Hayao Miyazaki’s top 10 movies of all time might surprise you

Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, Sep, 6, 2013. Photo by Haruyoshi Yamaguchi (Photo by Yamaguchi Haruyoshi/Corbis via Getty Images)
Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, Sep, 6, 2013. Photo by Haruyoshi Yamaguchi (Photo by Yamaguchi Haruyoshi/Corbis via Getty Images) /
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There’s no better way to get into the mind of your favorite filmmaker than to watch all of that filmmaker’s favorite films. Not only will you get a chance to discover what things make your stimulates this artist’s mind but you will also find out what it feels like for them to be the viewer for a change. Simply put, watching the amazing movies that inspire your inspiration is a must!

For those who love Hayao Miyazaki as much as we do and are fascinated by his works (Spirited AwayThe Wind Rises, and Howl’s Moving Castle, to name a few) you’re in luck because we have a comprehensive list of the films that may have birthed some of Miyazaki’s greatest masterpieces. Some you may expect out of this award-winning Academy director, while some may take you off-guard. Either way, they’re all worth a stream!

Here are Hayao Miyazaki’s ten favorite films!

Hayao Miyazaki’s top 10 movies of all time

Far Out Magazine reports that, like many esteemed filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki is a huge fan of the classics. So much so that none of his favorite films were made in the 21st century!

The media outlet ranks Jaws by Steven Spielberg as Miyazaki’s first of ten movies. This legendary film is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu. However, this isn’t the only film you can watch on these sites!

Without further ado, here are the other films that Hayao Miyazaki can’t get enough of, as well as where you can stream every second!

  • My Darling Clementine (1946) – Amazon Prime Video | Apple TV+ | YouTube Movies
  • The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) – N/A
  • Priest of Darkness (1936) – N/A
  • The Snow Queen (1957) – Tubi
  • Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – HBO Max | Amazon Prime Video | Apple TV+
  • Ballad of a Soldier (1959) – N/A
  • Seven Samurai (1954) – HBO Max | Amazon Prime Video | YouTube Movies
  • The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird  (1952) – N/A
  • Chikemuri Takanobaba (1928) – N/A

As you can see, these films are quite rare, and seemingly have little to nothing in common. However, upon a further glance, you can see the same elements/themes in them all. Some of those themes include Life vs. Death, Coming of Age, and Survival, all of which are themes you can definitely spot in some of Miyazaki’s best films.

We wonder if we’ll see elements of these ten films in Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, How Do You Live?, debuting very soon. After all, what better way to say goodbye to the world of cinema (for real this time) than to pay homage to the very films that guided your creative vision? We can’t wait to see what’s to come from this Spielberg-loving legend!

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