10 Best Animation Movies of All Time

There are lots of good animation movies around – but have you ever wondered what the best ones are? If you are a lover of animation movies, like we are, the answer would be an overwhelming yes. So for all you fellow animation movie lovers, we have put together a list of ten of the best animation movies of all time (based on IMDB, Rotten tomatoes, online feedback, and our own team and readers feedback).

Read on to find out more.

Top 10 Animation Movies

Below are 10 of the best animation movies of all time.


The Lion King

When you think about the best animation movies, one movie that will nearly always come to mind is The Lion King. Simba, Timon, Pumba, they are not just characters in a movie any more, they are very much a part of our culture! This is why there are so many references to the movie, even after 20+ years since the movie first came out. And this is also why frequently broadway shows based on this movie top the list.

The Lion King is very much a classic, so we have no qualms about putting this on our top 10 list of the best animation movies of all time. In case you have not watched it yet, check it out (the original movie, not the recent remake).

Google user rating – 87%

Box office – 1.657 billion USD

Toy StoryToy Story


Here’s another animation hall-of-famer, Toy Story. There has bee several sequels to this movie since the first one came out in 1995, and it has launched a movie franchise that is still going strong to this day. If that is not a testament to just how good this animation movie is, we don’t know what is.

Google user rating – 92%

Box office – 373.6 million USD

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

A tale of bravery, family, and adventure, Finding Nemo won hearts all over the world when it came out in 2003. This is well demonstrated by the high likeness rating it has on Google (it has a 91% likeness rating, which is impressive), 8.1/10 on IMDB and a whopping 99% rating on Rotten tomatoes! Popular feedback aside, it is a great movie.

The storyline is engaging, the animations are brilliant, and the movie really reels you in. Good animation movie to enjoy with the family.

Google user rating – 91%

Box office – 871 million USD



This movie exemplified just how much can be communicated without actually saying anything, as it had barely any dialogues! But it still created an incredible journey for the viewers with its touching story and amazing animations.

What this animation movie did was not just unusual, but exemplary, and the way it touched hearts was quite something. If you’ve watched it, you know just how touching it was. No wonder it got the gong for the Best Animated Feature Film (81st Academy Award).

Google user rating – 95%

Box office – 533.3 million USD

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

A creation of the great Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke is a 1997 animated fantasy movie which has now become a classic (not to mention a cult classic for fans of animation movie fans, and especially, of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli).

The movie not just has a great storyline, the movie also did a masterful job of shedding light on an issue that’s becoming more and more prominent these days – that of pollution and environmental conservation. But environmental message aside, it is a great animation movie to watch, as is clearly demonstrated by its cult status and the consistently high ratings around the world.

In case you haven’t watched it yet, check it out.

Google user rating – 95%

Box office – 159.4 million USD

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Spirited Away isn’t just one of the best all-time animation movies, it is also one of the best movies of all-time, period! Masterfully telling the tale of a girl on a quest to free her parents from the clutches of a witch, this is another of Miyazaki’s great creations (some argue, his best). The accolades it’s received speaks volumes in this regard – it’s the highest grossing movie in the history of Japanese movies, it has won an Academy Award and a Golden Bear, and is on one of BFI’s top 50 films list. Also, it frequently features as one of the best animation movies ever made (if not THE best animation movie ever made).

It really is a great movie to watch, one even those who aren’t that fussed about animation movies will enjoy.

Google user rating – 96%

Box office – 347.7 million USD


Up - movie

Released in 2009, Up is one of the most touching animation movies you can ever watch. It tells the story of an unlikely (even grudging) friendship between a young boy and an elderly widower.

There is adventure, drama, and suspense, not to mention bits that really pull at your heartstrings.

One of Pixar’s best movies to date, this is a great animation movie to enjoy.

Google user rating – 89%

Box office – 735.1 million USD

Grave of the Fireflies

Based on a true story, Grave of the Fireflies tells the tale of the impact, and aftermath, of war. Few other movie does as great a job as this animated movie does at demonstrating the devastation and human cost that wars result in. You will struggle to not shed a tear or two when watching this movie.

Even though it was released in 1988, it has aged really well, and is still a great movie to watch. It is one of those movies you should watch at least once in your lifetime. So, in case you haven’t checked this one out already, it’s worth putting on your list.

Google user rating – 96%

Box office – 516.9 million USD

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

When you think about animation classics, you can’t not think about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Released in 1937, this Disney movie is timeless, and is still very watchable. Everyone knows the tale of the princess in exile, Snow White, and her seven dwarf friends.

This animated telling of that classing fairytale, and the triumph of good over evil, is pretty good. It is so good, in fact, that it is hailed as the highest-grossing animation movie ever made, according to Business Insider (based on inflation adjustments).

Google user rating – 84%

Box office – 418 million USD

The Iron Giant

The last one on our list of great animation movies is yet another classic, The Iron Giant. A sci-fi animation, this movie tells the tale of a young boy and a giant robot from outer space. The story is touching, and it has a great ending (no spoiler alerts!).

It also has one of the best quotes that came out of a movie: You are who you choose to be.

Even though the movie didn’t do quite as well as the others on this list in the Box office (largely as a result of a badly done release, and marketing), it is still one of the best animation movies made to date. But don’t just take out word for it, check it out yourself.

Google user rating – 95%

Box office – 31.3 million USD


Here is a quick recap of the top 10 animation movies of all time (in no particular order of preference):

  •  The Lion King
  •  Toy Story
  •  Finding Nemo
  •  WALL-E
  •  Princess Mononoke
  •  Spirited Away
  •  Up
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • The Iron Giant

Closing thoughts

What do you think of this list, which ones are your favorites? Any other animation movies that you think should be on the top 10 list (but isn’t there)?

Share your thoughts and comments about the 10 best animation movies of all time in the comments section below.

Have a fun Friday!


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