Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki
Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future, is based on Miyazaki’s own manga of the same name and is frequently hailed as one of the best animated movies ever made. The distinction of the animation, the beauty of the setting, the complexity of the story, the nuances of the score and the quality of the voice acting explain why.