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Top 20 Best Family Anime Movies with Great Plot (2022)

You’d probably heard that anime had everything and every type of genre you wanted to explore. Numerous anime films with great plots are available on various platforms that you can enjoy with your entire family. 

Here you will find some of the best family anime movies that you can enjoy with your entire family as of 2022. Each of these movies was kid friendly and did not contain any grown-up scenes or violent elements. Their premises are too interesting and depict some of the best stories for you that you will enjoy with your whole family. 

So, without further ado, let’s get to this fantastic list.

20. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (6.6)

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva is an adventure and mystery anime film that was directed by Masakazu Hashimoto and written by Akihiro Hino.

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The film’s plot is as follows: an amateur detective attends an opera. He plays one of his former students in the opera. The performance, however, is merely a pretext for a competition to discover the secret to eternal life.

This film is full of mystery and adventure elements that you can enjoy with your whole family.

Runtime: 100 minutes


19. Okko’s Inn (7.0)

Okko's Inn

Okko’s Inn is a fantasy and family anime film that was directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara and Azuma Tani. This anime follows the life of Okko, who lives with her grandmother after her parents die in a car accident.

While living with her grandmother, she discovered that there were welcoming ghosts that only she could see. These ghosts play games and help her navigate her new environment. This anime film is a family film that can give you a laugh, joy, and morals.

Runtime: 95 minutes


18. Penguin Highway (7.1)

Penguin Highway

Penguin Highway is a fantasy and adventure anime film that was directed by Hiroyasu Ishida and written by Makoto Ueda.

Aoyama, a serious 10-year-old boy, is the protagonist of the movie. In his notebook, he keeps track of everything that happens to him daily. One day in May, despite being far from the sea, penguins appear in his hometown inexplicably.

This movie is interesting and heartfelt that you can enjoy with your family, especially kids.

Runtime: 119 minutes


17. A Letter to Momo (7.2)

A Letter to Momo

A Letter to Momo is a fantasy and drama anime film that was written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura.

Momo is recovering from her father’s death and her mother’s decision to move their family from Tokyo to a remote Island. However, after discovering a message from her father, she went through several strange events in her life.

It is one of the best family anime movies and depicts a father’s and daughter’s unbounded love.

Runtime: 120 minutes


16. Giovanni’s Island (7.3)

Giovanni's Island

Giovanni’s Island is a historical-drama film directed by Mizuho Nishikubo and was released in 2014. It is set on the Island of Shikotan during the Second World War and depicts the story of two brothers, Junpei and Kanta.

They were forced to live in their horse’s place after their home was captured by the Russians. However, they help many villagers by supplying food and other things. It is a good choice to experience the situation of war and how people went through it.

Runtime: 102 minutes


15. The Secret World of Arrietty (7.6)

The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty is a beautiful and one of the best family anime movies directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. It tells the story of a family of tiny species who lived secretly within the walls and floors of our houses.

One day, Sho, a young boy, discovered Arrietty, one of the members of a tiny family. However, he kept her identity secret from his family and wanted to know more about Arrietty.

Runtime: 95 minutes


14. Ponyo (7.6)

Ponyo

Ponyo is a wonderful movie that you watch with your whole family. It depicts the story of Ponyo, a goldfish who was washed up on shore and trapped in a glass jar.

However, Sosuke, a five-year-old, rescued her and brought her to his home. He spends most of his time with her and develops a caring bond with her.

Later in the film, Ponyo reveals her true identity as a magical species and depicts her magical powers.

Runtime: 101 minutes


13. When Marnie Was There (7.7)

When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There is a psychological and drama movie directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. It tells the story of a young girl, Anna, who recently moved to her relative’s house as per her doctor’s recommendation.

Anna’s health condition is bad and she also has an asthma attack, which is why she lived in a seaside place. While walking around the place, she eventually meets Marnie, a mysterious girl.

Later in the film, she discovers the truth about Marnie and her family, and the movie takes a tragic turn.

Runtime: 103 minutes


12. Kiki’s delivery services (7.8)

Kiki’s delivery services

Kiki’s Delivery Service is specially created for younger girls and depicts the story of Kiki, a teenage girl. She is a witch and able to fly using her broomstick, but she only uses it to pay her expenses.

Kiki began to work for a bakery shop and opened her own delivery service. She used her flying ability to deliver cakes and cookies to her customer’s homes. It is a nice movie, and every teenager should have to watch it once in their life.

Runtime: 103 minutes


11. Tokyo Godfathers (7.8)

Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers is a tragic and comical anime movie directed by Satoshi Kon, a genius Japanese director. It depicts a twisted sentimental story of three homeless individuals, i.e., an alcoholic man, a transgender woman, and a runaway girl.

They lived their lives as a homeless person would live them until they found a child in a garbage’s dustbin. They try harder to send the child to their respective family and to do it, they face several problems.

I highly recommend you watch this masterpiece by Satoshi Kon and understand how incredible a director he was.

Runtime: 92 minutes


10. Castle in the Sky (8.0)

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky is a fantasy anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. It depicts the story of Pazu, an orphan boy, and Sheeta, princess of the Laputan Royal family.

They embark on an adventure of searching for a legendary floating castle while sneaking away from Captain Dola and his pirate sons. It is so fascinating to explore their fantasy world, filled with mysterious events.

Runtime: 124 minutes


9. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (8.0)

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a historical-fantasy anime film directed by Isao Takahata. In this film, Sanuki, a bamboo cutter, finds a little girl while cutting bamboo and decides to raise her as her daughter.

Sanuki lived a happy life with her wife and daughter until they moved from the countryside to the city. This film depicts the story of a person who faces problems while shifting to new places or towns.

It’s great to watch their story and explore how families deal with these situations.

Runtime: 137 minutes


8. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (8.0)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a post-apocalyptic anime movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is set in a future world and depicts the story of Shimamoto, a princess of the valley of the wind.

Shimamoto tries her best to save her valley from the giant mutant insects that directly come from the Toxic Jungle. It is great to see how she saves her valleys against this toxic jungle and the mastermind behind all of these events.

Runtime: 137 minutes


7. A Silent voice (8.1)

Silent voice

A Silent Voice is the best romantic movie ever made that demonstrates an incredible love story. It follows the stories of a deaf girl, Shouko, and a bully boy, Ishida, who studied in the same middle school.

After a series of events, the film takes a tragic turn and begins to demonstrate some of the difficulties that every teenager goes through in their lives.

Their story also helps many teenagers and shows them a path of repentance for their sins and helps them to forget their painful pasts.

Despite being a romantic anime movie, it does not contain any mature elements or adult scenes. So, it is known as one of the best family anime movies that every teenager should have to watch.

Runtime: 130 minutes


6. Wolf Children (8.1)

Wolf Children

Wolf Children is one of the best family anime movies directed by Mamoru Hosoda. It is specially made for parents and children and depicts a beautiful story with amazing characters.

It depicts the story of a beautiful girl, Hana, who loves and marries a werewolf. After the sudden death of her husband, she raised her two half-human, half-wolf children on her own.

This film beautifully depicts single parenting and how women face difficulties in raising their children.

Runtime: 117 minutes


5. My Neighbor Totoro (8.1)

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best family anime movies, especially for younger children. This movie is excellently directed by Hayao Miyazaki and was released in 1988.

It tells the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who recently moved into their old house. In their old house, they meet a mysterious spirit, Totoro, who always moves from bright to dark places.

Its storytelling is so simple and interesting that even a child understands it, which is why it became a nice choice to watch.

Runtime: 86 minutes


4. Howl’s Moving Castle (8.2)

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle is an adventure-fantasy anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The story of this film takes place in a fantasy world where both magic and technology are used in common service.

In this film, Sophie, a young girl, is unfortunately turned into an elderly woman by the curse of a witch. During her adventure to find the cure for this curse, she meets Howl, a wizard, and ends up in the middle of a fight between kingdoms.

Due to its fantasy elements and magical powers, it has become the best choice for you to watch with your whole family.

Runtime: 119 minutes


3. Princess Mononoke (8.4)

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke is another masterpiece anime movie by Hayao Miyazaki that was released in 1997. It is a historical-fantasy anime film set in Japan’s historical period, the Muromachi period.

This film depicts the story of a young prince, Ashitaka, who fights several monsters to save his village. Later, he knows that all of these monsters come from western lands and he needs to cure the curse to stop them.

This film is filled with many spirits and demons that provide you with wonderful experiences. It is a great choice to watch with your family and explore its fantasy world with great visuals.

Runtime: 133 minutes


2. Grave of the Fireflies (8.5)

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is the greatest war film of all time, directed by Isao Takahata and released in 1988. It mainly follows the story of two siblings and how desperately they tried to survive during the Second World War.

It excellently shows us the consequences of any war and how it not only destroyed their livelihood but also gave them unbearable pain.

I personally recommend you watch this fantastic film with your entire family and experience its heartwarming story and characters.

Runtime: 89 minutes


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1. Spirited Away (8.6)

Spirited Away

Spirited Away was the only film to win an Oscar award for a best-animated feature film in 2003. It is an adventure-fantasy anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of the best Japanese directors.

It depicts the story of a young girl, Chihiro Ogino, who is unintentionally being transferred to a mysterious magical place. Later in the film, her parents were turned into pigs, and she decided to cure them and take them to the real world.

This film is fully kid-friendly and depicts a pure, fresh story that you will watch with your entire family. As a consequence, it became one of the best family anime movies of all time.

Runtime: 125 minutes

We’ll enclose this article by discussing each anime film on the list. This fantastic list of best family anime movies was compiled based on their IMDb ratings (2022) and fan popularity. Each has a great plot and wonderful characters that any fan will enjoy with their entire family.

Image Source: IMDb, MAL


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