Iconic Anime Films You Must See

Anime series are great but sometimes you just don’t have enough time to get involved with something that will take weeks or months to finish. Don’t worry, here’s a solution that is just as good! If you haven’t watched these movies, pop some popcorn because you’re in for a treat. In NO particular order, here is a list of the most iconic anime movies that you have to watch.


Kiki’s Delivery Service – 1989 (G):

Kiki’s delivery service was one of the first anime movies that I had ever watched back around 1999. This film is about a witch trainee, named Kiki, who is best friends with a talking cat named Jiji. Kiki works at a bakery that delivers packages via flying brooms. Jump into her life and see her run into difficult situations and attempt to gain independence!

This is a feel good movie for every age that will raise your spirits and give you warmth inside.

  • IMDb – 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Pokemon: The first Movie  – 1998 (G):

Out of all of the anime films, this movie is the number sixth-highest-grossing worldwide. Pokemon is very well known even, to this day, with all of the different games, movies, and shows. This is the first ever movie they came out with featuring all of the OG characters. The movie is about an intelligent and powerful Pokemon named Mewtwo who was previously experimented on and he comes back with a vengeance after being abused. This leads Ash and his team going against the odds to try to save humanity.

You shouldn’t listen to the ratings because I believe that they aren’t accurate. If you were a fan of Pokemon from the beginning, you will love this movie. It  brings nostalgic feelings and pulls your heart strings!

  • IMDb – 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 15%

Perfect Blue – 1997 (R):

This  movie will definitely make you question what’s real and what’s fantasy. Perfect Blue is about a girl, named Mima, who quits her singing career to become a more serious actress. Many people are not happy with it because they idolized who she was as a singer. Now, with more adult roles coming her away, the people involved are becoming brutally murdered. Will her decision get her killed?

This movie pleasantly surprised me because it was so dark. There are parts where you will feel extremely uncomfortable and if you can’t handle that then you should choose a different movie to watch. Personally, I loved it.  During the movie, it definitely likes to play tricks on you. You think you solved the mystery then BAM! Nope!

  • IMBd – 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 75%

Your Name – 2016 (PG):

This beautiful movie really took off in popularity and it is well deserved. This recent film also was granted #1 top grossing anime film. Your name is about a girl named Mitsuha and boy named Taki who randomly switches bodies. They began to  create a relationship and would communicate by writing messages to each other. They have not meet each other in person but suddenly the switching stopped. Taki goes on a journey to find Mitsuha but his memory of her is disappearing.

This film will leave you surprised and on an emotional rollercoaster. I strongly recommend taking the time to watch it.

  • IMDb – 8.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Grave of the Fireflies – 1988 (NR):

This movie definitely hits you like a truck. I can say this is one of the saddest anime movies that I have ever seen. Not a movie for children unless they are desensitized. Grave of the Fireflies shows the harsh reality of war and its affect on everyday families. Watch while a young boy named Seita and his little sister adjust to their new life after World War II.

When you watch this movie, you will see unfortunate things happen, one right after another. If you put yourself in their situation, you will feel a sense of hopelessness. It really makes you happy for the small things in life and gives awareness on how much war does impact the world. If you watched this movie and really enjoyed it, then a movie you would really enjoy is FROM UP ON POPPY HILL.

  • IMDb – 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Howl’s Moving Castle – 2004 (PG):

I really loved this movie because it is all in one. It have fantasy, drama, action, and romance. Howl’s Moving Castle is about a woman named Sophie who gets cursed by a witch and is turned into 90 year olds. The conditions of the curse make it so she won’t be able to talk about it. She goes on a journey to break it and meets a group of friends on the way.

This movie is jam packed with beauty and cool illusions and pictures. This is one of my top favorite Studio Ghibli films and is a film you should watch!

  • IMDb – 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 87%

The Cat Returns – 2002 (G)

This is the most recent movie I watched and it is so CUTE! If you absolutely love and are obsessed with cats, like I am, it’s a film you must watch. It is about a girl named Haru who saves a cat in the street and it talked to her. She finds out that he was a prince and gets involved with a cat kingdom.

This movie is pretty short and light-hearted. It gave me spirited away vibes through out the movie. It is worth a watch!

  • IMBd – 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 90%

Spirited Away – 2001 (PG):

This movie is the most popular and well known out of the bunch. Amazing detail, unique story, great soundtrack, and beautiful picture – Spirited Away. Watch while Chihiro attempts to save her mother and father from being eaten by the spirit world. In order to do so, she needs to hide the fact that she’s a human and get a job to discover all of the answers to the tricks and riddles. Did I mention that she has to do this quickly or she permanently becomes a ghost?

If you haven’t seen this movie plan, to watch it this week because it is phenomenal. I always recommend this movie first before watching any others because it never fails.

  • IMDb – 8.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes – 97%

Honorable Mentions

There are some movies that I really enjoyed but didn’t make the list and also movies that I know have very good reviews that are on my list to watch. Here are those honorable mentions.

AKIRA 1988 (R)








THE WIND RISES 2013 (PG – 13)



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