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 Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Ponyo Movie Poster Image
Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Howl's Moving Castle Movie Poster Image
Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Mary and the Witch's Flower Movie Poster Image
Magical, intense adventure should delight tween Potter fans.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Mirai Movie Poster Image
Sweet, magical family adventure is best for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Castle in the Sky Movie Poster Image
Exciting anime fantasy has some violence, peril.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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From up on Poppy Hill Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, romantic coming-of-age tale about '60s teens.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Okko's Inn Movie Poster Image
Anime ghost story set in Japan embraces grief.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Spirited Away Movie Poster Image
Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated Japanese folktale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Case of Hana & Alice Movie Poster Image
Compelling, beautifully animated middle school mystery.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Napping Princess Movie Poster Image
Mind-bending fantasy anime adventure has some violence.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Movie Poster Image
Beautiful anime with eco message and an amazing heroine.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Phantom Boy Movie Poster Image
Poignant crime caper follows sick boy with ghostly ability.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Movie Poster Image
Excellent anime based on video game characters, some peril.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Satellite Girl and Milk Cow Movie Poster Image
Unique Korean anime has violence, scary imagery.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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One Piece: Stampede Movie Poster Image
Fun anime pirate adventure has cartoon violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Only Yesterday Movie Poster Image
Classic Studio Ghibli drama focuses on Japanese girlhood.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Penguin Highway Movie Poster Image
Magic, mystery, some mature content in lovely anime.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Funan Movie Poster Image
Wrenching anime depicts little-told war story.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Princess Mononoke Movie Poster Image
Epic, compelling, and violent anime classic.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Promare Movie Poster Image
Epic anime adventure has frenetic violence, heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Wolf Children Movie Poster Image
Awe-inspiring, tender anime tale has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Your Name Movie Poster Image
Stunning but mature animated body-swapping love story.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Movie Poster Image
Fun coming of age time-traveling anime with some romance.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Hellboy: Blood and Iron Movie Poster Image
Demonic fun, but scarier than prior installment.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro Movie Poster Image
Smoking, cartoon violence in classic 1970s anime.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Miss Hokusai Movie Poster Image
Historical Japanese character study has mature content.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Ride Your Wave Movie Poster Image
Beautiful anime is too sad for young or sensitive kids.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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A Silent Voice: The Movie Movie Poster Image
Bullying, suicide attempts in excellent coming-of-age anime.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Steamboy Movie Poster Image
Animated film is too violent for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Tokyo Godfathers Movie Poster Image
Unique anime has mature themes, drinking, cursing.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Weathering with You Movie Poster Image
Charming, romantic, powerful anime fantasy has some edge.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Blame! (2017) Movie Poster Image
Darkly beautiful but intense and violent anime.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Movie Poster Image
Amusingly bizarre anime comedy has iffy themes, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Grave of the Fireflies Movie Poster Image
WWII anime tragedy is the saddest cartoon EVER.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Akira Movie Poster Image
Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Mind Game Movie Poster Image
Cult-classic anime has lots of violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Ghost in the Shell (1996) Movie Poster Image
An intellectual, violent ancestor of The Matrix.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Animatrix Movie Poster Image
Fans will enjoy it. Others might be bored.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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