The top ten action anime movies present you with explosions, shoot outs, sword duels and more explosions. Whether they take place in the past or in the future, these plots portray violent struggles for the fate of humanity.

  1. “Appleseed”- In this action anime movie, a warrior finds plenty of trouble in a post-war society ruled by a species of clones. “Appleseed” debuted in 2004 and features eye-catching CG animation.

  2. “Cowboy Bebop: The Movie”- Shinichiro Watanabe directed this action anime movie, which revolves around space bounty hunters on a mission to stop a chemical terrorist. The movie features music by Yoko Kanna and The Seatbelts. 

  3. “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie”- A crime boss named Bison takes on the world’s greatest fighters in this action anime movie. The movie is based on the popula fighting video game series of the same name.

  4. “Fist of the North Star”- Kenshiro, the protagonist of this action anime movie, possesses every trait you would expect to find in classic action hero. Fortunately, an action hero is exactly what the post-apocalyptic world of “Fist of the North Star” needs.

  5. “Ninja Scroll”- In feudal Japan, a bloody battle between ninja and demons is about to take place. “Ninja Scroll” is a graphic, action anime movie directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri.

  6. “Ghost in the Shell”- A cyborg cop investigates the misdeeds of a criminal hacker in “Ghost in the Shell.” This 1995 action anime movie borrows its plot from a manga series of the same name.

  7. “X”- Don’t be fooled by the simple title; this action anime movie has a lot to offer. A young, psychic warrior named Kamui Shiro must make a choice that will determine the fate of humanity. “X” debuted in 1996.

  8. “Princess Mononoke”- Although the protagonist wishes to establish peace between two warring sides, he will have no choice but to put up a fight. There’s plenty of action in this fantasy film by Hayao Miyazaki.

  9. “Dead Leaves”- You’ll find both action and comedy in this fast-paced anime film about a space-priso break. The plot may be a bit crazy at times, but the action is non-stop.

  10. "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" - Treat your eyes to the tons of vampire slaying action in "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust." The thrilling anime movie borrows its plot from a series of novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi.