Animation movies are considered to be a medium rather than a genre which is not only for kids. Though animated movies are always filled with cute & funny characters they always have a bigger message behind that cuteness. On this list, we can only mention 10 Best Animated Movies while there are plenty more great animation movies that are worth mentioning. So, before starting the list, here are some honourable mention- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Beauty And The Beast, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Finding Nemo, How to Train Your Dragon and The Incredibles. Now, continue reading to know the 10 Best Animated Movies of all time.
1. Spirited Away (2001):
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away is the highest-grossing anime film of all time worldwide earning a total of $365,481,131. Japan’s highest-grossing movie is about a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro. Chihiro and her Parents mistakenly wander into a park which is a resort for supernatural beings. Her parents then get turned into giant pigs. Now Chihiro has to work there to free herself and her parents. Spirited Away won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature becoming the only Japanese film and only hand-drawn film ever to do so.
2. Grave of the Fireflies (1988):
Japanese anime movies are some of the best movies ever made even if it was from 1988. Set in the time of World War II, Grave of the Fireflies is about Seita, a teenager and his younger sister, Setsuko. Both the kids get separated from their parents after the American bombing. Their struggle to stay alive and stay together is heartbreaking and realistic. Based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical story, Grave of the Fireflies is one of the best movies ever made.
3. The Toy Story Movies (1995-2019):
The Toy Story movies altogether are one of the best movie series ever made. But among the four movies, the first instalment of 1995 along with the third and fourth instalment is the best. Toy Story 2 isn’t bad but it’s not as great as the other three movies. Even after being a movie starring toys, Toy Story explored many human emotions and friendship. Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards, as well as Best Original Song and also earned a nomination for Best Picture.
4. Your Name (2016):
The second-highest-grossing anime film of all time worldwide, Your Name is another Japanese anime movie that touched everyone’s heart. The movie is about two teenagers who share a deep, magical connection upon finding they are swapping bodies. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name earned praises from across the world for its visual style and how it managed to touch the audience emotionally.
5. The Lion King (1994):
One of the highest-rated movies of all time, The Lion King (1994) is one of those movies that grew up loving. The beautifully animated classic movie is about Simba a cub growing up a genuine lion, his evil uncle who kills his honest father. From the fun and trustful bond between Simba and his friends and the heartbreaking moment when his father dies and all the action and much more. The Lion King is like a full, classic package that’ll never get old. The Lion King holds the record as the highest-selling VHS home video in history.
6. WALL·E (2008):
Most Pixar movies in recent even the short films have managed to touch the audience’s heart and even managed to make us cry at moments. And WALL·E is no exception. Without even having any dialogues, WALL·E made us think about what we are really doing to our planet and our future could actually look like if we don’t start taking steps right now. WALL·E also shows as the beautiful relation Wall-E build with another robot. WALL·E, a trash compacting robot on an uninhabitable Earth saves mankind with his love interest. WALL·E picked up the Best Animated Film Academy Award.
7. Princess Mononoke (1997):
Princess Mononoke is the seventh-highest-grossing anime film of all time. Another masterpiece from Japan, Princess Mononoke is set in the 14th century. The 1997 movie is about a young Emishi prince, Ashitaka who along with his place is in a struggle between humans and forest gods over the consumption of resources. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke was visually breathtaking and with an equally fantastic story line.
8. Coco (2017):
Stumbling into the land of the dead is a boy named Miguel who wants to be a singer but his family is against it. Another Oscar-winning animation movie by Pixar, Coco is an emotional journey of a young boy. The movie also won an Oscar for Best Original Song and stunning visuals.
9. Up (2009):
Up won hearts from all over the world in few moments of starting. Those few moments between Carl Fredricksen and his wife without any dialogues are more emotional than many heart touching mainstream movies of two hours. Even after those moments ends, the movie manages to keep the audience engaged. Up also managed to pick up an Oscar for Best Animated Feature film.
10. Inside Out (2015):
Inside Out is all about the voices in our heads presented in a very fun and emotional way. The movie is about eleven-year-old Riley having to move because of her parents and her core emotions, Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness. The story about a young girl in a new city struggling to pull it together and keep up with all her emotions is quite relatable. Creative, clever writing, lush visuals, heart touching with a good message made Inside Out stand out helping it to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.