Romantic Animated Movies with Happy Endings

by jordyn_runswithwolves | created - 24 Jan 2016 | updated - 28 Dec 2016 | Public

The romance may be subtle or only implied in some movies. Happy ending is classified as a couple ending up together or the promise of them getting together in the future.

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1. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 260,595 | Gross: $4.71M

2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

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.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 367,311 | Gross: $218.97M

3. Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 36,917

4. Only Yesterday (1991)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 17,616 | Gross: $0.45M

5. The Little Mermaid (1989)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

Votes: 197,369 | Gross: $111.54M

6. Tangled (2010)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

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.

Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard | Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman

Votes: 339,965 | Gross: $200.82M

7. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 91,209

8. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

G | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

73 Metascore

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos

Votes: 101,802 | Gross: $104.40M

9. Frozen (I) (2013)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Votes: 484,170 | Gross: $400.74M

10. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

71 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 204,165 | Gross: $120.62M

11. All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)

G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.

Directors: Larry Leker, Paul Sabella | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Sheena Easton, Dom DeLuise, Bebe Neuwirth

Votes: 4,685 | Gross: $8.62M

12. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 23,970 | Gross: $1.00M

13. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 118,278

14. The Croods (2013)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

55 Metascore

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener

Votes: 168,569 | Gross: $187.17M

15. Strange Magic (2015)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

25 Metascore

Goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

Director: Gary Rydstrom | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph

Votes: 8,518 | Gross: $12.43M

16. Tarzan (1999)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

79 Metascore

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Votes: 168,312 | Gross: $171.09M

17. Hercules (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton

Votes: 168,179 | Gross: $99.05M

18. 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.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman

Votes: 299,231 | Gross: $217.35M

19. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002 Video)

G | 68 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Quasimodo goes into action when a magician seeks to steal one of the bells of Notre Dame.

Director: Bradley Raymond | Stars: Jason Alexander, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tom Hulce, Paul Kandel

Votes: 4,839

20. The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998 Video)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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.

Directors: Darrell Rooney, Rob LaDuca | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Neve Campbell, Andy Dick, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 49,303

21. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 100,241 | Gross: $93.60M

22. The AristoCats (1970)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 76,327 | Gross: $55.68M

23. Robin Hood (1973)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 96,633 | Gross: $32.06M

24. The Rescuers (1977)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

Two mice of the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Stevens | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, Joe Flynn

Votes: 49,210 | Gross: $71.22M

25. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness.

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud | Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove

Votes: 325,258 | Gross: $368.06M

26. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 525,716 | Gross: $267.67M

27. Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998 Video)

G | 72 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Pocahontas sets off on a journey to England with Meeko, Flit, and Percy. Hearing rumors of John Smith's death, Pocahontas tries to prevent war and battle.

Directors: Tom Ellery, Bradley Raymond | Stars: Irene Bedard, Donal Gibson, Jim Cummings, Finola Hughes

Votes: 11,062

28. Quest for Camelot (1998)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An adventurous girl, a young blind hermit, and a goofy two-headed dragon race to find the lost sword Excalibur to save King Arthur and Camelot from disaster.

Director: Frederik Du Chau | Stars: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Andrea Corr, Bryan White

Votes: 12,666 | Gross: $22.72M

29. Chicken Run (2000)

G | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park | Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels, Lynn Ferguson

Votes: 155,905 | Gross: $106.83M

30. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.

Directors: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson | Stars: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joseph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 41,568 | Gross: $26.48M

31. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

52 Metascore

A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.

Directors: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook | Stars: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet

Votes: 53,158 | Gross: $73.28M

32. Anastasia (1997)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

59 Metascore

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.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 98,153 | Gross: $58.41M

33. Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2014)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When an evil magma demon and his minions steals the sun of a magical world, the new guardians of both the sun and the moon must embark on a quest to retrieve it and save their world from disaster as the moon faces destruction as well.

Directors: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Philippon | Stars: Omar Sy, Izïa Higelin, Michaël Grégorio, Shafik Ahmad

Votes: 4,036