The 100 best animated movies ever made

World-famous animators pick the best animated movies, including Disney and Pixar movies, cult movies, anime and more

When we grow up, we put away childish things—or at least try to. And sure, we’ve given a lot of deep cinematic thought to adult tastes: to the best movie sex scenes, romantic comedies, horror movies and Hitchcock classics.

But animation is something we’ll never be able to shed. It’s in our DNA as moviegoers. For all of us, watching animated movies was our most formative film experience. Animation inculcates a sense of wonder: a love for the natural universe, for talking animals, wooden boys and adventure.

Nostalgia aside, we polled over 100 experts in the field—from directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes Anderson and Wallace & Gromit’s Nick Park, to critics and hardcore fans alike. The bigger discovery was seriousness: Embedded in Disney’s fantasies, we saw politics. Studio Ghibli awakened us to ecological disaster, Ralph Bakshi to race and sex. Animation has grown up, sometimes uneasily, right before our eyes.

Our authoritative ranking of the best animated movies ever made will make you feel both old and young—in a good way, we promise. Return to the timeless classics from Hollywood and around the world. Films that make you weep, laugh, sing and wish upon stars.

Written by Geoff Andrew, Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, David Ehrlich, Tom Huddleston, Guy Lodge, Trevor Johnston, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich.

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11 comments
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perfect blue, in my opinion would have to occupy a better position, Darren Aronofski plagiarism, scenes and complete ideas to the movie black swan requiem for a dream.Perfect and blue. is not only one of the best animated films, is one of the best movies of all time.

The Man on the Street
The Man on the Street

I am looking forward to seeing The Wind Rises as a guest of The Time Out Card. I hear its a contender for this list.

Rodrigo C
Rodrigo C

Secret of kells should definitely be here! one of the bests of all!

Kyle F
Kyle F

It's insulting that Shrek isn't on this list. Whether you liked the sequels or not (although even Shrek 2 should have been towards the top), there's no denying that it's one of the most original and influential animated films of the past several years. Without it, several of the movies on this list wouldn't have existed. 

And its still yet to be matched in terms of very real, very fleshed out characters.

Pedro O
Pedro O

My all time favorite is Akira (though The Lion King comes close)…

Woodsy
Woodsy

The Wind Rises needs to be on this list.