The BEST Episodes of Naruto

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2019

Network: TV Tokyo

In another world, ninja are the ultimate power, and in the Village Hidden in the Leaves live the stealthiest ninja in the land. Twelve years earlier, the fearsome Nine-Tailed Fox terrorized the village and claimed many lives before it was subdued and its spirit sealed within the body of a baby boy. That boy, Naruto Uzumaki, has grown up to become a ninja-in-training who's more interested in pranks than in studying ninjutsu.. but Naruto is determined to become the greatest ninja ever!

The Demon in the Snow

#1 - The Demon in the Snow

Season 1 - Episode 19

Zabuza is no longer Kakashi's enemy, and thanks to a little speech by Naruto about how ninja are, Zabuza takes on Gato's men single handedly. The Demon of the Hidden Mist takes his vengeance on Gato and all of those dumb enough to follow him, and apologizes to Haku for what he did to the kind little boy. After the group takes care of the rest of Gato's men, Zabuza asks Kakashi one final request, to see Haku one final time. This is Zabuza's requiem.

star 8.69
201 votes
A Plea from a Friend

#2 - A Plea from a Friend

Season 4 - Episode 2

Naruto proves to be too much for Sasuke to handle as Naruto fights back with renewed vigour. Finally acknowledging Naruto's strength, Sasuke puts on his forehead protector, symbolizing both as equals. But when Sasuke's Sharingan is upgraded to level 3, the tables turn on Naruto. Just when all hope seems lost for Naruto, he undergoes a startling transformation, but will it be enough?

star 8.55
124 votes
The End of Tears

#3 - The End of Tears

Season 4 - Episode 3

The battle between Naruto and Sasuke comes to a close, as One-Tailed Naruto takes on Cursed Seal Level 2 Sasuke in one final Rasengan vs. Chidori clash! And this time...only one person will emerge victorious. Will Kakashi and Pakkun make it in time? And who is this mysterious ninja watching everything?

star 8.53
111 votes
The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

#4 - The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

Season 3 - Episode 48

While Naruto is busy underwater, Sasuke remembers the fateful day in which his clan was killed. He remembers why Itachi spared his life, and why Itachi did what what he did. Now, in order to gain the same power as his brother, he must kill his closest friend...Naruto!

star 8.50
106 votes
Absolutely Incomparable! A Hokage-Level Battle!

#5 - Absolutely Incomparable! A Hokage-Level Battle!

Season 2 - Episode 36

The battle of kings has begun as Orochimaru has summoned some unexpected help. How can the Third Hokage handle this uncomfortable situation? Meanwhile, Sasuke finally catches up with Kakurou, Gaara and Temari...

star 8.49
125 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
For a Friend...

#6 - For a Friend...

Season 4 - Episode 1

Kakashi learns the truth about the chase after Sasuke, and orders his dogs, including Pakkun, to go find Naruto and Sasuke. However, things are looking grim as the clash between the Chindori and the Rasengan ensues. The attacks are even, causing Naruto and Sasuke to both fly back. Naruto finally realizes how serious Sasuke is, and gets the snot beat out of him while he remembers how he always wanted to be friends with Sasuke.

star 8.49
122 votes
A Cry on Deaf Ears

#7 - A Cry on Deaf Ears

Season 3 - Episode 45

Finally catching up to Sasuke, Naruto does all he can to keep him from going to Orochimaru. Does he have enough strength to stop him or is Sasuke gone for good?

star 8.48
86 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
A Failure's True Power

#8 - A Failure's True Power

Season 2 - Episode 27

When it looks as if Naruto can't win, Neji continues to tell him that he cannot change his fate and that he has no idea what it feels like to carry a seal that cannot be removed. Naruto thinks back about his childhood and how he was treated because of the Nine-Tails sealed inside him. However, that same curse may prove to be his only chance at winning...

star 8.48
136 votes
Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light

#9 - Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light

Season 2 - Episode 44

Transformed into Kyubi, Naruto and Gamabunta prepare to stop Shukaku by waking Gaara up. Though they succeed, the battle is far from over as Gaara won't stop until Naruto is dead. Naruto and Gaara prepare for their final attacks. Meanwhile, Sarutobi continues trying to defeat Orochimaru. And even though Sarutobi isn't strong enough to kill Orochimaru, he does have enough strength to take away Orochimaru's most prized possession...the use of his arms!

star 8.46
125 votes
Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!

#10 - Gaara vs. Rock Lee: The Power of Youth Explodes!

Season 2 - Episode 13

The second-to-last match finally arrives! Rock Lee must face down the mysterious and dangerous Gaara, a ninja who is said to have never been truly injured in a fight before.

star 8.46
141 votes
The Broken Seal

#11 - The Broken Seal

Season 1 - Episode 16

Naruto and Sasuke continue their rigorous battle against Haku. When Haku targets a vulnerable Naruto, Sasuke risks everything to save him. Seeing his friend lie before him, a powerful force awakens inside Naruto. Has Kyubi been set free. If so, can anyone stop him?

star 8.45
205 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu!

#12 - Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu!

Season 2 - Episode 14

As the battle between Lee and Gaara continues, Gai remembers how hard Lee used to train and how Lee has pretty much no ninjutsu or genjutsu skills. Lee is also a dropout, like Naruto. In order to defeat Gaara, Lee will have to use the move Gai forbade him to use.

star 8.45
132 votes
Brothers: Distance Among the Uchihas

#13 - Brothers: Distance Among the Uchihas

Season 3 - Episode 46

Naruto and Sasuke face off in battle as we get a glimpse into Sasuke's past where his achievements were ignored by his father and his brother Itachi's behavior began to take a turn for the worst.

star 8.42
98 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
Sharingan vs. Sharingan!

#14 - Sharingan vs. Sharingan!

Season 2 - Episode 47

Kakashi takes on Itachi, with both of them using the Sharingan. However, Kakashi soon realizes that he stands no chance against the legendary ninja. Itachi reveals that he has not come for his little brother, but instead he's come to do something else...abduct Naruto, and Kyubi as well!

star 8.42
127 votes
Father and Son, the Broken Crest

#15 - Father and Son, the Broken Crest

Season 3 - Episode 47

As Sasuke squares off against Naruto, he reflects on his past when he was neglected by both his stern father and Itachi, his brooding older brother.

star 8.41
104 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
The Beast Within

#16 - The Beast Within

Season 3 - Episode 41

Rock Lee's back and he's full of a special medicine that has Kimimaro on the run! Can he take out the fifth Sound Ninja?

star 8.40
104 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
Roar, Chidori! Brother vs. Brother!

#17 - Roar, Chidori! Brother vs. Brother!

Season 3 - Episode 1

Sasuke remembers the day that Itachi single-handedly wiped out the entire Uchiha clan as he desperately searches for Naruto. However, Itachi and Kisame have already found him.

star 8.40
123 votes
Naruto's Ninja Handbook

#18 - Naruto's Ninja Handbook

Season 2 - Episode 43

Naruto and Gaara continue their fight. Naruto begins to get an advantage, and Gaara transforms into the final form of Shukaku of the Sand. As he begins to put the squeeze on Naruto, Naruto summons Gamabunta Oyabun, and his comeback begins. Once again, Naruto begins to get an advantage, but Gaara casts the technique of fake sleep, releasing the full power of Shukaku. Now that the demon is free, what will Naruto do?

star 8.36
130 votes
Light and Shadow: The Name of Gaara!

#19 - Light and Shadow: The Name of Gaara!

Season 2 - Episode 42

Gaara continues to talk about his past. When Gaara states that Naruto can't become stronger when he fights for everyone else, Naruto recalls that if he didn't meet his friends, he would be the same as Gaara. Realizing that he has to protect his friends, Naruto overcomes his fear and decides to take on Gaara.

star 8.34
118 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
The Sharingan Revived: Dragon Flame Jutsu!

#20 - The Sharingan Revived: Dragon Flame Jutsu!

Season 1 - Episode 30

Sasuke is still stuck in his trance and even Sakura's pleas can't get him back to normal. Meanwhile, Anko searches for the grass ninja fake. When the team appear to get the upper hand the question begs to be asked. Are the ninja truly defeated, or is there more to them than meets the eye?

star 8.34
155 votes
The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born

#21 - The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born

Season 2 - Episode 15

The match between Gaara and Lee draws to an end as Lee unleashes his ultimate move. But will even this be enough to defeat Gaara? Even if Lee does make it out in one piece, even more shocking news awaits him.

star 8.33
138 votes
Bushy Brow's Jutsu: Sasuke Style!

#22 - Bushy Brow's Jutsu: Sasuke Style!

Season 2 - Episode 31

Sasuke's match against Gaara finally begins! Gaara seems to have the upper hand at the beginning, until Sasuke shows off his newly found taijutsu techniques. Gaara is reliving the battle against Rock Lee all over again, only this time he's facing an opponent who can use more than simple taijutsu attacks.

star 8.31
115 votes
Good-bye Old Friend...! I'll Always Believe in You!

#23 - Good-bye Old Friend...! I'll Always Believe in You!

Season 3 - Episode 31

With his life on the line against the Sound Ninja Jirobo, Choji looks back on the seeds of his friendship with Shikamaru. Can he defeat his fearsome opponent without any Chakra?

star 8.31
97 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
Showdown: Gaara vs. Kimimaro

#24 - Showdown: Gaara vs. Kimimaro

Season 3 - Episode 43

Itching to fight and with a sense of guilt from the past, Gaara tells Rock Lee to stand down and let him take on Kimimaro. Meanwhile, Naruto continues on his quest to catch the runaway Sasuke.

star 8.30
102 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
Kakashi: Sharingan Warrior!

#25 - Kakashi: Sharingan Warrior!

Season 1 - Episode 9

With Kakashi free, the fight between him and Zabuza resumes. Kakashi decides to show Zabuza what the Sharingan is really capable of. Can Kakashi's Sharingan defeat Zabuza? And who is the mysterious person watching the fight?

star 8.29
226 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: