With The Yomiuri Shimbun (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Ponyo (2008)
G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.
Votes: 128,716 | Gross: $15.09M
2. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.
3. When Marnie Was There (2014)
PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family
Due to 12 y.o. Anna's asthma, she's sent to stay with relatives of her guardian in the Japanese countryside. She likes to be alone, sketching. She befriends Marnie. Who is the mysterious, blonde Marnie.
Votes: 34,408 | Gross: $0.77M
5. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Votes: 37,362 | Gross: $1.00M
6. Mirai (2018)
PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future.
Votes: 13,142 | Gross: $0.81M
7. Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.
Votes: 12,617 | Gross: $2.42M
8. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Action, Drama
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.
Votes: 36,668 | Gross: $1.04M
10. Gantz (2010)
Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
After trying to rescue a man on the subway tracks, two teens wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on Earth.
11. Kiki's Delivery Service (2014)
108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
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.
12. Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)
Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Horror, Mystery
Kato's (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) death changes Kurono's (Kazunari Ninomiya) view of life completely. He decides to keep fighting until he earns 100 points so that he can bring back Kato. GANTZ ... See full summary »
14. Mumon: The Land of Stealth (2017)
120 min | Action, Romance
What is the only thing that can stand in the way of a ruthless warlord after total domination of a country? Ninjas. When ninja Mumon kills another fierce ninja in order to claim a reward ... See full summary »
140 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.
16. 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)
142 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Years after a schoolboy writes a book of prophecies, a mysterious super-villain uses it as his master-plan of world destruction.
19. Rebirth (2011)
147 min | Drama
After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child.
20. Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017)
129 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Not only is Kamakura-based Masakazu Isshiki a mystery novelist, but he is also a good detective himself. His wife Akiko and he are acquainted with all manners of creatures and gods who are ... See full summary »
21. The Perfect World of Kai (2007)
101 min | Animation, Drama, Family
Two different people - the son of a prostitute, and the son of a professional musician - develop a bond of friendship through their love of playing the piano.
24. What a Wonderful Family (2017)
113 min | Comedy
In this sequel to the first It's A Wonderful Family, the characters who are still based on those in Tokyo Family (which itself was based on Tokyo Story), are a couple of years older with ... See full summary »
25. The Little House (2014)
136 min | Drama, Romance
A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.
30. The Legacy Of Dr. Death: Black File (2020)
121 min | Mystery, Thriller
"I'll kill you without suffering." Dr. Death, a serial killer who was asked to euthanize a person at a dark site. The Metropolitan Police Department's No. 1 combination Inukai (Ayno Go) and... See full summary »
33. Roommate (2013)
110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Harumi Hagiwara lands in the hospital after being involved in an accident. She hits it off with her nurse, Reiko Nishimura, and the two decide to move in together after she's discharged. ... See full summary »
34. Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)
130 min | Drama, Fantasy
Set in post-World War II Japan, midwife Nobuko is resolved to move on as she stands at the grave of her son Koji who died, alongside thousands of others, when the Americans dropped an ... See full summary »
35. My SO Has Got Depression (2011)
121 min | Drama
A husband is suffering from melancholia, and he wants to commit suicide. His wife, who is a cartoonist, forces him to quit his job for the therapy. The wife's optimism influence the husband, and they live happily ever after.
36. A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies (2007)
124 min | Drama
A tale of Mari and three puppies is based on a true story. It tells about the situation Mari and her puppies have gone through after a massive destruction brought by an earthquake that ... See full summary »
37. What a Wonderful Family! (2016)
108 min | Comedy
For her birthday, the grandma of a traditional Tokyo family asks her apathetic husband a gift: divorce. This shocks not only the incredulous husband, but the whole family, and they all will try to prevent the catastrophe at any cost.
38. Flowers (I) (2010)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A story of six women from three different generations, each living their own journeys in their respective periods, spanning decades of dramatic changes in Japan from the 1930s to the present.
40. Yo-Yo Girl Cop (2006)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action
Recruited by a clandestine police organization, "K" must stop a plot by student radicals to create anarchy in Japan. Armed with a hi-tech steel yo-yo, and a new name (Asamiya Saki), she ... See full summary »
42. Miracle Apples (2013)
129 min | Drama
In their hometown of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Akinori Kimura (Sadao Abe) and his wife Mieko (Miho Kanno) open an apple orchard. Because of Meiko's allergic reaction to pesticides, ... See full summary »
44. The Hovering Blade (2009)
112 min | Drama, Thriller
A middle school aged girl is dragged into a car while her screams fades away into the darkness of the night. The next day, the young girl's body is discovered along the Arakawa river. ... See full summary »
45. Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 (2012)
142 min | Drama
The Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Rynosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on ... See full summary »
46. Persona Non Grata (2015)
139 min | Adventure, Biography, History
Against his country's orders, a Japanese diplomat issues visas to refugees, saving over 6,000 Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.
47. Kiyoku yawaku (2013)
126 min | Comedy, Romance
Kanna Seto lost her childhood friend Haruta in a car accident when she was a freshman in high school. Carrying the emotional pain from that incident throughout her life, Kanna is still ... See full summary »
48. About Her Brother (I) (2010)
126 min | Drama
Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ... See full summary »
49. The Last Princess (2008)
118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A princess, along with a general and two commoners evade pursuit of an enemy and his samurai cohorts. The princess and general are caught but are rescued and then destroy the enemy's fort.
50. Iwane: Sword of Serenity (2019)
121 min | Drama
Iwane, Kinpei and Shinnosuke are childhood friends. They also trained at the same dojo, hung out together and dreamt together. Iwane, Jinpei and Shinnosuke also become relatives through ... See full summary »