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#6 Grave of the Fireflies – 1988

By far the most serious inclusion on this list, Grave of the Fireflies was originally accompanied by the much more light-hearted My Neighbour Totoro for its initial theatrical release in Japan. It tells the story of two orphaned children struggling to survive in the...

#7 Princess Mononoke – 1997

Cited by film director James Cameron as a direct influence on his 2009 film Avatar, Princess Mononoke is set in the late Muromachi period of Japan and follows the story of a young prince caught between the gods of the forest and the humans who are consuming its...

#8 Porco Rosso – 1992

Porco Rosso is a literal pig. He is also an Italian World War I ex-fighter pilot who earns his living as a bounty hunter. Transformed from his human form by an unusual curse, he is charismatically voiced by Michael Keaton in the Disney English language dub.