(Nearly) Every Studio Ghibli Movie Ranked from Worst to Best
Studio Ghibli is amazing at portraying tales of young characters that are very relatable and inspiring. They capture a sense of wonder and nostalgia that is often missing from adult life. Here, ranked from worst to best, these films are making us long to be children again.
15. Tales from Earthsea (Goro Miyazaki, 2006)
This adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuinn book could make an amazing animated movie, but sadly this one isn't it. The movie is full of cliche characters and it is surprisingly flat for a Studio Ghibli production. It is not unfair to say that Goro Miyazaki has huge shoes to fill and he's just not doing it so far.
14. Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008)
This cute tale from Hayao Miyazaki definitely had some potential that was just not fully developed. One of the biggest problems is that the character is just too young and we don't get the sense of personal depth that we experience with other child characters from Ghibli.
13. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013)
Although this move has definitely made me tear up (which doesn't necessarily mean that much as I probably cried watching all the movies on this list) it is still far off from my favorite movies from Ghibli. There are moments in this film that made it worth seeing but unfortunately, many scenes just blend into the general maze in my head that is anime.
12. The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010)
I'm not going to say that there is something wrong with this film. Overall, I quite liked it. However, considering how much I love some movies from Ghibli, "like" just doesn't cut it anymore. I think this is a solid portion of heart-warming and heart-breaking elements that we love Ghibli for.
11. The Cat Returns (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002)
This is a spinoff from Whisper of the Heart. This movie channels a simpler animation style that, compared to some other titles, might seem downright crude. However, it really doesn't stand out in comparison to some of Ghibli's older titles. Besides that, the movie is simply fun to watch.