100 best anime movies

A list of the best anime films, selected by visitors to our site: The Second Renaissance Part I, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Batman: Gotham Knight, Your Name., My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Blade Runner: Black Out 2022, 5 Centimeters per Second, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Kiki's Delivery Service, Weathering with You, A Silent Voice, Grave of the Fireflies, The Wind Rises, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, Altered Carbon: Resleeved, Tokyo Ghoul: Jack
The Second Renaissance Part I (2003)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, action
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration00:09

Tells the early history of how conflict began between the humans and machines. Part 1 of 2.

Spirited Away (2001)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:05

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:59

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure, cartoon, crime, anime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea
Duration01:12

Explore Bruce Wayne's transition from his beginning as a tormented vigilantee to The Dark Knight of a crumbling metropolis with six distinct chapters but intended to be viewed as a whole.

Your Name. (2016)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:35

High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:26

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.

Princess Mononoke (1997)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:14

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA

This animated short revolves around the events causing an electrical systems failure on the west coast of the US. According to Blade Runner 2049’s official timeline, this failure leads to cities shutting down, financial and trade markets being thrown into chaos, and food supplies dwindling. There’s no proof as to what caused the blackouts, but Replicants — the bio-engineered robots featured in the original Blade Runner, are blamed.

5 Centimeters per Second (2007)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:03

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:38

When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.

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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:43

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Weathering with You (2019)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:03

High school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

A Silent Voice (2016)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:32

Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other again... until an older, wiser Shouya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shouko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late...?

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, cartoon, military, anime
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:29

In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive.

The Wind Rises (2013)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, cartoon, biography, history, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:06

A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.

Ponyo (2008)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:41

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:52

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, action, detective, film noir
CountryUSA

On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.

Castle in the Sky (1986)
Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, fantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:04

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Tokyo Ghoul: Jack (2015)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan

Who needs school, who needs baseball, and who needs friends? That's the attitude of high school delinquent, Taishi Fura, who became a loner after falling out with his peers. One day, he witnesses the brutal attack of a ghoul, which left one of his former friends in the hospital and the other dead. Determined to avenge them, Fura decides to pursue the man-eating monster. His efforts allow him to cross paths with Kishou Arima, a quiet student who also attends his high school. Arima, however, is no ordinary student. Despite his young age, he is a full-fledged investigator of the CCG, a government task force that strives to deal with the ghoul threat. Together, Fura and Arima hunt down the ghoul, known as Lantern, but it soon becomes apparent the monster may be closer than anyone suspects. In this side story, Tokyo Ghoul: "Jack" offers a glimpse into the past of Kishou Arima, well before he ever became the CCG's feared God of Death.

The Garden of Words (2013)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:46

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches...

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:39

Set in a futuristic Japan after the end of a brutal world war, science has advanced by leaps and bounds giving humanity the choice to prolong life and reduce suffering with the use of sophisticated cybernetics. With all of humanity linked into one system of minds and personalities known as ghosts, the biggest threat to civilization is the cyber terrorists capable of hijacking people's bodies and memories. When a ghost-infecting virus known as Fire-Starter begins spreading through the system resulting in the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her elite team of special operatives are called in to track down its source. As they delve deeper and deeper into their investigation, they uncover traces of government corruption and a shadowy broker that bears an all-too-familiar face. The film is a continuation to the plot of the Pyrophoric Cult episode of Arise, and ties up loose ends from that arc.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Alternative Architecture (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan

The story follows Motoko Kusanagi, a highly skilled member of the military, whom upon meeting Daisuke Aramaki, a current chief of the Public Security Section 9, in less than desirable conditions struggles to clear her name whilst forming her own independent team with the highest priority under the sponsorship and guidance of the chief Aramaki himself.  Ghost in the Shell: Arise is a re-imagining of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 3: Ghost Tears (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan

Posing as lovers on vacation, Motoko and Batou work to try to stop a terrorist organization whose symbol is the Scrasath. Meanwhile, Togusa investigates a murder of a man who possessed a prosthetic leg manufactured by the Mermaid's Leg corporation.

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 4: Ghost Stands Alone (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan

The upcoming installment's story takes place amidst signs of postwar reconstruction in the winter of 2028. Tensions are rising in New Port City as demonstrations are held concerning the interests of foreign cartels. This leads to a shooting incident involving riot police. It all started with a cyberbrain infection released by the terrorist "Fire Starter." An independent offensive unit led by Makoto Kusanagi entrusts the suppression of the situation to their ghosts and aims for their own justice. Below the surface of the incident, lies the "tin girl" Emma and the "scarecrow man" Burinda Junior. As Kusanagi deals with the incident, she draws near to what those two ghosts were seeking.

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 1: Ghost Pain (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan

The story is set in 2027, one year after the end of the fourth non-nuclear war. New Port City is still reeling from the war's aftermath when it suffers a bombing caused by a self-propelled mine. Then, a military member implicated in arms-dealing bribes is gunned down. During the investigation, Public Security Section's Daisuke Aramaki encounters Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg, wizard-level hacker assigned to the military's 501st Secret Unit. Batou, a man with the "eye that does not sleep," suspects that Kusanagi is the one behind the bombing. The Niihama Prefectural Police detective Togusa is pursuing his own dual cases of the shooting death and a prostitute's murder. Motoko herself is being watched by the 501st Secret Unit's head Kurutsu and cyborg agents.

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 5: Pyrophoric Cult (2015)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan

Motoko and her squad are finally getting closer to Fire-Starter's broker, but things get tense when they're instructed to take a backseat role on a sting operation.

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 2: Ghost Whispers (2013)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:00

Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. Someone hacks the Logicomas, and Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. Kusanagi also seeks to enlist ace sniper Saito and undercover cop Paz into the new Public Security Section 9.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (2007)
Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan

The story takes place in the year 2034, two years after the events in Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG. Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi has left Public Security Section 9, an elite counter-terrorist and anti-crime unit specializing in cyber-warfare, which has expanded to a team of 20 field operatives with Togusa acting as the field lead.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, detective, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:40

Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. A quest for a killer that becomes a mind bending search for the meaning of life.




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