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

Every SG Film like Ponyo, SA, My neighbor totoro, Kiki's delivery service, and Grave of the fireflies are just so real and amazing. Characters with real problems, real worries, and real flaws. And not just mary sues. This is easily the best, though, the message and vibes of the amazing fantasy world is better than most "good" films out there. #1

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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!

This isn’t just the best anime movie I’ve ever scene... THIS IS THE BEST ANIMATED MOVIE I’VE SEEN!

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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

Man, this is pop culture at its finest

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4 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.

Amazing...I cried all through the movie

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5 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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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

This was the cutest anime movie I ever watched :O

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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

Howl is so hot

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8 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!



(except you'll maybe have a mental illness)

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9 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 thought this movie was amazing! But it was so sad...

Is for furries lol

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10 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.

Much better than your name

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The Contenders

11 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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12 The Boy and the Beast

A very touching story about real family

So emotional, characters incredible... Best movie I've ever seen

The best movies have I ever seen

It's pretty cool story 'bout family :D

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13 Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

His power is maximum.

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 Patema Inverted

When I saw this film I immediately fell in love! I am close to saying that it has climbed to my number one, it is in competition with Whisper of the Heart and Garden of Words for me! - SidneyHando

First anime movie I saw and it sparked my now insane passion. To all who it concerns, it is on Amazon prime on the video store

This movie is best fantasy ever

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

This movie is really great it and it has great lesson so I recommend this to everyone

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17 Kiki's Delivery Service
18 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Friendship, love, time all in one

I cried when I saw it

Best movie ever

I swear to god you should watch this right now this instant you'll be hooked and it'll be one of the anime's you watch more then once 😊

19 Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
20 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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21 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.

22 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

23 Blood - The Last Vampire
24 Children Who Chase Lost Voices


The moral of the story is once someone is dead, they can’t come back.

25 Dragon Ball Z: Return Of Cooler

Beast movie dudets :3

26 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


27 The Wind Rises

Gives you aim in life

28 Sword of the Stranger

One of the greatest sword fights ever anime or live.

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

29 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.

30 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.

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

31 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

I got it in HMV today and it was amazing!

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32 Naruto in the Land of Snow



33 InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island

I love this anime

34 Dead Leaves


Trippy, but cool <3 - Lollipopz

35 Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

It's the best movie ever this list stinks

36 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Amazing movie

37 Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

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

38 When Marnie Was There
39 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!

This is the other amazing - upupdowndown

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40 The Secret World of Arrietty

This is my first ghibli film, probably my favorite too

I love this movie

41 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

42 Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin
43 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F
44 InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
45 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.

46 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.

47 Jungle Emperor Leo
48 Night On the Galactic Railroad
49 Fairy Tail: Priestess of the Phoenix
50 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

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