If you are an anime fan, then surely one of the most classic genred that you would want to watch is anime movies. One of the classic types of anime that got a lot of fans worldwide is anime movies. But, of course, something about these movies really caught everyone’s attention and imagination because there are some people who would only watch anime movies.
That is why we decided to create a top 10 Anime Movies list with the most popular and highest rated anime movies of all time. If you are an anime fan and didn’t watch these movies yet, then you should really try it out as soon as possible. This is because this list was carefully created to make sure that they are the best anime movies every created.
One of the most critical things about these kinds of lists is that they need a wide range of sources from all over the world, from Eastern and Western film critics, anime fans, movie viewers in general, and more to create a balanced list. All factors in these lists were considered in an unbiased manner.
Also, this list doesn’t only include the highest grossing anime movies of all time or just anime that are popular in Japan alone. To make sure that everyone is happy with our list, we included anime movies that are both popular and critically acclaimed all over the world. This is why you can see anime movies created by both Eastern and Western anime studios. These studios include legendary studios such as Disney, Ghibli and more.
Anyways, without further ado here is the list of Top 10 Anime Movies of All Time:
9. Ghost in a Shell (1995) – Studio: Production I.G
Ghost in a Shell was released in 1995 and produced by Production I.G. The main director of this anime movie is Mamoru Oshii while Kazunori Ito did the screenplay. This one here earned a lot of appreciation from critics even though it’s not really an all out action anime movie like the rest of the entries in this list.
I know that you are probably thinking right now “This one is not really an action movie” and is more of a sci-fi movie, but don’t let that fool you because there are some amazing action scenes as well as the plot itself was really good. It follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg and part of the security force for a super corporation.
The plot here follows Kusanagi as she tries to track down an elusive hacker known only as the Puppet Master. This anime movie also received high praises from critics who were not even anime fans, making it really successful.
8. Paprika (2006) – Studio: Madhouse
Studio Madhouse is known for creating high quality anime movies and Paprika was one of them. Many critics described this anime movie as being an animated masterpiece that successfully fuses reality with dreams. This one here was directed by Satoshi Kon while the screenplay was done by Seishi Minakami. This is also considered as one of the best anime movies with drama and mystery elements.
If you are an action lover, then this one here might not be for you since that isn’t really the focus of Paprika. The plot here follows Detective Toshimi Konakawa who is investigating a series of murders that somehow linked with people using technology to send each other dreams.
7. Angel’s Egg (1985) – Studio: Gainax
Studio Madhouse is known for creating high quality anime movies and Paprika was one of them. Many critics described this anime movie as being an animated masterpiece that successfully fuses reality with dreams. This one here was directed by Satoshi Kon while Seishi Minakami did the screenplay. This is also considered as one of the best anime movies with drama and mystery elements.
If you are an action lover, then this one here might not be for you since that isn’t really the focus of Paprika. The plot follows Detective Toshimi Konakawa who is investigating a series of murders linked with people using technology to send each other dreams.
6. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) – Studio: Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli is a name that needs no introduction. They are responsible for producing some of the best anime movies ever created, including Spirited Away, Grave of Fireflies, and more. They have a lot of anime movies on this list as well, but Kiki’s Delivery Service was the first anime movie from Studio Ghibli that earned international success.
The main director here is Hayao Miyazaki while the screenplay was done by him as well alongside Keiko Niwa who served as the voice actress for the main character. Currently, this anime movie has won 31 awards, including Best Film at Sitges Film Festival in 1989 and Speil des Jahres in 1990.
This one here follows Kiki who is a young witch-in-training. When she turns 13 years old, Kiki receives her personal task from her parents: to successfully use magic to earn a living. It was also revealed that she can only keep her powers if she proves herself capable of looking after a cat and running a delivery service for the local people in town.
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) – Studio: Madhouse
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was one of the earlier anime movies that received international acclaim when it first came out in 2006 due to its modern and unique take on the time travel genre. It was directed by Mamoru Hosoda and scripted by Satoko Okudera, who was also responsible for the screenplay of Summer Wars.
The plot follows Makoto Konno, a high school girl who never thought about her future or any serious matters in general. One day, while taking a bath, she discovers a strange ability to leap backwards through time and decides to use it for her own benefit. This anime movie has won numerous awards including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year in 2007.
4. 5 Centimeters per Second (2007) – Studio: CoMix Wave Films
This one here is an anime movie that has received international acclaim as well, earning several awards on its way to receive recognition. One example is the Asia Pacific Screen Award which it won back in 2007.
The main director here is Makoto Shinkai while CoMix Wave Films did the screenplay. This one follows Takaki Tōno who reminisces his past romances with Akari Shinohara, Kanae Sumida, and other girls from his school in a series of flashbacks that start when he moves to a new town.
3. A Silent Voice (2016) – Studio: Kyoto Animation
This anime movie is one of the newest movies on this list which means that its reception was among the first to really make a big impact in the anime industry at large. There are several examples which include awards such as Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prizes, Seiun Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and Animation of the Year in 2017.
The main director here is Naoko Yamada while Reiko Yoshida did the screenplay alongside Futoshi Nishiya who worked on character design and animation direction. The plot here follows Shoya Ishida that bullied a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya back in elementary school. The story follows him as he comes to realize the damage his thoughtlessness caused and decides to find a way to fix it. This anime movie has received highly positive reviews from critics worldwide, including praise for its handling of delicate themes such as bullying, social anxiety, and guilt.
2. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) – Studio: Studio Ghibli
Grave of the Fireflies is an anime movie which has earned its place among the greatest pieces of fiction ever created thanks to its unique tone and heartbreaking story. Isao Takahata directed it while it follows Seita and his younger sister Setsuko who are left homeless during World War II due to their father being sent off to fight for Japan.
This anime movie is one of the most mature, if not the MOST mature, productions Studio Ghibli has ever put out which is why it comes as no surprise that this was Hayao Miyazaki’s favorite work alongside My Neighbor Totoro . Grave of the Fireflies has received international acclaim from critics and it’s considered an anime classic.
1. Your Name (2016) – Studio: CoMix Wave Films
Your Name is an anime movie that has gathered international acclaim for its realistic take on the body-swap theme, especially since it’s one of the most popular anime movies out right now. Makoto Shinkai directed it while it follows Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu who appear to be complete strangers at first sight. That is until one day both their bodies start swapping and they have to find a way to work together in order to stop the phenomenon from happening again.
This anime movie has been receiving international acclaim and many awards such as Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production and the Japan Academy Award for Animation of the Year in 2017. Moreover, Your Name became the highest grossing anime movie of all time and Makoto Shinkai’s most successful release ever.
Anime movies like Grave of the Fireflies and A Silent Voice are definitely some great examples that deserve to be watched by anime-lovers worldwide as they’re hidden gems that don’t receive the attention they deserve. That’s why it’s great to give them a chance and see what other people experienced when they first saw those movies back in the day.