Best Hayao Miyazaki Movies


The Top Ten

1 Spirited Away

This is by far my favorite movie of all time. The plot is intriguing and strange enough to hold your interest and the animation is stunningly beautiful. The characters are in depth and well voice acted and the character of No Face is possibly the greatest character in film ever, without even saying a word. Miyazaki really outdid himself with this film and I believe it deserves all the praise it gets.

This particular Hayao Miyasaki movie is simply astounding. It has a unique plot, like one I've never seen before. The first time I ever watched this movie, I knew it was one of the best movies EVER.

I also love how everything in this movie is drawn. It's simply, detailed, colorful, and magical. Spirited Away is truly a wonderful experience.

This movie is too ungodly amazing to describe with words but here I am. You know how some movies patent themselves off as magical? Spirited away IS magical because it is so damn good. Everything in this movie is developed and likable and it all works.

2 Princess Mononoke

A story of war, nature, destruction and hate, this movie is by far the most emotionally and thematically complex film of Hayao Miyazaki. No side is truly good, nor truly evil; only what is known is war and hate-- hate which is manifested in a demon curse that consumes the protagonist who seeks to end the conflict. This is truly a masterpiece.

Spirited Away gets SO much credit because it won an Oscar in Japan and America. In my opinion, this movie is better. Don't get me wrong, I love Spirited Away, but this one's story had more of an impact on me. And just so you know, at the American Academy Awards, this was going to be nominated for Best Foreign Film, but they decided not to include it. - Elric-san

Love the story and the action! Best anime movie ever! Although spirited away is also one of the best anime movies! That's the reason they are on top of this list, I would just have these two movies flip flopped. All in all for the most part I think this list is pretty accurate. I would have the wind rises higher though.

War, anime, princess... SHE IS SO DAMN COOL!

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3 Howl's Moving Castle

I love this movie! I saw it when I was 5 and it was my first real anime movie. After that I just fall in love with manga and anime. This movie mean so much to me.

Number 4?! This is by far Hayao Miyazaki's best work, and the only ones that come close are Castle In The Sky, Ponyo, The Wind Rises, and The Cat Returns.

I've seen most of these movies. All of them are brilliant. I love their originality. But I specially liked this one. It moved me. It's a reality from a diferent and valid perspective. Lovely! - keyson

I was around 9 years old when I first saw this movie. It showed on Cartoon Network, and I remember being so completely hooked that I would scream whenever someone touched the remote control. Sadly, I never remembered the name of the movie and spent years wanting so badly to watch it again. I didn’t have access to the internet until I was 14, and that was when I finally found out the name after doing a few quick google searches. I rewatched it, and my god, the satisfaction and happiness I felt when I saw it again was indescribable. This movie has such a soft spot in my heart and I feel like it’ll remain my favorite movie for the rest of my life. - prussian

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4 Castle in the Sky

This should be in the top 2 with Spirited Away at least. An amazing plot, am amazing cast, amazing visuals and the characters are just lovable. Come on people vote this up!

I understand why Spirited Away is in the number one spot, but this is easily number two! Amazing characters and their development, a wonderful story, and all of the scenes on Laputa are so amazing and melancholy that I cry every time I watch it. Awesome ending too. - julianfrank1151

Castle in the Sky has its own story. A fight against evil air-pirates, the military and where finally laputa has been discovered. Beautiful animation mixed with phantastic creatures.

5 Kiki's Delivery Service

This movie had an effect on me that no other movie has ever had. The plot is simple, as a concept, but the characters and the artwork mark this movie as truly unique, and a beautiful experience. It is possibly my favorite movie of all time.

6 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

This movie left me speechless. The world turning against humans because of what we've done to the world. Including when she reveals that the jungle plants are no longer poisonous when you give them clean soil and fresh water. It really shows us how interconnected we are and the effects we have on the environment. Its truly powerful. - keycha1n

7 The Wind Rises

The movie that, in my opinion, has the most misunderstood ending ever, and that may be what makes it his best film. On the surface, it's a movie about not letting go about your passion, but if you dig deeper, it's a love story that leaves the protagonist broken and backed against a corner with nothing to save him other than his wife's leaving words in his recurring dreams. So messed up, but so great. - SevenTreeTool

Only one word for it: Beautiful. - Undistinguished

8 My Neighbor Totoro

Should be 1

9 Ponyo

This movie perfectly captured childlike innocence and fun. Its story is so moving and heartwarming. I highly suggest it to absolutely anyone.

Nothing happened in this movie. - TheGirlyGamer

10 The Secret World of Arrietty

This movie was beutiful amazing lovely - Wolfpelt

The Contenders

11 Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro
12 The Cat Returns
13 Porco Rosso
14 Whisper of the Heart

One of the best movies ever it has this cute romance and it's fun to watch I really like this film... For those who like happy endings and simple story line this I a must I hope you enjoy as much as I did ^^

15 Tales From Earthsea

One of the worst movies ever!

16 Grave of the Fireflies
17 From Up On Poppy Hill

This is a Goro Miyazaki film,not Hayao Miyazaki. - Elric-san

18 Only Yesterday
19 The Last Airbender
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