Want to know the best anime movies of all time? Here is a list of them which are considered the greatest ever.
'Anime' in Japanese means animation, so this term is used to refer to any animated film. It is not to be confused with manga, which means Japanese comic book. So, many times you will hear people saying anime based on manga. The earliest drawn anime was produced circa 1907, which consist of fifty frames drawn on a strip of celluloid.
However, anime became popular worldwide during 1970s. Today, there are many anime film filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki, Shinichiro Watanabe, Akitaro Daichi, etc., who have made greatest anime movies.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
This is a very cute and one of the best anime ever made. In this movie a father and his two daughters move to a new home in the forest. Then the two sisters meet Totoro, the forest spirits and their adventures begin.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
This is a sci-fi movie and is always included in many best-ever lists. In this movie a female cyborg cop, with her human partner, is trying to track down a hacker called Puppet Master. Watch part 2 of Ghost in the Shell called Innocence, if you like this movie.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
This is a beautiful movie that will make you wonder the damage humans have done to the planet. In this movie Nausicaa is desperately trying to save two planets that are continuously dying.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
This is a hilarious movie, which has a great concept as well. In this movie, the adventures of a girl who discovers time travel are shown.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
This is one of those movies that brings tears to your eyes. In this movie, a young boy struggles to save his baby sister's life during World War II.
The Animatrix (2003)
This is an unusual movie, that combines several animated short films, that provide a backstory to the Matrix universe, depicting war between human and machines.
This is a famous classic anime, in which a secret military project jeopardizes Neo Tokyo, and changes a gangster biker into a rampaging psychopath; and the only two children and a group of psionics can stop him.
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)
This is an amazing thriller movie, in which a traumatized member of an elite paramilitary police force falls in love with the sister of a female terrorist courier who dies in front of him.
Spirited Away (2001)
This is an Oscar winning, and world acclaimed movie. In this film, a girl finds herself in a strange land where her parents turn into pigs, her identity is changed, and lives in a bathhouse with spirits.
Perfect Blue (1998)
This is a great horror-suspense anime. In this movie a retired pop singer who has started acting in films, is shaken when she is stalked continuously by an obsessed fan and seemingly ghost from her past.
Other Honorable Mentions
Neon Genesis Evangelion (movie is based on top 10 anime series by the same name)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Vampire Hunter D
Ponyo (another great Hayao Miyazaki film)
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Castle in the Sky
Death Note (watch the DN top anime series too, if you like this movie)
Howl's Moving Castle
5 Centimeters per Second (a moving movie)
You can find the above-mentioned movies online. Almost all of these movies are are available English dubbed. But if not, you can find a subtitle file of the movie in English easily. Enjoy!