What are the best Studio Ghibli movies available for digital download?

For the first time ever, Studio Ghibli films are now on digital streaming services. Studio Ghibli fans can finally watch their favorites through major legal streaming sites! Some of these streaming services include but are not limited to Vudu and Amazon Prime Video. The Studio Ghibli films will be available in both the Japanese and English languages. May it be the Japanese version with English subtitles or the English dubbed version. This is ideal for those who have preferences toward subbed and dubbed movies. Studio Ghibli movies are now accessible for fans and people discovering new movies. For many years, Studio Ghibli has released films that remain popular for all ages. The Japanese animation studio has produced movies that garnered prestigious wins and nominations. Case in point, Spirited Away is an Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature. Some Oscar-nominated films are Howl's Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, and The Red Turtle. Studio Ghibli films capture the hearts of audiences with their art and storyline. Studio Ghibli movies also have become the mold for other anime movies. Anyone who watches movies can't deny the impact of Studio Ghibli in animation.

If you want to see another world, Studio Ghibli films are definitely a must-watch. Each film from Studio Ghibli offers a different, magical feel to viewers. They can go under the sea and beyond with Ponyo or get lost with Totoro. Studio Ghibli films also offer an interesting perspective on real life. Here are the best Studio Ghibli films that you can download straight to your devices! Go on, take this adventure.

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    #1My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of the classics from Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this tale of magic, love, fantasy and adventure shows us the story of two young little sisters, Satsuki and Mei, that move with their father to a new house in the countryside while her mother is at the hospital. There, they will meet a forest spirit called Totoro only visible for the kids.


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    Wayne Nichols
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "this is a tough pick considering all of the powerhouse films that have been cranked out of Studio Ghibli. But my opinion My neighbor totoro blows the rest of them right outta the water. what sets this apart is the story. the stunning animation is there but the story line of this movie really takes it to the nest level"
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    #2Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    One of the epic adventures of Studio Ghibli, the Princess Mononoke tells the epic story of the young warrior Ashitaka that travels to the west to find a cure for a deadly curse that is haunting him. In the west, he finds the powerful Lady Eboshi and her people of Iron Town that are in conflict with the mysterious Princess Mononoke, a girl that was raised by wolves. The Princess wants to save the forest and the animal and spirits that live there.


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    James Spencer
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "This is one of the movies that helped catapult Studio Ghibli to international recognition and fame. Its English dub voice cast did an amazing job with the movie. The fully-drawn art style was truly a beauty to behold coupled with a more mature and gritty story that appealed more to Western audiences."
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    #3Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    Spirited Away is a Japanese movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of yokai and the spirit world and mythology of Japan. Chihiro and her parents are traveling to their new home when they enter a magical world.


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    Andy Gu
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "No movie better encapsulates the principles of Studio Ghibli better than Spirited Away. It is the best studio film that has ever produced. It touches upon so many themes of Japan's history and is filled with so much emotion from its creators. From post-war capitalism to cultural preservation, there so much symbolism in this movie beyond its supernatural nature that it takes more than one viewing to fully grasp and appreciate."


The name Studio Ghibli was based on the Arabic name for "hot sahara wind"? Its founders wanted Studio Ghibli to blow a new wind through the anime industry. Ghibli was also the name of an Italian warplane. It also represented Hayao Miyazaki's love for planes and for Italy. The first original movie directed by Miyazaki was Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984. People argued that it's not a real Ghibli production. The movie released a year earlier than the official formation of Studio Ghibli. The honor of being one of the first studio ghibli films went to Laputa: Castle in the Sky. The anime industry was not as mainstream and prevalent before like it is today.

The studio had their first big break in 1989 with the release of Kiki's Delivery Service. Their 1997 movie, Princess Mononoke helped the studio gain international presence and recognition. Miyazaki and company went on to make some of the best Studio Ghibli films ever produced. From the supernatural hit, Spirited Away to the period piece, From Up On Poppy Hill. The recent The Wind Rises movie drew inspiration from Miyazaki's love for planes. The studio has become prevalent, often compared to Disney. This is due to the level of quality for both their art style and story-telling. Studio Ghibli has changed the anime industry forever and how people see it in general. They have become an inspiration for other anime shows and anime movies. All trying to live up to the same high-quality standard and artistic excellence.

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    #4Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese animated war film based on the true story of Nosaka Akiyuki. It tells the struggle for survival of two orphan brothers during the bombing of Japan in 1945 months before the war ends.


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    Arjun Bose
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "I was blown away by this movie. It started off with a bang (literally) and doesn't sugar coat the horrors of war. Even though this is an animated film I wouldn't let kids watch it without giving it a look myself first... the topics are very adult in nature, and may not be suitable for young eyes. If your kids are mature enough, though, this is definitely worth watching along with them and having some frank discussions afterward."
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    #5Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso is one of the finest movies from Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli. Porco Rosso is a human that was a flying hero during World War I but now, with his face transformed into that of a pig by a spell, and in the decade of the 30's he is a tortured spirit that must face a sky pirates band. The pirate's gang hire Curtis and old rival to get rid of Porco but both share the love for Gina.


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    Justin Warren
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "It is well known that Hayao Miyazaki loved planes and the country, Italy. This movie perfectly melds his artistic style and passion to create something a unique film. It was a light-hearted film with some subtle underlying themes. There's a bit of romance, comedy, chivalry, and plenty of aerial dog fights to go around."
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    #6Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy film released in 2004 directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. This steampunk movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name released in 1986 written by Diana Wynne Jones.


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    Joan Scott
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I enjoy anime a lot, and Studio Ghibli is a great studio. I've enjoyed a lot of their movies, from the depressing Grave of the Fireflies to the cute Totoro. One of their most famous films by far is Howl's Moving Castle. It's extremely unique, colorful, and child-friendly, with a cast of highly recognizable characters. "
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    #7Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    Isao Takahata brings us in Studio's Ghibli Pom Poko an ecological fable that explains the importance of nature in humanity. The magical raccoons of Tama Hills are forced to move from their homes as the human cities are starting to grow and shopping malls grow everywhere. Those Raccoons can transform into humans and they will use this power to scare off the workers to stop the growth of civilization destroying the Nature.


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    Jason West
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I am a super fan of Studio Ghibli. But, I have to say..this one felt A LITTLE under the exceptional movies they've created. I don't think this is up to the standard that let's say..spirited away was. But, it was still a great watch, and excellent if taken by itself. Certainly was worth the watch."
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    #8Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

    Hayao Miyazaki told in this movie by his Studio Ghibli an apocalyptic story about the importance of ecology, forests, and environment. A thousand years after a global war, the Valley of the Wind is one of the few areas that are still populated in Earth, Nausicaa is her princess and they fight a constant struggle with giant insects called "ohmu" that guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the planet. She is the only one to notice the bond between the forest and life on Earth.


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    Larry Kelly
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "Studio Ghibli doesn't have a problem churning out the good shows frequently. With Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, this is just simply no different. It really is a masterpiece."
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    #9Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday is a Japanese animated drama film released in 1991. It is based on the 1982 manga of the same name by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone, which centers on unmarried career woman Taeko Okajima. 


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    Randy Lucas
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "The quality of all Studio Ghibli movies are top notch and not a bad one in the bunch. So it is extremely hard to say which one is the best as it is extremely subjective and would differs from person to person. But with that said, Only Yesterday is a fine example of a Studio Ghibli film and is one among many fine examples of their work."
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    Based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Hayao Miyazaki tells us the story of Sosuke that rescues a little goldfish named Ponyo. But the father of Ponyo, a powerful sea sorcerer, forces her to return home to the sea. Ponyo wants to be human and her mother, a sea goddess will try to restore balance between nature making her wishes come true.


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    Randy West
    Written on August 17, 2017
    " As a Miyazaki fan, his films got me into all the movies by Studio Ghibli. As an anime fan Studio Ghibli movies are a must watch. You can not be an anime fan with out watching these movies. Ponyo will go down as one of the greatest anime movie ever released Ever! Ponyo will make you cry make you laugh and make you appreciate the art style that only Studio Ghibli can make. Watch this movie at any means possible."
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    #11Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky is a timeless classic by Hayao Miyazaki. In the movie we'll learn how Pazu, a young apprentice of engineer meets Sheeta a young girl that floats down from the sky held by a pendant. Both are searching for the legendary floating castle of Laputa and bond together to find it. In the journey, they will encounter air pirates, secret agents and many adventures to live.


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    Marie Shaw
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I'd actually never watched this type of animation, and wasn't really looking forward to it, but my daughter insisted. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed both the story and the graphics. I also discovered the familiar-sounding voice was that of Anna Paquin. "
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    #12Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    One of the classics from the worldly famous Studio Ghibli was this touching story about Kiki, a young girl who must follow the tradition to become a witch. This is a tale about growing up, taking responsibilities and finding a place in the world.


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    Lori Hudson
    Written on March 12, 2019
    "This movie is an important part of the studio's history as it helped them gain a broader appeal and recognition here in the West, and for good reason. The studio makes some of the best animated films in the world with a level of quality rivaling that of Disney. This movie is no different and is a beautiful coming of age story with a lot of heart and lighter in tone compared to others from the studio. This is one of the best Studio Ghibli films that the whole family can watch."
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    #13The Secret World of Arrietty

    The Secret World of Arrietty

    Arrietty alternatively known as The Secret World of Arrietty is a fantasy animation film whose screenplay was written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The family movie was released on February 17, 2012, in the USA.


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Best What are the best Studio Ghibli movies available for digital download
1My Neighbor TotoroMovies 14 Paid
2Princess MononokeMovies 14 Paid
3Spirited AwayMovies 14 Paid
4Grave of the FirefliesMovies 12 Paid
5Porco RossoMovies 10 Paid
6Howl's Moving CastleMovies 8 Paid
7Pom PokoMovies 7 Paid
8Nausicaa of the Valley of the WindMovies 6 Paid
9Only YesterdayMovies 5 Paid
10PonyoMovies 5 Paid

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