Studio Ghibli’s contribution to anime (and animation in general) cannot be understated. Founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio has produced many of Japan’s most hallowed films, movies that are both critically acclaimed and monsters at the box office. In 1996, Disney partnered with Studio Ghibli to bring their movies to North America, developing a new audience that has since come to age; now, Ghibli is as much a part of American childhood as Pixar and Dreamworks releases.
Several years ago, the studio shut it doors to making new films—thankfully, this proved a temporary move, as Miyazaki is now hard at work crafting his next release, How Do You Live? While we anticipate the master’s next film, here are the rest of Ghibli’s twenty-one releases, plus Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is often honorarily included among the studio’s slate, ranked from first to worst (including alternate viewpoints on a couple of the selections).
If you prefer, you can also view the list backwards, 22 to 1.