Ghibli The films are undoubtedly the most popular animated films ever made. These popular and beautiful Ghibli movies have stunning and artistic visuals, brilliant characters, and iconic music that all help create worlds like no other.
Ghibli’s number one director, Hayao Miyazaki, is one of the best anime directors of all time, and he’s the most well-known of them all. His longtime collaborator, Joe Hisaishi, musical genius and film composer, is the musical director behind the movie studio’s most beloved songs. These songs transcend genres and decades to become some of the most well-known and beloved movie soundtracks of all time.
8 On a Clear Day – Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of the most charming coming-of-age Ghibli movies starring one of anime’s best cats and is set in a magical world where humans and witches live together. The story follows the adventures of a young witch named Kiki, who tries to earn a living and build a life for herself in a new town.
While Kiki is a witch and has a magical flying broomstick, she still has to deal with the same hardships as an average teenager. The film’s catchy, catchy music is filled with wonder and nostalgic dreams.
seven A Journey – The Wind Rises
As the wind picks up is one of the most popular international animated films of the decade. This moving story was inspired by a real warplane designer, Jiro Horikoshi, and the writings of Tatsuo Hori, and tells how war destroys dreams and love.
Jiro’s struggle with his dream and his new love as they are both overshadowed by World War II is one of Ghibli’s most realistic and meaningful films. The film’s melancholy tone and atmosphere was perfectly matched with the equally calm yet catchy melodies that accompany it until the end.
6 Legend Of The Wind – Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is one of the most important Ghibli films with a powerful message that has become more relevant than ever. The movie has a weird and wonderful dystopian world as well as a brave young princess who wants to help her people win a war in a more peaceful way.
Much like the movie, its soundtrack is magical, charming, and deep, and while it has its sad moments, it’s still soothing to the soul like most Ghibli melodies.
5 Legend of Ashitaka Theme – Princess Mononoke
Hayao Miyazaki has always been good at crafting brilliant feminist characters and meaningful fantasy stories that have stood the test of time. More than that, Princess Mononoke is another Ghibli classic with a meaningful environmental message that rings truer than ever.
The story takes place in a world where the harmony between humans, nature and the gods begins to break down due to greedy humans consuming all of nature’s resources and mercilessly killing its creatures. Joe Hisaishi’s majestic music further intensifies the viewer’s adventure throughout the story.
4 Path of the Wind – My Neighbor Totoro
Totoro is Ghibli’s most recognizable creation that transcended anime and became one of the most beloved magical creatures in movie history. My Neighbor Totoro is set in rural Japan and chronicles the daily lives of two young girls and their friendships with spirits who have become their friends and often help them in difficult situations.
It’s a magical story about the beauty of childhood and the difficulties of growing up. My Neighbor Totoro has valuable life lessons not only for young audiences, but also for adults. While, in the end, it’s an uplifting and joyful film, it’s not without dark moments, and the accompanying music still perfectly conveys the shifting emotions and narrative developments of the story.
3 A Summer’s Day – Spirited Away
Taken away as if by magic is Studio Ghibli’s most critically acclaimed and well-known film. Her magical story is filled with exciting characters and magical creatures, including one of the most powerful evil witches in anime history, and set in a stunning fantasy world. The story follows Chihiro and her journey through a spiritual realm where she must fend for herself after her parents’ transformation.
Although things get tough for Chihiro pretty quickly, she still chooses to fight, so she can return to the human world and save her parents. The story is filled with emotional elements and deals with various themes like greed, identity, and most importantly, the loss of the past. Joe Hisaishi’s calm yet rhapsodic melodies perfectly capture the film’s many messages.
2 The Girl Who Fell From The Sky – Castle in the Sky
Castle in THE sky is a beautiful story of a young girl named Sheeta, who has a mysterious magic crystal and must escape from alien agents and pirates with the help of her new friend Pazu to find Laputa, a legendary floating castle.
Similar to many other Ghibli films, humans are greedy and continue to use Laputa’s friendly robots for destruction to further their own selfish goals. Similar to the film’s story, its music is majestic and grand while evoking strong emotions and sending its listeners straight to Laputa.
1 Merry Go Round Of Life – Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle is one of Ghibli’s most beloved feel-good movies with meaningful themes, lovable and relatable characters, and, thanks to Sophie, one of the most iconic anime hats of all time. The story follows Sophie, who is cursed by a powerful witch and is forced to leave her home. Her journey takes her to the moving Castle of Howl, where she becomes a self-proclaimed housekeeper.
Sophie soon realizes that nothing is what it seems and that Howl is not the dangerous, selfish wizard he wants to show the world. Together, they must find their true selves and help each other realize their full potential. Much like the story, its soundtrack is filled with the wonders of life as well as all of its misery.
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