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Naruto Movies in Order: Chronological Guide

In this article, you will find all 10 Naruto movies in order (and one Boruto movie), and their place in the timeline so that you can know when you should watch them if you want to follow the narrative in chronological order.

Naruto was serialized from 1999 to 2014 and was later released in book form. The manga was adapted into an anime television series that broadcast a total of 220 episodes in Japan from 2002 to 2007. Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, premiered in Japan in 2007, and ended in 2017, after an incredible 500 episodes.

Besides the two anime series, Pierrot has developed eleven movies and twelve original video animations (OVAs). Other Naruto-related merchandise includes light novels, video games, and trading cards developed by several companies.

The story of Naruto today continues with Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki, in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Boruto wishes to create his own ninja way instead of following his father’s.

Like most long-running anime series, Naruto was adapted into several movies that add complemented the main narrative. A total of 11 Naruto movies have been produced, with 10 of them being connected to the Naruto franchise and one (so far) to Boruto. Because this is an article about the Naruto franchise, we’re not going to talk about the Boruto film.

The first three Naruto movies are part of the original Naruto anime series, while the remaining seven belong to Naruto: Shippuden, the second anime series. Since both of them follow Naruto (unlike Boruto, which follows Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki), we can view these 10 movies as being part of a single narrative unit. The movies are:

In this section, we are going to give you more information on the 10 movies mentioned in the preceding section (excluding the Boruto movie). You’re going to find out more about their release, their plots and – what is most important when they actually take place. Here we go!

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

Chronology: The movie is set between episodes 101 and 106 of the original Naruto anime series.

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

Chronology: This movie takes place in the aftermath of episode 160 of the original Naruto anime.

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

Chronology: This movie takes place during the post-Sasuke saga of the original Naruto anime, i.e., after episode 196.

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

Chronology: The movie is set after episode 53 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, when Naruto, Sakura, Sai and Yamato returned to the village.

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

Chronology: This movie is set after episode 111 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, since Orochimaru was sick, which happened around when Sasuke was about to kill Orochimaru.

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

Chronology: The movie takes place after episode 89 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, due to the large influence of the Hidan and Kakuzu Arc.

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

Chronology: The movie takes place after the arc from episodes 152-154 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, after Jiraiya’s deathm but before Pain attacked the village.

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

Chronology: This movie is probably set after episode 196 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, but we cannot be sure due to the plot inconsistencies. Namely, Naruto knew Sage Mode and remembered when he met his father, despite the fact that the invasion of Pain had not yet occurred. A, the Fourth Raikage, still had his left hand, despite having lost it during the Five Kage Summit. Naruto knew Killer B, but Naruto did not meet him until their training at the Island Turtle. This is why it’s not absolutely clear when this movie takes place.

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

Chronology: This anime is set after episode 251 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, because Naruto must have already met his mother. However, the fact that Konoha shinobi were fighting against Pain and the Akatsuki at the beginning would place this before episode 150 and undermines the plotline of Naruto’s understanding of his parents, which means that it just doesn’t fit perfectly. Later in the movie, it was revealed that the Akatsuki members were white Zetsu’s, not the real ones (which is why they were defeated so easily and could go through the ground).

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

Chronology: The last movie is set after episode 493 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime, but we advise watching it after episode 500 because of some stuff that happens at the end of the movie.

Now that you know when each of the movies takes place – and as you could’ve seen, they were not released in chronological order – we’ve decided to give you one final, chronological watching order of all the Naruto movies, and here it is:

Anime movies are a very specific type of material, as most fans would certainly know. Namely, although some anime franchises have a lot of movies, the movies are rarely (if ever) tied into the main anime franchise. Sometimes they’re adaptations of some individual stories, while – and that is most often the case – at other times, they’re completely original stories written or at least approved by the original author of the franchise.

Anime movies are usually set at an unspecified period of time within the franchise, usually between some major arcs, but sometimes they also form part of some anime arcs, although their chronology is rarely evident. Usually, one can just roughly determine when each of the movies is set based on some characteristics present in the movie and in the anime, but one can rarely pinpoint the exact moment. An additional issue with this is the fact that the movies are rarely referenced in the main anime series, which makes it even more complex to establish a timeline.

Having said all of this, we must ask ourselves – do the Naruto movies really matter? They matter in the larger world- and character-building sense, but do they matter in the narrative sense? Do the movies influence the anime series in any way?

Although it is not impossible for a movie to have some influence on the anime series, it is a rare occurrence and when it happens, it is usually some minor influence that doesn’t drastically alter the events in the anime series. In light of this, the Naruto movies really do not matter in a larger narrative sense. They enlarge the scope of the series, but they don’t really have much influence on the events in the anime and present – in a sense – side stories that give us a better insight into the world and the characters, but don’t really contribute much to the main plot.

Still, we highly recommend them as they are usually quite fun to watch and give you a broader insight into your favorite series, which is always a good and fun thing.

Related to the preceding section, we also have to say that watching anime movies is rarely necessary, but there are always some exceptions and Naruto is a franchise with such an exception. For the most part, the Naruto movies are not a must-see series and you can skip most of them without feeling like you’ve missed something.

As explained above, the movies are rarely tied into the main narrative of the anime and with nine out of the ten Naruto movies, the situation is exactly like that. The first nine movies are standalone stories and you can skip them if you don’t want to lose any time; we don’t recommend it, as they are certainly a fun watch, but if you just want to go over the main plot, then the movies aren’t really necessary and you can skip them.

The only Naruto movie you cannot really skip is The Last: Naruto the Movie, as it is directly tied to the anime. The synopsis and the chronology were explained earlier, so we’re not going to repeat that here, but we have to state that The Last actually concludes the story of Naruto and Hinata, showing how their romance finally kicked off and confirming that they indeed got married, despite the fact that the wedding itself was never shown on-screen (we saw some scenes later on, but that’s it).

Boruto: Naruto the Movie is also not skippable as it contains important narrative elements, but since this article wasn’t really about Boruto, rather just about Naruto, we won’t be discussing the reasons here.

The Naruto movies are, fortunately, available to stream online, although not in all regions of the world but if you’re in the United States, you should not have any problems. Since not all movies are available in the same place, we are going to list each of them and tell you where you can watch them:

Not all Naruto movies are worth watching. That said, you need to watch The Last: Naruto the Movie and Boruto: Naruto the Movie, because it is a canon.

The Last: Naruto the Movie is the only canon movie in Naruto, while Boruto: Naruto the Movie is canon in Boruto.

Naruto Shippuden movies in chronological order:

How many Naruto movies are there?

Naruto movies in order

The complete list of Naruto movies in order

Do the Naruto movies matter?

Do you have to watch all the Naruto movies?

Where can you watch Naruto movies?

Are Naruto Movies Worth Watching?

What Movies Are Canon in Naruto?

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