great story

Incredible! I watched it yesterday and it is THE BEST ONE! With Zeraora and Lugia and the threat, IT IS AWESOMELY AWESOME.

Anyways this us a good movie superb! I love ❤ it

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23 Everyone's Story

It was horrible

I thought it was great

Super duper movie..loved it

24 Pokemon Movie: Black - Victini / White - Victini

This movie is one of the least popular or most hated movies of all time but I love this movie a lot it is my favourite personally I would choose Pokemon movie White-Victini and Zekrom because I like Zekrom more than Reshiram but movie Black-Victini and Reshiram is also good.

The Most Forgotten Pokemon Movie to me - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

I loved how there were two versions of the same movie, but the Legendary Pokemon's roles are switched in each one!

This is one of the best Pokemon movies but why is this the last in the list

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25 Pokemon XY the Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction

Its on here twice - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

I actually watched all of this one, so it must be better than 19 lol

I love this movie!

I'm crazy about the XY series and Diancie is fab!

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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
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