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Top 100 Best Animated Movies Of All Time

What are the best animated movies? If i was given a list of movies of various genres and was asked to pick a single film of particular genre, i would have gone with Animation genre. Reason being that Animation is full package of entertainment. A well made Animated movie could not only covers up almost all the genres (Action, Comedy, Romance, Drama, Fantasy and even Horror and science fiction) but also could be watched along with whole family. Kids love animated movies (and So Do I). The days when animation/cartoon films were considered to be only confined to kids are long gone. Not only animation movies made today are able to attract adult audience but are also able to gain cult following.

If you take a look on the list of Top 100 highest grossing movies of all time you will find that the list has more than dozen of animated movies. Dozens of Animated movies are released every year and most of them (if not all) are blockbusters. Due to the success of animated movies at box office, more and more film production companies are investing in CGI animation films.

The very first Animation film is said to be Snow White and Seven Dwarfs which was released in 1937 by Disney Studios. The film met critical acclaim and every body knows the success story of Disney after that. In those days Hand Drawn Animation or Traditional Animation was used to make animated movies. Where several hand drawn pictures were moved so fast (12 frames per second) that people were tricked into thinking that the objects they are seeing are actually moving. Then came CGI or Computer Graphics Imagery which made the animation process much easier. Studios made fortunes from Computer Animated films. In 21st century, 3D Animation movies are on move and are currently the leaders in highest grossing animated films.

Walt Disney Studios leads the Animation movies genre and has produced 70% of the successful animation films. People loves Disney Animated movies and has a huge cult following for Animated movies released during the Disney Renaissance period (1989-1999).Disney also annually release animated Christmas movies. Among other Production studios, people love Pixar and Dreamworks animated movies.

Here is the list of 100 greatest cartoon films of All time. Please note that we had tried to include best Animated films from world cinema, so you will also find Japanese Anime movies and Animated movies of film industries other than Hollywood. This animated movies list is updated regularly and you will find latest animated movies too.

100. The Secret of NIMH


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Director – Don Bluth
Cast – John Carradine, Hermione Baddeley, Elizabeth Hartman, Arthur Malet, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Wil Wheaton
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 2 July 1982
Box Office – $14.7 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
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99. Ninja Scroll


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Director – Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Cast – Daisuke Gōri, Kōichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Shūichirō Moriyama, Takeshi Aono
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 1993
Box Office – $1 Million
Genre – Animation, Action, Adventure
Awards – None
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98. The Great Mouse Detective


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Director – Ron Clements, John Musker, Burny Mattinson, David Michener
Cast – Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Susanne Pollatschek, Val Bettin, Eve Brenner, Diana Chesney, Candy Candido
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 82%
Release Date – 2 July 1986
Box Office – $38.7 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Family
Awards – None
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97. The Croods


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Director – Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco
Cast – Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Randy Thom, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 71%
Release Date – 19 April 2013
Box Office – $587.2 million
Genre – Animation, Action, Adventure
Awards – None
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96. Paprika


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Director – Satoshi Kon
Cast – Katsunosuke Hori, Megumi Hayashibara, Akio Ōtsuka, Tōru Emori, Tōru Furuya
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%
Release Date – 20 November 2006
Box Office – $8,944,915
Genre – Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Awards – None
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95. Porco Rosso


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Director – Hayao Miyazaki
Cast – Shūichirō Moriyama, Akemi Okamura, Akio Ōtsuka, Tokiko Kato
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 18 July 1992
Box Office – $59 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
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94. The Secret world of Arrietty


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Director – Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Cast – Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mirai Shida, Keiko Takeshita, Shinobu Otake, Tomokazu Miura, Tatsuya Fujiwara
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 17 July 2010
Box Office – $145.6 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Family
Awards – None
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93. The Dark Crystal


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Director – Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Cast – Lisa Maxwell, Barry Dennen, Billie Whitelaw, Stephen Garlick, Percy Edwards,
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 78%
Release Date – 17 December 1982
Box Office – $41,357,492
Genre – Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Awards – None
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92. The Aristocats


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Director – Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast – Hermione Baddeley, Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, Gary Dubin, Liz English, Sterling Holloway
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 66%
Release Date – 11 December 1970
Box Office – $191 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
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91. Waking Life


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Director – Richard Linklater
Cast – Wiley Wiggins
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 19 October 2001
Box Office – $3.2 million
Genre – Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Awards – None
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90. The Fox and the Hound


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Director – Richard Rich, Ted Berman, Art Stevens
Cast – Jack Albertson, Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Pat Buttram, Jeanette Nolan, John Fiedler
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 70%
Release Date – 10 July 1981
Box Office – $63.5 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
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89. The Sword in the Stone


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Director – Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast – Junius Matthews, Karl Swenson, Rickie Sorensen, Martha Wentworth, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 65%
Release Date – 25 December 1963
Box Office – $22.2 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
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88. The Land Before Time


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Director – Don Bluth
Cast – Judith Barsi, Gabriel Damon, Will Ryan, Candace Hutson
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 72%
Release Date – 18 November 1988
Box Office – $84.4 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
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87. Final Fantasy Series


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Director – Hironobu Sakaguchi
Cast – Alec Baldwin, Ming-Na Wen, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin, Ving Rhames
IMDB Rating – 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 45%
Release Date – 2 July 2001
Box Office – $85.1 million
Genre – Animation, Action, Adventure
Awards – None
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86. Frankenweenie


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Director – Tim Burton
Cast – Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder
IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
Release Date – 4 October 2012
Box Office – $81.5 million
Genre – Animation, Comedy, Family
Awards – None
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85. Paranorman


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Director – Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Cast – Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Tucker Albrizzi, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck
IMDB Rating – 7
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
Release Date – 26 October 2012
Box Office – $107.1 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
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84. Anastasia


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Director – Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Cast – Hank Azaria, Christopher Lloyd, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer, John Cusack, Bernadette Peters, Kirsten Dunst
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 5 June 1998
Box Office – $140 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
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83. Rise of the Guardians


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Director – Peter Ramsey
Cast – Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 74%
Release Date – 21 December 2012
Box Office – $306.9 million
Genre – Animation, Action, Adventure
Awards – None
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82. The Princess and the Frog


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Director – John Musker, Ron Clements
Cast – Bruno Campos, Anika Noni Rose, Michael-Leon Wooley, Keith David, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 26 February 2010
Box Office – $267–$271 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
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81. A Scanner Darkly


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Director – Richard Linklater
Cast – Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 67%
Release Date – 7 July 2006
Box Office – $7.7 million
Genre – Animation, Crime, Drama
Awards – None
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