When To Watch Naruto Movies? All Naruto Movies in Order

Naruto is one of the most popular anime series in the world. The show has 720 episodes in total and 11 movies in total, including Boruto: Naruto the movie. Without definite guidance, it’s impossible to watch these Naruto movies in order. That’s why we are going to tell you about these movies in release order and where and when to watch them.

The story of 9 tailed foxes and its Jinchuriki Naruto captivates the audience. It makes people cry, it motivates and inspires them to work hard and not give up in life. In so many different ways Naruto fans get inspired by the characters that are almost unparalleled.

These 11 movies are from different timelines and have different directors. So, they will give you different vibes. But you will enjoy them nonetheless. To give you a better idea, here are the Naruto movies in order at a glance.

Naruto Movies in Order

Movie Name Release Date  When to watch
Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow August 21, 2004 After – Episode 101 of Naruto
Legend Of The Stone Of Gelel August 6, 2005 After – Episode 106 of Naruto
Guardians Of The Crescent Moon Kingdom August 5, 2006 After – Episode 196 of Naruto
Naruto Shippuden The Movie August 4, 2007 After – Episode 32 of Naruto Shippuden
Bonds  August 2, 2008 After – Episode 71 of Naruto Shippuden
The Will Of Fire August 1, 2009 After – Episode 121 of Shippuden
The Lost Tower July 31, 2010 After – Episode 143 of Naruto Shippuden
Blood Prison  July 30, 2011 After – Episode 196 of Shippuden
Road To Ninja July 28, 2012 After – Episode 251 of Shippuden
The Last  December 6, 2014 After – 493 Episode of Shippuden
Boruto: Naruto the Movie August 7, 2015 After – Naruto Shippuden

1. Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow

Director: Tensai Okamura
Release Date: August 21, 2004
Running Time: 82 minutes
Box Office: US$11.1 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.1/10
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow is the first movie of the Naruto series. It was released back in 2004, 2 years after the series started airing. The story of this movie progresses as Team 7 goes on a mission to protect the famous actress Yukie. Naruto along with Sakura, Sasuke, and Kakashi starts their mission.

However, soon they realize the actress that they are protecting is no ordinary person. In fact, she is the princess of the Land of Snow. I won’t spoil the story for you. If you want a team 7 chemistry, this movie is the right one for you.

When to watch the Ninja Clash In The Land Of Snow movie? 

You should watch this movie after the 101 episodes of the Naruto series.

2. Legend Of The Stone Of Gelel

Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
Release Date: August 6, 2005
Running time: 97 minutes
Box Office: US$10.2 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 6.87/10
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

The 2nd movie of this franchise earned over $10 million at the box office. This 97 minutes long movie was first released in 2005. As the anime continue to catch up to the manga source material, the studio decided to release the 2nd movie. 

At first, we see a group of black knights is attacking the sand ninjas. Gaara, Kankuro along with others rush to aid them as reinforcements. Soon after that they fell back and retreated to a giant ship. The ship then fired dozens of cannonballs to the sand shinobi. 

On the other hand, we see the Leaf Village sending a 3 man team with Shikamaru as the team captain. Their mission was fairly easy. It was to rescue a pet from the forest and deliver it to the next village. 

When to watch Legend of The Stone of Gelel?

You should watch this movie after 106 episodes of Legend of The Stone Gelel.

3. Guardians of The Crescent Moon Kingdom

Director: Toshiyuki Tsuru
Release Date: 5 August 2006
Running time: 95 minutes
Box Office: US$3.22 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 6.9/10
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

Guardians of the Cresent Kingdom is the 3rd and the last movie of the OG Naruto series. The movie was first released in 2006 and earned $3.22 million at the box office. 

The story is about a special mission that the Hidden Leaf sent a team on. The team that the Leaf Village dispatched includes Naruto, Sakura, Rock Lee & Kakashi as their captain. Their goal is to guard the prince of the Land of the Moon, Hikaru, and his father Michiru. 

They protect both of them from assassination multiple times. Using the circus to infiltrate and after fighting the enemies Naruto and his team defeat them and fulfill their mission to protect the prince and his father.

When to watch the Guardians Of The Crescent Moon Kingdom?

After watching 196 episodes of the Naruto (2002) series, you can watch this movie.

4. Naruto Shippuden The Movie

Director: Hajime Kamegaki
Release Date: August 4, 2007
Running Time: 95 minutes
Box Office: US$10 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.3/10
IMDB Rating: 7/10

Naruto Shippuden The Movie is the first one from Shippuden. This 95 minutes long movie was released back in 2007 and earned 10 million dollars at the box office. 

The story involves a demon named Mōryō who wants to destroy the world. But since its body is sealed in a shrine, it needed a body to possess in order to do what he wanted to do. A man named Yomi offered his body to the demon spirit. Mōryō’s spirit possesses Yomi and begins its plan. However, there is only one obstacle in front, and that is a priestess named Shion. This priestess could seal away the demon’s spirit.

So naturally, it went to kill Shion. And that is where the Konoha Ninja comes in. Konoha dispatch a team of their capable ninjas with a sole mission to protect the priestess. The team contains, Naruto, Neji, Sakura, and Rock Lee. Soon after they meet the priestess, she prophesied that Naruto will die at the hand of that demon Mōryō.

But what happens then? For that, you will have to watch the movie yourself.

When to watch the Naruto Shippuden movie?

You should watch it after finishing 32 episodes of Shippuden.

5. Bonds

Director: Hajime Kamegaki
Release Date: August 2, 2008
Running Time: 93 minutes
Box Office: US$10.6 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.3/10
IMDB Rating: 7/10

This is the 2nd movie from the Shippuden timeline. The movie starts as we see the ninjas from the Land of the Sky attacks the Hidden Leaf Village. They want to take revenge for the 2nd Great Ninja War. The Hidden Leaf dispatch 2 teams on different missions to counter them.

Sai and Shino are in a team to demolish their enemy ship. And on the other hand, Naruto, Sakura, Hinata try to figure out from the enemy village.

Coincidentally, we see Sasuke on a completely different mission there. Orochimaru sent him to find out a certain doctor for him. However, as their goals were somewhat mutual, they decide to tag the team and finish their job quickly that way.  

To know the rest of the story, you have to watch the movie. 

When to watch Bonds movie?

You can watch it after watching 71 episodes of Naruto Shippuden.

6. The Will Of Fire

Director: Masahiko Murata
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Running Time: 96 minutes
Box Office: US$8.1 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.33/10
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

The next movie from Naruto is The Will of Fire. The story of this movie starts as we see many shinobi from different villages disappear soon after another. But here is the catch, those who are going missing, aren’t just any normal shinobi. Those who are disappearing, all of them have one thing common in them. And that is that they all have Kekkei Genkai.

Things get interesting as we see, that people that are going missing are from all the other villages except the Hidden Leaf Village. So the other village leaders start to raise the question of whether it is the Hidden Leaf Village’s doing, the whole thing. 

The Leaf Village denies that from the very beginning of course, and at the same time, they dispatch a team of their ninja to investigate the situation as it was quickly getting out of hand. 

In the meantime, we see the incident finally starts to involve the Leaf Village directly too as the next target becomes clear.

The next target is Kakashi Hatake, one of the elite Jonins of Hidden Leaf. As his favorite teacher’s life is on the line, Naruto with his team members starts to take action to save Kakashi. Do they succeed? To find that, you have to watch the movie.

When to watch The Will of Fire movie?

To watch The Will of Fire movie, you have to watch 121 episodes of Naruto Shippuden.

7. The Lost Tower

Director: Masahiko Murata
Release Date: July 31, 2010
Running Time: 85 minutes
Box Office: US$8.5 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.42/10
IMDB Rating: 7/10

The lost tower is a movie that takes us along with our boy Naruto 20 years back in time. Initially, we see the Hidden Leaf sends a team consisting of Naruto, Sakura, Sai & Yamato as their team leader to capture a missing ninja named Mukade.

In the middle of the desert, when they try to confront the enemy, they accidentally Naruto and Yamato sent back in 20 years. And after the time leap, they found themselves in the middle of something which they had no idea about. 

Then they come across Minato Namikaze, Kakashi Hatake, Choja Akimichi & Shibi Aburame who were apparently in the same place investigating something similar. However, as the 2 of them (Naruto & Yamato) went back in the past, the Minato, Kakashi, Choza, and Shibi that they saw were 20 years younger. 

The story moves forward as they reveal the mystery behind Mukade and what his power is. 

This movie is one of the rare occasions where we see the 4th Hokage in action. And you will even see both Naruto and Minato performing an ultimate supreme Rasengan. 

When to watch The Lost Tower movie? 

You can watch The Lost Tower movie after watching Naruto Shippuden 143 episode. Since the movie takes place in a time after Jiraiya and Pain fight, it is better to watch it after that arc.

8. Blood Prison

Director: Masahiko Murata
Release Date: July 27, 2011
Running Time: 103 minutes
Box Office: US$9.1 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.45/10
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Blood prison is the 5th Shippuden movie. This 103 minutes long movie starts in an odd situation. The main story begins with a misunderstanding. The Hidden Cloud Village reports that their Raikage was attacked by Leaf shinobi.

Not only that, they accused Naruto Uzumaki of that incident. In a rather difficult political situation, the Hidden Leaf had to send Naruto to the Hozuki Castle of Hidden Grass Village.

There Naruto was arrested and sent to the Blood Prison. As Naruto enters the prison the story starts to unfold its mystery. I won’t spoil anything for you before you watch. But don’t expect anything crazy from this movie. 

When to watch Blood Prison movie?

You should watch the Blood Prison movie after finishing the 196 episodes of Naruto Shippuden.

9. Road To Ninja

Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi
Release Date: July 28, 2012
Running Time: 109 minutes
Box Office: US$17.9 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.67/10
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Road to Ninja is the 6th movie of the Naruto Shippuden series. The movie was released back in 2014. This movie focused on, what if Naruto had his parents alive and all the different variables that come with it. As we see in this movie, the characters that we know have very different personalities. 

The movie starts with a set where we see the Leaf ninja has an encounter with all the dead Akatsuki Ninjas. While they succeded to fend off the enemies, one of the enemies who looks and acts like Kakuzu grabs Naruto’s legs and while trying to pull him underground, leaves a mark on his legs.

As we see later, Obito comes back to the village following that mark and puts Naruto and Sakura, who was with him at that time in a temporary Tsukyomi type Genjutsu using an Orb.

And the whole movie starts inside that Genjutsu.

For those of us Minato fans, the Road to ninja movie is like a treat, as it shows a little bit of him in action. And not to mention our boy Naruto with his family. A family that he never had, seeing him enjoying time with them really will put a smile on your face. If you haven’t seen this movie, I recommend you to watch it, as a fellow Naruto fan.

When to watch Naruto Road to Ninja?

You can watch it after the 251st episode of Naruto Shippuden. It’s not like you cannot watch it after that. It’s just, you should have the knowledge of Shippuden’s 251 episodes to enjoy it.

10. Naruto: The Last

Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi
Release Date: 6 December 2014
Running Time: 112 minutes
Box Office: US$19.84 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.8/10
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

This movie takes place after 2 years of the Fourth Great Ninja War. After the allied shinobi force defeated the enemies- a hundred thousand Zetsu, Obito, Madara, Kabuto, and Kaguya, the long-awaited peace has come to the shinobi world. As we see, Naruto is a more mature character compared to what we are used to seeing. 

The main story unfolds as a mysterious character enters the village all of a sudden and injuries Hinata and tries to kidnap her. His name is Toneri Otsutsuki. While Naruto rescues her, later Toneri kidnaps Hinata’s younger sister Hanabi Hyuga because of her Byakugan.

The main story of the movie begins as the leaf village dispatch a 5 man team consisting of Naruto, Hinata, Sakura, Sai, Shikamaru. 6th Hokage Kakashi personally briefed them and told them every detail of the mission.

This movie brings Naruto and Hinata closer together at the end of the movie. So, the movie is basically to help the idea of making Naruto and Hinata a couple. Well, to be honest, they have always shown and given hints numerous times about how Hinata had a crush on Naruto, especially in the Pain Arc. 

When to watch Naruto The Last?

To watch the movie, you have to watch 493 episodes of Naruto Shippuden. Well, you can also watch it after you finish the series fully. However, the timeline that this movie takes place is somewhere between 493 and 494 episodes of Shippuden. So, watching it after 493 is the ideal time to watch it.

11. Boruto: Naruto the Movie

Director: Hiroyuki Yamashita
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Running Time: 96 minutes
Box Office: US$39.5 million
MyAnimeList Rating: 7.4/10
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Boruto movie is basically the continuation of the Naruto Shippuden series. You will get a clear idea about how the Boruto series is going to be by watching this movie.

It has a clear orientation of all the important characters of the Boruto series, how the village is progressing, who the actual villain of this series is going to be, and most importantly our boy Naruto acting as a Hokage.

Tell me honestly, how long have we waited to see our boy achieving his dream? 720 episodes and 10 movies to be exact, right?

The main story unfolds the Chunin exam arc. And we get a glimpse of the new generation’s prowess, idealism, dreams, and hopes and how their parents’ dreams affected them. And just like the old school Naruto (2002) series, in the Boruto movie, the Chunin exam also gets interrupted by enemies who try to take the Hokage hostage.

 However, here in Boruto movie, the villain Momoshiki Otsutsuki is much more powerful than Orochimaru.

So, what happens next? We are not going to spoil you with the movie. You have to watch and enjoy it for yourself.

When to watch Boruto: Naruto The Movie?

The story is 12 years after Naruto Shippuden. So, you have to watch this movie once you finish Naruto Shippuden. It is actually a gateway for Boruto: Naruto Next Generation series. Even if you have no interest in the Boruto series, do give it a watch. Just to see our boy Naruto as a Hokage alone is a treat for the Naruto fanbase, I tell you.

Conclusion

We have told you all that you need to know before watching the Naruto movies in order. And we even told you when to watch them, and where you can watch them as well. I hope, you enjoy all of these movies to the fullest.

But if you ask me, I personally enjoyed Road to ninja movie the most. This movie gives you an idea of the family that Naruto never had. To see grown-up Naruto, Minato, and Kushina altogether is a treat for the Naruto fans.

So, if you want to watch just one movie from this list, do watch Road to ninja.

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