Best Studio Ghibli Movies


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.

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.

No words for this movie. it’s beautiful

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2 Princess Mononoke

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.

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.

Princess Mononoke is awesome, it holds one to guess onward. The steed reminds me of bicycle rider just the same through the trails or rough country plains for good communication, transport and what has it. This vote is to Mononoke, Ashitaka (The main character) has tones of color sometimes the hair is dark brown, sometimes it is dark only typical to feudal times in those zones. It is indeed a real cool experience. - iliescu

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3 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..

Breathe-taking music, beautiful visuals, so much emotion behind every aspect. One of the greatest films of all time, and I don't even watch anime.


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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.

Beautiful scenery and landscapes

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5 My Neighbor Totoro

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

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

Totoro is the movie of my childhood

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6 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

One of Studios Ghibli's most heartwarming films. Deserves to be in the top 5 at least

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.

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7 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.

This was my first Ghibli movie. Its really good. - UnlawfulMatron

This is stupid and it’s a rip-off of Nemo

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8 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

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.

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

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.

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9 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

Nausicaä 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.

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10 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.

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


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The Contenders

11 The Wind Rises

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!

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

Don't know it

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

It's more then fantastic! it made me cry FOUR TIMES

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13 The Secret World of Arrietty

My personal favorite.

This is a great movie

Hey it's best It should at least be in 3rd position BLOW!

14 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

cats - Jaker747

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15 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. - alexismarieexx

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.

Best in my opinion

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.

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16 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.


BEST ANIMATED FILM TIED WITH THE INCREDIBLES! Such a Masterpiece of a film! - BlazingParasol

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17 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

This movie is beautiful I love it is my favorite movie of studio ghibli

Why is this here...

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18 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.

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?!

Cutest Movie Ever!


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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.

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

I love the last makes me cry.


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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.

This is not even Studio Ghibli

Simple sweet and beautiful


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21 The Red Turtle (Japan) The Red Turtle (Japan)

Though, definitely not the best, The Red Turtle is still amazing.

The animation is quite different because of the collaboration of styles, but the end result was fantastic.

The film is extremely imaginative (especially the dream sequences), and it makes you think a lot about the
plot. It is also very rewatchable because there is something new to get each time in the artwork and the creativity.

22 The Borrowers

This one is a duplicate, as Arrietty is already up there, and should be removed from the list.

This isn't even a studio ghibli release why is this cover here.

23 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?

It's so good,surprised that it's not even here.It's touching and fun,and ends on a bittersweet note.Not my favourite,but it definitely deserves to be above Tales From Earthsea.

24 My Neighbours the Yamadas

I couldn't stand the artwork for a ghibli movie

I can't really get to like it…


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Top Remixes (21)

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