The 10 Best Studio Ghibli Movies to Watch on Miyazaki’s 80th Birthday

By Peter Debruge

Hayao Miyazaki, who turns 80 years old today, has announced his retirement on more than one occasion, but like so many great artists — from Steven Soderbergh to Cher — he can’t help himself from practicing his gift. At the time of this writing, Miyazaki is deep at work on the movie “How Do You Live?” at Studio Ghibli, the independent animation company he co-founded with fellow animation legend Isao Takahata, who died in 2018.

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    1

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    2

  • Spirited Away

    3

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    4

  • Castle in the Sky

    5

  • Ponyo

    6

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    7

  • Pom Poko

    8

  • The Red Turtle

    9

  • Only Yesterday

    10