Best Hayao Miyazaki Movies

The Top Ten

1 Spirited Away Spirited Away Product Image

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 Princess Mononoke Product Image

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.

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.

3 Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle Product Image

I really liked this movie a lot. From its setting to the anti-war messages, this is my favorite movie from Miyazaki himself. A charming love story between a sorcerer and a girl who has been cursed to become an old woman amidst a war. And Sophie (the protagonist) also gains more self-confidence as the movie progresses even in her worst times (being old). Now, that just really reflects myself.

*Sniffs* every time I think about Miyazaki's movies, I just can't help but have a feeling of heart wrench and shedding a tear.

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.

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!

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.

4 Castle in the Sky Castle in the Sky Product Image

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.

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!

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 Kiki's Delivery Service Product Image

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 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Product Image

I always loved Miyazaki's work since a kid. Several of his movies always convey these pacifist, environmentalist, and feminist messages in them and including this. The heroine is not only kickass but she's level-headed and doesn't always resort to violence. Conflicts between nations with organisms being victims of crossfires and mistreatment of mother nature really brings out the worse qualities of mankind in this movie.

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.

The details on this are amazing, the plot on this is amazing, the feels on this are amazing. It's as good as Akira

7 My Neighbor Totoro My Neighbor Totoro Product Image

This is the greatest movie of all time.

8 The Wind Rises The Wind Rises Product Image

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.

A good film with a nice setting but the protagonist (Jiro) just felt plain and the female characters such as Naoko fell flat. The aesthetics were really nice plus the idea of doing your passion of creating airplanes even if they turn out to become war machines and I particularly enjoyed the dream sequences involving Caproni.

Only one word for it: Beautiful.

9 Ponyo Ponyo Product Image

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.

10 The Secret World of Arrietty The Secret World of Arrietty Product Image

This movie was beutiful amazing lovely

Ah... this movie is actually directed by Yonebayashi Hiromassa

The Contenders

11 The Cat Returns The Cat Returns Product Image
12 Porco Rosso Porco Rosso Product Image

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13 Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro Product Image

I really love this movie. A princess saved by a thief only to find that she loves him. It has mystery adventure and romance. What more do you want?-PrincessAWSOME

This looks like an interesting movie. I should watch it someday.

14 Whisper of the Heart Whisper of the Heart Product Image

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 Grave of the Fireflies Grave of the Fireflies Product Image
16 Tales From Earthsea Tales From Earthsea Product Image

One of the worst movies ever!

17 From Up On Poppy Hill

This is a Goro Miyazaki film,not Hayao Miyazaki.

18 The Last Airbender The Last Airbender Product Image
19 Only Yesterday Only Yesterday Product Image
20 A Silent Voice A Silent Voice Product Image
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