One thousand years after the Giant Warriors caused an apocalyptic event known as the seven days of fire, humans are living in constant fear of the Toxic Jungle. This ever-spreading forest is filled with poisonous plants and gigantic monstrous insects; even the very air is deadly. Nausicaa is the kind and wise princess of a small, peaceful country known as the Valley of the Wind, which has so far avoided the spread of the forest. One night a large airship containing one of the Giant Warriors crashes into the valley. The following day soldiers from the powerful nation of Tolmekia invade the Valley of the Wind to reclaim and revive the warrior. As the only one who truly believes that there is a way for humans to live alongside the insects, Nausicaa must find a way to stop the war that now threatens her people and protect the Toxic Jungle before the Tolmekians burn it to the ground.
Metropolis is a grand high-tech city-state populated by humans and robots alike. It is in these streets that Detective Shunsaku Ban and his sidekick Kenichi search for the rebel scientist Dr. Laughton who unbenounced to them, is developing a super android named Tima as a tool for the Duke of Metropolis. What starts out as a normal case turns into mayhem as the scientist is murdered, and the true plans of the Duke are finally revealed...
What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
Both Nausicaa and Millenium Actress feature strong leads in challenging positions. Despite the fact that Millenium Actress flashes back to the past while Nausicaa takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, both women are faced with difficult choices in their own respect.
Fourteen-year-old Jean was just an ordinary would-be inventor, until the mysterious Nadia crashed into his life. With no family, a pet lion and a jewel known as the Blue Water, Nadia is constantly on the run from those who want to steal her most valuable gem. Now, with a trio of thieves and the nefarious organization known as Gargoyle on their trail, Jean and Nadia must struggle to learn the secret of the Blue Water and protect its powers from those who would use them to destroy the world!
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Nausicaa was one of the first projects Hideaki Anno participated in. Although he drew only a few things in Nausicaa it seems that his animation had a pretty big influence on Neon Genesis Evangelion. The giant humanoids in both shows were designed by him and they do have a lot in common. Also both movies are apocalyptic, but Anno's NGE is much heavier and darker than Miyazaki's Nausicaa. If you liked Nausicaa, you should try watching NGE.
P.S. I can't guarantee you're going to like it, but giving it a try shouldn't hurt (but I may be wrong, it is the infamous Neon Genesis Evangelion after all).
In the distant future, Earth's oceans have dried up, leaving a vast sandy desert in their place. On this inhospitable planet lives Sam, a boy whose older brother went missing years ago while chasing the sand whale, a behemoth that lurks beneath the sand. Now, Sam has teamed up with the local gang of sand pirates, and has dedicated his life to hunting the whale down himself. But when the boy accidentally rescues a mysterious girl from a fleet of military ships, little did he know that she'd be connected to his long lost brother...
Both are set in post-apocalyptic worlds affected by severe ecological changes which have transformed the earth - so there is a strong enviromental theme to both.
They both feature an industrialised civilisation trying to obtain a particular person/thing which may have repurcussions for humanity's (and the earths) future.
The main protagonists for both are initially independent bystanders who are swept up in these events.