Top 10 Best Studio Ghibli Movies

Studio Ghibli Inc. is a Japanese animation film studio founded in 1985. Its anime films have achieved international success, especially those directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
The Top Ten
1 Spirited Away

Quite possibly the most endearing film to win an oscar. It won for the category of best animation film in 2001, which helped Studio Ghibli to move on creating new features. It had amazing color, sound, music, and a wonderful story line that tells of what happens to spoiled brats who simply think that the world revolves around them. In a way it did for Chihiro who absentmindedly wandered too far within the spirit realm only to work her butt off hoping to save her parents. The movie gave an incredible message to those who always want but never give back. For Chihiro that ended learning to cope with temporary loss, making new friends, learning what it means to really live rather than holding a hand out for gifts or treats. This movie became an instant classic, and one if not the best animation film of our time.

I am obsessed with spirited away and the reason for that is I always felt I could relate to chihiro. She was someone who started off as a kid that was slightly mad at the world and ended up having to become independent at a young age. I think that was the part that made people so attached to her.

Possibly one of my favourite movie of all time. It's uniqueness, beautiful scenery, thrilling plot and mystifying characters all tie into something that brought me into the world of Studio Ghibli. It's truly unforgettable, and it's something I will hold close to my heart as a masterpiece.

The morals are great... don't be greedy and understand what can make you happy (not money or gold, but love). This is very deep and is not just for kids, my mom really loves this movie.

Also, Ghibli Studios compose the best melodies ever! I always listen to one before I go to bed!

2 Princess Mononoke

Best Ghibli movie in my opinion. Story is very impactful, characters are amazing, animation is gorgeous, and it's just a joy to watch every time.

Spirited Away was wonderful, but I'd give my thumbs up for Princess Mononoke. This film is so majestically epic in such mystical ways. Its growing tension and emotions are so realistic, and it teaches the whole world to respect nature and that we should choose to protect it, or face the consequences.

Personally I feel the darker tone of Princess Mononoke is more appealing than Spirited Away's feeling. There's something missing in Spirited Away that stops me connecting to it.

I actually think I love Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke equally but I chose this one since I thought this one had a more epic story.

3 Castle in the Sky

Such a fun movie! Has one of my favorite opening sequences to any film, and is just a super fun adventure. It's not my favorite ghibli film, there's a couple more that I think are better, but this is an excellent film regardless.

This film has always been my favorite, and I think it's because I love how it was simply an adventure in the sky, and all of the characters are like able in there own way. It's also a fairly underrated movie, with other movies like Spirited Away being slightly more popular.

The characters and relationships are absolutely amazing, the setting is captivating, and the plot is an epic story that absolutely NEVER gets old! This beautiful Ghibli classic deserves so much higher

This was my childhood. I loved (and still do) this movie. The plot is very unique and you'll want to keep watching once you've started!

4 Kiki's Delivery Service

Oh my... This and Back To The Future are both my favourite films! I love every Studio Ghibli film but this takes the cake! If it wasn't for this film, I wouldn't be watching Studio Ghibli. I had good laughs and the visuals make the Mona Lisa look like an MS Paint production! Music so great that Beethoven will eat his heart out! This movie is perfect and has the blend between comedy and drama that made movies like Back To The Future as amazing as they were!

My favorite ever. It's just such a nice story and I love the scenery. The ending kinda leaves you hanging with how Kiki cannot understand her cat anymore, but it's so so amazing.

Never watched a movie that got me this involved and engaged about the simple aspects of life, such as baking a cake.

This was the first Ghibli movie I ever saw, and it's still my favourite to this day!

5 My Neighbor Totoro

This movie might be one of the best movies of all time. A heartwarming classic that is great no matter your age. Watched it many times, and enjoyed every time I watched.

This film has such an innocent and playful nature; it always makes me smile. Mei is adorable and I find all the characters likeable

This film is so nostalgic. It's also so good, Totoro made a cameo in Toy Story 3. Did anyone else notice that?

This movie was definitely the best, it has the cutest small moments, but also a great story line, I'm surpised people haven't voted for this masterpiece.

6 Howl's Moving Castle

I saw this movie once when I was around 7. I pretty much forgot about it until about a year ago when I was having these nostalgic memories of the film for some odd reason, but couldn't remember the name. So I went on Google and searched up whatever I could remember in hopes of finding the name of the movie. Took me a few tries and then finally, I found it! I watched it and memories of my first time watching this masterpiece came back to me and it was just as beautiful as I remembered. It made me laugh, smile, long for someone, and cry. No other movie has ever made so many emotions come out of me. And the ending was so beautiful! This will forever be my favorite movie of all time and hold a special place in my heart.

The first time I watched this movie was long ago, and I honestly didn't remember much of it until I revisited it more recently. I just fell in love with it at once. The characters, the music, the visuals, the art style, the plot (even though the plot might be a bit confusing at first). It's extremely intriguing from the beginning, and it just gets more interesting as it goes. Overall, I find it absolutely breathtaking and love it to bits!

Howl's moving castle is one of those movies I truly liked, but didn't yet understand completely when I was young. Now being young adult I discovered all the Ghibli films again, which I have always loved but which now hit me straight to my heart. This movie absolutely belongs to my all time favourites and I love it so much. Beautiful story, AMAZING MUSIC and characters <3 Along with Spirited away, Kiki's delivery service, Totoro and The cat returns it's my most memorable and loved Ghibli movie. And Sophie & Howl truly belong together.

I can't help it. My love for this movie just keeps on growing every time I watch it. The book is even better! HMC, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro are tied number one. Grave of the fireflies is also absolutely stunning. It's so good you'll never want to watch it again.

7 Grave of the Fireflies

While I believe Spirited Away to be the best Studio Ghibli film of all time, I cannot deny that this one deserves a higher place in this list. Grave of the Fireflies, while being one of the most well-rated films of all times, deserves more attention than it gets. Sure, it's confusing the first time you watch it (I had to watch it THREE times to finally get what on Earth was going on) but once you do understand, the pain you feel will just burn for centuries to come. It is one of the most forgotten movies of Studio Ghibli, but I assure you that once you watch it, you won't forget.

Although I can't deny the flaws of some of the characters either. Except Setsuko. For goodness sake, she's a little girl. Some children act like that... and some children are annoying. I loved her a lot, and you have no idea how much hurt I felt watching her slowly fade away at the end of the movie. I felt the exact same emotions as Seita did: that feeling of desperation to do anything to keep my ...more

A very emotionally moving piece about war and family. My personal favourite Studio Ghibli film but there are many greats in their library. Other classics from them include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and Castle In The Sky. Also, I do not get why people do not like Tales From Earthsea, I thought it was fantastic.

This movie left a hole in my heart. In todays society war is actually happening right now in syria, so this movie allows us to educate ourselves or other people on what that experience was like for someone else in another time. I recommend everyone see this movie at least once in their life. Life-changing.

I hated the characters in this movie. They weren't interesting at all because we didn't get to know them before all the crap started happening. I was disappointed with the movie and left confused as to why so many people love it so much.

8 Whisper of the Heart

This is one of the most realistic coming of age movies I've ever seen. Also the love story in this film is one I truly felt something for. You know a movie like this is good when a 18 year old boy such as my self likes this movie more than an action like princess mononoke. I don't only like this movie, it's my personal favorite Japanese animated movie. By the way, those who think studio ghibli is actually Disney should shut up and do a little research. because its not. Disney does the English dub and that's is it. Even though the Disney dubs are very good, that doesn't mean they made the movie. sorry for going off track. I love whisper of the heart. I even have a diorama of the baron.

I literally just watched this movie and immediately fell in love with it. Before, my favorite movie was The Cat Returns, which is also a Ghibli film, and since this still has elements and characters from The Cat Returns, I loved it even more. I usually hate romances, but this one felt different for some reason. Seriously, this is the first romance movie that I've ever liked before. It is super funny, sweet, serious (but not too serious), inspiring, and relatable all at the same time. It is simply amazing.

Not only is this my top Studio ghibli film, it is also one of my top films of all time!

An incredible film, one of my absolute favourites and a beautiful story of growing up. Country Road take me Home.

9 The Wind Rises

I love Spirited Away, it teaches about real society in a masterpiece of a film. But The Wind Rises is my favorite. Touching and lovely in each scene, this movie truly captures the beauty of flight and you can feel Miyazaki's passion for aerodynamics throughout the film. Ah and the ending, so mysterious but powerful! Fantasic job!
"Tell me, Japanese boy is the wind still rising? "

This movie feels like a poem - such a beautiful tale that loosely blends history with thoughtful narrative. A hauntingly beautiful message - one of my favorites!

By far the most criminally underrated Miyazaki film. The almost biographical story gives it a unique atmosphere.

I LOVED this movie! It was a true master piece. It was a bit sad but I have to say this was such a great film. The end was a little confusing though. Over all 4 stars and a thumbs up! :D

10 Ponyo

Ponyo was my first Ghibli film, and to this day it's still my favorite. It shows that love doesn't have to be romantic to be strong.

As much as I like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, honestly this one is my favorite.

First studio ghibli film I ever watched. Still my favorite.

This was my first Ghibli movie. Its really good.

The Contenders
11 NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind

NausicaƤ is the first Ghibli film and in my opinion the most underrated by far. The film hits hard and the care put into it conveys it's message far stronger than any other Ghibli film to date, though it may be less lighthearted, it makes up for it with the more deliberate storytelling and perfect pacing. The main character also happens to be the best lead of all of them.
This film still blows modern films out of the water, I definitely think any Ghibli fan that misses this is missing out.

This film set a standard for Ghibli and anime movies in general. And in many ways, Miyazaki hasn't quite surpassed it. It handles it's theme's far more effectively than any of his other movies, and has what is arguably his best protagonist he's ever made. This film deserves so much more praise.

This movie is really, really cool. I don't know what else to say, but... You should watch it.

Essentially the anime equivalent of Dune.

12 Porco Rosso

Miyazaki's "favorite" of his films..and for good reason. Porco Rosso is a Han Solo-like character, a pilot who is a likable scoundrel.

It's such a great movie. I like the slow pace and the nicely done settings.

I, too, would rather be a pig than a fascist.

13 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

! I loved this movie. This movie was the second movie I saw of studio ghibli AFTER spirited away. Its crazy because I never thought I would get over spirited away because I was so attached to chihiro but this movie got me to see myself in princess kaguya. Princess kaguya went through a depression, just wanted to live be herself and not live up to other peoples expectations. I was always attached to chihiro because she had to be independent at a young age but princess kaguya reminds you to slow down, appreciate and embrace your life and to not let it or take it for granted. Now that I'm 22 I realized a lot of my life I was forced to grow, so this movie made me want to relax and enjoy my youth.

I'm sad to see this movie rank so low because it's my personal favorite! I know many people have yet to actually watch it though. Everything about this movie is just so lovely, and It's, in my opinion, one of the most visually unique and beautiful animated films of all time! I don't know what it is about this movie but it was the only Ghibli movie to really hit me emotionally.

This is very underrated... It's morals are as good as the ones in Spirited Away. It shows you that true happiness is not money or wealth but love and joy.

The ending really made me cry because- ok, I'm not going to spoil it. But this is way too underrated.

The emotional arc and questions you are braught to ask yourself are as beautiful and overwelming as the art work. No other Ghibli film has returned to my thoughts as often as the The Tale of the Princess Kaguya has.

14 The Secret World of Arrietty

My personal favorite.

This is a great movie

It's the first studio Ghibli movie I ever watched and still one of my favorites

15 When Marnie Was There

It's a close running as my favorite ghibli film, the only one that it's competing with is Princess Mononoke, but this movie is so good. The story is uber simple, which makes room for wonderful character building between Marnie and Anna. Despite it's simple story, the story still hits hard when it needs to, and its ending twist, while nothing mind-blowing or super out of left field, still gets me in the feely goods every time. Wonderful film.

Completely honest this is my favourite Ghibli movie with no doubt. I love Spirited Away, Totoro and Kiki's Service too, but something about this movie was just about as magical as it could get. It's deep and complex, but all ages can enjoy, unlike some other Ghibli movies which are deep but a little too slow

Why isn't this in the top 5? love this film probably my favourite.. it has more of a realistic plot and a more relatable one, as a 12 year old girl I loved the film.. haven't seen a film like this in a while love it! recommend it to everyone!

This is a beautiful, warm-hearted film which made me cry multiple times. The story is so moving, carrying many morals and can make you think about the world in a unique way

16 The Cat Returns

I guess this is the most "american" Ghibli film. By that, I mean it's much simpler and less deep. Which doesn't make it bad by any means, sometimes you just want to have a little fun watching a simple story. The fact that it is a spin-off on Whisper of the Heart adds to the enjoyment. Overall though it's easily one of the weakest installments of Studio Ghibli movies.

This movie is the best, it should definitely be higher than 15. I've watched tons of Studio Ghibli movies and this one was by far my favorite. It's funny, has a great story, and it contains tons of cats. All these things cause it to be a great movie.

Charming and perfect in its own way. Not the best, but above #15. Autocorrect messed up my pun, but all for the better, I suppose.

I love this film. It is completely underrated; it definitely deserves to be in the top 5 at least

17 From Up On Poppy Hill

I love this movie! Very realistic and shows a beautiful love story. The entire movie you are thinking one thing that is frustrating (don't want to spoil it) but then it gets better! I think it's so low because people don't wait till the end? Or maybe it's the low key incesty stuff. But it's a beautifully sad story. Loved it very much. Definitely in my top three along with Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away.

When I watched Tales of Earthsea, I was extremely disappointed. So I was worried when we watched From Up on Poppy Hill. Instead fo being terrible, it was my favorite movie of all time.
Shun and Umi, as well as Mzimura, are some of the Studio Ghibli's greatest characters. The story is wonderful, and I truly think it is Studio Ghibli's greatest.
I also love Princess Kaguya, Howl's Moving Castle, Secret World of Arietty, Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away, or anything by Miyazaki. Princess MOnoke, however was disappointing; I found Monoke to be extremely annoying.

This is Stupid I mean look at the dvd, it looks like Adam Sandler as a police officer with Keri Russell from the movie bedtime stories. How the hell is this a Disney movie?!

The only good movie Goro Miyazaki has ever directed.

18 Only Yesterday

This movie is so underrated. its powerful and touching. its basically life in a different aspect. you view the life of a woman growing up in the citys of Japan. you get a real connection with Taiko struggling to leave up to the expectations of her family, her likes and dislikes and her school life.
The ending had me break down crying. I think I pretty much live-action made Azulas defeat in avatar. I often cry because of movies, but its only the really emotionally hitting movies that have me break down. I remember watching it alone on my 12 year old birthday, and I just bowled my eyes out.
I beg you to watch it, you wont regret it

I Disagree this movie touched me in so many ways. It was that feeling that I could connect to the difficulties of a being a child.

This movie was mature beyond its years. I still can't stop thinking about its powerful message even after an year.

19 Ocean Waves

The only Studio Ghibli film to be made for television (at least until the atrocity by the name of Earwig and the Witch came out).

I believe why this one is down here is because no gets to see it. Come on disney make a dub for this.

It looks really good!

20 The Red Turtle

Technically counts since it was a co-production that Ghibli was involved in.

21 My Neighbours the Yamadas

Why this the most underrated Ghibli Movie ever it's so good. I don't understand why people don't like it.

I don't even like this movie that much, but I think it should be way higher than Earwig and the Witch!

Ghibli's stylistic precursor to Pixar's Turning Red.

22 Pom Poko

This is truly rewarding if you get through without falling asleep through the repetitive actions.

I love this movie so much, why isn't it higher?

Should be higher up than Earthsea.

23 Tales From Earthsea

This was a great movie. I really enjoyed watching this. I did actually remember it being better but glad to see it made top ten

I am so confused as to why this is here.

Hated it! Hated it! Hated it!

Who added this? It sucked!

24 Earwig and the Witch
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