Netflix | Meet the 21 Ghibli films available in the catalog

Much of the catalog of Studio Ghibli, one of the most acclaimed Japanese animation studios in existence, is available on Netflix. The streaming tycoon acquired the international broadcast rights and here we bring you a list of all of them. So, without much further ado, let’s get started.

1. Castle in the Sky (1986)

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Release: August 2, 1986
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Sheeta, by turns of fate, meets Pazu, a young man who wishes to reach the mysterious flying castle called Laputa. Together, they devise a plan to reach him, but in the process they must face government agents who are searching for a crystal amulet that belongs to Sheeta.

2. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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Genre: Children, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
Premiere: April 16, 1988
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Satsuki and Mei have just moved to the countryside with their father, and while getting used to rural life. One day Mei discovers a little rabbit-like animal, and she chases after it. Arriving at her hideout, she meets Totoro, the guardian of the forest who soon befriends the two sisters and leads them on unforgettable adventures with a cast of uniquely amusing creatures.

3. Kiki: Home deliveries (1989)

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Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
Premiere: July 29, 1989
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Kiki, an apprentice witch who dreams of becoming a full-fledged sorceress, must leave her family and friends behind if she is to complete her training. To do this, she has to get used to living alone with her black cat, Jiji.

4. Memories of Yesterday (1991)

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Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance
Premiere: July 20, 1991
Director: Isao Takahata

At the age of 27, Taeko Okajima asks for a vacation to return to her sister-in-law’s village, Yamagata, where she has many cherished memories. The film is interspersed between her memories of her childhood and her youth, with special moments that she lives in the present.

5. Porco Rosso (1992)

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Genre: Mystery, Drama, Psychology
Premiere: July 18, 1992
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Porco Rosso is a veteran World War I fighter pilot turned bounty hunter, who has been transformed into an anthropomorphic pig due to a rare curse.

6. I can hear the sea (1993)

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Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life
Premiere: May 5, 1993
Director: Mochizuki Tomomi

After her parents’ divorce, Rikako is transferred from Kōchi, a city near the coast. The young woman is beautiful and smart, good at sports and a diligent student, but she doesn’t seem to fit in. Meanwhile, Taku Morisaki and Yutaka Matsuno are close childhood friends, and Taku begins to notice the young newcomer.

7. Tales from Earthsea (2006)

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Genre : Adventure, Fantasy , Magic
Release: July 29, 1993
Director: Mochizuki Tomomi

The realm of Earthsea seems to be threatened by something dark. The visit of the dragons seems to be the last omen, considering that the human world and the dragon world should not coincide. After such a phenomenon, one of the most powerful magicians in the world, Gavilán, will dedicate himself to investigating what is happening. In his travels he meets Arren, a young prince tormented by a dark side that gives him power and, in turn, cruelty and hatred. He will use this power to protect Theru, the mysterious young woman they meet along the way.

8. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Premiere: March 11, 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

After surviving a terrible nuclear war, the Earth is recovering. However, it seems that nature wants to take revenge for what happened and plagues the land with a dark jungle, poisonous plants and giant insects, which could end what remains of the already decimated human race.

9. Spirited Away (2001)

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Genre: Adventure, Supernatural, Drama
Premiere: July 20, 2001
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Spirited Away tells the story of an innocent and spoiled ten-year-old girl who, along with her parents, discovers an abandoned amusement park on the way to her new home.

However, not everything is what it seems, and once the sun goes down, terrifying apparitions begin to appear and their parents are turned into pigs for eating food that did not belong to them.

Chihiro has unknowingly entered the spirit world, so she must muster the courage to work and live among them, with the help of the enigmatic Haku and the rest of the cast she meets during her journey.

10. Princess Mononoke (1997)

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Released: July 12, 1994
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Young Ashitaka’s arm is cursed by a beast, and every time he uses his powers, he loses his life. Searching for a cure, he comes across the conflict of the Tatara village, where the San princess does not allow his deforestation even though it is a request from an important lady.

Deforestation could have serious consequences for the creatures of the forest. Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of the fight between humans and nature for his own survival, while dealing with the demon that is slowly devouring his existence.

11. My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

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Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy
Premiere: July 17, 1999
Director: Isao Takahata

In the form of comic strips, the film shows the routine, adventures and life of a typical Japanese middle-class family.

12. The Cat Returns (2002)

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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Premiere: July 20, 2000
Director: Hiroyuki Morita

Haru, a shy girl, suffers from a lack of confidence. She is quiet and very reserved, and despite the fact that she likes a boy in her class, discovering that the young man has a girlfriend, she convinces herself that she is a person who will never have luck. However, her life takes a sudden turn when she saves a cat from being run over, the animal appears as Lune, the prince of cats.

13. Arrietty and the world of the tiny (2010)

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Genre: Fantasy
Premiere: July 17, 2010
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

In Koganei, located in western Tokyo, they tell the story of beings called the “tiny ones”, who are four inches tall. They live in a small house hidden under some boards on the floor of a mansion. These beings have the primary rule of never letting themselves be seen by humans, but the young Arrietty is seen by Sho, who strikes up an immediate and warm friendship with her.

14. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

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Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Released: November 23, 2013
Director: Isao Takahata

A bamboo cutter named Okina comes across a baby inside a branch, and convinced that she is a princess sent from heaven, he takes her home. Okina and his wife are in charge of raising the little girl, whose name is now Kaguya. When Kaguya has grown up, her adoptive father finds a treasure that leads him to make the decision to move from the countryside to a castle, to make her a true princess.

15. Raccoon Wars (1994)

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Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Released: June 13, 1994
Director: Isao Takahata

A family of raccoons declare war on the humans when they decide to develop the forest they call home. Is it true what they say in the legends, that tanuki can become human with just a wish?

16. Whispers of the Heart (1995)

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Genre: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Premiere: July 15, 1995
Director: Yoshifumi Kondou

Shizuku Tsukishima is a fan of reading and likes to write poetry. One day she discovers that a young man with the same tastes as her is visiting the same library, and she decides to meet him. When they meet, there is an instant connection, and they share their dreams and aspirations for the future.

17. The Secret of the Little Mermaid (2008)

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Released: July 19, 2008
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo is a Japanese version of the Little Mermaid story, where a boy meets a goldfish that turns out to be a young fish with magical powers.

After making the decision to reject her heritage and become human, Ponyo causes a magical imbalance in the world that knocks the moon out of its orbit and puts humans in danger.

Determined to make amends with the help of Sousuke, her friend, they go on an adventure to make amends, but in such a way that Ponyo can stay human.

18. Poppy Hill (2011)

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Genre: Romance, Historical, School, Shoujo
Premiere: July 16, 2011
Director: Gorou Miyazaki

Young Umi Matsuzaki is a student who helps run a boarding house called Coquelicot Manor, which is located near the sea. One day, she meets Shun and Shiro, young members of Quartier Latin, a building that contains different associations and student groups. This place is in danger of being demolished for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Umi and Shun develop a strong friendship that is disturbed by discovering connections from the past. Together, they decide to face their differences in order to build a more prosperous future as the country finally rises up after the war.

19. The Wind Rises (2013)

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Genre: Drama, Romance, Historical
Premiere: July 20, 2013
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Jirou Horikoshi is nearsighted, and that cuts short his dreams of becoming a pilot. However, he decides to undertake aeronautical engineering studies to design airplanes like his hero, Giovanni Battista Caproni.

20. Memory of Marnie (2014)

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Genre: Mystery, Drama, Psychology
Premiere: July 19, 2014
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Anna Sasaki suffers from constant asthma attacks. Because of this, she is asocial, quiet, and isolated from her peers, which causes her adoptive parents to worry. Following a doctor’s orders, Anna is sent to the countryside, hoping that the clean air and a more relaxed life will improve her health and help clear her mind.

Indulging in her passion for drawing, Anna spends her summer days living with her aunt and uncle in a small coastal town. One day, during a walk, she Anna discovers an abandoned mansion known as the Marsh house. However, she soon finds out that she is not as empty as she seems, as she ends up with a mysterious girl named Marnie. The girl’s jovial and effervescent character manages to take Anna out of her comfort zone, leaving the house every night to see her new friend.

But it seems that there is much more to discover about the mysterious young woman, as, near the end of her vacation, Anna begins to discover more truths about the mysterious mansion.

21. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Premiere: November 20, 2004
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The infamous wizard Howl lives in a moving castle that never stops walking and creaking. Also, the wizard seems to be a casanova, or so Sophie Hatter often hears.

Sophie is the hatter’s daughter, and she doesn’t expect much from her future except to inherit her father’s shop. However, Sophie’s simple life is turned upside down when a witch curses her for drawing Howl’s attention, turning her into an old woman.

To return to normal, Sophie must join Howl and his eccentric companions in his Howl’s Moving Castle on a dangerous adventure during the war that is destroying his kingdom.