The 10 Anime Movies You Should Watch

Let’s just get this out of the way first. It’s difficult to create a list of only 10 anime films to see, but in the end, narrowed down the list to that number.

This is not a top 10 best anime list of all time, but rather, a highly-recommended list for both newcomers and veterans to check out. Each anime that is recommended on the list has a combination of an in-depth story, deep characters, great visuals, and special meaning.

With that being said, here’s our in-depth picks of the 10 anime movies you should watch. I hope you enjoy the picks!

10. Grave of the Fireflies

The Trailer:

Grave of the Fireflies

Vital Stats:

Fun facts about Grave of the Fireflies:

  • A live version was created in 2005
  • It has been 67 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • The movie helped its brother film, My Neighbor Totoro, in selling Totoro merchandise
  • Noted film critic Roger Ebert has praised the movie as one of the best anti-war films
  • The fireflies symbolize many things, including bombs, children, hope, fireflies, and kamikaze planes

Despite that this is one of my favorite anime films, I have only seen it once. However with that single viewing Grave of the Fireflies left an impact on me that few anime have ever done.

[Seita] however discovers that the adult world around him is more or less apathetic to the suffering of two children

The narrative focuses around Seita, a fourteen year old boy who is the son of an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War Two. Proud and determined, Seita is left with the gargantuan task of taking care of his four year old sister named Setsuko.


The two live on their own after their mother is badly burned in the Kobe fire bombings of 1945. Before the choice of trying to make it alone, they start by living with their ornery aunt who does nothing but verbally berate them and belittles their efforts. Sick of her abuse, they set off to start their own lives anew.

After finding out their mother has died, Seita tries his best as a strong pillar of support for Setsuko. Soon, however he discovers that the adult world around him is apathetic to the suffering of two children, and little by little it chips away at his soul.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is a work of tragic beauty. On one hand, the relationship of Seita and Setsuko is heartwarming and is the only thing that keeps the film from being completely emotionally overwhelming.

However, on the other hand, it is unafraid to show the darker side of humanity not in the aspects of real war itself (the enemy is never shown) but the overall indifference to the suffering of our fellow-man, especially children, in times of desperation. It’s almost as if the message of the film is that war was not the killer of these poor children, but the unwillingness to pay attention to their wellbeing by the adults around them.

Grave of the Fireflies - Live Action

The live action adaptation of the movie.

Being part of the Ghibli filmography it is of no surprise that the visual prowess of this film would be exceptional. Every expression, every action in terms of character movement is animated genius.

Never have I seen in an animated film a face contort to express crying so strongly that it made me break down in tears. The backgrounds of this film are sensational and yet maintain a quaint simplicity which makes it all the more tragic that it is destroyed in the end as well.

This film is laced with symbolism which is never heavy-handed or ambiguous but always heart rending and powerfully applicable. The main source of symbolism is the fireflies themselves. Being insects that have a short life but beautiful in appearance, fireflies are used as an emblem for the main characters, this represents a life flame that is to be extinguished.

Fireflies are a strong symbol of transience and self-sacrifice, which in Japanese tradition is a thing of beauty. The tragedy that befalls these children is something should not be forgotten for they lived a noble life even though their lives were short.

Grave of the Fireflies pulls no punches. It shows just how cruel war can be.

Grave of the Fireflies pulls no punches. It shows just how cruel war can be.

Although I have sung much praise about this anime and that it is without a doubt, worthy of being on this list, it is a film that I will never watch again due because of how crushingly tragic it is, taking even the most stone faced people I know and moving them to tears. But it holds a special place in my heart due to the fact that it was one of the earliest anime films I watched.

All in all, Grave of the Fireflies is a film that must seen by everyone for its unflinching portrayal of how war effects innocent people. To me it is the prime example of the aim of an anti-war film.

9. 5 Centimeters Per Second

The Trailer:

5 Centimeters Per Second

Fun facts about 5 Centimeters Per Second:

  • The movie has won several awards in 2007 and 2008 for best film with special effects
  • The Chinese animation show, Xin Ling Zhi Chuang (Spirit’s Window), has been accused of copying some backgrounds with minor edits from 5 Centimeters Per Second
  • Director Shinkai has been hailed as the next Miyazaki
  • Its piano score has been critically acclaimed
  • The manga was created in July 2010 and is still ongoing today

“Five centimeters per second… That’s how fast a cherry blossom takes to hit the ground. Did you know that?” With that piece of trivia, starts a film that is anything but trivial.

5 Centimeters Per Second packs a punch for its allotted run time. There is a lot for a film buff to ponder. I rarely see a film that runs for only about sixty-three minutes exude so many themes and emotions such as love, loss, and anxiety all in little over an hour. All of this is done without the film ever feeling like it is being rushed or containing any scenes that merely act like filler.

5 Centimeters Per Second

This film is also unique in one regard, considering its director is Makoto Shinkai, who is known for making short films without the help of any studio. This is the first film where he now has entire crew at his disposal who gave him a hand in creating a feature length film. The movie truly presents Shinkai’s talent not only as an artist but as a director as well, showing that he has a bright future ahead of him in the world of animation.

5 Centimeters Per Second truly presents Shinkai’s talent as not only an artists but as a director as well

This movie is a tale told in three parts: the first part being called Cherry Blossom which talks about the childhood friendship between Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara. The two are so close that they speak to one another without using any honorifics, which is very rare in Japanese society.

As they grow older they soon fall in love. The duo is soon torn apart because of Akari moving away because of her father finding a new job in another town.

5 Centimeters Per Second has some breathtaking visuals.

5 Centimeters Per Second has some breathtaking visuals.

Part two, Cosmonaut, concerns Takaki coming to grips with his feelings involving Akari and how another girl in his life, Kanae Sumida, who is now in love with him – albeit the feelings are unrequited.

The final part of this film is called 5 Centimeters Per Second and focuses on the adult life of Takaki.

All-in-all, 5 Centimeters Per Second is stunning with a vast array of colors, shades of light and tone that contrast the themes of the story perfectly. The middle segment of the film, Cosmonaut, shows the skill of the background artist with some truly spectacular visuals that have to be seen to be believed, as every color is exemplified to their utmost brilliance.

It is a film that demands we stop and look at the huge world around us all the while holding onto the present that we must cherish.

5 Centimeters Per Second - pic 2

Musically speaking, the soundtrack stresses bittersweet piano pieces that dreamily waltz in and out of scenes which, to me, are put to proverbial use for the characters themselves. The music is telling us that our lives and the people within it may sometimes drift in and out of it and that moving on is a part of life.

This is a story about growing up and accepting the reality that is around us. At times life might kick us and brow beat us with its challenges. Coming to grips with the world around us and accepting that there are some things in life that we cannot have is a huge part of growing up.


In hindsight, all of this evokes a translatable emotion because we have all been through the pangs of first love and being forced to abide with the facts that life sometimes is not fair. It is a universal message that makes this anime a movie that anyone can appreciate.

8. Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion

The Trailer:

Evangelion - pic 1

Fun facts about Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion:

  • The movie won both the “Biggest Public Sensation of the Year” and “Special Audience Choice Award” in 1997
  • The movie made grossed 1.45 billion Yen
  • The reviews have been high on both praise and much criticism by film reviewers
  • Averages an 8 out of 10 on IMDB
  • There was a 9 year gap between 1997 to 2006 of no Neon Genesis Evangelion releases until Rebuild of Evangelion

Much like many others in the domain of anime fandom, I love Evangelion. I have dissected the story over many times and have analyzed its many intricate meanings. Like many others as well, the ending of the television series left a sour after feeling with me.

Evangelion - pic 2

Luckily, the eighth film on this countdown was made solely for the purpose to remove that acrimonious aftertaste in the otherwise hearty Evangelion buffet. Yes, this was one of those times where the direct feelings of the fans were taken in consideration and something was done about it by the creative team of an anime production.

But this is by far one of the most emotionally and intellectually powerful anime films that is out there. It is also stronger, in terms of action packed for the Evangelion universe, since it revolves around a battle and a conspiracy that could literally unravel the entire world as we know it. All the while, the psychological issues of the protagonists present themselves in some of the most unsettling ways.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is hailed as a classic. For many, it was many peoples' first entry into anime films.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is hailed as a classic. For many, it was many peoples’ first entry into anime films.

In a technical sense, End of Evangelion shines with battles that are filled with white-knuckled intensity and fluidity that won’t be forgotten. The character designs originally done by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto are revamped in this film adaptation and are as gorgeous as ever. Being a fan of his distinct style, I enjoyed every moment of it.

The Soundtrack of End of Evangelion is composed by Shiro Sagisu and also uses some famous pieces from classical composer Bach, which works to add to the power of the film. In several moments during the film there is no music at all, which gives a sense of uneasy emptiness while providing symbolic meaning. This is a common element found in Japanese cinema to give the viewer time to reflect on what is being shown.

Evangelion - pic 3

What strikes a chord with me about End of Evangelion is the mentally visceral value of the ending. The series alone is already riddled with enough enigmatic material, but the film takes it to another level with worrisome results. To add more to this point, I held a panel at Fanimecon 2010 about the philosophical elements of Neon Genesis Evangelion. That panel quickly became a forum just about analyzing the film’s ending.

A downside of this film is that, in order to enjoy it, prerequisite knowledge of Evangelion is a must. So for anyone considering viewing this work who have not watched the series, please do so before seeing End of Evangelion.

7. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

The Trailer:

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Fun facts about Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust:

  • Carmilla is based on the novel with the same name by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, first published in 1872.
  • English was the first language this movie was released in. The second language released was Cantonese, then Japanese.
  • The novel is darker and more violent than its film counterpart
  • Averages an 7.8 out of 10 on IMDB.
  • English is Bloodlust’s original language, which is extremely rare in Japanese animation.

I was not too fond of the original Vampire Hunter D film. I realize that I am in a minority for making this statement since it would be more than likely that the first film would be on other countdown lists instead of this one. I ask that you hear me out on this one though.

The plot seem disjointed and hurried like I was being rushed to finish the film instead of enjoy it. Sure, it was dark and creepy, especially considering that the artistry is done by none other than Yoshitaka Amano who is famous for doing the art of the Final Fantasy series. But aside from the haunting visuals of Amano’s art style, there is not much else going on for the first Vampire Hunter D movie.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust - pic 2

That is to say, until the sequel came out. It definitely revamped the concept in position of artistry and especially in terms of story. Although it does not carry the tone of creepiness that the original held– being more action flick than a horror one it has several elements that the original did not posses such as fleshed out characters and even some humor.

The plot is simple: a young woman named Charlotte is kidnapped by the vampire noble Meier Link. Her wealthy father hires the stoic half-vampire/half-human monster hunter D to bring her back dead or alive.


But the Marcus brothers, a band of wise-cracking yet chummy group of vampire hunters are also hot on Meier’s trail. It was unbeknown to D that Charlotte is in love with Meier and let’s just say that this makes things complicated.

The film has everything for just about anyone … who is in the mature crowd that is.

The film has everything for just about anyone, who is in the mature crowd that is. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is definitely bloody. But what it also has is depth of character development and a tragic love-story as well as some very witty dialogue.


An interesting concept presents itself in how vampires can be kind-hearted. Despite that some of them may want to be good they cannot escape what they really are. Hunters of the night who prey upon weaker beings for their own survival and Meier portrays this best. All he desires is to be with his human love even though they cannot be together.

The action is very well done, as every fight scene is put against dark and dreary, yet surprisingly dynamic, Gothic backdrops. Concerning the visualization of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, the animation is very detailed and sound-wise, Bloodlust is also a powerhouse of perfect voice acting in terms of the English dub with some stellar acting was done.

This is one of those times where admittance of its superiority over the Japanese track must be made. The score of the film is nothing too spectacular but for what the film is worth, it fits and it gets the job done.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust - pic 3

All in all, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is nothing short of amazing and it falls into the rare category of a sequel that is superior to the original. On a completely different note, the features of the DVD are impressive holding a ton of extras that really make the DVD worth the money and I highly recommend picking it up.

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  • Jason Yu

    Grave of the Fireflies truly is a sad movie.  I’ve seen many people cry just by watching this film.  One of my favorites as well.

  • Jonathan

    It’s taken me a long time to even accept this movie… because I actually LOVED the ending of the original TV series. However, I simply overlap the two. I feel the TV show leaves one with an upbeat and positive feeling while the movie leaves things dark and feeling miserable and confused. 

  • Michelle Pendlelton

    There are some aspects that are better shown in the anime than in the film and vice versa. We do set standards, and when these are not met, we get disappointed. One example is when a novel is made into a film. The trailers get us excited. But when the movie misses out on some points, we become unsatisfied. Anyway, I also love the anime series. It just moved me. It taught me to be more contented with what I have and give more importance to the people I love. 

    • Jason Yu

      Definitely agree with you.  Usually, what happens is that the hardcore manga fans prefer the book because the anime missed this-and-that part.  Yet, I feel it’s unrealistic to fit even 80% of a manga into its anime counterpart accurately.  The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies are just two examples.

      I’m glad you liked the anime series :).

  • Ninja_muffin_with_a_kunai

    Where the f*** was spirited away?!

    • Jason Yu

      Hi Ninja,

      While I cannot speak for the author (Dallas), I would assume that there were so many good anime that there was not enough room for Spirited Away.  Don’t get me wrong, Spirited Away is a solid anime movie indeed.  However, everyone has their differing tastes, and just because a lot of people have it in their own top 10 anime movies doesn’t mean Dallas needs to have it in his. 

      With that being said, that’s a great pick you recommended.

      If I may ask, next time you post on GTG, please don’t revert to cursing.  We’re trying to keep it clean here.  Thanks!

    • Dallas

      Hey Ninja,

         I considered putting Spirited Away on this countdown but I tried to not put too many Miyazaki movies on the list. It was either my Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away, and since My Neighbor Totoro has always held a special place in my heart AND was the first Miyazaki film I have ever seen it was obvious which one I would choose. But don’t get me wrong, Spirited Away is definitely one of the greatest anime films of all time so look forward to seeing me talk about it in upcoming articles! Thanks for the comment!

      • Awsmninja!!!

        Spirited Away should of still be there

    • morph

      freaking love that movie <3

  • morph

    What about ‘Howl’s moving castle’ 

    • Jason Yu

      ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ is definitely a classic and a very good movie.  I think with top 10 lists of anything, there’s always going to be a debate of which movies should have made it in.  It’s hard to choose only 10 when there’s so many great anime films out there.

  • Jason Yu

     ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ is definitely a classic and a very good movie.  I think with top 10 lists of anything, there’s always going to be a debate of which movies should have made it in.  It’s hard to choose only 10 when there’s so many great anime films out there.

  • Simon Bishop

    I might find a hard time coming up with a top 10 list that wasn’t maybe 60% Studio Ghibli, but your picks are solid – I just recently watched Summer Wars and was very impressed. I myself would have had to have a Satoshi Kon on my list: Perfect Blue or Paprika, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Ghost in the Shell would also be included. My other suggestions can be found at

  • Holyman08

    i saw HOTARU NO HAKA once too! i´m scared of seeing it again! 
    I´d cry a lot the time I saw, i don´t want to feel that again! for me it´s number one in my most shocking anime movies list and number three in my top ten anime movie list

    • Jason Yu

      I have to agree with you.  HOTARU NO HAKA really hit me as well.  It’s like “whoa, my life isn’t so bad after all” after watching it.  Makes you appreciate your life, friends, family, and that war is terrible.

  • Kai

    I have to watch and rewatch all of these over the summer, especially Grave of the Fireflies, I’ve been trying to get around to watching that for years. 

    My favourites outside of Ghibli movies would probably be Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Tekkonkinkreet.

  • Hosen

    where the hell is sprited away? HELLOWWWWWWWWW. But nice choice anyways :)

  • Anime

    If top 15, you can include Tokyo Godfathers and Summer Wars on the list :)

  • Jordan Hoffman

    Just saw Redline. It’s definitely worth considering.

  • Andrew Olson

    I LOVE the fact that you avoided myazaki movies!  I have seen all of theme, and when I look for lists of good anime movies, they end up just being miyazaki lists!  I can’t wait to track down these other ones I havent heard of!

  • TheWhite Wolf

    Grave of Fireflies was the worst Anime, I Ever SEEN!!!! It made me cry threw the whole movie especially when it talked about a family in poverty from the verry beginning… :(

  • TheWhite Wolf

    DAM!!! They Made A Movie Outa It?????!!!!! Thats Awesome :)

  • Neil

    I was going to yell at you for not putting Totoro on the list, but then I saw you put it at number one 😉 I feel like Ghost in the Shell should have been on here and also Locke the Super Power.

  • iamghostdevil

    #1 spirited away

  • pooleynr

    Excellent top 10 but no mention of Spirited Away!!! Also Origin seems to miss out in peoples lists!

  • Sayoran

    what movie is the cover image from?

  • CB

    Have you ever seen Ghost in the Shell? It’s a short film, but it’s amazing. You have a nice list, although some of these weren’t my favorite, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    • Jason Yu

      Agreed. Ghost in the Shell is pretty awesome. I bet for the author (Dallas), it’s hard to make a top 10 lists, as many good anime will get left out.

      But at the same time, that’s why top X lists are so fun at times, since they bring out good discussion and debates from anime fans.

      If you have a top 10 list, we’d love to hear it.

  • Fonzi

    Excellent list! In a response to Ninja, I’m glad you didn’t put a lot of Miyazaki. I’m getting tired of people putting him on their list. It’s too obvious, and honestly, I’m not the biggest fan. I still haven’t seen Totoro, and based on your list, I’m gonna give it a shot! BUT, I will ask, where was Satoshi Kon? I’m surprised there wasn’t any reference to him.

    Excellent list though! =]

  • Im a girl kay_HV

    Yeay!!! SUMMER WARS!!!

  • Kyle Edgecomb

    Summer Wars sort of Reminds me of Digimon: The Movie (Also the fact its the same creator), What about Howl’s Moving Castle? That was epic!

    • Jason Yu

      Interesting comparison with Summer Wars and Digimon.

      As for Howl’s Moving Castle, very cool movie. I do have to agree that it was quite epic!

  • tigrr_wulf

    Where was Howl’s Moving Castle? D:

  • Filmbuff1989

    Where the hell is princess mononoke???

  •!/SydHaven Syd

    Wow well necro comment… Still have to say it but this was an awesome comment to read. I appreciate stuff like this for these types of list.

  • Pineapple Pocky

    surprised Princess Mononoke isn’t here. Then again there’s a crapwad of ghibli films always talked about. Although Coyboy Bebob’s movie was cute, it’s nothing I’ve ever talked about or heard in any conversation in my life. These movies are classics, but not much of anything more ‘modern’ in today’s movie scenario.I know Tekkonkinkreet is a ‘good’ movie, and not a classic, it’s something that ‘you should know’ as it was a breakthrough in the anime world of unique art and animation; something that an artist would look up to and admire, just like Akira’s breathtaking animation. And if you’re thinking ‘classic’ I’m surprised Lupin isn’t here either. I also think Ghost In the Shell would defininitely be another movie to KNOW, just because you heard it everywhere here and there–art, design, scifi everything. I know there’s a billion things that can be stuck into this page, and I know it’s your opinion, so don’t take my words seriously.

    • Jangta

      I’m surprised too actually Pineapple Pocky that Lupin and Ghost in the Shell were not mentioned. Or even honorable mentions. As with many fans, those are some really awesome anime films.

      But with that being said, I cannot blame Dallas, the author, for excluding the films. After all, there’s only 10 spots and so many deserving films. I think Dallas tried to not make the list focused just on Miyazaki films as well. I felt he choose films that are excellent, regardless of pre-existing hype, reputation, or fan love of other, more established films.

      Thanks for your opinion and of course we take your words seriously! Any fan that can articulate and reason well is good in our books :).

  • Joe

    No mention of Ghost in The Shell? Well. At least you have Akira, Summer Wars, and 5cm/s

  • OT82

    Patlabor 2
    Evangelion (End)
    Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust
    Tokyo Godfathers
    Ninja Scroll
    Ghost in the Shell
    Transformers (The 1986 Cartoon Movie)

  • Matthias

    Think you did a nice job here Dallas, but being the opinionated jerkwad you know me to be, I have to throw in Millennium Actress, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Tokyo Godfathers as honorable mentions.

  • tai nuni

    i really love animated movies and also like’s to draw. . well its not that good …..hmmmm i wonder how those animater’s draw with diff-action’s :) i m really curious..i could say one of my fav movie was spirit away well alice academy,vampire night,naruto,and and and many more….is stilll my fav but the movie spirit away . I want to see it more….<3<3 those maker's…

  • ChilledTaho

    — Howl’s Moving Castle
    — The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    — Spirited Away

    Where are they? .. :(

  • kk

    where were spirited away and howl’s moving castle???

  • Lily Queen

    Agree — it’s certainly accessible and popular, but it’s nowhere near the best Studio Ghibli movie. (Same for Mononoke.)

    • Jangta

      Indeed Lily Queen. Like you said, it’s probably one of the most popular and talked about around anime and Japanese movie circles.

      What’s great is that everyone has their favorite Studio Ghibli movies. It makes for great conversation as to “why that Ghibli film should have made a top 10 or that one shouldn’t.”

  • Anon

    Thanks! I’ve been a fan of anime since as long as I can remember. The last couple of years i stopped watching, but after seeing this list I’m probably going to go through the majority of it! I’d also like to say thanks for not putting overly famous ones, like Spirited Away. It was a great movie! but it’s just so commonly placed on lists, and it makes it hard to see movies i haven’t seen yet. I just finished watching 5 centimetres away, it reminded me of why I began to like anime when I was younger. I’m going to re-watch cowboy bebop, then keep going through the list. My neighbour Tortoro and Akira are so recommended, I can’t believe I haven’t seen them yet. Oh well, nows my chance. Thanks again, and make another in the future! I’ll be sure to check it out.

    • Jangta

      I have to agree with you. The author (Dallas), I feel avoided “Spirited Away” for the reason you just said: it’s an incredibly popular pick that shows up on all other lists. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome film. But there’s some other good picks that are underrated that should be seen as well.

  • Julia

    Where is How’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away!??

  • NyNy ♛ ナイナイ

    Grave of the Fireflies made me cry so much, I cannot believe
    how realistic it felt to watch Setsuko and Seita progress in the film and how
    they struggled to survive. An amazing film done by Studio Ghibli.

    I had to watch Akira twice to understand what was going on
    there! It is definitely a classic though but it’s strange how it slowly changed
    from youth gangs to one of the characters mutating? I haven’t watched in a
    while so please forgive the lack of what I know!

    I loved My Neighbor Totoro, definitely deserves to be #1! I do agree with Ninja that perhaps Spirited Away should of been on the list too. That is a classic as well!

    I also have a blog called NyNyOnline that focuses on
    Japanese sub-culture. If you have time to take a look at it and tell me how to
    improve my blog, please get back to me.

    • Jangta

      Grave of the Fireflies is a such a good movie. I watched it three times and each time, it made me realize how petty my problems and stress really is. Like you said, watching Setsuko and Seita during the film also makes people think about the harsh realities of war and suffering.

      As for Spirited Away not being on the list, I agree that it’s an awesome movie worthy of any top 10 anime film list. However, I believe the author (Dallas) purposely wanted to avoid putting too many Miyazaki films on the list. I mean, we could have a top 10 list just on Miyazaki films, but I felt he wanted to open up the list to underrated anime films as well.

      Thanks for the comments and I’ll have to check out our blog now!

  • Ouroboros

    I think everyone here missed probably one of my top three… Tekkon Kinkreet.

  • Sinamon

    Top 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 etc lists are argumentative by nature but there will always be a handful of movies that at least 80% of anime fans can safely agree on about being included. these would be the studio ghibli films obviously but here’s my top 5 list, which doesn’t include any (shock!). this is just a movie list, not an anime series list. that’s a whole other animal…

    1. Sword of the Stranger (great characters, bloody, and possibly the best action sequence ever rendered in an anime)

    2. Ninja Scroll (action, mature content, and the feels at the end!)

    3. Serei no Moribito (rich, beautiful art, and characters you care about)

    4. Ghost in the Shell (classic, thought-provoking, action)

    5. Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (but not the third OVA which was completely b.s. and makes me want to flip tables over to this day)

  • Guest

    WTF man u forgot the bast anime ever madet Spirited Away (2001),for the same makers as totoro

  • fishhhh

    WTF man u forgot the best anime ever madet Spirited Away (2001),from same makers as Totoro,yust is battar than totoro

  • zod

    I am going to say simply that your sense of judgement lead you to choose Bloodlust to put on your list. The first D was the best. period.
    P.S. nice add with Akira, Though Metropolis, I’d rather watch blade runner.

  • zod

    much to be desired.

  • herano

    A few things I’d like to mention:

    -Personally, if I would make a top 10 movie list I would not include movies that need other material to totally appreciate them. I think that the Evangalion and Bebop movie are not as good if they are watched on their own, because you miss a certain narrative. Not that they are bad, but I think that there are better choices in this context.

    -I also thought that ‘The girl who leaped through time’ was better than ‘Summer wars’, because it developed its characters more. The execution of summer wars was really really great, but the story (regarded on its own) was just oke and non of the characters made a lasting impression on me (except maybe the family as a whole). Still a very nice move, though.

    -Lastly; did you not watch anything of Satoshi Kon? I think he produced some amazing work and the creative and magical Millenium Actress really deserves a spot in the top 10.

  • herano

    A few things I’d like to mention:

    -Personally, if I would make a top 10 movie list I would not include movies that
    need other material to totally appreciate them. I think that the
    Evangalion and Bebop movie are not as good if they are watched on their
    own, because you miss a certain narrative. Not that they are bad, but I
    think that there are better choices in this context.

    -I also thought that ‘The girl who leaped through time’ was better than ‘Summer
    wars’, because it developed its characters more. The execution of summer
    wars was really really great, but the story (regarded on its own) was
    just oke and non of the characters made a lasting impression on me
    (except maybe the family as a whole). Still a very nice movie, though.

    -Lastly; did you not watch and enjoyed anything of Satoshi Kon? I think he produced some
    amazing work and the creative and magical Millenium Actress really
    deserves a spot in the top 10.

  • Galahad

    What? Don’t compare Summer wars with Digimon… they’re both made by Mamoru Hosoda.

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  • husshuss

    oh man i wish spirited away was there dam that movie is good >.<

  • Gothboy77

    I thought the girl who leapt through time, and princess mononoke were the best i’ve seen to date. I liked spirited away too but never seen my neighbor totoro. I loved ninja scroll and naruto shippuden movies were great too, so were the bleach movies, and dbz movies. Lots of goood anime there

  • Xorn

    Your grammar and spelling made me cry. Go back to school.

  • reyto

    can’t please everybody. if y’all want all those movies not seen here then you better make your own list/blog. bunch of whiners!

    • Jangta

      Agreed. We do respect everyone’s opinion, no doubt. And 95% of the fans have been awesome in the comments section :)

      For the not-as-nice 5%, we’d like to hear rational, logical reasons why you think “X anime” or “Y anime” should be in the list. Or you could make your own list too. We’d love to see your choices.

  • John Ham

    Did you consider “Whisper of the Heart”?

  • space

    ok there are a few like fuli kuli ( don’t know the right spelling) fist of the northstar, shadow moves, …. but out of the many the MUST in lists: ninja scroll, wicked city, perfect blue, and couldn’t leave, few epic classsic 26 episode (they are like long movies) kurozuka, ghost in the shell SAC, cowboy beebop, death note, samurai champloo. watch ’em people, the story’s and characters are the real deal in this one’s. See ya in space, cowboys……..

  • Jengo Chase

    Hmm…I see no mention of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time :(

  • pat

    thanks for making a list that wasn’t just a repeat of every other anime list on the internet =) Glad I have some to watch I haven’t seen before

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  • Brian Stewart

    Good List – different but good…

  • Laura Green

    Hey, just happened found this article while I was looking up good anime films to get into. This is a really good list and you’ve obviously put a lot of thought into your choices. I’m also pleased you decided to avoid the Ghibli domination route and put some new ones on here aside from the usual

    • Jangta

      Hi Laura,

      Definitely, the author (Dallas) was pretty adamant about just making this a top 10 Ghibli list.

      Gotta ask, what are some of your favorite anime films that you’ve seen before?

      • Laura Green

        I have to admit that while I’ve seen plenty of anime series I’m pretty new to anime films. However, my favourites are probably the 5th Garden of Sinners film and Ghost In The Shell. I also have an ironic love for the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie purely for how insane it gets. I know how terrible it is, but its so much fun watching it just to see what its going to do next.

        • Laura Green

          Oh and Princess Mononoke. Definately my favourite Ghibli movie

          • Jangta

            Totally agree. Princess Mononoke is a classic and one of the best Ghibli movies. It was one of the films that made me a fan of anime movies.

        • Guest

          Being that Revolutionary Girl Utena is one of my favorite series, I could not–in good judgment–put it on this list. It is a beautiful film to look at, but you are right about it being bad.

        • Dallas Marshall

          I personally love Revolutionary Girl Utena, but the film was just a mess. Albeit a beautiful mess.

          • Laura Green

            I think that about sums it up perfectly. The dance scene between Anthy and Utena is one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve seen in any anime movie. I almost wondered what something as amazing as this is doing in such a daft movie- and after a set up that doesn’t properly showcase it.

  • besmasmile

    well thanks to you now I have another bunch of anime movies to add to my to-watch list.

  • Julz M

    5 Centimeters Per Second is hands down the most beautiful anime I’ve ever seen, closely followed by Wolf Children.