In 1998, Pokémon: The First Movie battled its way into cinemas. The animated-adventure film, focusing on the mysterious Pokémon known as Mewtwo, featured a wealth of classic characters, including Pikachu, Ash, Misty, and Brock.

Upon release, Pokémon: The First Movie proved a hit with audiences and kick-started a very successful film franchise. But how many Pokémon movies are there? Answer: It’s probably more than you think!

For a list of all the Pokémon movies in order, keep on reading!

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The Pokémon movies in order

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To date there 27 Pokémon movies. The movies in the Pokémon series include:

  • Pokémon: The First Movie (1998)
  • Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999)
  • Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000)
  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns (2000)*
  • Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest (2001)
  • Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002)
  • Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (2003)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Destiny Deoxys (2004)
  • Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)
  • Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)
  • The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006)*
  • Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (2007)
  • Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior (2008)
  • Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009)
  • Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram (2011)
  • Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom (2011)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Crash of Ages (2015)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016)
  • Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018)
  • Detective Pikachu (2019)
  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (2019)
  • Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020)

*Please note: Although Mewtwo Returns (2000) and The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) were created as feature-length television specials, these two titles are often referred to as TV movies – hence the reason they are included in the above list.

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Are all of the Pokemon movies animated features?

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Almost every movie in the above list is an animated feature, with the exception of Detective Pikachu. This is a live-action film, featuring actors that include Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy.

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Are all of the Pokémon movies suitable for young audiences?

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The Pokémon movies are created with young audiences in mind. Most of the movies are classified as a PG, which means parental guidance is advised, but the films do not contain any content that is deemed too offensive for children.

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What is the best Pokémon movie?

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According to IMDb, the Pokémon movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:

  • Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020) – 8.7/10
  • Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005) – 6.9/10
  • Detective Pikachu (2019) – 6.6/10
  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns (2000) – 6.5/10
  • Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (2007) – 6.5/10
  • Pokémon: The First Movie (1998) – 6.3/10
  • Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (2009) – 6.3/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017) – 6.3/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018) – 6.3/10
  • The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (2006) – 6.2/10
  • Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999) – 6.1/10
  • Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias (2002) – 6.1/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Destiny Deoxys (2004) – 6.1/10
  • Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior (2008) – 6.1/10
  • Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (2010) – 6.1/10
  • Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006) – 6.0/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Crash of Ages (2015) – 6.0/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016) – 6.0/10
  • Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000) – 5.9/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom (2011) – 5.9/10
  • Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest (2001) – 5.8/10
  • Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (2003) – 5.8/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram (2011) – 5.8/10
  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (2019) – 5.7/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) – 5.6/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012) – 5.5/10
  • Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013) – 5.5/10
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