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.

20

Up (2009)

Pixar’s saddest, sweetest, strangest film.


19

Ratatouille (2007)

Pixar was at the height of its powers when it made this Paris-set tale of a rat with immense cooking talent.

18

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

A live-action gumshoe must prove that a cartoon rabbit has been wrongly accused of murder.

17

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

An eccentric inventor and his loyal canine companion hunt a mutant bunny.

15

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

This unflinching war story proves that, in animation, anything is possible.


14

Akira (1988)

A biker teen unleashes a psychic with apocalyptic powers—oh, and it’s 2019.


13

Fantasia (1940)

In Disney’s extravaganza, eight fantastical vignettes are scored to music by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

12

Alice (1988)

This Lewis Carroll adaptation, from a brilliant Czech surrealist, is too wild and wonderful for kids.

11

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The cartoon Beatles rampage through a psychedelic Pop Art dreamscape.


10

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

An idiosyncratic auteur gets animated with this stop-motion take on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel.

8

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Not the first animated feature, but the start of the Disney empire.


7

The Iron Giant (1999)

The Ted Hughes novel came to Hollywood in a studio movie that broke technical and storytelling boundaries—if not box-office records.

6

Dumbo (1941)

It ain’t easy being gray in one of Disney’s most simple, cute and memorable tales.


5

The Incredibles (2004)

A superheroic family tries to blend into their quiet suburban lifestyle, but realizes that their skills are nothing to be ashamed of.

4

Toy Story (1995)

Cowboy or spaceman—which is Andy’s favorite plaything? And how do these secretly alive toys feel about that?

3

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Miyazaki proves he has the heart of a child, the eye of a painter and the soul of a poet.


2

Spirited Away (2001)

Moving is a drag for ten-year-old Chihiro, until she discovers she’s meant to work in a bathhouse for the spirit world.

1

Pinocchio (1940)

A wooden puppet yearns to be a real boy; he must prove himself worthy.



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Gunds E

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

oneirogmophobic
oneirogmophobic

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

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A P

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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