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The Best Anime Movies of All Time

Updated October 23, 2020 124.5k votes 16.2k voters 1.3m views251 items

List RulesThe best anime movies, including anime OVA movies, of all time.

A list of all the best anime movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. This anime movie list can be voted on by fans like you, so vote up your top anime movies of all time and watch them climb up the poll. If you want more details about a certain anime movie or anime OVA on this list, click on the movie to see the trailer and get details. This list of good anime movies can also be copied to start your own. We also have lists of the best mecha anime of all time, as well as the greatest samurai anime.

This list features famous action classic anime movies, like Akira and Ninja Scroll, as well as new and popular anime movies, like A Letter to Momo and Ponyo (although that movie is almost 8 years old now). Vote up the best anime movies ever, and see if your favorites are ranked in the top 10. 

If you didn't find what you were looking for on this list I suggest checking out the animated movies list, fantasy movies lists, or 3d films list. You can also check out the best fantasy and sci-fi movies that are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime if you want to see more than just the best must-watch anime movies of all time. 

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  • Spirited Away1
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    Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki...  more
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  • Princess Mononoke2
    Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by...  more
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  • Your Name3
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    Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school...  more
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  • Howl's Moving Castle4
    Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao...  more
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  • Wolf Children5
    Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese supernatural anime film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. After her...  more
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  • My Neighbor Totoro6
    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao...  more
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  • Kiki's Delivery Service7
    Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It...  more
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    A Silent Voice: The Movie is a 2016 Japanese animated teen drama film directed by Naoko...  more
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  • Grave of the Fireflies9
    Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao...  more
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  • Castle in the Sky10
    Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao...  more
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  • Akira11
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    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written...  more
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  • The Boy and the Beast12
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  • Ponyo13
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    Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese...  more
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  • Whisper of the Heart14
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    Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi...  more
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  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time15
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  • The Cat Returns16
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  • Garden of Words17
    The Garden of Words is a 46-minute Japanese anime film produced in 2013 by CoMix Wave Films...  more
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  • Arrietty18
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    Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North...  more
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  • Summer Wars19
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    Summer Wars is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda,...  more
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  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie20
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  • Ghost in the Shell21
    Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by...  more
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  • Perfect Blue22
    Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by...  more
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  • 5 Centimeters Per Second23
    5 Centimeters Per Second is a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai. The film...  more
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  • Ninja Scroll24
    Ninja Scroll is a 1993 Japanese animated action thriller film written and directed by Yoshiaki...  more
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  • From up on Poppy Hill25
    From Up on Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, based...  more
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