7 Best Studio Ghibli Movies to Watch

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Castle in the Sky (1986)

Hayao Miyazaki's steampunk adventure film is a revolutionary children's movie that is ridden with political commentary that feels like a dream to watch, coupled with the beautiful soundtrack.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

The iconic titular character serves as a mascot for Studio Ghibli. This classic masterpiece is known for its distinct artstyle for its time and its sincere and nostalgic story.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Isao Takahata's heartbreaking period film carries immense emotional weight in its storytelling of two war orphans during World War II and is a beautiful tearjerker.

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

This feel good Miyazaki film has childlike charm, following a teenager with an independent streak, yet gets more rewatchable with age as one can relate with her journey on the path to finding herself.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

This fantastical epic is a mark of the great worldbuilding Studio Ghibli invests in, blending the surreal and magical with important and moving themes of environmental preservation and the loss of innocence.

Spirited Away (2001)

This cult favourite blockbuster made history when it became the highest grossing film in Japanese history, a record it held for 19 years and is the only non English language film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

This beloved epic fantasy has elements of magic, mystery, gentle romance and a beguiling aesthetic with a fever dream-like plot that carries an important and emotional message.