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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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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

Released: 1997

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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#54 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #1,314 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #234 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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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

Released: 1988

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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There's Totally a My Neighbor Totoro Sequel, But You Can Only See It At The Ghibli Museum #327 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #185 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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Wolf Children is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Aoi Miyazaki, Megumi Hayashibara, Bunta Sugawara

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese supernatural anime film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young ...more

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Kiki's Delivery Service ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka

Released: 1989

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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#95 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #275 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Grave of the Fireflies ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Isao Takahata

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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Castle in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Tanaka, Ichirō Nagai

Released: 1986

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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#94 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #312 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #294 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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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

Released: 1988

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki

Released: 2010

Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

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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erepin71 added Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

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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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris

Released: 2001

Directed by: Shinichirō Watanabe

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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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada

Released: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

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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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

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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#158 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #310 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Whisper of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Whisper of the Heart Mayumi Iizuka, Minami Takayama, Shigeru Muroi

Released: 1995

Directed by: Yoshifumi Kondō

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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#750 of 804 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #199 of 316 The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time

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Summer Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Riisa Naka, Ichirō Nagai, Sakiko Tamagawa

Released: 2009

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

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

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5 Centimeters Per Second... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Yûko Nakamura, Risa Mizuno, Masami Iwasaki

Released: 2007

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

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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The Boy and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
erepin71 added Kumiko Asô, Rirî Furankî, Suzu Hirose

Released: 2015

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda

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Porco Rosso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Akio Ōtsuka, Akemi Okamura, Osamu Saka

Released: 1992

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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Ninja Scroll is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Jōji Nakata, Daisuke Gōri, Takeshi Aono

Released: 1993

Directed by: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

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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From up on Poppy Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Masami Nagasawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuriko Ishida

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gorō Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, based on the 1980 serialized Japanese comic of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written ...more

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Vampire Hunter D is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe

Released: 1985

Directed by: Toyoo Ashida

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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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka

Released: 2006

Directed by: Satoshi Kon

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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#503 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #258 of 316 The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time

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Perfect Blue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Movies of All Time
Junko Iwao, Hideyuki Hori, Shin-ichiro Miki

Released: 1997

Directed by: Satoshi Kon

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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