Here are a few of the best anime movies you have to watch. These anime movies I have selected have really interesting stories as well as animations.
I have ranked the animes from top 1 being my most favorite. The rest are very good as well. I based it on how many times I have seen the movie and how likely would I recommend the movie to a friend.
15 Best Anime Movies You Have to Watch
1. Spirited Away
Spirited Away is a story about a young girl that went to the spirit world. However, she must find a way to escape before it’s too late.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle is about a girl named Sophie who was cursed into becoming an old woman by a jealous witch. While Sophie went off to find a way to break the curse, she found Howl’s castle.
3. Your name
Your name is story about a girl named Mitsuha and a boy named Taki. One day they realized that they could swap bodies.
4. 5 Centimeters per Second
5 Centimeters per Second is a romantic drama that has three segments. It’s about a boy named Takaki and a girl named Akari who became good friends. Eventually both moved far away from each other.
5. Princess Mononoke
Prince Ashitaka got his arm cursed. On his way to find a cure, he got involved in a fight between the irontown people and the forest protectors (Princess Mononoke and her wolf pack).
6. My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro is a fantasy film about two little girls who met Totoro, a keeper of the forest. And other spirit creatures around their house.
7. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
A bamboo cutter finds a glowing bamboo and sees a tiny girl inside. Him and his wife decided to raise the girl.
8. The Girl who Leapt Through Time
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a romance and science fiction film that was released in 2006. It’s about a teenage girl who can travel through time.
9. The Cat Returns
A girl named Haru helps a cat without knowing she would eventually get engaged to him. She seeked help from the Cat Business Office were she meets the Baron, a cat figurine. Haru was then taken to the cat kingdom by the cat king.
Arrietty is a fantasy film about a tiny family that lives secretly under the floor.
Ponyo is a story about friendship between a goldfish princess and a human boy.
12. Castle in the Sky
A story about a boy named Pazu helping a girl named Sheeta with a magical crystal. And a mystical castle floating in the sky.
13. When Marnie Was There
Anna meets a mysterious girl named Marnie in an abandoned mansion.
14. The Wind Rises
The Wind Rises is about the life of an aviation engineer named Jiro and his dreams of creating airplanes.
15. Kiki’s Delivery Service
A story about a young witch named Kiki who left home and relocated to a new town.
As you may have noticed, most of the animes I recommend are from Studio Ghibli. I think that Studio Ghibli creates the best animes of all time. The story lines have so much meaning, creativity and feelings it’s hard not to be emotional while watching them.
If you like this anime movies list definitely check out the Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray, which I think is the best must have for any fan.
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