Last but not least, 2009's Gurren Lagann the Movie: The Lights in the Sky Are Stars may be the best action-based anime. The movie retold Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's second half.
Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) is another great anime feature with film adaptation potential. The first official animated sequel, Dragon Ball Super, offers series-best graphics, animation, and directing in an hour of action.
One Piece Film
Due to the series' length, One Piece features many action films, but 2022's One Piece Film: Red is the finest. Fittingly, One Piece Film celebrated One Piece's 25th anniversary.
Jujutsu Kaisen, the prequel film, was released in 2021 and was suitably entertaining. Jujutsu Kaisen has been one of the best action anime series to come out in recent years.
Our War Game
After Digimon: The Movie's catastrophe, 2000's Digimon Adventure: Our War Game made up for it! Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! was famed director Mamoru Hosoda's first significant production.
The Final Part of Heaven'
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III (2020) has great Type-Moon action. spring music. Studio Ufotable's third Heaven's Feel translation had the franchise's best music, character writing, and animation.
The fifth film in the series, 2008's The Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral, is one of Ufotable's best action films. The Garden of Sinners' story ended perfectly with Paradox Spiral.
Ghost In The Shell
Ghost in the Shell (1995) is another great example. Ghost in the Shell, a cyberpunk crime thriller 30 years later, has stunning animation, choreography, and human drama. Recommended for non-anime fans.
While slice-of-life and whimsical fantasy films are Studio Ghibli's specialty, 1997's Princess Mononoke is a fantastic example of a film that was made by leaning into action.
Promare a Love Lett
The first great action anime is 2019's Promare. Even for Studio Trigger, Promare's story and characterization are light, but its incredible visuals, animation, and fight scenes make up for it.