25+ Top Anime Movies Of All Time | Best Anime Movies That You Must Definitely Watch

Team Animastic is here again with another list of top anime movies of all time. While series often take the spotlight, anime has also produced some fantastic movies which are definitely worth the shot.

So without further adieu let’s start our list of 25+ Top Anime Movies Of All Time That You Should Definitely Watch.

26. The Place Promised in Our Early Days

  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2004
  • Genre: Drama, Military, Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Studio:  CoMix Wave Films
  • MAL Ratings: 7.53

The movie follows Hiroki, Takuyi, and Sayuri, three childhood friends who in 1996 form a pact to fly to the mysterious spindling tower built on the Union’s territory and discover its secrets

It touches all major themes and emotional beats wrapping the aesthetic sentimentality in a strong sci-fi fantasy drama.

25. 5 Centimeters Per Second

  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2007
  • Genre:  Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Studio:  CoMix Wave Films
  • MAL Ratings: 7.67

5 Centimeters Per Second focuses on Takaki and his first love. The story picks up in elementary school and connects with the climax where the two grow up not in love anymore.

In this movie, there is neither supernatural power nor action or battle scenes, but just the beautiful reality that has its own touch of emotions.

24.  Summer Wars

  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2009
  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • MAL Ratings: 8.07

The story follows a high schooler Kenji and his Senpai, Natsuki who is a year ahead of him visit her family home. There is a clear contrast in Summer Wars.

This movie clearly depicts the Japanese traditional culture and customs with rural rich nature.

23. The Anthem of the Heart

  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2015
  • Genre:  Drama, Romance, School
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • MAL Ratings: 7.91

The Anthem of the Heart depicts the story of a young girl named Jun Naruse with a shocking past who can’t speak much but is able to sing and turn of events related to her.

This movie won’t disappoint you. Give it a shot.

22. The Boy and The Beast

  • Release Date:  Jul 11, 2015
  • Genre:  Adventure, Supernatural
  • Studio:  Studio Chizu
  • MAL Ratings: 8.30

The story follows that of Ren, an orphaned boy who is adopted as a pupil by the brash and insolent swordmaster Kumatetsu, who vows to become the lord of all beasts.

The theme of the movie as suggested by its title is the bond of friendship between the boy and his master, a beast is depicted beautifully.

21. Tamako Market Movie

  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2014
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • MAL Ratings: 7.97

Tamako Market is an anime whose first part of the story with 12 episodes was aired and then movie adaption was released depicting its ending.

The plot follows the love story between a high school boy Mochizo and his childhood friend Tamako which is beautifully depicted.

20. Dragon Ball Super: Broly

  • Release Date: Dec 14, 2018
  • Genre:  Action, Adventure, Super Power, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Shounen
  • Studio:  Toei Animation
  • MAL Ratings: 8.11

Dragon ball franchise introduced the new antagonist Broly in this movie. This high-action movie was a huge hit among its peers.

With Goku and Vegeta in their prime form benefited the animation as well as cinematic a huge budget. this movie was quite an achievement to the Dragon Ball franchise.

19. In This Corner of the World

  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2016
  • Genre:  Historical, Drama, Seinen
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • MAL Ratings: 8.23

The theme of these top anime movies of all time is based on Hiroshima during WWII. The protagonist, Suzu survives the war but struggles in experiencing the consequences of the war.

Another Movie that can bottoms up your emotions and lead you to a state of sorrow.

18. Castle in the Sky

  • Release Date: Aug 2, 1986
  • Genre:  Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.28

Castle in the Sky was an absolute hit when it was released,  one of the best movies that came out in the ’80s that brings an awe-inspiring experience.

The plot follows a boy and a girl in the 19th century and never giving up on hope to find the titular castle in the sky.

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17.  The Wind Rises

  • Release Date: Jul 20, 2013
  • Genre: Drama, Historical, Romance
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.11

The Wind Rises follows Jirou who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Unable to become a pilot, Jirou joins the aircraft division and is soon recognized, and become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers.

The depiction of flight and ret was smoothly carried out. It contains all the fundamental elements to make a movie a must-see.

16. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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  • Release Date: Jul 15, 2006
  • Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • MAL Ratings: 8.17

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time focuses on the lives of Makoto, Kosuke, and Chiaki. Where Makoto discovers that she is able to transport herself to the past.

Time travel is a popular plot of anime these days, but in this movie, it is displayed with new and unique properties.

15. Whisper of the Heart

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  • Release Date:  Jul 15, 1995
  • Genre:  Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Shoujo
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.23

Coming on to the next top anime movies of all time is Whisper of the Heart. It was such a film that captivated audiences due to the romantic comedy tropes.

 The plot displayed a heartwarming yet genuine love story between a bookworm and a violin maker.

14.  Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light

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  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2011
  • Genre:  Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural
  • Studio:  Brain’s Base
  • MAL Ratings: 8.35

 The story follows Hotaru, a six-year-old girl who befriends a forest spirit named Gin while vacationing at her grandfather’s home in the mountains and their aromatic love.

Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light is a short and impactful film that shown the deep bond between spirit and human beings.

13.  My Neighbor Totoro

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  • Release Date: Apr 16, 1988
  • Genre:  Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.28

The plot follows an elementary schooler Satsuki, her family who moves to a rural village. Her mother stays in the hospital located near the village. One day, the kids meet mystic creatures names Totoro.

My Neighbor Totoro is one of the most popular movies among families around the globe. It a worth watching and one of the top movies of all time.

12. Weathering With You

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  • Release Date: Jul 19, 2019
  • Genre:  Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
  • Studio:  CoMix Wave Films
  • MAL Ratings: 8.36

This movie follows a high school boy Hodaka who runs away from home to Tokyo and a young girl Hina who survives without parents in the busy city. They meet each other and their journey starts.

Weathering with You consists of a variety of themes that includes meteorological phenomena, child-rearing, poverty, etc.

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11. Perfect Blue

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  • Release Date: Feb 28, 1998
  • Genre:  Dementia, Drama, Horror, Psychological
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • MAL Ratings: 8.50

The story follows a popular pop singer Kirigoe Mima looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her successful trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery, Mima’s life begins to fall apart.

10. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

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  • Release Date: Jul 19, 1997
  • Genre:  Sci-Fi, Dementia, Psychological, Drama, Mecha
  • Studio: Gainax, Production I.G
  • MAL Ratings: 8.53

Neon Genesis turns is considered to be a very dark story that explores deep and complex subjects such as depression. 

Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion serves as an alternative ending to the original series after the lots of hate received by fans and picks up right after the 24th episode.

9. I Want To Eat Your Pancreas

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  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2018
  • Genre:  Slice of Life, Drama, Romance
  • Studio: Studio VOLN
  • MAL Ratings: 8.59

The story follows Haruki Shiga, an aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a secret of Sakura Yamauchi, that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left.

The movie shows the audience, with no uncertainty, that Skura will die, and somehow viewers were shocked after seeing how fate plays out.

8.  Howl’s Moving Castle

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  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2004
  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.66

The story is focused on a young woman, Sophie who is cursed by a witch to live the remaining of her life as an old woman. 

Sophie with the help of a wizard named Howl who was once the heart of the resistance against the tyrannical king has to reverse the curse.

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7.  Wolf Children

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  • Release Date: Jul 21, 2012
  • Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life
  • Studio: Studio Chizu
  • MAL Ratings: 8.62

The plot follows a single mother, Hana who is raising two half-human, half-wolf children after the death of their werewolf father.

This movie focused on the hardship and struggle faces to raise young children alone as well as she tries to hide her children’s true nature from the world.

6. Princess Mononoke

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  • Release Date:  Jul 12, 1997
  • Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.70

The plot follows Prince Ashitaka who is caught up in a war between the god of the forest and humans. Now together with San, they will fight to protect the God of the forest from the corruption brought by man and their hunger for power.

Princess Mononoke is pretty graphic and targets a more mature audience, it is definitely a

worth a watching show.

5. Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train

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  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2020
  • Genre: Action, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Shounen
  • Studio: Ufotable
  • MAL Ratings: 8.75

The highest-grossing film of 2020 is Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train breaking all the previous records.

This movie centers around Tanjiro, his sister Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Kyojuro Rengoku, who is the Flame Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps. They fight against the strong demons including the Twelve Kizuki to save passengers on the train.

4. Grave of the Fireflies

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  • Release Date: Apr 16, 1988
  • Genre:  Drama, Historical
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.51

This heartwarming movie follows a teenage boy, Seita, and his younger sister Setsuko who are left without a guardian after their mother and home was bombarded in World War II. They do their best to survive on their own in this scary world.

Grave of Fireflies dives deep into some tough and sensitive subjects. As beautiful as the movie is, one should be prepared to explore the incredibly sad, intense, and intimate story.

3. A Silent Voice

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  • Release Date: Sep 17, 2016
  • Genre:  Drama, School, Shounen
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • MAL Ratings: 8.98

The movie focuses deeply on psychological factors and hard subjects such as suicide and bullying. 

A Silent Voice follows the two children in their middle school and high school as they struggle to find their place in the world.

They learn the hard way that each of their actions has deeper and darker consequences than they would have thought and they have to embrace it with open arms.

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2. Spirited Away

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  • Release Date: Jul 20, 2001
  • Genre:  Adventure, Supernatural, Drama
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • MAL Ratings: 8.80

Spirited Away focuses on a 10-year-old girl Chihiro who wanders into a weird and strange world with her parents, and her parents are transformed into pigs due to the witchy curse and her real struggle begins.

No matter how old this anime movie is, but it never ceases to amaze its viewers due to its different perspectives and characteristics.

1. Your Name

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  • Release Date: Aug 26, 2016
  • Genre: Romance, Supernatural, School, Drama
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Films
  • MAL Ratings: 8.92

Your Name focuses on the story of a boy, Taki from Tokyo, and a girl, Mitsuha from a small town. They suddenly and inexplicable start swapping bodies and their relationships changes drastically.

This movie tops the list and is a feast to the eyes, from its jaw-dropping animation to its beautiful soundtrack and, of course, its unique story that grabs the attention of the viewer from the very first second.

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