Sight and Sound: 50 Key Anime Films

Sight and Sound magazine chooses 50 essential anime films of all time.

"From the breakthrough of Akira in 1988, through the exquisite films of Miyazaki Hayao and others, Japanese animation has captivated audiences around the world. But anime’s history runs deeper still. Here we select 50 titles that celebrate its full, fascinating riches."

Read the original material: 50 key anime films.

  • The Spider and the Tulip

    1

  • Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors

    2

  • The Tale of the White Serpent

    3

  • Journey to the West

    4

  • Horus: Prince of the Sun

    5

  • The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots

    6

  • A Thousand and One Nights

    7

  • Flying Phantom Ship

    8

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    9

  • Ringing Bell

    10

  • Taro the Dragon Boy

    11

  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Arcadia of My Youth

    12

  • Barefoot Gen

    13

  • Night on the Galactic Railroad

    14

  • Angel's Egg

    15

  • Arion

    16

  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    17

  • Robot Carnival

    18

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    19

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    20

  • Akira

    21

  • Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend

    22

  • Porco Rosso

    23

  • Midori

    24

  • Ninja Scroll

    25

  • Whisper of the Heart

    26

  • Memories

    27

  • Ghost in the Shell

    28

  • Princess Mononoke

    29

  • Perfect Blue

    30

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    31

  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

    32

  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena

    33

  • Metropolis

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  • Voices of a Distant Star

    35

  • Tokyo Godfathers

    36

  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    37

  • Mind Game

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  • Tekkonkinkreet

    39

  • Summer Wars

    40

  • Mai Mai Miracle

    41

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    42

  • Giovanni's Island

    43

  • The Case of Hana & Alice

    44

  • Your Name.

    45

  • A Silent Voice

    46

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    47

  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    48

  • On-Gaku: Our Sound

    49

  • Promare

    50