The 10 Best ‘Dragon Ball’ Movie Fights So Far

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There aren’t many anime that can match fighting in Dragon Ball. The over-the-top power-ups, choreography, and soundtrack are by far the most beloved part of the series, and one of the reasons the anime made the leap to mainstream audiences.



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While only a few of dragonball the movies are considered canon, that doesn’t mean the fights are any less epic. These movies offer some of the franchise’s best moments, from classic Z Fighter team-ups to showcasing Goku’s spectacular transformations.

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Z Fighters vs. Broly, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan’ (1993)

Before being canonized and revamped in 2018 Dragon Ball Super movie, Broly was a monstrous-strength villain who hated Goku…because he cried a lot in the crib next to him.

For most of this fight, Vegeta sits on the sidelines, cowering in fear at the “legendary” Saiyan. This is one of the few fights that Z fighters lose outright. Broly is toying with them, and only when the Z Fighters transfer all of their power to Goku can he defeat him.


Gohan vs. Bojack, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound’ (1993)

Shortly after Cell’s defeat by Gohan in Dragon Ball Z, Bojack is a villain. Dragon Ball Z Bojack is a villain released from prison because Goku blew up King Kai’s planet to save Earth from Cell.

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With Vegeta, Trunks, and Piccolo knocked out, Goku appears from Otherworld to save Gohan from Bojack. Seeing his father, if only briefly, gives Gohan the inspiration and strength to transform into Super Saiyan Grade 2 (SSJ2) and easily defeat Bojack and his group.

Z Fighters vs Hildegarn, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon’ (1995)

This fight has pretty much everything you want in one Dragon Ball Z movie: giant monster Kaiju, team Goku, Gohan and Goten, Super Saiyan Grade 3 (SSJ3) Gotenks and SSJ3 Goku; it’s a culmination of exciting power-ups.

However, the craziest part of this film is none of these things; this is how Goku defeats Hildegarn. His weakness is that he is prone to high levels of emotion and then he takes damage. Goku continues to insult him and then sends an attack that manifests as a gold-tinged Shenron through Hildegarn’s chest.

Bardock vs Frieza Minions, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – Goku’s Father’ (1990)

After discovering Frieza’s plot to destroy Planet Vegeta, Bardock makes his final attempt to stop the genocide of his race. Like father, like son, Bardock does not go down without a fight.

Bardock attempts to defeat Frieza’s entire army. Although he takes a handful with him, he is eventually overwhelmed by Frieza’s Supernova and taken away with the rest of Planet Vegeta. Although there is a follow-up called Bardock Episode, which shows that Bardock survived the destruction of his planet.


This movie features a great Goku and Vegeta team fight and marks the first time Vegeta has appeared in a DBZ movie. For the uninitiated, Cooler is Frieza’s brother, in which Goku once fought. Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge. Cooler seemingly perished in battle, but like the Six Million Dollar Man, he’s been rebuilt and is back to wreak havoc across the galaxy. When it looks like Goku and Vegeta have finally taken down the Tin Tyrant, they realize there’s a whole army of Coolers out there for them.

The two Saiyans give one last power-up before being overwhelmed and captured off-screen, but they fought. Metal Cooler is super unique and his regeneration ability is incredibly animated. Cooler’s original final form might be the coolest design of all the villains, but his metallic form is a close second.


Gohan and Goten vs. Broly, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming’ (1994)

Several years after defeating Broly, he returns after being awakened under the ice by Goten’s screams: it seems there’s literally nothing Broly hates more than crying.

Gohan and Goten’s combined finale, Kamehameha, doesn’t prove to be enough, but an appearance from Otherworldly Goku gives their attack enough juice to finish what it started and sends Broly flying into space.

Goku vs. Janemba, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn’ (1995)

Arguably Goku’s most stunning SSJ3 transformation, this fight takes place entirely in Other World, where Goku and Vegeta currently find themselves during the Majin Buu Saga.

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by Sean Schemmel the screams during Goku’s SSJ3 transformation are amazing, and by Bruce Faulconer score always adds the intensity these power-ups deserve. Gogeta also makes his first appearance in this film, but he appears later on the list.


Goku vs Frieza, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015)

Frieza’s return marked big things for Dragon Ball. One of fiction’s most famous villains, Frieza, has come sporting a new golden look after training for the very first time in his life.

Of course, it’s been a while since these two met, so their reunion was bound to be capped off with an intense battle, and it didn’t disappoint. Even in his Super Saiyan Blue form, Goku has his hands full. After the battle, he is bluntly eliminated by one of Frieza’s men: a typical tyrant gesture.

Goku vs. Beerus, ‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods’ (2013)

Each time a new form is introduced, it is immediately marked as a milestone in Dragon Ball: Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, and Super Saiyan 3 are all huge moments. In battle of the gods, Super Saiyan God was introduced.

Goku has a new look, a red aura with red hair, and the power to fight a God of Destruction with it. Super Saiyan Blue would quickly outrun this look in the Dragon Ball Super anime, but it was still awesome to see Goku get a meaningful upgrade.

Vegeta/Goku/Gogeta vs. Broly, ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ (2018)

Perhaps the most visually stunning fight in franchise history, bringing back the legendary Super Saiyan Broly, didn’t disappoint. More importantly, they gave Broly more personality and changed his backstory.

After Vegeta and Goku fail to stop Broly individually and as a team, they force Frieza to endure a battle against the monster. At the same time, they teleport to Piccolo to learn the fusion technique. So two of Dragon Ball’s coolest characters, Broly and Gogeta, are officially canonized into a movie.

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