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Top 3 Best DRAGON BALL Z Movies?

Forget BATTLE OF GODS. What about THE STORY OF BARDOCK? Or WORLD'S STRONGEST? Hear us rattle off our picks.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.

My top 3 movies would be

  1. History of Trunks - Trunks is my favorite character. Seeing this movie, it provided a different tone. It was dark, but seeing a glimmer of hope and the drive to survive along with Gohan's sacrifice, I felt really connected with the movie. The androids were fearsome than their counterparts in DBZ series. Their puns are cheesy and might kill the mood, but it shows how cocky and powerful they are.
  2. Bardock - Seeing the origin of Goku was cool. It has the same sort of tone from History of Trunks. Your sacrifices will bring hope to the future.
  3. First Cooler - not the second movie because the second movie had more issues with canon and logic. Where did Vegeta get a Saiyan pod? How can Goku and Vegeta take so long to fight one Cooler and then wipe out an army of Coolers shortly. It's just the Deus Ex Machina that I hate. The first movie had canon issues, but its fight scene and atmosphere was pretty good with me.

For worst DBZ movies. I can't think of a list. I'm leaning towards Bojack, Broly, and that movie that was only available in the video game. It never got an English release. It was a red villain not the Janemba one.

Worst Movie: Cooler's Revenge, ...

Still need to watch Battle of Gods.

taichokageon Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.
Hooo. Top 3. In no particular order I'd have to say 1. The Return or Broly. From a sheer enjoyment standpoint that one struck gold for me. The final clash I've rewatched probably about 20 times. 2. Janemba movie. Mostly mindless action but is that unusual for Dragonball? and #3 is probably a toss up between Story of Bardock and Battle of the Gods. They're both canon too so that adds an extra value element.
Dream moderator on Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

Haven't seen a number of the movies. But of the bunch...

1. History of Trunks- Find it to be the best of the bunch thanks to having genuine drama from the loss of nearly all the Z Fighters and Future Trunks trying to get a handle on things with 17 and 18 running amuck in his timeline.

2. Bardock movie- Mostly because its canon and explores more back story on Bardock and the Saiyans before their planet's destruction.

3. Fusion Reborn- Seen this on a bootleg VHS tape a roommate of mine had in college years ago. Mostly enjoyable for its comedy with Janemba's antics, an appearance from Hitler and several DBZ villains getting killed again.

First two are rather obvious for me, while #3 is more trying to find the least awful of the remaining DBZ movies.

waybig1010101on Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

Well I would say every single Broly movie lol na im kidding about that, but for real

  1. Bardock
  2. First Broly movie
  3. History of Trunks
SpeedForceSpideron Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

Movie 1-3 Are the best DBZ movies imo. The fights were actually consisting of martial arts and not to much PIS.

DBZ_universeon Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:52 p.m.

Bardock and Torankusu's history were specials and not movies -_-

@SpeedForceSpider said:

Movie 1-3 Are the best DBZ movies imo. The fights were actually consisting of martial arts and not to much PIS.


Also Broly's movies (not bio which was a shitty movie). The only thing I hated about em were the plot holes.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 13, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.


Those were aired on TV, but they were distributed on VHS and then DVD. It's considered as a movie. Internet Movie Database calls it a film while Wikipedia calls a special. There is not much difference between TV special and films.

That's my best guess.

DBZ_universeon Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:39 p.m.

@takashichea: Naw, they were specials. If they were movies, then they would be Non Canon.

BoG is also a Special IMO.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 13, 2014 at 7:41 p.m.


I don't think being canon has to do with being a film or TV special. Battle of the Gods is a film and labeled as a film for North American theatrical release in August 2014.

DBZ_universeon Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.

@takashichea: Movies in DB take place in a alt time/universe. Specials are canon.

History of Mirai Torankusu

Bardock, Father of Goku

Yo, Son Goku and friends return

Battle of Gods

All of them are just really long episodes since they connect canonly.

If you wanna call it movies, fine. But for me they are specials.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.


Agree to disagree. People will always call them films regardless of canon or non canon.

DBZ_universeon Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.

@takashichea: pretty much. But as for me, they are just specials to introduce something to the series.

BoG is introducing a new series.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.


That's the same thing with films, they provide something extra to the series. Those shows you call canon were adapted from the manga except Battle of the Gods.

To me, there is no difference between TV special and movie.


I disagree with you on Battle of the Gods introducing a new series. It's making room for a new film, Dragon Ball Z (2015) - Working Title. :)

kennysomewhereon Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:35 p.m.

Are the movies necessary to watch? Absolutely if you want to call yourself a true fan of the series in my opinion.

As stated by others, the history of trunks and story of bardock are special episodes rather than movies so I wouldn't count them on my list, but they're both great watches.

My personal top 3 list:

1. Bojack Unbound: Bojack Unbound was great because it continued with what was so great with the cell saga: Gohan rising up bearing the responsability of becoming the Earth's protector. The film in my opinion was the direction the dragon ball z franchise should have went.

2. Worlds Strongest: The first dragon ball z film for me is like the period between dragon ball and dragon ball z, litterally. The universe wasn't as large at that time and more mystical than science fiction. The threat of Garlic jr felt down to earth(as down to earth as a series about a super powered alien monkey marital artist could be) and was compelling because the characters needed to work together to fight one big bad guy instead of just resting their hopes on a single character and waiting for him to power up. The movie also feels more like an anime film rather than a "Dragon Ball Z film" in the sense that a lot more is going on in terms of animation besides the characters floating around and hitting each other back and forth which is how the other dragon ball z movies seem.

3. Fusion Reborn: Just simply the best example of the mindless awesomeness of dragon ball z.

My top 3 worst DBZ films:

3. Bio Broly: Brolly was pretty cool in his first movie, okay in his second, a gelatinous blob in his third. They overused a decent villain who was a cool gimmick but got old fast. Im also convinced the first draft of bio brolly was called mecha-brolly's revenge... again

2. Wrath of the Dragon: I was highly desensitized by fusion reborn to care about this movie.

1. Battle of the Gods: Just no

Supreme Marvelon Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

I don't consider the specials, films. Extended episodes really.

  1. Bojack Unbound
  2. Fusion Reborn
  3. Super Android 13

I enjoyed watching all them most probably.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 14, 2014 at 12:56 p.m.

@Supreme Marvel:

I guess it was more of a individual preference.

Starting to see more folks putting Fusion Reborn on their lists.

Supreme Marvelon Aug. 14, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

@Supreme Marvel said:

I don't consider the specials, films. Extended episodes really.

  1. Bojack Unbound
  2. Fusion Reborn
  3. The Return of Cooler [CHANGED MY MIND]

I enjoyed watching all them most probably.

Favourite scenes




flashback180on Aug. 15, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.

my top 3 DBZ movies would be

>Wrath of the dragon

its different on some levels compared to the previous movies (plot wise) , and explains how trunks got his sword & probably the first GT looking dragon fist used in z.

>Battle of gods

best animated dbz movie ever. fits in the timeline and is canon .

>Lord slug

mooned_knight staff on Aug. 16, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.

Gotta Go...

1. World's Strongest

2. Dead Zone

3. Return of Cooler (cause we need at least 1 Vegeta appearance)

Kino88on Aug. 16, 2014 at 2:38 p.m.
I actually loved Tree of Might, yes it made little sense in the canon, But to be honest even the main Dragon Ball plot was pretty loose when it Came to any kind of consistency, I mean how many times did they blow up The moon?, So I guess for me if anything I sometimes found the movies more fun than The main series, think about it all action, no filler, I would even say that when It comes to Dragon Ball Z the more ridiculous the better, yes I even enjoyed the Brolly movies,

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