Best Anime Movies

With its lush visuals and memorable characters, anime has some of the most devoted fans around. Anime refers to a style of animation that originated in Japan. It's not necessarily a genre, so there's a huge range of stories in anime films -- and not all of them are kid-friendly. But whatever your child's age, you'll find something on this list. For younger viewers, there are Hayao Miyazaki classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, while teens might like edgier picks such as Ghost in the Shell. So whether you're new to anime or a longtime fan, enjoy some our favorites. And be sure to also check out our list of Anime TV for Teens and Tweens.

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Kiki's Delivery Service

age 5+

A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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My Neighbor Totoro

age 5+

Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1988)
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Ponyo

age 5+

Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Child of Kamiari Month

age 8+

Tender, sad tale of loss has death, some violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Howl's Moving Castle

age 8+

Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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Mary and the Witch's Flower

age 8+

Magical, intense adventure should delight tween Potter fans.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Mirai

age 8+

Sweet, magical family adventure is best for older kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Panda! Go Panda!

age 8+

Classic anime is charming but quirky; pipe smoking.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
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Castle in the Sky

age 9+

Exciting anime fantasy has some violence, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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From up on Poppy Hill

age 9+

Inspiring, romantic coming-of-age tale about '60s teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Okko's Inn

age 9+

Anime ghost story set in Japan embraces grief.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Poupelle of Chimney Town

age 9+

Charming steampunk fantasy encourages empathy, teamwork.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Spirited Away

age 9+

Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

age 9+

Beautifully animated Japanese folktale for older kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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5 Centimeters Per Second

age 10+

Tearjerker anime about first crushes, unrequited love.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Belle

age 10+

Vivid anime has humor and heart and deals with big themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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The Case of Hana & Alice

age 10+

Compelling, beautifully animated middle school mystery.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

age 10+

Romantic anime offers honest, positive look at disability.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Napping Princess

age 10+

Mind-bending fantasy anime adventure has some violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

age 10+

Beautiful anime with eco message and an amazing heroine.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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