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.

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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.

Hayao Myiasaki is the godfather of anime and 99% of his films are truly epic but this just never ceases to amaze me. The animation sends one a natural trip and the storyline makes you zone out from the real world.

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3 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.

4 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.

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 love this movie for me it's the best I saw it when I was 9 and it was my first anime movie too :3 it's so uniq simply it's one of the kind and you must watch it you will never regret it

i love it.

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5 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

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 My Neighbor Totoro V 1 Comment
8 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

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

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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 V 1 Comment
16 Grave of the Fireflies
17 From Up On Poppy Hill V 1 Comment
18 Only Yesterday
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Princess Mononoke
2. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
3. Castle in the Sky
1. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
2. Kiki's Delivery Service
3. Castle in the Sky
1. Spirited Away
2. Princess Mononoke
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