One Piece, like many other popular Shonen series, has spawned a deluge of film adaptations. Our top picks will be ranked in this list.
In every sense of the term, One Piece is a successful franchise. A long-running Japanese anime, many toys, specialized soft drinks, and entire stores (and even an amusement park) dedicated to it have all been spawned by it. Blockbusters, on the other hand, would be the only qualifier for a series being considered a smash. Like many other popular Shonen series, One Piece has been the subject of numerous film adaptations.
Simply adorning bookshelves and televisions isn’t going to cut it these days. One of the most popular Shonen series has to have appeared on the big screen at some point. Fortunately for One Piece fans, this has been done 14 times already. Despite the fact that not all films have had the same financial success, they have all amused their audiences in their own unique way. To that end, this list will rank its top ten films before another one emerges from the shadows.
This page was last updated on 24 May 2020 by Sean Cubillas. The number of films in the One Piece saga continues to rise now that One Piece: Stampede is out of the way. As a result, below is a more comprehensive list of the most interesting movies in the series’ history. There’s no better time than right now to catch up on all of One Piece’s past releases, especially its movies, which rank among the series’ most essential materials and can be recommended to newcomers.
1. Straw Hat Chase
One Piece 3D: Straw Hat Chase is listed among One Piece’s films, although beloved hour-long content like Episode of Merry, 3D2Y, or Episode of East Blue is only confined to television specials. In all fairness, the movie isn’t terrible. Given its 30 minute running duration, it’s amazing that this was marketed as a movie at all.
Straw Hat Chase is the most easily skipped of One Piece’s features due to its obtrusive CG animation and flimsy plot around Luffy’s misplaced hat.
2. Chopper’s Kingdom On The Island Of Strange Animals
One Piece’s Chopper-centric content was never very well-received, but Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals takes the cake as the series’ worst outing. If you’re just seeking for more content, this is still a good time if you’re a fan of Chopper.
The plot, on the other hand, never really goes anywhere once Chopper accidentally becomes king of some animals. Luffy and company are left to deal with the film’s real enemies, as if he never existed.
3. One Piece: The Movie
If you’re a long-time One Piece fan who’d like to rediscover what the series was like when there were only four Straw Hats, then One Piece: The Movie is a must-see for you.
The Straw Hats find themselves in a battle with Eldoraggo, a notorious thief, after encountering several crooks and a merchant.
Until now, Eldoraggo has been one of their most formidable opponents, and the modest vendor traveling with them may know more about Captain Woonan than they initially thought.
4. Clockwork Island Adventure
The second film in the series, Clockwork Island Adventure, does a good job of building on the success of the first. The Going Merry has a new, more dynamic dynamic with the addition of Sanji, and this energy is evident throughout the film.
Straw Hats must team up with some outlandish crooks after their ship is stolen in order to navigate the enigmatic Clockwork Island and take on the cunning Captain Bear King, who is for both power and Nami’s hand in marriage!
5. The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle
This is the seventh installment in the series, and it’s a mixed bag. However, it does present a complete and entertaining story about the Straw Hats’ quest to find a legendary treasure and their battles with mecha-based adversaries.
On the other hand, it doesn’t say much and doesn’t even engage the audience in the plot. As much fun as it is to solve the puzzles and go on a treasure hunt, meet new characters, and learn a little about how Luffy came to learn Gear Second, it’s a shame that there isn’t much emotional investment in the film itself.
6. Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura
Not the most enticing of the bunch, this one. The premise of the film is a remake of Drum Island with Franky, Nico Robin, and the Thousand Sunny added in for whatever reason.
Some may find these and other alterations to be off-putting due to their ridiculousness and the film’s overall message, but the story itself still holds up well, as we get to revisit the backstory of a certain blue-nosed reindeer in an updated form.
7. Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates
Despite being a plot arc remake, this film earns credit for being more loyal to the source material than Episode of Chopper and for focusing on one of the series’ most important arcs.
Even though this movie is basically simply an animated and extensively edited version of some of Alabasta’s greatest moments, it is a nice place to start if you are seeking for some Alabasta nostalgia or are trying to get someone else into the series without intimidating them.
8. The Curse of the Sacred Sword
It’s Roronoa Zoro’s turn in The Cursed Holy Sword, the fifth and final film in the Going Merry series. Zoro raises his blades against the crew as he reconnects with someone from his past in this tale of hatred, betrayal, and curses.
Major points go to this one for the fascinating moments of Zoro taking on his crew, as well as the legend of the “honed in hate” blade, and a glimpse into Zoro’s background.
9. Dead End Adventure
With its focus on adventure, the fourth film really connects to the heart of the series. The Straw Hats take part in a pirate race, battling a variety of pirates and their wacky ships amid harsh seas. As a result, they come face to face with the ex-Marine Gasparde and the bounty hunter who is trying to capture him, who scheme against the pirates of the race. With Captain Gasparde’s Candy Candy Devil Fruit, the fourth feature stands out as the most seabound/pirate ship-based scenario of any movie or One Piece adventure.
10. Film Gold
One Piece’s (and even Funimation’s) resurgence and expansion in the West may be traced back to Film Gold, which was the first of the series to be released theatrically in the United States.
Clash between the Straw Hats and Gild Tesoro, the world renowned casino magnate, as Tesoro establishes an empire of money and luxury while the Straw Hats are misled into being in his debt. Adventure, comedy, oddball villains, spectacular fights, ties to some of the series’ key ideas and challenges, and a bombardment of cameos (Keep your eyes open.) make this film the whole One Piece experience. It’s easy to miss some of them.
For One Piece fans everywhere, the series’ fourteenth feature was a huge success at the box office as well as a celebration of the show’s popularity. There are so many cameos in the 20th Anniversary piece that you can’t help but feel like you’re in the middle of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
As Stampede hurls fast-paced action and adventure at the viewer’s eyes, old friends encounter new opponents. Stampede is one of the best movies in the series, thanks to its action-packed scenes, clever use of cameos, and well-paced plot.
12. Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island
Both the movie’s gloomy themes and its stance on the series’ status quo have made it a standout in the series’ sixth installment. This early picture by Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai, Wolf Children) is a good example of the filmmaker’s auteur technique. Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island This is a horror film where the Straw Hats go to a mystery island to accept the challenge of its monarch.
As a result, they had no idea that a diabolical ritual was being planned to break up the group and kidnap each of them one-by-one. In the sixth film, One Piece’s ideals of friendship and devotion are put to the test in a way that makes the audience appreciate them even more. Furthermore, it features Hosoda’s distinctive animation, as well as a breathtaking finale which is sure to captivate the audience.
13. Strong World
The eleventh film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series is one of the most action-packed in the series. His floating island and its ferocious creatures have arrived in the East Blue to wreak havoc. Shiki, the “Golden Lion,” has began his rampage.
Straw Hats invade the island in order to stop him from destroying the houses of most of the crew. They come into conflict with the monsters on the island, and discover about the island’s peculiar history and that of one of Gold Roger’s most famed adversaries, Shiki, who formerly lived there. There’s actual world-building, emotional stakes, and the unique style and action of the Straw Hats that only they can deliver in this movie.
14. Film Z
To this day, many One Piece fans rate Film Z as the greatest film in the series’ history and one of the best examples of what One Piece is and what it excels at. Viewers are introduced to Z, an extremely well-developed and emotional villain who is determined to end the pirate world no matter how many lives are lost.
It’s no secret that Luffy and his crew face a guy who really opposes the values of pirates and adventure, but Film Z delivers a fascinating discussion evenly between its tale and action to make the fight against Z both entertaining and tough. Costume changes abound in this picture, as well as a clever method of incorporating the concepts of youth and growth into the action. This is the only One Piece movie I would recommend.