Top 11 Best Anime Movies of All Time

Updated on January 9, 2019
Your brain on anime!
Your brain on anime!

Because of my love for anime series i decided to watch anime movies too. In general they have a faster paced storyline and great animation to go with it.

A good anime movie has a great storyline which sucks you right into its world. It makes you forget the world around you, and makes you care about the characters. The movies that i selected have all these great characteristics and more! I included some information and a link to for every movie!

Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll

11. Ninja Scroll

I guess i'm a sucker for ninja movies. Ninja scroll is the most entertaining ninja movie out there. It has everything a good ninja movie needs. Mysterious characters, geisha's, awesome powers, cool fights and a powerful evil enemy. I especially liked the tattooed snake woman. Although the animation is a bit outdated, the movie is well worth a watch.

IMDB rating: 7.8 | 94 min | Genre: Action, Adventure | 1993

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion

10 Neon Genesis Evangelion Movies

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a much acclaimed anime series. Some people even go as far as to call it the best anime ever made. Because it is that good, the animators decided to make a movie reboot! The same story as the anime series but in a faster pace combined with some of the best animation i have ever seen. The fighting scenes in Neon Genesis Evangelion are just mindblowing. If you like mecha, this is a must-watch. There will be 3 movies which will cover the entire anime series.

IMDB rating: 7.7 | 98 min | Genre: Sci-Fi, Action | 2007


9. Berserk: The Golden Age Movies

Berserk is the jewel of dark fantasy story-telling. The original anime series were produced a long time ago, and the 'Berserk: Golden Age' movies are a reboot of this. Berserk is the best in its genre, it is gory, violent, scary and has its own dark medieval atmosphere. The main character is a swordsman with a ridiculously big two-handed sword, which i think is extremely cool. When he joins the band of the hawk and befriends their leader Griffith, things get ugly. Griffith sacrifices his friend to demons in order to restore his lost power.

IMDB rating: 7.5 | 76 min | Genre: Dark Fantasy, Action, Adventure | 2012

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Some movies make you feel good and bad at the same time. The girl who leapt through time is one of them. It's about an everyday girl who suddenly gets the power to travel back in time. This creates some hilarious situations. But as the movie progresses the story gets more serious. The girl realises her time travelling is hurting other people. The ending even proved to be a tear-jerker.

IMDB rating: 7.8 | 98 min | Genre: Comedy, Drama | 2006

Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop

7. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Cowboy Bebop is the definition of cool. Bebop always kicks his enemy's ass with style. Cowboy Bebop is a great movie for anyone who likes a good crime movie mixed with some stylish action scenes. Spike is an intergalactic bounty hunter who hunts criminals together with his crazy crew. In this movie he is onto a massive organized crime.

IMDB rating: 7.7 | 116 min | Genre: Action, Crime | 2001

Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Trigun: Badlands Rumble

6. Trigun: Badlands Rumble

After having seen the awesome anime series of trigun, i was thrilled to hear there was a movie coming out. The anime series of trigun is on my top 10 list so i was really looking forward to it. And the movie delivered! All the elements that make trigun as good as it is are there. The funny and quirky characters combined with a more serious undertone and storyline. In Trigun Badlands Rumble you follow Vash on one of his adventures in a post-apocalyptic world.

IMDB rating: 7.1 | 138 min | Genre: Action, Sci-Fi | 2010

Sword of the Stranger
Sword of the Stranger

5. Sword of the Stranger

Simply the best samurai anime movie i have ever seen. You follow the story of a wandering samurai who gets entangled in the affairs of a local village. It turns out there is this crazy swordfighting cult who tries to get the elixer of immortality. Obviously they need to be stopped.There are a lot of swordfighting scenes in Sword of the stranger which, combined with top-notch animation, are just awesome.

IMDB rating: 7.6 | 103 min | Genre: Action, Adventure | 2007


4. Akira

Although Akira has been made in 1988, i am really impressed by the quality of the animation. It is jaw-dropping. You follow the story of a biker gang-member who gets telekinetic powers. This guy goes completely crazy and goes on a rampage, killing friends and destroying lots of stuff in the process. It made me wonder what i would do with those awesome telekinetic abilities. The story is awesome and pulls you right in.

IMDB rating: 8.0 | 124 min | Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Supernatural | 1988


3. Paprika

The movie Paprika is a very unique movie. Like all the movies from Satoshi Kon it is a bit abstract. Paprika stays away from traditional storytelling and tells its own unique story in its own unique way. In Paprika a device has been developed which let you peek into the dreams of other people. As you might know, dreams are kind of hard to explain but they always leave an impression on you, just like paprika. The soundtrack of paprika (check the youtube video) is also great, and is, just like the movie, truly unique.

IMDB rating: 7.6 | 90 min | Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Fantasy | 2006

My Neighbour Totoro
My Neighbour Totoro

2. My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro is not so much about its storyline or animation. Its all about the atmosphere! In My Neighbour Totoro you actually feel like a little kid again. Going on wild adventures in your backyard, while your imagination is running loose. My Neighbour Totoro has more sentimental value than any other anime i have seen. I love the atmosphere and the cheesy, feel-good storyline. It has earned a special place in my heart.

IMDB rating: 8.2 | 86 min | Genre: Fantasy, Family | 1988

1. Spirited Away

When i began watching Spirited Away, i didn't expect much of it. There were a lot of people who recommended this to me but i just didn't feel like watching it. I just recently watched it and i was shocked! This movie is so incredibly beautiful, calling it a masterpiece would be an understatement! It pulls you in and doesn't let go until the movie is over. The whole movie is just incredibly imaginative, The characters are so bizarre that i find them hard to describe. The movie is heart warming and will leave you wanting more. Spirited Away is filled with pure heart-warming fantasy that i have never seen anywhere before, with the perfect soundtrack to match it. Spirited Away is by far my most treasured anime movie. Go watch it right now if you haven't done so already!

IMDB rating: 8.6 | 125 min | Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family | 2001

Which movie out of this list is your favorite?

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        10 months ago

        why no ponyo

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        10 months ago

        WHeres YOUR NAME

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        12 months ago

        Thank you for putting Spirited Away at its rightful place. There some new movies with great visual but appalling plot/story has been #1 and im like "Whooah, that anime is nothing compared to Spirited Away how did it got there?" and its almost everywhere in every website even youtube. Thats blasphemy to the highest order. So thank you for this list.

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        2 years ago

        why wasn't fairy tail and sailor moon on the list?

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        Jacob Listerud 

        2 years ago

        Why wasn't Princess Mononoke on this list?

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        3 years ago

        now of today ...the best anime movie is kimi no na wa.

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        3 years ago

        There are some seriously good anime movies missing out here and some of these I wasn't really impressed with at all. Princess Mononoke, wolf children, the boy and the beast are some AMAZING animes that deserve to be at the top of every list, and that's only the first ones I thought of.

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        4 years ago

        that this abortion (9. Berserk: The Golden Age Movies) was included tells me everything I need to know about who made this list.

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        5 years ago

        Great list! Would have been better if you added trailers but it's good either way!

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        5 years ago

        I don't think FLCL woul be your style. I don't think it has much to do with the company but the type of anime you're into. It a cdmoey that you have to have a reference book to appreicate it and other than that I couldn't get into the zany story plot.Anyway I think the target audience is teens.

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        5 years ago

        I'm impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very kngbledoeawle?

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        5 years ago

        #1 of all time :

        Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind

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        6 years ago

        I have watched Trigun so many times. It is one of my favorite animes.

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        6 years ago

        Interesting list. A lot of the usual suspects, but I am very impressed at your inclusion of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time--an excellent choice. Personally, I've never liked Ninja Scroll and always found Akira overrated--I would replace them with Grave of the Fireflies (best animated film ever) and either Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Only Yesterday or Perfect Blue. I do need to see the Trigun movie (liked the series), the Berserk movie (I hear it's better than the series) and Sword of the Stranger, and I've only seen the second movie in the Eva reboot (but it was pretty kick-ass).

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        6 years ago from Ireland

        -braindeadkiller obviously doesn't understand the point to hub pages....I actually found this really helpful, i've been watching anime for about a year or so now and have only watched studio ghibli films so i'll def try to watch some of these..


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        6 years ago

        Akira should be on the top, and where is Princess Mononoke?

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        6 years ago

        stupid it and you will find lots of these....

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        Rachael Lefler 

        7 years ago from Illinois

        I wrote about the Akira thing here: to me, it doesn't "sound awesome", in fact I doubt that any live-action western movie could be as good as the original Akira even if they'd used Asian actors.

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        7 years ago from Ohio

        The Akira movie was in works for a good while, but it was shelved some time last year if I'm not mistaken David Trujillo.

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        Rachael Lefler 

        7 years ago from Illinois

        Spirited Away is one of my all-time favorite movies. I guess I'd like to check out My Neighbor Totoro too, because I've seen a lot of Studio Ghibli films that I liked but never got around to seeing that one.

        I also think Sword of the Stranger and Paprika look cool, I'll have to see those at some point.

        My favorite anime movies also include Blood: The Last Vampire, The Animatrix, both Ghost in the Shell movies, and a recent one with 3-D animation called Oblivion Island that is very much like Spirited Away.

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        7 years ago from Germany

        That would be pretty amazing, i would love to see that.

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        David Trujillo Uribe 

        7 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

        Awesome hub. I think there is an Akira hollywood movie coming out

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        7 years ago from Ohio

        I think out of all the movies listed, the Cowboy Bebop movie is my overall favorite. While I like Miyazaki's movies and the work of Studio Ghibli, I wouldn't call myself a die hard fan, and when I watch anime I usually don't go for the "cute", "lighthearted" movies.

        Akira was pretty much right there as my favorite for the longest time, but with the Cowboy Bebop series being one of my all-time favorites, and the movie embodying all the aspects of the series I liked and more, I just have to consider it my favorite.

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        7 years ago

        Totoro should've been number 1 haha. my own personal opinion :P


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