2. Your Name
This Japanese animated film became the first anime not directed by the revered Hayao Miyazaki to rake in over $100 million, went on to become the country's fourth highest-grossing film of all time, and proved that anime can still be prestigious in these corporate times.Your Name is affixed to a place in 2016 history -- but is it technically a 2017 movie? We threw it on our Best Animated Films of 2017 list for good measure, but technically the movie made its way to U.S. theaters in 2017. So we're adding it again. The movie deserves it.
Your Name begins as a body-swap dramedy, following two teenagers, a boy from Tokyo and girl from the boonies who dreams of moving to the big city, who sporadically jump into each other's lives. The magical connection sparks a romance, but it doesn't work out so easily for them. The narrative twists even further -- and we won't dare spoil how. Visibly recoiling from the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Your Name deals with loss, love, and heritage in a hyper-vivid style that heightens the drama even as the logic becomes more Christopher Nolan-y.