I have been a Scooby-Doo fan since birth. No, really! Watching Ghoul School was one of my earliest memories. I even still play the PlayStation2 game Night of 100 Frights to this day.
So, I decided to rank the best Scooby-Doo movies. I won’t be including the LEGO films, Daphne and Velma, and the Cartoon Network live-action films because those don’t count in my books. Luckily, we still have tons of adventures with Scooby and the rest of the Mystery Gang to enjoy. So let’s rank them from worst to best!
41-39: Not Really Enjoyable and Extremely Forgettable
Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights was the last of the television films featuring only Shaggy and Scooby and is by far the worst. I don’t remember anything about the story, and I just watched it. I didn’t even want to finish it, but I did so just to say I watched it.
The Reluctant Werewolf also follows Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy instead of the whole Mystery Gang. However, it was tough to get through when I rewatched it to refresh my memory. It’s only been three days, but I already forgot most of the plot.
Number 39 is Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map. To be completely fair to the movie, it was definitely created for young kids, and maybe that’s why it was boring to me. Basically, it’s A Pup Named Scooby-Doo mixed with The Muppets.
38: An Unwanted Sequel
Return to Zombie Island felt like a slap in the face since the first Zombie Island movie wrapped up perfectly. While it was nice Hanna-Barbera treated fans for the 50th anniversary, why couldn’t it be anything else?
37-30: Forgettable, But Not Horrible
The Gourmet Ghost was basically just a crossover with the Food Network. I barely remember any of the plot, and I can’t remember enjoying it while I watched it.
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers was the first movie from the franchise. It followed Scooby, Scrappy, and Shaggy as Shaggy deals with his inheritance, kooky neighbors, and ghosts. The whole thing felt so busy and would have done so much better had they eliminated the neighbors. They didn’t add to the plot at all and were plain annoying.
Music of the Vampire, Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, and Big Top Scooby-Doo! were all forgettable. Still, I remember enjoying them a little bit while watching. I think the “monsters” were interesting, but again, I don’t really remember them.
Stage Fright and Legend of the Phantosaur had interesting stories but fell flat in execution. The bad guys in these two were also not the best, but they ranked higher than the last three just for the stories.
Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery is number 30, mainly because the KISS members will always make me smile. I just loved their role in the movie. Definitely a rewatch when I get time.
29-23: Pretty Good, But Still Unforgettable
Pirates Ahoy!, Frankencreepy, and Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! had good “monsters” and entertaining and exciting stories. However, after a couple of weeks, I’ve already forgotten most of the movie other than a few key details.
Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog gave me a crossover I didn’t know I needed. I was so excited to see the two most cowardly dogs share the screen, and it brought everything I could have hoped for. However, despite this, I can’t remember most of the movie.
The Sword and the Scoob, Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! and Shaggy’s Showdown were extremely entertaining, but a few weeks after watching, I needed a refresher. Shaggy’s Showdown also gave me a western movie that I actually enjoyed, so that’s a plus.
22-15: Hit or Misses
The Monster of Mexico had a great plot and monster, but the side characters brought the movie down. If they had been more likable, I would’ve ranked this higher.
Abracadabra-Doo, Camp Scare, and The Loch Ness Monster were all entertaining, but I could’ve skipped them and not missed much.
The Goblin King, The Samurai Sword, Wrestlemania Mystery, and Where’s My Mummy? were also entertaining and interesting, but again, they were missing just one thing that would make them better. However, the characters in these are superb.
14-10: You’ll Definitely Enjoy These
The Curse of the 13th Ghost brought references from my favorite Scooby show, as well as an original story with the monsters from that show. I loved it and will definitely be rewatching it this week.
Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Mask of the Blue Falcon brought crossovers from nostalgic shows that will entertain everyone of all ages. Mask of the Blue Falcon actually took place at Comic-Con and probably started my love of the convention in the first place.
Moon Monster Madness and The Legend of the Vampire are some that I could rewatch multiple times and not get tired of. And The Legend of the Vampire brought the return of my favorite fictional band ever, The Hex Girls.
9-7: Three More Animated Films
Scoob! had all the makings of a great movie…except one thing. They didn’t bring back the voice cast that so many love. They didn’t even invite them back. Maybe I’m being petty, but I knocked it down a few pegs just for that.
Aloha, Scooby-Doo! took the Mystery Gang to Hawaii and brought us a mystery that was one of the most interesting since Cyber Chase. And number 7, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, is one of the most nostalgic films to me. It’s ten years older than me, but it will always be timeless.
6 and 5: The Only Live-Actions That Count
Now hear me out, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is better than Scooby-Doo. I am still scared of the monsters from the 2002 film, but the sequel brought the better monsters overall.
And that last fight scene in the sequel is everything.
4: Introduction to Aliens
I thoroughly enjoyed Alien Invaders, but I would rather watch the top three more than this one, thus bringing it to number four. I hated the look of the fake aliens. However, the real aliens’ designs were beautiful. I wish more alien films used their design.
3: Bring Me My Hex Girls
After watching this movie probably 100 times just to watch the Hex Girls, my mom bought the CD so she wouldn’t have to watch a giant turkey on her screen every day. The Witch’s Ghost has one of the best twists I have ever seen in a mystery. It’s what started my love of the genre.
2: Ahead-of-Its-Time Technology
Cyber Chase brought a “big bad” and all the monsters I recognized from my PS2 game. It took us to so many worlds, and I couldn’t ask for more. All of the characters were amazing, and I want more stories like this.
1: The Best of the Best
I went back and forth on which of the top two would be number one, but I landed on Zombie Island. The lore behind the villains was so interesting to me as a kid. Everything about this movie was a hit. Even the animation was similar to The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries show I grew up watching.
If you’re only going to watch one Scooby movie, this better be it!
Did you disagree with any of these? Try to change my mind.