I REWATCHED THE GHIBLI MOVIES AND THIS IS MY RANKING

I remember watching these movies when I was younger, they were so mysterious and magical that some of them almost seemed creepy to me as a child, but rewatching them now (I'm 20) I really love them and I have to say that ranking them was super hard because they are all special and beautiful in their own way.
I'm also aware that these weren't all movies under Ghibli but let's say most of them.
- naima ( โ€ขโŒ„โ€ข เฅ‚ )โœง

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1. SPIRITED AWAY

a colorful magical adventure to experience in the middle of the night

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๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’”๐’Œ๐’” ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐‘ฎ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š ๐’Ž๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰, ๐‘ฐ ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’๐’†. ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Ž๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š๐’๐’๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ฎ๐’‰๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’Š๐’‡๐’–๐’, ๐’Ž๐’š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’“๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”, ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’Š๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’Ž๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’†. ๐‘จ๐’๐’”๐’ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’Š๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’๐’…๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’˜๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’„๐’–๐’•๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’…๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’๐’‘๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•, ๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’”๐’†๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’Š๐’‰๐’Š๐’“๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’†๐’๐’•๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’‡๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’…. ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‡๐’‚๐’—๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’”. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Ž๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’†.
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2. HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

a journey far away after a long day of work

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Watching it as a kid this movie didn't really stuck with me but watching it now I like it even more. The fantasy elements are beautiful and I just love how these movies always take you to a wonderful colorful world. Again also a beautiful soundtrack. I love the characters in this movie, so many character developments for Sophie and Howl, for Sophie to learn to accept herself and for Howl to see beauty not just in appearance. I also think this one has one of the greatest love stories of all the Ghibli movies.
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3. THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA

a movie to watch when you want to be taken back to the time of tales and princesses

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In my opinion this movie is art. Literal art because the animation and the art style is so beautiful and matches the story so well. Also one of the movies that doesn't have a happy end. The growing up story of Kaguya is so pretty and feels so real. The character development in this movie is pretty clear. The music is also very simple but fitting and her song and especially the song at the very end really stuck to me and I think suited the end of the story perfectly.
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4. GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

a movie to watch when you feel like crying on a rainy afternoon

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Definitely the most saddest Ghibli movie ever, because it's so real. One of the rare stories without any real fantasy elements. The story is about two siblings who try to survive war time and not lose their innocence in this sad and dark world. You can really experience the struggle to live during war and how easily the live around you can be taken away in a single night. Be ready to cry and watch a war story from the perspective of two innocent kids.
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5. KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE

a coming-off age adventure for a sunday morning

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Such a pretty cute movie. A coming of age story and learning to take responsibility for your life. The characters are adorable and also have a good development. The animation and scenery as always gorgeous and I definitely enjoyed this one. There is also a hint of romance but it's not taken any further than that. A cute story that I loved as a kid and a beautiful style of animation and story telling that you would expect from Ghibli.
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6. THE WIND RISES

a movie about making your dreams come true

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Definitely an underrated movie. It's especially good for people who like movies that have realism in them. The character development is beautiful and the story is also super real and gorgeous The animation is as always pretty and this movie is another non-fantasy piece by Ghibli. Another war story, which I really like because you can see how much it shaped the story. Also not really a happy ending and I even had a few tears at the end. Definitely worth checking it out!
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7. PRINCESS MONONOKE

a bloody action movie for a friday night

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The most bloody movie of them all in my opinion. The story is as always beautifully told and the music fits perfectly. The characters are also good even tho I wish that Mononoke would appear more than she did. The animation is as always beautiful and as I already said also very bloody in this one. The intention is very clear and I think this movie is one of the most action based Ghibli movies. Even tho I wish we would have learned a bit more about the characters and the love story, I think this movie is a another classic.
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8. CASTLE IN THE SKY

a beautiful action movie about a journey to a far away place

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This movie has one of the best adventure stories together with spirited away such a pretty animation and all the sceneries in this are breathtaking with a beautiful soundtrack. The characters were just adorable and the only thing I would have to critique is that I think they miss some character flaws, they are kind, brave and do the right thing from the start so there is not much development going in this movie. But we learn a lot about the characters past especially their parents past and finding out how they were, so I think this makes up for it. A beautiful adventure story about a mysterious castle in the sky that we would probably all want to see.
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9. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

a movie for a sunny day when you want to visit the nature

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A classic. This moive is also suited for younger audience. It's a classic because almost everyone thinks of the cute Totoro when they think of Ghibli. Don't expect to much character development or story line in this one but if you just want to see a fantasy adventure of two girls and their fluffy neighbor, it's beautiful and perfect little story.
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10. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

a movie for a rainy afternoon when you want to visit the nature and calm down

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So beautiful! Just beautiful! Also a very underrated movie, but It would probably be my favorite one back than. The animation is breathtaking and is a beautiful take on seeing the world from a different perspective. The characters are also beautiful even tho they could have had a little bit more development. The message get's pretty clear tho and I think this "Thumbelina" story was beautiful told by Ghibli. Definitely worth watching especially if you love seeing stunning animations and sceneries
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11. WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

a movie when you feel out of place in your own little world

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At the beginning of this movie I didn't really know what would happen to the story because it's not one of the famous mainstream Ghibli movies and the description didn't really made me interested, but I think that this movie is also pretty underrated and it's worth watching. The characters had a good character development and the story is really beautiful. It's also rather rare to watch a movie from Ghibli without any romance story and just concentrating on friendship, which I think was perfect for this movie.
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12. WHISPER OF THE HEART

a movie when you want to experience love

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What a cute love story! This movie is about a slice of live teenage love story, there is not much fantasy involved and it's not about anything world changing but about a honest cute couple. That doesn't make the movie bad, just different than would you would expect from Ghibli. It's probably not the best movie from Ghibli but I really enjoyed it and I also had a few tear moments. The music, I mean the song "Country Roads" stood out quite much and the violin sounded so pretty. There is also a focus on character development so I really enjoyed this movie!
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13. PONYO

a movie adventure when you want to feel as if you were a kid again

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Such a cute movie! It definitely is more suited for a younger audience and I would have loved it as a child. The two characters are super adorable, they don't have that much character development but it's for kids so I wouldn't expect them to. It's a cute little adventure and a adorable take on the story of the little mermaid. It's here on this rank on this list because it is a movie for kids and I prefer stories with more drama and depth.
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14. FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

a movie when you feel like connecting to another world

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Another slice of life Ghibli movie which I enjoyed! The animation is very beautiful as always and the story gives of the typical Ghibli spark. The character's had a little development but the focus was on their family story. It's a nice little slice of life drama story that is easy to watch and keeps you entertained.
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15. ONLY YESTERDAY

a story when you want to remember your childhood again and learn how to move on from it

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I think Only Yesterday is a nice very realistic slice of life movie. The art style was pretty in her childhood memories but not that pretty in her present. The characters and the story seemed very realistic to me, we all have those childhood memories, good and bad, embarrassing and cute, just normal things like having the period for the first time or having a little crush. Nothing that stood out to me but it was a cute little slice of life story.
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16. THE CAT RETURNS

a movie to watch when you want to have a little fun

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This movie is also very cute and suited for a younger audience. It's a adorable story especially for cat lovers! It's also funny to see cats taking on human roles. There is a character development even tho it's not focusing on that story too hard. The animation is cute but not as good as all the other Ghibli movies! The music is also nothing that particularly caught my eye so it's a nice movie for a Sunday morning when you want to do absolutely nothing and don't want to have a extreme complicated and twisted story like many other Ghibli movies.
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17. OCEAN WAVES

when you are bored and want a little slice of life

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Now for this movie I was kinda excited because I always saw those 90 vibe screenshots of this movie and thought it looked really cool but sadly I didn't liked that movie so much. There is not the usual Ghibli spark that the other movies have and the main girl Rikako was kinda annoying me. She had no character development and stayed, in my opinion, kind of arrogant and disrespectful throughout the whole movie. There is not a real message at the end of this movie and nothing stood out to me. The movie is not bad but definitely the last on this list.

TWO MOVIES I HAVEN'T WATCH YET BUT WILL SOON

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NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

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PORCO ROSSO

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