There are so many Scooby-Doo movies, and it is often hard to know where to start watching them. This is why we have made this article with every Scooby-Doo movie in order to help you get along.
Scooby-Doo, first produced in 1969, is an American animated franchise that features four teenage characters Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, Daphne Blake, Shaggy Rogers, and their talking Great Dane Scoobert fondly called Scooby-Doo. Together, they solve mysteries revolving around strange creatures through a series of escapades and slipups.
The franchise animation first started as a series titled “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”. In each episode of the original series, the members of “Mystery Inc.” often get chased by strange creatures that turn out to be a hoax by an individual. The show is hysterical, with Shaggy and Scooby giving the audience a good laugh because of the unusual desire for food, often leading them into trouble.
With the production of so many Scooby-Doo movies, it’s quite tasking to know them all and follow the storyline ideally. So with that, we’ve decided to provide you the Scooby-Doo fans with a good list of all the Scooby-Doo movies and in their chronological order.
How Many Scooby-Doo Movies Are There?
The Scooby-Doo movies have continued to be a public favorite, making Warner Bros not relent in giving them what they want for more than two decades now and counting. There are over 41 Scooby-Doo animated movies dating from 1979 till the present.
Every Scooby-Doo Animated Movie
Each Scooby-Doo movie is unique, with new monsters to unveil and crazy adventures that the gang embarks on in all the animated movies. The animated Scooby-Doo movies don’t sync chronologically as every release is another tale with lots of thrills and laughs.
However, the franchise stopped its animated television releases in 1994 and began distributing in a direct-to-video format later on in 1998.
Below, we will sort all Scooby-Doo movies in the best order, by release date, and let you know about every one of them.
1. Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood (1979)
The premiere Scooby-doo movie focuses on Scooby as he looks for a big break in his acting career with Shaggy as his manager. But they soon realize that their place is nowhere without the gang.
2. Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers (1987)
Shaggy drives off with Scooby and Scrappy to his late uncle’s estate as he was to inherit all the properties and hidden treasures within the mansion.
Watch as he looks for clues to his uncle’s hidden treasures with the help of the Boo Brothers while facing countless phantoms in pursuit of the treasure.
3. Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988)
In this movie, Shaggy and Scooby find themselves as gym teachers in a Ghoul school for girls. They manage to fit in and, later on, save the students from the dreadful witch Revolta who sought to make them her slaves.
4. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988)
All the classic Hollywood monsters led by Count Dracula gather at Transylvania for the Monster Road Rally. Still, they are left dismayed when the Wolfman cannot be in attendance as he’s retired.
Shaggy turns out to be the next suitable human to become a werewolf. Watch as Shaggy, with the help of his friends, foil all Dracula’s plans to keep him as a werewolf and wins the race.
5. Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights (1994)
After being hired to be the royal food tasters for the young Caliph, they were soon on the run as they ate all the food meant for the ruler. As they take on the disguise as a girl in his Harem to escape, the Caliph falls in love with this supposed Harem girl. Enjoy the normal tales with twists as they tell the Caliph and try to escape as he falls asleep.
For the direct-to-video animations, there isn’t any notable chronology in their sequence, but the narrative involves all the members of Mystery Incorporated. Here’s the list of all the direct-to-video Scooby-Doo animations:
6. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)
There’s an odd twist to this tale as Mystery Inc. has lost all interest in unveiling the same old normal people in masks running a hoax and causing them to split up to find more thrilling adventures. But they soon reconvene at Moonscar Island, where all is not as it seems.
7. Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost! (1999)
In the Witch’s Ghost, the gang is tricked by Ben Ravencroft, who helped them on their last big reveal to go back to his hometown and help him reunite with his ancestor, Sarah, who was known to be a witch.
But the gang is not willing to sit back and watch as, with the help of their new Wiccan friend, they can seal the witch and Ben imprisoning them forever.
8. Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000)
Mystery Inc. gets stranded in a desert in New Mexico after running into a UFO and later encounters aliens who were the crew of the Search for Alien Life Force (SALF) program planning to recover a large amount of gold deposit found on government properties land.
Through their usual antics, they’re able to stop SALF and discover that their new friends are actual aliens.
9. Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001)
The gang gets trapped in a video game made by a student in an attempt to stop a phantom virus and find its creator. While in the game, they partner up with their virtual selves to fight the virus and his army of virtual monsters to find scooby snacks that are keys to successive levels.
10. Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire (2003)
Scooby and the gang try to save the Vampire Rock Music Festival after competing bands fled over the rumors of a Vampire haunting the show. The gang enters the contest and destroys the vampire, and unveils the Wildwind vampires.
11. Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico (2003)
The gang journey off to Mexico to visit Fred’s old pen pal after receiving his invitation. However, they soon learn that the city is being tossed around in chaos by a wannabee monster called “El Chupacabra,” leading to mystery solving.
12. Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster (2004)
I bet you’ve heard about the tale of the Lochness monster. Well, there’s an exciting new twist to it here when Mystery Inc. travels to Loch Ness in Scotland to visit Daphne’s ancestral home, but they end up getting chased by not one but two Lochness monsters.
13. Aloha Scooby-Doo! (2005)
Daphne secures an expense-paid trip for the gang to Hawaii after bagging a contract to design swimwear for the company, Goha Aloha. There’s an annual surfing contest, and the mayor makes it open to all, not only the locals. An ancient Hawaiian spirit, Wiki Tiki, disrupts the contest, leaving the gang searching for clues and solving the mystery.
14. Scooby-Doo! in Where’s My Mummy? (2005)
After Velma’s absence for six months to restore the Sphinx in Egypt, her friends from Mystery Inc. decide to come to surprise her. There they learn about the lost treasures of Cleopatra, and a certain Dr. Von Butch arrives and seeks the treasure for herself, causing the release of an ancient curse which turns out to be Velma’s plan to drive off the invaders all along.
15. Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006)
Fred gets his friends on a cruise ship for his birthday as a treat. But all the celebration comes to a halt when ghost pirates attack them. A trademark chase sequence captures the ghosts, which turn out to be people in costumes.
16. Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! (2007)
The movie title doesn’t apply figuratively. It is more literal as Scooby and Shaggy get on a plane to the Himalayas instead of Paris to join their friends. After moving around in all the snow, they reunite with their friends to crack the mystery of the abominable Snowman.
17. Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King! (2008)
The gang must try their best to defeat the evil Krudsky, to stop him from taking over the world with the use of the goblin king’s scepter.
18. Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword! (2009)
Who’d ever imagine Scooby as a great swordsman? Well, in this sequel, Mystery Inc. travels to Tokyo as Daphne wishes to enter a martial arts contest, but all is set aside when the Black Samurai is resurrected, and Scooby must use the Sword of Fate to defeat him.
19. Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo! (2010)
When the gang decides to check on Velma’s little sister in a college for magicians, they learn that a mysterious Griffin has been chasing away all the students away. The gang set out to solve the mystery of the griffin and, along the way, resolve the differences of others.
20. Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare! (2010)
The gang heads off to Fred’s old camp as a kid but is shocked to find it empty. They soon learn that three monsters from the campers’ legends have come to life and are chasing everyone off. Fred having a nose for this kind of thing leads the gang to solve the mystery and restore the camps.
21. Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur (2011)
Shaggy gets hypnotized and becomes brave after receiving a terrible fright from the last mystery. With this newfound courage of Shaggy’s, the gang can stop the ghost dinosaurs (hence the name phantosaur) and reveal them to be fake as usual.
22. Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (2012)
Scooby and his friends seek to take a break from solving mysteries by going on a vacation. They run into a town in Louisiana haunted by the Legendary vampire, Valdronya causing them to postpone their vacation and solve the mystery.
23. Big Top Scooby-Doo!
The gang goes undercover as in a circus to solve a mystery where surprisingly, a werewolf disrupts the circus activities and steals jewelry pieces.
24. Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon (2013)
The gang unmask a villain similar to that in Shaggy and Scooby’s favorite comic collection and becomes one of the protagonists in the new release as his reward.
25. Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map (2013)
Scooby and Shaggy find a map in the pizza they ordered, which leads to the treasure of Gnarlybeard, the pirate. Though they end up in dismay when the treasure is not what they thought it’d be.
26. Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (2013)
Daphne and Fred try out as a duo in a talent show but are coerced to turn their attention to creatures known as phantoms that disrupt their show for various ulterior motives.
27. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014)
After he and shaggy won an expense-paid stay at WWE city, Scooby must prove himself innocent of trying to steal the WWE belt by taking on Kane in a one-on-one match, and the gang solves the mystery Ghost Bear from shutting down WrestleMania.
28. Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy (2014)
Velma is revealed to belong to the ancestral lineage of Baron Von Dikenstein, the creator of Frankencreep. And in an attempt to prove everyone wrong about monsters being fake, she gets hypnotized and brings Frankencreep to life, causing a revolt amongst the people and revealing hidden enemies.
29. Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness (2015)
After bagging a free trip to space, the gang gets trapped when one of the astronauts turns on them. Luckily, they escape just in time and make it back to earth to apprehend the culprit.
30. Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery (2015)
When they travel to kiss world to see the Kiss concert, the gang has to travel between alternate realities to stop the Crimson witch before she unleashes the destroyer upon the earth.
31. Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood (2016)
The first Lego movie of the franchise stars Mystery Inc. on a trip to Hollywood. They soon have to help one of their favorite horror movie studios go out as three monsters from the studio sets are haunting it.
32. Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016)
After the gang’s adventure at WrestleMania, they show up for the Muscle Motor X Off-Road Challenge hosted by WWE just to watch, but later on, they’re forced to intervene when the Inferno disrupts the race.
33. Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown (2017)
When the gang travel to see Shaggy’s cousin, Tawny, in Crazy Q Dude Ranch, they’re confronted by the ghost of Dapper Jack, who turns out to be Shaggy’s ancestor. They work to solve the mystery to save Tawny’s ranch and also clear up Dapper’s name in the process.
34. Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash (2017)
The gang can’t seem to get a break-off mystery-solving as their latest attempt at a vacation is cut short when the Beach Bash can’t hold over the attacks of pirates on the beach.
35. Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018)
A classic crossover movie between Batman: Brave and the Bold and our favorite Scooby-Doo is a movie you don’t want to miss as Mystery Inc. works with Batman in Gotham to solve the case of the Crimson Cloak who has a grudge against the dark knight.
36. Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost (2018)
Fred’s old uncle, a renowned chef, invites the gang to his inn, where a new mystery pops up concerning the Red Ghost.
37. Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost (2019)
With the help of Van Ghoul. The gang tries to stop the last ghost of Scooby-Doo before it opens the Demon Chest.
38. Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island (2019)
Mystery Inc. is tricked and make their way back to Moonscar Island to make a movie they weren’t expecting. Things get a little interesting when strange cat creatures attack them, making them go mystery-solving after being warned earlier on.
39. Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! (2020)
After Velma’s reveal on Dr. Crane from Arkham, she misses a little detail, resulting in Jackal Lanterns coming to life and turning others in the city into monsters. Velma being herself as always, finds a logical explanation and solves the case.
40. Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)
After another mystery is solved, the gang takes a trip to England, where they are sent back in time to Camelot, where they meet King Arthur and Merlin. Shaggy releases Excalibur and gets kidnapped, causing his team to go on a rescue mission to save him.
41. Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog
Scooby meets Courage, the cowardly dog, and together, they defeat Queen Cicada and her cicadas before unmasking her to be Courage’s nemesis, Katz and French con-duck Le Quack.
Scooby-Doo Live-Action Movies in Chronological Order
Now coming to the live-action films, we’re able to notice a little chronology in their sequence, but before that, their order by date of release goes:
- Scooby Doo (2002)
- Scooby-Doo! Monster Unleashed (2004)
- Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins (2009)
- Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake (2010)
- Daphne and Velma (2018)
Even though the series starts with Scooby-Doo, the movie doesn’t necessarily mean that its story begins from that point. On the contrary, the story begins seven years later when the part of giving real cohesion to the movie was released, “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins”. So I present to you the ideal chronological order of the Scooby-Doo movie:
1. Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
The story begins in the fictional city of Coolsville in Ohio, where a pet adoption fair is organized, with our dog Scooby being one of the pets up for adoption.
After leaving him at the end of the fair, he walks into a graveyard to take shelter from a storm, where he comes across two ghosts rising from the grave. Running away in fear, Scooby stumbles into Shaggy, an awkward geek with no friends, when he decides to take refuge in his room, and almost instantly, the two become best friends.
While serving detention, Shaggy makes new friends with the likes of Fred Jones, a quarterback in the school’s football team; Daphne Blake, a pretty and rich girl in the drama club and Velma Dinkley, a science nerd.
But as they catch up, they are soon interrupted by two ghosts who chase them to the gym where there is an ongoing meeting with the student, and then a third ghost appears known as “The Specter.” The Specter demands that the school be closed or face his wrath, of which the Principal, Deedle, concurs.
Velma stumbles across a spellbook borrowed by Vice Principal Grimes to search for clues, making him their prime suspect. The gang then decides to search Grimes house at night, leading them to information of a “Time Capsule” beneath the school, but then the two ghosts strike again, leaving them unconscious.
As they regain consciousness, the Scepter keeps Scooby and Grime as hostages and takes the rest of the crew to find the time capsule. Through a series of antics, they capture the Scepter, who turns out to be Deedle.
2. Scooby-Doo! The Curse of the Lake (2010)
In “Scooby-Doo! The Curse of the lake”, the gang decides to work for Daphne’s Uncle at his country club for the summer. At night during the club’s launch, a big monster frog appears out of nowhere and causes a commotion.
They start their investigation from the lighthouse keeper named Mr. Uggins, who is the only one to have taken a picture of the monster in the lake. He narrates the story of Wanda Grubworth, a witch that owned the land long ago, and that she wasn’t ok with people invading her space.
The following day, Velma tries to show the team footage of the lake monster meet a cloaked figure, but just as they are closing in on the figure’s face, Velma spills her drink on the computer making the footage useless. The situation between Fred and Daphne seems off as they don’t often hang out with each other, and Shaggy begins to develop some feelings for Velma, which makes Scooby feel insecure about his best buddy.
The next morning, the group finds Velma on the beach unconscious, but the gang finds a strange wart on her hand as she wakes up. However, Shaggy putting on his big boy pants, decides to ask Velma out on a date, and she agrees.
The gang makes their way to a suspect that all evidence points to, Mrs. Trowburg, who happens to be a descendant of the witch Wanda. When they get there, they realize that Velma has been possessed by Wanda all along.
Shaggy was able to snap her out of it by singing her favorite song, and as the ghost of Wanda tried to make a run for it to her staff, Scooby intercepts and destroys the Moonstones. From that point, all of them thought it wise to remain friends. With the ghost of Wanda gone, the monsters turn back to frogs, and everything else falls into place. The movie ends with Daphne suggesting that they be called “Mystery Incorporated.”
3. Scooby Doo (2002)
First of all, the Scooby-Doo movies end up 3rd in chronological order. Though being the first on the release list, its story doesn’t kick in to give that flow to the storyline. It begins as the members of Mystery Inc. reconvene after two years of separation at Spooky Island to solve a mystery. A lot of Scooby-Doo lovers have questions about this particular story.
The most important of them all is the question, “Why did Mystery get Disbanded.” And so far, no good enough reason has been given. Maybe, just maybe, the Warner Bros have something cooking to meet that point in the story. The resort owner, Emile Mondavarious, tells the team that the tourists have all been told lies on arrival.
While scouting the resort, Velma gets involved in a ritual by actor N’Goo Tuana and his henchman, Zarkos. N’Goo tells her that the island had demons, and they’ve been planning an act of revenge ever since the resort stood erected.
As they set to work, Daphne finds a pyramid-shaped rock called the Daemon Ritus. Fred and Velma, Mondavarious, and other tourists on the island are kidnapped and possessed by demons while Zarkos steals the Daemon Ritus from Daphne as she seems to be possessed.
Velma learns that sunlight can kill the demons. A magical priest tells them that they can only stop Mondavarious and his demons by sacrificing a pure soul, which turns out to be Scooby.
Scooby’s soul is extracted in their attempt to bait him, but Shaggy gets loose and collides with Mondavarious, releasing Scooby’s soul. Mondavarious is soon exposed to be Scooby Doo’s lost cousin Scrappy Doo who turned evil.
As Zarkos tries to attack Daphne again, she kicks him to the ritual chamber, causing him to topple over the vat containing captured souls, setting them free into their rightful bodies. Scooby takes down his cousin, and the real Mondavarious is found in an underground cell. The gang decides to stay together always to solve mysteries.
4. Scooby-Doo! Monsters Unleashed (2004)
The movie begins with an exhibition at the Coolsonian Criminology Museum with the stars being in the spotlight. The museum contained the monster costumes of all the culprits in the past mysteries solved by Mystery Inc. But the event is halted when an unknown individual called the “Evil Masked Figure” attacks the party and steals two costumes using the reanimated “Pterodactyl Ghost.”
They turn their eyes to Jeremiah Wickles, who was once the “Black Knight Ghost” and an old friend of Jacobo.
Shaggy and Scooby get sad after hearing the other gang members complain that they’re often distracted by food whenever it is time to get serious. So they seek to redeem themselves by catching the pterodactyl ghost.
The gang head to Wickles mansion to search for clues and get caged after falling through a trapdoor, but they luckily escape with Daphne’s accessory. As they go through Wickles’ things, they find an instruction manual on how to make monsters. Having escaped from the Black Knight, the gang ended up with a clue that indicated the key ingredient in making monsters was a rare element called Randomonium and could only be found in the Coolsville’s old mine.
Scooby and Shaggy follow up on the lead of Wickles’ invitation. As they walk into Faux Ghost, they realize that it is a hangout of all the past enemies of Mystery Inc.
They join in on the party to get further information on Wickles, but they soon disclose their location and escape in a series of actions which are quite funny actually.
After an awkward convo with Patrick, they both sight Wickles leaving in great haste and follow him. The gang later confronts Wickles and accuses him of being the evil masked figure, but he ends up clearing all doubts and tells them of his relationship with Jacobo. After much exploration of the mines, the gang finds the monster hive where the costumes are brought to life.
Shaggy and Scooby are goofy as always, mess with the controls, bring all the costumes to life, and manage to flee with the control panel. The town also upholds them in great disdain after much instigations by journalist Heather Jasper Howe. They retire back to their old clubhouse to clear their heads.
At the clubhouse, they find a way to reverse the monster-making sequence of the control panel, putting an end to all the monsters. When the gang gets to the mines, they split up as many monsters confront them, passing the panel as they go.
They all leave the control panel in the hand of Scooby and Shaggy as they are each faced with monsters to battle. They all make it to the hive and wait for Shaggy and Scooby in fear and disappointment. When the gang gets together, they are all captured by the Evil Masked Figure’s tar monster. Scooby uses a fire extinguisher to freeze the tar monster and uses the control panel to reverse the monsters and save the city.
The Evil Masked Figure is unmasked publicly by Velma, journalist Heather but Jonathan Jacobo under a second mask. After Jacobo is arrested, the gang has a party at Faux Ghost to celebrate.
5. Daphne & Velma (2018)
The 2018 movie distributed by Warner Bros. features not all but just two members from Mystery Incorporated, which are obvious from the title. It dates back to forming a friendship bond between the two without mentioning either Fred, Shaggy, or Scooby, nor any references from any other Scooby-Doo movie. I like to think of it as an abstract timeline.
The plot starts by introducing Daphne Blake, a very pretty, almost famous high school student with a web show that talks about aliens and the existence of the supernatural. At the same time, Velma Dinkley is Daphne’s caring but reproving friend online that everything occurs with facts revolving around them. Daphne, later on, tells Velma that she would be moving to Ridge Valley to school, which is Velma’s current school.
On her first day at Ridge Valley, she meets Carol, who gives her a tour of the school, mostly showing off the tech they have from Bloom Innovative, headed by Tobias Bloom. While she is on her time, she runs into Velma, but a cold response from Velma turns her down.
The girls had a very strong argument over their science project ruined by Velma’s intent the next day at school. After they are called to the principal’s office and reprimanded, the girls bury the hatchet and decide to solve the case of the missing students.
Looking out for possible suspects, they notice Spencer, a really smart student drafted for an internship program with Bloom Innovative acting weird and goes missing after entering a locker. The girls then turn their suspect eye to Griffin, who benefits the most if Spencer goes missing but is wrong when Griffin is abducted.
Velma suggests that she enroll in the Bloom internship program and end at the top of the Bloom Bracket to get to the bottom of this. Though they tried to get Velma there by any means necessary, Mikayla, a friend of theirs, remained the valedictorian. When they get the power to Mikayla’s project disconnected, they are chased by a strange ghost leading them to a strange room and uncovering the ghost as Daphne’s dad.
Later on, Daphne tries to video chat with her mom and finds out she has been taken hostage by Tobias Bloom, who turns out to be the one responsible for the student’s disappearance.
They manage to get snuck into Bloom Innovative headquarters with the help of Daphne’s dad and confront Tobias, who turns out to be a hologram. The real mastermind behind it all turned out to be Carol, Daphne’s senior adviser from school.
She planned to use the great ideas of these young students to make herself rich and famous. The girls apprehend her and hand her over to the police.