1. The Secret of NIMH. Stunning visuals, amazing score, great voice acting, and a story that’s a lot more interesting than the book it’s based on.
2. The Last Unicorn. Everything from the animation to the characters is stellar, and I don’t think I’ve ever watched an animated movie that’s made me feel the same way as The Last Unicorn does.
3. Grave of the Fireflies. Never would have thought that an animated movie could make me cry like a little bitch.
4. Coraline. The beautiful stop-motion animation amazed me when I first watched it plus the eerie story and effects of the movie makes it my favourite movie of all time to be honest.
5. Spiderman Into The Spiderverse is the most beautiful film I’ve ever seen.
-The visual style is absolutely stunning. Every frame looks like a comic panel.
-All the voice acting is solid. John Mulaney and Nick Cage are brilliantly cast.
-A great Spiderman story that feels fresh despite being like the hundredth Spiderman movie.
-The Stan Lee cameo made me misty eyed, it came out right after he died.
-The soundtrack absolutely slaps.
6. Despicable Me. Like it or not it’s an icon. I think it’s popular for a reason. I didn’t like it at first myself, but damn it grew on me. It deserves a watch! But fuck minions.
7. Watership Down. Seriously disturbing in a lot of places but weirdly beautiful, and imo a great interpretation of an incredible book. I was always struck by the simple, frank, but ultimately comforting way it deals with death. And the prologue of the rabbits’ creation myth is without a doubt my favorite animated sequence of all time.
8. Kung Fu Panda trilogy, hands down.
There are some seriously amazing life lessons in every movie. You don’t need something special, to BE special. You have to know yourself, and accept yourself for who you are, to find true peace. It’s not about your past, it’s not about what what could have been different, it’s about what you have now, and it’s about who you are now as a result of your past and the things you’ve overcome to get to where you are today.
Seriously, these movies are amazing. If you haven’t watched them, I promise you’ll love them.
Not to mention a star-studded cast of voice actors!! They got everybody for these movies!!!
Do yourself a favor and watch them
9. End of Evangelion. Watching it honestly feels like looking inside Hideaki Anno’s beautiful mess of a mind. It’s pure, raw, career defining art that changed an industry forever.
10. Beauty and the Beast. It was the first Disney animated film to win an Oscar, and the movie’s plot and narrative is SO good.
11. Inside Out. Only animated movie to make me cry as an adult.
12. How to Train Your Dragon 1, 2, and 3. It has really good sequels and tugs at your heart strings a bit but has a fantastic closure in the final sequel which is nice.
13. WALL-E. The first half is amazing and tells you so much about the world and the characters without them really having to say anything.
14. Brother Bear. It punches me in the feels every time I watch it.
15. Ponyo. It’s a lot of little things. Funny, sweet and sometimes a little scary. But it somehow manages to be both calming and engaging.
16. Coco was a great movie! Love the music and drove me to tears.
17. Treasure Planet because it’s a beautiful re-imagining of treasure island in a sci-fi future about blood family vs chosen and finding yourself through a wonderful beautifully animated space journey with a tear wrenching soundtrack.
18. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Such a great movie that you can really appreciate as both a kid and an adult.
19. I’d say Yellow Submarine. Best songs, best movie.
20. The Lion King. It has everything: comedy, horror, drama, action. It holds up so well and is way better than the remake. Not to mention the soundtrack is amazeballs.
21. Spirited Away. A coming of age tale that revolves around personal ownership of actions, difficult choices, sacrifice and growth, a must see for anyone ages 9 and higher.
22. Mary and Max. It’s a bit depressing, but the ending is beautiful. I cried so that says a lot.
23. Fantastic Mr. Fox. I fucking love the animation style and humor in this movie. It also stays true to the book story while putting a fresh spin on it.
24. Fantasia. The most creative, most beautiful animation to ever be drawn by Walt Disney Animation Studios, all of it paired up with classical music. It’s a feast for the eyes and ears.
25. Perfect Blue, because it actually pushes you to observe and has an after effect. Great art too.
26. The Great Mouse Detective is pretty fucking clever.
27. The Land Before Time. It was the fist time movie that made me feel so many emotions that I couldn’t place at the time, and watching little foot cope with his mother’s death was devastating. I watched it last year when it was on Netflix – still cried.
28. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Triplets of Belleville. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and go watch it.
29. I’d say the original Ghost in the Shell. Storytelling, incredibly artistic hand-drawn scenes, music that I can recall to this day. It was pretty groundbreaking artistically and ideologically for 1995.
30. Definitely The Road To El Dorado… Visually beautiful, music by Elton John, funny… I could rewatch that movie so many times.
31. Loving Vincent is the first (and to my knowledge only) full length film where every frame is an oil painting. It’s about a guy who goes to the town in Southern France where Vincent van Gogh was living and tries to figure out how he died. Amazing movie all around.
32. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The intricacy of Miyazaki’s worlds is always fascinating, and I just love Nausicaa herself so much. As well as the tightly constructed plot, the majesty of the Ohmu… Such a great movie.
33. Meet the Robinsons, Disney movie. I fell in love with it as a child. I have been ridiculously depressed lately and I was going to watch something else on Netflix but saw they had it on here and immediately started crying so I put it on. Cried throughout the entire thing. Just before I was about to quit on myself entirely, that movie told me to KEEP MOVING FORWARD. “You learn from mistakes, successes… Ehhh not so much.” Was a great reminder and definitely a favorite.
34. Hunchback of Notre Dame, the most underrated animated movie of all time imo.
35. Brave Little Toaster. Toy Story ripped it off.
36. Lilo and Stitch, stars several aliens and has a scene where a koala like alien beats a Russian evil scientist alien down with a volkswagen beetle, yet still manages to be one of the most grounded, earthy and emotionally resonant stories I’ve ever seen.
37. Wreck it Ralph. Both a strong, sharply written emotional narrative about the disenfranchised and a brilliantly creative loving send-up to video-games as a medium.
38. Zootopia. Rivals Fox and the Hound as Disney’s most mature work, but packs in a few more laughs, less contemplative, but unbelievably entertaining.
39. Finding Nemo. A solid, emotionally potent adventure, elevated by stunning presentation, the score by Thomas Newman is a real highlight.
40. Up. The opening scenes are among the best in cinematic history, the rest of the film is an excellent, quirky, hilarious adventure with substantial arcs and emotional pay-off.
41. Arthur Christmas. One of the best Christmas movies of all time, great comedy amidst a fun adventure with strong themes of traditionalism vs progression.
42. Brad Bird’s Iron Giant. A beautifully presented period piece/sci-fi b-movie, stunning directed again by Brad Bird, with a heart melting story at the centre.
43. Aladdin is my favorite movie of all time. Robin Williams and the best soundtrack of any Disney movie makes it an easy call.
44. Rango, great design and animation style.
45. Jungle Book, all day and everyday. It’s got it all, drama, comedy, animals, kick ass songs and a little love story at the end.
46. A Goofy Movie. Perfect tale about a dad’s attempt to be relevant in his growing son’s life.
47. For me, the Tale of Princess Kaguya. It was beautifully animated with watercolor. And retold a traditional Japanese folk tale. It is one of Studio Ghibli’s lesser known films, but it was well received by critics and it remains my personal favorite.
48. The Adventures of Tintin. Directed by Spielberg, using by far the best mo-cap in an animated film ever, a solid adaptation of the original story, stunning visuals, and a score by John Williams.
49. Tarzan. The Phil Collins soundtrack does it for me.
50. Brave. It’s such a great story. I cry every single time and I never usually cry at movies. Great animation too.
51. The Lego Movie. It’s just really well-rounded. Lots of emotion, lots of laughs, awesome animation and a great moral.
52. Ratatouille. An absolute masterpiece.
53. An American Tale! Pretty scary for a little kid. Plus who doesn’t like Russian cats?
54. Robots, always been my childhood guilty pleasure, I don’t know why, I think it’s the dance number that really hits it.
55. Is Space Jam considered an animated movie? Because Space Jam wins everything, Space Jam is superior over every movie.