Want a walk down memory lane to all the fantastic dragon Ball anime you watched when you were little? Or are you new to the whole anime scenario and want to find something great to watch? Dragon Ball movie Tier list will give you a fantastic ride through all movies of the Dragon Ball franchise. So grab onto the seven dragon balls and harness your dragon because you will have a journey of your life. The Dragon Ball franchise stories revolve around a monkey-tailed boy, Goku. The whole storyline is about his life, from a child to an older man. It narrates his journey to being the best martial artist. The franchise is so named because of the seven dragon balls. They are not the plot’s main focus but hold a crucial role in the series.
Dragon balls when ensemble can summon a Dragon, Shenron, who can grant one wish which is in its limits. After the wish is granted, the balls are scattered again worldwide. This tier list is based on my personal preference. It is variable among other readers.
Tier List Contents
S Tier contains the best Dragon Ball movies. These have exceptionally unique storylines, and the fight scenes are to die for. They keep the audience at their toes. If you are having a movie marathon and have one of these movies in your queue, your night will become filled with great action, adventure, and suspense. It will treat you to the most fantastic sort of stuff that you haven’t seen in any film before. For an action fanatic, these are the best entertainment they can find. They earned the dragon Ball franchise great fame with zero plot holes and the best plot.
Dragon Ball: Super Broly
This is the latest movie of the Dragon Ball franchise. It has amazing cinematics and great animation. This movie neglects the manga comics and brings Broly into the main cannon of the movie. He and his father are recruited by one of the infamous villains, Freiza. In this way, he meets Vegeta and Goku. Paragus sends Broly to kill Vegeta due to his rivalry with King Vegeta.
This movie has exceptionally great combat scenes. The intense battles pit Goku and Vegeta against Broly. The backstory of Broly and the inclusion of the notorious Frieza makes it a part of the S Tier and is also the reason for it being one of the best movies of the Dragon Ball. The main factor of it being on the S Tier of our Dragon Ball Movie Tier List is because of the way it leads the franchise into a more creative direction.
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The father of Goku
This dragon Ball special movie revolves around the stone-cold, ruthless, and cold-blooded father of our beloved Goku. It gained fame due to the opposite personalities of the father and the son. The movie proved the proverb ‘Like father, like son’ Wrong to great extents. Goku is known for his morals, righteousness, and kind heart. His father imposed a great contradiction, as he is utterly opposed to his son. The apple can fall far from the tree, indeed.
A great special that did a fantastic job at the character development of Goku’s father, Bardock. They showed him as a ruthless and stone-cold human and a sympathetic and mild-hearted person by the end of the film. This specific trait of the movie puts it higher than the other films. The son and father formula has worked really well in video gaming, movies, and now even infamous animes, it is given importance, which is a welcoming sign and part of the reason it is on the S Tier of our Dragon Ball Movie Tier List.
Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks
Another one of the best-written movies of the Dragon Ball series narrates a story of the future. It revolves around young Trunks and Gohan, who has seen the misery of the war. They are the only ones who are able to keep the Androids at bay and stop them from causing destruction. Each time these two powerful Saiyans try to combat Android 17 and 18, desperation and distress arise among them. This creates a unique character in the movie special.
Great screenplay and an amazing plot, along with the display of an amicable relationship between Gohan and Trunks, make this movie one of the most beloved and famous among DBZ fans, Trunks was a great character whose development on the screen was much needed, and with this movie, it was delivered. For this reason, it is part of our S tier.
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
In this Dragon Ball special, the Z-fighters take the help of Hoi to free a monster trapped inside a music box. Hoi was not willing to let go Trapion. But, eventually, he gave up and freed him. Then Trapion helps the Z-fighters fight off the danger. This special debut of the Dragon Ball has the most unique and rare plot. Firstly, it introduced a non-violent character, Trapion, who is not seen after this. Trapion became a favorite character of many DBZ fans and they loved his personality. This kept the movie high above other movies, in the s tier. Trapion was the legendary hero summoned by Goku to fight off the terror.
Contrary to other films, the main Z-fighters weren’t the main focus of the plot. In fact, they stayed on the sidewalk of the movie thus the movie how gave importance to the bad guys and gave Dragon Ball fans a new perception that makes it special. it is more like how for some Joker is more loved than Batman himself.
Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
This spectacular masterpiece of the Dragon Ball series has an inspiring storyline. Goku and Vegeta’s families are invited by Mr. Satan to his hotel. Where a couple of Saiyan spaceships appear. This movie introduces a new character, Tarble, who is the long-lost brother of Vegeta. Tarble begs for help to fight against Abo and Kado, who have wreaked mayhem in his home planet. Later on, Abo and Kado land on Earth, and the Z-fighters join together to fight these scoundrels off of their native homeland.
In another movie, another new character turns out to be the brother of our precious Vegeta. This new character instantly won the hearts of the viewers and gave it a spot on our S Tier. The storyline is unique and has great fight scenes and dialogues.
Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock
It is a what-if spin-off sequel to ‘ Dragon Ball: Bardock – The Father of Goku’. In this movie special, Bardock finds himself back in time on Planet Plant, which he recalls as the old name of Planet Vegeta. Bardock combats Chilled, a villain who resembles Freiza in more than his looks but also his ruthless core. The dying Chilled makes people aware of the powerful Super Saiyans. At the present time, Freiza destroys Planet Vegeta fearing the Super Saiyans.
The episode of Bardock was a treat for the DBZ fandom, who loved the plot of time travel and absolutely abhorred the newly introduced villain, Chilled. Their hatred for Freiza got combined with the hatred of Chilled and all this earned great fame for the movie and reserved a slot for it in the S Tier.
Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge
This movie is set after the defeat of Freiza in Namek. When news of his brothers’ loss reached Cooler, he gets red with fury. He oaths to kill Goku at all cost. During this, Goku and Gohan had gone on an excursion to blow off some steam. There they are met with Cooler who takes revenge for the defeat of Frieza. Goku extracts great strength from his core to fight off an enemy way much stronger than all the enemies he has fought before.
This movie is considered to be one of the best DBZ movies. It introduces a new villain, who is powerful and undefeatable. The character development in this cinematic workmanship is truly applaudable. Even the soundtrack chosen for this masterpiece gets a man to groove to the beat. All these traits include it in s tier.
A Tier has the dragon Ball movies that have an amazing storyline, that is intriguing and suspenseful. The only thing they lack is mainly a few fight scenes. Otherwise, these movies may as well be in the S Tier.
Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
DBZ series introduces this movie with the scene of the Otherworld, where an oni neglects his work and causes an explosion of the cleansing machine and, as a result, turns into a child-like demon named Janemba. Goku and Vegeta fought a one-on-one battle with the demon but they failed miserably. In the end, they realize that the only option to fight off this grotesque creature is fusion. Hence, after the fusion, they become able to combat this otherworldly creature.
This movie has out-of-the-world animation and an extraordinary script. The main reason for it being in the A Tier is that Hilter is the only human who came to life and wasn’t a zombie. Additionally, the humans who turned into zombies looked far from zombies.
Dragon Ball Z: Super Broly – The legendary Super Saiyan
After the destruction of the Planet Vegeta, the sole survivors of the Planet persuade Vegeta to renounce his role as the ruler and King of the Planet. When he lands on his planet, he discovers the underlying motives of the Super Saiyans. They aim to dominate all the other planets and rule them. To stop them, he has to stop Broly, for that purpose, he and the Z-fighters combat the legendary Super Saiyan, Broly.
In addition to the DBZ series, this worth watching movie is applaudable. But, the tense buildup lasts only for two-thirds of the film. Other than that the movie seemed kinda blunt, which keeps it a little down on the tier list, A tier. But the interesting storyline and suspenseful fight scenes are always appreciated in DMZ movies.
Dragon Ball: Path to Power
It is the retelling of the Dragon Ball anime series. Goku and his friends, along with a strange young girl set off on a journey to find the dragon balls spread out in the world. During this, they struggle to fight the Red Ribbon army.
This movie is fun and light-watch. It recounts the story of the series and is very fast-paced it helps people catch up to the series. This is in the A Tier because it misses out on some significant moments of the series which held a golden spot in the original anime series.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Resurrection ‘F’ brought back Frieza from the dead, which awakened the intrigue back in people, who had a love and hate relationship with the powerful villain. Frieza’s followers and companions wished him back from the dead. After gaining his full strength, he lands on Earth to fight some stupendous battles.
The battle scenes of this film are quite impressive. The starting of the movie is very slow and the viewers tend to get bored, as they lose a bit of interest, and causes the movie to find a place on the A Tier. But after his arrival on Earth, the film gains back to its groove.
Dragon Ball Z: Bojack unbound
Bojack Unbound starts off with the Z-fighters fighting in the martial arts tournament, hosted by a well-off family. The tournaments get taken over by powerful aliens who aim to end the Super Saiyans.
The dying of Goku, while saving his son, Gohan decreased the interest of the audience and hence it was unable to get a place in the S Tier and slid down to the A tier. The combat scenes and the effortless martial arts in this exclusive make it better than the others.
Plan to destroy the Saiya-Jin
Dr. Raichi, a deported villain of Planet Vegeta, makes an appearance. His main aim is to destroy every Super Saiyan insight. For this purpose, he sets Destron gas emitters to kill the population. The Z-fighters destroy his plans, as well as, wins against him.
Even though, this movie special has some inspiring plot traits. But, the fight scenes are very scarce. The DBZ fandom couldn’t get enough fight scenes in this so it couldn’t score a place in the S Tier, Instead situated in A tier.
B Tier, a ranking below the best. The movies are captivating and when started, the viewer can’t get enough of them. But they have a few plot holes to put them on a lower rung.
Dragon Ball Z: Android 13
A movie that mainly revolves around the androids is under consideration here. Android 17 and 18 kill off doctor Grero. His death leads to a series of events that causes the activation of androids 13 14 at 15. The main motive of the newly activated androids is to finish the Z fighters. With an aim to destroy these androids, Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Trunks, Piccolo, and Vegeta form a combatting group to save the planet earth.
Android movies are least liked in the DBZ series and in this movie we are mainly shown the androids fighting with the Z fighters. Although, great scenes with suspenseful action were shown to the audience which kept them on their toes, throughout the movie, which earned this a higher rank on the B tier. The innovative approach of androids in such a backward time, confused as well as intrigued the people which earned this a slot in the B Tier.
Dragon Ball Z: Return of the Cooler
The revival of Cooler is the main event that occurs in the film. The movie starts off with Namek being invaded by a huge army of trained robots, who wreak havoc and chaos on the planet. The guardian of earth calls out to the Z fighters to come and help the people of Namek. When they reach Namek, they are surprised to find Cooler in action, while leading the army of the robots. They fight and combat with the back-to-life villain, who was abhorred and loved by the audience.
This movie is a cinematic masterpiece. With its amazing fighting choreography and huge mind-twisting plot twists that leave a man dumbstruck. The only thing wrong with this film is that the last combat, which is considered the main event, is a bit more underwhelming than a person expects. The movie usually builds up to the final battle, but in this case, it left the people unsatisfied and disappointed, hence, it is in the B Tier.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods
The battle of the gods concerns the God of destruction, Lord Beerus. The God awakens, after centuries-long slumber and finds out that Frieza has been killed by Goku. In his wraith, he fights Goku and wins effortlessly. This is because only a God can win against a God and none of the Super Saiyans were Gods. In the end, it’s all up to the Super Saiyans to destroy God before they lose everything.
An overly exaggerated film, with a great sense of humor and fantastic mystical combat scenes, earns this movie a significant place in the B Tier. This movie had some flaws in the plot, which couldn’t earn this a place in the A or S Tier of Dragon Ball movie Tier list.
Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest
Dragon Ball Z the World’s strongest is a pretty good movie. Doctor wheelo is resurrected after his death during an avalanche. Dr. Kochin, the resurrection, and Dr. Wheelo, both of these evil doctors set out on a mission to destroy the planet. The Z-fighters come together to fight off these inhumane doctors.
The storyline of this movie is very interesting and as with all of the movies, it is very fast-paced. The wrong thing with this film is the soundtrack that causes a person to shudder under its effect. Other than that, the movie is a good experience and belongs in the B tier.
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
The tree of might is a movie that walls around the androids. The androids hold a special place in the DBZ movies. They are great villains of the Z fighters. In this day busy special the Z fighters embark on a mission to find the Megamind who invented the androids. That androids have one mission in mind that is 2 kill Goku.
Even though there are many movies with androids in the DBZ but they are least liked by the fans. This is because they aim to see some fight scenes, but the fight scenes concerning the androids and the Z fighters aren’t much intriguing or interesting so, this movie is located in the B Tier. Other than that, the movie has a good plot end great character development as well as out-of-the-world animation. let’s get down to the next tier in the Dragon Ball movie Tier list.
C Tier has an average-ranked movie. They have a lot of plot holes, and add to the misery are a bit of a yawn. You might find yourself dozing off during these specials.
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
Another entertaining and yet problematic Dragon Ball Z movie, in which Goku tries to stop garlic junior as he tries to find the seven dragon balls to become eternal. During this Goku also saves his infant son Gohan.
In this special, the villains are not so terrifying and it doesn’t really fit the timeline of the Dragon Ball Z. Even though it is set before the TV series, it is still a bit absurd. But still, a fast-paced and exciting storyline keeps it in the C Tier of our Dragon Ball Movie Tier List.
Dragon Ball Z: Curse of the Blood Rubies
Alternative storyline to the original Dragon Ball series, in this Gourmeth, cursed by the blood rubies, searches for the dragon balls. Goku and his friends, also known as the Z-fighters cure his curse and gain access to the dragon balls.
Even though this movie had, somewhat, a good storyline, it had the exact lines and dialogues from the first season of the TV series. It seemed an edited version of the TV series and was totally pointless, this caused it to be in C tier.
Dragon Ball Z: Bio – Broly
Dragon Ball Z movie buy Broly is another one-off astonishing movie. Mr. Jaguar creates a clone of Broly whose main focus it’s true to unveil the fraud of Mr. Satan. Do the fighters engage in combat with the bio Broly to defeat his motives?
This movie is over-exaggerated and the concept of bio broly it’s way off. The fight scenes are to die for, but they are a little less than a fan expects.
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming
Another Broly movie comes forth through this special, where great fights unleash and the destruction of their strong nemesis occurs. The movie opens with the fight of Broly in space. After losing, his pod reaches Earth and he goes into a comatose state. When he awakens Gohan, Goten and the other Z fighters struggle to fight the Super Saiyan and defeat him effortlessly.
Even though Broly is one of the favorite villains of all time in the DMZ series but this specific movie adds some drawbacks which pushed it down to the seat dear. Another death of Goku and the almost losing battle with Broly stole the charisma of the film, including it in the C tier.
Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle
This fascinating masterpiece of the DBZ film series it’s set in Goku’s childhood period. In his childhood, along with his friend, Krillin he lures Master Roshi in two training both of them. But the master has other plans for the children he agrees to train martial arts if, and only if, they were able to rescue the Princess from the devil’s castle, which is guarded by Count Lucifer.
The storyline is quite captivating of the film but like many others, it does not fit into the timeline of the DBZ series the fighting of Goku and Krillin with count Lucifer is the only thing that saves it from being in the D Tier and hence is in C tier.
The D Tier of the Dragon Ball movie Tier list is the lowest of all the tiers. The movies included in this are absolutely pointless and don’t even follow the timeline. They are dull and drab and it’s better to avoid them at all costs.
Dragon Ball Mystical Adventure
In this Side Story, Goku and Krillin find the seven dragon balls to help the emperor find his missing wife.
This movie is not connected to the original Dragon Ball series, and in some aspects doesn’t match the main plot. All these errors make it, probably, the worst Dragon Ball movie and a part of D tier.
Dragon Ball: Evolution
In a live-action remaking of the Dragon Ball, Goku collects the dragon balls before King Piccolo to fulfill the wish of his dying grandfather.
With its 2.5 ratings, one can say it is pretty bad but despite that watched it for you and our verdict is that this movie fails to convey its story on so many levels that it created a gap between the audience and the movie. Hence, it is located in the D tier.
Dragon Ball: Fight Son Goku, Win Son Goku
An unofficial and unlicensed narration of the famous Dragon Ball mangas, in which a young boy Goku fights evil while searching for the dragon orbs.
This is a ridiculous and stupid illustration of the series. It is a copy of the original series, but it seems a satire and a parody of the series and rightfully so we have put it on the last tier of our Dragon Ball Movie Tier List.
Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Lord slug is introduced in this special. Goku Gohan and the other Z warriors fight this powerful super Saiyan in order to defeat him, so they can protect the Planet Earth.
This movie seems off the line of the main plot. It seems unnecessary and pointless. But DBZ fight scenes are always the golden hour of the movies. This movie like many of the other movies seems like an extended episode, rather than a movie.
Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins
Chinese depiction of the original Japanese manga, in which a group of youngsters set off on a journey to find the 7 dragon orbs while fighting off evil villains. Yet again, it is a copy that fails to describe the importance of the main events that occurred in the series, and hence it is included in the D tier.
The Dragon Ball movie Tier list includes almost all of the movies, that were produced with this name. The movies with the best storyline and exceptionally great combat scenes are kept under the S Tier, like Dragon Ball: Super Broly, Bardock- the father of Goku. Movies that had a bit of a yawn but still were interesting are seen in the A-Tier, such as Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, The path to Power. The movies that were dragged a bit with fewer fight scenes are located in the B Tier. In the D tier, worst of the worst films are founds which are better to be kept at a distance from the television screen. Dragon Ball franchise is a great movie and series-making franchise, that holds the power of the greatest fight scenes and a good sense of humor in its production.