13. Howl’s Moving Castle
An underrated aspect of Studio Ghibli’s brilliance is in how they often adapt already-beloved works. Adapted by the master, Howl’s Moving Castle, based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, is gorgeously animated and bold in both design and character—Howl and Calcifer, particularly, are memorable (and give strong emotional weight to the tale). While it suffers in comparison to its predecessor, Spirited Away, by being a little unwieldy, it remains a classic and an example of how well Miyazaki can bring themes and plot points across subtly (think of the flashback of Howl) in a movie that’s otherwise fierce and larger than life.