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23 Best Anime Movies That You Can’t Miss

Anime movies are something that brings out the art lover inside of you. The acute details on the art, the expression of the emotions offered by anime movies will take you to a journey that you have never felt before. If you have already watched anime movies, then you will know what we are talking about.

So, if you are looking for a list of the top 22 best anime movies of all time, then you have come to the right place. Here, we will be sharing a brief yet detailed summary of each of the best anime movies for you.

So, get ready to watch some of the most beautiful and breathtaking anime movies there are…

1 The Wind Rises

” This is my all time favorite anime movie for it’s love, music, amazing scenes and story.”

The first anime on our list is from the famous Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. The Wind Rises is a fictional biopic of the renowned plane designer ‘Jiro Horikoshi’.

He wanted to be a pilot since his childhood. But due to nearsightedness, it was not an option for him.

Later, he designed 2 fighter aircrafts that were used by Japan in World War II. The anime will introduce you to the ups and downs of the life of a young warplane designer.

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2 Only Yesterday

” A beautiful story with past , present and little things that we love”

‘Only Yesterday’ is another breathtaking anime movie from the ‘Studio Ghibli’. In this movie, you will see that a working woman goes on a trip outside of her city Tokyo for the first time.

She travels to her sister’s family in a village; where she starts to get flashbacks of her childhood. This anime is a great one if you want to go back to your childhood through the eyes of the main character ‘Taeko Okajima’.

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3 Weathering with You

Finally watched Weathering with You and it was awesome. The cute , all good hearted characters and the mind blowing music makes this movie a tear jerker and so entertaining.

You are gripped to the seat whole time , the character development and hardships face by them. All of these makes us connect more with the movies. All is all this was a masterpiece , definitely recommended.

4 From Up on Poppy Hill

” I find this movie too too cute to be true”

If you love slice of life, a bit of comedy, and refreshing story, then you will enjoy this one. ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ is also from the same famous ‘Studio Ghibli’.

This anime is set in 1963 after the Second World War; whereas Japan was getting ready for the 1964 Olympics. This is a coming of age story that orbits around the lives of 2 main characters Umi and Shun; who are figuring out who they are.

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5 Kimi no Na wa

” This will make you hold your breath , the details are astounding.”

‘Kimi no Na wa’ or ‘Your Name’ was released in 2016. If you are an anime fan, you might have already watched or at least have heard about this anime movie. This is by far one of the best anime movies.

It follows the story of 2 high school students who swap their bodies. Due to that, they can experience each other’s life.

In short, this is a marvelous anime that can be classified into slice of life, fiction, drama, etc. genre. If you haven’t watched this one already, you should waste no time.

6 Koe no Katachi

‘Koe no Katachi’ is also known as ‘A Silent Voice’. It revolves around the story of a deaf girl who is bullied. But, one of the bullies named ‘Shoya Ishida’ tries to find redemption by making amends to the girl when they are grown up. It has a powerful anti-bullying message.

This anime will surely touch your soul. To know more, you should watch the anime. Believe it or not, it will well worth your time. This is undoubtedly one of the best anime movies by far.

7 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

This is another critically acclaimed anime movie. Matter of fact, ‘Spirited Away’ is the highest-grossing film from Japan at the time of writing this article. Even though this was released back in 2001, it is one of the most recommended anime movies all around the world even after 19 years.

This is also directed by ‘Hayao Miyazaki’. And this won Oscars in the ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ category. It tells the story of a 10-year girl and her fantasy-induced journey inside an abandoned amusement park. This anime has everything from mystery, drama, fantasy, to horror.

8 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


Another great anime from the same director ‘Hayao Miyazaki’. ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ was released back in 1984 and it is one of the classics from ‘Studio Ghibli’. It is a sci-fi adventure fantasy film.

The film is set up in a future world that is devastated due to an apocalypse. And, you will get to see the struggles, and optimism to save the world.

9 In This Corner of the World

This anime portrays the life of an 18-year-old woman during the Second World War. She is married to a man in Hiroshima who she is not familiar with in any way.

However, she is constantly figuring out how to live the best in an unknown and new environment under all kinds of unfortunate and challenging circumstances during the war.

10 Mononoke Hime

If you are a fan of anime movies from ‘Studio Ghibli’, you will love this one. ‘Mononoke Hime’ or ‘Princess Mononoke’ has everything from action, romance to a touch of comedy.

On top of that, it also has a great plot that will question yourself from many angles. This one primarily tackles the environmental issue related topics like conservation of nature and destruction of natural resources.

11 Howl no Ugoku Shiro

‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ is a fantasy, adventure animated movie from the writer and director ‘Hayao Miyazaki’. It tells us the story of a girl named ‘Sophie’. Because of a curse, she turns into a 90-year-old person.

To lift the curse or at least finding an answer to her current condition, she leaves her home. Along the way, she finds a moving house that belongs to a wizard named ‘Howl’. And, this movie will take you to the adventure of ‘Sophie’ and ‘Howl’.

12 Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai

‘Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai’ or ‘I Want To Eat Your Pancreas’ involves the story of a girl that is suffering from a chronic disease.

And, she tries to fulfill all her dreams before she dies. Along that path, she makes one of her classmates named ‘Haruki’ to accompany her to fulfill her wishes.

13 Hotaru no Haka

Simply put, this is a movie that can make you cry. The ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ was released back in 1988 by the same popular ‘Studio Ghibli’. It tells the gruesome story of wars and the aftermath of the wars.

In this anime, you will see the struggles of 2 siblings separated from their parents to live on their own in the midst of World War 2. This is a must-watch anime movie even if you are not an anime fan. This is a masterpiece from the legend ‘Hayao Miyazaki’.

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14 Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou

This is one of the latest anime movies on our list as it was released in 2018. It is also known as ‘Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms’.

The anime will take you through the life-story of a normal boy and an immortal girl.

15 Tonari no Totoro

‘Tonari no Totoro’ or ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is also from the well-known director ‘Hayao Miyazaki’. It was released in 1988.

This is an anime that has a mixture of fantasy and reality. In this anime, 2 sisters move to a new house which is closer to the hospital where her sick mother is admitted.

However, upon arriving in the new location, they became friends with a giant bunny-like spirited creature named ‘Totoro’.

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16 Detective Conan Movie 13: The Raven Chaser

As the name suggested, this is the 13th movie in the famous Japanese anime franchise ‘Detective Conan’. It has earned over 3.9 billion yen domestically in Japan.

And, this was released in 2009. Since then, it has earned over 39 million USD worldwide. Even if you haven’t seen the other movies from this series, you should watch this one.

17 Mimi wo Sumaseba

Not surprisingly, this top anime movie is also from the ‘Studio Ghibli’. It was written by ‘Hayao Miyazaki’ and directed by Yoshifumi Kondō. The anime follows the story of a girl who is an avid reader and whose dream is to be a writer.

The story is amazing from the start to the end. And, if you are looking for a coming of age and romantic anime with charming music and scenery, you can definitely check ‘Whisper of the Heart’ out.

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18 Omoide no Marnie

‘When Marnie Was There’ or ‘Omoide no Marnie’ was released in 2014. This movie tells the story of a girl with Asthma. For improving her health condition, she was sent to the countryside to her Aunt’s house.

In there, she meets with a young girl named ‘Marnie’, became friends and started to spend time together. It is certainly one of the best anime movies out there.

19 Summer Wars

‘Summer Wars’ is an anime movie that takes us through the story of a young math genius.

In the story, he solves a very complicated equation that puts artificial Intelligence (AI) of the virtual world to destroy our planet. To know more, you have to watch the move yourself.

This one has a great story, pleasant scenes, and you will enjoy this one undoubtedly.

20 Made in Abyss Movie 1: Tabidachi no Yoake

If you have seen all the classic anime films, then you can watch this newly released anime named ‘Made in Abyss Movie 1: Tabidachi no Yoake’. It was released in 2019.

This anime explores the story of a girl and her robot who go to a deadly and lethal place to find her missing mother.

21 Karigurashi no Arrietty

‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ (Karigurashi no Arrietty) was released in 2010. The anime was inspired by the novel named ‘The Borrowers’ of famous author ‘Mary Norton’.

Arrietty is a tiny teen (not like typical humans) that lives with her parents in a house that is not theirs and the homeowners are not aware of that as well.

However, she befriends a 12-year-old human boy named ‘Shawn’ secretly. But will it be dangerous for the family of Arriety? To know that, you have to watch the movie.

22 Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale

This is another newly released yet long-awaited anime movie. The anime was released in 2017. And, it was an instant hit. It spins around the story of Kirito and Asuna.

In their world, a new Augmented-Reality MMO game was released that became quite popular.

But, both of them started to realize that the gap between the real and virtual world has started to get thinner. That means this was not a game anymore.

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23 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama

The last one on our list of the best anime movies of all time doesn’t need any introduction. This animation was released in 1992. And, it was directed and produced by Yugo Sako.

And, you might have already guessed that it is based on Valmiki’s epic ‘The Ramayana’. This is an Indo-Japanese animation film. So, if you are yet to watch this masterpiece, you should check this one out as soon as possible.

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Closing Thoughts:

If you are new to watching anime, then you can use this list as an inspiration. We have included some of the best anime films on the list.

We can tell you for sure that all these anime movies will draw you into another world that you might not even escape. Even if you watch one of these anime films, you will want more and more. We hope you will like the anime movies on our list.

So, have we missed any of your favorite anime? If so, let us know in the comments about those great anime movies. We would love to hear from you!



Shubham Garg (Editor is an engineer with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering from AKTU, Uttar Pradesh. Being a mechanical engineer he has always loved to learn the inner working of various machines and consumer electronics. He regularly tests various audio, home appliances, and daily use products, to provide the best advice to readers. He is a wizard that can make your shopping easy, saving you time and stress of figuring out what to buy.

  1. bro I’ve seen it 54 animes I have to watch and now this, damn u put in lots of effort to make this shit, thank you

  2. Did you just forget mentioning 5 seconds of summer, Akira. Instead of mentioning the movie in which you have to watch the whole series you could have mentioned the name of the movies without watching any series

  3. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is such a good movie! But it’s so sad! I cried a total have 15 times while watching it.

  4. Where the hell is jojo

  5. ok this actually makes up for the other remommendations

  6. You forgot wolf children

  7. i think weathering with you is in first because its story , song , opening , ending . and change the shape of the world it is in the first

  8. and your name is in second

  9. Awesome Bro, this is a great post.

  10. Don’t forget Perect blue 😉

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