Top 10 Best Anime Movies


The Top Ten

1 Spirited Away

I will never get tired of watching this movie, it's just so nice... And the ending kept me crying as it is just too touching... The best movie I have ever watched!

I watched this with my friend just this year and it made me love anime. It might have been because it was so mysterious, or because I love the concept of the spirit world, but something about it just amazed me.

I've seen Spirited Away a few times and I think that it is overrated. The plot seems a little week at spots and the love story isn't very powerful. It did not leave such a mark as a few other animes, such as Princess Mononoke, did for me, but that is just my opinion. Many prefer the story of Spirited Away. I personally hate the ending... It seems anti-climactic to me. It has just been so hugely advertised and distributed in America that other anime films don't even stand a chance. - Mightyena5875345

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2 Your Name

I literally just watched this movie like, two years after it came out, and it was amazing. It has a way of really making you change the way that you think. I love this movie even though it's romance and I usually hate romances, but this was different. I think that this should actually be number 2, though. There's this other amazing anime movie called "The Shape of Voice," and if it was an option to vote for it, I would definitely vote that movie as Number One instead of this one. You should definitely watch the Shape of Voice if you time! But, with the choices here, Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) is definitely the best. But, to sum it up, this movie is simply breathtaking and kind of funny at the same time. It literally made me cry!

This needs to be on the top. It's way more intriguing and 100 times more touching than spirited away. Don't know about all people here but this was the best anime movie I saw in 2016.

How could be this anime is not the number one? Excellent scoring, fantastic animation, and last but not least, the heart-pounding plot twist yet filled with a bit comedy to freshen up our mind while watching!

best movie

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3 Akira

Akira started the Anime craze in America. In the late 80's early 90's you could only get this Anime from infomercials and 1-800 #'s. First introduces as this new cutting edge style of Animation fresh from Japan and it was not marketed to children but to Adults. That is the problem with a pole like this being a matter of opinion and open to children not old enough to remember where it really began. Take it from me, if you have not Seen Akira at least once, you have no room to claim any expertise in Anime or it becoming relevant outside of Japan. However, here I will also note that although Akira started the Anime craze in a America, it was by no means the first Anime nor the First Anime to come out in America. Both of those distinctions actually go to AstroBoy. - Mystsofvoid

Well, Akira wasn't really the first anime, but it's definitely the forefather of modern anime. - MKBeast

In my opinion, is the greatest anime of all time. The animation is incredible, and completely hand drawn. It is filled with action, adventure (and quite frankly, a hell of a lot of language), and one scene that has always grossed me out: The scene where Tetsuo transforms into the blob thing. Did I mention that this movie ALSO started the anime fandom (Otaku) in America? You can't become an anime fan until you watch Akira. - BronySyndrome

This movie is so cool! It's violent, it has strong language, and EXCELLENT hand drawn animation.

Rated R.. - BronySyndrome


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4 Princess Mononoke

I love this film. I consider it the greatest anime movie ever. It has an awesome adventure, an extremely romantic (but in no way sappy) love story, a war between three factions, and an enormous battle. It has everything. I love this film and I have now seen it around 30 times. It gets to me every time. I fall in love with the characters again every time I see it, I experience the story as if I have never heard it (though I have memorized the script and the scenes), and get depressed for a few days every time I see it (every few months) thinking about it. I have never seen another movie so powerful. Movies are supposed to move you in some profound way, and this film definitely does so. I think that this deserves top spot. I've seen Spirited Away a few times and I think that it is overrated. Many people who voted for it have probably never seen Princess Mononoke. Personally, I find Spirited Away to be a bit more childish that Princess Mononoke, but that is because Miyazaki's films are ...more - Mightyena5875345

I know you're thinking this:

But this movie should be number one.


Who gives a crap? This movie is one of his best, but is still not for families, which is his usual path. It's VERY bloody, with violence and nudity. THAT is why it is number 8. - BronySyndrome

Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece. It is more than a good anime film, but one of the greatest films ever made. The animation is beautiful and the characters you will never forget.

Miyazaki movie and is enough in itself

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5 Grave of the Fireflies

The story is so good and emocional, even makes you cry
Please watch it -


Must watch once. I guaranteed that this movie makes you cry.

It's so good, love for life will be renewed in you

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6 My Neighbor Totoro

Only anime movie I saw as a kid and it is still one of my favorite movies. I am into details and stuff with animation and it blows me away every time. - mikeford

Just watched this movie yesterday. I started crying my eyes out when it ended. This was an adorable, funny, and magical ride that I didn't ever want to get off. - Absolite

Beautiful detail, comedy, and adventure. Another Miyazaki film that anyone will enjoy. - BronySyndrome

The little Totoro Jr's, cat bus, and acorns make for a memorable movie!

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7 Howl's Moving Castle

I watched this first when I was five years old, and since then watched it every day, until my mother "accidentally" deleted it from the planner.
I cried for hours because we couldn't get it back, and so my mother had to purchase it from the Internet.

Seriously an amazing movie... I don't know what it is... It just makes your heart swell.
The plot is amazing, as well as the characters. I especially love how the main character is somehow beautiful and still finds true love, despite being turned into an ugly old lady.

This movie just feels like home to me.

I ADORE THIS MOVIE! I have probably seen this movie twenty times or even more than that. The cast is amazing, the story is fascinating and intriguing, and the characters are so well done! And lets not forget the beautiful imagery throughout the film and the wonderful excitement of magic used! I think I actually own two copies of this movie! I hope anyone who reads this list will watch this wonderful, amazing, perfect adventure!

Spirited Away is the most popular anime movie of all time.
Akira is the best anime movie of it's era.
Grave of the fire flies is the best emotional anti war anime of all time.
My personal favorite is wolf children.

But Howl's Moving Castle, is the best anime movie of all time. It's got a bigger universe than spirited away, a better written story and ending than akira and a much wider range of audience than grave of the fire flies. If I had to make a top 5 it would go like this...

1. howl's moving castle
2. spirited away
3. akira
4. grave of the fire flies
5. princess mononoke

It is amazing! The soundtrack stuck with me and I couldn't keep the theme out of my head. It is so fast-paced and gives you a bubbly feeling inside! - Spiceberry

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8 Koe No Katachi

", "YOUR NAME" MADE ME CRY SO MUCH! 1! 1! 1" A Silent Voice has a real moral behind it and hits hard for those who have experienced bullying or have grown up around it. For me it was a real "tear jerker" because I have been bullied before and the trip the main character takes to redeem himself despite his anxiety. It is a true representation of redemption, love, and friendships. Plus, the music and timing of the music is perfect and even the regular soundtrack just makes tears swell up in my eyes. Make this higher please. Also if you love Stand by Me you will love this movie!

"How is this so low when almost every video you find says it rivaled Your Name. This movie has brought me closer to tears than any other one and has made a special spot in my heart."

I love it. It made me realise that people who are deaf are still capable of other things. Now, I have taken sign language classes. I enjoy them.


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9 Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion

8th place is not bad at all, but I think it should be ranked much higher!

This ending is just EPIC "EINS, ZWEI, DREI! "

Greatest piece of art ever created in the history of mankind!

I really don't understand why Madoka magica Pulla pulla did not get on the list?

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10 Ghost In The Shell

This film deserves to be in the top 5 at least. One of the most influential films of all time. The underlying themes are so good and you need to watch it several times to fully grasp its meaning. One of my favorite anime films for sure.

Definitely a top 5. Don't know what it's doing this far down the list.

12? Are you kidding me? Ghost in the Shell is possibly the best aniem movie ever made. This should be at least up there with Akira, Perfect Blue and Miyazaki's stuff.


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The Newcomers

? A Silent Voice

Literally the best

The Contenders

11 Kiki's Delivery Service
12 When Marnie Was There When Marnie Was There

I truly love this.

I dunno if the sub was better but the dub made me cry

It touches me emotionally 😭, so glad I was able to watch this

13 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

His power is maximum.

It amazing

A grt combo of fight scenes with epic background music. A must watch for all dbz fans, n so for the others if u r into action/anime fights.

14 Pokemon the Movie 2000

Best pokemon movie and anime movie ever

Truly the best anime movie ever created.

Why pokemon more forgetten than other anime it not fair. not fair. I want to become a nintendo me,mber
one day

15 Wolf Children Wolf Children

I love this movie go watch it. It has great characters, and a great plot, which revolves around a young mother, Hana, who has kids with a werewolf who dies. Now the completely human Hana is forced to deal with Ame, a cowardly, frail boy at first, but evolving into a more brave and strong version later on, hating who he is and not having any social skills, or wanting to run away and protect the mountain that because... Well, I won't spoil that. And Yuki, a spitfire of a girl constantly getting in trouble at the beginning, and just wanting to be normal and embracing being human at the end, having to choose: Wolves or people?

Ame became an ass at the end, though. What kind of kid doesn't say goodbye to his mom after all she's done for you?!

I LOVE this Movie Simply the best

Very different from other anime movies, really loved it.

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16 Ponyo

I absolutely love this anime movie it so cute I have watched it just about a million times its great for little kids and older people who are still into fantasy and fairy tales its one of the cutes little movies EVER!

Just watched it! It's so beautiful, with the characters and the story! I enjoyed it a lot. This movie is so cute! Ponyo is a great movie! You should check it out!

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! WATCHED IT ABOUT A THOUSAND TIMES I have to say it is a cute adorable film that will warm hearts please watch it

Ponyo Ponyo, little fISHY IN THE SEA
That is forever stuck in my head

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17 Cowboy Bebop - The Movie

Love it... Genre of it"s on... Very underrated here... Animation, the characters, style and the music... Mish-mash of everything Sci-fi, spaghetti western, samurai films... Tarantino anime so to speak...

18 Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja

I love the Akatsuki members, and I much appreciated this alternate reality, where they got to be protagonists.

Naruto road to a ninja is amazing it made me cry I never cry not in original movies but this movie is my favourite

16? I even cried watching this movie

the best

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19 Perfect Blue

Such a mind-bending, tense thriller. One of the best out there, even. With a relatable protagonist, well-done animation, intense scenes of sexual and physical violence, disturbing ideas, a fantastic soundtrack, and a genuinely engaging plot, Perfect Blue is possibly Satoshi Kon's best film. And it's his first. - regularshowman

People who've actually understanded the true psychological und symbolic meaning of this masterpiece won't deny that this is one of the best pieces of art ever created.

20 Blood - The Last Vampire
21 Castle in the Sky

I voted for this, this is a masterpiece with good story and a famous theme song - wren6

My second favorite my first is spirited away

Best movie ever! - Maya159610

22 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

This is better than the broly movie - ikerevievs

Best movie of all time

Very good. better then other dbz movies

Could have been a lot better no should have been a lot better


23 Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

It's a great story anyway, but this Movie tops everything. I's length is nearly 3 hours but every single Moment, every single situation is made up so lovingly. There is not a single scene which could be considered as boring. In my opinion this is the best Anime Movie I've ever seen.

This movie is so amazing because of the music the animation, the story, but most of all kyon's choice monologue I get goosebumps

I love this movie and it gives the the series so much more of a compete feeling!

Easy the best Anime Movie of all Time

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24 5 Centimeters Per Second

Absolutely amazing anime movie, you must watch it and you will understand - OreSama

It's one of the most cinematic movies ever created, the visuals are out-of-this-world. It is a classic contemporary portrayal of loss, distance and unrequited love with lots of symbolism that is absolutely heart-wrenching. If you're looking for something truly beautiful, realistic and heartbreaking, you should definitely watch 5 Centimeters Per Second!

One of the true great anime movies. Blending beautiful animation with realistic storytelling and drama, Five Centimeters Per Second is the template for which all slice of life anime dated after 2007 take after. It's not just my favorite anime movie, it's one of my favorite movies period.

I mean how the hell can't you consider this movie... it was just awesome... made an unexplainable impact on my mind and still has... and the ending song was like... a must watch

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25 The Wind Rises

Gives you aim in life

26 Sword of the Stranger

One of the greatest sword fights ever anime or live.

Best movie with great sword fighting...

Only 5o? This is a good anime, ending was alright but left you thinking. Good battles, good moments, and most of all good vibes.

27 Garden of Words

It was just perfect

Funny that it is ranked so low yet it remains the favourite film of Makoto Shinkai for so many; definitely up there with Your Name and definitely a cut above 5 Centimeters Per Second.
This is the film that made Makoto Shinkai known for beauty.

28 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

This is a very interesting movie. The plot is unique and the writing is spot on. Sure, the plot and lore behind the movie can be very confusing at times, and the main character, Nausicaa, can get on my nerves at times. But it's still a great film. Makes me want to see more movies by these people.

Beautiful score, very touching at times. Great characters and a lovely but of sci-fi. Don't forget this is a very old film and has aged beautifully.

29 Ninja Scroll

One of the most intense anime movies I've seen - fuadmondeo

Ninja scroll should be number one. The art and plot alone is enough.

An elegant story beautifully drawn and stands the test of time.

Ninja Scroll is at least as good as Akira. Jubei is literally a legendary warrior, and now he's a classic.

30 Summer Wars

One of the best anime movies I have ever seen... I absolutely loves it. I really think it should have been higher but who am I?!?

When I first heard about this movie I had no idea what it was but I decided to watch and straight away I loved it.

My favorite anime movie ever and I watched 5 out of ten of the movies in the top ten list

Abosutely amazing 31 number 3

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31 Dragon Ball Z: Return Of Cooler

Beast movie dudets :3

32 Naruto in the Land of Snow



33 Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

One of my most favorite anime movie ever, not to mention fairy tail is my favoraite anime of all time.

The best anime movie ever great storyline perfect plot and a whole lot of nalu scenes which were hilarious.i wish fairy tail makes more episodes because I missed it so much

It was a great movie I hope next season would come soon

for now peace

34 InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island

I love this anime

35 Dead Leaves


Trippy, but cool <3 - Lollipopz

36 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Amazing movie

37 Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King

I don't know why this movie isn't in the top, this movie is one of the best movies is just amazing and so awesome

38 The Secret World of Arrietty

This is my first ghibli film, probably my favorite too

I love this movie

39 Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin
40 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

It teaches you to make the most of every moment, loved it

Friendship, love, time all in one

I cried when I saw it

Best movie ever

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41 InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
42 Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Loved it loved it loved it! Not sure why it's rated r though. Princess mononoke was pg13 and had way more gore.

43 Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Returns

Dude janemba had no chance against gogeta but good enough to beat Goku super saiyan 3 which was way better than Goku vs Frieza

AWESOME probably the best fusion character ever way better than gotenks but vegito is better than both of them combined

44 Vampire Hunter D

This was good but the sequel bloodlust was 10 times better! Wish I could find bloodlust because it's my favorite anime movie next to akira.

45 Jungle Emperor Leo
46 Night On the Galactic Railroad
47 InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
48 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
49 Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

It's the best movie ever this list stinks

This is my most hyped Naruto movie to watch.

50 Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix
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