The Best Animated Movies

This list comprises the best animated films which were made without the help of extensive CGIs. Furthermore you will not find any Japanimation on this list. Note that not all movies on this list may be suitable for kids.

As usual feel free to comment on my choice of films.

PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.
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1.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
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A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
2.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
3.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs; the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. (83 mins.)
 
4.
Gulliver's Travels (1939)
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Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival... (76 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
 
5.
Pinocchio (1940)
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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
 
6.
Fantasia (1940)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
 
7.
Dumbo (1941)
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Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
 
8.
Bambi (1942)
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
 
9.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
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An animated adaption of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaption of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". (68 mins.)
 
10.
Cinderella (1950)
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When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. (74 mins.)
 
11.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
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Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way. (75 mins.)
 
12.
Peter Pan (1953)
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Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan. (77 mins.)
 
13.
Animal Farm (1954)
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A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves. (72 mins.)
 
14.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
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The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. (76 mins.)
 
15.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. (75 mins.)
Director: Clyde Geronimi
 
16.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
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When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. (79 mins.)
 
17.
West and Soda (1965)
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A greedy villain tries to coerce a woman into marrying him so he can take over her land, when a stranger rides into town intent on taking down the bad guys. (86 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
 
18.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
 
19.
The Jungle Book (1967)
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Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. (78 mins.)
 
20.
Asterix (1967)
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Gaul invaded! Asterix must save the Druid Getafix from the Romans. (68 mins.)
Director: Ray Goossens
 
21.
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
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When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster... (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Bass
 
22.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
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The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. (90 mins.)
Director: George Dunning
 
23.
Asterix & Cleopatra (1968)
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Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home... (72 mins.)
 
24.
The AristoCats (1970)
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With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country. (78 mins.)
 
25.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
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An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain. (117 mins.)
 
26.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
27.
Robin Hood (1973)
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The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (83 mins.)
 
28.
The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)
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Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car. (88 mins.)
Director: Ivo Caprino
 
29.
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976)
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The Gauls have the chance to become the new masters of the Roman empire if they can solve twelve tasks set by Julius Cesar. (82 mins.)
 
30.
Watership Down (1978)
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
 
31.
The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. (83 mins.)
Director: Paul Grimault
 
32.
American Pop (1981)
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The story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music in the 20th century. (96 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
33.
Heavy Metal (1981)
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A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
 
34.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
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Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies. (83 mins.)
 
35.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. (92 mins.)
 
36.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world. (93 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
 
37.
Time Masters (1982)
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Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets... (78 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
38.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
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To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected. (82 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
 
39.
The Flight of Dragons (1982 Video)
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A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known. (96 mins.)
 
40.
The Plague Dogs (1982)
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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
 
41.
Rock & Rule (1983)
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A malevolent rock star kidnaps a female singer to force her to participate in the summoning of a demon and her band must help her stop him. (77 mins.)
Director: Clive A. Smith
 
42.
Fire and Ice (1983)
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In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord... (81 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
43.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
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A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can. (80 mins.)
 
44.
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985)
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Set on the subterranean Mine-World, a band of human worker are treated like slaves under the power of the evil overlord Zygon until one... (107 mins.)
Director: Steven Hahn
 
45.
Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985)
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Gwen is a young girl adopted by a nomad tribe in a desert post-apocalyptic world. When Gwen's friend is kidnapped, she and an old woman called Roseline embark on a trip to bring him back. (67 mins.)
 
46.
Asterix and Caesar (1985)
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Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her... (79 mins.)
 
47.
The Pied Piper (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a twist. (53 mins.)
Director: Jirí Barta
 
48.
Street of Crocodiles (1986 Short Film)
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A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released... (20 mins.)
 
49.
When the Wind Blows (1986)
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A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war, only to gradually succumb to its aftermath. (80 mins.)
 
50.
An American Tail (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
 
51.
Asterix in Britain (1986)
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The diminutive Asterix and his rather larger companion Obelix, warriors of the last village in Gaul still free after the Roman invasion... (79 mins.)
 
52.
The Land Before Time (1988)
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An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley. (69 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
 
53.
Gandahar (1988)
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An evil force from a 1000 years in the future begins to destroy an idyllic paradise, where the citizens are in perfect harmony with nature. (78 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
54.
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has... (85 mins.)
 
55.
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher. (77 mins.)
 
56.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead, unaware her captor to be an enchanted prince. (84 mins.)
 
57.
Aladdin (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her. (90 mins.)
 
58.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
59.
The Princess and the Cobbler (1993)
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When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum... (72 mins.)
“ Inclusion on this list is based on the "Recobbled Cut" and NOT on the original theatrical release version. ” - Akira_Chimera
 
60.
The Wrong Trousers (1993 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Wallace is used by a criminal penguin in a robbery involving mechanical trousers. (30 mins.)
Director: Nick Park
 
61.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)
 
62.
Felidae (1994)
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A cat must investigate brutal murders of other cats in a neighborhood he has moved into with his owner. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Schaack
 
63.
Taxandria (1994)
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A young prince is taken for tuition at a seaside hotel but there quickly bores and wanders off to visit a nearby lighthouse... (82 mins.)
Director: Raoul Servais
 
64.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
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An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human like bugs who live inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City. (79 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
65.
Anastasia (1997)
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The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death. (94 mins.)
 
66.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. (99 mins.)
 
67.
Mulan (1998)
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To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. (88 mins.)
 
68.
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born. (74 mins.)
Director: Michel Ocelot
 
69.
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Simba's daughter is the key to a resolution of a bitter feud between Simba's pride and the outcast pride led by the mate of Scar. (81 mins.)
 
70.
The Iron Giant (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. (86 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
 
71.
Tarzan (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human. (88 mins.)
 
72.
Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)
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Julie must keep madman Tyler from immortality... (88 mins.)
 
73.
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
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Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
 
74.
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. (89 mins.)
 
75.
Titan A.E. (2000)
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A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity. (94 mins.)
 
76.
Chicken Run (2000)
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When a bird "flies" into a chicken farm, the fellow chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. (84 mins.)
 
77.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
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A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis. (95 mins.)