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Best animated films of all time, according to audiences

Best animated films of all time, according to audiences
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Best animated films of all time, according to audiences

Since the early days of Disney (if notbefore), quality animation has represented an effective blend of artistry, ingenuity, hard work, and imagination. That’s truer now than ever before, as artists and studios continue to explore the medium to its fullest potential. For proof, look no further than “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” The 2018 film earned rave reviews for its deft storytelling and groundbreaking computer animation.  

Most animated films aim for the youngest possible demographic, but should one dig deep enough, he or she will discover a full spectrum of styles and themes. Meanwhile, family fare from Pixar and Studio Ghibli consistently astounds. The ultimate result is a medium that’s as broad and rewarding as its live-action counterpart, hence the continued adoration among audiences of all ages.

Today, Stacker is ranking the best animated films of all time, according to those very same audiences. The list was comprised using IMDb data, and each film needed at least 25,000 votes to qualify. In the case of a rating tie, the title with more votes ranked higher. Also, live-action films with animated sequences were not included. Without further ado, here are the best animated films of all time, according to audiences.

ALSO: Best animated TV shows of all time

#100. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
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#100. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 156,099
Metascore: 70
Director(s): Mark Dindal
Runtime: 78 min.

What began as an ambitious project called "Kingdom of the Sun” became this groovy Disney musical by the time it landed in theaters. After being turned into a llama by his former administrator, Emperor Kuzco (voiced by David Spade) attempts to reclaim the throne with help from a gentle herder. Comedian Spade brings plenty of his signature sarcasm to the role, making the film enjoyable for viewers both young and old.

#99. Tarzan (1999)
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#99. Tarzan (1999)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 176,538
Metascore: 79
Director(s): Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Runtime: 88 min.

Preceded by a long line of books, movies, and even a short-lived TV series, this 1999 Disney film chronicles the adventures of its title character. Upon rescuing a woman named Jane Porter, Tarzan must choose between his jungle world and human civilization. To create the movie’s lush backgrounds, Disney’s art directors and programmers engineered a breakthrough technology called Deep Canvas.

#98. Hercules (1997)
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#98. Hercules (1997)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 176,935
Metascore: 74
Director(s): Ron Clements, John Musker
Runtime: 93 min.

Iconic British animator Gerald Scarfe and more than 900 Disney employees helped bring this classic Greek tale to life. It follows the mighty Hercules as he performs various feats of strength while battling a range of mythical monsters, from a cyclops to the Hydra.

#97. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
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#97. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 199,445
Metascore: 68
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 107 min.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg made deft use of 3D motion capture technology while helming this animated adventure, which is based on a once-popular comic series. The story sends a fearless reporter named Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) on the hunt for sunken treasure. Helping him along the way is his dog Snowy and a drunken boat captain named Archibald Haddock (voiced by Andy Serkis).

#96. Megamind (2010)
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#96. Megamind (2010)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 203,085
Metascore: 63
Director(s): Tom McGrath
Runtime: 95 min.

Comedian Will Ferrell provides the voice for a supervillain named Megamind in this 2010 action comedy of the same name. After defeating his arch nemesis (voiced by Brad Pitt), Megamind undergoes a severe existential crisis. Comedic talents such as Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and Ben Stiller also lend their voices.

#95. Finding Dory (2016)
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#95. Finding Dory (2016)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 206,319
Metascore: 77
Director(s): Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Runtime: 97 min.

A forgetful blue tang fish named Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) returns for this popular sequel, in which she goes searching for her parents. The film also brings Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo back to the fold, while furthermore introducing a slate of new undersea characters.

#94. Monsters University (2013)
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#94. Monsters University (2013)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 284,778
Metascore: 65
Director(s): Dan Scanlon
Runtime: 104 min.

Before Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) were best friends, they were a begrudging odd couple at Monsters University. This 2013 prequel shows how the two mismatched monsters eventually became an inseparable pair. Despite strong box office performance and generally favorable reviews, "Monsters University” is one just among a small handful of Pixar movies not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.  

#93. The Simpsons Movie (2007)
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#93. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

IMDb user rating: 7.3
IMDb votes: 287,381
Metascore: 80
Director(s): David Silverman
Runtime: 87 min.

After years of development and a reported 166 screenplay drafts, the Simpson family leapt onto the big screen in 2007. When Homer causes an environmental catastrophe, the entire town of Springfield is put under a protective dome. Upon their escape, the Simpsons travel to Alaska before returning to save the day.

#92. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
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#92. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

IMDb user rating: 7.4
IMDb votes: 32,015
Metascore: 81
Director(s): Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Runtime: 85 min.

An unruly farm sheep named Shaun heads to the big city in this British stop motion animated adventure. When he discovers that independence isn’t everything it was cracked up to be, Shaun and his flock scramble to get back home. The film is based on a 2007 TV series of the same name, which was a spin-off of the popular "Wallace & Gromit” franchise.  

#91. The Land Before Time (1988)
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#91. The Land Before Time (1988)

IMDb user rating: 7.4
IMDb votes: 71,841
Metascore: 66
Director(s): Don Bluth
Runtime: 69 min.

Former Disney animator Don Bluth kicked off a franchise with this 1988 film, in which a group of orphaned dinosaurs goes searching for their parents. As they journey across a perilous prehistoric terrain, the young dinosaurs learn to work together in order to survive. Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and George Lucas produced.  

#90. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
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#90. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

IMDb user rating: 7.4
IMDb votes: 113,513
Metascore: 68
Director(s): Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Runtime: 75 min.

This musical adaptation of a classic book series follows young Alice into Wonderland, where all sorts of iconic characters and crazy adventures await. Disney Studios had the young actress who voiced Alice, Kathryn Beaumont, dress as her character and act out some of the scenes, which were then used as a reference point for the animators. Decades later, Tim Burton directed a lucrative live-action remake.

#89. Corpse Bride (2005)
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#89. Corpse Bride (2005)

IMDb user rating: 7.4
IMDb votes: 219,779
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Runtime: 77 min.

Redefining the concept of fatal attraction, this stop motion animated fantasy centers on the unwitting marriage between a nervous man and a resurrected corpse. To complicate matters, the man is also engaged to a live woman. Making the film required a mix of handmade puppetry and groundbreaking computer technology.

#88. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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#88. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

IMDb user rating: 7.4
IMDb votes: 336,864
Metascore: 62
Director(s): Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Runtime: 98 min.

Former bad guy Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) plays for the good guys in this blockbuster sequel. Employing a slew of gadgetry and the help of his loyal minions, Gru assists the Anti-Villain League in their hunt for an elusive supervillain. The movie was followed by a Minions spin-off and then a third installment.

#87. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
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#87. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

IMDb user rating: 7.5
IMDb votes: 25,471
Metascore: 71
Director(s): Gorô Miyazaki
Runtime: 91 min.

Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki co-wrote the script for this Studio Ghibli production, which his son Gorô directed. Based on a Shojo manga series of the same name, it sees various teenagers trying to save a clubhouse from destruction before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

#86. The Illusionist (2010)
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#86. The Illusionist (2010)

IMDb user rating: 7.5
IMDb votes: 31,373
Metascore: 82
Director(s): Sylvain Chomet
Runtime: 80 min.

French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet gave an unproduced Jacques Tati script the animated treatment for this acclaimed drama. Set in the late 1950s, the story follows an illusionist as he struggles to compete with a slate of emerging rock stars. After moving to Scotland, the illusionist meets a young woman and embarks on a life-changing adventure.

#85. Pinocchio (1940)
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#85. Pinocchio (1940)

IMDb user rating: 7.5
IMDb votes: 112,648
Metascore: 99
Director(s): Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen
Runtime: 88 min.

A living puppet must prove he’s worthy of being a real boy in this Disney classic, which holds an impressive score of 99 over at Metacritic. Awash with striking hand-drawn animation, the movie tackles timeless themes of morality, honesty, and bravery. There’s currently a live-action remake in the works, with Tom Hanks circling the role of Geppetto.

#84. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
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#84. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

IMDb user rating: 7.5
IMDb votes: 113,287
Metascore: 87
Director(s): Steve Box, Nick Park
Runtime: 85 min.

The first full-length feature in the "Wallace & Gromit” franchise takes place in a small English village, where the locals are preparing for an annual vegetable competition. Putting their new pest control device to work, Wallace and Gromit accidentally create a giant rabbit with an insatiable craving for local veggies. It all comes to life by way of signature stop motion claymation with touches of CGI.  

#83. Ice Age (2002)
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#83. Ice Age (2002)

IMDb user rating: 7.5
IMDb votes: 390,805
Metascore: 60
Director(s): Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Runtime: 81 min.

A $6 billion-plus franchise began with this computer-animated comedy, which follows three Pleistocene mammals as they try to return a human baby to its tribe. Encountering all sorts of deadly obstacles along the way, the mismatched trio forges an unbreakable friendship. Sequels, books, video games, TV specials, short films, theme park rides, and a live arena ice show followed.

#82. Frozen (2013)
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#82. Frozen (2013)

IMDb user rating: 7.5
IMDb votes: 504,624
Metascore: 74
Director(s): Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Runtime: 102 min.

Winner of two Academy Awards—including Best Animated Feature Film—this computer-animated blockbuster takes place in the kingdom of Arendelle. When the powerful Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) accidentally traps the kingdom in eternal winter, her sister Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) sets about to reverse the spell. Helping Anna along the way are a mountain main, a reindeer, and a friendly snowman named Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad).

#81. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
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#81. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 28,981
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
Runtime: 74 min.

Based on A. A. Milne’s timeless stories, this collection of animated shorts follows Winnie the Pooh and his lovable friends on three separate adventures. The Xerox-style animation and storybook backgrounds are emblematic of the era in which the shorts were made, and part of the movie’s many charms. In addition to its respectable IMDb rating, the film has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

#80. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
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#80. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 32,272
Metascore: 76
Director(s): Don Bluth
Runtime: 82 min.

Adapted from a children's novel, Don Bluth’s directorial debut combines Disney-style animation with dark and sophisticated subject matter. It centers on a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Brisby, who crosses paths with hyper-intelligent rats while trying to save her sick son. Upon her visit, Mrs. Brisby learns that the rats were involved in a series of experimental treatments at a place known only as NIMH.

#79. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
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#79. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 33,104
Metascore: 66
Director(s): Mamoru Oshii
Runtime: 100 min.

Before the somewhat disastrous live-action remake, there was this popular anime franchise out of Japan. The second installment fuses 2D animation and 3D computer graphics to brilliant effect. It takes place in 2032 and puts a cyborg detective on the trail of a deadly female robot.

#78. Arrietty (2010)
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#78. Arrietty (2010)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 66,443
Metascore: 80
Director(s): Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Runtime: 94 min.

Based on Mary Norton’s legendary book "The Borrowers,” this Studio Ghibli production takes viewers behind the walls of a normal household. It’s here that a tiny family known as The Clocks secretly reside, occasionally borrowing items from their hosts. When The Clocks’ 14-year-old daughter gets discovered by a normal human boy, it sparks an unforgettable friendship.

#77. Robin Hood (1973)
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#77. Robin Hood (1973)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 100,900
Metascore: 57
Director(s): Wolfgang Reitherman
Runtime: 83 min.

One of the first animated films produced by Disney Studios after Walt Disney’s death, this 1973 musical chronicles the adventures of its titular hero. With help from his trusty sidekick, Robin Hood steals from Prince John and shares the spoils with the underprivileged. Viewers can see echoes of previous Disney films in the characters' dancing and facial expressions.

#76. The Jungle Book (1967)
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#76. The Jungle Book (1967)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 147,427
Metascore: 65
Director(s): Wolfgang Reitherman
Runtime: 78 min.

Loosely inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s classic Mowgli tales, this animated musical is about a young boy raised by a family of wolves. Upon reaching the age of 10, Mowgli must choose between his jungle friends and the world of humans. This was the last Disney film overseen by Walt Disney himself before he passed away.

#75. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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#75. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 160,193
Metascore: 95
Director(s): William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen
Runtime: 83 min.

Disney’s first full-length animated feature centers on the lovely Snow White, who takes up with seven dwarfs after running away from her wicked stepmother. Walt Disney’s team invented the multiplane camera just for the project, thereby redefining the possibilities of animation. What could have been an outright disaster ended up expanding an entire industry.  

#74. The Little Mermaid (1989)
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#74. The Little Mermaid (1989)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 206,947
Metascore: 88
Director(s): Ron Clements, John Musker
Runtime: 83 min.

Disney kicked off a latter-day renaissance with this extraordinary effort, in which a mermaid named Ariel gets to be human for three days. Should Ariel fail to receive a kiss from her beloved prince, then she’ll belong to an evil sea witch forever. In addition to drawing all the bubbles by hand, the movie’s many animators employed airbrushing, backlighting, hand-painted cels, superimposition, xerography, and minor amounts of computer animation.

#73. Moana (2016)
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#73. Moana (2016)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 213,789
Metascore: 81
Director(s): Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams
Runtime: 107 min.

Inspired by Polynesian mythology, this computer-animated adventure finds an island village plagued by an ancient curse. To set things right, a fearless explorer named Moana Waialiki embarks on a dangerous ocean journey. Rumors of a sequel from Lin Manuel-Miranda are currently circulating.

#72. Mulan (1998)
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#72. Mulan (1998)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 215,302
Metascore: 71
Director(s): Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Runtime: 88 min.

Disney’s art directors culled from Chinese and Japanese aesthetic traditions when crafting the visual style for this musical epic. Adapting ancient Chinese folklore, it tells the story of a young woman who joins the army in her father’s place. A big-budget, live-action remake is slated for release in 2020.  

#71. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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#71. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

IMDb user rating: 7.6
IMDb votes: 370,440
Metascore: 73
Director(s): Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Runtime: 92 min.

The first film in a beloved trilogy introduces audiences to a lazy panda named Po (voiced by Jack Black), who becomes the world’s most unlikely kung fu hero. Under the tutelage of Master Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman), Po and his peers square off against a vengeful snow leopard (voiced by Ian McShane). Described at the time of its release as Dreamworks’ "most ambitious project ever,” the movie makes deft use of innovative computer technology.  

#70. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
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#70. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 26,311
Metascore: 62
Director(s): Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Runtime: 103 min.

This dark slice of Japanimation is based on the third novel in a popular series. Set thousands of years in the future, it follows a half-breed vampire hunter as he races to retrieve a kidnapped girl. Many of the film’s characters were designed by Yoshitaka Amano, illustrator of the original novels.

#69. The Secret of Kells (2009)
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#69. The Secret of Kells (2009)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 27,714
Metascore: 81
Director(s): Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Runtime: 75 min.

This Oscar-nominated adventure hails from Europe and takes place during medieval times. To help a master illuminator complete his magical book, a young boy embarks on an epic journey through an enchanted forest. With help from a wolf-girl and a fairy, the boy overcomes his deepest fears and turns darkness into light.

#68. Watership Down (1978)
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#68. Watership Down (1978)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 30,143
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Martin Rosen
Runtime: 91 min.

A grim alternative to the average family fare, this British adventure delivers a violent glimpse into the world of rebellious rabbits. Hoping to liberate themselves from human intervention, the rabbits take off in search of a new colony. The film’s creators employed a naturalistic pastel and watercolor style when bringing Richard Adams’ novel to the big screen.

#67. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
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#67. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 41,993
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Makoto Shinkai
Runtime: 63 min.

Consisting of three segments, this anime drama takes place over the course of two decades. At the heart of each story is a boy named Takaki Tōno, who comes of age against a backdrop of constant technological change. Wading in and out of Takaki’s life is a girl named Akari, his best friend and perennial love interest.

#66. The Little Prince (2015)
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#66. The Little Prince (2015)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 48,476
Metascore: 70
Director(s): Mark Osborne
Runtime: 108 min.

Adapted from the bestselling children's book, this visual tour de force centers on the friendship between a young girl and her elderly neighbor. As the neighbor regales with fantastic stories about the "little prince," the young girl gets swept away into a realm of limitless possibility. To distinguish between the two respective worlds, the movie alternates from CGI to stop motion animation.

#65. Paprika (2006)
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#65. Paprika (2006)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 59,083
Metascore: 81
Director(s): Satoshi Kon
Runtime: 90 min.

Japanese legend Satoshi Kon helmed this mind-bending anime thriller, which some say is a predecessor to Christopher Nolan’s "Inception.” When a thief takes off with a dream-penetrating machine, fantasy and reality start to collide. Can a young therapist named Paprika find the thief before the material world fractures for good?

#64. Ponyo (2008)
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#64. Ponyo (2008)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 104,529
Metascore: 86
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 101 min.

Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Little Mermaid,” this comic adventure tells the story of a beautiful goldfish named Ponyo. After falling in love with a five-year-old boy, Ponyo magically takes the form of a young girl. As with almost all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, this one features stunning hand-drawn animation.

#63. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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#63. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 165,467
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Robert Zemeckis
Runtime: 104 min.

The most expensive production of its time, this 1988 crime comedy blends live-action and animation to deliriously thrilling effect. Set in a world where humans and cartoons co-exist, it sees Hollywood ‘toon star Roger Rabbit framed for murder. His only hope lies in a grumpy, ‘toon-hating detective named Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins).

#62. Coraline (2009)
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#62. Coraline (2009)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 175,477
Metascore: 80
Director(s): Henry Selick
Runtime: 100 min.

Laika Studios became the first company to make a feature-length film using 3D-printed replacement faces when it churned out this 2009 fantasy. Based on a book by Neil Gaiman, the movie follows its 11-year-old title character into a parallel world. What at first seems like a dream come true turns out to be something far more sinister.

#61. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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#61. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 330,888
Metascore: 72
Director(s): Rich Moore
Runtime: 101 min.

A video game villain named Wreck-It Ralph gets tired of his bad rap in this 3D computer-animated comedy. Eager to play the hero, Ralph finagles his way into a completely separate arcade game. Total chaos ensues.

#60. Despicable Me (2010)
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#60. Despicable Me (2010)

IMDb user rating: 7.7
IMDb votes: 454,314
Metascore: 72
Director(s): Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Runtime: 95 min.

Audiences first met a supervillain named Gru and his trusty minions in this computer-animated comedy from 2010. Determined to pull off the world’s biggest heist, Gru brings three orphan girls into his devious scheme. Two sequels and a spin-off would follow.

#59. Loving Vincent (2017)
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#59. Loving Vincent (2017)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 36,424
Metascore: 62
Director(s): Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Runtime: 94 min.

This biographical drama takes place a year after Vincent Van Gogh's death, and finds a young man looking into the artist’s troubled life. As the man conducts various interviews, he discovers that Van Gogh was as elusive and mysterious as the very work he created. True to its subject matter, the movie is made entirely of oil paintings.

#58. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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#58. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 47,164
Metascore: 91
Director(s): Sylvain Chomet
Runtime: 78 min.

Hardly a word of dialogue is uttered in this animated classic from comic-strip artist Sylvain Chomet, who lets the (mostly) hand-drawn visuals do the talking. The plot kicks off when a woman’s grandson and two other cyclists get kidnapped during the Tour de France. With help from her beloved dog and a once-famous jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville, the woman embarks on a rescue mission.   

#57. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
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#57. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 50,353
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Mamoru Hosoda
Runtime: 98 min.

Blending elements of comedy, romance, teen drama, and sci-fi, this 2006 anime movie follows a high school girl named Makoto as she travels back in time. Despite the endless possibilities, Makoto mostly uses time travel to prevent petty and awkward things from happening. What she fails to realize is that her little actions have big consequences.  

#56. Waking Life (2001)
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#56. Waking Life (2001)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 56,225
Metascore: 82
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Runtime: 99 min.

Director Richard Linklater once described this 2001 effort as "a realistic film about an unreality,” which helps explain its heady mix of naturalism and surrealism. The movie takes its protagonist through a dream-like world, where he and others discuss the meaning of life. To create the work, animators used special computer software that allowed them to draw over video images.

#55. The Wind Rises (2013)
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#55. The Wind Rises (2013)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 59,086
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 126 min.

Hayao Miyazaki eschewed the fantasy genre when crafting this biographical drama, about the life and times of Jiro Horikoshi. Unable to fulfill his dream of being a pilot, Horikoshi ends up designing one of Japan’s most important military planes. The film navigated its way around a fair amount of controversy before earning an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

#54. Porco Rosso (1992)
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#54. Porco Rosso (1992)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 59,897
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 94 min.

Decades before "The Wind Rises,” Hayao Miyazaki took to the skies with this acclaimed adventure fantasy. It takes place in 1930s Italy and centers on a former WWI pilot who makes his living as a bounty hunter. After being magically transformed into a red pig, the pilot earns himself the nickname Porco Rosso (i.e. "Red Pig”).

#53. Fantasia (1940)
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#53. Fantasia (1940)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 80,688
Metascore: 96
Director(s): James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen
Runtime: 125 min.

A major financial disappointment in its day, this thrilling masterwork is now considered one of Walt Disney’s greatest artistic achievements. Interpreting a variety of classical compositions, the movie features an array of vividly animated short films. Included among them is "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” in which Mickey Mouse causes all sorts of mayhem when his master is away.

#52. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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#52. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 101,805
Metascore: 84
Director(s): Travis Knight
Runtime: 101 min.

A young boy in feudal Japan must locate his father’s suit of armor if he wants to fend off a vengeful curse. So goes this stop motion animated adventure from Laika Studios. It took a talented team of carpenters, model builders, artists, dressers, and riggers approximately 18 months to construct the movie’s elaborate set pieces.

#51. Incredibles 2 (2018)
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#51. Incredibles 2 (2018)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 166,777
Metascore: 80
Director(s): Brad Bird
Runtime: 118 min.

The world’s foremost family of animated superheroes returned for this massively successful sequel. Despite an ongoing ban on their life-saving practice, Mrs. Incredible takes off to stop a new villain known as the Screen Slaver. Back at home, Mr. Incredible discovers that Baby Jack Jack is in possession of some seriously impressive powers.

#50. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
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#50. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 172,700
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Runtime: 87 min.

Director Wes Anderson’s first foray into stop motion animation brings a classic Roald Dahl tale to life. After a cunning fox enacts one last raid on a trio of nasty farmers, he must protect his community from retaliation. Providing their voices are a number of A-list celebrities, including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  

#49. South Park: Bigger, Longer &  Uncut (1999)
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#49. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 179,629
Metascore: 73
Director(s): Trey Parker
Runtime: 81 min.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone expanded upon their iconic TV series with this biting feature-length musical. When four young protagonists mimic their favorite characters from an R-rated comedy, it sparks a series of catastrophic events. The movie’s creators used 3D computer software to replicate the show’s early use of cut-and-paste stop motion animation.

#48. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
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#48. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 264,761
Metascore: 76
Director(s): Dean DeBlois
Runtime: 102 min.

A Viking named Hiccup and dragon named Toothless are back in this computer-animated sequel. As the duo squares off against a ruthless villain named Drago Bludvist and his clan, they get help from a legendary dragon-rider. A third installment is currently racking up rave reviews.

#47. The Lego Movie (2014)
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#47. The Lego Movie (2014)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 294,511
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Runtime: 100 min.

Everything is awesome for a construction worker (voiced by Chris Pratt) in this comedic tale until he discovers the truth behind his blissfully ignorant existence. The movie somewhat mimics stop-motion animation, as the filmmakers utilized plastic models, Lego sets, and CGI to create its look. A much-awaited sequel is right around the corner.

#46. Tangled (2010)
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#46. Tangled (2010)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 356,284
Metascore: 71
Director(s): Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Runtime: 100 min.

Disney’s 50th animated feature-length film offers a loose take on the story of Rapunzel, presenting her as a teenage girl with 70-foot-long hair. After being locked away for years, Rapunzel takes off on a wild adventure with a bandit named Flynn Rider. Disney spent a ton of money bringing this story to life—$260 million, according to some reports.

#45. Big Hero 6 (2014)
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#45. Big Hero 6 (2014)

IMDb user rating: 7.8
IMDb votes: 357,716
Metascore: 74
Director(s): Don Hall, Chris Williams
Runtime: 102 min.

Culling from both American and Japanese influences, this computer-animated adventure goes down in the city of San Fransokyo. In the wake of a devastating event, a boy and his friends form a co-op of amateur superheroes. Helping them in their quest is an inflatable healthcare robot by the name of Baymax.

#44. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
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#44. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 25,514
Metascore: 73
Director(s): Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya
Runtime: 92 min.

Three homeless people find an abandoned baby and set out to locate its parents in this anime comedy, co-written and co-directed by Satoshi Kon. It takes place on Christmas in Tokyo and presents the main characters with a series of misadventures. The story is loosely inspired by a John Ford western called "3 Godfathers,” starring John Wayne.  

#43. Ninja Scroll (1993)
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#43. Ninja Scroll (1993)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 30,875
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Runtime: 94 min.

Set in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868), this groundbreaking anime adventure follows a mercenary ninja named Jubei as he tracks down the leaders of a murderous clan. The Wachowski sisters (of "The Matrix” fame) have cited this film as an influence in their work.

#42. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
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#42. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 37,375
Metascore: data not available
Director(s): Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dan Riba
Runtime: 76 min.

Released one year after Tim Burton’s "Batman Returns,” this animated actioner delivers what some say is a more authentic depiction of the Dark Knight. In the film, Batman is framed by an unknown vigilante for the murders of various mob bosses. The movie’s art deco design came straight out of the concurrent animated series, which ran from 1992 to 1995.

#41. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
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#41. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 38,132
Metascore: 61
Director(s): Shin'ichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei
Runtime: 115 min.

A terrorist attempts to kill the human population on Mars in this anime sci-fi film, which picks up where episode 22 of the popular TV series left off. It’s up to the bounty hunting crew of the spaceship Bebop to locate the mysterious perpetrator. As the hunt continues, the line between sanity and insanity begins to blur.

#40. Perfect Blue (1997)
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#40. Perfect Blue (1997)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 41,415
Metascore: data not available
Director(s): Satoshi Kon
Runtime: 81 min.

Satoshi Kon’s debut feature film endures as one of his most prescient and influential works. When a pop idol leaves her girl group behind to focus on acting, she finds herself being targeted by a vicious stalker. Thanks to its psychological underpinnings, the movie represented a radical shift from the standard anime fare.

#39. Isle of Dogs (2018)
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#39. Isle of Dogs (2018)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 91,260
Metascore: 82
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Runtime: 101 min.

Wes Anderson returned to the stop motion animation format with this predictably quirky outing, which takes place during a dog flu outbreak in Japan. When all dogs are exiled to Trash Island, a young boy journeys there to get his beloved pet back. The movie features voice work from Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Yoko Ono, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, and others.

#38. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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#38. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 96,313
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 103 min.

As per the traditions laid out in this film, young Kiki must undergo a year of independent life before she can become a full-fledged witch. Equipped with a magic broom, she and her black cat take off for a small community in Japan. There, Kiki finds her place in the world by launching an air delivery service.

#37. Toy Story 2 (1999)
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#37. Toy Story 2 (1999)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 457,070
Metascore: 88
Director(s): John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
Runtime: 92 min.

With Andy away (at summer camp), the toys will still play in this award-winning sequel. Things take a turn for the worse after Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) gets stolen by a crazed collector. It’s up to Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang to rescue their friend before he gets stuck behind glass forever.

#36. Shrek (2001)
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#36. Shrek (2001)

IMDb user rating: 7.9
IMDb votes: 548,032
Metascore: 84
Director(s): Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Runtime: 90 min.

Loosely based on a book of the same name, this smash hit takes place in a world inhabited by classic fairy tale characters. To reclaim his swampland, an ogre named Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and his loudmouthed donkey friend (voiced by Eddie Murphy) must defeat a dragon and save a princess (voiced by Cameron Diaz) from captivity. The movie’s animation style and off-the-cuff humor set the template for many more Dreamworks productions to come.

#35. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
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#35. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 28,007
Metascore: 89
Director(s): Isao Takahata
Runtime: 137 min.

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata took over eight years to develop this animated adventure, which is based on a 10th-century Japanese folktale. After being discovered inside a bamboo stalk, a tiny girl blossoms into a mysterious princess. Takahata renders an exquisite hand-drawn and painterly style, blending hard lines with dreamy watercolors.

#34. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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#34. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 39,237
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Yoshifumi Kondô
Runtime: 111 min.

Hayao Miyazaki wrote the screenplay for this romantic drama, about the relationship between an avid book reader and the boy who keeps checking out all her favorite titles. It was the first film from Studio Ghibli to incorporate computer animation for certain scenes, though the movie is still very much a hand-drawn endeavor. Sadly, director Yoshifumi Kondô passed away just a few years after the film’s release.

#33. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
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#33. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 51,692
Metascore: 91
Director(s): Ari Folman
Runtime: 90 min.

Unable to remember his experiences during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman attempts to reconstruct the events through a series of interviews. Further distinguishing this documentary from the average fare is its rotoscope-like animation style, which was largely achieved using Flash software. This movie won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Academy Awards.

#32. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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#32. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 112,345
Metascore: 76
Director(s): Mamoru Oshii
Runtime: 83 min.

A brilliant cyberpunk manga got the big screen treatment it deserved back in 1995 and subsequently inspired a slew of major sci-fi films. The story follows a cyborg policewoman and her partner as they track down a hacker known only as The Puppet Master. Forget the recent live-action remake—this anime version is where it’s at.  

#31. The Iron Giant (1999)
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#31. The Iron Giant (1999)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 153,650
Metascore: 85
Director(s): Brad Bird
Runtime: 86 min.

A financial disappointment upon its release, Brad Bird’s feature-length directorial debut is now considered a bona fide cult classic. It centers on the friendship between a young boy and a giant alien robot, who together must flee from a paranoid government agent. Bird pursued the project in hopes of answering the question: "What if a gun had a soul?”

#30. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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#30. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 264,315
Metascore: 82
Director(s): Henry Selick
Runtime: 76 min.

Chaos comes to Halloween Town when local leader Jack Skellington tries to whip up some Christmas spirit in this holiday classic. Replete with stunning stop motion animation and a handful of catchy songs, the film brings Tim Burton’s vision to life. 

#29. Aladdin (1992)
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#29. Aladdin (1992)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 311,316
Metascore: 86
Director(s): Ron Clements, John Musker
Runtime: 90 min.

Disney was in a whole new world by the time this wildly popular adventure came along, about a romantic street urchin named Aladdin. Hoping to impress the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin wishes upon a genie’s lamp and becomes a powerful prince. A live-action remake starring Will Smith is slated to drop this May.

#28. Zootopia (2016)
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#28. Zootopia (2016)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 368,334
Metascore: 78
Director(s): Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Runtime: 108 min.

Anthropomorphic animals from all walks of life converge in the city of Zootopia and even manage to get along in this computer-animated comedy. Everything changes when a strange affliction turns some of the city’s residents into rabid predators. It sounds like a job for Judy Hopps, the ZPD’s newest rookie and the city’s first bunny cop.

#27. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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#27. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 380,285
Metascore: 95
Director(s): Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Runtime: 84 min.

Long before the live-action remake came this animated fantasy, in which an unruly beast takes a young beauty as his prisoner. Should the beautiful Belle learn to love her captor, then a curse will lift and a prince will be revealed. Disney mostly kept to hand-drawn animation, though the studio did utilize a new Computer Animation Production System (CAPS) for the now-famous ballroom sequence.

#26. Ratatouille (2007)
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#26. Ratatouille (2007)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 562,844
Metascore: 96
Director(s): Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Runtime: 111 min.

An aspiring chef lands a sweet gig inside a Parisian restaurant in this computer-animated comedy from Pixar. There’s just one problem: the aspiring chef happens to be a rat named Remy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). It looks like Remy will need a little help from a bumbling kitchen employee named Linguini, who uncovers some hidden skills of his own.

#25. The Incredibles (2004)
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#25. The Incredibles (2004)

IMDb user rating: 8.0
IMDb votes: 583,735
Metascore: 90
Director(s): Brad Bird
Runtime: 115 min.

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible were two of the city’s greatest superheroes before their practice was banned. Fifteen years later, they’re living a quiet life in suburbia with their three children. That all changes when Mr. Incredible is called back into action, but little does he realize the new job is not what it seems.

#24. Song of the Sea (2014)
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#24. Song of the Sea (2014)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 42,105
Metascore: 85
Director(s): Tomm Moore
Runtime: 93 min.

Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore employed his signature hand-drawn animation style for this thrilling adventure. It centers on a pair of young siblings, one of whom has the power to transform into a seal. Determined to save the spirit world, the brother and sister embark on a perilous journey across the sea.

#23. Persepolis (2007)
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#23. Persepolis (2007)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 80,694
Metascore: 90
Director(s): Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Runtime: 96 min.

Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi adapted her own work when co-directing this autobiographical drama, which kicks off in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. After being sent to a boarding school in Vienna, a young and precocious Marji finds it no easier to adapt. Satrapi’s illustrative black-and-white style makes an easy transition onto the screen, providing a perfect accompaniment to the film’s socio-political themes.  

#22. Castle in the Sky (1986)
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#22. Castle in the Sky (1986)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 124,118
Metascore: 78
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 125 min.

The first full-length movie animated by Studio Ghibli centers on a young boy and a mystical girl, who race through the sky in search of a floating castle. In their possession is a crystal amulet of considerable power, and on their tail are various high-flying enemies. 

#21. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
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#21. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 124,826
Metascore: 86
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 117 min.

Hayao Miyazaki adapted his own manga when making this 1984 epic, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and tackles environmental themes. At the heart of the story is the noble Princess Nausicaä, who struggles to keep the peace between two warring clans. Should she fail, it could mean the end for an already dying planet.  

#20. Akira (1988)
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#20. Akira (1988)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 134,375
Metascore: data not available
Director(s): Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Runtime: 124 min.

Set in the futuristic city of Neo-Tokyo, this groundbreaking cyberpunk anime film chronicles the exploits of a bike gang leader named Shōtarō Kaneda. When one of Kaneda’s fellow gang members unlocks psychic powers, it sets off a brutal series of violent confrontations. The movie is frequently cited as a major influence across a full spectrum of media.  

#19. Mary and Max (2009)
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#19. Mary and Max (2009)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 148,044
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Adam Elliot
Runtime: 92 min.

This stop motion animated comedy hails from Australia and depicts the unlikely friendship between its two title characters. Despite living in different countries, 8-year-old Mary and 44-year-old Max engage in a 20-year correspondence. Meanwhile, the question lingers: Will these two friends ever meet in person?

#18. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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#18. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 591,799
Metascore: 74
Director(s): Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Runtime: 98 min.

Adored by critics and audiences alike, this 3D computer-animated adventure tells the story of a Viking named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and a dragon named Toothless. Determined to be a mighty dragon hunter, Hiccup ends up becoming best friends with his supposed enemy. Together, he and Toothless try to mend the bitter feud between Vikings and dragons.

#17. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
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#17. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 720,426
Metascore: 78
Director(s): Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich
Runtime: 92 min.

Set in the city of Monstropolis—where children’s screams keep the power on—monsters Mike and Sulley make a living by eliciting those very same screams. When a human girl accidentally gets loose on their watch, the two friends scramble to return her to her bedroom before word gets out. Along the way, they discover that humans aren’t so bad after all.  

#16. Finding Nemo (2003)
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#16. Finding Nemo (2003)

IMDb user rating: 8.1
IMDb votes: 847,128
Metascore: 90
Director(s): Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Runtime: 100 min.

One of Pixar’s most celebrated efforts follows a fish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) as he searches the sea for his missing son. Helping along the way is a forgetful blue tang named Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres). The extraordinary computer animation came literally bursting off the screen in 2012 when the film was re-released in 3D.

#15. Wolf Children (2012)
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#15. Wolf Children (2012)

IMDb user rating: 8.2
IMDb votes: 29,903
Metascore: 71
Director(s): Mamoru Hosoda
Runtime: 117 min.

It’s hard out there for a widowed werewolf in this award-winning family drama. Not only does the werewolf need to raise her unpredictable son and daughter, but she has to do so while keeping their secret hidden from the world. Japanese production company Digital Frontier handled the visuals, combining CG with celluloid animation.

#14. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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#14. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

IMDb user rating: 8.2
IMDb votes: 231,441
Metascore: 86
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 86 min.

Hayao Miyazaki serves up some magical realism as only he can in this 1988 fantasy film, which follows two young girls out to the Japanese countryside. While tending to their sick mother, the girls embark on numerous adventures with the forest spirits nearby. Miyazaki based parts of the story on personal experience, as he too had a sick mother when he was young.

#13. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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#13. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

IMDb user rating: 8.2
IMDb votes: 274,969
Metascore: 80
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 119 min.

Yet another triumph from Hayao Miyazaki, this anime adventure finds a young woman cursed with an old woman’s body. The only way she can break the spell is by seeking out a magician named Howl, who lives inside a moving castle. To supplement the hand-drawn animation during certain scenes, Miyazaki and his team made light use of CG technology.

#12. Inside Out (2015)
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#12. Inside Out (2015)

IMDb user rating: 8.2
IMDb votes: 517,276
Metascore: 94
Director(s): Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen
Runtime: 95 min.

A young girl named Riley grapples with a new move and so do her emotions in this unconventional adventure comedy. As Riley navigates her way through a new city and new school, her personified emotions likewise embark on a consequential journey. The film’s creators physically modeled each emotion after a specific shape, which helps explain why Disgust resembles broccoli.

#11. Toy Story 3 (2010)
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#11. Toy Story 3 (2010)

IMDb user rating: 8.3
IMDb votes: 664,184
Metascore: 92
Director(s): Lee Unkrich
Runtime: 103 min.

With a fourth installment ready to drop in 2019, now is the perfect time to brush up on "Toy Story 3.” It follows Woody and the gang to a brutal daycare center, where the kids torment by day and an angry stuffed bear runs the show at night. Can the toys escape before it’s too late?

#10. Toy Story (1995)
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#10. Toy Story (1995)

IMDb user rating: 8.3
IMDb votes: 770,494
Metascore: 95
Director(s): John Lasseter
Runtime: 81 min.

Pixar’s inaugural feature introduces viewers to all of Andy’s toys, who spring to life when humans aren’t around. A cowboy named Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is living the dream until Andy brings home a new action figure by the name of Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen). According to Time, "Toy Story" was so revolutionary that it changed movie history—and the industry overnight.

#9. Up (2009)
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#9. Up (2009)

IMDb user rating: 8.3
IMDb votes: 822,984
Metascore: 88
Director(s): Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Runtime: 96 min.

This acclaimed comedy-drama opens with an emotional montage before segueing into the story of a man and his house. After attaching numerous balloons to the roof, the man floats off in search of Paradise Falls. Little does he realize that a stowaway has tagged along for the ride, or that life-threatening danger awaits them both.

#8. Your Name (2016)
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#8. Your Name (2016)

IMDb user rating: 8.4
IMDb votes: 120,611
Metascore: 79
Director(s): Makoto Shinkai
Runtime: 106 min.

This fantasy drama depicts the strange relationship between a teenage boy in Tokyo and a teenage girl in rural Japan, who have the unique ability to swap bodies. When they try to connect in real life, the pair discovers that it’s not just distance keeping them apart. This universally acclaimed movie is the highest-grossing anime of all time at the worldwide box office.

#7. Coco (2017)
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#7. Coco (2017)

IMDb user rating: 8.4
IMDb votes: 251,931
Metascore: 81
Director(s): Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Runtime: 105 min.

An aspiring musician named Miguel ventures into the Land of the Dead in this vividly colorful Pixar flick. While trying to connect with his deceased idol, Miguel encounters various relatives and befriends a trickster named Héctor. As it turns out, there’s far more to Héctor than first meets the eye.

#6. Princess Mononoke (1997)
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#6. Princess Mononoke (1997)

IMDb user rating: 8.4
IMDb votes: 285,771
Metascore: 76
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 134 min.

Hayao Miyazaki’s international breakthrough hit follows a young warrior into the woods, where he gets embroiled in a fierce battle between human beings and forest gods. Interspersing epic fantasy with occasional violence, the movie additionally serves as a testament to both the power and fragility of the natural world.

#5. WALL·E (2008)
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#5. WALL·E (2008)

IMDb user rating: 8.4
IMDb votes: 883,077
Metascore: 95
Director(s): Andrew Stanton
Runtime: 98 min.

The future does not look bright in this computer-animated sci-fi film, which opens on a trash-filled planet devoid of humans. While wading through the refuse, an adorable robot named WALL·E follows the object of his affection onto a giant spaceship. It’s here that viewers discover what humans have been up to all this time, and the answer is: not much.

#4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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#4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

IMDb user rating: 8.5
IMDb votes: 188,943
Metascore: Data not available
Director(s): Isao Takahata
Runtime: 89 min.

Based on a semi-autobiographical short story of the same name, this animated drama takes place in Japan during WWII. After being separated from their parents during a firebombing, a young boy and his little sister struggle to survive. The movie is far more somber than the average Studio Ghibli fare, and its powerful message about the value of life still resonates.

#3. The Lion King (1994)
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#3. The Lion King (1994)

IMDb user rating: 8.5
IMDb votes: 809,963
Metascore: 83
Director(s): Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Runtime: 88 min.

Disney was on a veritable hot streak when it unleashed this epic crowd-pleaser, which won two Academy Awards. It tells the story of a lion prince named Simba, who returns from exile to reclaim the throne. An eagerly anticipated live-action remake is on its way.

#2. Spirited Away (2001)
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#2. Spirited Away (2001)

IMDb user rating: 8.6
IMDb votes: 539,734
Metascore: 96
Director(s): Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise
Runtime: 125 min.

Hayao Miyazaki’s most iconic effort remains the highest-grossing movie in Japan to date. It follows a young girl into a fantastic parallel world, where spirits roam free, and humans get turned into animals. To understand why The New Yorker once described Miyazaki as the "auteur of anime,” look no further than this quintessential work.

#1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
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#1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

IMDb user rating: 8.7
IMDb votes: 83,402
Metascore: 87
Director(s): Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Runtime: 117 min.

The best animated film of all time—according to audiences—sends Brooklyn superhero Miles Morales into a head-spinning multiverse. It’s here that he teams up with five other Spidey superheroes to take on a dangerous threat. Animators borrowed ideas from the hand-drawn tradition and broke all sorts of new ground while coming up with the movie’s computer-generated visuals.  

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