The Films Of Studio Ghibli Ranked From Worst To Best


10. Porco Rosso

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Year: 1992 | Running Time: 94 mins

Miyazaki puts his own spin on Hollywood adventure films with this exciting, vibrant and funny film about a cursed veteran war pilot. It also disguises a potent and deadly serious anti-war message for adults able to gauge its themes of identity and morality. (★★★★☆)

09. Ponyo

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Year: 2008 | Running Time: 101 mins

A gorgeous, surreal and adorable animation with environmental undertones, Studio Ghibli’s take on The Little Mermaid, which was made in partnership with Walt Disney Studios, totally outdoes its source material. (★★★★☆)

08. Kiki’s Delivery Service

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Year: 1989 | Running Time: 103 mins

A young witch’s initiation, leaving home for a year to work in a new city, becomes something of an initiation into adulthood. Miyazaki’s movie is simple but adorable with genuine emotion and beautiful animation. (★★★★☆)

07. Castle In The Sky

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Year: 1986 | Running Time: 124 mins

A wild and magical ride from Hayao Miyazaki that sees two children propelled into a high-flying adventure in an attempt to discover the secrets of a mysterious pendant. The narrative moves swiftly from set piece to set piece, each of which astounds thanks to the imaginative visuals of Miyazaki and the film’s whimsical characters. Very, very entertaining. (★★★★★)

06. Whisper Of The Heart

Director: Yoshifumi Kondo | Year: 1995 | Running Time: 111 mins

A gentle and beautifully observed coming-of-age story. A portrait of children on the cusp of growing up and beginning to see the world in a whole new way. Whisper Of The Heart manages to conjure up the nostalgia of being young without ever underplaying the complex emotions of that age too; from the confusion and self-doubt to the pressures of family and education. It’s a poetic little story and one of Ghibli’s finest. (★★★★★)

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