Best Anime Movies of All Time

There’s a reason why you are here. You obviously watched a few anime movies and enjoyed it so much that you wanted to find some of the best Japanese anime movies ever created, right? Well, you’re in luck as all anime movies listed below will either make you cry or smile, each boasting with a captivating storyline that is truly unique to each film. Let’s take a look.

Spirited Away


This movie provides a classic blend of modern Japanese sensibilities along with ancient Japanese legends and myths. A family that makes their way into a new home discovers an abandoned theme park which starts an entanglement with their daughter and a strange spirited world, while she attempts to rescue her own parents. During her quest, she meets a few interesting beings who either hinder or assist with her quest. This movie is visually spectacular and offers superior voice acting along with beautiful animation quality.

My Neighbour Totoro

This movie is all about family but is regarded as a fantasy film. This is another classic release from Studio Ghibli, making it an extremely sweet and sincere film. A family decided to move into a brand-new house and meets a variety of friendly natured spirits in the process. During the movie, the family learns more about the spirit’s bizarre world and deals with their own personal problems with their assistance. The film is frightening, funny, sad, and sweet at the same time. It’s an amazing tale for both old and young alike.

Grave of the Fireflies

This is one of the most popular dark anime films in existence. A pair of siblings are struggling to survive within the last couple of months of WWII. Please note that this is difficult to watch and shouldn’t be shown to children. It portrays several losses as well as immense amounts of pain. The movie is considered an anti-war movie. However, the anime director completely denies it. It’s still a painful movie to watch but the perfect film to see how anime can be utilised to display a darker theme.

Princess Mononoke


This is a sweeping and wondrous movie in which Princess Mononoke starts telling a tale of a cursed young princess that has been exiled to a forest where she struggles with industrializing humans and ancient spirits. The film is truly sympathetic to both sides in several ways, and the voice cast in English is amazing. There is both adventure and romance in this movie which is another captivating production by Studio Ghibli. If you are searching for a marvellous fantasy movie, you can’t go wrong with Princess Mononoke.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki is an apprentice witch in the movie who opens up her own delivery-by-broom service. The movie follows Kiki through several misadventures. It’s a sweet and entertaining coming-of-age story and is truly delightful to watch. Kiki manages to learn and grow as both a witch and a person. This is also another movie from Studio Ghibli, so it provides exceptional animation quality and fantastic voice acting.