Over the years, anime movies have evolved in a way never thought possible. Whether it be memorable soundtrack, compelling artwork, and an engaging plot, there is everything for everyone. Thus today, I will be listing the top 5 anime movies of all time. Not only are these anime movies highly rated within the anime community themselves, but they have also achieved something phenomenal within the industry itself.

So without further ado, let’s begin!

5. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

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  • Length: 1 hr, 57 min,
  • Released: Jul 21, 2012
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Studio Chizu
  • Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life

Anime Movie Synopsis:

Hana, a naive college student, met a man who is not an actual student, yet attends class. As love blossom between the two, the mysterious man, Ookami, revealed himself as half-human, half-werewolf. Unfazed, Hana soon married Ookami. After forming a loving family with two children, tragedy struck as Ookami’s sudden death made Hana a widow. Now, without the support of their loving father, the three must learn how to live a fulfilling life on their own.

Greatest Of All Time:

Certainly, we all have experienced motherly love at one point in our life. This is exactly what Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki emphasizes. It shows you every aspect of a happy and welcoming family, showcasing viewers the joy, cuteness, and the occasional distress and melancholic that single mothers must often suffer. Overall, this anime movie features wholesome and heartwarming themes that would melt your heart away.

4. Tenki no Ko

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  • Length: 1 hr, 54 min,
  • Released: Jul 19, 2019
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Films
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Fantasy

Anime Movie Synopsis:

In recent months, Tokyo has experienced a strange and unpredictable trend of rain showers. Amidst the chaos, Hodoka Morishima has decided to run away from home and live his new life in Tokyo. Upon arriving, Hodoka struggled to earn money until he was taken in by Keisuke, the CEO of a small publishing company. One day, Hodoka rescued a girl named Hina from shady men. Afterwards, he learns that Hina, nicknamed as the “Sunshine Girl”, could stop Tokyo’s wicked rain temporarily. Thrilled, Hodoka suggests a business idea to Hina, unaware of the hefty price that must be paid for abusing such power.

Greatest Of All Time:

The power of true love is quite scary, possessing the power to transcend God himself. Tenki no Ko is a movie about a forbidden love between a naive mortal and God’s shrine maiden. Together, the two must escape their tragedic fate and fight a seemingly fruitless battle to obtain happiness. Beautifully written and executed, Tenki no Ko shows its audiences what it means to love, to struggle, and to persevere once and for all.

3. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

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  • Length: 2 hr, 5 min,
  • Released: Jul 20, 2001
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli
  • Genre: Adventure, Supernatural, Drama

Anime Movie Synopsis:

Chihiro Ogino, a spoiled and naive 10 years old girl, is returning home with her parents when they came across an abandoned amusement park. As they venture inside, Chihiro soon realizes their mistake as her parents were turned into pigs by ghosts and apparitions. Turns out, the abandoned amusement park was the entrance to the mysterious spirit world. Determined to save her parents and return home, Chihiro must learn to survive the strange world she was thrown into.

Greatest Of All Time:

Like a dream, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi showcased to viewers a perspective into the mystical world of spirits itself. As Chihiro embarks on a journey to save her parents, she learns of gratitude, greed, and many more crucial life lessons. Featuring compelling art, persuasive soundtrack, and a solid plot, this anime movie will take your breathes away.

2. Koe no Katachi

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  • Length: 2 hr, 10 mins,
  • Released: Sep 17, 2016
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • Genre: Drama, School, Shounen

Anime Movie Synopsis:

Shouya Ishida, a cheeky elementary school boy constantly sought out entertainment to keep himself away from the mundaneness of everyday life. When Shouko NIshimiya, a deaf girl, transferred to his class, Shouya’s friend group decided to have their daily dose of fun – in the form of bullying. Events lead to another, and Shouko ended up transferring school, leaving Shouya behind only to be alienated by his own classmates. Now in high school, as fate brought the two together once more, Shouya finally decided to contemplate and make amends for his past actions. Hopefully, it is not yet too late.

Greatest Of All Time:

Forgiveness is truly a tough decision for some, no matter how hard you try to redeem yourself. After all, the past cannot be changed. This was what Shouya Ishida learned throughout his past actions. Yet, the boy relentlessly tried to make it work. Through incredible art, soundtrack, and a solid storyline, Koe no Katachi was dramatic from beginning to end. Behold, this is a story of true love, regrets, and ultimately, about those who can truly grow from their past mistakes.

1. Kimi no Na wa

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  • Length: 1 hr, 46 min,
  • Released: Aug 26, 2016
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: CoMix Wave Films
  • Genre: Romance, Supernatural, School, Drama

Anime Movie Synopsis:

Mitsuha Miyamizu, a girl born and lived in the countryside her entire life, could only dream of luxury living in the busy city of Tokyo. Meanwhile, Taki Tachibana, a high school Tokyo student, was struggling with a seemingly never-ending grind between schoolwork and part-time jobs. One day, with no warnings, the two swap bodies. Mitsuha’s dream was finally fulfilled, and Taki could finally take it easy. However, as time passes, the two began searching for an answer to their mysterious circumstances. Turns out, the answer was something no one could have predicted.

Greatest Of All Time:

What are the limits of true love? Behold, the romantic story between two complete strangers. Kimi no Na wa is amazing in terms of story, art, and soundtracks. Considering the initial low budget for the movie, Kimi no Na wa turned out to be a phenomenal success worldwide. Hopefully, you would find the movie satisfying as well.


And that concludes the list of the top 5 anime movies of all time. In one way or another, these anime movies present something special to the viewers, as well as the anime community as a whole. Whether you are a lover of mythical creatures or a tragedic love story, then these movies are definitely for you. As a concluding note, compared to TV shows, there is little to no time investment on your part. Literally anyone can watch and enjoy these shows. Yes, that includes those who are new to anime themselves. So if you’re worried about being disappointed, then let me tell you. You will not be disappointed!.

If you feel that this list was somehow incomplete, or not suited to your taste, then feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Because I really want to know what you think about these anime movies!

An anime enthusiast who writes about things he likes