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A poster of Son Goku and all of the major Dragon Ball Z film villains.

The following is a list of films. The Dragon Ball films are animated and live action films based on the Dragon Ball manga and its three animated TV series, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT.

All of the Dragon Ball films were originally released in theaters in Japan. All of the films 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 films except some of the character designs, however, he is listed as the creator of the films in the credits.

Dragon Ball films are all direct retellings of sagas with minor to significant changes, while Dragon Ball Z films are entirely new stories made to fit between sagas. Much like the rest of the filler, the films have many contradictions to the rest of the series, questionable character power interpretations, and a difficulty in fitting anywhere in the timeline because of chronological errors. The typical chronological error is the group of main characters chosen for the film not matching the timeline, a particular character not being able to perform a Super Saiyan transformation (or not able to transform at his own will), Son Gohan having a tail when he should not, etc. These chronological inconsistencies have created an alternate timeline theory among fans.

Anime movies

Dragon Ball

# English title Japanese release date English release date
1 Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies December 20, 1986 September 24, 1996
2 Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle July 18, 1987 January 18, 2000
3 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure July 9, 1988 February 27, 2001
4 Dragon Ball: The Path to Power March 4, 1996 April 29, 2003

Dragon Ball Z

# English title Japanese release date English release date
1 Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone July 15, 1989 November 25, 1997
2 Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest March 10, 1990 May 27, 1998
3 Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might July 7, 1990 March 17, 1998
4 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug March 19, 1991 August 7, 2001
5 Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge July 21, 1991 January 22, 2002
6 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler March 7, 1992 August 13, 2002
7 Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! July 11, 1992 February 4, 2003
8 Dragon Ball Z: Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan March 6, 1993 August 26, 2003
9 Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound July 10, 1993 August 17, 2004
10 Dragon Ball Z: Broly: Second Coming March 12, 1994 April 5, 2005
11 Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly July 9, 1994 September 13, 2005
12 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn March 4, 1995 March 28, 2006
13 Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon July 15, 1995 September 12, 2006
14 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods March 30, 2013

TV Specials

The TV Specials are unlike the films in the way that they expand upon the series. While the films tend to go through a new unrelated storyline, the TV Specials explore an aspect of the series that has only been slightly touched on in the anime, like Trunks's past. Since these specials have only minimal plot holes and can easily be placed into the timeline, some fans consider them to be more canonical than the films. The first two TV Specials are a part of the Dragon Ball Z storyline, while the third is a part of the Dragon Ball GT stroyline.

# English title Japanese release date English release date
1 Dragon Ball Z: Bardock: The Father of Goku October 17, 1990 January 30, 2001
2 Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks February 24, 1993 October 9th, 2001[1]
3 Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy March 26, 1997 November 16, 2004[2]


# English title Japanese release date English release date
1 Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku August 6, 1993
September 6, 1993
2 Dragon Ball: Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi!! September 21, 2008
3 Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock December 17, 2011
4 Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans November 11, 2010 November 2, 2010

Live action movies

Public service announcements

Gokū no Kōtsū Anzen

Romaji title: Gokū no Kōtsū Anzen
FUNimation title: None
UK title: None

Gokū no Shōbō Tai

Romaji title: Gokū no Shōbō Tai
FUNimation title: None
UK title: None




  1. Dragon Ball Z Special 2: The History of Trunks. Anime News Network. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  2. Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy (special). Anime News Netwrok. Retrieved January 5, 2011.

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