Ranking the games that I have played:
1. Binding Blade (Superb gameplay and story. If the game were released in the west I'm sure I wouldn't be the first person to vote for it in the poll.)
2. Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi/Shadow Dragon (As expected from a title this old, you have to do some outside research to delve into the story. Still, the game offers some of the most interesting gameplay as you are often forced to choose between characters of greatly varying potential, while growths in general are both less common and less essential. Until you try out the harder modes.)
3. Sacred Stones (Good balance between story and gameplay. One shortcoming would be that pretty much all characters have balanced growths, meaning that less strategy is required to complete the game. Especially if you make use of the Tower of Valni.)
4. Blazing Sword (Eliwood's/Hector's story pulls it down a bit. Not a big fan of the whole morph/Nergal plot in general. The gameplay is really good though, edging out Sacred Stones.)
5. Awakening (Story is fine for the most part, but the gameplay is awful while the new art direction looks atrocious.)
6. Path of Radiance (Falls short in pretty much every regard except for art design. Even the battles themselves look awkward and clunky, while disabling the battle animations would only further the dullness that this game represents.)
Game that I look forward to experiencing the most down the line: Genealogy of the Holy War.