It is hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy in animated movies. They are fun, witty, have great visuals and offer awesome story-lines. They could even parry the regular movies with the quality of their production. Animated movies are always a great pick for family movie nights and can be equally enjoyed by both kids and adults. Now, because there are so many of them, it is hard to know which one is worth your attention and which isn’t. To help you with that, we decided to do our homework and bring you the best animated movies of all time that will surely be worth your time. Check them out below.
30. Despicable Me (2010)
Gru is a bad guy and his dream is to be the greatest villain in the world. Too bad that one of his archenemies, Vector, wants the same. When Vector steals Pyramid of Giza, Gru wants to steal it back and also steal the Moon. In this task, he is helped by his loyal helpers, Minions, but he needs a bit more. He adopts three girls from the orphanage to use them as pawns. But little does he know that the girls will help him find some love in his heart.
29. Shrek (2001)
Once upon a time, there was an ogre named Shrek who lived in a swamp. His happy solitary life gets broken when the swamp gets invaded by fairytale beings who got exiled by Lord Farquaad. In order to reestablish his peace, Shrek makes a deal with Lord Farquaad. He will save Princess Fiona from a scary dragon, so Lord Farquaad could marry her and stop exiling other creatures from the kingdom. But once Shrek and Fiona meet, they will find out that they have a lot in common.
28. The Incredibles (2004)
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are superheroes, or they used to be. Now they live undercover life as Bob Parr and Helen, with their three kids Violet, Dash and Jack Jack. All members of the family have superpowers but they hide it and live a calm suburban life. One day, Bob is offered a chance to put back on his old superhero cape. But it turns out that the chance is actually a trap. The whole family will have to jump in and save his life, ultimately saving the world.
27. Ratatouille (2007)
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26. Beauty And The Beast (1991)
When her father gets imprisoned by a scary Beast, Belle offers herself in his place. At the beginning, she sees him only as a monster, and he thinks she is difficult. Later on, Belle will find out that he is much more to the Beast than being a monster. She doesn’t know that he is cursed and that the Beast is actually a Prince, whose spell can be broken only by true love. A classic Disney movie you can’t go wrong with.
25. Zootopia (2016)
Zootopia is a place where all animals live together in harmony. Judy Hopps is a bunny with a dream to become a first bunny police officer but everyone is underestimating her, so she lands her first job is a traffic officer. Meanwhile, a series of mysterious murders are happening in Zootopia, and she decides to solve them. In this task, she is helped by a fox, Nick, who takes her to an adventure she couldn’t even dream of.
24. Aladdin (1992)
Tired of her everyday duties, Princess Jasmine escapes the castle to wander the streets of the city of Agrabah. That day she meets Aladdin, a poor street urchin who immediately falls in love with her. Aladdin knows he doesn’t have a chance with Jasmine but that all changes when he finds the magic lamp with a genie inside that grants wishes. But, he might not enjoy it too long since evil Jaffar wants the lamp for himself.
23. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and he is bored with doing the same thing for Halloween every year – the monsters come out and scare the people of Halloween Town. Seeking for something different, he finds Christmas Town. Amazed with what he sees, Jack tries to bring Christmas to Halloween Town, but that only causes confusion and chaos.
22. The Iron Giant (1999)
When a giant metal robot hits the Earth, his only task is to destroy it. But in the process, he loses the memory and is not quite sure what he is doing on this planet. A young boy, Hogarth, finds him and the two form an unusual friendship. Meanwhile, a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, arrives in town to find and destroy the robot. Hogarth will do anything to protect his new friend.
21. Ghost In The Shell (1995)
In 2029, the world as we know it barely exists. Technology is so advanced that cyborgs are normal. Humans are connected to the internet and crime has developed into hacking the interactive network. The story follows Major Motoko Kasunagi, an officer in Section 9 who is trying to catch the Puppet Master, a cyber-criminal who wants to control all humans.
20. Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son Nemo gets captured by a scuba diver and is taken away, clownfish Merlin has to leave his safe home to go look for his son and eventually save him. In this adventure, he meets many new friends, but the one that follows him all the way is Dory, a funny, short memory bluefish.
19. Monsters, Inc (2001)
To power their world, monsters use children’s screams, so they enter our world to scare them. Monsters think that children are toxic, but one event could change all that. Mike and Sulley are two monsters that wanted to work in the company Monsters Inc. since they were little. One day they decide to make the biggest scare ever, but little do they knew that the little girl Boo won’t be scared at all. Actually, she would even enter the monster’s world. This will change the perception of their world forever.
18. How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
On the fantastical island of Berk lives Hiccup, son of a Viking Chief, who dreams to be a great leader like his father and fight against dragons that keep raiding their village. One night, Hiccup finds a mysterious Night Fury dragon, which he tries to kill, but he can’t bring himself to do it. Instead, he decides to befriend the dragon and try to train him. But Hiccup has to keep this a secret, otherwise, the people from the village could kill his new friend.
17. Mary And Max (2009)
This is a story about a pen-pal friendship between 8-year-old Mary from Australia and Max, a 44-year-old from New York. Their story spans nearly two decades across two continents. They are friends to each other during many difficult times of their lives. Will they finally meet?
16. Akira (1988)
In the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo, a teenage boy gets to develop telekinetic powers due to exposition to a mysterious source of energy. He gets involved in a secret government project, Akira, in order to save a friend. In this Japanese masterpiece, the protagonist will learn that with great power comes great responsibility.
15. Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)
In the far future, the world as we know it is destroyed because of a nuclear war. In this post-nuclear world exists a small kingdom in the Valley of the Wind. In order to survive, the community has to defend the kingdom from gigantic Ohm creatures and toxic plants that live beyond the Valley, in the Sea of Decay. But Princess Nausicaä doesn’t see all mysterious creatures as bad and harmful, so she decides to unite these two territories.
14. Castle In The Sky (1986)
It was a day as any other for a young boy named Pazu until a girl Sheeta fell from the sky. This is how his adventure starts. Sheeta is looking for a legendary floating city, Laputa. But since she has a magical necklace which is the key to the city, she’s been chased by air-pirates and government. Pazu joins her in this important task, but will they find Laputa in time?
13. Inside Out (2015)
Riley has a happy childhood in the Midwest, but one day her father gets a job offer in San Francisco, requiring the family to move there. This is really hard for Riley, and her emotions get all messed up. The movie follows Riley’s story, but also the story of the emotions in her head. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear are there to help her deal with this dramatic change.
12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Young Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste who turns her into an old lady. Ashamed of her looks, she runs away from home. She arrives at a moving castle, owned by a wizard Howl and his fire demon Calcifer, who powers the castle. Calcifer promises to help her get free from the spell if she helps him break free from Howl. Will Sophie and Calcifer get what they want?
11. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
When their mother gets sick, two girls, Satsuki and Mei, move to an old house in the countryside in order to be closer to the hospital where their mother is treated. Soon realize that they are surrounded by friendly spirits and that the nearby forest is full of magical creatures. After they befriend magical spirit named Totoro, the girls embark on several magical adventures.
10. Up (2009)
Carl Fredricksen always wanted to visit Paradise Falls in South America. It was his and his wife’s dream. When she died the only thing he had was the house they had put up together and that dream. One day, he ties hundreds of balloons to the house and he makes it fly. He has the destination in his mind, but he is unaware of the unexpected guest to accompany him on this trip.
9. Toy Story (1995)
This is a movie about the secret life of toys. Woody is Andy’s favorite toy, but one day Andy’s mother buys him a new action figure, Buzz Lightyear. Woody is overwhelmed by jealousy and he tries to get rid of Buzz. He pushes him out of the window, but he has been judged by the rest of the toys so he follows him. After that incident, the two of them get lost and they get into all kinds of trouble. The only thing they know is that they must return home before Sid Phillips, the toy killer gets them.
8. Toy Story 3 (2010)
It’s time for Andy to go to college and he doesn’t play with his toys anymore. He wanted to leave his toys in the attic, but mistakenly they finish in a daycare center. At the beginning, they are enthusiastic about new friends they meet, but after they find out that they are in danger, that’s where the new adventure starts.
7. WALL-E (2008)
The humankind abandoned the Earth 700 years ago because it was covered in trash. The only thing they left behind is WALL-E, a robot who is programmed to clean. He lives a lonely life where he collects all kinds of things. One day a new robot arrives to Earth to check in what condition it is. Robot’s name is EVE and WALL-E falls in love with her. After a spaceship comes to take EVE, WALL-E follows her and along the way little robot discovers how human’s life looks.
6. Princess Mononoke (1997)
Ashitaka gets stricken by a deadly curse while protecting his village from boar-demon. To find the cure he needs to go on a journey to the forests of the west. While looking for a cure Ashitaka gets drawn into the fight between forest gods and a mining colony Tatara, while also meeting new friends who will help him in his quest.
5. Your Name (2016)
Mitsuha is a girl who lives in a small mountain village. Taki is a boy who lives in big Tokyo. He suddenly dreams to be a girl in some mountain village, while same happens to Mitsuha, who dreams to be a boy in a big city. This strange switch keeps happening until they decide to eventually meet. They will soon find out that it is not only distance keeping them apart but something much bigger.
4. The Lion King (1994)
This iconic Disney movie follows young lion Simba, the future king of the jungle. Overwhelmed by jealousy, his uncle Scar decides to murder Mufasa, Simba’s father, and claim the throne for himself. Simba feels the responsibility for this act and runs away. Years later, Simba decides to return home and fulfill his destiny as a new king. Coming back will be hard, but he has some new, loyal, friends by his side.
3. Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
In the wartime Japan two siblings, Seita and Setsuko are left orphaned and homeless after their city is firebombed by US bombers. They end up living with their aunt and at the beginning, everything goes well, but later it gets bad and troublesome. After they leave this new home, their lives will get more difficult, learning they only have each other to rely on for survival.
2. Coco (2017)
Miguel is a young boy who just loves to sing and play his guitar. But his family puts a strange ban on anyone in his family to perform music. One day Miguel accidentally ends up in the Land of the Dead, where he meets Hector. The two set off on an amazing journey where Miguel will find out the real story behind the mysterious ban.
1. Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away is one of the most beloved movies of all time and the perfect conclusion to our list of best animated movies of all time. It follows young girl Chihiro who accidentally wanders into the spirit world which results in her parents being turned to pigs by witch Yubaba. Chihiro is then forced to start working in a Yubaba’s bathhouse for demons, gods, and spirits in order to find a way out and break the spell on her parents.
Final thoughts on Best Animated Movies of All Time
There you have it, the best that animated movies have to offer. We hope you have enjoyed our list and that you’ll enjoy even more in these awesome movies we chose for you. Tell us what you think about our selections below. Also, let us know if we maybe skipped some animated classic that deserves to be on this list.
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