"Scooby Dooby-Doo, where are you?" Much in the way of popular animated series like Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Scooby-Doo has been capturing the hearts and minds of viewers for decades since first hitting the air all the way back in 1969, and both the movies and cartoon have been experiencing a bit of resurgence thanks in part to recent viral clips circulating on TikTok. Needless to say, tons of youngsters are getting their introduction to Scooby, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy aka the Mystery Incorporated gang for the first time, and are watching the films and series as a result. Whether you are a long-term fan that has been watching since all the way back in 1969 or are a newbie, we've rounded up the best Scooby-Doo movies, ranked for debate purposes only. So grab your Scooby Snacks, scroll down to read this list, and then turn on some Scooby-Doo afterwards because it's only right.
The 15 Best 'Scooby-Doo' Movies, Ranked
For the Scooby-Doo super fans that want a debate
15. "Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School" (1988)
- Release date: October 16th, 1988
- Villain in Question: Revolta and Grim Creeper
Depending on who you ask some hate this movie and think it's one of the worst in the Scooby-Doo catalog, while others can appreciate this being a late 1980s animated film to appreciate. We're in the latter because we have a strong appreciation for 1980s cartoons/animation. In Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, Scooby, Shaggy, and Scrappy Doo take jobs as gym teachers in a girl's finishing school that's been having some suspicious activity going on. They end up being locked in the school overnight, and have to deal with ghost, ghouls, goblins, and the whole nine yards as a result.
You can watch the movie on streaming, but us 1990s and 2000s babies got the enjoyment of watching on VHS (that's only millennial vs gen z dig we're going to take).
14. "Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico" (2003)
- Release date: September 30th, 2003
- Villain in Question: El Chupacabra
In Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico, Scooby and the gang are in Veracruz, Mexico visiting Fred's pen-pal Alejo Otero when Alejo, his son Jorge, and their pet chihuahua Chiquita spot what is being known locally as a monster named El Chupacabra. Apparently El Chupacabra has been going around terrorizing people, and it's up the Mystery Incorporated crew to stop him and save the day. Of note: Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico is the second to last film to reunite the original cast from 1969 series.
13. "Big Top Scooby-Doo" (2012)
- Release date: October 9th, 2012
- Villain in Question: Doubleday and Archambault
Released in 2012 direct-to-DVD, Atlantic City is the vacation destination for Mystery Incorporated in Big Top Scooby-Doo. While the goal is relaxation, the plan quickly goes awry when they find a big top circus tent that's been destroyed by werewolves. Now they've got to figure who's been doing the destruction before the circus gets destroyed forever. Pretty cool seeing Daphne as a clown, Fred as a trapeze artist, and Scooby as a trick dog by the way.
12. "Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders" (2000)
- Release date: October 3rd, 2000
- Villain in Question: The MPs
Released in 2000, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders is all about the UFOs as the Mystery Incorporated gang gets stranded in a remote town full of rather strange people. In addition to the eccentric folks, there's also equally strange happenings and a UFO sighting that has to be investigated. Upon further investigation, the crew discovers there's much more to meet the eye when it comes to these so called "alien invasions," and they reveal the individuals responsible for it. The movie was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and is unfortunately the last film to feature Mary Kay Bergman as the voice of Daphne before her passing.
The film is also noted as the last to use cell animation as the industry as a whole would abandon the technique as we moved into the 21st century.
11. "Chill Out, Scooby Doo!" (2007)
- Release date: August 3rd, 2007
- Villain in Question: The Abominable Snowmonster
Paris is the failed destination in question as Mystery Inc. is attempting to take another vacation without being interrupted by crime. Unfortunately for Shaggy and Scooby, they miss their flight to Paris and instead end up in the Himalayas on a skydiving expedition. Not only that, but in the process they attract the attention of The Abominable Snowmonster who decides to make them his latest target. Meanwhile Fred, Daphne, and Velma have made it to Paris, but they are unable to even start their vacation because now they have to search for Shaggy and Scooby. All because of a missed flight. Darn.
10. "Scooby Doo! And the Loch Ness Monster" (2004)
- Release date: June 22, 2004
- Villain in Question: The Loch Ness Monster
Scotland is the destination for Scooby Doo! And the Loch Ness Monster, and the Scooby and the gang are supposed to be on vacation yet again to pay Daphne's cousin at Blake Castle a visit and check out the highlands. As usual they get pulled into the mysterious happenings around the area, which has something to do with The Loch Ness Monster this time around. An enjoyable movie to watch that's an instant reminder of the early 2000s. Similar to some of the other Scooby-Doo movies from that era, Scooby Doo! And the Loch Ness Monster was released straight-to-video/DVD.
9. "Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers" (1987)
- Release date: October 18th, 1987
- Villain in Question: Headless Horseman/ghosts
Originally released in 1987 as a two-hour made-for-television film, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers centers around the aftermath of Shaggy inheriting his uncle's mansion. While that might sound like a good thing, this mansion is filled with a variety of ghosts and a headless horseman that haunts him and Scooby through the day and night. Shaken up a bit by the events, Shaggy decides to enlist the help of the Boo Brothers to help him get rid of the unwanted guests. Gotta love those 1980s Scooby-Doo films.
8. "Daphne & Velma" (2008)
- Release date: May 22nd, 2018
- Villain in Question: Carol
Some appreciated 2018's Daphne & Velma, most did not. Adaptations can be a somewhat tricky thing that is either very well-received or not-so-well-received. In our opinion, the focus on Daphne & Velma having an entire film dedicated to them solving the crime of what was going on at their high school was a unique angle compared to the plots of other films in the Scooby-Doo series, and it remains a genuinely fun movie to watch that can hopefully be given its props more in the future.
7. "Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire" (2012)
- Release date: March 3rd, 2012
- Villain in Question: Van Helsing
Defined as being a musical comedy horror film, Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire was released in 2012 and centers around Daphne being cast in a vampire film. Of course it's never that simple with the Mystery Incorporated gang, and the film project gets interrupted by a real vampire who crashes the party. This leads to the team to start investigating who's behind the madness, and they find out the perp is actually somebody who they wouldn't have expected. Another fun one to watch.
6. "Aloha, Scooby-Doo!" (2005)
- Release date: February 8, 2005
- Villain in Question: The Wiki-Tiki Gang
The Mystery Inc. gets a free trip to Hawaii, and once again they are unable to enjoy their vacation thanks to selfish criminals that are out to ruin everybody's lives. Upon arriving in Hawaii the crew attends the Big Kahuna of Hanahuna Surfing Contest, which is coming just a few days after a Wiki-Tiki spirit attacked a village which ended in the kidnapping of a resident's girlfriend. Now it's up to the Mystery Inc. gang to get the bottom of the mystery before the Wiki-Tiki strikes again. Aloha, Scooby-Doo! was released direct-to-video in February 2005.
5. "Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights" (1994)
- Release date: September 3rd, 1994
- Villain in Question: Haman, maniacal pirate captain, Caliph
Released at the end of 1994, in Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights, Scooby and Shaggy are in Arabia so that they can become royal food tasters for a young royal named Caliph, and there's a lot going on. Shaggy and Scooby anger Caliph to the point of him wanting to kill them because they eat all of the food. Then there's Haman the vizier who's trying to become a sultan by an means necessary, and finally, Sinbad the Sailor, who's gets abandoned by his own crew and taken advantage of by a pirate captain. Like we said, a lot going on.
4. "Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur"
- Release date: September 6th, 2011
- Villain in Question: Professor Svankmajer and Winsor
The Mystery Incorporated gang are dealing with a Phantosaur in Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur. They can't leave the mystery of the phantosaur unsolved or else they wouldn't be the Mystery Incorporated crew now would they? Per usual, they begin investigating what's really been going on with this prehistoric haunting to get to the bottom of it. Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur originally premiered on Cartoon Network, and then hit direct-to-video three days later.
3. Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie (2015)
- Release date: May 5th, 2015
- Villain in Question: Grafton Brownstone
Fred's been experiencing a nervous breakdown, so the crew decides they are going to stay at a Florida resort after an invite is extended by Daphne's uncle. Instead of relaxing, they end up an investigation-mode once more as there's a shape-shifting sea monster that has been stealing jewelry. No worries, Scooby and the gang are on the scene, and they get the job done as they always do.
2. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
- Release date: March 20th, 2004
- Villain in Question: Tar Monster, Heather Jasper Howe
The follow-up to 2002's Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo and pals are dealing with another supernatural mystery that they must uncover. Monsters, ghouls, and goblins are at the center of the madness, and on top of that they are dealing with a biased journalist who doesn't. take their investigations seriously. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed brought back the original 2002 cast along with Alicia Silverstone who portrayed the journalist, and the film pulled in $181.2 million at the box office.
1. Scooby-Doo (2002)
- Release date: June 8th, 2002
- Villain in Question: Mondavarious, Scrappy Doo, Zarkos
Just about any and every millennial who was a kid in the 2000s is going to have this Scooby-Doo film as their all-time (there's a reason why clips consistently go viral on TikTok). You can call this being our number one choice biased (and it probably is), but it is what it is man. The first live-action Scooby-Doo was released in 2002, and starred Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle-Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, Linda Cardellini as Velma, and Rowan Atkinson as the voice of Scooby-Doo. The movie centered around an investigation of a place called Spooky Island, and while the film received negative reviews from critics at the time, it has outlived those initial reviews to develop of a life its own on social media.
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