Ranked: Every Studio Ghibli Movie

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2. Spirited Away

Miyazaki has retired and unretired several times—when did so following Princess Mononoke, he returned with what is often considered his magnum opus, Spirited Away. At once deeply Japanese and completely accessible, the movie takes viewers on one of the most remarkable visual journeys ever put to film, a feast that never relents through its entire run time. Perhaps underrated is Miyazaki’s decision to move the action away from the bathhouse for much of the final act, a quiet last leg that is key to Chihiro’s journey, as well as for many of Spirited Away’s supporting characters. Absolutely deserving of all love and acclaim.

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