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The Top Ten Best Feature Length Anime Movies

Updated on November 1, 2015

The Top Ten Best Feature Length Anime Movies

This is a list of the Top Ten Best Feature Length Anime Movies.

The criteria for the List is it has to be anime movie that was not made by either Hayao Miyazaki or Satoshi Kon because let's face it, this list would have been filled with movies by those two great directors.

Also the film has to a stand alone movie or come before an anime.

(List is subject to change) (currently undergoing a revision)

Metropolis
Metropolis

Number 10

Metropolis

Based on both Franz Lang's 1927 silent masterpiece and the 1949 manga by Osamu Tezuka , Metropolis is an anime film on a grand scale.

The plot follows the 1927 more than the Osamu's manga but it's different enough for it stand alone as a separate movie.

It's beautifully animated but the plot is a bit convoulted. The characters are likable enough but not that memorable. It's the existentialism of the plot and the visuals that makes this movie wonderful.

Five Star Stories
Five Star Stories

Number 9

Five Star Stories

Five Star Stories is based of a popular manga from the 1980s.

It's a space opera that focuses on mecha that is piloted by both a human and an android called Fatimas. While the manga has about 26 volumes the film is condensed down and focuses on Amaterasu (aka Ladios Sopp), a king and god and a fatima Lachesis who has just come of age.

The film came out in 1986 and the animation still looks great. It's a great entertaining film that is very underrated.

X the Movie
X the Movie

Number 8

X

X is based off a manga by CLAMP.

It's about Kamui, who is fated to either save the world or destroy it, however no matter which path he chooses he must fight against his best friend. The movie is visually gorgeous and the plot is dynamic and has a lot of great characters. But due to its' condense nature it suffers a bit.

Summer Wars
Summer Wars

Number 7

Summer Wars

Summer Wars is a visually stunning movie about this cyber reality Oz, (internet ) that is in peril due a math whiz solving a math riddle while staying with a friends house while she is having a family reunion. Now he has to save Oz and the real world. Summer Wars is a stunning movie but it has some pacing issues, parts in Oz are amazing but some the family moments tend to linger too much but the climax is great.

Windaria (Once upon a Time)
Windaria (Once upon a Time)

Number 6

Windaria (Once upon a Time)

The great thing about Windaria is that it's like having two movies in one. Windaria is a melodrama that came out in 1986.

When it was dub the story and the characters was dramatically changed. The dub turned it into a story about redemption and true love whereas the Japanese has none of that. The Japanese is about an guy who wants more out of life and gets screwed for it.

It's one of those movie that either you like the Japanese version or you like the English because they're just very different. The story is wonderful and the animation is still beautiful. My preference is the dub, I enjoy a good tale of redemption.

The DVD only comes with the Dub.

Vampire Hunter D (1985)
Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Number 5

Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Vampire Hunter D is one of the most highly regarded anime films ever. Vampire Hunter D is about a half human and half vampire man named D who hunts vampires.

The film has a gothic feel but it's packed with genres, horror, drama, sci-fi, westren action, etc. The film is beautifully animated for its time and has great action.

Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies

Number 4

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of Fireflies is one of the most depressing film ever.

It's about two children who are struggling to survive war torn Japan during WWII. It's a beautiful, haunting and tragic movie that never lets you forget that it's not going to end well for the two main characters. When you sit down to watch this film bring lots of tissues.

The Girl who Leapt through Time
The Girl who Leapt through Time

Number 3

The Girl who Leapt through Time

The Girl who Leapt through Time is about girl who can time travel when she leaps through the air.

Being a teenage she uses this power to get sweets, prolong karaoke and avoid love confessions. As the movie progress she learns that she is limited to how many time she can leap yet she is still reckless as to how she choose how to use the power. She also learns about the consequences of her actions.

The Girl who Leapt through Time is fun highly entertaining movie with great characters.

Akira
Akira

Number 2

Akira

Akira is one the most famous anime movie titles ever.

It's about a motorcycle gang in post-apocalyptic Japan who accidentally comes in contact with a group top-secret children with amazing powers .

The animation is rich and detailed even by today's standards and it has a great pace even if it about 2 hrs it still handle getting the element from the original manga. It's a highly entertaining and interesting movie that every anime fan should watch.

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Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell

Number 1

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in Shell is another anime movie that is at the forefront. It's about the existential question of what it means to be a human. Matoko Kusanagi (named after a a legendary Japanese sword) is a cyborg working for a covert organization that is charge of public safety called Section 9. She is after a hacker called "The Puppet master". the Puppet Master can hack into cyborg and alter their memories and create new one and as result create false lives. The film is stylish and engaging and is a must watch.

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      Grave of the Fireflies is indeed depressing (see also: Barefoot Gen). Tried, tried, tried to get into GiTS. Just couldn't.

      Favorite (although a little more mainstream) would have to be Spirited Away. Why no on list?

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      RiverCygnet 6 years ago

      @LabKittyDesign: The reason I didn't put Spirited Away on the list is because I didn't put any of Hayao Miyazaki's films on it, because the list would have been dominated with his movies. It was more of a challenge this way

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      anansigirls lm 6 years ago

      We are very glad that you didn't put Hayao Miyazaki's movies on the list, else we wouldn't have learned about the great variety that is actually out there (we are going to get Grave of the Fireflies). Thank you, great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      spirited away, without a trace of a doubt. breathless

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      Baskerville LM 4 years ago

      Nice list. *Thumbs up* I'm working on one too, if you want to check it out.

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      hikari-nomezame-1 3 years ago

      Why are Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle not on the list? What about My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke? Where are all of the rest of Studio Ghibli's movies?

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      RiverCygnet 3 years ago

      @hikari-nomezame-1: I mention why I didn't included Hayao Miyazaki or Satoshi Kon movise in the introduction. If I had included them this list would be mostly their movies and I wanted to focus on movies that not their.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      I guess I agree. I don't know. It looks a little subjective. But overall, these all look like great movies. Some I've seen. Some I want to see, and some I've never heard of. So, I guess that's a win. Good one!

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