Are you an anime fan looking for the best movies to watch? Look no further than this list of the top 10 best anime movies of all time! From classics like Akira to newer releases like Your Name, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Izo Hashimoto and Otomo, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Taro Ishida, Akira Nakao, and Izumi Yasuda. The film is set in a Neo-Tokyo rebuild after World War III where biker gangs fight for control of the city.
2. Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is a 1995 Japanese anime cyberpunk science fiction film directed by Mamoru Oshii and written by Kazunori Itō. The film follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg public-security agent who tracks down a criminal mastermind.
3. Your Name
Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated romantic fantasy drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai and written by Shinkai based on his own novel of the same name. The film follows two high school students, Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, who swap bodies and lives with each other.
4. Spirited Away
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Studio Ghibli, and distributed by Toho. The film tells the story of Chihiro Ogino, a ten-year-old girl who becomes trapped in an alternate world populated by spirits and monsters.
5. Princess Mononoke
Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese animated epic historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Studio Ghibli, and distributed by Toho. The film tells the story of Ashitaka, a young prince who is cursed by a demon and must find a way to lift the curse before it destroys him.
6. Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. The film follows two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, as they try to survive in Japan during World War II.
7. Wolf Children
Wolf Children is a 2012 Japanese animated coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda and produced by Studio Chizu. The film follows Hana, a woman who raises two children born from her with a werewolf.
8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction romance film directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. The film follows Makoto Konno, a high school girl who gains the ability to time travel and uses it to her advantage.
9. Your Lie in April
Your Lie in April is a 2016 Japanese anime television series based on the manga series of the same name by Naoshi Arakawa. The series follows Kōsei Arima, a piano prodigy who stops playing after his mother’s death and meets a free-spirited violinist named Kaori Miyazono.
10. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is a 2016 Japanese anime drama film directed by Naoko Yamada and written by Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga series of the same name by Yoshitoki Ōima. The film follows Shōya Ishida, a boy who bullied a deaf girl named Shōko Nishimiya in elementary school, and must confront his past actions when he meets her again in high school.