Well! Animated movies are not always for kids only. In fact, none needs a break from real humans than the real adults. It is a shame if you look down on animated movies as there are some animated movies that hold real emotions. Today, you are going to get a list of the top 15 best animated movies of all time that you need to watch now without failure. So without further delay,
let’s start with the list of animated movies that are worth watching.
1. Spirited Away (2001)- 8.6
While we are talking about the best-animated movies of all time, the list must include the movie “Spirited Away”. You must have heard about the movie, if not watched yet. This movie is yet another wonderful piece from the mind of director Hayao Miyazaki. And this was released in the year 2001, the movie Spirited Away took home the coveted Best Animated Feature prize at the Academy Awards.
The movie is yet another case of Miyazaki nailing the entire combination of telling a compelling story with an impressive animation style. Critics, as well as fans from everywhere, loved the film as evidenced by how it took over the film Titanic at the Japanese box office. Moreover, it has got a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. The Lion King (1994) – 8.5
None can’t deny the fact that the film “The Lion King” that was released in the year 1994 was of the best-animated films ever. It stands as an all-time classic and beautifully animated movie that tells a wonderful story. The movie hits all the emotional beats and you can see everything you want from a movie like this. The ever-quotable Simba as well as his sidekicks get a really fun story that comes with the combination of heartbreaking and uplifting moments sprinkled in.
The movie “The Lion King” is not just a film but more than that. In fact, it has become a cultural phenomenon that spawned several sequels, a blockbuster Broadway show, and television series. The movie further holds a record as the top-selling VHS home video in history. This 2019 remake has a lot to live up to just because the original one is a classic.
3. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018) – 8.4
After several years of different iterations of Spider-Man, to get it perfect took an animated movie. The movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse basically took the idea that anyone could be the wall-crawling superhero and then ran with it. It has featured several versions of the character that includes Spider-Gwen, Spider-ham, Spider-Man Noir, and much more.
The success height of this film went beyond the plot. This movie has featured an amazing animation style that felt like it was lifted right out of the comic book. In fact, you will like the uplifting scenes, respect for the source material, an outstanding soundtrack, and an unbelievably strong voice cast. The movie has got something special for you and none of the Spider-Man films even comes close to this one.
4. Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) – 8.5
The Grave Of The Fireflies is yet another amazing animation movie that was based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical story. You might not have seen any war story is turning up into an animated movie, but this specific one did a wonderful job. The movie focuses on two siblings who were struggling in their for surviving the final few months of the Second World War.
Viewers positively took the movie Grave Of The Fireflies. In fact, Roger Ebert has included this movie on his list of the greatest films ever produced. Time Out featured the movie on their best World War II films list along with that Total Film put this on their greatest animated films list. And on Rotten Tomatoes, this has held an impressive 97% rating.
5. Your Name (2016) – 8.4
Another amazing animated movie of all time is “Your Name” which hit theaters back in the year 2016. The movie was a critically acclaimed Japanese fantasy animated movie, that gives the country yet another feather in the cap while talking about the genre. This movie is directed by Makoto Shinkai and the movie “Your Name” is all about a boy as well as a girl in high school who swap the bodies.
That premise may sound like something that you have heard before because body-swapping is not new in the history of cinema. But, none have done it quite as well as this movie. In fact, the movie “Your Name” has received widespread praise for its visual style along with the emotional weight that this movie carries.
6. Coco (2017) – 8.4
Talking about animated movies that are a must-watch, the string of Pixar films still continues. The movie Coco was released in the year 2017 and marked another impressive achievement for the super successful studio. In fact, it was a good change for them too. Instead of talking about cars, toys, bugs, etc, this movie focused on a young kid who was once transported to the land of the dead during the Day of the Dead.
This movie offers a piece of stellar music that won them an Oscar for Best Original Song along with gorgeous visuals. The film Coco was yet another hit for Pixar. It took home the award of Best Animated Film and has sent viewers on a huge level of an emotional journey. I would say if you don’t cry by the time “Remember Me” plays at the end, you may not have a heart or good heart.
7. Toy Story 3 (2010) – 8.3
More than a decade right after the second installment, Toy Story 3 was released and again got the reignite fan passion for this iconic franchise all over again. Fans are wondering if it could recapture the magic from the first two classic films. But, it was one of the best toy story series to watch now. Due to some of the technological advancement, it made the movie much incredible looking.
Toy Story 3 perfectly bookended the trilogy by giving the characters a nice and emotional sendoff. And as Andy said goodbye to his toys and then went to the college. The movie won the award of Best Original Song as well as the Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards. In fact, the movie was picked as a nomination for Best Picture which is actually rare in the case of animated movies.
8. WALL-E (2008) – 8.4
Pixar struck gold again with this very wonderful movie WALL-E in the year 2008. This movie is all about an interesting story without any dialogue. Yes! That’s something you will find in several films directed at children. But, this movie focuses on visual storytelling and it will hit on every aspect so as to deliver a nice and touching story.
The plot is around trash that is compacting a robot on an uninhabitable Earth who falls in love with a sleek robot. And then again, they will travel all across the galaxy and then will be able to save mankind. But the romantic aspect is what actually drove the whole story. Fans were captivated seeing the love of these two robots in a way that has not been matched on screen again. WALL-E got the Best Animated Film Academy Award back then.
9. It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012) – 8.3
The movie “It’s Such A Beautiful Day” was directed by the very popular director Don Hertzfeldt. He used nothing but only stickman graphics and basic imagery to craft a compelling and evocative narrative about a man slowly succumbing to the neurological condition. The movie is full of dark humor, rich, tension, and a sense of sadness that blends together to create a beautiful and emotionally gripping experience.
This movie has received huge kudos and approval from countless critics for the tone, message, and delivery. In fact, the subject matter may be a little difficult for those who have dealt with real-world ramifications of a brain illness, but it is no less poignant.
10. Princess Mononoke (1997) – 8.4
In the year 1997, the animated movie Princess Mononoke took Japan by storm. FOr several years, the movie held the record for domestic box office performance in Japan. It was directed by the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. In fact, you will hear this name several times in this list of best animated movies of all time. If you consider his tone of best works, then you will find that the Princess Mononoke is more of an adult-focused version of his style.
The movie Princess Mononoke will tell you the story of a young Emishi prince named Ashitaka. This film will take you through the struggle between forest gods and humans over the consumption of resources. Well! This movie is visually breathtaking and it is groundbreaking too. Hayao nailed the nature vs. man story trope better than anyone else.
11. Wolfwalkers (2020) – 8.3
One of the most wonderful animated stories to watch now is the “Wolfwalkers”. The movie acted as a metaphor against the concept of bigotry and the harm it has caused even unknowingly. You will see a young witch hunter named Robyn and her father traveling to Ireland. They both are on a mission to wipe out the last of a remaining pack of humans who has transformed into wolves by the nighttime.
It has got a huge rating on the IMDb platform and audiences have appreciated watching the movie.
12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – 8.2
Howl’s Moving Castle is yet another classic anime movie that scored huge points in the IMDb ratings. This is because of the inventive use of beautiful animation and storytelling. The movie is all about a young woman named Sophie who is cursed to live in a body of an elderly woman. And then you will see her seeking out a mysterious wizard named Howl. It travels in a walking castle for help.
In that situation, she met with a fire demon who is in service to Howl. The demon promises to break the curse in case she helps him in escaping servitude. And then eventually, the wizard falls in love with Sophie for who she is on the inside.
13. Up (2009) – 8.2
The movie “Up” that was released in the year 2009 was a hit. This movie shows a funny and charming tale about a grumpy old man along with a wide-eyed kid. Both of them captured the audience’s heart almost instantly. Right after the death of his wife, Carl Fredericksen thought to leave the city just by strapping the house full of balloons. And those lift off for the untold reaches of South America.
But to his unfortunate, he ends up taking young Russell along with him, and then the two embark on a hilarious adventure. The adventure includes an evil villain with a link to Carl’s past and a talking dog.
14. Klaus (2019) – 8.2
The movie Klaus is yet another great animated movie to watch now. The director Sergio Pablos wonderfully crafted this animated masterpiece right after having worked on a number of classic Disney films including Tarzan, Aladdin, and Hercules. The story of a postal academy student who then ends up finding out the friendship in the Arctic Circle along with the old Saint Nick himself.
If you watch the movie, you will see it has a “what-if” concept revolving around what the state of traditional 2D animation might have been. Then again for a reason, this will blend of that timeless nostalgia that made it so great. In fact, the presence of new technology gave the movie a pristine quality.
15. Toy Story 4 (2019) – 7.8
Now after almost around 10 years, the third entry when Toy Story 4 surprised audiences. What was even more concerning was the time around as the previous film wrapped up the entire story nicely. But, somehow, the filmmakers at Pixar were great at managing to tug at our heartstrings again with a nice and emotional goodbye.
This part saw the toys were adjusting to life with their new kid, Bonnie. Woody struggled the most as not been the favorite toy anymore. Again, you will see how he embarked on the wild adventure and then helped Bonnie to save his new favorite toy.