Ooooh. I cant name the top 5 because i love too many of them! So here is an extensive list of my favorites.
I’ll make a separate post for Ghibli
Films by - Mamoru Hosoda
my favorite being:
The Wolf Children - probably my favorite movie out of everything. Absolutely adore it. From the art, to the story telling.
He has directed other great films too. One that i particularly enjoy a lot. Especially in the animation and char design department, would be
Summer Wars. Great fun!
He has another popular anime called "The Girl Who Lept Through Time "
I need to watch his newest film “The Boy and the Beast”
Films by - Makoto Shinkai
His films are fairly popular,
Films like “5 cm per Second”, “Voices of a Distant Star”, The Children who Chase Lost Voices", etc
His films are easily the most stunning. the artwork is flabbergasting. mind blowing-ly beautiful.
Films by - Satoshi Kon
His works are all practically masterpieces too. Perfect Blue, being my favorite. 10/10 stuff.
But movies like Millennial Actress, Paprika,and Tokyo godfathers hold firm ground as well.
His story telling , and whacky movies sends you on trip. his unique style is easily recognizable , and i LOVE it.
Check out “Paranoia Agent” - An anime directed by him
Honorable mentions :
A letter to Momo - Hiroyuki Okiura
-Sword of the Stranger - Masahiro Andô
-Dead Leaves - Hiroyuki Imaishi
Hopefully i’m not forgetting anything.
If you want my thoughts on ghibli movies , do let me know!