The best One Piece movie watch order: When and how to watch

By Olivia Richman


Aug 10, 2022

Reading time: 3 min

One Piece is one of the most popular anime series of all time and one of the biggest shows to ever come out of Japan. It’s unsurprising that there is a ton of content to consume, including over 1,000 episodes of the anime, an abundance of specials, and a handful of feature-length movies. If you’re looking to watch the movies, here is the best One Piece movie watch order to guide you.

One Piece movie watch order

There are currently 14 One Piece movies, and not all of them are considered canonical. The movies can be watched in chronological order according to their release date, and you won’t miss any context. Events aren’t always aligned with what’s happening in the main One Piece anime series, so some of the films are actually better enjoyed separately from the show.

Here are the 14 movies in order sorted by release date:

  • One Piece: The Movie (2000)
  • Clockwork Island Adventure (2001)
  • Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (2002)
  • Dead End Adventure (2003)
  • The Cursed Holy Sword (2004)
  • Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (2005)
  • Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle (2006)
  • The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (2007)
  • Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom (2008)
  • One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)
  • Straw Hat Chase (2011)
  • One Piece Film: Z (2012)
  • One Piece Film: Gold (2016)
  • One Piece: Stampede (2019)
  • One Piece Film: Red (2022)

Which One Piece movies are worth watching?

The order you watch the 14 One Piece movies isn’t too important because the storylines are not part of the show’s main story arcs. This means you can check out most of the movies whenever you want no matter where you are in the anime. But there are some One Piece movies that are more exciting than others. Here’s which One Piece movies are the best picks to watch.

Dead End Adventure

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This is an essential movie on the list despite it being a filler story like the movies that came before it. In Dead End Adventure, the Straw Hats are part of a ship race that includes some interesting characters created specifically for this film. The animation is great and the action is fun, making it one of the better One Piece movies.

Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

This is a rather different One Piece movie, being directed by the iconic Mamori Hosoda. It’s a darker One Piece film with an aesthetic and vibe that’s at times experimental and strange. Full of stylized animation, this interesting take on One Piece is about a Straw Hats getaway morphing into a more serious situation. It’s worth watching to see a different take on the world of One Piece.

One Piece Film: Strong World

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One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was deeply involved with One Piece Film: Strong World, which makes this a film worth watching for series fans. It has great animation and full of crazy action. The Straw Hats face off against the Golden Lion Shiki after he kidnaps Nami. Intense battles ensue. This awesome movie feels like canon thanks to Oda’s involvement, really shining a light on what makes One Piece special.

One Piece Film: Gold

This particularly long One Piece film is full of exciting storylines, stunning art, and awesome cameos that make this a movie to check out for any One Piece fan. It follows the Straw Hats’ journey in Gran Tesoro, a vibrant and chaotic city. This is a movie that celebrates everything great about One Piece, although some fans find it to be a bit too long. But if you’re patient enough, the fight scenes are worth waiting for.

One Piece: Stampede

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This movie celebrates the 20th anniversary of One Piece so it’s full of fun and fanservice. There’s nonstop cameos and even new characters like Bullet, one of the craziest One Piece villains yet. To get the most out of One Piece: Stampede, make sure you’ve already watched the Whole Cake Island Arc. Then check out this wild adventure.


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