Naruto Movies in Order: The Complete Chronological List (2021)

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Naruto is, as we’ve stated on several earlier occasions, one of the most popular anime franchises ever. The story of Naruto Uzumaki, a shinobi that has to use his powers to save his world from different threats, has attracted millions of fans around the world. Some fans have just read the manga, some have just watched the anime, but a lot of people have done both. We’ve already given you a complete episode guide and a guide to watching the filler episodes for the Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden series (so, not including Boruto), but now it’s time for us to sort all Naruto movies in order.

Chronological watching order of all the Naruto movies:

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006)Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007)Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009)Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008)Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010)Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011)Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)

In today’s article, we are going to discuss the Naruto movies and their place in the timeline so that you can know when you should watch them, if you want to follow the narrative in a chronological order.

Naruto is a Japanese franchise that started off as a manga written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks to gain recognition from his peers and also dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village.

The story is divided into two parts; the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens. The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto.

Naruto was serialized 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.

Naruto movies: An introduction

Like most long-running anime series, Naruto was adapted into several movies that add complement the main narrative. A total of 11 Naruto movies has 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:

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004) – Team 7 travels to the Land of Snow to protect the actors during the shooting of the new Princess Fuun film. The fourth original video animation (OVA), Konoha Annual Sports Festival, was included with the Japanese release of the film but not the international one.
Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005) – Naruto, Shikamaru, and Sakura go on a ninja mission which involves them in a war between the Sunaga village and a large force of armored warriors. Unlike the first movie, Legend of the Stone of Gelel did not have a theatrical release in the United States but was rather released in the direct-to-video format.
Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006) – Naruto, Sakura, Lee, and Kakashi are assigned to protect the future ruler of the Land of Moon, Hikaru Tsuki.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007) – Naruto goes on a mission to protect the priest Shion, who starts to have visions of his own death.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008) – Naruto and Sasuke join forces when the ninja from the Sky Country attack Konoha.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009) – Team 7 works to prevent Kakashi from sacrificing himself to end a world war in the world of the shinobi.
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010) – Naruto is sent 20 years into the past as he explores a mystical tower to capture a rogue ninja; there, he discovers that the Fourth Hokage, his father, is still alive in the timeline.
Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011) – Naruto is framed for the attempted murder of the Raikage; as he tries to break out of the prison, he discovers its secrets.
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012) – Naruto and Sakura are sent to an alternate universe by Tobi, where they discover the meaning of companionship and parenthood. The story planning and character designs were created by Masashi Kishimoto himself.
The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014) – Naruto and his companions try to stop the Moon from colliding with the Earth. The film explains some loose ends involving the series’ mythology and focuses on Naruto and Hinata’s romantic relationship. The story and character designs were created by Masashi Kishimoto himself, who also served as chief story supervisor.

Naruto Movies in Order

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!

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

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


Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura watch a film starring Yukie Fujikaze in a local cinema. Kakashi has summoned them to watch it as preparation for their next mission: to prevent Yukie, who plays Princess Gale in the films, from being captured during the production of her latest film. Yukie is later revealed to be Koyuki Kazahana, a princess from an island known as the Land of Snow. Doto Kazahana, who is revealed to be Koyuki’s uncle, was responsible for the murder of her father Sosetsu in a coup d’etat.

During the shooting of the film, Doto’s henchmen, wearing chakra armor, attempt to capture the princess, but Team 7 manages to delay the princess from being captured. Doto eventually captures Koyuki and kills her bodyguards. Naruto enters the ship to rescue the princess, only to be captured and forced to wear a chakra-draining device. Doto forces Koyuki to hand over a crystal necklace her father had given her when she was young, thinking that this is a key that can unlock the hidden treasure Sosetsu had left behind. Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi infiltrate the fortress while Naruto and Koyuki escape from captivity. They confront Doto but he manages to capture the crystal necklace and flees with Koyuki.

Naruto proceeds to follow Doto while the remaining members of Team 7 confront Doto’s henchmen. Kakashi gets his revenge by defeating Doto’s henchman Nadare Roga, while Sasuke and Sakura defeat the other two henchmen. Meanwhile, Doto discovers the hidden treasure to transform the island into the Land of Spring using a heat generator. Naruto confronts him in a duel, but gets overpowered while Sasuke uses his Chidori to weaken Doto’s armor.

Soon after, Naruto releases his energy and uses his new Seven Colored Chakra Rasengan, killing Doto and activating a mirror to transform the land. In the aftermath, Koyuki decides to reclaim her rightful place of royalty stating that despite that, her acting career will not end.

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

Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

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


At a desolated beach, a night-time battle rages between the sand ninjas and bulky, robot-like, armored warriors. Gaara and the group of sand ninjas gain the upper hand and when the remaining warriors begin to retreat back into the ocean, they shoot flares into the night to reveal a large warship waiting just offshore. Meanwhile, Naruto, Shikamaru and Sakura are on a mission to recover a lost pet ferret when they too are attacked by the armored warriors, as well as a mysterious knight named Temujin.

After a short battle, both Temujin and Naruto have blasted off a nearby cliff. Naruto and Temujin wake up to find themselves in a moving caravan led by Kahiko and Emina. Luckily the ferret, Nerugui, has survived the fall. Shikamaru investigates a giant moving cathedral that had suddenly appeared and discovered a room filled with pods containing human beings. He sees two people that appear to activate the pods, which seem to use the humans to place souls on each armored, soldier body. At the cathedral, Temujin introduces Naruto to a man named Master Haido.

Haido informs Naruto and Temujin about the Gelel Stone, a mysterious powerful mineral controlling the traveling caravan. Haido plans to get the stone. Naruto and Temujin head to the beach, where Gaara defeats Ranke and Kamina flees, while Shikamaru and Sakura save Kahiko. Temujin recalls his past memory before Shikamaru restrains him and reunites with the others. At the Gelel Mine, Naruto and his friends confront Haido.

As Haido and Naruto pursue Kahiko and Temujin below the platform elevator, Shikamaru, Sakura and Kankuro defeat Kamina and Fugai. At the Chamber of Sealing, Haido informs Temujin that he killed his parents. After destroying Teumjin’s stone, Haido tries to use his power of the real one to kill him, but the sacrificing soldiers arrive to save the repentant Temujin. As Naruto uses the green and orange Rasengan to destroy the stone and defeat Haido, Naruto, Temujin and Kahiko discover the mine losing control. Temujin uses the Space-Time Hole to destroy the mine and Naruto saves him. During the credits, the recovered Temujin and the children set sail, and say goodbye to Naruto and allies.

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

Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

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


Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake, Sakura Haruno and Rock Lee are assigned to protect prince Hikaru Tsuki and his father Michiru. While heading to the wealthy crescent shape island called the Land of the Moon, the group arrive to claim the circus, where Hikaru befriends the rare sabertoothed tiger Chamu. After meeting Michiru’s ex-wife Amayo, Naruto saves Hikaru and Chamu from the storm.

The group arrives at the island, where self-proclaimed king Shabadaba betrays them. Rock Lee first follows the Iga Bouga Clan and learns a new Jutsu. Korega helps the group escape from the castle to the cave, where they mourn for Hikaru’s grandfather Kakeru. At the shore, the group encounters three Shabadaba’s assistants, who kidnap and bring Michiru back to the castle, where Shabadaba declares himself to be the wealthiest person himself.

The group uses the circus to infiltrate the palace and fight many soldiers in the courtyard. As Sakura and Lee defeat Kongō and Karenbana, Naruto and Hikaru save Michiru from falling to his death. After Ishidate petrifies Shadabada, Naruto uses the Crescent Moon Rasengan to defeat Ishidate. While Michiru becomes the king of the island, Naruto, Kakashi, Sakura and Lee return home.

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

Naruto Shippuden the Movie

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


The opening scene shows Naruto fighting a monster, only to be killed by it. The setting then goes back to a few days previous, where a man named Yomi attacks a shrine, to retrieve the spirit of Mōryō, a demon who attempted to destroy the world. Since he was lacking a body, Yomi offered him as a temporary substitute. The only threat to Mōryō’s plan was a priestess known as Shion, who could seal his spirit away once more. He raises a stone army from their slumber, to attack the rest of the world, while his 4 subordinates go to murder Shion. To deal with the threat, Konohagakure sends out many teams to stall the stone army.

Naruto, Sakura, Neji and Rock Lee are sent to guard Shion, and deliver her to the shrine where Mōryō’s body was sealed. Shion soon tells Naruto of his upcoming death. As they head for the shrine, the group are ambushed once again. Neji tells Sakura to escape with Shion; Sakura is then shot with an anesthetic Jutsu by the remaining ninja, with Shion is seemingly killed.

This turns out to be a ruse: the dead “Shion” was actually Taruho, who transformed himself into a copy of Shion to trick them into thinking that they had killed the real one. Shion then explains that her power works by allowing her spirit to jump back in time at the moment of her death, thereby allowing her to avoid it by having someone else die in her place. Naruto insists that he won’t die and likewise would keep Shion safe.

At the mountain temple where Mōryō’s body was kept, Naruto and Shion find the stone army waiting. Naruto then holds the army back using shadow clones while Shion heads inside the temple to begin the sealing ritual. Yomi is already inside. He has terracotta soldiers attack her, before her light slashes and kills them. Yomi tricks Shion into beginning the technique with him inside the barrier, allowing Mōryō’s spirit to reunite with his body.

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Mōryō soon bursts free from Yomi’s body and Naruto starts fighting him. Yomi dies and his body falls into the lava. Intending to kill both herself and Mōryō in order to protect him, Shion tries to sacrifice herself, but Naruto stops her seconds before her death, reminding her of his promise to protect her.

After he inspires her to live, they use their Super Chakra Rasengan to finally destroy Mōryō.

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

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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


Enemy ninjas from the Land of the Sky arrive in Konoha & quickly set about attacking the village, committing an act of vengeance for the Leaf Village’s devastating attack on the Sky Country during the 2nd Great Ninja World War. While Naruto, Sakura and Hinata accompany Amaru and Doctor Shinnō back to their village, Sai and Shino Aburame destroy the sky ninja’s ship base. 

Orochimaru, now suffering from his expired body, orders Sasuke to get a man who can help him perfect his reincarnation. At the now burning village, Amaru searches for the villagers, with a trap seemingly killing Doctor Shinnō. After Amaru recovers, the remaining allies continue trying to find the missing villagers.

After Hinata is separated from the team, Amaru is possessed by the Zero-Tailed monster, Reibi. Naruto nearly transforms into a trailed beast state, but the seal suppresses the Nine-Tailed Fox chakra within him and Amaru resists the power of Reibi.

At the floating fortress Ancor Vantian, Naruto learns that the recovered Doctor Shinnō had betrayed them, using Amaru to research the power of darkness 15 years ago, as well as the village’s secret scroll. After Doctor Shinnō temporarily activates the Body Revival Technique, Naruto stops Amaru from committing suicide. Sasuke then appears and intervenes, telling the weakened Doctor Shinnō to help Orochimaru, but Doctor Shinnō refuses, giving the reincarnation Jutsu scroll to Sasuke before falling into a trap door.

Naruto and Sasuke confront Shinnō, revealing the giant cocoon to be the Zero-Tails and transforming into a chakra-absorbing monster. After Sasuke releases the curse mark and Naruto the fox’s chakra, they overload Shinnō with chakra, destroying him. With the fortress no longer having power, Ancor Vantian falls. While several leaf ninjas attempt to infiltrate and destroy the fortress, Amaru, Hinata and the freed villagers prepare to leave. After Naruto destroys the remaining fortress with the Rasengan and falls through the sky, Amaru rides on the glider to save him. They then land safely on Gamabunta.

Returning to the hideout and giving the scroll to Orochimaru, Sasuke continues training, reflecting on Naruto’s last words to him.

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.

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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


In the potential outbreak of a 4th Great Ninja World War, a few ninjas with Kekkei Genkai abilities have disappeared from the land of Lightning, Earth, Water & Wind. The Land of Fire remains the only village not affected by these events, so people start to suspect its role in these incidents; rumors of a possible rebellion begin to circulate.

With the other nations amassing troops on the borders of the Land of Fire and threatening invasion, the Feudal Lord of the Land of Fire orders Tsunade to capture the real culprit and prove Konoha’s innocence; in the event of failure, the Land of Fire will destroy the village to preserve world peace.

The real villain is Hiruko, who left the village long ago after developing the Chimera Technique, a Jutsu that allows the user to absorb both the chakra and Kekkei Genkai of other ninjas. Located in Mount Shumi with his followers, Ichi, Ni and San, Hiruko uses a Jutsu to project himself onto the skies above Konoha, announcing that he’ll obtain the Kekkei Genkai of the Land of Fire and become both immortal and invincible, instigate the 4th Great Ninja World War and conquer the world. With Hiruko intending to use the power of a solar eclipse to carry out his plan, a race to defeat him begins, as the moment of the eclipse draws near.

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One night, Hiruko activates a Puppet Curse placed on Kakashi over 10 years ago. Kakashi asks Tsunade to allow him to go, so he can defeat Hiruko. Before he leaves, Kakashi asks Tsunade to place a special seal on him that will automatically activate Kamui, when Hiruko attempts to absorb him.

Under the influence of Hiruko’s Puppet Curse, Kakashi leaves the village. At the Hokage’s office, Tsunade labels Kakashi as a missing-nin and orders everyone from the village (without any further orders from her) to stay away from Kakashi. Upon hearing of his desertion, Naruto & Sakura leave the village to rescue their teacher.

Team 8, Team 10 and Team Guy are sent to retrieve them. Naruto, Sakura and Sai follow Kakashi and defeat Hiruko’s subordinates. Eventually, they reach the temple, where Hiruko awaits for Kakashi. Naruto enters the temple alone; Hiruko commences with the eclipse and the absorption. However, Kakashi’s Mangekyo Sharingan activates, and the space inside the slime created by the Chimera Technique begins to distort.

Naruto saves Kakashi, breaking into the slime with multiple Rasengan before pulling him out, but Hiruko remains alive. He states that the eclipse continues and releases a large amount of chakra, reducing the surrounding area to rubble. Hiruko summons a chimera beast. Team 8, Team 10 & Team Guy work together to defeat the chimera beast.

Naruto and Kakashi battle Hiruko, who easily absorbs their attacks. Naruto finally attacks Hiruko with Rasenshuriken, which Hiruko fails to absorb and dies from his injuries. The ninjas celebrate their victory at Mount Shumi.

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

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower

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


Assigned a mission to capture a missing-nin named Mukade, Naruto, Sakura, Yamato and Sai wield chakra-knives. At the one-thousand-year old desert city ruins of Loran, they confront Mukade attempting to dominate the Ninja World with the power of the Ryūmyaku, an ancient chakra flowing deep underground. He breaks the seal created by Minato Namikaze to unleash the Ryūmyaku’s power, creating a light that engulfs Naruto and Yamato, before Sai and Sakura ride on an ink bird and attempt to escape.

Naruto and Yamato are sent twenty years into the past. When Naruto awakens from this time slip, he meets the queen of Loran, Sāra. It is later revealed that Mukade traveled to the past six years before Naruto and changed his name to Anrokuzan, the minister of Loran who had killed Sāra’s mother Sēramu. Naruto agrees to protect Sāra, after Anrokuzan declares about the kidnapped citizens and creates to summon the “Puppet Ninja Forces”.

Minato, Shibi Aburame, Chōza Akimichi and Kakashi Hatake, on their own mission to stop Anrokuzan, appear to support the heroes. While they rescue Sara’s people and Naruto holds Minato’s kunai, Sāra recalls her memory about Sēramu’s lullaby. Anrokuzan uses the parts of the tower to become a giant defensive puppet. Minato and Naruto use their regenerative chakra enough to create the legendary Super Rasengan.

After Sāra disables Anrokuzan’s technique, Minato exposes Anrokuzan’s weak spot and Naruto destroys it. As Yamato and Kakashi rescue Naruto and Sāra, Minato uses the kunai to completely seal off the power. Just as the heroes vanish from the past, Minato asks Naruto not to change history by erasing all of their memories.

With Mukade gone, Sakura and Sai reunite with Naruto and Yamato in the present. As they are about to leave the ruins, they run into Queen Sāra’s daughter, who kept the old chakra blade that belonged to Naruto. She informs that it was given to her mother by a ‘hero in a dream’. Naruto recognizes his blade, reaches out to his back where he usually keeps his blade but it isn’t there. He’s left dumbfounded.

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.

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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


Naruto is arrested and sent to Hozuki Castle in the Hidden Grass Village, after he is mistakenly declared responsible for attacking the Fourth Raikage.

Mui, the head of the prison, places the Sky Prison Control seal on Naruto and limits his chakra. Ryūzetsu, a Hidden Grass Black Ops member, tells him that Mui used Hot Water villager Kazan to frame Naruto, and Mui’s son Muku was sacrificed and sealed into the Box of Paradise ten years ago.

During the prison riot, Mui uses Naruto’s fox chakra to unlock the box, only for the resurrected Muku to be possessed by the demon Satori and invade the castle. Naruto and his friends fail to defeat Satori, but the dying Mui seals it within Muku with the formula and the victim returns to the box. As the group recaptures the survived prisoners, Ryūzetsu dies using Dragon Life Reincarnation to save Naruto. The heroes then interred her and Mui, and place the sealed box at sea.

Tsunade informs the team that Naruto’s false arrest was rehearsed.

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.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

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


Naruto and the leaf ninja drive off a group of White Zetsu posing as fallen Akatsuki members, Naruto is feeling lonely over seeing his friends’ impressed families while finding Sakura arguing with her parents.

When Sakura later uses Naruto as an excuse to avoid her parents, after he got into an argument with Iruka, the two are confronted by Tobi who subjects them to a limited version of the Infinite Tsukuyomi: The Limited Tsukuyomi.

Naruto and Sakura end up in a genjutsu-based reality filled with polar opposites of their friends which reflect their desires: namely a version of Sasuke who remained in the village and Naruto’s parents, who are alive, while Sakura’s have been dead for years. Naruto and Sakura also learn of a masked ninja attacking jinchuriki, who is after the Red Moon Scroll which Jiraiya sacrificed his life in sending to Tsunade for safekeeping.

While Naruto was more focused on returning to their reality before deciding to partake in having a family, Sakura enjoyed being an orphan until the loneliness started getting to her along with the antics of that reality’s Sasuke.

The village is then attacked by the masked ninja, revealed to have allied himself with Tobi, who has used an incorporeal form to enter the genjutsu reality, as he abducts Sakura to hold ransom for the Red Moon Scroll. Realizing the genjutsu parents, though highly similar, are not like his own, Naruto takes the Red Moon Scroll while running to save Sakura and face the masked ninja. Naruto is overpowered by the masked ninja and his Nine Masked Beasts, when he is saved by the Genjutsu version of Itachi and Akatsuki.

While the Akatsuki dispatch the Masked Beasts, Naruto battles against the masked ninja who is revealed to be his Genjutsu world counterpart: Menma. Menma absorbs the defeated masked beasts to manifest the Black Nine-Tails, with the Nine-Tails making a temporary truce with Naruto to defeat its counterpart. But this all played to Tobi’s plan as he possesses Menma so he can personally extract the weakened Nine-Tails while completely wiping Naruto’s mind.

Sakura saves Naruto before the Nine-Tails is extracted from him, and Naruto is inadvertently reminded of a memory, that allows him to regain the rest of his memories in time to save Sakura, and he then manages to force Tobi out of Menma and undo the Limited Tsukuyomi. Once back in their reality, after informing Tsunade of their ordeal, Sakura reunites with her parents while Naruto makes amends with Iruka and realizes he already has a family in his friends.

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).

The Last: Naruto the Movie

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


Two years since the peace established in the aftermath of the 4th Ninja World War, the Sixth Hokage Kakashi Hatake, notices that the moon is nearing Earth and will soon collide with it. The crisis is caused by Toneri Otsutsuki, a descendant of the Sage of Six Paths’ twin brother Hamura Otsutsuki, who is determined to fulfill Hamura’s promise to judge humanity for their millennium-long perversion of the Sage’s teachings into ninjutsu.

During the Rinne Festival, Hinata knits a red scarf similar to the one Naruto wore when they first met with Sakura, offering her assistance. Hinata becomes doubtful as Naruto receives a variety of gifts from others, including another scarf. Toneri infiltrates the Hidden Leaf to abduct Hinata, but Naruto’s intervention forces him to instead kidnap her younger sister Hanabi.

Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai and Shikamaru Nara are assigned by Kakashi to rescue Hanabi. In an abandoned village of the Otsutsuki Clan, Naruto understands the concept of romantic love from seeing Hinata’s memories while being caught in an illusion and spending more time with her. The Hyuga Clan revealed to be descended from Hamura’s kin who remained on Earth, Toneri had transplanted Hanabi’s eyes into himself so he can acquire the Tenseigan created from his ancestors’ sealed eyes while proposing to Hinata.

Hinata accepts the offer to save Hanabi, breaking Naruto’s heart in the process as she leaves with Toneri. The villagers on Earth defend themselves, intercepting the moon’s meteorites and evacuating civilians while Sasuke Uchiha returns to aid in protecting his home.

After recovering for three days, Sakura reassures Naruto that Hinata loves him and the group approaches Toneri’s castle. Hamura’s spirit contacted Hinata, asking for her help as the Byakugan Princess as Toneri has misinterpreted his decree. Toneri refuses to listen to Hinata, ruins the scarf and brainwashes her.

Invading Toneri’s castle, Sakura and Sai secure Hanabi while Shikamaru holds off Toneri’s puppets. Naruto saves Hinata and her attempt to stop Toneri for gaining the Tenseigan. But Toneri acquires it and slices the moon in half as Naruto engages him in combat and overpowers the Otsutsuki with Hinata’s help, causing the moon to return to its orbit due to mixing their chakra.

After Hinata takes back Hanabi’s eyes, Toneri realizes the truth about Hamura’s decree and decides to remain on the moon to atone for his sins. After Naruto tells Hinata that the scarf he wore earlier belonged to his late mother, they declare their love for each other and return home.

During the final credits, Naruto and Hinata marry in front of their friends. The post-credits scene before the epilogue depicts them starting a family with their two children: Boruto Uzumaki and Himawari Uzumaki.

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.

The Complete List of Naruto Movies In Order

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:

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005)Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006)Naruto Shippuden the Movie (2007)Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (2009)Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (2008)Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (2010)Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison (2011)Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)

Do the Naruto movies matter?

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 to 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.

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Do you have to watch all the Naruto movies?

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.

Where can you watch Naruto movies?

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:

Are Naruto movies worth watching?

Not all Naruto movies are worth watching, but if you are a fan of anime you would want to watch them all. That said, you need to watch The Last: Naruto the Movie and Boruto: Naruto the Movie, beacuse it is a canon, and we would recommend watching Naruto: Road to Ninja, Blood Prison and The Lost Tower.

What movies are canon in Naruto?

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

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