The Pokémon Movies In Order for Die-Hard Fans


Pokémon began as an exciting anime and took the audience by a storm. This article lists all the Pokémon movies in order, giving viewers a glimpse of the complete storyline. What began as a fight between a mouse and an energetic kid has now turned into a massive franchise.

1. Pokémon: The First Movie (1998)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney

Writer: Satoshi Tajiri, Takeshi Shudo, Norman J. Grossfeld

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart

A mad scientist, Dr. Fuji goes to extreme lengths to resurrect his daughter, Amber. He teams up with Giovanni to make a bio-weapon from the eyelash of a sacred Pokémon, Mew. Over time, the clone of Mew gains consciousness and realizes that he was nothing more than an experiment for creators, causing him to unleash terror. He goes on a rampage, determined to destroy humanity. It is up to Ash and his friends to provide Mewtwo with perspective.

2. Pokémon the Movie 2000 (1999)

Director: Michael Haigney, Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Satoshi Tajiri, Takeshi Shudo, Norman J. Grossfeld

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ôtani

Lawrence III is a greedy Pokémon collector that wants to capture the Titans of Fire, Ice, and Lightning. He also has his eye on Lugia, a mythical Pokémon in the sea. After successfully capturing Moltres, the climate of the world begins to change due to the imbalance. Ash, on the other hand, is handpicked by an island maiden as the chosen one. She assigns him a mission, and Ash complies, giving rise to a fierce battle.

3. PK004: Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure (1999)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Hideki Sonoda, Satoshi Tajiri

Cast: Ikue Ôtani, Rikako Aikawa, Madeleine Blaustein

Ash, Misty, and Tracey are resting by a tree, but their Pokémon end up in some trouble. Togepi, being the naive one in the group, gets distracted by some Ledyba and follows them. Distracted, she runs into another Pokémon, and they both fall into a dark hole. Pickachu, Squirtle, Marill, Venonat, Bulbasaur, and Psyduck frantically follow her. Together, the gang battles a storm and meets an unexpected friend that helps them rescue Togepi.

4.   Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Marc M., Takeshi Shudo, Hideki Sonoda

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Rica Matsumoto

Molly, the daughter of researcher Hale Spencer, raises havoc in her home after he gets sucked in the dimension of the Unown. She is hurt because she lost her mother to the same consequences. As a last resort to bring her parents back, she summons entities from the Unown. In turn, they create an illusionary entity to represent her mother. Ash, his friends, his mother, and Dr. Oak must now sort out the Unown entities and reverse their effects.

5.   Pokemon 4Ever (2001)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Jim Malone

Writer: Hideki Sonoda, Michael Haigney, Satoshi Tajiri

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Rica Matsumoto, Rachael Lillis

Johto is a mysterious forest and home to a Pokémon named Celebi. Sam wanders into the woods with full knowledge of the time-traveling ability of Celebi. He encounters the sacred Pokémon, injured and running from a hunter. He tries to help Celebi, but it takes him to the future, where Ash and his friends visit the forest. They try to help an injured Celebi but get sucked into a series of events. The group must heal Celebi and enable Sam to go back in time.

6.   Pokémon Heroes (2002)

Director: Jim Malone, Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Kathy Pilon, Hideki Sonoda

Cast: Eric Stuart, Madeleine Blaustein, Rachael Lillis

Ash and his friends are touring the mythical city of Alto Mare, which is protected by dragon siblings Latias and Latios. Team Rocket wants to capture the siblings to control the city, where Ash and his friends intervene in their plan. Latias disguises herself as a human girl when her original form is that of a dragon. They try to rescue the siblings, but a fierce battle ensues. In the end, Ash helps restore peace in Alto Mare, but at a cost.

7. Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker (2003)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Eric Stuart

Writer: Norman J. Grossfeld, Hideki Sonoda

Cast: Rica Matsumoto, Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart

The story of the Jirachi Wish Maker is about a comet that appears for seven days every thousand years. A mythical Pokémon named Jirachi awakens during this time to absorb the energy of this comet. However, two people kidnap this Pokémon. When Ash and his friends find out about the kidnapping, they take off to rescue Jirachi. They slowly discover the intentions of the kidnappers and save the Pokémon. It is a must-watch among this list of Pokémon movies in order in 2022.

8. Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (2004)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Darren Dunstan

Writer: James Carter Cathcart, Norman J. Grossfeld, Kathy Pilon

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Amy Birnbaum

Ash and his friends are traveling through the city of LaRousse, where one incident has shaken a boy called Tory. Tory has witnessed the fight between the sacred Sky Guardian and an intruder from outer space. He has grown wary of Pokémon since the incident, but Ash helps him engage in a fight. However, they see a mysterious purple aurora, which signals the return of a mysterious entity. Tory and Ash get sucked into a battle that ends in a long-lasting friendship.

9.   Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2005)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Darren Dunstan

Writer: Kathy Pilon, Hideki Sonoda, John Touhey

Cast: Veronica Taylor, Eric Stuart, Amy Birnbaum

Ash arrives at the Cameron Palace to attend a festival honoring an ancient hero. Ash competes and wins a Pokémon fight, thus earning the title of “Aura Guardian” for one year. He also receives the Pokémon of the ancient hero. Unfortunately, Ash loses Pikachu and follows him to a mysterious location. There, he uncovers a rich history about the hero while trying to rescue Pikachu.

10. Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2006)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama, Armen Mazlumian

Writer: Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori

Cast: Sarah Natochenny, Michele Knotz, Kayzie Rogers

This movie is about the mysterious water Pokémon egg of Manaphy, found by a mercenary called Phantom the Pirate. One of his crew members, Jackie, decides to deliver the egg to a circus family. Ash and his friends pitch in to help with the mission but get more than their share of the bargain. Jackie does not want them to get involved in his mission but does not have a choice. The movie progresses with Ash and his friends helping Jackie.

11. Pokémon the Movie – Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Hideki Sonoda, Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda

Cast: Sarah Natochenny, Eileen Stevens, Jason Griffith

Ash and his friends are traveling to their next destination when they spot an unknown, injured Pokémon. They want to help the wounded Pokémon, but someone attacks their train. The trio barely manages to escape and go directly to rescue the Pokémon spotted earlier. Soon, they learn that their new acquaintance is running away and trying to save his friends from Kyurem, the same Pokémon that attacked the train.

12. Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (2013)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Hideki Sonoda

Cast: Sarah Natochenny, Eileen Stevens, Jason Griffith

A group of new Pokémon arrives in Big City to make a nest. For them, the hustle and bustle of Big City is the perfect habitat to thrive. However, their presence interferes with the power supply in the city, due to which the locals want them out. The legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo, sympathizes with the new arrivals due to their similar origins. Unfortunately, their relationship turns sour quickly, and it is up to Ash and his friends to save the day.

13. Pokémon the Movie – Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Hideki Sonoda, Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda

Cast: Ikue Ôtani, Caitlin Glass, Sarah Natochenny

Diancie, a mythical Pokémon, is the ruler of the underground Diamond Domain. However, there is an emergency as the Heart Diamond has begun to deteriorate, and Diancie is not strong enough to make a new one. Instead, she seeks out the Xerneas, another Pokémon that can help her. She also encounters a group of thieves who awaken Yveltal. Yveltal raises havoc upon awakening, and Ash and his friends must save the Diamond Domain and stop Yveltal.

14. Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Atsuhiro Tomioka, Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda

Cast: Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ôtani, Mayuki Makiguchi

This movie is about the legendary Pokémon Hoopa, who contains the power to summon anything it wants! Ash, Pikachu, and his friends meet this legendary Pokémon during one of their adventures and befriend it. They get caught in an unwanted incident and learn about someone who once stopped the havoc raised by an evil Pokémon. Unfortunately, the same threat is now beginning to appear again, and Ash and his friends must stop the unimaginable from happening!

15. Pokémon the Movie – Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (2016)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: James Carter Cathcart, Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori

Cast: James Carter Cathcart, Tyler Bunch, Daniel J. Edwards

Volcanion is a mythical Pokémon that despises humans from its core. One day, this Pokémon crosses paths with Ash and his friends after crashing down from the sky. The collision forms a dust cloud, and a mysterious force binds the Pokémon to Ash, much to its displeasure. Nevertheless, Volcanion continues with his mission into the city of cogs and gears. Forced to stick together, Ash and Volcanion must work together to fight a corrupt minister.

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16. Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama

Writer: Takeshi Shudo, Satoshi Tajiri, Shôji Yonemura

Cast: Unshô Ishizuka, Sarah Natochenny, Rica Matsumoto

This movie takes the audience back to the earliest memories of Ash and Pikachu. The pair meets and sticks together purely due to a chance encounter. They have a rocky start to their friendship and travel together to the city of Ho-Oh and meet several different Pokémon on the way. Some Pokémon join their journey while others leave them with memories. The movie follows all their adventures till they reach their destination.

17. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018)

Director: Tetsuo Yajima

Writer: Satoshi Tajiri, Eiji Umehara, Tetsuo Yajima

Cast: Haven Paschall, Sarah Natochenny, Eddy Lee

Fula City rests on the seaside, powered by the winds of a mysterious sea Pokémon called Lugia. The city residents honor Lugia in the Annual Wind Festival, but this time there is some trouble. A series of threats has endangered the Pokémon and the people of Fula City. Unfortunately, Ash and his friends are not enough to save the day, due to which some people must set aside their differences to work together.

18. Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution (2019)

Director: Motonori Sakakibara, Kunihiko Yuyama, Tetsuo Yajima

Writer: Satoshi Tajiri, Takeshi Shudo, Eiji Umehara

Cast: Sarah Natochenny, Dan Green, Bill Rogers

This first CGI animated Pokémon movie takes the audience back to the adventures of the first film. Some researchers have created a clone of Mewtwo for their benefit, unbeknownst to the horrendous risks associated with the situation. The Mewtwo clone becomes self-aware of his dubious origins and seeks revenge on his creators. He unleashes terror on several other Pokémon until Ash and his friends help him find peace.

19. Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020)

Director: Tetsuo Yajima

Writer: Atsuhiro Tomioka and Tetsuo Yajima

Cast: Megumi Hayashibara, James Carter Cathcart, Ken’yû Horiuchi

Koko is a young boy who lives in a forest called Okoya. Okoya is a paradise for Pokémon because outsiders are not allowed to enter it. Koko, who grew up in this place, considers himself to be a Pokémon! One day, he meets Ash and Pikachu, both of whom are shocked upon meeting him. The pair befriends Koko and helps him protect the Great Tree from an insane scientist called Dr. Zed.


These Pokémon movies in order define several peoples’ childhood. They are incredible, creative, and engaging for most people. Pokémon has come a long way, from 1998 to the present day, entertaining people everywhere of all ages.

Joshua Garner

Joshua calls himself nerd+geek who is also passionate about football. He enjoys comics, animes, and science fiction. He finds his comfort in writing about suspense, thrillers and science fiction shows and movies.

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