Best Pokemon Movies

The Top Ten
1 Pokémon: The First Movie Pokémon: The First Movie Product Image

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.

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

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.

This was the most boring movie I've ever seen! It's one of the WORST! And it's so overrated! People only love it because of nostalgia! PTM: Diancie & the cocoon of destruction was FAR better in comparison!

2 Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Product Image

This is easily my favorite Pokémon movie. I feel this movie is the one that has the best character arc for any character in a Pokémon film. I'm of course referring to Lucario, one of the best character the franchise has ever seen. His path from disillusion warrior to ally to finally a true friend and warrior. The pacing is great and Ash is at his most interesting in this movie. It's also just really entertaining and fun so fans should feel a great enjoyment watching the movie. Only problem is Lucario and Ash are kind of the only really interesting characters in this movie, well Pikachu and mew do service the story. At any rate if your a fan of the anime I personally think this is a must watch. Check it out.

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.

It's so dark just like spell of the unown and Pokemon Heroes. But what those movies don't have is good chracter development. This movie is the best because its everything you want in a movie! A good plot,good animation,good voice actors and much more! Kidd summers is my favourite charcter in the movie because I thought it was gonna be a good person is really a villiain cliche. But she didn't mean to use mew for evil unlike previous pokemon villians. They handled her so well! This movie is recommended

3 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 Product Image

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.

I liked it when Melody kissed Ash on the cheek. It was so romantic that I didn't have time to be mad at Misty.

Ash is the love of my life.

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

4 Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai Product Image

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.

This movie was my very first exposure to Pokémon. It touched my soul. The thing was Oracion. It not only calms Pokémon but also humans.
Really loved the story and the characters. I was literally crying when darkrai died, was dancing with happiness when he returned.

Come on. No comments? This is a damn good movie. I expected it to be AT LEAST in the top 5. Has anyone even watched this movie? It is the best pokemon movie of all time. If you think you're a true pokemon fan like me, watch this movie. You'll simply love it.

It was fun. It was much more leisurely paced compared to other films, which made the film more enjoyable. You weren't bombarded with dozens of ideas at once, unlike some of the other films, and the plot line was engaging. The backstory was great and the action sequences where lively.

5 Pokémon Heroes Pokémon Heroes Product Image

(Spoilers!)A large portion of Pokemon movies are pretty mediocre, but I think this is one of the better ones. I have some good and bad things to say about the movie and I enjoyed watching it. I like the setting and how it resembles Venice and the fact that a character had died. However there are some bad parts of the movie too. Some segments feel like filler (take ash chasing down Latias for example). Sometimes I just want to just fast-forward to skip them and get into the plot. Overall solid 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.

6 Pokémon 3: The Movie Pokémon 3: The Movie Product Image

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.

I just watched this today and at first I thought it was going to be terrible. But, if you actually sit down and watch it, you will experience all sorts of emotions! You will laugh, you will cry, and you'll be applauding at the end! Clearly the best Johto movie ever!

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

7 Pokemon: Arceus & The Jewel of Life Pokemon: Arceus & The Jewel of Life Product Image

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 movie has a great story. And some critical moments make it very amazing! Including the moment when Ash catches The Jewel Of Life with his legs. I believe this is the 2nd best Pokémon movie(the 1st being Lucario). I'm not just saying it because Arceus is in the film, the storyline and the animation is actually great! Many people who don't understand this film think that we only like it because of Arceus, but believe me, this movie is good!

Awesome, just awesome.
Boy, were to begin. This is probably my favorite Pokemon movie of ALL TIME. Sinnoh is my favorite region and I couldn't WAIT for an arceus movie to come out. I knew it would be good, and yet It exceeded my expectations. Cool plot. Cool Pokemon. And it made me think:This is one damm good Pokemon movie.

This movie is awesome because of the alpha pokemon arceus. And there was also other awesome legendary pokemon.

8 Pokemon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior Pokemon: Giratina & The Sky Warrior Product Image

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.

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

Like the film 'Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.' this movie has my two favourite legendarys regigigas and giratina. And Diagla is in the film, so its amazing.

9 Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea Product Image

This is the most underrated Pokemon film in my opinion. It almost feels like a parody of 80s action and animated films, as well. It's The Goonies. It's Castle in the Sky. It's The Fox And The Hound. It all feels like an amalgamation of those films and it works because of that. It may feel like an advertisement for the Pokemon Ranger DS titles, but the main character (I forgot who his name is, sorry.) is a very charming and smart one and dishes out most of the action. Of course, it's the final Hoenn film, so they had to show some emotional moments, such as Manaphy leaving. It's an underrated gem, and it certainly belongs in my top 3 Pokemon films.

A charming, yet interesting approach to the Pokemon movies. This movie follows a plot similar to it's predecessor, but it plays out much differently. Yes, the plots are similar, and the story can seem to drag several times, but overall it really is a great movie. Seeing a Pokemon Ranger's perspective is very unique in my opinion, and I think Jackie was the perfect Ranger for this movie to play out around. His character seemed to develop the most throughout the movie (aside from May, of course) and he really has stuck in my mind ever since I first saw the movie about 10 years ago. Plus, the added bonus of tons of water Pokemon is like the icing on the cake.
Overall, I highly recommend this film for all lover of the Pokemon franchise, especially lovers of Pokemon Rangers, water-type Pokemon, May, and pretty good music.
(P.S. Listen to the ending song on YouTube. Its called "Together We'll Make a Promise". This song ties the whole movie together.)

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 might be a little long but at least not rushed, I don't know it's not my favorite but I quite liked that one, not sure why it's so hated?

10 Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys Product Image

Pokémon the movie I choose you and destiny Deoxys are my favorite Pokémon movies. Well I hate the saddest part when Minun gets captured by Deoxys. I love destiny Deoxys and a little boy named Tory Lund. And Deoxys and Rayquaza.

Wait a minute why are you guys talking about all this stuff? It's sad! Minun actually leaves plusle! I love Minun. That part is the saddest part in the world! I felt super sad when Minun was captured. BUT I WISH PLUSLE GOT CAPTURED! I love you Minun. But it's a good movie.

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!

The Contenders
11 Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions Product Image

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

Definitely the best Pokemon movie out of them all!... Good plot that keeps you hooked till the very end, an amazing twist making the storyline unpredictable ( something that most of the Pokemon movies have lacked) and the emotional bonding showcased between Zorua and Zoroark makes the audience that much more engaged by the movie..Should be #1 in this much better than Pokemon: The Movie 2000

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.

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

What this one is the worst one. I think the only reason these comments (which sound like they where written by 8-year olds) is because of all the Legendary Pokémon. Hoopa is annoying, it feels like an hourlong Pokemon battle, it feels like an advertisement for Pokémon OmegaRuby and AlphaShappire (which it is), the new characters are forgettable, Ash once again is the main focus (no one saw that coming), And it feels like they focused more on animation (the only good part about the film) then anything else. This is the worst Pokémon movie ever.

How is this on here! > This entire movie was an abomination. I didn't see it in theaters, and I'm glad I didn't waste my money on something as awful as this.

13 Pokémon 4ever Pokémon 4ever Product Image

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!

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

Everything about forever was amazing.

14 Detective Pikachu Detective Pikachu Product Image

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

Put this at number 1

15 Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

I love I choose you! I feel sad for ash's Charmander. Cross was being very very mean to it . Anyway. Ash has to let go of his butterfree and is sad to leave butterfree. But he still has Pikachu and Charmander. (I think Charmander evolved so it might be charmeleon.) ash's charmeleon evolved into charizard with amazing power charizard beats cross's incaroar.

So moving. Luxray's death, if anybody didn't feel sad (except if they hate Luxray too much) must have mental problems. This movie, about 60% of the time I almost cried. Please, watch it!

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.

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.

16 Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker Product Image

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

THIS WAS THE WORST MOVIE EVER! Screw Max and his annoying Jirachi friend. I can name so many Pokémon movies that are far superior to this! Diancie & the cocoon of destruction, Volcanion & the mechanical marvel, forever, Lucario & the mystery of mew, Rise of Darkrai, etc. Even the FIRST movie and I Choose You were better than this!

17 Pokemon Movie: Mewtwo Returns Pokemon Movie: Mewtwo Returns Product Image

This movie is much better than it's prequel.

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

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 is a little overhated in my opinion, yeah it's not my favorite either but I liked it.

Not the best but was definitely better than hoopa's film! Deserves top 15 probably.

19 Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened Product Image

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.

People are way overreacting with the 'female' Mewtwo matter. Like, really. If you knew a little about Mewtwo you'd know that it's genderless therefore it's not male even tho its voice in the first movie (and other appearances, I think?) was more masculine, but you really think a genderless, psychic, strong as it is, being cannot change its voice? Are you for real? Even though it's not explicitly stated, a psychic being (didn't it communicate by telepathy, on top of that) as strong as Mewtwo is, can obviously control the way it sounds. Come on.

Also, Mewtwo wasn't 'weaker' in that movie, it could probably win against Genesect (I mean it's Genesect, you keep forgetting it exists and the most powerful thing it can do is probably to win against Shaymin or something, Genesect ain't a threat to any decent-leveled legendary, and despite the type advantage it is not to Mewtwo either) but it simply wasn't trying to harm them, hence why it didn't beat them. Otherwise, some people really ...more

Crappy movie. Meetup sounds like a girl for no reason and acts like it doesn't even know ash even though they have met like 4 times already

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

20 Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel Product Image

This movie is a piece of CRAP. The whole thing is mostly just Ash, Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena trying to convince Volcanion that humans aren't "bad". Then the prince of the Adolf kingdom (yes that's seriously what its called) steals freaking Magearna and then Volcanion makes a big deal about and then blames Ash and his travel partners for what happened. Then the scientist (what's his face) steals Magearna's soul heart, Meowth cries, the ship explodes, and Volcanion dies only to be waken up by Magearna's beautiful flowers. Volcanion smells the flowers, wakes up, and the movie ends. This is by far the worst Pokemon movie I have EVER seen. If I were you I wouldn't waste your time watching this piece of crap.

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

Another very underrated Pokémon movie! Best movie I watched in YEARS! And that's definitely saying something! This movie is a MUST watch!

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

21 Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Product Image

Well done, great story

22 Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

Best film in pokemon saga and story is so best and his is based on pokemon and human relationships

23 Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram & White - Victini and Zekrom Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram & White - Victini and Zekrom Product Image

I wanted to punch the people who hated this movie. It was SO amazing, and, like what the person below said, this movie was so underrated and hated. I also liked White Victini and Zekrom more, because there was the part Ash was freezing to death, and in Black-Reshiram, there were no music, but crashing and explosions' sound. In White-Zekrom, there was this music that was SO sad, I almost cried. That was the reason I moved my interest from Reshiram to Zekrom. When I saw all the comments about how bad this movie was, I felt like "What's the matter" and watched it, then immediately disagree with everybody that hated this movie. It was so moving! This movie was the only movie I thought Ash as mature, and the only movie to feel truly involved into it. And yet it was so underrated! How dare people say that?!

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

Best gen 5 film by a mile! Awesome legendaries and quite intense. Also rewatching it now makes me quite emotional.. I remember seeing this 6 years ago. Victini is adorable as well!

Its an very normal movie

24 Pokemon XY the Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction Pokemon XY the Movie: The Cocoon of Destruction

I haven't watched this one in a while, and I think I remember I was a little bored at times but guys, as much as that one scene in the first movie was touching, wouldn't it make more sense that the stone-turned dead people and Pokemons are brought to life by the God/dess (what is a gender neutral term for this) of Life or by a crying Pikachu? You keep saying it did it less better, okay maybe it wasn't as touching but they went for something that'd make more sense I think.

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!

LOL This movie is SO underrated! WAY better than Jirachi Trash Maker! It was funny and made me laugh! It was a cute movie too! Bonnie, Serena, and Diancie were all cute in this movie! And Yveltal is one of my favorite legendary Pokémon! Sure it didn't much screen time but it was still great!

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

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