Awesome Anime Films

This is a list of incredible anime films that are worth a look at. I included the ones from Miyazaki because even though they're so popular, they still belong on the list.
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1.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
2.
Perfect Blue (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired pop-singer-turned-actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
3.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
 
4.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
5.
Ninja Scroll (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A mysterious vagabond sets out on a journey to confront his past. Little does he know he is up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader. (94 mins.)
 
6.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. (115 mins.)
 
7.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
 
8.
The Cat Returns (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life. (75 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
 
9.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organisation set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV? (98 mins.)
 
10.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a far-future time ruled by the supernatural, a young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to... (80 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
 
11.
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami... (112 mins.)
 
12.
Porco Rosso (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. (94 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
13.
The Wind Rises (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
14.
Ponyo (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him. (101 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
15.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
16.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
17.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
18.
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences. (115 mins.)
Director: Gorô Miyazaki
 
19.
Pom Poko (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development. (119 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
20.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
21.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
22.
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
 
23.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
24.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
25.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
26.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches and to learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to. (100 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
27.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
 
28.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. (91 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
29.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. (93 mins.)
 
30.
Millennium Actress (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. (87 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
31.
Voices of a Distant Star (2003 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission. (25 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
32.
Memories (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four... (113 mins.)
 
33.
Roujin Z (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary health care bed but there are unexpected consequences. (80 mins.)
 
34.
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
35.
Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government... (48 mins.)
 
36.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty. (102 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
 
37.
Summer Wars (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. (114 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
 
38.
Only Yesterday (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô. (118 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
39.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
40.
Macross Plus (1994 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two old friends/rivals find themselves rival test pilots in competing projects while a mutual old flame returns to them with her own secrets. (115 mins.)
 
41.
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens... (96 mins.)
 
42.
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay. (102 mins.)
 
43.
The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An infamous hit-man becomes the target of a powerful oil tycoon after the former kills the latter's son. (95 mins.)
Director: Osamu Dezaki
 
44.
Sword of the Stranger (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Masahiro Andô
 
45.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back. (103 mins.)
 
46.
Sky Blue (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Civilization has been destroyed by war and pollution, but the survivors have built the last city of Ecoban... (86 mins.)
Director: Moon-saeng Kim
 
47.
Mind Game (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends. (103 mins.)
 
48.
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White... (111 mins.)
Director: Maikeru Ariasu
 
49.
Metropolis (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima. (108 mins.)
Director: Rintaro
 
50.
Steamboy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. (126 mins.)
 
51.
The Sky Crawlers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. (122 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
52.
Gunnm (1993 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This movie takes place in a distant future, and is the story of a the young cyborg Gally, who is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido... (54 mins.)
 
53.
Wicked City (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
There has been peace between the worlds of the mortals and the supernatural for centuries, but the balance is now being threatened... (82 mins.)
 
54.
Neo Tokyo (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trilogy of separate stories. In "Labyrinth labyrinthos", a girl and her cat enter a strange world. In "Running Man", a racer takes on the ultimate opponent. In "Construction Cancellation Order", a man must shut down worker robots. (50 mins.)
 
55.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
56.
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
57.
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. (91 mins.)
Director: Gorô Miyazaki
 
58.
Kite (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
She may be cute. She may be young. She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be fooled. She's a cold-blooded killer... (50 mins.)
Director: Yasuomi Umetsu
 
59.
Patlabor: The Movie (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A mysterious suicide and strange robot malfunctions are clues to a devastating sabotage plot that Special Vehicle Unit 2 must stop. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
60.
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, Special Vehicle Unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict. (113 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii