The 47 best DARK ANIMATION MOVIES you need to watch before you DIEby paschan-1 | created - 08 Sep 2013 | updated - 10 Sep 2013 | Public
ADULT THEMED / NON-DISNEY / NON-ANIME / NON-3D ANIMATED. The animated movies were not intended to focus towards kids but were another method of artistic storytelling.
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1. American Pop (1981)
R | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 3,536 | Gross: $6.00M
2. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 30,718 | Gross: $10.14M
5. Æon Flux (1991–1995)
TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Æon Flux is a mysterious and amoral secret agent from the country of Monica. Her motives or background are left unexplained, as are those of her antagonist/love, Trevor Goodchild. On her ... See full summary »
8. The Maxx (1995)
154 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Confused hulking homeless superhero The Maxx tries to protect his social worker and friend Julie from an omniscient serial killer Mr. Gone both in the real world, which may or may not actually be real, and the subconscious fantasy world.
11. 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: 21,086 | Gross: $6.46M
12. Une vie de chat (2010)
PG | 70 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches.
Votes: 9,261 | Gross: $0.31M
13. 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: 68,506 | Gross: $48.09M
15. Gandahar (1988)
PG | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 3,366 | Gross: $0.37M
16. 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: 7,549 | Gross: $0.76M
17. Chico & Rita (2010)
Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
Votes: 7,574 | Gross: $0.35M
18. Broken Saints (2003 Video)
Not Rated | 720 min | Animation, Drama, Mystery
Centered on philosophical, religious, political and spiritual themes, it tells the story of four strangers from "the quiet corners of the globe" connected by a vision they all receive of a ... See full summary »
19. Waltz with Bashir (2008)
R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
Votes: 50,017 | Gross: $2.28M
20. An American Tail (1986)
G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 42,068 | Gross: $47.48M
21. The Secret of Kells (2009)
Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 26,319 | Gross: $0.69M
22. Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé (1987)
15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy
Among the aged master painter Wang-Fô's impeccable paintings, exists a mediocre and unflattering portrait of the pale Celestial Emperor that has merited him execution, nevertheless, how is this possible?
23. Persepolis (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
Votes: 77,660 | Gross: $4.44M
24. Les maîtres du temps (1982)
78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »
26. Renaissance (2006)
R | 105 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export, youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws, the populace is kept in line and accounted for.
Votes: 14,852 | Gross: $0.06M
27. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)
Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
28. 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
29. Wizards (1977)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.
Votes: 8,458 | Gross: $9.00M
30. Rock & Rule (1983)
PG | 77 min | Animation, Fantasy, Music
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.
Votes: 2,591 | Gross: $0.03M
31. Coonskin (1975)
R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.
32. The Lord of the Rings (1978)
PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.
Votes: 26,209 | Gross: $0.92M
33. Anastasia (1997)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 97,336 | Gross: $58.41M
34. Waking Life (2001)
R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.
Votes: 54,362 | Gross: $2.89M
35. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Not Rated | 62 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
36. The Story of the Fox (1930)
63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him. He orders that Master Fox is arrested and ... See full summary »
38. The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
PG-13 | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.
Votes: 45,725 | Gross: $7.00M
39. Heavy Traffic (1973)
R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
41. Arzak Rhapsody (2003– )
4 min | Animation, Fantasy
Arzak Rhapsody is based on comics by artist/author Jean 'Moebius' Giraud. This compilation of 14 short stories follow the adventures of Arzach, a silent warrior who rides a pterodactyl-like creature through strange, desolate landscapes.
Star Wars: Droids (1985–1986)
The Great Heep
48 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The Galactic Empire dispatches a gigantic droid to take control of a planet. R2-D2 and C-3PO arrive to find their new master captured and must work with locals to defeat the Great Heep.
45. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009 Video)
R | 77 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A washed-up luchador and a super-spy investigate Nazi zombies, a nefarious scientist, and a stripper with a Satanic birthmark.
47. City of Rott (2006 Video)
Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Desperately losing his mind while searching for a new pair of shoes, an old man and his trusty Walker wander the City of Rott, saturated with thousands of rotting zombies, driven to feed the blood-hungry worms residing in their skulls.