The 100 best animated movies: Full list

World-famous animators pick the best animated movies ever, including Disney and Pixar movies, cult movies, kids' movies, stop-motion, anime and more



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What are the 100 best animated movies of all time? To find out we asked over 100 experts for their favorite animations (60 minutes or over). These are people who know animated movies, from Fantastic Mr. Fox director Wes Anderson and Aardman animators Nick Park and Peter Lord to the creatives behind some of the biggest Disney and Pixar hits ever made. We've crunched the numbers and here's the final list, from 100 down to one.


The Lord of the Rings (1978)

Peter Jackson was only 17 when a brave filmmaker tackled Tolkien.


The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

A mockingbird conspires to bring down a despotic king in this seminal futuristic fairy tale.


Kung Fu Panda (2008)

It may be mainstream, but this all-action chopsocky film has wit, charm and guts.


Faust (1994)

A gleefully bizarre twist on the Faust story that blends live-action with puppetry, stop-motion animation and more.


Coraline (2009)

Nightmare Before Christmas director Selick’s follow-up is altogether more unsettling.


Paprika (2006)

A gizmo that records people’s dreams goes missing, resulting in chaos.


Heavy Traffic (1973)

A grubby New York City, a murderous cast of characters and plenty of off-color jokes—Walt would not approve.


Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

A spooky sequel descends even deeper into virtual reality’s underworld.


The Lion King (1994)

Like Shakespeare at the zoo, it’s the story of one lion cub who goes from pampered prince to outcast, and then to lord of the pride.


Rango (2011)

A talking chameleon, used to blending in, must take a bold stand as a Western town’s new sheriff.


Pom Poko (1994)

This thunderous Ghibli romp—part satire, part family adventure, part war “documentary”—is one of the weirdest movies ever made.


Porco Rosso (1992)

A tribute to classic Hollywood, aviation and the unlimited possibilities of cinema.


Aladdin (1992)

Disney’s comeback was assured when this lively romp made millions.


Frozen (2013)

Disney takes a modern approach to an old-fashioned fairy tale.


Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Never has a party snub had such dire consequences.


Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

The seminal anime series comes to a close with an apocalyptic bang.


King Kong (1933)

Stop-motion animatronics meet live action in this still-thrilling adventure story.


Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

This mythical adventure provides the ultimate showcase for Ray Harryhausen’s stop-frame animation.


Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

Wonderfully madcap early-1960s experimental piece.


Only Yesterday (1991)

The best film Mikio Naruse never made.

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I'm a big fan of  La prophétie des grenouilles and would have liked to see it make the list, as well as Howls moving castle, The secret of Kells and The Rabbi's Cat. But this is a truly great list, better than others making rounds in the internet and plagued with dreamworks titles


Movies that I'd like to add to this list: The Secret of Kells, Howl's Moving Castle, Metropolis, Summer Wars


Great list.  I like that it gives so much credit to lesser known films, and that Studio Ghibli gets the respect it deserves.  Also happy to see Wallace & Gromit and Fantastic Mr. Fox near the top.  Only thing that's missing is Howl's Moving Castle (unless I missed it).

This list is a lot stronger than the majority of 'greatest animation' lists and I'm very glad to see some lesser known films get the recognition they deserve, and very happy also to see Shrek isn't stinking up this list like a lot of the others. This does suffer from the same problem as most of the existing lists though, which is a real lack of diversity and representation. I'd mostly put this down to the voting structure used to compile the list combined with how the history of animation has been recorded. Although a lot of the voters are within the industry and have the credentials it doesn't mean they have a far-reaching knowledge in regards to the history of feature length animation (most animation buffs I know tend to have a far better knowledge of the shorts). Unless you're specifically looking at the animation history of a certain country, most available publications on the history of animation tend to omit large sections of film history (most often those from countries with differing political views to the USA and UK). I am saddened to see countries with rich histories of animation mostly snubbed within this list (Hungary has one film in the list, Russia has none), whilst Bakshi's racist rotoscoped messes, Disneys dullest and mostly live action films with smidgeons of animation have all found a place. 
Firstly the list certainly favors more recent films. There are more films within this list from 1990-2014 than there are films from 1926-1989. Over half of the list are films from the USA, and nearly a third where released by Walt Disney. Japanese films take up just over a fifth of the list, half of these by studio Ghibli, and the remainder of the list are mostly French and British films. Three Czech films made the list, but it should be noted they are all by the same director (Jan Svankmajer). I'm not trying to say most of these films don't deserve to be in the list (apart from Ralph Bakshi's, I'm happy to say that), I'm just trying to draw attention to how much is missed from these lists simply because of a film not receiving a western release, or through them being forgotten from the animation history books, and how through a voting format more well-publicized films have the immediate advantage.  

Sad to see that famous Soviet classics have been overlooked completely. Where is The Snow Queen by Lev Atamanov and The Humpbacked Horse by Ivan Ivanov-Vano? Also, better to rename this list "The 100 best feature lenght animated movies"

The only problem I have with this list is the lack of the anime Metropolis. Amazing film, sad to see it so overlooked.

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