Top 50 Best Anime Movies Ever Made

Greatest Anime Movies

What are the best anime movies? You would be surprised to know that the term anime and animation has two distinct meanings in film industry. While the term animation could be applied to all the computer animated art forms (like movies) or hand drawn art form (like comics), Anime on the other hand is strictly applied to animated art form originating from Japan. Interestingly Japanese use the word anime for all the animated art forms but rest of the world apply the world anime only to Japanese animated films or books.

Japanese animated movies surely deserve to be called with a distinct word as Japan is known for making distinct anime characters and stories. Normally in an animated film, production houses focuses more on computer gateway interface (CGI) technology, Japanese animated studio focus more on camera movement on expression of anime characters. One can easily distinguish between a Japanese anime character and an animated character from other art forms. Japanese anime films usually have very expressive characters with bigger dreamy eyes, cute looking face and almost perfect hairstyles.

No wonder that Japanese anime films have found success not only in the home country but also in the world cinema. Japanese anime films had made their own distinct place in world cinema and they are often praised for their way of story telling. Anime itself might not considered as a genre by many critics but fans of Japanese anime movies knows that they are going to have taste of romance, comedy, horror, action and fantasy in a single Japanese anime film. This is the beauty of such anime movies that they take you to whole different world where fantasies of human mind just open up to the wide sky.

Being a huge fan of Japanese anime movies, I decided to compile a list of some of the finest anime movies of all time. So here are the greatest anime movies ever made:

50. The Sky Crawlers
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49. Vexile
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48. Fist of the North Star
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47. Blood: The Last Vampire
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46. Redline
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45. Children Who Chase Lost Voices
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44. My Neighbors the Yamadas
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43. The Place Promised in the Early Days
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42. Tekkonkinkreet
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41. Terkel in Trouble
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40. Sword of the Stranger
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39. Appleseed
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38. Barefoot Gen
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37. Wings of Honneamise
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36. From Up on Poppy Hill
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35. Memories
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34. Only Yesterday
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33. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
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32. Wolf Children
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31. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
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30. Pom Poko
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29. Lupin The third: The Castle of Cagliostro
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28. Full Metal Alchemist: The Movie
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27. Millennium Actress
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26. Summer Wars
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25. Tokyo Godfathers
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24. 5 Centimeters Per Second
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23. Metropolis
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22. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
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21. Pafekuto Buro
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20. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
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19. Whisper of the Heart
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18. The Cat Returns
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17. The Girl Who Leapt through Time
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16. Ninja Scroll
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15. Papurika
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14. The Secret World of Arrietty
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13. Porco Rosso
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12. Final Fantasy Series
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11. Kiki’s Delivery Service
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10. Ponyo
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9. Ghost in the Shell
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8. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
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7. Castle in the Sky
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6. Akira
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5. Grave of the Fireflies
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4. My Neighbor Tortoro
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3. Howl’s Moving Castle
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2. Princess Mononoke
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1. Spirited Away
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Have you ever seen any of the Japanese anime movies or TV series? I bet even if you haven’t seen any Japanese anime art form you might have heard of words like ‘Dragon Ball Z’, ‘Pokemon’, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’, ‘Naruto’ and ofcourse ‘Final Fantasy’. Which Japanese Anime film or TV series is your favorite? Who is your favorite anime character?

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