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: 1998)
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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.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Howl's Moving Castle Movie Poster Image
Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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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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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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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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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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Princess Mononoke Movie Poster Image
Epic, compelling, and violent anime classic.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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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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Steamboy Movie Poster Image
Animated film is too violent for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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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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Grave of the Fireflies Movie Poster Image
Japanimation WWII tragedy the saddest. Cartoon. Ever.
On DVD/Streaming
(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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