The 10 Best Anime Movies of the Century, According to IMDd and Metacritic

Also represented by the iconic Japanese series, anime is among one of the favorite categories of movie enthusiasts, especially for those looking to know fantasy stories with great moments and twists. Popularized after the release of projects by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki in the 1980s, these productions continue to draw attention and are increasingly targeted by investors and studios.


In the 21st century, movie fans were able to see iconic and memorable works. Successes like Chihiro’s trip and the animated castle stood out for their light and deep tones for all audiences, while works like paprika, Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell navigated through darker human sides, showing more mature projects and the conditions for an anime to explore other territories.

With that in mind, we prepared a list of the top ten from two of the biggest rating aggregators on the internet: Metacritic and IMDd. The selections are essentially restricted to Western productions released in the current century and are evaluated according to the criteria of the sites’ critics, not the audience. Check it out below:

Top 10 according to IMDd

10. Lives in the Wind (2013) – 7.7


9. Tokyo godparents (2003) – 7.8

8. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008) – 7.9


7. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009) – 7.9

6. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) — 8

5. wolf children (2012) – 8.1


4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train (2020) – 8.2

3. the animated castle (2004) – 8.2

two. Your Name (2016) – 8.4

1. Chihiro’s trip (2001) — 8.6

Honorable mentions, according to Metacritic

paprika (2007) — 81

Mirai (2018) — 81

Penguin Highway: Mystery of the Penguins (2018) — 82

Belle (2021) — 83

Evangelion:3.0+1.01: The Hope (2021) — 84

On-Gaku: Our Sound (2019) – 86

Which of these movies are your favorites? Do you have others to recommend? Leave your answers in the comments field!

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