Animated Movie Rankingsby ctwill02-352-732724 | last updated - 14 Nov 2016 | Public
If it's animated, it's here. While Disney will surely end up dominating the list with its excellent work in the 80s and 90s, the list is not exclusive to them and features the work of artists from all over the world.
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1. The Little Mermaid (1989)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.
Votes: 190,887 | Gross: $111.54M
"Darling, it's better down where it's wetter."
This masterpiece is Disney's crowning achievement. It's the film that skyrocketed the company back to the top of the animated movie mountain and kept it there to this day. While it differs quite heavily from the source material, the story is excellent. I'm a fan of all things aquatic, so I was hooked from the start. The songs are outstanding and the best in all of Disney's catalogue.
2. Robin Hood (1973)
G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.
Votes: 93,757 | Gross: $32.06M
"This will be my greatest performance."
For me, there is no animated movie more exciting than Disney's Robin Hood. It's pretty true to the original legend but puts a fun spin on it by delegating the roles to various animals that seem to match the personalities of their legendary counterparts, Robin being a fox because he's able to outwit everyone. The movie is hilarious and entertaining, especially the many battle scenes. The songs are infectious - there's even a part where the Sheriff is singing a song making a mockery of his ally simply because it's catchy. A favorite of mine since childhood, it's never gotten old.
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 155,030 | Gross: $156.45M
4. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 734,110 | Gross: $312.90M
5. Aladdin (1992)
G | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 290,670 | Gross: $217.35M
This is a pretty terrific fantasy story but has a few moments that just don't make much sense plot-wise. Still, it's one of Disney's best and provides one really great song and a couple of funny ones. Robin Williams pretty much steals the show with his comical performance as the Genie.
6. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 350,170 | Gross: $218.97M
7. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney
Votes: 76,971 | Gross: $76.41M
These are some of the greatest scenes I could ever imagine set to some beautiful scores. Its only drawback is that there is no dialogue or central story line.
8. The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.
As a kid, this freaked me out a little bit and even haunted me some nights. It's actually pretty well done as far as staying close to the original story. The animation falls apart in some places but is mostly consistent. The real catch here is the songs, which are terrific but too short or else played in the background where we can't hear them all too well. This was the film's strongest suit, and it needed to be played up better.
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.
Votes: 246,713 | Gross: $75.08M
10. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
G | 85 min | Family, Animation, Adventure
A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of until he unleashes a century old secret that may not only destroy this ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,860 | Gross: $1.37M
This is probably the best anime-type movie I have seen. It's got some great fantasy moments in it.
11. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Approved | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 111,455 | Gross: $51.60M
"Once upon a dream."
This is probably the most underrated Disney movie. It is one of the most beautifully drawn and has a climax that any guy would love, complete with a prince fighting goblins and a dragon. It's also quite funny, especially the parts featuring the fairies and Philip's father.
12. The Land Before Time (1988)
G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.
Votes: 67,364 | Gross: $48.09M
Don Bluth's best movie is a fantastic children's story, but the kid in me still loves it. The only thing this one is really missing is songs, but that's kind of an important thing to leave out considering just about every other movie on this list is chock full of them.
13. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.
Votes: 36,979 | Gross: $38.60M
14. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.
Votes: 22,770 | Gross: $24.65M
15. Peter Pan (1953)
Approved | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.
Votes: 99,838 | Gross: $87.40M
This is a solid movie and plenty of fun. It's really quite amazing to see how the live adaptation Hook mirrored so many of its iconic moments. This isn't as good as Hook, but it's very entertaining and rightfully considered a classic.
16. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
G | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A collection of animated shorts based on the stories and characters by A. A. Milne.
What a fun movie this is! Tigger's part is classically hilarious, and Pooh is really funny too.
17. The Return of the King (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Two Hobbits struggle to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom while their friends desperately fight evil Lord Sauron's forces in a final battle.
Not quite on par with its predecessor (The Hobbit), this one is much darker and even pretty twisted at times. To be sure, it creeped me out as a child, though I did love the music and still do. It's a good interpretation of the book to be sure but feels a little off when presented as a direct sequel to The Hobbit. The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers are combined into one movie that comes between them but features animation so different that it is difficult to consider the three a trilogy.
18. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.
Votes: 33,785 | Gross: $5.85M
I like the Transformers television series, but this movie seems to have too much that meets the eye. It seems like a battle is breaking out every 30 seconds, and tons of classic characters are killed off with a wave of the hand. Still, Optimus Prime vs. Megatron is awesome, as well as the shark world.
19. Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (1989)
Unrated | 41 min | Animation, Short, Action
In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue ... See full summary »
This one is very short at just 45 minutes, but it kicks serious ass. I enjoyed the simple plot and the battles that resulted from kidnapping the son of the strongest fighter in the world. I wish it was about 30 minutes longer though.
21. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985 TV Movie)
G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
At a council convened by The Great Ak, the forest being tells the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to made immortal.
What a fantastic interpretation of the legend of Santa Claus! This movie is a Christmas classic for me. I love it almost as much today as I did when I was a kid. The villain Agwas and the battle between good and evil at the end is just awesome.
22. Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1990)
Not Rated | 59 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Z-Fighters must stop a mad scientist out to take over the world.
This one has so many iconic moments that I remember seeing on TV as a kid and wondering what in the world I was watching. Dr. Wheelo is a great villain, and I loved the finale. Well done.
23. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.
Votes: 115,284 | Gross: $100.14M
Man, this one is pretty hardcore for a Disney movie, complete with violence and very adult themes. I enjoyed it, especially the epic climax.
24. The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977 TV Movie)
TV-G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid ... See full summary »
I'd have to call it the best Easter movie I've seen.
25. Pinocchio (1940)
Approved | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.
Votes: 103,057 | Gross: $84.25M
26. The Point (1971 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A father tells his son a bedtime story about young Oblio, who believes that having no point in the fantastical kingdom of pointed heads and things, still has a point.
27. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 810,665 | Gross: $223.81M
28. Inside Out (I) (2015)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Votes: 449,958 | Gross: $356.46M
I liked this way more than I expected to. It's a pretty solid idea and is well written.
29. Fire and Ice (1983)
PG | 81 min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
In this animated tale, a tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,338 | Gross: $0.76M
30. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.
Votes: 148,986 | Gross: $184.93M
31. Doctor Strange (2007 Video)
PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
A crippled and embittered doctor travels to a hidden community in Tibet where he learns of his true destiny as the Sorcerer Supreme of his world.
I've never been a big fan of the Sorcerer Supreme, but this was a solid account of his origin, complete with his arch nemesis. It wasn't mind-blowing or anything, but hopefully much of this carries over to his first feature film in the coming years.
32. Planet Hulk (2010 Video)
PG-13 | 81 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Incredible Hulk, ejected from Earth in a spaceship, crash-lands on a planet ruled by a tyrant, who forces him to fight in a coliseum against other powerful creatures. The Hulk reluctantly befriends the combatants on his team.
I stopped reading comics before Ultimate made its debut, so I missed out on some big story lines. From what I hear, Planet Hulk and its sequel were a few of the can't-miss moments. As far as I can tell, this movie did a pretty good job of bringing that story to life. Even though I'm not a fan of stories that have only a limited number of appearances by well-established characters, this one entertained me. It's just Gladiator with Hulk on an alien planet, but that kind of thing works.
33. The Invincible Iron Man (2007 Video)
PG-13 | 83 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When a cocky industrialist's efforts to raise an ancient Chinese temple leads him to be seriously wounded and captured by enemy forces, he must use his ideas for a revolutionary power armor in order to fight back as a superhero.
This movie had both a good and a bad effect on the Hollywood version of Iron Man. It's clear the first Iron Man movie borrowed a lot from this movie, which turned out extremely well. Unfortunately, this movie also suggested it was fine to twist The Mandarin's origins around and probably had an impact on what happened in Iron Man 3. As a standalone, this one is pretty good until the last five minutes.
34. Justice League: Doom (2012 Video)
PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
Vandal Savage steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.
I'm not a big fan of DC at all, but the concept here is really good. It's adapted from a popular story line in the comics and translates well to an animated feature.
35. Rock-A-Doodle (1991)
G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In order to defeat the Grand Duke of Owls, a young boy transformed into a cat teams up with a group of barnyard animals to find a rooster who can raise the sun.
Votes: 6,806 | Gross: $11.66M
Even the anthropomorphic cartoon version of The King is entertaining. Sure, parts of the story really don't make much sense even within the confines of the fantasy world in which we're operating, but you can't deny that it's plenty of fun.
36. Dumbo (1941)
Approved | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family
Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.
Votes: 96,255 | Gross: $1.60M
It's dated but classically dated and fun. I love the stork and the birds at the end.
37. Hercules (1997)
G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.
Votes: 162,036 | Gross: $99.05M
I'm a big fan of Greek mythology, and I feel like Disney did the Hercules story as much justice as possible while keeping it appealing to children. The songs weren't really up to Disney standards, but the action was about the best I've seen in one of their films, especially Hercules taking on my favorite mythical beast of all time, the hydra. This was fun but not groundbreaking.
38. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
I knew the Headless Horseman bit was great, having seen that many times as a child, but the stuff with Mr. Toad is great too! He was so funny, covering up his ears when his friends were lecturing him.
39. The Last Unicorn (1982)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.
Votes: 20,720 | Gross: $6.46M
Rankin Bass does it again! I don't know why, but their dark and weird movies both depress and entertain me.
40. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 143,784 | Gross: $89.30M
This one was funny and that's pretty much all there is to it. I really appreciated its self-awareness as a silly cartoon movie. Puddy's character was just awesome, especially when he starts cooking at the restaurant. It was a weird movie with a ludicrous story, but it worked.
41. The Black Cauldron (1985)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 24,688 | Gross: $21.29M
42. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Approved | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.
Votes: 96,764 | Gross: $93.60M
"Which way did he go? Which way did he go?"
I love movies about dogs, but this one had some parts that were hard to watch. Still, the good scenes outweigh the bad, especially watching a couple go through pregnancy and the birth of a child from a dog's point of view.
43. Ultimate Avengers (2006 Video)
PG-13 | 72 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
To confront an alien menace, General Fury assembles a team of superheroes lead by a recently resuscitated Captain America.
Well, I guess this is the movie we have to thank for all the screw ups that have been made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nick Fury is not black. End of story. And the Chitauri are just crap. Go with Skrulls, Kree or the Brood but not these clowns. You can see the effect this one had on the way all the mainstream movies have been produced thus far. Tons of scenes were pulled directly from this movie, including Captain America and Nick Fury in Times Square, Fury surprising Tony in his office and more.
44. Frozen (I) (2013)
PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Votes: 469,987 | Gross: $400.74M
This movie is basically a song and a snowman. Both of them are pretty good, but I don't really get what the fuss is about. This is not some masterpiece and clearly behind Disney's best offerings. Still, it looks fantastic, and that's all that matters to people nowadays.
45. Mulan (1998)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 196,398 | Gross: $120.62M
46. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)
Unrated | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.
47. Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988)
G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In another dimension, the villainous scientist Duke of Zill, with the help of his mechanical, geometric army, takes over the Land of Oriana, prompting Felix the Cat to save its princess and restore order once again.
48. Heavy Metal (1981)
R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks
Well, this is easily going to be the most adult-themed movie on this list. I mean, there is nudity, cursing and excessive violence. But, strangely, I'm not crazy about it. It comes off as more acid-induced than creative. People talk about the music, but you can barely hear it. Or maybe I just barely noticed it due to what was on the screen.
49. Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might (1990)
TV-PG | 60 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A group of aliens visit Earth to plant the Tree of Might, a plant that grants cosmic power by draining the Earth's life force.
Far inferior to the other two Dragon Ball Z movies I've seen, this one just seemed to rip off one of the show's best story lines by having Saiyans come to Earth.
50. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010 Video)
PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with super-human powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.
This was my introduction to Darkseid, and I have to say I came away disappointed. He's very much like Thanos only far too calm to come off as a huge threat. Otherwise, the Supergirl story line wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I liked the climactic battle at the farm, but everything that came before it just seemed to be a waste of time.
51. The Little Drummer Boy (1968 TV Short)
Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Drama
An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.
52. TMNT (2007)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When the world is threatened by an ancient evil, the four adolescent turtles must reunite and overcome their faults in order to stand against it.
Votes: 56,052 | Gross: $54.15M
53. Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011 Video)
Not Rated | 77 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The young Norse god Thor embarks on a quest with his brother Loki to find and recover a legendary sword.
There's really nothing to miss by not seeing this one. It's clearly designed as a prequel to the Thor live action movie, but it doesn't even fit into that continuity correctly given what we know about the Frost Giants and Loki. It's not bad really, but they screwed up Algrim's character. Of course, even that doesn't make sense given the 2013 sequel to Thor. This movie is pretty pointless.
54. Batman: Year One (2011 Video)
PG-13 | 64 min | Animation, Action, Crime
A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.
Aside from seeing how the graphic novel inspired Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, I don't really see much value in this film. Its primary focus is Jim Gordon and thus is boring to me before it even gets going. I don't really know why there was this need to rewrite Gordon as a badass because it comes off just as awkward as you might expect and completely unbelievable.
55. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 246,632 | Gross: $4.71M
56. Titan A.E. (2000)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 54,353 | Gross: $22.75M