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The Best Studio Ghibli Movies 

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Here is a list of the best Studio Ghibli movies, ranked by fans and casual critics. Founded in Toyko in 1985, Studio Ghibli is best known for anime feature films, many of which have received wide acclaim worldwide. What is the best Studio Ghibli film? 

The most popular Studio Ghibli films include Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, and My Neighbor Totoro. These animated movies were directed by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli. Recent and new Studio Ghibli movies include Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There.

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

Released: 2004

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more

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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 1997

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto

Released: 1988

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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Kiki's Delivery Service ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka

Released: 1989

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more

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Castle in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Tanaka, Ichirō Nagai

Released: 1986

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is also the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli. The film was distributed by ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

Released: 2008

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is ...more

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Whisper of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Whisper of the Heart Mayumi Iizuka, Minami Takayama, Shigeru Muroi

Released: 1995

Directed by: Yoshifumi Kondō

Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated romantic drama film directed by Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. The film ...more

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Arrietty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki

Released: 2010

Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao ...more

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The Wind Rises is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Emily Blunt, Martin Short, John Krasinski

Released: 2013

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows the life and romance of Jiro Horikoshi, the ...more

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When Marnie Was There is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Kasumi Arimura, Susumu Terajima, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Released: 2014

Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

When Marnie Was There is a 2014 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, produced by Studio Ghibli, and based on the novel When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It ...more

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Porco Rosso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Akio Ōtsuka, Akemi Okamura, Osamu Saka

Released: 1992

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Porco Rosso is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on Hikōtei Jidai, a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices ...more

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The Cat Returns is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
The Cat Returns Aki Maeda, Tetsurō Tamba, Takayuki Yamada

Released: 2002

Directed by: Hiroyuki Morita

The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated drama film directed by Hiroyuki Morita of Studio Ghibli. A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 19, 2002 ...more

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From up on Poppy Hill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Masami Nagasawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuriko Ishida

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gorō Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, based on the 1980 serialized Japanese comic of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written ...more

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Only Yesterday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Only Yesterday Mayumi Iizuka, Yōko Honna, Miki Imai

Released: 1991

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Only Yesterday is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. Toshio Suzuki produced the film ...more

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The Tale of Princess Kag... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
The Tale of Princess Kaguya Tatsuya Nakadai, Ryudo Uzaki, Nobuko Miyamoto

Released: 2013

Directed by: Isao Takahata

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film directed by Isao Takahata, based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Found inside a shining stalk of ...more

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Pom Poko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Pom Poko Megumi Hayashibara, Shincho Kokontei III, Akira Kamiya

Released: 1994

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Pom Poko is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, the eighth written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki are portrayed as ...more

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Tales from Earthsea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
Bunta Sugawara, Teruyuki Kagawa, Mitsuko Baisho

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gorō Miyazaki

Tales from Earthsea is a 2006 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Gorō Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film is based on a combination of plots and characters from the first ...more

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My Neighbors the Yamadas... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Studio Ghibli Movies
My Neighbors the Yamadas Akiko Yano, Yukiji Asaoka, Toru Masuoka

Released: 1999

Directed by: Isao Takahata

My Neighbors the Yamadas is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Hayato Isobata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, ...more

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