The 20 Best Romance Anime Movies Of All Time, Ranked

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Vote up the romance anime films that are worth watching.

There's nothing like a great romance anime. Anime movies are an especially good way to get absorbed into a touching love story, because you don't have to wait around for the next episode - the fate of the lovers will usually be present in the film itself. Also, anime movies often have fabulous animation.

Which are the best romance anime movies? Pretty much anything love-themed that's created by Studio Ghibli or Makoto Shinkai is worth mentioning - we especially want to highlight Howl's Moving Castle and Your Name. But these giants of the genre aren't the only ones creating great romantic films. Looking for something that will make you cry buckets? Try I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. Looking for a good time? Try The Night is Short, Walk on Girl.

No matter what you choose, these love stories are bound to make your heart beat faster.


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    473 VOTES
    A Silent Voice
    Photo: A Silent Voice / Kyoto Animation

    As a child, Shouya Ishida used to bully his classmate Shouko Nishimiya, mostly because she was deaf. He ended up paying the price for his actions after he was ostracized by his classmates - many of whom participated in the bullying too. 

    Years later, he doesn't just feel bad about losing his own social life - he also feels genuinely remorseful for how cruel he was to Shouko. When he meets her again as a teenager, he hopes to make up for what he did. He soon realizes that there's a lot more to their budding relationship than just the pain of the past - but at the same time, the pain of the past never truly goes away. 

    473 votes
  • 2
    510 VOTES
    Your Name
    Photo: Your Name / CoMix Wave Films

    A country girl named Mitsuha Miyamizu suddenly starts swapping bodies with a busy Tokyo boy named Taki Tachibana. Confused by this inexplicable phenomenon, the two begin learning about each other's lives while trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

    They soon realize that they don't exist on the same timeline - and that in Taki's timeline, Mitsuha is no longer alive. To save the girl he's come to love, he'll have to literally transcend time itself.

    510 votes

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  • Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
    Photo: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish / Bones

    Hoping to make his dream of studying marine biology abroad come true, Tsuneo Suzukawa works multiple part time jobs. After rescuing a young woman whose wheelchair is hurtling down the street, he ends up with another job - Josee's caretaker. 

    Josee doesn't think she needs a caretaker - she's perfectly fine by herself. If not for the fact that just about every place outside her home is inaccessible for wheelchair users, she'd be right - but her overprotective grandmother insists. Though Josee has no intention of making things easy for her unwanted caretaker, the two grow close as Tsuneo focuses on helping her do what she wants to do - not what her grandmother wants her to do. Meanwhile, Josee starts to understand Tsuneo's own dreams and aspirations.

    247 votes
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
    Photo: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas / Studio VOLN

    An unnamed protagonist sees no point in interacting with other people and spends most of his time alone. When he discovers that his classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, has a terminal pancreatic disease, he doesn't feel particularly sympathetic. 

    But Sakura wants the protagonist around to help her fulfill her bucket list for the end of her life. As he gets dragged into a variety of social activities, he starts to care about Sakura - and to realize that human connection is more important than he thought it was. 

    332 votes
  • Howl's Moving Castle
    Photo: Howl's Moving Castle / Studio Ghibli

    Sophie Hatter spends her days working diligently in her family's hat shop, never dreaming of more for herself. Her everyday life changes when an accidental encounter introduces her to Howl, an eccentric wizard who lives in a traveling castle. Their connection sparks the jealousy of the Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into an elderly woman. 

    She joins Howl in his castle in the hopes of finding a way to break the curse. In the meantime, she meets Howl's strange companions and gets closer to Howl himself. As she does, she learns more about what she actually wants out of life. But she still has to deal with the Witch of the Waste, not to mention the war brewing around. 

    289 votes

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    177 VOTES

    Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart
    Photo: Whisper of the Heart / Studio Ghibli

    When 14-year-old Shizuku Tsukishima realizes that a boy named Seiji Amasawa has been checking out many of the same books that she is at the library, she decides that she wants to get to know him. She gets the chance when she meets a strange cat at the train station who leads her to an antique shop. There, she discovers a mysterious statuette called the Baron - and Seiji Amasawa. 

    The two quickly grow close, but one thing gets in the way - Seiji has an important goal that he wants to fulfill, while Shizuku is still trying to decide on a direction in life. But her new relationship with Seiji might be just what she needs to figure it out.

    177 votes