Top 10 Best Anime Movies

The Top Ten
1 Spirited Away Spirited Away Product Image

This is easily the greatest anime film of all time. You follow Chihiro as she matures and grows after suddenly finding herself in a new and mystical world. She has to prove herself again and again with the hopes of being reunited with her parents. Such powerful emotions come to play in this, and the movie is so much like my dreams that it was almost creepy. Highly recommend this great film.

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.

I like this movie since the first time I found it in Sony...this and some other animes are the reason that I love to draw more than when I was younger. The truth is, all Miyazaki movies are the best, and what appeals to me is that everything that he has made is around a world were the good is those that take care of mother earth and the bad ones well those ones never win haha...I wish there would be a "to be continue" on some of his movies but is part of its charms and well there it is, my opinion. n.n

At first, I feel not watching this anime until Disney have televise it. It's a masterpiece full of symbolism and great character development for our mc. Every scene is fully detailed or animated which the unexpected for an anime which have been created hand drawn. that's real dedication right there by the creator. No anime movies comes close in terms of storyline, details, character progression and hard work to this one.

2 Your Name Your Name Product Image

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!

I highly recommend you watch this. I watched both Spirited Away and Your Name but Your Name takes 1st place. Your Name intrigues you more in the movie and the end just leaves you want more to see what happens. Then its also like a interactive detective movie as you try to piece the events in the movie as it happens in the past and future. Also people love this movie so much the directors consider making another movie. In the end this takes the cake.

Unpopular opinion: I think this movie is better than spirited away. This movie is so good, and so moving, this should be at least number two. The animation is gorgeous, the characters are smart and funny and lovable, the story is incredibly interesting and unique, and the way everything builds bigger and bigger is outstanding.
I can't recommend this movie enough. This was definitely my favorite movie of 2016, and one of my favorites of all time

I just watched this anime half an hour ago on Netflix... I had cried three times by the end of it, but was cheering in happiness at the same time. The animation and drawing in it were so beautiful, and the characters were intriguing, and realistic, and yet still relatable. The plot line kept me constantly guessing, and my eyes were glued to the screen. It was filled with emotion, the happy parts made me cheer, and the sad parts had me bawling. I had tears streaming down my face by the time the movie finished. It was beautiful, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great movie to watch. ~Thunderstorm460

3 Princess Mononoke Princess Mononoke Product Image

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

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.

I know you're thinking this:

But this movie should be number one.

AND THIS IS A MIYAZAKI FILM!

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.

Pretty good film. Not amazing, but definitely top three material on a list like this.

4 Akira Akira Product Image

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

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.

No film has a sense of greatness and scope like Akira does. IT GETS BETTER WITH EACH VIEWING.

For a 1988 film, it took 7 animation companies and 10 years to make the visuals...honestly, I have never seen any movie come close to the smoothness of Akira. Most of it is animated at 24fps.

Akira was the first movie to pre-record the voices of the actors, and then lip-sync the mouths of the characters (which is why you should never watch Akira with dub). All the characters keep moving all the time on screen, and there is never a dull moment.

Also, this was many people's first step into the world of anime, and it showed everyone that cartoons could be enjoyed by adults too.

People complain about it's confusing plot...they don't realise that Akira was never aiming to deliver a good story.

Akira is a visual treat for the eyes, not to mention the Dolby Atmos audio in which it was recorded sounds amazing.

Do yourself a favour and go check out Akira 720p ...more

An Anime film like no other. Stunning. The motorcycle battles are amongst the most exciting action sequences ever created. My only complaint is with the English voice acting.

5 Grave of the Fireflies Grave of the Fireflies Product Image

I just remembered that I have already watched this movie a long time ago.
And it was really really sad and heartbreaking it made me burst into tears even tough I am a who doesn't cry and refrain myself from crying ( esprcially in front of other people.)
the movie is GREAT... Must watch this movie guys...

The first and only anime movie that has felt so surreal and heartbreaking that it's made me use up all the tissue boxes. Sorry mum.

It's the most ambitious, emotional, and quite frankly best film that I've ever seen. Watch it and be happy with what you have.

A must watch. The rice ball scene literally broke my heart. This is the best anime movie I've ever seen.

6 My Neighbor Totoro My Neighbor Totoro Product Image

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.

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.

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

Such a great movie. This should be #1. I watched this as a child, and I still love it.

7 Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle Product Image

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.

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's Epic, It's Awesome, It's Adventurous, I had no idea but I will make a web series spinoff of this film, even though my sister calls this film a CRINGE but do not tell anyone except your friend at School (Only if you are in Indonesia) that I suspect a beautiful character and she's a girl... Clever enough? Well she's none other than Sophie. Shooked enough? (Even though my mum is bothering me) well I guess I really want to make a fan-made animated series about her in a modern world, Imagine That.

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!

8 The End of Evangelion The End of Evangelion Product Image

Confusing as it may be, I absolutely believe it deserves a higher nod. It does an excellent job of leaving the audience with hope that humanity can eventually come to understand each other, to lower our mental walls and truly connect. Even after the horrific bloodbath that is the first half.

The ending of this anime is so col, I love it.
Much better than endings from other animes.

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

Texas sucks!

Mom is too blind!

She hears what she wants to hear!

9 Koe No Katachi Koe No Katachi Product Image

It really shouldn't have been 14th place when I first checked this list. It was just magical the whole way through with a deep plot and relatable characters even though they are just part of a made up premise of a film. It goes so far into subjects andevry part of it warms you inside and makes you feel. This is actaully an example of doing a film with somebody struck with a mental problem and how to do it amazingly. It's the reasonI want to learn sign language now too! The plot always throws something great at you every few minutes still giving you moments to relax and understand and then you can get caught up in it all the way through. I don't know if I'm the only person who'd say about the music or not but I loved it. The animation is simply gorgeous and we all knew we were in for a pleasure to see when we just gazed at the title. The character are so real as well. Even if you'll end up relating to a bully or a deaf girl, we feel for these characters and our emotions run through it. ...more

", "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!

This is my #1 favorite movie. not #1 favorite anime movie but out of all the movies in the world, this is #1 in my book. I love the characters development and it teaches you that your sins will always follow you. it shows you that karma will always hit you back. even though Nishinoya bullied that girl, I felt really bad for him when he grew up because he changed. obviously, what he did was bad, but he was reborn a completely different person. this movie made me cry so hard. honestly, this movie is so well made and what makes it sadder is that this stuff happens in real life. I definitely recommend watching it!

If you don't cry during this movie, it's because you don't have tear ducts. This film shows so many ways of change, Love and friendship. It explains that you're never the only one who's done something horrible, and that you can always be forgiven for your mistakes.

10 Kiki's Delivery Service Kiki's Delivery Service Product Image

What I like is the naturalness and simplicity of this film. No violence, no villains, no melodrama, just a real girl and her life

It's a pretty cute classic.

The Contenders
11 Ghost In The Shell Ghost In The Shell Product Image

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.

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.

I can't realise why this movie is so low on this list I mean you did not put it not in first top 5?!?! while some stupid movies put above it.

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

12 Ponyo Ponyo Product Image

I just love this movie! I like the plot, and the animations is lovely, and it's really kid friendly. I saw this movie for the first time when I was about five, and I still love it.

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!

Ponyo is the greatest anime movie to ever have been made. I watch it all the time at school, and I get excited every time we do!

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!

13 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?

I love this movie so much! I think it needs more love, the story was such an adventure, it was as if I had my own wolf child. And, the ending was sad but happy at the same time!

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?!

It was just such a beautiful movie. Everyone should watch this at least once.

14 When Marnie Was There

I truly love this.

15 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Product Image

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...

The characters, dialogue and fluid animation are awesome.

16 Castle in the Sky Castle in the Sky Product Image

The first time I saw this I was blown away by the story.

I just recently saw this, and it's great.

Who put this here twice

Best movie ever!

17 Perfect Blue Perfect Blue Product Image

Are You Guys Kidding me? This masterpiece on 16th place..? this is not one of the best anime movies but also one of the best movies out there I mean it's has all element Suspense,Thrill, Psychopath, Msytery Drama.. what else you want !

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.

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.

One of my top anime movies of all time!

18 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 Product Image

Truly the best anime movie ever created.

19 Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja Product Image

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

I'm so glad I finally got to see the Akatsuki members alive again..in the alternate universe

Number 20?! this movie is WAY better than that!

I love road to ninja Rock Lee is so crazy!

20 Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler Product Image
21 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Product Image

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.

War, environment, peace, and animal rights are major themes in this Miyazaki classic.

22 Blood - The Last Vampire Blood - The Last Vampire Product Image
23 Garden of Words Garden of Words Product Image

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.

Oh this film was just amazing & heart touching. Can't understand why it has taken a low rank.

It was just perfect

24 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Product Image

Best movie of all time

Wow this is good

25 The Wind Rises The Wind Rises Product Image

Gives you aim in life

Miyazaki's final film

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