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Daniel_Naumov said:
It is important that precisely people who like the originals are *supposed* to like the trilogy in question as well - it deals with almost identical themes, and takes them to eleven. It was not made to be a mere enjoyment. The authors clearly aimed at creating a statement, a piece of art with a message, rather than merely make the viewers content after watching their films.


I kinda agree with you. I mean, it was certainly something new in the franchise, and I like the fact that they hired Takayuki Hattori to make the soundtrack (he scored "Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla" & "Godzilla 2000"), and I loved that


Mechagodzilla was a fucking city, something I've never seen before; and Ghidorah was some kind of spiritual "thing" that eats whole planets


I don't know, maybe I've missed the message, but nonethless I enjoyed the whole trilogy.

xx_ibrahimd_xx said:
This is not debatable no matter what anyone says, Kimi No Nawa is the best anime movie ever created. You can say anything you want, it doesn’t mean shit.
It’s a fact.


Wow, it is a bold statement, but hear me out - I've watched it just because it is so goddamn popular, but I was not disapointend at all. It is a truly beautiful movie and IMO a modern masterpiece :)

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1Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Add to list3Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2

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Add to list4Anime: Steins;Gate

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Add to list5Anime: Fruits Basket: The Final

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Add to list7Anime: Hunter x Hunter (2011)

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Add to list8Anime: Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

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Add to list9Anime: Gintama': Enchousen

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Add to list10Anime: Gintama: The Final

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Add to list11Anime: Gintama.

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Add to list12Anime: 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season

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Add to list13Anime: Koe no Katachi

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Add to list14Anime: Clannad: After Story

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Add to list15Anime: Gintama

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Add to list16Anime: Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare

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Add to list17Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2

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Add to list18Anime: Owarimonogatari 2nd Season

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Add to list19Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season

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Add to list20Anime: Kimi no Na wa.

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Add to list21Anime: Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen - Kouhan-sen

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Add to list22Anime: Violet Evergarden Movie

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Add to list23Anime: Shiguang Dailiren

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Add to list24Anime: Mob Psycho 100 II

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Add to list25Anime: Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen

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Add to list26Anime: Haikyuu!!: Karasuno Koukou vs. Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou

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Add to list27Anime: Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

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Add to list28Anime: Monster

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Add to list29Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

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Add to list30Anime: Odd Taxi

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Add to list31Anime: Monogatari Series: Second Season

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Add to list32Anime: Mo Dao Zu Shi: Wanjie Pian

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Add to list33Anime: Cowboy Bebop

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Add to list34Anime: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

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Add to list35Anime: Mushishi Zoku Shou 2nd Season

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Add to list36Anime: Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven's Feel - III. Spring Song

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Add to list37Anime: Hajime no Ippo

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Add to list38Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen (TV)

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Add to list39Anime: Vinland Saga

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Add to list40Anime: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Tsuioku-hen

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Add to list41Anime: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen

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Add to list42Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch

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Add to list43Anime: Mushishi Zoku Shou

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Add to list44Anime: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

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Add to list45Anime: Made in Abyss

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Add to list46Anime: Made in Abyss Movie 3: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei

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Add to list47Anime: Great Teacher Onizuka

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Add to list48Anime: Kingdom 3rd Season

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Add to list49Anime: Mononoke Hime

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Add to list50Anime: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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10 Best Anime Movies, Ranked According To MyAnimeList

The ultimate anime and manga database MyAnimeList allows users to rate every show and collectively determine the top-rated anime movies on this list. These films range from a comedy about alien overlords taking over Japan, to a romance blooming between a boy and a girl in a bunny costume, to a dramatic body-swapping mystery.

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So, what are considered the best anime movies when adhering to this ranking list? Studio Ghibli dominates the list, along with a couple of fan-favorite franchise movie sequels, but none of those take the number one spot! The score rankings may or may not come as a surprise.

10 Howl's Moving Castle (2004) - 8.67

This Studio Ghibli movie is about a moving castle inhabited by the infamous wizard and rumored womanizer Howl. In this fantasy world, Sophie Hatter had an ordinary life before being cursed by a jealous witch and becoming an old woman. Now on a path to return to her ordinary life, Sophie travels with Howl and meets a variety of fantastical figures.

The film has won numerous awards, including the Best Japanese Movie Overall in the Mainichi Film Awards in 2004 and the Animation of the Year in the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2005. It was also nominated in 2006 for the Best Animated Feature in the 78th Academy Awards. Howl's Moving Castle actually ties with The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010) movie ratings-wise, but it takes the number ten spot because 521,254 users determined it was an 8.67 rating while The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya only has 239,424 user ratings.

9 Rascal Does Not Dream Of A Dreaming Girl (2019) - 8.7

The Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl movie is about romantic troubles in high school. Despite already having a girlfriend, Sakuta Azusagawa finds himself conflicted when he sees his first crush, Shouko Makinohara, in a bunny costume. Hilarity and supernatural happenings ensue. Because life as a high school student in love is never easy!

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The movie takes place during volumes six and seven of Hajime Kamoshida's Seishun Buta light novels. It currently has a weighted score of 8.7 based on the scores of 154,054 users.

8 Princess Mononoke (1997) - 8.73

Another Studio Ghibli entry, Princess Mononokefollows the young prince Ashitaka, whose arm has been cursed with demonic powers slowly draining his life. Ashitaka goes to Tatara, the Iron Town, and stumbles into the middle of the conflict between Lady Eboshi's deforestation plans and Princess San along with the sacred spirits of the forest who want the destruction to stop. It's a tale about the conflict between nature and technology and the search for peace between the two conflicting forces.

Princess Mononoke won numerous awards the year it came out at the 52nd Mainichi Film Awards, including Best Japanese Movie and Best Animation. A year later, the movie received the Best Picture award at the 21st Japan Academy Awards. It has an overall ranking of 8.73 based on the scores of 514,109 users.

7 Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel - III. Spring Song (2020) - 8.76

Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel - III. Spring Song ends the trilogy of films that adapt the third route in the Fate/stay night visual novel. During this version of the Holy Grail War, a fight to the death between seven mages and their Servants in which the winning mage and Servant can literally make any wish come true, apprentice mage Shirou Emiya attempts to help his friend Sakura Matou win the war as romance blooms. But dark forces attempt to keep the couple apart and may have dire consequences.

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The film has a score of 8.76 based on 3,904 users' scores. In Japanese box offices, it opened at number one.

6 Made in Abyss Movie 3: Dawn Of The Deel Soul (2020) - 8.79

The third Made in Abyssmovie continues to follow Riko and Reg as they descend down the abyss to find Riko's mother. This film feature's the fifth layer of the abyss, the Sea of Corpses. Our two adventurers meet Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle. Can they trust their new friend?

Don't be deceived by the cute art style because things are never what they seem in the abyss! The animated feature received an 8.79 based on the scores of 36,816 users.

5 Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen (2017) - 8.82

Also considered one of the best action anime based on MyAnimeList scores, Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen is the third film in the Monogatari Series but serves as a prequel to the second film. Spoilers ahead! After the events of the first movie, Koyomi revives the legendary vampire Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade. He becomes a vampire and is forced to become her servant!

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This is an adaptation of the Monogatari Series light novels featuring vampires and the supernatural! Based on the scores of 153,439 users, the movie has a score of 8.82.

4 Spirited Away (2001) - 8.84

After stumbling into the spirit world, Chihiro and her parents are separated, and her parents are transformed into pigs. On a quest to find and return her parents to normal, Chihiro works in a bathhouse where the clientele consists of powerful spirits.

The highest-rated of any Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Awayreceived an 8.84 score based on 787,753 user scores. The highest-grossing film in Japanese history, this movie won numerous awards globally, including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, and was ranked seventh in the British Film Institute's list of the "50 films you should see by the age of 14" in 2005.

3 Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare - 8.97

This long-running action-comedy franchise takes place in an alternate-reality Edo that parodies samurai and sci-fi. Japan has been taken over by alien overlords and swords are illegal.

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In this film, Gintoki takes down a movie pirate at a premiere who turns out to be an android time machine that sends him five years into the future. Now in a post-apocalyptic version of his home, Gintoki must find his way back while avoiding the "White Plague." This Gintama movie sits at a score of 8.97 based on the votes of 88,961 users.

2 Your Name. (2016) - 9.0

In this feature-length body-swapping mystery, high schoolers Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana wake up in each other's bodies. The two couldn't be more different, with Mitsuha living in the countryside and Taki in the city now experiencing the other's life. The two attempt to unite with each other to find answers to their supernatural predicament.

Your Name. is also ranked the number one best romance anime based on its MyAnimeList score, winning the LAFCA Animation Award in 2016 and the Best Animated Film in 2017 from the Mainichi Film Awards. It has a 9.0 score based on 1,024,604 user scores.

1 A Silent Voice (2016) - 9.01

The number one anime movie on MyAnimeList is A Silent Voice. Get your tissues ready. Shouya Ishida bullied the deaf transfer student Shouko Nishimiya in his elementary class. Ostracized in elementary school through high school for his bullying after Shouko is transferred, Shouya wants to make up for these past mistakes by reuniting with her and making amends.

This film received a 9.01 score based on the combined ratings of 775,938 users. It has won multiple awards, including the Tokyo Anime Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay/Original Story as well as the IGN Award for Best Animated Film in 2017.

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1Anime: Gintama: The Final

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Add to list2Anime: Koe no Katachi

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Add to list3Anime: Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare

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Add to list4Anime: Kimi no Na wa.

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Add to list5Anime: Violet Evergarden Movie

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Add to list6Anime: Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

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Add to list7Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

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Add to list8Anime: Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven's Feel - III. Spring Song

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Add to list9Anime: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen

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Add to list10Anime: Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

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Add to list11Anime: Made in Abyss Movie 3: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei

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Add to list12Anime: Mononoke Hime

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Add to list13Anime: Howl no Ugoku Shiro

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Add to list14Anime: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai

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Add to list15Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu

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Add to list16Anime: Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku

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Add to list17Anime: Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

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Add to list18Anime: Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen

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Add to list19Anime: Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai

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Add to list20Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Movie 2: Lagann-hen

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Add to list21Anime: Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven's Feel - II. Lost Butterfly

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Add to list22Anime: Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen

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Add to list23Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

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Add to list24Anime: Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi

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Add to list25Anime: Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen

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Add to list26Anime: Perfect Blue

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Add to list27Anime: Hotaru no Haka

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Add to list28Anime: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Movie: Kurenai Densetsu

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Add to list29Anime: Zoku Owarimonogatari

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Add to list30Anime: Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Fine

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Add to list31Anime: Steins;Gate Movie: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu

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Add to list32Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari

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Add to list33Anime: Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D

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Add to list34Anime: Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou

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Add to list35Anime: Kara no Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Go)

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Add to list36Anime: Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu

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Add to list37Anime: Violet Evergarden Gaiden: Eien to Jidou Shuki Ningyou

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Add to list38Anime: Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen

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Add to list39Anime: Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira

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Add to list40Anime: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

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Add to list41Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari

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Add to list42Anime: K-On! Movie

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Add to list43Anime: Made in Abyss Movie 2: Hourou Suru Tasogare

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Add to list44Anime: Tenki no Ko

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Add to list45Anime: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

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Add to list46Anime: Hotarubi no Mori e

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Add to list47Anime: Doukyuusei (Movie)

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Add to list48Anime: Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street

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Add to list49Anime: Luo Xiao Hei Zhan Ji (Movie)

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Top 30 Best Anime Movies of All Time


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Just like live-action movies have masterpieces like 'The Godfather' or 'Citizen Kane' to hold up as the pinnacles of the medium, so do anime movies. Either due to critical/popular acclaim, or historical significance, these movies represent the best of anime.

Disclaimer: This article follows one rule - only one movie per director. This would prevent half the list from being Hayao Miyazaki films. With that out of the way, let's get started.


Your Name (Kimi no Na wa.)(2016)

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Studio: CoMix Wave Films

MAL Score: 9.39, Ranked: #1


Kimi no no wa your name essential anime movie poster Tachibana and Miyamizu
It may be very new, but the fact that Kimi no Na wa is already the #1 rated anime of all time shows what a phenomenon this new movie has been. While it covers a lot of similar ground to Makoto Shinkai's previous works (distant lovers, sense of loss, lots of clouds), this one is far and away his biggest success so far. It's already one of the biggest anime movies of all time in Japan by box office figures. Not bad by a director who started his anime directing career on a laptop in his office.


A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)(2016)

Director: Naoko Yamada | Studio: Kyoto Animation

MAL Score: 9.07, Ranked: #12


Silent Voice Koe no Katachi Full cast
It's not just Kimi no Na wa that has been making waves in Japan. Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the critically acclaimed manga about a deaf teenager has been receiving massive acclaim in international movie festivals. It's already shot right up to the top 15 anime on MAL despite not having a general release yet and could possibly rise even higher once it does.


Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)(2001)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Studio: Studio Ghibli

MAL Score: 8.93, Ranked: #15


Spirited Away essential anime movie Chihiro with the dragon
Might as well get the obvious one out of the way first. You could pick several Hayao Miyazaki films that wouldn't look out of place on any greatest anime movie list, or indeed greatest movies of all time. The fantasy epic Princess Mononoke. The childlike wonder of My Neighbour Totoro. My own personal favourite movie of his, Porco Rosso. In the end I went for Spirited Away, as it is the one that won the Academy Award after all, but I'm sure almost everyone reading this article will have their own favourite Hayao Miyazaki film.


Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)(1988)

Director: Isao Takahata | Studio: Studio Ghibli

MAL Score: 8.58, Ranked: #71


Grave of the Fireflies Setsuko on Seita's back with umbrella
Although I have my rule of only one movie per director, that doesn't mean I can't pick another Studio Ghibli movie. Step forward the co-founder Isao Takahata and his tragic wartime masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies. Did you know in Japan this movie was shown alongside My Neighbour Totoro when they both came out in cinemas? Can you imagine going from the delight of Totoro then following that up with the clinical depression you will develop after watching Grave of the Fireflies?


Doukyuusei (Classmates)(2016)

Director: Shouko Nakamura | Studio: A-1 Pictures

MAL Score: 8.53, Ranked: #90


Classmates Doukyuusei movie poster BL yaoi Hikaru and Rihito
While it hasn't made as many waves as Your Name or even A Silent Voice, Classmates is a recent movie that has quietly generated a lot of critical acclaim and general success in Japan. Impressive from what's a relatively simple highschool romantic story involving two guys. Yup, one of the more successful anime movies recently has been a BL movie. What a fantastic world we live in.


Sword of the Stranger (Stranger: Mukou Hadan)(2007)

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura | Studio: Bones

MAL Score: 8.43, Ranked: #139


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Sword of the Stranger is almost the perfect movie to show to someone who has only heard about anime in passing, has no real understanding of what it's like, but wants to watch something cool with samurais and awesome action. That sounds like I'm doing Sword of the Stranger a disservice, but the fact that it would give this hypothetical dumb-dumb that doesn't know what anime is a great first impression speaks to what an excellent work Bones did animating this movie.


Millennium Actress (Sennen Joyuu)(2001)

Director: Satoshi Kon | Studio: Madhouse

MAL Score: 8.34, Ranked: #198


Millennium Actress Chiyoko as an astronaut
Satoshi Kon's filmography is tragically low but each one of his four feature films are fantastic in their own right. Much like Miyazaki, everyone will have their own favorite - whether you're into the psychological horror of Perfect Blue or the uplifting Christmas-y vibes of Tokyo Godfathers. I went with Millennium Actress because it feels like the most complete version of Kon's artistic vision. The story of the actress moving through time as she chases her dream is such a wonderfully produced piece that encapsulates everything Kon was trying to achieve in his films.


Ghost in the Shell(1995)

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Studio: Production IG

MAL Score: 8.35, Ranked: #189


Ghost in the Shell Making of a Cyborg Motoko Kusanagi The Major
Speaking of movies which defined a generation, how about Ghost in the Shell? While it certainly took inspiration from previous cyberpunk books and movies such as Bladerunner, its vision of the future and how we envision the concept of self helped define an entire genre of literature for decades. Plus it has incredible cinematography with its iconic opening credits and classic shots of the Major falling from the side of the building and disappearing using optical camouflage. Let's hope that upcoming Hollywood movie does it justice eh?


Redline(2009)

Director: Takeshi Koike | Studio: Madhouse

MAL Score: 8.33, Ranked: #209


Redline JP's car going fast
Redline is an accomplishment in style. The movie about super-powered future cars racing on the science-fiction equivalent of robot North Korea might not be too much to write home about in the plot department, but it makes up for that with the most thrilling races imaginable. The sense of style and use of music throughout gets your adrenaline pumping. It remains probably the single greatest accomplishment in animation alone that Japan has ever put out.


The Anthem of the Heart (Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda)(2015)

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai | Studio: A-1 Pictures

MAL Score: 8.33, Ranked: #209


Anthem of the Heart Jun Naruse by a window poster
A few years after the staff made audiences bawl their eyes out with Ano Hana, Tatsuyuki Nagai and co. worked together on a movie they had dreamed up together. The Anthem of the Heart is touching and emotional and features a bunch of teenagers yelling their feelings at each other. Basically everything you might expect from the creators of Ano Hana.


Summer Wars(2009)

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Studio: Madhouse

MAL Score: 8.30, Ranked: #227


Summer Wars King Kazuma in the world of Oz
Summer Wars is the story about a guy spending time with a female friend's extended family and getting embroiled in a potentially world-ending disaster involving a social network. It's one half anthropomorphic cyber battles, one half uplifting story about the power of family. Sure, the director may have recycled the story he used for an old Digimon movie he directed, but don't let that take away from what a fantastic movie this version is.


Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan)(2010)

Director: Masahiro Ando | Studio: Studio Rikka

MAL Score: 8.27, Ranked: #247


Time of Eve Eve no Jikan Sammy android with a halo
Masahiro Ando is another one of those indie directors, like Makoto Shinkai, who started with short movies and has been gradually working his way up. Time of Eve originally started out as a series of short, Asimov-inspired episodes about an android cafe, with only the smallest amount of pre-release hype around it. However it quickly gained massive critical acclaim and gradually gained more and more fans as word of mouth spread about this clever little series. The movie is the compilation of all these episodes, collected into one coherent tale about our place as humans in this new world.


Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone(2007)

Director: Hideaki Anno | Studio: Khara

MAL Score: 8.21, Ranked: #298


Evangelion 1.0 movie poster Eva Unit 01 looking scary
Neon Genesis Evangelion is the defining anime for otaku in Japan. Everyone has seen it and everyone has an opinion on it and everyone has a favorite girl who they will argue endlessly about. Evangelion 1.0 is a retelling of the story with brand-spanking new animation to re-introduce the world to this psychological mecha thriller, so an entire new generation of anime fans can scream at Shinji to just get in the damn robot.


Interstella5555: The 5tory of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem(2003)

Director: Leiji Matsumoto | Studio: Toei Animation

MAL Score: 8.17, Ranked: #341


Interstella 5555 essential anime movie blue people music video by daft punk
What happens when you set one of the greatest techno music albums of all time to animation by one of the most important anime storytellers of all time? Combine Leiji Matsumoto, creator of Space Battleship Yamato and Captain Harlock, with music from Daft Punk's album Discovery and you get Interstella5555: A story about blue aliens having their identities stripped from them by music producers. It's all a metaphor guys.


Akira(1988)

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo | Studio: Tokyo Movie Shinsha

MAL Score: 8.15, Ranked: #363


Akira Kanede on the Motorbike skid scene
Akira's vision of a dystopic, cyberpunk future captured the imagination and defined an entire generation of western anime fans. This psychological horror thriller is so iconic it's still referenced frequently today, from animation homages to random western music videos. Even today there still hasn't been a movie to capture Akira's oppressive sense of style, from the music to the design of the world.


The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty)(2010)

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Studio: Studio Ghibli

MAL Score: 8.10, Ranked: #418


Arrietty the borrowers Arrietty under a leaf
You thought I was done with Ghibli movies but no! Turns out there are some other, newer directors at Ghibli trying to take the studio into the future. Arrietty is the adaptation of the classic British novel The Borrowers and tells the story of these tiny people taking objects from human homes to use for themselves. With both Miyazaki and Takahata retiring, it's up to directors like Hiromasa Yonebayashi to bring us new Ghibli magic. Despite a large amount of critical acclaim though, it looks as though the studio might call it quits on allowing him to direct more movies like Arrietty. We shall have to see.


Macross: Do You Remember Love?(1984)

Director: Shoji Kawamori | Studio: Artland

MAL Score: 8.09, Ranked: #433


Macross Do You Remember Love Hikaru and Lynn Minmay
Once upon a time this was the biggest thing for anime fans. The pseudo-retelling of the original Macross TV series 'Do You Remember Love' was - in a very meta move - made to be an in-world movie in Macross 7, recounting the tales from that series. Sort of like an in-universe "based on a true story" movie. It was one of the most-heavily traded original fansub tapes back in the old days of western anime fandom.


From Up on Poppy Hill (Coquelicot-zaka kara)(2011)

Director: Goro Miyazaki | Studio: Studio Rikka

MAL Score: 8.03, Ranked: #492


From Up on Poppy Hill Shun Kazuma and Umi Matsuzaki by the seafront
I managed to sneak in another Ghibli movie, this time by the son of Hayao Miyazaki. It sure wasn't going to be his first movie though, Tales of Earthsea. That movie was critically panned and considered something of a minor disaster, stretching relations between father and son. Thankfully he returned and redeemed himself somewhat with the more down-to-earth teenage historical romance story of From Up on Poppy Hill. The hope then was that he could direct Ghibli movies with his own directorial stamp in the future, but as I said in the piece about Arrietty, the future of Ghibli is very much in flux right now.


Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust(2000)

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Studio: Madhouse

MAL Score: 7.95, Ranked: #599


Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust essential anime movie vampire flames
While more people are aware of Yoshiaki Kawajiri's other movie Ninja Scroll, that was more a 'flavor-of-the-times' type gory action flick that people assumed all anime was like at the time. His true masterpiece is the gothic sci-fi vampire flick Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. While it was the second adaptation of the novel series in movie form, the attention to detail and full commitment to the gothic style makes this movie stand out above its peers. Any screencap of the movie could be featured on a goth teenager's bedroom wall and not look out of place.


Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade)(2015)

Director: You Yoshinari | Studio: Trigger

MAL Score: 7.93, Ranked: #629


Little Witch Academia The Enchanted Parade Akko as Shiny Chariot
Little Witch Academia originally started as part of the Young Animator Training Project, short made-for-TV episodes that allowed young animators to train together to produce something with financial assistance from the Japanese government. Trigger put Little Witch Academia up on Youtube with English subtitles and it suddenly exploded in popularity with western fans. Noticing this, Trigger then ran a Kickstarter to produce a sequel, which absolutely blew past its original goal, allowing them to create a full-feature-length film.


Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen)(1983)

Director: Mori Masaki | Studio: Madhouse

MAL Score: 7.92, Ranked: #645


Barefoot Gen movie poster Gen after the atomic bomb
Often talked about alongside Grave of the Fireflies for its focus on civilian life in late World War 2 Japan, Barefoot Gen tells the story of a boy in the aftermath of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. It's a haunting, depressing film that sends a powerful anti-war message.


Mind Game(2004)

Director: Masaaki Yuasa | Studio: Studio 4°C

MAL Score: 7.88, Ranked: #714


Mind Game festival poster with cast
Yuasa is the champion of many a hipster anime fan, including myself. His almost Dr.Seuss-esque art style and wild animation style has fascinated many anime fans. It was with the surreal movie Mind Game that he got his first big break. It's worth watching if you want something radically different from anything else on this list.


The Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyoukai)(2007)

Director: Ei Aoki | Studio: Ufotable

MAL Score: 7.81, Ranked: #836


The Garden of Sinners essential anime movie Ryoko Shiki knife
The Garden of Sinners came hot on the heels of the popularity of Fate/Stay Night (but before everyone had calmed down and realized the original Fate/Stay Night was a bit rubbish). Nasu was riding high and Ufotable announced the highly ambitious multiple movie adaptation of his Garden of Sinners novels. Beautifully animated and so dedicated to its singular tone and style of directing, it attracted something of a devoted following among its fans as each latest movie release became more hyped than the last.


Royal Space Force: (Ouritsu Uchuugun: Honneamise no Tsubasa)(1987)

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Studio: Gainax

MAL Score: 7.72, Ranked: #1024


Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise Lhadatt
This was one of the first original anime produced by Gainax as they made their name in the anime world. The anime about space travel captured the hearts of so many anime fans at the time. Maybe it hasn't aged as well as the other anime movies on this list (there's one scene of sexual violence in particular that almost single-handedly drags down the movie in many people's eyes), but in the history of anime and Gainax it's certainly a significant piece.


Mobile Suit Gundam(1981)

Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino | Studio: Sunrise

MAL Score: 7.44, Ranked: #1781


Mobile Suit Gundam movie poster with Amuro and the Gundam
Normally I wouldn't like to include compilation movies, but I'll make an exception in Gundam's case. Because it wasn't the original TV series that made Gundam into the massive franchise it is today. It was the compilation movies - when they stripped out a lot of extraneous content and streamlined the story - that launched the real robot franchise into fandom consciousness.


Night on the Galactic Railroad (Ginga Tetsudou no Yoru)(1985)

Director: Gisaburou Sugii | Studio: Group TAC

MAL Score: 7.43, Ranked: #1812


Night on the Galactic Railroad the cat people brothers Giovanni and Campanella on a train
Night on the Galactic Railroad is one of those stories that practically everyone in Japan knows about. While many of them know it because of the original children's novel, it's the cat-people movie that jumps to mind for many. It's a heady story about life after death dripping with symbolism. Quite a lot for a child to take in.


Space Adventure Cobra(1982)

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Studio: TMS Entertainment

MAL Score: 7.21, Ranked: #2620


Cobra The Movie poster Cobra with Lady Armaroid
You want some classic sci-fi with cool heroes and buxom women with wonderful butts? You want a movie that captures the visual aesthetic of 70's science fiction novels with strapping men wielding weapons in neon alien planets? Cobra is all of that and more.


Ringing Bell (Chirin no Suzu)(1978)

Director: Masami Hata | Studio: Sanrio

MAL Score: 7.20, Ranked: #2629


Ringing Bell poster Young Chirin the cute lamb
You've heard of Sanrio, right? They're the creators of Hello Kitty. Well, back in the day they used to produce cutesy cartoon movies with adorable animals and heart-wrenching stories, similar to Disney. Of all of those movies, Ringing Bell is the one that maintains a certain level of infamy, with people still going back to it today. To keep it short, it's sort of like Bambi except after Bambi's mother dies, it sends Bambi into a world of violence, depression, murder, and death. Fun times from the creators of Hello Kitty eh?


Blood: The Last Vampire(2000)

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo | Studio: Production IG

MAL Score: 7.01, Ranked: #3342


Blood the Last Vampire Saya as a Japanese schoolgirl with katana
What was intended as a little arthouse film about a vampire hunter exploded in popularity in the early 00's within western fandom. Its stylish trappings and minimal use of expository dialogue gave hint to a world much larger than that shown in the movie itself. Later series never quite captured the same magic of possibility.


Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight (Odin: Koushi Hansen Starlight)(1985)

Director: Eiichi Yamamoto | Studio: Toei Animation

MAL Score: 5.25, Ranked: #7512


Odin Photon Sailor Starlight spaceship boat
Every 'best anime' list needs a horrible one to put everything into perspective. To wrap this list up I wanted to draw attention to what can happen when everything goes wrong. Not so much in the budget department, as Odin looks fantastic visually. But when the staff of the massive hit Space Battleship Yamato split to work on their own separate projects, it wasn't immediately clear which side was going to be more successful. Matsumoto Leiji went to make more hits like Captain Harlock. Eiichi Yamamoto went to make the spectacular, shocking, and unintentionally hilarious failure that was Odin.


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10 Best Anime Movies Of 2020, Ranked (According To MyAnimeList)

Many movie and television projects of 2020 were pushed to 2021. And due to this, it clearly wasn't a typical year for the entertainment industry. The medium of anime, too, wasn't untouched by the swathe of delays, but despite the changes in the 2020 anime calendar, many long-awaited anime films still premiered throughout the year and graced the screens of viewers from all over the world.

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While some of these movies were standalone Netflix originals, others were long-awaited sequels for renowned anime franchises. The best among these have been ranked below based on their respective MyAnimeList (MAL) average user scores.

10 Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown (7.19)

The Goblin Slayer series met a whole lot of backlash when it first premiered. Not only was it too gory to befit the taste of most viewers, but it also had some objectionable plot points. Still, for the most part, its fantastical world-building, slam-bang action scenes, and post-apocalyptic visuals were received fairly well.

For the uninitiated, Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown begins with a half-an-hour recap and reinstates its characters. What follows is a very simple narrative in which the titular Goblin Slayer and his team set out on another quest to duke it out with evil Goblins. While the movie isn't a far cry from the anime series, it doesn't cover much ground because of its limited runtime.

9 A Whisker Away (7.37)

A Whisker Away is a romance anime with a supernatural twist. It focuses on a young girl, Miyo Sasaki, whose attempts to please her high school crush, Kento, fall futile. But then, in a twist of fate, she acquires the ability to become a cat and uses it to spend more time with Kento.

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Soon she reaches a crossroads where she can either continue helping Kento with his problems, but risk giving up on her cat form, or she can spend the rest of her life as a cat. It's these defining decisions of her life that lead to wondrous explorations of the Neko world and beneath all of this is a beautiful tale of learning to let go.

8 Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (7.87)

Akin to Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, Psycho-Pass is set in a world with a skewed justice system. Even before a crime is committed, citizens with criminal intent are identified using a complex system and brought to justice using relevant measures.

The Psycho-Pass franchise involves many movies. Among them, Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector easily ranks somewhere on top. However, unlike most other movies that adopt spin-off stories, this one serves as a direct continuation of season 3. So to get ahold of this one, a viewer must first skim through season 2, which in itself is quite intriguing with its nihilistic and philosophical undertones.

7 My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (8.08)

Studio Bones' work with the My Hero Academiaseries has always been well-appreciated. However, with Heroes Rising, the Studio goes above and beyond everyone's expectations by featuring some never-seen-before action scenes and shounen-esque character power-ups.

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Not only that, but the movie also has a non-canon but well-executed storyline that gives equal screentime to all the beloved Class 1-A students. It's also interesting to see how despite having little to no connections with the present arc of the anime, the film drops subtle cues on what fans can expect in the future.

6 Given (8.18)

Although the shounen-ai genre remains unexplored, every once in a while, a great series like Given comes along and changes everyone's perception. Serving as a follow-up for the 11-episode show, the Given movie shifts its focus onto other secondary characters of the anime.

While the show was all about the romantic developments between Ritsuka Uenoyama and Mafuyu Sato, who are both a part of a rock band, the movie highlights the love relationship between the band's bassist, Haruki Nakayama, drummer, Akihiko Kaji, and Akihito's ex-boyfriend, Ugetsu Murata.

5 Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (8.19)

Because of being compared to the Pokemon franchise,Digimon never reached the fame and recognition of other popular shounen of the late '90s. Even so, it did garner a fan following of its own that has stayed loyal to it even after all these years.

RELATED: Digimon: Sorting the Digi-Destined into the Hogwarts Houses

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the anime, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is the third and final installment of the Digimon Adventure movie trilogy. As suggested by many reviews, it brings a satisfying conclusion to the long-running franchise and is reminiscent of all the elements that initially made the series so great. For anyone looking for a throwback to the good old shounen era of the 90s, this one fits the bill.

4 Violet Evergarden: The Movie (8.66)

Set in the aftermath of a war, Violet Evergarden unfolds as a rite of passage for a young woman, Violet, who was a mere weapon all her life. With her old life behind her, she sets out to learn what it's like to be human and understand the true essence of the final words of her lover.

The movie continues this journey with the utmost profundity, as Violet holds on to the last bits of hope of finding her lost lover. While she's at it, she continues to light up the lives of others by writing beautiful letters as an "Auto Memory Doll."

3 Demon Slayer Movie: Infinity Train (8.72)

Often touted as one of the best anime of the past decade, Demon Slayer continues to please its massive fan following with the sequel film, Infinity Train. With Tanjirou and the Demon Slayer Corps at its fore again, the anime follows their action-fueled investigations of the mysterious disappearances in a train. Little do they realize, there's a lot more to the train than meets their eye.

Replete with scintillating battle scenes, breathtaking art, and all the right elements that fascinate shounen fans, the Demon Slayer movie never leaves a dull moment.

2 Made In Abyss: Dawn Of The Deep Soul (8.74)

It's hard not to judge an anime by its animation style, but in the case of Made in Abyss, its outward appearance is highly deceiving. Its chibi-style animation might give new viewers the impression that it's for kids. However, considering its darker themes surrounding death, grief, and cosmic horror, it's far from this.

In Dawn of the Deep Soul, the central characters delve deeper into the ghastly pit that rests in the middle of their small town. Now in the fifth layer of the abyss, they cross paths with Prushka, who claims to be the daughter of Bondrewd. As always, they must now be careful with every step they take and make some big sacrifices before they can dive deeper into the sixth layer of the hole.

1 Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel III. Spring Song (8.78)

The Fate series is one of the most sweeping anime franchises out there. It has everything from spin-offs and game adaptations to OVAs and movies. Heaven's Feel III: Spring Song is the highly awaited final part of the Fate/Stay Night movie trilogy and it does not disappoint.

Picking up where its predecessor left off, the movie begins at a critical moment in the Fifth Holy Grail War. A hidden enemy finally surfaces and the main heroes learn that there's a lot more on the line for them than they had anticipated. In its taut two-hour runtime, the movie keeps viewers at the edge of their seats and resolves the morbid Holy Grail War in the best possible way.

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