Top 5 Must-watch Anime movies 

Top 5 must-watch anime movies 

In a colossal pool of more than a thousand anime movies, rising to the heights of excellence is no easy feat. However, some anime movies have stood the test of time and continue to remain special in one way or another. Such movies are must-watch for any anime fan.  Here are some must-watch anime movie recommendations (along with similar anime titles) for you from across several genres. 

Top 5 must-watch anime movies

5) A Silent Voice 


A Silent Voice is the story of Shouya Ishida, who bullies a hearing-impaired girl, Shouko in school. The bullying goes too far to the point that it changes Shouya’s relationship with his peers significantly. Years later, his mistakes from the past become a part of him. He tries to make amends while reformulating his own identity in his head. 

It might count as a spoiler so beware, but A Silent Voice has an extremely satisfying ending. The animation front is beautifully handled by Kyoto Animation. The movie portrays forgiveness in different lights and contexts, giving some space for introspection as well. A Silent Voice is an incredible watch if you’re looking for something that makes you shed a tear or two (or bawl your eyes out maybe?). 

Movies similar to A Silent Voice- Colorful and I Want to Eat Your Pancreas 

4) My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro
A still from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro | Image Courtesy via IMDb

My Neighbour Totoro is a slice-of-life movie. It feels like a much-needed warm hug, even without any prior history with the movie, it’ll fill you up with nostalgia. The movie revolves around two sisters, Satsuki and Mei. They move to a countryside town with their dad. And they have the fluffiest best neighbor(well not exactly), Totoro. My Neighbour Totoro is a heavy dose of wholesomeness. 

Additionally, the music album by Joe Hisashi is the best you can get. It supports the movie well. So if you’re looking for a comfort film, look no more, as the top contender is already here. 

Movies Similar to My Neighbour Totoro- Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, and From Up on Poppy Hill. 

3) Your Name 


Taking up the Chinese myth of the red thread of fate and weaving a story around it. Adorning it with immersive music and striking visuals, Makoto Shinkai created a beautiful film titled ‘Your Name’ or ‘Kimi no Na Wa’.

If you’re unfamiliar with Your Name, it’s worth a try. The story revolves around two high school students, Mitsuha and Taki, who suddenly find themselves swapping bodies. They come from different worlds and experience them too through this shared supernatural phenomenon. This simple plot develops into a beautiful otherworldly romance, redefining your idea of soulmates

Movies similar to Your Name – Suzume no Tojimari, Tenki no Ko, and Hello World 

2) Akira

Akira anime movie
A still from Akira showcasing the details | Image Courtesy via IMDb

The praise garnered by Akira comes from the sheer influence it had on the cyberpunk genre. The movie played a huge role in popularizing anime worldwide(gatekeepers, the culprit is right here!). It was way ahead of its time in terms of the production quality. The animation style is extremely detailed. Akira is a story based in Tokyo after a devastating explosion. The world is plagued by corruption and other socio-political evils.

Amidst of this all is a motorcycle gang member Kaneda and a government experiment Testuo. Tetsuo has psychic abilities and the government is on a hunt for him, to use him as a weapon. As all these different pieces come together, things start to become more complicated. Reading the manga along with the movie helps you gain a better experience with Akira.

Movies Similar to Akira- Ghost in the Shell, Paprika, and Perfect Blue

1)  The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Kaguya emerging from a plant | Image Courtesy via IMDb

The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on a renowned Japanese tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The plot retells this already famous tale without any major changes with incredible age-old Sumi-e watercolor paintings. A must-have unusually immersive experience if you’re into different anime art styles.

It’s also one of the most expensive anime films with a whopping budget of 50 million dollars. The only downside of The Tale of Princess Kaguya is its extended length. However, it shouldn’t stop you from giving this movie a try. 

Movies similar to The Tale of Princess Kaguya- Grave of the Fireflies(another work of Isao Takahata) and Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli


There’s no shortage of anime titles with high entertainment value, but only a few of them make it to the must-watch category. And you’re missing out on a lot if you haven’t watched these must-watch anime movies and subscribed to our newsletter

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