The Anime Movie List

You might find something that doesn't suit your taste on the list because it is pretty broad and there are some loved/hated works in there as well as a couple of older ones that have been told time and time again. If you encounter one that just doesn't work for you watch it anyway, they often change up and come at the topic from a different perspecitve when you least expect it.


  • Akira (Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Military)
  • Ghost in the Shell (Mecha, Sci-Fi, Police, Psychological)
  • Redline (Action, Cars, Sci-Fi, Sports)
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi)
  • Jin-Roh (Drama, Romance, Military, Police, Psychological)
  • Memories (Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological)


  • Wolf Children (Fantasy, Slice of Life)
  • Princess Mononoke (Action, Adventure, Fantasy)
  • Howl's Moving Castle (Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance)
  • Nausicaä (Adventure, Fantasy)


  • Paprika (Mystery, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Thriller)
  • Castle in the Sky (Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi)


  • Saint☆Young Men (Comedy, Slice of Life)
  • Spirited Away (Adventure, Drama, Romance, Supernatural)
  • Summer Wars (Comedy, Sci-Fi)
  • Sword of the Stranger (Action, Historical, Samurai)
  • Tekkon Kinkreet (Adventure, Psychological)
  • Tokyo Godfathers (Comedy, Drama)
  • Colorful (Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural)
  • Grave of the Fireflies (Drama, Historical)
  • Kara no Kyoukai (Action, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller)
  • Perfect Blue (Drama, Horror, Psychological)

100 Years of Anime

In celebration of 100 years of anime 30 critics voted on the top anima of all time. Each critcis was asked to vote for what they consider the best anime ever as well as the best director from the last 100 years (the complete history of anime).

The list is repritined here:

Best Anime of All Time

1st: Neon Genesis Evangelion(1995) – 14 votes

2nd: Mobile Suit Gundam(1979)– 11 votes

3rd: Space Battleship Yamato(1974) – 9 votes

4th: AKIRA(1988) – 8 votes

5th Place – 7 votes

  • Kumo to Tulip(1943)
  • Astro Boy(1963)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica(2011)
  • In This Corner of the World(2016)

6th Place – 6 votes

  • Castle in the Sky(1986)

7th Place – 5 votes

  • Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer(1984)
  • Grave of the Fireflies(1988)
  • Your Name(2016)

8th Place – 4 votes

  • Legend of the White Snake(1958)
  • Space Runaway Ideon(1982)
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena(1997)
  • The End of Evangelion(1997)
  • Spirited Away(2001)
  • Voices of a Distant Star(2002)

9th Place – 3 votes

  • Wanpaku Ōji no Orochi Taiji(1963)
  • The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots(1969)
  • Heidi, Girl of the Alps(1974)
  • Future Boy Conan(1978)
  • My Neighbor Totoro(1988)
  • Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
  • Mind Game(2004)
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya(2013)

Best Director

1位 / 38票

  • Hayao Miyazaki(Spirited Away, Nausicaa)

2位 / 20票

  • Isao Takahata(Grave of the Fireflies
  • Yoshiyuki Tomino(Mobile Suit Gundam)
  • Hideaki Anno(Neon Genesis Evangelion)

5位 / 19票

  • Mamoru Oshii(Ghost in The Shell)

6位 / 10票

  • Kenzō Masaoka(Kumo to Tulip)
  • Leiji Matsumoto(Space Battleship Yamato )
  • Makoto Shinkai(Kimi no Na wa, Hoshi no Koe)

9位 / 9票

  • Sunao Katabuchi(In This Corner of the World)
  • Akiyuki Shinbo(Madoka)

11位 / 8票

  • Katsuhiro Otomo(AKIRA、MEMORIES)

12位 / 7票

  • Osamu Tezuka(Astro Boy、Black Jack)

13位 / 6票

  • Gisaburō Sugii
  • Masaaki Yuasa(Mind Game)


  • Taiji Yabushita
  • Osamu Dezaki
  • Kunihiko Ikuhara(Revolution Girl Utena, Sailor Moon)

18位 / 3票

  • Yugo Serikawa
  • Kon Satoshi(The Perfect Blue, Paprika)
  • Kimio Yabuki
  • Mamoru Hosoda(Wolf Children, The girl who leapt through time)
  • Masaaki Ōsumi(Lupin III)