We pay tribute to some of the best Studio Ghibli movies in honour of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Which five films in the Studio Ghibli series is rated as the best by IMDb users?
The best movies from Studio Ghibli, rated by IMDb.
The Oscar-winning Spirited Away ranks an unsurprising #1 in IMDb’s eyes among all the Studio Ghibli films.
With 8.6/10 after 646,011 users voted, the often scary, often poignant 2001 film about a girl trapped in a haunted bathhouse received the highest score of any Miyazaki film.
With a score of 8.4/10, and 340,647 votes, Princess Mononoke of 1997 is in a good 2nd position.
Including Gillian Anderson (who plays a wolf!), Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, and Billy Crudup, the English version of the movie has a great voice cast.
The famous 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro, along with 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle, is in 3rd place with 8.2/10 and 288,512 users, which got 8.2/10 after chipping in 330,889 people.
Totoro is a movie about two young sisters who move into a new house when their mother is sick in the hospital (voiced by Dakota and Elle Fanning in the English-language version).
The film spawned countless products honoring Totoro’s large, loud, fluffy creature and his favorite mode of transport, the cat bus.
With 8.1/10 after 149,723 people voted, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind rounds out the top 5 Studio Ghibli films.
The IMDb synopsis reads: “Warrior and pacifist princess Nausicaä fights desperately to stop two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet,” In Nausicaä, 1984, Uma Thurman, Shia LeBeouf and Patrick Stewart all acted as voice actors.
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With 149,148 IMDb users voting, Castle in the Sky got 8.0/10, as did The Tale of The Princess Kaguya 8.0 in 2013 – but with just 38,241 votes cast.
The English version of the iconic 1986 film Castle in The Sky is voiced by Anna Paquin and James Van Der Beek, portraying two children fighting pirates and other adventures in search of a floating castle.
Having Kiki’s Delivery Service so far down this list, at No. 8, is a shock. (Especially because the movie has a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes rating.)
After 122,192 people voted, the 1989 film about a young witch (played by Kirsten Dunst in the English version) received an IMDb rating of just 7.8/10.
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Whisper of the Heart of 1995, the romantic film about an ambitious young songwriter, comes in at #9, with 51,337 users voting for 7.9/10.
On the list, The Wind Rises is 10th – but by no means the worst of Miyazaki’s movies.
The 2013 film, based on an airplane designer’s real-life story, received 7.8/10 from IMDb users, 72,942 of whom voted.
What’s your favorite movie from Studio Ghibli, and did it make the IMDb Top 10?
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