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Best Anime Movies every movie buff MUST watch - Just Write Things

Best Anime Movies every movie buff MUST watch

Do you love watching movies that stay with you for long after the credits rolled? Have you been wanting to watch a heart-touching movie? Or do you like drama and mystery? A thriller maybe your cup of tea!  If you like these genres and many more, you are at the right place! But hey, no matter what genre you like, we have the list of best anime movies more you!

Anime is a really misunderstood genre in the industry. Despite decades of existence in mainstream media, people around the world still confuse it with ‘Japanese Cartoons’. But these people are prey to a misunderstanding. Because every passing day, we see anime growing as a mode of entertainment for all age groups. From kids to teenagers to adults, from girls to boys to men and women, anime has the ability to make any person fall in love with it! That’s the reason, no matter who you are, we have compiled a list of 10 Best Anime Movies which shall keep you craving for more!

So today we bring to you ten best anime movies (not in order) that will touch your heart!

1. Spirited Away (2001)

Do you love fantasy movies? Are your parents so close to you that you’ll do anything for them? Do you often search for meaning in simple things? Then this movie is surely for you.

Best Anime Movies- Spirited Away

In this vivid piece by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, we see 10-year-old Chihiro who is stuck in a strange place which looked like a recreational park. She finds her parents caught in some curse and that is where the thrill begins. The movie goes through her journey of hardships and new feelings as she is on a quest to free her parents.

This movie is a must watch for its storyline and trademark Studio Ghibli styled animation and narration! It surely takes lots of brain to write and understand scripts like these and that is why, we begin our list of best anime movies with this one in particular.

Genre: Fantasy/ Mystery

IMDb rating: 8.6

Box Office collections: $331,464,770(Global)

2. Into The Forest of Fireflies’ Light (2011)

Sweet stories just make your heart so happy, right? If you are a hopeless romantic, then you can’t afford to miss this beautiful movie!

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A young girl Hotaru is rescued by a spirit, Gin, when she gets lost in a forest as a child. They end up meeting every summer for years as we see Hotaru grow from a child to a young lady.

Adapted from a manga which goes by the same name, we see two unlikely strangers falling in love unexpectedly. Their unique and touching journey will take your heart away. The climax will pull your heart-strings and this movie about love will make you will fall in love with itself! This is one of the best romantic anime movies ever, sans any doubt.

Genre: Drama/ Romance

IMDb rating: 7.9

3. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

A high school girl, Kazuko, is distracted by lavender smell as she cleans the classrooms. When she goes on to inspect, she slips and faints.

Waking up, her life proceeds normally until the very day she realizes that she has the power to leap through time. She endeavors to utilize her freshly discovered powers of time-leaping to her advantage.

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A high school romance and a sprinkle of science fiction, this movie was adapted from Yasutaka Tsutsui’s novel going by the same name. It blends both its genres so perfectly that even if you aren’t a fan of one of them, this movie will still make you fall in love with anime itself! One of the best anime movies ever, this high sci-fi drama will stay with you for a long long time.

Genre: Drama/ Romance

IMDb rating: 7.8

Box Office collections: $ 2,333,396 (Japan only)

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4. A Silent Voice (2016)

This movie takes us on the journey of a teenager named Shōya Ishida. The story begins when Shōko Nishimiya, a grade school student with impaired hearing, joins the same school as Shōya Ishida. Shōko Nishimiya is bullied mercilessly by him and this might break your hearts!

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She transfers herself to another school and this results in Ishida being treated like an outcast for the rest of his school life. Everyone in his class starts to give him the same treatment he gave to Nishimiya.

He loses the ability to make friends and starts thinking that everyone hates him. Years later, Ishida sets out to make amends.

This is probably the only one of the best anime movies to shed light on the lesser seen side of bullying. It will make your heart wrench with feelings and leave you with a story you’ll never forget! This movie, especially, shows how Karma works. If you are a Karma lover, this is one of the best anime movies for you!

Genre: Drama/ Romance

IMDb rating: 8.2

Box Office collections: ‎$31,648,638 (Global)

5. Wolf Children (2012)

The story revolves around a young mother who is left to raise two half-human half-wolf children, Ame and Yuki, after their werewolf father dies. They move to the countryside and the children have adventures in the woods and at school.

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A love story goes on to become the story of two half-wolves trying to find their own paths in life. We see them struggling with things like acceptance and adjusting in the society they want to be a part of. Wolf Children is a fine piece by Mamoru Hosoda and no person diving into the world of anime should skip this beautiful movie! It’s unique story line and though process makes it one of the best anime movies to look out for. 

Genre: Fantasy/ Drama

IMDb rating: 8.1

Global Box Office collections: $54,999,779 (Global)

6. Your Name (2016)

Feelings? Check. Stunning story line? Check. Beautiful animation? All check! One of the best anime movies? Double check!!

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To portray it just as a body-swapping film does it a huge insult. A symphony of humanity and humour in a circumstance where two youthful high schoolers wind up in each other’s shoes, this movie is highly recommended! At one point, the massive plot twist in the movie will surprise you so much, that ‘Your Name.’ appears to be 2 different movies in one altogether. This movie is twice the fun, twice the thrill and twice the adventure. Once you watch this one, we are pretty sure it will make it to top 5 of your personal all time best anime movies!

Genre: Fantasy/ Drama

IMDb rating: 8.4

Global Box Office collections: $358,924,129 (Global)

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7. The wind rises (2013)

Are you passionate? How far will you go for it? How much will you sacrifice for it? These are the questions that strike our minds when we think of this movie. 

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Set in the period of World War 2, we get along with the life of Jiro, a Japanese aviation engineer. His lifelong love for jets makes him find gain, sacrifice and struggle while he chases his dreams to build a fighter jet of his own! If you are too ambitious or if you are someone who is in pursuit of your dreams, this is one of the best anime movies you must watch.

Genre: Drama/ Romance

IMDb rating: 7.8

Global Box Office collections: $117,932,401(Global)

8. Death Note (2007)

This entry stands out among all the other names in this list. If you love thrills, or if you love a mind boggling story, this story has been crafted just for you! 

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This movie takes you through the life of a high school student who is granted the ability to kill anyone he wants by writing their names in his death notes. What follows is an intense face-off against authorities and battle of strategies as he goes on his murderous rampage. Will he get caught? We shall never know right till the end.

If you loved the movie, don’t forget to check the 21-episode anime! It is one of the best stories you will ever come across, which gives this movie a wild card entry to our list of best anime movies! But well, personally speaking, the 37 episode anime series beats the movie, hands down.

Genre:  Thriller/ Fantasy

IMDb rating: 7.8

9. The Anthem of the Heart (2015)

A girl has her voice magically taken away from her. An egg steals it so that she can’t hurt anyone with it. She spends her life unable to speak until her outlook on life changes, thanks to music and friendship.

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This movie actually describes the power of words and to what extent they can affect an individual. This beautiful story explains how one has the power to change people’s lives. Once you watch this anime movie, you’ll realize why it made to our list of best anime movies! 

Genre: Drama/ Fantasy

IMDb rating: 7.4

Box office collections: $9,876,819 (Japanese release only)

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10. Grave of the fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies is a tragic tale overflowing with sorrow. Dated back to the era of World-war 2 in Japan, a major part of the story is a flashback. A teenage Japanese boy Seita and his sister Setsuko struggle to survive after their home is firebombed during the war.

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This movie reminds us how humanity is lost in wartime. This is the only movie that I, a die hard fan of anime, wouldn’t recommend someone for a second watch. Because you just won’t be able to! This movie touches you so deeply that it will make you cry. It will break your heart and you will hold the pain inside you for days. If there is one movie that can stay with you for days, it is this one.

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This movie touched my heart so much that I sketched Setsuko as a tribute…

This is one movie you should watch at least once in your life, because despite the sorrow, it’s one of the best anime movies ever seen in the history in this genre. It reaffirms the fact that no matter what comes from Studio Ghibli, it is a must watch!

We saved the best one for you! One of the best anime movies? I guess, this is my pick for the best anime movie!


Genre: Drama/ War

IMDb rating: 8.5

Global Box Office collections: $ 15,256,820(Global)

Mind you, this figure is of the year 1988!

So here you go, these are the best anime movies you need to watch to dive into the world of anime movies. Try to watch as many of these as you can, because each of these are worth every second of playtime. I assure you there will be no regrets!

So what are the best anime movies you have ever watched?  Tell us about your list of best anime movies in the comments below along with your thoughts and suggestions!

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