With 'From Up on Poppy Hill' on the way, Studio Ghibli's 10 best movies
From 'Spirited Away' to 'Arrietty,' counting down the Japanese studio's finest
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8. "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" (1984, directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
Anime sticklers, I know, will tell me that Miyazaki's elaborate adaptation of his own 1982 manga doesn't technically count as a Ghibli film -- it was made one year before the studio came into existence. Given, however, that the studio was founded on the back of the film's success, and that it effectively served as the template for so many of their warrior princess narratives, it's easy to see why they've since claimed it under their label. The film itself, a post-apocalyptic, environmentally conscious fantasy, stands as one of Miyazaki's most complex feats of imagination -- it's tempting to wonder how many times James Cameron has seen it.