The Best Animated Movies of All Time Which will leave you with a smile or tears

Animated movies have a special touch as you see everyone including animals have their very own sense of being. They are movies that can be watched together with family and especially children. Below given are the best-animated film of all time, some of which will leave you with a smile on your face while some will leave you in tears.

1.    The Lion King (1994)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 88 minutes
  • Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
  • Actors: Mathew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg
  • Gross revenue: $312.9 million

The original animated movie and probably one of the best to be ever created is ‘The Lion King’. It is the story of a crowned prince and cub of King Mufasa who is tricked by his uncle who kills his father and blames young Simba. Filled with guilt, Simba runs away to a faraway forest and befriends Timon and Pumba who raise him to a fully grown Lion. His friend Nala finds him while on a hunt and tells him of the horrible situation ever since his uncle became king. Simba must stand up to his uncle and take back what is rightfully his.

2.    Spirited Away (2001)

  • IMDB Rating: 6/10
  • Movie Length: 125 minutes
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise
  • Actors: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi
  • Gross revenue: $10.06 million

Chihiro is a young girl who is moving to a small town in Japan along with her parents. The family gets lost as the father takes a wrong turn and while the parents are looking for a solution, Chihiro wanders off to a magical world of spirits. She is helped by a boy named Haku but her parents turn into pigs, and the only way to free them is by fulfilling the conditions set by the Witch runs the place. Spirited away is one of my favourite movies in the animated genre.


3.    Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 89 minutes
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Actors: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara
  • Gross revenue: $3.7 million

Based on the World War II, Grave of the Fireflies is a heartbreaking story of a boy and his baby sister trying to survive during air raids in Japan as they are separated from their parents. Grave of the fireflies is considered to be one of the best animated movies both by its audience as well as IMDB.

4.    Wall-E (2008)

  • IMDB Rating: 4/10
  • Movie Length: 98 minutes
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Actors: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard
  • Gross revenue: $223.8 million

This movie is the love story of a robot that was left on planet Earth to clean and a new generation robot that is sent to Earth to check for any signs of life. Will they find life and bring back humankind?

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5.    Up (2009)

  • IMDB Rating: 3/10
  • Movie Length: 96 minutes
  • Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
  • Actors: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer
  • Gross revenue: $293 million

A journey of an old man to take his home to a place called Paradise Falls, a dream of his late wife. His journey becomes an adventure as he is accidentally accompanied by a small boy named Russell and run into a strange creature. A love story and an adventure go hand in hand in this animated movie.

6.    Ratatouille (2007)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 111 minutes
  • Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
  • Actors: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswait, Ian Holm
  • Gross revenue: $206.4 million

A rat named Remy finds joy in food and cooking. He gets lost while his family is escaping from their old home after being found and ends up becoming friends with a young boy working at the famous Gusteau’s restaurant. But a rat in the kitchen is against hygiene protocols. Can you imagine a rat who can cook? Well, this animated movie will blow your mind away and you might end up having a soft corner for rats or maybe not.

7.    Shrek (2001)

  • IMDB Rating: 9/10
  • Movie Length: 90 minutes
  • Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
  • Gross revenue: $267.6 million

A scary Ogre along with a donkey takes on a journey to rescue Princess Fiona from the tower and bring her to the prince to be his bride. But the princess has a big secret. Will she find love in Shrek or end up marrying the prince? Shrek is the first animated movie to take the concept of the perfect fairytale with the pretty princess and prince and twist it around to give us something unexpected.

8.    Toy Story (1995)

  • IMDB Rating: 3/10
  • Movie Length: 81 minutes
  • Director: John Lasseter
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney
  • Gross revenue: $191.8 million

Andy is a little boy, who loves to play with his toys, his favourite among them being a cowboy doll named Woody. Woody is jealous of a new doll that is gifted to Andy on his birthday by his mother called Buzz Lightyear. In the process of getting rid of Buzz, both Woody and Buzz get lost with no way to go back home.

9.    How to train your dragon (2010)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 98 minutes
  • Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
  • Actors: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz- Plasse, Craig Ferguson
  • Gross revenue: $217.5 million

Son of the Vikings leader on the Island of Berk, Hiccup is nothing like his father. He becomes friends with a night fury dragon that he captures instead of killing it and names it Toothless. Hiccup finds out that the dragons are not at fault as there is something bigger than all of them disrupting their habitat. Hiccup and his friends along with their dragons take it upon themselves to save both their world and the dragons’ from the vicious creature.


10.  Beauty and the Beast (1991)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 84 minutes
  • Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Actors: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart
  • Gross revenue: $218.9 million

An old man on his way back from the town stumbles upon an old castle in the middle of nowhere. He spends the night there and steals a rose from the garden for his daughter Belle, before taking his leave. His act of thievery angers the owner who is a beast and captures him. Belle comes to her father’s rescue and takes his place as prisoner. Not knowing that the ugly monster is a prince who is under a curse, the two slowly start to develop feelings for one another. The beast has time only till the last petal from the magical rose given to him by the fairy who cursed him falls. Will Belle break the curse and free him or will his appearance be his doom? The most cliché love story shown in a perfect way in an animated movie.

11.  Coco (2017)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 109 minutes
  • Director: Lee Unkrich
  • Actors: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
  • Gross revenue: $390 million

Miguel’s dream is to be a musician, but his family is strictly against music due to his great-grandfather who was a musician had left his family to pursue his dreams. On the day of the dead, Miguel’s passion finds himself in the Land of the dead. Join him on his journey to return to the living with full permission to pursue music from his ancestors.


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