Ranking the Studio Ghibli films

I last ranked the Studio Ghibli filmography here in August, 2013. But during my COVID-19 downtime I created a podcast with my friend Trevor where we discussed all of the Studio Ghibli films, with Trevor watching them all for the first time. We also included non-Ghibli films Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind.

I thought I’d re-present my new list below which I pulled together after my revisit for the podcast. See below to see my 2021 opinion of the best and worst Studio Ghibli films.

You can listen to the podcast here: Apple podcasts, Spotify

23. Tales From Earthsea (2006) – Dir. Goro Miyazaki (5/10)


22. The Ocean Waves (1993) – Dir. Tomomi Mochizuki (5.5/10)


21. The Cat Returns (2002) – Dir. Hiroyuki Morita (6/10)


20. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) – Dir. Goro Miyazaki (7/10)


19. Arrietty (2010) – Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi (7/10)


18. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (7/10)


17. When Marnie Was There (2014) – Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi (7.5/10)


16. My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) – Dir. Isao Takahata (7.5/10)


15. Ponyo (2008) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8/10)


14. Porco Rosso (1992)- Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8/10)


13. The Wind Rises (2013) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8/10)


12. My Neighbour Totoro (1988) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8/10)


11. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8/10)


10. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8/10)


9. Only Yesterday (1991) – Dir. Isao Takahata (8/10)


8. Pom Poko (1994) – Dir. Isao Takahata (8/10)


7. Princess Mononoke (1997) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8.5/10)


6. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (2013) – Dir. Isao Takahata (8.5/10)


5. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (8.5/10)


4. Whisper of the Heart (1995) – Dir. Yoshifumi Kondo (8.5/10)


3. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) – Dir. Isao Takahata (8.5/10)


2. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (9/10)


1. Spirited Away (2001) – Dir. Hayao Miyazaki (9.5/10)

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