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Ranking All Of Director Hayao Miyazaki’s Movies

“What are Hayao Miyazaki’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Miyazaki’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Viewing!



The Top Film’s Of Hayao Miyazaki



11 ) Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

	Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called “Goat Bills”, he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible – and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the ‘damsel in distress’ he finds imprisoned there.



10 ) Ponyo (2008)

	Ponyo (2008)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father’s magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo’s father sends the ocean’s mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo’s dreams of becoming human.



9 ) The Wind Rises (2013)

	The Wind Rises (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.



8 ) Porco Rosso (1992)

	Porco Rosso (1992)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You’re introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing “air pirates” in the Adriatic Sea. He has been given a curse that changed his head to that of a pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as “Porco Rosso”, Italian for “Red Pig.”



7 ) Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

	Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.



6 ) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

	Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.



5 ) Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

	Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.



4 ) Castle in the Sky (1986)

	Castle in the Sky (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.



3 ) Princess Mononoke (1997)

	Princess Mononoke (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.



2 ) My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

	My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.



1 ) Spirited Away (2001)

	Spirited Away (2001)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.



Hayao Miyazaki’s Best Movies



Hayao Miyazaki Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Spirited Away (2001) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 4 2 2 7 3 3 2
Princess Mononoke (1997) 6 2 10 2 2 2 3
Castle in the Sky (1986) 3 5 9 2 5 5 4
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) 1 7 5 5 7 5 5
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 9 5 2 5 5 5 6
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) 11 4 8 4 3 4 7
Porco Rosso (1992) 4 9 5 7 8 8 8
The Wind Rises (2013) 9 10 5 9 8 8 9
Ponyo (2008) 6 11 2 11 10 10 10
The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) 6 7 11 10 10 10 11

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