Best Studio Ghibli Movies


The Top Ten

1 Spirited Away

Hey, come on! Spirited Away? 5th place?! This movie is awesome! All the Studio Ghibli movies are incredible, but I think that Spirited Away should be, at least, in the Top 3...

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.

Beautiful, heartfelt, and entertaining.

This movie is just amazing. After this one I love ponyo, tortoro, and howls moving castle. - evena

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2 Princess Mononoke

This movie is truly incredible. - moonwolf

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. - DrewtheGamer98

San's the reason I love this movie.

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3 Kiki's Delivery Service

Beautiful film, Studio Ghibli make absolute classics - HollyRolo

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4 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. - Supernatural

This movie is my favorite movie of all time. Every time I watch it I feel happy. Though there may be one or two plot holes, I feel like this is one of the best Studio Ghibli movies, and honestly I think it's underrated..

! This is absolutely the best Studio Ghibli film

I'm obsessed with this movie, makes you think about the book endings.

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5 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.

The music makes it sound really sad fun fact: I never saw it but I HAVe heared the music - TheKirbyCreeper999

This movie is my childhood

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6 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.

Totoro is the mascot for studio ghibli and this movie is a masterpiece

This is a heartwarming story and is great to watch when you have nothing to do.

Great movie

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7 Castle in the Sky

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! - ameiicchi

I just adore this movie


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8 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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.

All your bacon will be burned - CerealGuy


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9 Grave of the Fireflies

One of the most tragic movie that I have ever seen, and I've seen Schindler's List several times. In my opinion, one of the best, if not the best animated movie ever.

This is the saddest and the best movie ever! Vote up people! It deserves to be on number 1! - abhishah901

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.

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 ‚Ä" 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

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10 The Wind Rises

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

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The Contenders

11 The Secret World of Arrietty V 2 Comments
12 When Marnie Was There

I just watched this movie an hour ago and it was wonderful! The characters are great and the art is beautiful. And anna is probably the most relatable character I've seen in an anime (at least for me...). Plus, it almost made me cry, which is really hard for a movie to do. Watch it! - Random Internet Person

I have no idea that this is at 16, I think it should be in the top 10 because I cried at this 5 times in the movie its was that good and sad

This movie definitely one of the most beautiful films made by Ghibli, or possibly of any animated films

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!

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13 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.

This was one of my big favorites it deserves to be number 1!

This is a realistic love story that still has the studio ghibli fantasy vibe

One of the best coming of age movie.

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14 Tales From Earthsea

I am so confused as to why this is here.

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

Don't know this one

Why is this here...

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15 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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.

Have yet to see it but I love to see it, the art in this feature looks grand, Riko Uchii is a genius. - Drewstar

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16 The Cat Returns

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.

This is such an enjoyable movie. The plot, the characters, the animation (the fat cat lol! ) It's not a deep movie with a social message, but it's so much fun!

I've seen the trailer but not the movie

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17 From Up On Poppy Hill V 3 Comments
18 Porco Rosso

Its such a great movie I like the slow past and the nicely done settings

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.

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19 Only Yesterday

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.

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20 Ocean Waves

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

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1. Princess Mononoke
2. Castle in the Sky
3. Spirited Away
1. Spirited Away
2. Howl's Moving Castle
3. My Neighbor Totoro
1. Spirited Away
2. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
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