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List Rules The 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 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 top anime movie or anime OVA on this list, click on the movie to see the trailer and get details. This klist of the best anime films list 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 the best classic anime movies like Akira and Ninja Scroll, as well as new anime movies like A Letter to Momo and Ponyo (although that movie is almost 8 years old now).

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 Instant and Amazon Prime if you want to see more than just the best anime movies of all time. 

Chuck Jones and Hayao Miyazaki are among the directors who have worked on Anime movies in the past.

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Poops17 added Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Howl's Moving Castle Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more

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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Princess Mononoke Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
My Neighbor Totoro Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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Castle in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Castle in the Sky Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Tanaka, Ichirō Nagai Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is also the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli. The film was distributed by ...more

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Your Name is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
JordanH added Your Name Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally ...more

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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Kiki's Delivery Service Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Wolf Children Aoi Miyazaki, Megumi Hayashibara, Bunta Sugawara Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese animated film directed and co-written by Mamoru Hosoda. The film stars the voices of Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki and Yukito Nishii. The story follows ...more

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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Ponyo Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is ...more

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, is a 2001 Japanese animated Space Western action film based on the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop created by ...more

The Best Sci-Fi Anime of All Time

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Ghost in the Shell Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by ...more

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A Silent Voice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
SelvexArawn added A Silent Voice Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki

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Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Arrietty Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao ...more

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Porco Rosso is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Porco Rosso Akio Ōtsuka, Akemi Okamura, Osamu Saka Porco Rosso is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on Hikōtei Jidai, a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices ...more

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
erepin71 added The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura

The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Paprika Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that ...more

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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio Ghibli. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 ...more

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The Boy and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
erepin71 added The Boy and the Beast Kumiko Asô, Rirî Furankî, Suzu Hirose

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Whisper of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Whisper of the Heart Mayumi Iizuka, Minami Takayama, Shigeru Muroi Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. The film ...more

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Summer Wars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Summer Wars Riisa Naka, Ichirō Nagai, Sakiko Tamagawa Summer Wars is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film's voice cast includes Ryunosuke ...more

The Best Fantasy Anime of All Time

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Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Ninja Scroll Jōji Nakata, Daisuke Gōri, Takeshi Aono Ninja Scroll is a 1993 Japanese animated action thriller film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The critically acclaimed film was theatrically released on June 5, 1993, and received a ...more

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5 Centimeters Per Second is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
5 Centimeters Per Second Yûko Nakamura, Risa Mizuno, Masami Iwasaki 5 Centimeters Per Second is a 2007 Japanese animated feature film by Makoto Shinkai. The film was finished on 22 January 2007. The first part of the film was released on Yahoo! Japan as ...more

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Vampire Hunter D is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Vampire Hunter D Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi Productions, in association with Epic/Sony Records, CBS Sony Group Inc. and Movic. The screenplay is based on ...more

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Perfect Blue is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Perfect Blue Junko Iwao, Hideyuki Hori, Shin-ichiro Miki Perfect Blue is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller-horror film directed by Satoshi Kon and written by Sadayuki Murai, based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The ...more

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From up on Poppy Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
From up on Poppy Hill Masami Nagasawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuriko Ishida From Up on Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, and produced by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1980 ...more

The Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

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Garden of Words is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
AndréMagalhães added Garden of Words Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Hilary Haag The Garden of Words is a 46-minute Japanese anime film produced in 2013 by CoMix Wave Films and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It starred Miyu Irino and Kana Hanazawa, and featured music by Daisuke ...more

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When Marnie Was There is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
When Marnie Was There Kasumi Arimura, Susumu Terajima, Kazuko Yoshiyuki When Marnie Was There is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It ...more

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The Castle of Cagliostro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
The Castle of Cagliostro Ichirō Nagai, Sumi Shimamoto, Gorō Naya The Castle of Cagliostro is a 1979 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the second film featuring Monkey Punch's master thief Arsène Lupin III, from his ...more

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Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie:... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa Nana Mizuki, Rie Kugimiya, Toshio Furukawa Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist, is on the other side of the gate. He has befriended someone who resembles his brother, Al, and has met a gypsy resembling Rose. He finds out that the ...more

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Blood: The Last Vampire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Blood: The Last Vampire Youki Kudoh, Steven Blum, Paul Carr Teropterids are evil beasts which pose as humans and live only to drink human blood. Fortunately for the human world there are groups dedicated to destroying them. A brooding and mysterious girl ...more

The 26 Greatest Pictures of Animals Riding Other Animals

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Tokyo Godfathers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Tokyo Godfathers Akio Ōtsuka, Mamiko Noto, Toru Emori Tokyo Godfathers is a 2003 anime film directed by Japanese director Satoshi Kon, and co-directed by Shōgo Furuya. Tokyo Godfathers was the third animated movie directed by Kon and the second ...more

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Dwight Schultz, Pamela Adlon, John DiMaggio Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a 2000 anime film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The film is based on the third novel of Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D series, Demon Deathchase. ...more

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
torquegreg added The Tale of Princess Kaguya Tatsuya Nakadai, Ryudo Uzaki, Nobuko Miyamoto The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli and directed and co-written by Isao Takahata, based on the folktale The Tale of the ...more

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
erepin71 added Children Who Chase Lost Voices Kazuhiko Inoue, Fumiko Orikasa, Junko Takeuchi Children Who Chase Lost Voices, known as Journey to Agartha in the UK, is a 2011 Japanese anime film created and directed by Makoto Shinkai, following his previous work 5 Centimeters per Second. ...more

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Chil... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura, Toshiyuki Morikawa Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura, written by Kazushige Nojima, and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji ...more

The Most Important Phrases to Learn Before You Travel Abroad

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Trigun: Badlands Rumble is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Son Goku added Trigun: Badlands Rumble Maaya Sakamoto, Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch Trigun: Badlands Rumble is a 2010 Japanese animated action comedy film by Madhouse. It is based on the Trigun manga, written by Yasuhiro Nightow.

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Fairytail is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Niharika Jay added Fairytail Natsu dragneel, Erza scarlet, Lucy heartfillia

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Only Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Only Yesterday Mayumi Iizuka, Yōko Honna, Miki Imai Only Yesterday is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. Toshio Suzuki produced the film ...more

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Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Houko Kuwashima Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father actually had three swords, known as the Swords of World Conquest. Tetsusaiga is the Sword of Earth and can kill one hundred demons in a single blow. Tenseiga is ...more

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Tales from Earthsea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Tales from Earthsea Bunta Sugawara, Teruyuki Kagawa, Mitsuko Baisho Tales from Earthsea is a 2006 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Gorō Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film is based on a combination of plots and characters from the first ...more

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

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Bleach: Memories of Nobody is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Bleach: Memories of Nobody Rie Kugimiya, Chiwa Saitō, Masakazu Morita Bleach: Memories of Nobody is the first animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. Directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Masashi Sogo, the film was first released in ...more

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Sword of the Stranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Sword of the Stranger Maaya Sakamoto, Naoto Takenaka, Akio Ōtsuka Sword of the Stranger is a 2007 Japanese anime film directed by Masahiro Andō and produced by animation studio Bones. The film follows Kotaro, a young boy who is hunted by a group of swordsmen ...more

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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Niharika Jay added Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha, Haruno Sakura Naruto is a 2002 TV program written by Masashi Kishimoto and directed by Hayato Date.

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Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on th... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Moneca Stori A mysterious island appears where humans and demons live peacefully. Inuyasha went there with Kikyo once 50 years ago, and now returns with Kagome. A mysterious girl named Ai recognizes Inuyasha ...more

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Pom Poko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Pom Poko Megumi Hayashibara, Shincho Kokontei III, Akira Kamiya Pom Poko is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, the eighth written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki are portrayed as ...more

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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Metropolis Toshio Furukawa, Takeshi Aono, Norio Wakamoto Metropolis is a 2001 anime film loosely based on the 1949 Metropolis manga created by Osamu Tezuka, itself inspired by the 1927 German silent film of the same name, though the two do not share ...more

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Inuyasha the Movie: Affections... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time Tomokazu Seki, Kappei Yamaguchi, Houko Kuwashima Inuyasha has mastered the ultimate attack of the Tetsusaiga and continues his battle for the Shikon Jewel shards with Kagome, Shippo, Sango, and Miroku. Unfortunately, a freak occurrence with a ...more

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Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass Kappei Yamaguchi, Houko Kuwashima, Nicole Oliver Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass is the second film of the Inuyasha series. It was released in Japan on December 21, 2002, and in the United States on December 28, 2004. ...more