mjf314's Guide to Anime Movies

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This is a guide for anyone who wants to learn about the history of anime movies, short films, and OVAs, from the 1920s to the present.

While creating the list, I took several factors into account:
1. Quality, based on a combination of critical acclaim and my personal opinion. This is the most important factor, because I want it to be a list that's enjoyable to work on.
2. Variety. This list covers a wide variety of genres, styles, and trends throughout the entire history of anime, and covers all of the most important anime film directors. Some unusual films are included mainly for variety, but I did take quality into account when making my choices. Additionally, I tried to avoid picking too many similar films or too many films by the same director. If your favorite Miyazaki or Takahata or Kon film is missing, it doesn't mean that I don't like it. I just thought it would be pointless to include every single one.
3. Popularity and historical importance. This wasn't a major factor, but it did play a role for some choices.

Most of the movies/OVAs are standalone, but I included a few that are based on series (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer, Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie), because I think you can understand them without watching the series. I included Hi no Tori: Uchuu Hen, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and You Are Umasou because I think they feel more like new adaptations rather than sequels.

I excluded some remakes such as Rebuild of Evangelion and Madoka Magica because I think it's better to watch the series first. However, I included Galaxy Express 999 and The Dog of Flanders even though they're remakes, because the movies are (arguably) at least as important as the series, and a lot of people have seen only the movies. I excluded the movie series Kara no Kyoukai because I didn't want it to take up so many spots on the list, although the 5th one is very good.

I included some short OVAs with (3 hours total or less). I wanted to include some OVAs because they're an important part of anime history and they don't take long to watch, but this list is just an introduction, so I don't want to overwhelm people with longer series. This means that I left out some important OVAs, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

I'm using a fairly broad definition of anime, so I included films which are mostly still images (Band of Ninja, Fantascope: Tylostoma). I also included Grim, which doesn't really look animated, but it was photographed frame by frame, so it sort of fits the definition of stop motion.

Missing from IMDb:
Hana to Mogura (1970)

If you want a list that's purely based on my personal taste, see this list.

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    Manga: Kobutori

    1929 — a.k.a. The Stolen Lump, in 0 top lists Check
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    1931 — a.k.a. The Black Cat, in 0 top lists Check
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    Norakuro gochô

    1934 — a.k.a. Corporal Norakuro, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tengu taiji

    1934 — a.k.a. Hyoei and Heibei's Tengu Hunt, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kumo to chûrippu

    1943 — a.k.a. The Spider and the Tulip, in 0 top lists Check
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    Suteneko tora-chan

    1947, in 0 top lists Check
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    Koneko no rakugaki

    1957 — a.k.a. The Scribbling Kitten, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hakuja den

    1958 — a.k.a. Panda and the Magic Serpent, in 1 top list Check
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    Aru machikado no monogatari

    1962 — a.k.a. Story of a Certain Street Corner, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wanpaku ôji no orochi taiji

    1963 — a.k.a. Little Prince and the Eight Headed Dragon, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ninja bugei-chô

    1967 — a.k.a. Band of Ninja, in 0 top lists Check
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    Taiyô no ôji: Horusu no daibôken

    1968 — a.k.a. Horus: Prince of the Sun, in 1 top list Check
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    Sen'ya ichiya monogatari

    1969 — a.k.a. One Thousand and One Nights, in 2 top lists Check
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    Sora tobu yûreisen

    1969 — a.k.a. Flying Phantom Ship, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kiseichuu no Ichiya

    1972 — a.k.a. The Midnight Parasites, in 0 top lists
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    Kanashimi no Beradonna

    1973 — a.k.a. Belladonna of Sadness, in 2 top lists Check
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    1973 — a.k.a. The Trip, in 0 top lists Check
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    1976 — a.k.a. Dojoji Temple, in 1 top list Check
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    Chirin no suzu

    1978 — a.k.a. Ringing Bell, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine

    1979 — a.k.a. Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition, in 1 top list Check
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    Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro

    1979 — a.k.a. Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro, in 3 top lists Check
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    Sekai meisaku dôwa: Mori wa ikiteiru

    1980 — a.k.a. Twelve Months, in 0 top lists Check
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    1981 — a.k.a. The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, in 0 top lists Check
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    Natsu e no tobira

    1981 — a.k.a. The Door Into Summer, in 0 top lists Check
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    Jarinko Chie

    1981 — a.k.a. Chie the Brat, in 0 top lists Check
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    DAICON III Opening Animation

    1981 — a.k.a. Daicon III Opening Animation, in 0 top lists Check
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    DAICON IV Opening Animation

    1983, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hadashi no Gen

    1983 — a.k.a. Barefoot Gen, in 2 top lists Check
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    Urusei Yatsura 2: Byûtifuru dorîmâ

    1984 — a.k.a. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kaze no tani no Naushika

    1984 — a.k.a. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, in 8 top lists Check
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    Ginga-tetsudô no yoru

    1985 — a.k.a. Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tenshi no tamago

    1985 — a.k.a. Angel's Egg, in 3 top lists Check
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    1985, in 0 top lists Check
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    Purojekuto A-ko

    1986 — a.k.a. Project A-Ko, in 0 top lists Check
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    Jûichi-nin iru!

    1986 — a.k.a. They Were Eleven, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ôritsu uchûgun Oneamisu no tsubasa

    1987 — a.k.a. Wings of Honneamise, in 1 top list Check
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    Mori no densetsu

    1987 — a.k.a. Legend of the Forest, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hi no tori: Uchû-hen

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hotaru no haka

    1988 — a.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies, in 18 top lists Check
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    Tonari no Totoro

    1988 — a.k.a. My Neighbor Totoro, in 20 top lists Check
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    1988, in 18 top lists Check
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    Top wo Nerae!

    1988 — a.k.a. Gunbuster, in 0 top lists Check
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    Omohide poro poro

    1991 — a.k.a. Only Yesterday, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ningyo no mori

    1991 — a.k.a. Rumik World: Mermaid Forest, in 0 top lists Check
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    Otaku no video

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shôjo tsubaki: Chika gentô gekiga

    1992 — a.k.a. Midori, in 0 top lists Check
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    Aa! Megamisama!

    1993, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mimi wo sumaseba

    1995 — a.k.a. Whisper of the Heart, in 6 top lists Check
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    Golden Boy: Sasurai no o-benkyô yarô

    1995 — a.k.a. Golden Boy, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kôkaku Kidôtai

    1995 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell, in 13 top lists Check
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