BEST ANIMATION MOVIES SINCE 1980

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1.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
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When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with new-found friends and seek the legendary Guardians to stop the menace. (97 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
2.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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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.)
 
3.
Tangled (2010)
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The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. (100 mins.)
 
4.
Rio (2011)
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When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. (96 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
 
5.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
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An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
6.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
 
7.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
 
8.
Rango (2011)
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Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
9.
Ratatouille (2007)
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A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
 
10.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009 TV Movie)
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When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro takes up his sword again to tear through an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic leader. (97 mins.)
Director: Fuminori Kizaki
 
11.
Afro Samurai (2007 Mini-Series)
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A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan. (125 mins.)
Director: Fuminori Kizaki
 
12.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
13.
The Lion King (1994)
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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.)
 
14.
Toy Story (1995)
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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
 
15.
Shrek (2001)
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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.)
 
16.
Finding Nemo (2003)
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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.)
 
17.
The Animatrix (2003 Video)
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The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix. (100 mins.)
 
18.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
19.
Antz (1998)
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A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (83 mins.)
 
20.
Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)
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Axis, a gigantic coiling plant, stretches high above the clouds. At its center, is a village whose people are in mortal danger... (85 mins.)
 
21.
Sky Blue (2003)
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Civilization has been destroyed by war and pollution, but the survivors have built the last city of Ecoban... (86 mins.)
Director: Moon-saeng Kim
 
22.
Spirited Away (2001)
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During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
23.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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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
 
24.
Ice Age (2002)
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Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe. (81 mins.)
 
25.
Steamboy (2004)
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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.)
 
26.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
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In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
27.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
28.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
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When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back. (103 mins.)
 
29.
Ninja Scroll (1993)
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A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate. (94 mins.)
 
30.
Appleseed (2004)
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In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind? (101 mins.)
 
31.
Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
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In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government... (48 mins.)
 
32.
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
 
33.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
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The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
 
34.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
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After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpson family are declared fugitives. (87 mins.)
Director: David Silverman
 
35.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
36.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
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A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
 
37.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
 
38.
Akira (1988)
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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.)
 
39.
Aladdin (1992)
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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.)
 
40.
Metropolis (2001)
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Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima. (108 mins.)
Director: Rintaro
 
41.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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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
 
42.
Heavy Metal (1981)
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A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
 
43.
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
 
44.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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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
 
45.
Madagascar (2005)
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Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar. (86 mins.)
 
46.
Monster House (2006)
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Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. (91 mins.)
Director: Gil Kenan
 
47.
Beowulf (2007)
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The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
48.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
49.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
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The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set. (81 mins.)
 
50.
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)
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A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
51.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
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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
 
52.
WALL·E (2008)
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In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
 
53.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
54.
Ronal the Barbarian (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fantasy comedy about young Ronal who lives in a barbarian village. Ronal is weak, skinny and doesn't... (89 mins.)
 
55.
Puss in Boots (2011)
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An outlaw cat, his childhood egg-friend and a seductive thief kitty set out in search for the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honor and regain the trust of his mother and town. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Miller
 
56.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him. (94 mins.)
 
57.
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King (2012)
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He trusts no one, only his sword. (76 mins.)