Anime is a term used in Japan to refer to all forms of animation from around the world. This post is our selected rankings on the top 50 best Anime movies of all time. Anime is a style which is often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters, and good themes.

The earliest commercial Japanese animation dates back to 1917 and ever since then, Anime production in Japan has been going on steadily. During the late twentieth century, anime was spread out internationally and the anime art style was developed in the 1960s. During that time, anime has developed a large audience both domestic and international audience. Anime is distributed theatrically by the way of television broadcast which is direct to home media and over the internet. It is being classified into various genres targeting diverse broad and niche audience. Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques which have been adapted over time in response to emergent technologies.

In this article, we are going to give you 50 of the greatest animated movies ever.


  • 1. AKIRA: Akira was produced in 1988. It is about secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.


  • 2. PRINCESS MONONOKE: Ahitaka is on a journey to find the cure for a Tatariganmi curse, later on, he finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara a mining colony. During the quest, he meets San who is the Mononoke Hime.
  • 3. SPIRTED AWAY: This movie is filled with adventures, dream, fantasy, metaphor and many more. The movie is about 10-year-old girl who is forced to work in an extra-dimensional both house after ghosts and demons after a mysterious spell that turns her parents into pigs.
  • 4. CASTLE IN THE SKY: This movie, fourth on our list of the best anime movies of all time, its about a young boy and a girl with a magic crystal. They must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
  • 5. PONYO: This movie is about love, fantasy, adventure. A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.
  • 6. THE WIND RISE: This movie was created in 2013, looking at the life you Jiro Horikoshi the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
  • 7. WICKED CITY: Two agents which feature a lady killer human and a voluptuous demon who attempts to protect a signatory to a peace ceremony between the human world and the Black world from radicalized demons.
  • 8. PERFECT BLUE: This movie goes through the life of a retired pop singer who turned actress her sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
  • 9. VAMPIRE HUNTER D: If you love watching Vampire movies then this anime is for you. A young girl who request the help of a Vampire Hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her and also prevent her from becoming a vampire herself.
  • 10. MILLENNIUM ACTRESS: This anime movie is about an actress who meets a TV interviewer and cameraman and they travel through her memories and career.
  • 11. NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND: created in 1984, was this fiction movie. It is a warrior princess who struggles to prevent themselves and their dying planet.
  • 12. EVANGELION 1.0 YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organization which is set up to counter this threat and it’s up to young pilots to protect the earth. But NERV actually has another motive what is their real motive.
  • 13. COWBOY BEBOP THE MOVIE: If you have watched the series of Cowboy Bebop then you definitely don’t want to miss the movie which is number thirteenth among the best anime movies of all time. Cowboy Bebop Movie is about a terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses and it’s up to bounty hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.
  • 14. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO: This is a 1988 anime movie. If you like adventure then certainly this is for you. Two girls move to a country to be near their ailing mother they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirit who live nearby.
  • 15. GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES: The movie is about a young boy and his little sister who struggle to survive in Japan during the World War II.
  • 16. GHOST IN THE SHELL: This movie is filled up with action as a cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the puppet master.
  • 17. PAPRIKA: Paprika who is a young female therapist is meant to save her patients when a machine that allows the therapist to enter their patient’s dreams is stolen.
  • 18. NINJA SCROLL: This anime movie is packed filled with action when a vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful Ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers.
  • 19. WHISPER OF THE HEART: If you love watching movies about love story then this is for you. The anime movie is a love story between a girl who loves reading books and the boy who had previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.
  • 20. KIKIS DELIVERY SERVICE: Kiki which is a young witch. She tries to fit into a new community, but it seems difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
  • 21. HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: If you love magical movies and witches well this anime has it all for you. When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions.
  • 22. LUPIN III THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO: Number twenty-two on our list of best anime movies of all time is about a flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count clutches and to learn the hidden secrets to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.
  • 23. PORCO ROSSO: This anime was created in 1992, it was about a veteran World War. 1 pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.
  • 24. WOLF CHILDREN: Filled with adventure, fantasy, action. The 2012 anime is about a werewolf and his lover. After the werewolf died, his lover must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. The child also inherited the father’s traits and it was challenging for her.
  • 25. YOUR NAME: Created in 2016, it tells the story of two strangers who find themselves linked in a bizarre way, when a connection forms will distance be the only thing to keep them apart.
  • 26. GHOST IN THE SHELL 2 INNOCENCE: In the year 2032, a female robot was created for sexual pleasure and later slaughtered her owner. Baton who is a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit public security section 9 investigate the case.
  • 27. 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND: This anime is a must watch, the story is about a fellow young man name Tataki which follows his life as a cruel winter, cold technology, and adult obligation all to test the delicate petals of love.
  • 28. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY: This movie follows the clock family they are actually four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another’s family residence borrowing simple items to make their home.
  • 29. STREET FIGHTER II: If you have watched street fighter then trust me you would want to watch the animated movie, filled with action, fantasy and many more.
  • 30. LUPIN THE 3RD THE MYSTERY OF MAMO: number thirty on our list of best anime movies of all time is about a master thief risks death to learn the secret and intention of a wealthy and seemingly immortal but certainly ruthless recluse and all of this took place in the attempt to win the affection of a beautiful rival.
  • 31. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: A movie filled with adventure and the story is about Jack who climbs a giant beanstalk and stumbles upon a city which is ruled by an evil queen.
  • 32. PATLABOR 2 THE MOVIE: a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, the special vehicle unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict.
  • 33. THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA: This anime movie is literally for girls. A princess was found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The young mysterious princess enthralls all who encounters her but she has to confront her fate and face her crime.
  • 34. SWORDS OF THE STRANGER: A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote Buddhist temple.
  • 35. THE RED TURTLE: thirty fifth on our selection of the best anime movies of all time is a story is about a man who is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle which changes his life.
  • 36. HIGHLANDER THE SEARCH FOR VENGENANIME: This anime is all about revenge, full-time action packed movie. The anime is a continuation of the Highlander saga following immortal Colin macleods quest for revenge.
  • 37. WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE: An adolescent girl was sent to live with relatives on the country side. She is very emotional and she became obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there, a girl who may or may not be real.
  • 38. AACHI AND SSIPAK: Small-time hustlers try to get rich in this movie when energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with juice bars.
  • 39. FROM UP ON POPPY HILL: A group of Yokohama teams to save their school clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
  • 40. THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME: A high school girl named Makoti acquires the power to travel back in time and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. She does not know that she is affecting the lives of other just as much as her own.
  • 41. SUMMER WARS: If you love watching OZ then this is for you. A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ. OZ is a digital world all of this happened while pretending to be the fiance of his friend at her grandmother 90th birthday.
  • 42. A SILENT VOICE: a young man seeks OK the path of redemption after he bullied a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. This movie is filled with adventures, fantasy love and so much more.
  • 43. THE BOY AND THE BEAST: The story of a young orphan boy who stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he is taken in by a graff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.
  • 44. CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES: The story is about young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio which was left as a memento by an absent father that leads a young heroine deep into deep into a hidden world.
  • 45. THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF HORIS PRINCE OF THE SUN: A boy with a mystical sword wants to protect a village from an evil ice wizard and her minions who destroyed his family village but the villagers do not trust him and a mysterious girl with a dark secret befriends him.
  • 46. ROUJIN Z: This anime is about a compassionate young nurse who is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary healthcare bed but there are unexpected consequences.
  • 47. THE CAT RETURNS: After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself of involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.
  • 48. SKY CRAWLERS: A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfighter above the clouds.
  • 49. METROPOLIS: About a robot girl named Tima, Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind her.
  • 50. BRAVE STORY: This anime is about Watara an 11 year old who was told that he can change his destiny by entering a magical gateway into another world he jumps on the chance but on his quest to find the tower of fortune and be granted any wish he must conjure up all of his bravery to battle a world of demons and his own friends .
    We said top 50 Anime movies of all time, but we decided to add one more to top the list.
  • 61. PATEMA INVERTED: A young girl from a civilization that needs in deeps underground tunnels find herself trapped in an inverted world and team up with a resident to escape and return home.
    We have been able to give you the best anime movies ever. So now you can watch as many as you can.


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