Japanese film ranking by year

Ever asked what the best Japanese movie of 2019 is? 2018 or the last 10 years? In this article, we will share a list and ranking with the 10 most popular Japanese movies of each year, from 2019 to 2013.

We will start with ranking of best Japanese movies of 2019 for previous years. Japanese films largely include Japanese animations, original films, and works based on manga and novels.

The ranking has not only releases, but sequels and others. The ranking also tracks the box office in yen and dollars. The names of the films are in English. The ranking of years below will help you navigate through the article:

Japanese film ranking by year

The best Japanese movies of 2019

The best Japanese films of the year 2019:

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RankTitleBox office
1Weathering with You¥ 14.02 billion (US$129.0 million)
2Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire¥ 9.37 billion (US$86.2 million)
3Kingdom¥ 5.73 billion (US$52.7 million)
4One Piece: Stampede¥ 5.53 billion (US$50.8 million)
5Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration¥ 5.01 billion (US$46.1 million)
6Masquerade Hotel¥ 4.64 billion (US$42.7 million)
7Dragon Ball Super: Broly¥ 4.00 billion (US$36.8 million)
8Fly Me to the Saitama¥ 3.76 billion (US$34.6 million)
9Hit Me Anyone One More Time¥ 3.60 billion (US$33.1 million)
10Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution¥ 2.98 billion (US$27.4 million)

The best Japanese films of 2018

The best Japanese films of the year 2018:

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RankMovieBox office
1Code Blue¥ 93 billion (US$83.9 million)
2Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer¥ 91.8 billion (US$108.12 million)
3Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island¥ 53.7 billion (US$81.85 million)
4Shoplifters¥ 45.5 billion (US$72.8 million)
5Gintama 2¥ 37 billion (US$55.2 million)
6Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura¥ 32.1 billion (US$48 million)
7One Cut of the Dead¥ 31.2 billion (US$30.5 million)
8Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us¥ 30.9 billion (US$28.1 million)
9Killing for the Prosecutions¥ 29.6 billion (US$27 million)
10Mirai¥ 28.8 billion (US$28.4 million)
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The best Japanese films of 2017

The best Japanese films of the year 2017:

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RankMovieBox office
1Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter¥ 68.9 billion (US$65.45 million)
2Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi¥ 44.3 billion (US$65.4 million)
3Gintama¥ 38.4 billion (US$45.7 million)
4Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!¥ 35.5 billion (US$37.6 million)
5Let Me Eat Your Pancreas¥ 35.2 billion (US$31.4 million)
6Mary and the Witch's Flower¥ 32.9 billion (US$41 million)
7Yo-kai Watch: Soratobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan!¥ 32.6 billion (US$30 million)
8Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale¥ 25.2 billion (US$38.3 million)
9Mumon: The Land of Stealth¥ 25.1 billion (US$22.2 million)
10Memoirs of a Murderer¥ 24.1 billion (US$21.2 million)
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The best Japanese films of 2016

The best Japanese films of the year 2016:

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RankMovieBox office
1Your Name¥ 213.2 billion (US$182.2 million)
2Shin Godzilla¥ 81.1 billion (US$69.3 million)
3Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare¥ 63.3 billion (US$54.1 million)
4Yo-kai Watch: Enma Daiō to Itsutsu no Monogatari da Nyan!¥ 55.3 billion (US$47.3 million)
5One Piece Film: Gold¥ 52 billion (US$44.4 million)
6Nobunaga Concert: The Movie¥ 46.1 billion (US$42.6 million)
7Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016¥ 41.2 billion (US$58.4 million)
8Assassination Classroom: Graduation¥ 35.2 billion (US$32.6 million)
9Orange¥ 32.5 billion (US$28.2 million)
10Girls und Panzer der Film¥ 24 billion (US$22.9 million)
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The best Japanese films of 2015

The best Japanese films of the year 2015:

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RankMovieBox office
1Yo-kai Watch: The Movie¥ 7.8 billion (US$80 million)
2The Boy and the Beast¥ 5.85 billion (US$49.7 million)
3Hero¥ 4.67 billion (US$38.7 million)
4Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno¥ 4.48 billion (US$61 million)
5Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes¥ 3.93 billion (US$36 million)
6Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'¥ 3.74 billion (US$64.8 million)
7Attack on Titan¥ 3.74 billion (US$46 million)
8Flying Colors¥ 2.84 billion (US$23.6 million)
8Love Live! The School Idol Movie¥ 2.84 billion (US$28 million)
10Assassination Classroom¥ 2.77 billion (US$25.8 million)

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The best Japanese films of 2014

The best Japanese films of the year 2014:

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RankMovieBox office
1The Eternal Zero¥ 8.76 billion (US$84.5 million)
2Stand by Me Doraemon¥ 8.38 billion (US$183.4 million)
3Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno¥ 5.22 billion (US$52.9 million)
4Thermae Romae II¥ 4.42 billion (US$41 million)
5Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends¥ 4.35 billion (US$39.3 million)
6Lupine the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie¥ 4.26 billion (US$45 million)
7Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper¥ 4.11 billion (US$37.1 million)
8Doraemon: New Nobita’s Great Demon — Peko and the Exploration Party of Five¥ 3.58 billion (US$35.9 million)
9When Marnie Was There¥ 3.53 billion (US$36 million)
10Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction¥ 2.91 billion (US$28.2 million)

The best Japanese films of 2013

The best Japanese films of the year 2013:

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RankMovieBox office
1The Wind Rises¥ 12 billion
2One Piece Film: Z¥ 6.87 billion
3Doraemon: Nobita’s Secret Gadget Museum¥ 3.98 billion
4Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea¥ 3.63 billion
5Midsummer’s Equation¥ 3.31 billion

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