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The Best Anime Movies of All Time  

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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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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
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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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 Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki
A Silent Voice: The Movie is a 2016 Japanese animated teen drama film directed by Naoko Yamada, based on the manga by Yoshitoki Ōima. Years after being ostracized by his classmates for bullying ...more
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Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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
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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erepin71 added Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa ...more
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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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Whisper of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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The Boy and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
erepin71 added Kumiko Asô, Rirî Furankî, Suzu Hirose
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5 Centimeters Per Second is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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Perfect Blue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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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Summer Wars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
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