Ranking all 23 Ghibli Movies (Alt-Tech Exclusive!)

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1w Apr 7, 2021

Yea yea I know I don't normally talk about movies, but several of the Ghibli films have had a huge impact on me. Plus, it's fun to just do something a little different once in awhile. Disclaimer: I'm not a movie critic and this is my personal list, not an objective ranking. If you have your own list, please post that instead of 1000 reasons why I'm wrong/stupid or whatever

(also, not including Castle of Cagliostro or Horus, but I am including Nausicaa)

To make your own Ghibli list: https://tiermaker.com/create/ghibli-films-467780

Songs used:
"Naruto Road" from Goemon's Great Adventure
"Aqua Star" from Kirby 64
"Windy Hill (Windy Valley)" from Sonic Adventure
"Marnie" from Pokemon Sword and Shield
"Bubble Man" from Megaman 2
"Breath of Earth" from Tactics Ogre (SNES)
"Kanna Army" from Bahamut Lagoon
"Conviction" from Fire Emblem 10: Radiant Dawn
"Love Coloured Master Spark" from Touhou 8: Imperishable Night
"Missing You" from MapleStory
"Hidden Land" from Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness
"Layton's Theme" from the Professor Layton games
"Necrofantasia" from Touhou 7: Perfect Cherry Blossom
"Track 10" from Valhollian
"Into the Forest" from Evoland 2
"The Nautical Life" from Shining Force 3
"Track 20" from Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis
"Mokeke Forest" from Goemon's Great Adventure
"Astrub/Amakna" from Dofus 1.29
"Caldoaxa Outdoors" from Contact
"One's Side" from Langrisser 2
"Stage 3" from Streets of Rage
"Super Mario Bros 3" from Super Smash Bros. Melee
"Inside the Oblivion of Time" from Sakura Wars
"Cataclysm" from Into the Breach
"The Dragon Graveyard" from Shining Force 3
"Homeland Farmland" by Bjorn Lynne
"Franzulita Lemn Adus" by Gheorghe Zamfir
"Village" from Sword of Vermilion
"Upon the Sky" from MapleStory
"Battle 2" from Skies of Arcadia
"Fina's Theme" from Skies of Arcadia
"Flight of the Bamboo Cutter ~ Lunatic Princess" from Touhou 8: Imperishable Night
"The Little Princess" from The Tale of Princess Kaguya
"The Joy of Living" from The Tale of Princess Kaguya
"Fate" from The Tale of Princess Kaguya
"Moon" from The Tale of Princess Kaguya
"The Girl who fell from the Sky" from Castle in the Sky

Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00:00 Introduction
00:01:53 D tier
00:09:13 C Tier
00:15:48 B Tier
00:24:19 A Tier
00:36:49 S Tier
00:52:45 But wait... there's more!?
01:00:40 Closing thoughts

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MyRPGIsBetterThanYoursCosplay @shintocetra 1w 1 week ago

I value art that aims for mind, ie I watch Ghibli movies mainly for Miyazaki's Ecological/social commentary, so we'll have to agree to disagree there. Still good commentary.
Ocean Waves/Tales of Earthsea/Earwig and the Witch/My Neighbors the Yamadas/Up on Poppy Hill/Whisper of the Heart/The Cat Returns/Only Yesterday: Haven't seen.
The Wind Rises: Jiro isn't that charismatic, but I still loved it, mainly for how it explored his dilemma of "Do I build beautiful airplanes, knowing the Imperial military will bomb East Asia with them, or find a new, probably boring job?" I loved it's Magic Realism.
When Marnie Was There: It was pleasant, but they waited too long for the reveal.
Howl's Moving Castle: Agreed, very average and disjointed.
MononokeHime: HOW DARE YOU NOT LOVE MY FAVORITE MOVIE! (jkjk.) Subjectively, I admit I love Miyazaki's take on the Sengoku Jidai era aesthetic, though objectively the environmental conflict is well handled, ie what you said about humanizing Eboshi and her followers. There are many similarities with Nausicaa, but aside from the different aesthetic, I do like San's character a lot, and she had no equivalent in Nausicaa. Yay blood!
Porco Rosso: Meh like Howl. The ending made me go "huh?" I still want to know about Porco's pig face.
Spirited Away: I'll be honest, the first time I got grossed out by the parents pigging out, upon second viewing I loved the movie. I didn't know kanji on my first full viewing (eg Sen/Chihiro), though I might have known about the other Japanese culture references? It's been awhile.
Secret World of Arietty: Good/pleasant, but not too special. The ending was nicer than the main feature.
Ponyo: Enjoyed it, especially the prehistoric sea life, and Liam Neeson as Fujihito.
Totoro/Kiki's Delivery Service/Nausicaa: Loved them, mainly for reasons you listed.
Pom Poko: Overall agreed. Great overall, but the ending was terrible. Racoon balls XD.
Grave of the Fireflies: It's objectively amazing, but man it's depressing and hard to watch.
KaguyaHime: Beautiful Japanese watercolor style, and characters. Very emotional, but more hopeful than Grave Fireflies. The end provides an interesting counter point to Dharmic philosophy, especially with what appears to be Siddhartha taking her back to the moon.
Castle in the Sky: Beautiful film, however I only saw it once, so I need to rewatch it.
Castle of Cagliostro (I count it as Ghilbi using a similar rationale that you did for Nausicaa): It's Miyazaki's directorial debut, not his best, but still a fun adventure film.

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Harvester Of Eyes @harvester 1w 1 week ago

Oh man I need to watch Cagliostro at some point. No idea where to find it though. But from what I know about it (Miyazaki, straightforward movie, early in his career, has the early anime vibe to it), it looks really fun. I don't think Toshio Suzuki, Isao Takahata, or Joe Hisaishi were involved though, were they?

I can respect Mononoke, and your opinion, even if it's not my personal favorite. I've seen the movie three times and... I dunno; we all look for different things in movies, so maybe there's something about it that I just don't get. It's definitely good and competently done, but I don't personally see what makes it so exceptional. Maybe you'll have to explain that to my pedestrian brain :P

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MyRPGIsBetterThanYoursCosplay @shintocetra 1w 1 week ago

Double checked IMDB, Takahata, Hisaishi, and Suzuki are not credited for Cagliostro. No worries about not being as into Mononoke, I was kidding in my earlier CAPS LOCK RANT if not obvious (though on the internet, I sometimes wonder how much is obvious.) But let's put it this way: I'm a staunch environmentalist IRL, and this movie was one of the starting points (if not the starting point) for that. It moved me, though this is again subjective. Still the way it displays the war between humans and nature and the animation/music are objectively well made. It's also one of the only films from the "early CGI era" that has good and sparingly used CGI.

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amstacy09 @amstacy09 1w 1 week ago

While your tier list differs from my own I appreciate your takes on all of the Ghibli movies. I agree with your takes on Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle. I can see that they are quality films however their stories have never made much sense to me whether it be because of cultural references being lost in translation or just being poorly written. I have yet to watch Princess Kaguya or My Neighbors the Yamadas as the art styles used are not my cup of tea but after watching this video I think I’ll give them a try. My suggestion for you would be to give The Wind Rises another watch. I know you ranked them on how they present themselves on the first watch however I have found that The Wind Rises did get better the more I watched it and has now become one of my favorite Ghibli movies. I think the best part about Ghibli movies is that they are all so well crafted that people’s lists can look so different.

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Harvester Of Eyes @harvester 1w 1 week ago

Perhaps I will give Wind Rises another shot. Thank you for the suggestion!

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