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The Best Anime Movies of All Time

Updated February 19, 2021 118.9k votes 16.4k voters 1.3m views252 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
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  • Kiki's Delivery Service7
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  • A Silent Voice8
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  • Grave of the Fireflies9
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  • Castle in the Sky10
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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
    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film...  more
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  • Garden of Words16
    The Garden of Words is a 46-minute Japanese anime film produced in 2013 by CoMix Wave Films...  more
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  • The Cat Returns17
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    The Cat Returns

    The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio...  more
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  • Arrietty18
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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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  • Perfect Blue21
    Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by...  more
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  • Ghost in the Shell22
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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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  • When Marnie Was There25
    When Marnie Was There is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hiromasa...  more
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