We have curated a reel-down list of the 12+ Best Anime Movies Of Studio Ghibli for you to watch all these anime movies are ranked according to the MAL Score.
Before we start with anime movies, Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki, Isao Takahata, and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. Ghibli has been around for a very long time, longer than most “new” or even current fans have been alive.
16. The Cat Returns
- MAL Score: 7.73
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
Haru Yoshioka is a high school student who is bored with her daily life. One day she saves the prince of the Cat Kingdom from an accident.
For saving the prince’s life, The Cat King sends her a ” Gift ” and an invitation/marriage proposal to become Prince Lune’s Wife. Due to a misunderstanding, Haru accepts the proposal.
You will love Haru’s adventures in the Cat Kingdom and her exploration of herself to become more confident.
15. Only Yesterday
- MAL Score: 7.44
- Anime Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of life
If want some slice-of-life anime movie then Only Yesterday is one of the movies of studio ghibli to watch. Only Yesterday revolves around a 27-year-old independent woman of Tokyo named Taeko Okajima. To escape from the rush life of Tokyo, She decides to visit her family in the country to help out during the harvest.
Nostalgic and bittersweet, Omoide Poroporo takes on Taeko’s journey as an adult woman coming to terms with her childhood dreams compared to the person she is today.
14. From Up On Poppy Hill
- MAL Score: 7.80
- Anime Genre: Historical, School, Romance
From Up on Poppy Hill follows Umi, a young schoolgirl who runs her family’s lodging house, where she lives with her grandmother and siblings while their mother is away in America.
When she heard about the demolition of the high school clubhouse. A group of Yokohama students fights to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
While working there, Umi and Shun gradually attract each other but face a sudden trial. Even so, they keep going without fleeing the difficulties of reality.
13. The Secret World Of Arrietty
- MAL Score: 7.89
- Anime Genre: Fantasy
An amazing fantasy anime movie, The secret world of Arrietty shows the adversities of two different worlds from the eyes of a young boy ” Shou “, and a miniature girl ” Arrietty “.
Delighting the eye and conquering the heart, the breathtaking story of a friendship transcending the tensions between two different human kinds begins.
- MAL Score: 7.91
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Ponyo is one of the best anime movies that I watched during my childhood days.
Ponyo is about a 5-year-old boy named Sosuke who forges a friendship with a goldfish princess named Ponyo, who desperately wants to become human.
11. Porco Rosso
- MAL Score: 7.95
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Drama
In Italy in the 1930s, sky pirates in biplanes terrorize wealthy cruise ships as they sail the Adriatic Sea.
The only pilot brave enough to stop the scourge is the mysterious Porco Rosso, a former World War I flying ace who was somehow turned into a pig during the war.
As he prepares to battle the pirate crew’s American ace, Porco Rosso enlists the help of spunky girl mechanic Fio Piccolo and his longtime friend Madame Gina.
10. When Marnie Was There
- MAL Score: 8.06
- Anime Genre: Drama, Mystery, Psychological
A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair.
As the friendship unravels Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.
Omoide no Marnie tells the touching story of a young girl’s journey through self-discovery and friendship, and the summer that she will remember for the rest of her life.
9. The Wind Rises
- MAL Score: 8.10
- Anime Genre: Drama, Romance, Historical
Unable to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot due to his eyesight, Jiro strives hard and draws inspiration from Giovanni Caproni.
Soon, he builds two fighter planes that are used in World War II.
8. KiKi’s Delivery Service
- MAL Score: 8.21
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
This anime is a life story of a young witch named kiki, who had to live a year distant from her town to become a full-fledged witch. So, She settles in the coastal town of Koriko, while searching for a new place to stay he stumbles upon Osono, Whoo who offers Kiki boarding in exchange for making deliveries for her small bakery.
Before long, Kiki decides to open her own courier service by broomstick, beginning her journey to independence. In attempting to find her place among the townsfolk, Kiki brings with her exciting new experiences and comes to understand the true meaning of responsibility.
7. Whisper Of The Heart
- MAL Score: 8.22
- Anime Genre: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Based on the manga with the same title, this animated film follows Shizuku, an inquisitive young girl and a voracious reader, who longs to be a writer when she grows up.
One day she notices that all of her library books have previously been taken out by one Seiji Amasawa. Amid chasing after a large cat, befriending an eccentric antique dealer, and writing her first novel, Shizuku aims to find this mysterious boy who may well be her soul mate.
6. My Neighbor Totoro
- MAL Score: 8.26
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Tatsuo Kusakabe and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei relocate to a new place in the countryside which is closer to their mother who was hospitalized due to a long-term illness.
One day While playing mei encounters a small bunny-like creature. While chasing it she finds Totoro a giant, panda look-like mystical forest spirit. Who is this Totoro? is he good or bad?
5. Castle In The Sky
- MAL Score: 8.26
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Romance
Young orphan Sheeta and her kidnapper, Col. Muska, are flying to a military prison when their plane is attacked by a gang of air pirates led by the matronly Dola.
Escaping from a mid-air collision via a magic crystal around her neck, Sheeta meets fellow orphan Pazu, and the pair join forces to discover the mystical floating city of Laputa while pursued by both Muska and the pirates, who lust for the city’s myriad treasures.
Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa follows the soaring adventures of Sheeta and Pazu, all while they learn how dreams and dire circumstances can bring two people closer together.
4. Grave Of Fireflies
- MAL Score: 8.50
- Anime Genre: Historical, Drama
This anime was my second anime from ghibli studio. I really cried many times while watching it.
Grave of the fireflies portrays the consequences of war through the lives of two children from japan, named Seita and his sister Setsuko, they had lost their parents and home due to the consequences of world war II. Orphaned and Homeless, How these two siblings will survive?
3. Howls Moving Castle
- MAL Score: 8.66
- Anime Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Sophie has an uneventful life at her late father’s hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl, who lives in a magical flying castle.
However, the Evil Witch of Waste takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely.
Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.
2. Princess Mononoke
- MAL Score: 8.67
- Anime Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In the 14th century, the harmony that humans, animals, and gods enjoyed begins to crumble. The protagonist, young Ashitaka – infected by an animal attack, seeks a cure from the deer-like god Shishigami.
In his travels, he sees humans ravaging the earth, bringing down the wrath of wolf god Moro and his human companion Princess Mononoke. His attempts to broker peace between her and the humans bring only conflict.
Princess Mononoke is a tale depicting the connection between technology and nature while showing the path to harmony that mutual acceptance could achieve.
1. Spirited Away
- MAL Score: 8.78
- Anime Genre:
Vivid and intriguing, ” Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi “, tells the story of Chihiro’s journey through an unfamiliar world as she strives to save her parents and return home.
Spirited Away was the first ghibli movie that hooked me with the studio ghibli anime movies.
Conclusion +12 Best Movies Of Studio Ghibli
These are the +12 best anime movies of studio ghibli, if we miss any ghibli movies comment down below. Spirited Away was my first ghibli anime movie and one of my favorites with the grave of fireflies.
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