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Top 15 Fighting Anime Movies that will teach you to fight (2023)

Last updated on January 4th, 2023 at 12:23 am

We’ve all been huge fans of fighting anime since we were kids and have shown them a lot of love and support. Their incredible fighting sequences and never-gave-up characters increase the anime’s popularity among fans.

Here you will learn about some of the best fighting anime movies that will provide you with an emotional boost and motivation.

Let’s get to the list right away.

15. Tekken: Blood Vengeance (5.7)

Tekken- Blood Vengeance

Tekken: Blood Vengeance is a 3D animated martial arts fighting movie directed by Youchi Mori. This film is based on Tekken, the most popular video game of all time developed by Bandai Namco Studios.

It depicts the story between Tekken 5 and Tekken 6 and follows the mystical investigation of Xiaoyu and Alisa. In this investigation, they both went through several difficult events that led them to the deadliest fight.

Due to the adaptation of the most popular fighting game, it does not leave a single chance to show incredible fighting sequences.

Running Time: 92 minutes

14. Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter (6.8)

Grappler Baki

Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter is an action-fighting anime movie directed by Yuji Asada. It is based on the Grappler manga series and only depicts parts of Baki and Shinogi fights.

It mainly depicts the deadliest fight between Baki Hanma, the youngest fighter, and Shinogi Koushou, the fierce fighter. This fight is so incredible that it features only barehanded raw fighting and martial arts skills. 

The Baki franchise has already acquired the title of the most successful fighting series of all time due to its fierce battles and amazing fighting sequences.

Running Time: 45 minutes

13. Appleseed (6.9)


Appleseed is a post-apocalyptic-action anime movie directed by Shinji Aramaki. It is based on Masamune Shirow’s manga of the same name and follows its story.

It is set in a world where many people have died due to global war, and some of those people have been turned into cyborgs. However, Deunan Knute, the movie’s main character, recruits some fighters in order to destroy the organization before the situation becomes too bad for humans.

Running Time: 103 minutes

12. Fist of the North Star (7.1)

Fist of the North Star

Fist of the North Star is a martial arts fighting anime directed by Toyoo Ashida and was released in 1986. It takes place in a world where much of the land has been transformed into a wasteland as a result of nuclear war.

As a result, the people who survived this attack were fighting each other for food and other basic requirements. However, Hokuto Shinken, a proficient martial artist, emerges as a hero for weak people and saves their lives. This film depicts many fighting scenes that contain lots of gore and violence.

Running Time: 110 minutes

11. Afro Samurai: Resurrection (7.1)

Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is an action-samurai anime film directed by Fuminori Kizaki. It is the sequel to the Afro Samurai anime series and follows the story after the series.

In this film, Afro now stops fighting for over a year until his sister, Sio, resurrects Rokutaro. He began his new adventure to find the Number 2 headband and went through lots of difficulties. It also gave us a good opportunity to explore the deadliest fight between Afro and Rokutaro.

Running Time: 100 minutes

10. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (7.2)

Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is a martial arts anime movie directed by Gisabur Sugii. This film is based on Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, a popular fighting game developed by Capcom.

This film depicts the incredible fighting match between Ryu, the strongest martial artist, and Sagat, the strongest Thai champion. They both possessed incredible fighting skills and abilities that were used excellently against each other.

It should be called an entirely fighting anime that can’t miss a single opportunity to depict fights. It is also a ’90s anime film, but its animation is quite good and amazing.

Running Time: 102 minutes

9. Tomorrow’s Joe 2 (7.3)

Tomorrow's Joe 2

Tomorrow’s Joe 2 is a boxing anime film directed by Osamu Dezaki and was released in 1981. It depicts the story of Joe after six months after his tragic accident. Due to his major injury in his previous boxing fight with Rikishi, he is now unable to fight even though he can’t stand properly.

However, he again stands on his own and is able to fight again through his unwilling willpower and his new teacher, Carlos Rivera. Despite being an 80’s anime, its animation and fighting sequences were incredible.

Running Time: 110 minutes

8. Rurouni Kenshin: The Motion Picture (7.3)

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin: The Motion Picture is a martial arts and action anime film directed by Tsuji Hatsuki

It is a classical movie and follows the stories of two powerful samurai, Himura Kenshin, and Takimi Shigure. They were both highly skilled swordsmen who tried their best to defeat the most fearsome group of bandits. 

It features excellent sword fighting and several dark themes that we can’t see in modern anime. It is also known as one of the best classic fighting anime movies due to its incredible fighting scenes that seem too realistic and violent.

Running Time: 90 minutes

7. Dragon Ball Super: Broly (7.7)

Dragon Ball Super- Broly

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a martial arts and fantasy animated film directed by Tatsuya Nagamine and written by Akira Toriyama. It is also the most popular as well as the highest-grossing film in the Dragon Ball franchise.

The plot of this anime revolves around three Saiyans, GokuVegeta, and Broly. Goku and Vegeta fight against Broly, who is a legendary saiyan.

This film has everything that any martial arts or fighting lover’s audience wants. Its martial arts techniques and combat can blow your mind because they’re flawless.

Running Time: 100 minutes

6. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent (7.8)


Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III: The Advent is an action and fantasy anime film directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka. It’s also the most popular and best movie in the Berserk franchise.

It follows the story of Guts, the main character in the movie, as well as in the series. The story starts with the returning of Guts in the Band of Hawks. They were now trying to find Griffith’s current location in order to rescue him. 

This anime has lots of interesting and deadly fighting sequences. Furthermore, this film is a perfect duel of hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting.

Running Time: 110 minutes

5. Ninja Scroll (7.8)

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll is an action and adventure anime film directed and written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It tells the story of Jubei, who is a highly accomplished ninja. He battles the Devils of Kimon, a group of demonic ninjas that are attempting to seize control of Japan’s government.

The Devils can wipe out entire communities and won’t relent in the pursuit of their goals.

This movie has one of the best ninja fights and skilled combat that can bind you to it until it ends.

Running Time: 99 minutes

4. Sword of the Stranger (7.8)

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger is an action and adventure anime film directed by Masahiro Ando and produced by Studio Bones.

In this anime, a samurai travels and reluctantly brings a scruffy youngster and his dog to a far-off Buddhist temple. However, he is confronted with numerous moral quandaries during their adventure.

If you are a fan of sword fighting, then this film is the perfect choice for you. That is because this anime contains a lot of amazing sword fighting that was well choreographed.

Running Time: 103 minutes

3. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (7.9)

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is an action and thriller adult anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii. This film is based on a manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow.

This anime follows Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of an unofficial cyborg unit. She was specially created to fight against ferocious crimes. She also goes on a mission to remove the puppet master, an unidentified hacker.

This anime contains a lot of gun fighting and proficient hand-to-hand combat that binds you to it. As a result, it became one of the most popular gun-fighting anime movies ever created.

Running Time: 85 minutes

2. Akira (8.0)


Akira is a 1988 action and sci-fi anime film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. It is based on a manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Shotaro Kaneda, the protagonist of the film, is a biker gang leader who strives to protect his comrade Tetsuo from a covert government operation.

Before Tetsuo’s superhuman abilities unexpectedly appear, he fights off anti-government demonstrators, avaricious politicians, reckless scientists, and a strong military leader.

Running Time: 124 minutes

1. Fighting Spirit: Champion Road (Hajime No Ippo) (8.2)

Fighting Spirit- Champion Road

Fighting Spirit: Champion Road is a 2003 boxing and drama anime film directed by Satoshi Nishimura. It follows the story of Makunouchi Ippo, the new Japanese Featherweight Champion, who is getting ready to make his maiden title defense. His opponent is Sanada Kazuki, a medical student, and former junior featherweight champion.

This anime movie contains a lot of skillful boxing techniques as well as great boxing fights that any fight lover should watch. As a result, it is regarded as one of the best fighting anime movies of all time.

Running Time: 90 minutes

We’ll wrap up this article by going over each anime film on the list. We compiled this fantastic list based on their incredible fights and characters. Despite being an anime film with a shorter runtime than any anime series, it has better fighting sequences than the majority of the series.

Image Source: IMDb, MAL

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