The Popularity of Anime Films
Anime films, which I'll refer to as Anime movies throughout this article, are very, very, popular. Some Anime movies are so popular they become international successes (like Spirited Away for example, an Anime movie by Hayao Miyazaki, which earned hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide.) Some Anime movies, like The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, are even listed in the top 3 Anime ever created (even more popular than 99% of the actual Anime series released.)
Although there are several Anime movies released every year, only 1 studio ever has their movies licensed in countries worldwide: Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli has Anime movies created by Hayao Miyazaki, which have all been huge international successes, some of the popular titles being My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Grave of the Fireflies, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and the recent successes, Ponoy, on the Cliff by the Sea and The Secret World of Arrietty.
Studio Ghibli has also won the Animage Anime Grand Prix awards several times throughout the years, and an Oscar for the Best Animated Feature for the film Spirited Away, which brang in almost 300 million USD since it's release.
There are a lot of other Anime film companies in Japan, although none have the ability to create masterpieces like Studio Ghibli does. They capture the darkness, the romance, and the adventure that is missing in a lot of current day movies and television series.
Anime movies are also good since they operate the same as any normal live action film: they have a beginning and an end, and aren't just rushed and cut off due to a lack of material from the Manga, or novels, for example. This makes for a much better viewing experience, and an overall better story to be told.
The majority of Anime movies are far from popular, the main ones that are, are usually movies based off of Anime series and act as a side-story (such as the recently released Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: The Sacred Star of Milos), or as a direct sequel to the Anime series (example being The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Bladeworks.) So it's a good idea to stick to a solid companies works instead of looking for individual works by a normal Anime film company.
What's good about Studio Ghibli is that all their are picked up and licensed in America and normally the rest of the world, and have amazing dubs.Anime English Dubbed is great, don't get me wrong, but you can't beat an English dub of a licensed Anime movie. They're fantastic. Anime