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Naruto Movies in Order

Hey there, fellow ninja fans! Are you ready to embark on an epic adventure through the world of Naruto in cinematic style? Well, buckle up, because we’ve got all 10 Naruto movies (and one Boruto one) in order, so you can follow the story chronologically.

Naruto, the series that captured our hearts and made us all want to become ninjas, was serialized from 1999 to 2014. It then transformed into book form and was later adapted into an anime television series that ran for a whopping 220 episodes from 2002 to 2007.

But wait, there’s more! Naruto: Shippuden, the sequel to the original series, premiered in Japan in 2007 and ran for an impressive 500 episodes, concluding in 2017. That’s a lot of ninja action!

Now, we enter the next generation with Boruto Uzumaki, Naruto’s son, who wishes to pave his own path as a ninja instead of just following in his dad’s footsteps. It’s a new era, and we’re all here for it.

So, if you’re itching to dive into this beloved franchise, we’ve got your back with our handy-dandy Naruto movies watch order. Get ready to go on a journey filled with action, heart, and of course, lots of ramen.

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Table of Contents

Naruto movies watch order at a glance

  1. Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)
  2. Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)
  3. Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006)
  4. Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007)
  5. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009)
  6. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008)
  7. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010)
  8. Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011)
  9. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)
  10. The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)
  11. Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015)

How many Naruto movies are there?

A total of 11 Naruto movies have been produced, with 10 of them being part of the Naruto franchise and one (so far) belonging to Boruto. But don’t worry, we won’t talk about Boruto here. There’s enough content to go over as it is, so let’s stick to Naruto for now. One Uzumaki at a time, please!

The first three Naruto movies are linked to the first series, while the other seven belong to Naruto: Shippuden, the second. Since they all follow our boy Naruto (not his son Boruto, who is following in his dad’s footsteps), we can think of these 10 movies as one big, happy ninja family.

So, let’s talk about our ninja family’s adventures!

  • In Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004), Team 7 jets off to the Land of Snow to protect the cast and crew of a film.
  • Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005) sees Naruto, Shikamaru, and Sakura caught up in a war between the Sunaga village and a big group of armored warriors.
  • In Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006), Naruto, Sakura, Lee, and Kakashi are tasked with protecting the Land of Moon’s ruler-to-be.
  • In Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007), our hero is on a mission to protect a priest who is having some pretty ominous visions.
  • In Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008), Naruto and Sasuke team up when ninjas from the Sky Country attack Konoha.
  • Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009) sees Team 7 working together to stop Kakashi from making the ultimate sacrifice to end a shinobi world war.
  • Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010) is like an action-packed trip down memory lane, as Naruto goes back in time to capture a rogue ninja. Meanwhile, he meets his dad, the Fourth Hokage, who’s alive in this timeline.
  • In Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011), our hero is framed for attempted murder and has to escape prison while uncovering some juicy secrets.
  • Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012) takes Naruto and Sakura on a trippy journey to an alternate universe, where they learn some heavy life lessons along the way.
  • And last but not least, in The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014), Naruto tries to stop the Moon from crashing into the Earth while his romance with Hinata starts to bloom. It’s like a ninja rom-com, but with way more kunai knives.

So, grab some popcorn and settle in for some ninja-tastic fun with these movies.

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Naruto movies in order

In this section, we’re diving deeper into the 10 Naruto movies (sorry Boruto, not this time). We’ll be spilling the tea on their release dates, juicy plots, and most importantly, when they fit into the timeline.

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

  • Release Date: August 21, 2004
  • Director: Tensai Okamura
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

In Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Team 7 gets assigned a mission to protect a famous actress. But, like any good anime movie, the mission turns out to be more than they bargained for! They soon realize that they need to save a princess and stop the bad guys from taking over.

Will Naruto and his team be able to save the day, or will they need to call in some celebrity reinforcements?

Chronology: Set between episodes 101 and 106 of the original Naruto series.

Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

  • Release Date: August 6, 2005
  • Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

Naruto, Shikamaru, and Sakura are on a mission to – yes – find a ferret. But, surprise! They get caught up in a scrap between a knight and some bulky warriors desperate to get their hands on the Stone of Gelel: a really, really powerful rock.

It’s up to Naruto and his ninja pals to make sure nothing gets out of hand before it’s too late.

Chronology: Set after episode 160 of the original Naruto series.

Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

  • Release Date: August 5, 2006
  • Director: Toshiyuki Tsuru
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

In Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto, Sakura, Lee, and Kakashi are assigned to protect the prince of the Land of the Moon, Hikaru Tsuki, and his father Michiru, the heir to the throne.

However, when Michiru is betrayed and kidnapped, Naruto and his friends must help him reclaim his throne from the corrupt officials trying to take it over.

Chronology: Takes place after Sasuke’s saga in the original Naruto anime, particularly after episode 196.

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Naruto Shippuden the Movie

  • Release Date: August 4, 2007
  • Director: Hajime Kamegaki
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

This 2007 release starts out with a heavy prediction: Naruto will die! He and his friends are tasked with protecting a priestess named Shion, who is the only one who can seal away a powerful demon – and the one who prophesized Naruto’s demise.

Will Naruto and his gang be able to keep the demon at bay, and more importantly, will the prediction come true?

Chronology: Set after Naruto and his crew’s return to the village in episode 53 of Naruto Shippuden.

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

  • Release Date: August 2, 2008
  • Director: Hajime Kamegaki
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

In Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke team up once again to save their village from the dastardly plans of some rogue ninjas from the Sky Country. However, with Sasuke back in the mix, things get a little complicated.

Will he and Naruto be able to put aside their differences and work together to save the day, or will their grudges and bad blood lead to their downfall?

Chronology: Set after episode 111 of Naruto Shippuden, since Orochimaru was sick.

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

  • Release Date: August 1, 2009
  • Director: Masahiko Murata
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

The third Naruto Shippuden movie’s story revolves around the potential outbreak of a Fourth Great Ninja War. When ninja with Kekkei Genkai (Bloodline Limit abilities) from various villages begin to disappear, suspicion falls on the hidden village of Konohagakure, as the only village whose ninja with Kekkei Genkai remain unharmed.

The culprit? A power-hungry ninja named Hiroku, who’s on the verge of achieving his goal: To take over the world using these rare bloodline traits. Can Naruto and his gang take him down and prevent another ninja war?

Chronology: Set after episode 89 of Naruto Shippuden.

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Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower

  • Release Date: July 31, 2010
  • Director: Masahiko Murata
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Naruto, Yamato, Sakura, and Sai are assigned to a mission that seems simple enough: capture a rogue ninja named Mukade. But the task turns into a wild, time-traveling adventure when Mukade inadvertently sends Naruto 20 years into the past.

The crew discovers that Mukade’s plan involves harnessing the power of an ancient mystical artifact called the Ryūmyaku. If they don’t stop him, the past, present, and future could be altered forever. No pressure, right?

Chronology: Set after episode 154 of Naruto Shippuden, since Jiraiya is dead but Pain had yet to attack the village.

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

  • Release Date: July 27, 2011
  • Director: Masahiko Murata
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

Picture this: Naruto Uzumaki, the hyperactive ninja we all know and love, is falsely accused of attempting to assassinate the Raikage, a powerful leader of a rival village. What’s the consequence? He’s sent to the notorious Hōzuki Castle, aka Blood Prison, where even the craftiest ninjas can’t escape.

Our hero finds himself behind bars. But this isn’t a story about Naruto’s prison shenanigans. As it turns out, the real reason behind his imprisonment is a sinister plot to harness the power of the Nine-Tails sealed within him. And the mastermind? The prison’s sadistic warden, Mui.

Naruto, with his unbreakable spirit and unwavering determination, must team up with his new inmate buddies, uncover the truth, and escape the inescapable Blood Prison.

Chronology: Unclear, but likely set after episode 196 of Naruto Shippuden.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

  • Release Date: July 28, 2012
  • Director: Hayato Date
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

Naruto and Sakura are swept into an alternate universe by the mysterious villain Tobi’s Limited Tsukuyomi technique. The catch? This world is a bizarre, flipped version of their own reality.

Sasuke is a flirtatious playboy, and Neji and Hinata are rebellious siblings. But the most shocking twist? Naruto’s parents, Minato and Kushina, are alive and well in this universe, while Sakura is the village’s adored hero.

As the duo navigates this topsy-turvy world, they must find a way to return to their own reality. All the while, they must confront their deepest desires and insecurities, learning important life lessons and the true meaning of friendship.

Chronology: Also unclear; could be set before episode 150 or after episode 251.

The Last: Naruto the Movie

  • Release Date: December 6, 2014
  • Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi
  • Running Time: 112 minutes

Two years after the Fourth Great Ninja War, our a mysterious villain named Toneri Ōtsutsuki crashes the peaceful party with a plan to destroy Earth.

Caught in the middle is Hinata Hyuga, the shy, love-struck girl who has had a crush on Naruto since they were kids. Now, she’s the target of Toneri’s master plan: kidnap her and use her Byakugan power to achieve his sinister goals.

Naruto, along with Sakura, Sai, and Shikamaru, embark on a mission to save her. And amidst all the action and danger, Naruto finally starts to realize that the girl he once thought was “weird” might actually be the one for him.

Will our ramen-loving hero save the world, rescue Hinata, and figure out his own feelings in time?

Chronology: Set after episode 493 of Naruto Shippuden.

The complete list of Naruto movies in order

With the timeline of the films clarified as much as they can be – and considering they weren’t launched in chronological sequence – we’ve put together a comprehensive, chronological viewing guide for all the Naruto movies. Behold, the list:

  1. Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)
  2. Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)
  3. Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006)
  4. Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007)
  5. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009)
  6. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008)
  7. Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010)
  8. Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011)
  9. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)
  10. The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)

Do the Naruto movies really matter?

Anime movies can be a peculiar beast, as most die-hard fans could tell you. You see, despite an abundance of movies in some franchises, these cinematic endeavors are rarely relevant to the main anime series. Sometimes they’re adaptations of standalone stories, while other times they’re entirely original tales with the original author’s seal of approval.

These anime movies typically hover in a vague space within the franchise, usually wedged between some major arcs. You can usually get a rough idea of when each movie takes place based on certain elements present in both the movie and the anime, but pinning down an exact moment can be as challenging as catching a kunai with chopsticks.

While it’s not unheard of for a movie to have some influence on an anime series, it’s a rare sigh. And when it does happen, it’s usually a minor influence that doesn’t dramatically alter the anime series’ events.

So, with all of this in mind, we must ask ourselves: do the Naruto movies truly matter? In this grand scheme of things, no, not in a larger narrative sense. They expand the universe, but their contribution to the main plot is about as significant as a bowl of ramen without the noodles.

That said, we still highly recommend these movies. They’re usually a blast to watch, offering a broader insight into your favorite series and characters. Besides, who would say no to extra Naruto?

Do you have to watch all the Naruto movies?

For the most part, the Naruto movies aren’t exactly must-see material, and you can skip the majority without feeling like you’ve missed the secret to unlocking your own chakra. However, there are always exceptions, and Naruto is a franchise that presents one such anomaly.

As explained earlier, the movies are typically disconnected from the main narrative of the anime, and with nine out of the ten Naruto films, the situation is precisely that. The first nine are standalone tales, so you can bypass them if you’re short on time or just want to stick to the main plot. We don’t necessarily recommend doing that because they’re a fun watch, but if you’re only interested in the core storyline, then feel free to skip them over.

However, there’s one Naruto movie you can’t just ignore: The Last: Naruto the Movie. This film is directly tied to the anime, and as we’ve already covered the synopsis and chronology, we won’t rehash that here. But it’s worth noting that The Last wraps up the story of Naruto and Hinata, showcasing how their romance finally blossomed and confirming that they did indeed tie the knot. Even though their wedding wasn’t explicitly shown on-screen (we only got a few glimpses later on), this movie is essential for fans of the series.

It’s also the only movie in the Naruto franchise, omitting Boruto, that’s considered canon. So, make sure you have it on your to-watch list!

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