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1. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 350,224 | Gross: $4.71M

2. The Cat Returns (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

After helping a cat, a seventeen-year-old girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat Prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 51,528

3. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 55,436

4. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 357,541 | Gross: $2.38M

5. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada

Votes: 154,863

6. The Wind Rises (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 77,375 | Gross: $5.21M

7. Only Yesterday (1991)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 28,802 | Gross: $0.45M

8. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 304,675 | Gross: $1.11M

9. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Mirai Shida, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Votes: 84,625 | Gross: $19.20M

10. When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

72 Metascore

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.

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 35,315 | Gross: $0.77M

11. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 41,295 | Gross: $1.51M

12. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 38,376 | Gross: $1.00M

13. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 130,708 | Gross: $15.09M

14. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 680,370 | Gross: $10.06M

15. Pom Poko (1994)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki

Votes: 26,911

16. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 81,512

17. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 130,251

18. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 156,928 | Gross: $0.50M

19. The Rose of Versailles (1979–1980)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

The story of Lady Oscar, a female military commander who served during the time of the French Revolution.

Stars: Reiko Tajima, Tarô Shigaki, Hisashi Katsuta, Nachi Nozawa

Votes: 1,792

20. Yuri!!! On Ice (2016)

TV-14 | 20 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

After suffering defeat, Yuri Katsuki hangs up his ice skates for good. But will an encounter with two top skaters reignite his passion?

Stars: Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Josh Grelle, Jerry Jewell

Votes: 6,581

21. Haikyuu!! (2014–2020)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Determined to be like the volleyball championship's star player Shouyou, a short boy nicknamed "the small giant," joins his school's volleyball club.

Stars: Ayumu Murase, Kaito Ishikawa, Yu Hayashi, Satoshi Hino

Votes: 14,959

22. Welcome to the Ballroom (2017– )

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Music

A professional dancer named Sengoku rescues Tatara, an introverted third-year middle school student who is being harassed by delinquents. Tatara ends up at Sengoku's dance studio where he ... See full summary »

Stars: Shimba Tsuchiya, Ayane Sakura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kentaro Tomita

Votes: 498

23. Kaze ga tsuyoku fuiteiru (2018– )

23 min | Animation, Comedy, Sport

Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Haimoto, Kelly Greenshield, James Belcher, Scott Gibbs

Votes: 902

24. Chihayafuru (2011– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Chihaya meets a boy named Arata, a talented karuta player. He thinks that she has a potential to become a great player. Then, Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan's best karuta player.

Stars: Asami Seto, Mamoru Miyano, Tôru Nara, Ai Kayano

Votes: 1,090

25. Given (2019– )

23 min | Animation, Drama, Music

The life and loves of the rock band Given, and the romantic relationships that develops between its members.

Stars: Takuya Eguchi, Masatomo Nakazawa, Yuma Uchida, Shogo Yano

Votes: 1,974

26. Banana Fish (2018)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The story captures the war between a mafia boss named Dino and a young gang leader searching for redemption.

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Makoto Furukawa, Hiroaki Hirata, Yoshimasa Hosoya

Votes: 3,479

27. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 90,615 | Gross: $4.45M

28. Steven Universe (2013–2020)

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A team of intergalactic warriors fights to protect the universe, but the combination of three highly trained beings and one quirky young boy leaves the team struggling to overcome the dangerous scenarios that are put in front of them.

Stars: Zach Callison, Deedee Magno, Michaela Dietz, Estelle

Votes: 27,815

29. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena

Votes: 264,490

30. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Stars: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 109,121

31. Handa-kun (2016)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy

Prequel to the anime Barakamon. Follows the life of Sei Handa a renowned calligrapher and his life at school. Oblivious to the respect and admiration his school mates have of him believing ... See full summary »

Stars: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Bryn Apprill, Greg Ayres, Tia Lynn Ballard

Votes: 614

32. Barakamon (2014– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

As a punishment for punching a famous calligrapher, young handsome calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled to a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to ... See full summary »

Stars: Daisuke Ono, Suzuko Hara, Nozomi Furuki, Rina Endô

Votes: 2,999

33. Heaven Official's Blessing (2020– )

TV-14 | Animation

Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the Crown Prince of the Xian Le kingdom. He was loved by his citizens and was considered the darling of the world. He ascended to the Heavens at a ... See full summary »

Star: Guangtao Jiang

Votes: 762

34. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

TV-PG | 110 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 43,846

35. Heidi: A Girl of the Alps (1974)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

This animation series follows the childhood "adventures" of a girl named Heidi, who lives with her grandfather somewhere on the Alps.

Stars: Randi Kiger, Vic Perrin, Kazuko Sugiyama, Kôhei Miyauchi

Votes: 4,909

36. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Family

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 204,555 | Gross: $75.29M

37. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 168,328

38. Soul (2020)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.

Directors: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Rachel House

Votes: 264,032

39. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 22,937 | Gross: $0.29M

40. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 642,170 | Gross: $356.46M

41. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

74 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 432,531 | Gross: $215.43M

42. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

67 Metascore

Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 261,874 | Gross: $165.25M

43. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home.

Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 140,922 | Gross: $143.53M

44. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011–2016)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The further adventures of Po the Dragon Warrior and his friends.

Stars: Mick Wingert, Kari Wahlgren, Fred Tatasciore, Max Koch

Votes: 5,596

45. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy