All Dragon Ball movies were originally released in theaters in Japan, typically when the vast majority of Japanese school children are on spring and summer vacations in March and July, although it pairs up with a Dr. Slump movie, usually 60 minutes long. All of the movies 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 movies past some of the character designs. However, he is listed as the creator of the movies in the credits. In Daizenshuu 6 (released in 1995), Akira Toriyama stated that he considers the movies to be stories in a "different dimension" than the main story of the manga he created.
Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies
Movie 2: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle"
UK Title: "Sleeping Beauty in Devil Castle"
Movie 3: Mystical Adventure
Movie 4: The Path to Power
Japanese title: "The Path to Ultimate Strength (10th Anniversary Special)"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball: The Path to Power"
Dragon Ball Z
Movie 1: Dead Zone
- Garlic Jr. - A small Makyan, who wants to get revenge on Kami for imprisoning his father in the Dead Zone.
- Nicky, Ginger, and Sansho, Garlic Jr's henchmen.
Movie 2: The World's Strongest
- Dr. Wheelo - An evil scientist, reduced to a brain in a jar and searching for a strong body to take over.
- Dr. Kochin - Dr. Wheelo's assistant, who wishes for the ice over Wheelo's tomb to melt.
- Misokatsun, Ebifurya, and Kishime, Dr. Kochin's menacing bio-warriors.
Movie 3: The Tree of Might
- Turles - A Saiyan, strongly resembling Goku.
- Amond, Daiz, Cacao, Rasin, and Lakasei, all Turles's henchmen.
Movie 4: Lord Slug
- Lord Slug - An evil Namekian who wishes on the Dragon Balls and gains eternal youth. He wants to turn earth into his very own space-ship.
- Angila, Wings, Medamatcha, and Zeeun, all Lord Slug's henchmen.
Movie 5: Cooler's Revenge
- Cooler - Frieza's older brother, seeking revenge for Frieza's death.
- Salza, Neiz, and Dore - Cooler's henchmen.
Movie 6: The Return of Cooler
- Cooler - Cooler goes to New Namek, enslaving Namekians, prompting the Z Fighters to take on their old enemy from the previous movie.
- Meta-Cooler - Mechanical doubles generated by the Big Gete Star.
Movie 7: Super Android 13!
- Android 13 - A mechanical android created by one of Dr Gero's super computers. He has a super form after absorption of other androids.
- Android 14 - A mechanical android created by the same super computer.
- Android 15 - A mechanical android created by the same super computer.
Movie 8: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Japanese title: "Burn Up!! Hot Fight! Fierce Fight! Super Violent Fight!"
FUNimation title: "Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan"
UK title: "The Burning Battles"
- Broly - The legendary Super Saiyan, born with a power level of 10,000.
- Paragus - Broly's evil father.
Movie 9: Bojack Unbound
Japanese title: "The Galaxy at the Brink!! The Super Incredible Guy"
FUNimation title: "Bojack Unbound"
UK title: "Super Guy in the Galaxy"
Movie 10: Broly - Second Coming
- Broly - The legendary Super Saiyan from Movie 8, now crash landed on Earth, and with Goku dead only Gohan can save the planet.
Movie 11: Bio-Broly
- Lord Jaguar - Also known as Jaga Bada. Challenges Mr. Satan to a match against the bio-warriors.
- Men-Men - Jaga's partner in crime and all around crony.
- Bio-Broly - A clone of the "Legendary Super Saiyan", created by Jaga Bada.
Movie 12: Fusion Reborn
- Janemba - An evil demon created by evil waste, takes over the dimensions.
- Gogeta - A fusion of Goku and Vegeta, using the Fusion Dance.
Movie 13: Wrath of the Dragon
Japanese title: "Dragon Fist Explosion!! If Goku Won't Do It, Who Will?"
FUNimation title: "Wrath of the Dragon"
- Tapion - A warrior trapped inside an oracle, holding the top half of Hirudegarn's body inside him.
- Hirudegarn - A monster, split in half and trapped inside the same oracle.
Movie 14: Battle of Gods
- Beerus - A God of Destruction whose administrative zone includes planet Earth. He is purple cat-like humanoid donning Egyptian-looking garb.
- Whis - A powerful character who is Beerus' attendant and martial arts master. He has teal skin and white hair, and he owns a long scepter he usually holds in his right hand.
Movie 15: Resurrection ‘F’
- Frieza - The most iconic villain of the series who returns in this film, seeking revenge against his arch-enemies Goku and Vegeta. He represents the "F" in the title of the movie.
- Sorbet - One of Frieza's henchmen who use the Dragon Balls to resurrect him. His name is a play on "sorbet", a type of frozen dessert.
- Tagoma - Another of Frieza's henchmen who resurrect him through the power of the Dragon Balls. His name is a play on the Japanese word for egg.
Dragon Ball Z specials
Special 1: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Tatta Hitori no Saishū Kessen ～Freeza ni Idonda Zetto Senshi Son Gokū no Chichi"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku"
UK title: "The Father of Goku"
Special 2: Movie Overview Special
Japanese title: "Kyokugen Batoru! ! San Dai Chō Saiyahito Supesharu"
Special 3: The History of Trunks
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z: Zetsubō e no Hankō!! Nokosareta Chō-Senshi Gohan to Trunks"
FUNimation title: "Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks"
UK title: "Gohan & Trunks"
Special 4: Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show!
Japanese title: "Zenbu Misemasu Toshi Wasure Doragon Boru Zetto!"
Crossover Special: Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special
Japanese title: "Dori-mu 9 Toriko & Wan Pi-su & Doragonbo-ru Z chō Korabo Supesharu!!"
Dragon Ball GT special
A Hero's Legacy
OVA (original video animation)
OVA 1: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
Japanese title: "Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku"
English translation: "Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans"
2010 Remake Title: "Dragon Ball: Plan To Eradicate the Super Saiyans"
- Dr. Raichi - A Ghost Warrior of the original Dr. Raichi, a member of the Tuffle race that was eradicated by the Saiyans.
- Hatchiyack - The fighting form of the machine Dr. Raichi used to create Ghost Warriors.
OVA 2: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Japanese title: "Doragon Bōru Ossu! Kaette Kita Son Gokū to Nakama-tachi!!"
English translation: "Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!"
OVA 3: Episode of Bardock
PSA (public service videos)
PSA 1: Goku's Traffic Safety
PSA 2: Goku's Fire Brigade
- Dragon Ball: Son Goku Fight, Son Goku Win! - Live action adaptation from Korea released in 1990 adapting the events of the Emperor Pilaf Saga and a little of the Vegeta Saga as Nappa makes an appearance in this film.
- Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins - a Chinese adaptation from 1991 that adapts the events of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, changing the names of all the characters and replacing King Gurumes, Bongo, and Raven with three extraterrestrials named King Horn, Zebrata, and Malilia. Penny's character was combined with Chi-Chi's character under the name of Jade.
- Dragonball Evolution - An American film made in 2009, combining elements of the Emperor Pilaf Saga with the King Piccolo Saga, and putting the story in a more real world perspective.
- Cooler and Broly are the only movie characters to appear in more than one movie as the main villain.
- In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, the levels taken from the movies have their original Japanese titles. These levels take place in what is referred to in the game as the "Special Saga," which consists entirely of battles from the movies, with the exception of the level "Destroy the Makyo Star," which takes place during the Garlic Jr. Saga, which is filler.
- The box of the video game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai says that the story mode is based on Fusion Reborn but developers titled it "Fusion Rebirth" on the main menu.