From The Wind Rises to Grave of the Fireflies, Studio Ghibli movies are an absolute delight and here are some of the famous Studio Ghibli movies that everyone showuld watch at least once.
Whisper of the heart
This movie really puts you under a spell. Hayao Miyazaki knows how to capture the imagination of his audience with a simple plot, charming characters, a beautiful setting & some lovely music. A must watch for people who are suckers for some innocent romance. One of the first Japanese movies to feature an English song, it has a lovely rendition of Take me home, country roads.
An Oscar-winning entry and the highest grossing movie in Japan, Spirited Away is a class apart from all others. 10-year old Chihiro gets Transported to a strange world full of unknown creatures and befriends a boy who she thinks she knows from somewhere. Spirited Away is a masterpiece with a spectacular concept and a charming plot.
The Wind Rises
The Wind Rises is a biographical movie about Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi Aircrafts in the WWII. One of the most beautiful things you’re ever gonna watch, period. The underlying themes and the imagery in the movie is breathtaking. Jiro is an ambitious lad working on the mechanics of a fighter plane when he meets Naoko. Their meeting and Jiro’s dreams have been dramatised in heart-rending sceneries and you can’t ever get over it. My personal favourite Ghibli Movie.
From up on poppy hill
A bunch of school kids try to save their club house from imminent demolition. Leading them are Umi and Shun who are in love with each other but can’t be together because of a complication. The movie is jubilant with fun characters, great music and a lovely plot.
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
The first feature film, made by Studio Ghibli, Castle in the sky is exactly what it’s name is: about a castle in the sky called Laputa. A girl falls down from the sky and befriends a boy her age, embarking on a series of adventures trying to find the floating castle that no one has heard from in years.
One of the best movies from the last century, Princess Mononoke has a thick and layered plot with various themes and subplots intertwined together. Ashitaka gets his arm cursed by killing a demon and in search of a cure meets the wolf princess who is engrossed in her own battle. Fast-paced and ever-so interesting, it is has a great and fluid animation that makes all the chase scenes, even more amazing!!!
Howl’s Moving Castle
Another from Hayao Miyazaki, Howl’s Moving Castle is set in an era with magic and war. Two opposing countries are at war with each other and young Sophie who has been leading a normal life gets caught up in a series of adventures that lead her to Howl, a charming magician. The only problem is-a witch turns her into a 90-year old woman with weak knees. How does she ever make it? Watch for yourself.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Kiki is a young witch-not a green, evil one-but a kind hearted girl who works for a bakery in a city that is new to her, delivering stuff on a flying broom!!! The movie is exceptionally beautiful, with wonderful imagery and if you have been a kid with fantasies about flying in the sky or an obsession with sunlight from behind the clouds, this is it, pal. This is one movie that you can watch comfortably and not worry about any upsets or disappointments.
Grave of the Fireflies
You definitely cannot miss out on this list, so get binging !