The 50 Greatest Animated Features of All Time

Everyone has made a list like this, but I felt the need to put my own two cents in on my favorite movie genre.
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1.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Easily my favorite movie, and an overlooked masterpiece of Miyazaki's. This movie is perfect in ever way. ” - leadcastle
 
2.
Fantasia (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
“ Visual poetry, people. ” - leadcastle
 
3.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
“ The greatest leap in animation since Snow White. ” - leadcastle
 
4.
Pinocchio (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
 
5.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)
“ This would be lower on the list if Hellfire wasn't in the soundtrack. ” - leadcastle
 
6.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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.)
“ The original classic. ” - leadcastle
 
7.
Bambi (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
“ People knock this movie for a being all kiddy and cutesy. Yeah, if you watch the movie all the way through it really isn't. ” - leadcastle
 
8.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
“ SADDEST. MOVIE. EVER. ” - leadcastle
 
9.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet. (86 mins.)
Director: Will Vinton
“ The first or one of the first feature length claymation movies that has the best stop-motion you'll ever see in a movie. ” - leadcastle
 
10.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ Beautiful little character piece. ” - leadcastle
 
11.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ My favorite Pixar film and the most gritty of all of them. ” - leadcastle
 
12.
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
 
13.
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of dated appliances embarks on a journey to the city to find its master after being abandoned in its cabin in the woods. (90 mins.)
Director: Jerry Rees
“ This movie is sure to be a favorite of your kid's, despite the fact that it will scare the crap out of them. ” - leadcastle
 
14.
Titan A.E. (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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.)
“ The forgotten gem hidden under the unfortunate success of a worse sci-fi movie. ” - leadcastle
 
15.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
16.
Allegro non troppo (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music... (85 mins.)
Director: Bruno Bozzetto
 
17.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Another fantastic movie by Miyazaki. This will probably be the last Ghibli film on the list, though. ” - leadcastle
 
18.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ The childhood classic. In my opinion, it'll always be the best. ” - leadcastle
 
19.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin. (76 mins.)
 
20.
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. (88 mins.)
 
21.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. (98 mins.)
“ One of the best movies of the past decade, animation or not. ” - leadcastle
 
22.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
 
23.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ A little random at times, but a it's a touching comin-of-age flick that every grandparents should watch with their grandkids. ” - leadcastle
 
24.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. (83 mins.)
 
25.
Dumbo (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. (64 mins.)
 
26.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
27.
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ I'm starting to get pissed when Pixar always wins the Oscar for best animated feature. THIS should have won the 2010 oscar for that. ” - leadcastle
 
28.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
“ Another disappointing oscar snub from a previous year. This is a fantastic, detailed, and very smooth film that anyone can enjoy. ” - leadcastle
 
29.
Steamboy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. (126 mins.)
 
30.
Metropolis (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima. (108 mins.)
Director: Rintaro
 
31.
Watership Down (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ Think bunnies are cute and cuddly? Think again. ” - leadcastle
 
32.
The Plague Dogs (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ Same goes for puppy-dogs. ” - leadcastle
 
33.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ This movie is an insane acid trip, just warning ya. ” - leadcastle
 
34.
Animal Farm (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
 
35.
Antz (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (83 mins.)
“ Yep, I'm putting this above A Bug's Life. Why? This movie may not have had the "heart" that most people bring up, but it was funny, had many clever references and innuendos and a cast of likeable characters. It dealt with more serious subject matter, but still came off as fun and goofy. ” - leadcastle
 
36.
A Bug's Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. (95 mins.)
“ Though it's a good film, I never really liked Flick as a character. He was too awkward for my tastes. Other than that, this movie has a great story and a wide cast of great characters. ” - leadcastle
 
37.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
38.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Another good movie to scare little kids with. ” - leadcastle
 
39.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (85 mins.)
Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
 
40.
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 his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
41.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City. (79 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
42.
Yellow Submarine (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ This movie held the title of "trippiest cartoon" until 2006 when Paprika was released. ” - leadcastle
 
43.
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum... (72 mins.)
 
44.
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Scrooge takes his nephews to Egypt to find a pyramid and magic lamp. (74 mins.)
Director: Bob Hathcock
 
45.
Shrek 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres. (93 mins.)
 
46.
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
 
47.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An eight year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens. (82 mins.)
Director: John A. Davis
 
48.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. (85 mins.)
 
49.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
 
50.
The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three children make a daring escape from the underground city in which they are slaves of the Evil Emperor, and go in search of the fabled Sky Kingdom and the great Prince Ariel. (73 mins.)
Director: Roger Hawkins
“ This is a weird little gem. It's a 1.5 hour stop-motion feature where every character and bit of the set was made from stuff that was found in trash heaps in Zimbabwe. It's not a great film, but it's amazing to see how they put everything together and what the process was like. ” - leadcastle