Top 31 Most Popular Animated Movies You Should Watch

Animation once was an iconic discovery that revolutionized cinema and continues to be an important component of our cinema-loving hearts. Whether it’s Disney’s fun worlds, comedy or romance, animated movies routinely make it to the top of the box office. So, without further ado, here’s the list of the top 31 animated movies you should be watching right now!

1. Inside Out

Inside Out tops of the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.2
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Directed ByPete Docter
Written ByPete Docter‎
‎Ronnie del Carmen
StarringPhyllis Smith
Amy Poehler
Mindy Kaling
Bill Hader
Release Date17 June 2015
Running Time1h 42m

Inside out is a heartfelt, beautiful, story that simple (and literally) conveys a wide range of emotions. It takes us on a journey inside of eleven-year-old Riley’s head.

Just having moved to a new city, leaving behind her life in Minnesota, she wages inner wars with her five basic emotions as the characters Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness.

While trying to cope with her new life, she finally figures out the harmony that her head needs. It tops the list of most popular animated movies.

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2. Coco

Coco is 2nd on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.7
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Directed ByLee Unkrich
Adrian Molina
Written ByAdrian Molina
StarringAnthony Gonzalez
Gael García Bernal
Benjamin Bratt
Alanna Ubach
Release Date27 October 2017
Running Time1h 49m

Coco is a coming of age drama with eye-popping beauty. Miguel, the protagonist of the story, loves singing. But his family has a ban on music. Wandering in the afterlife. He learns about his great-great-grandfather’s singing abilities while discovering himself.

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3. Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is 3rd on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.8
Available OnPrime Video
Directed ByPaul King
Written ByPaul King
Simon Farnaby
StarringBen Whishaw
Hugh Bonneville
Sally Hawkins
Brendan Gleeson
Julie Walters
Jim Broadbent
Peter Capaldi
Hugh Grant
Release Date5 November 2017
Running Time1h 44m

Paddington 2 is a delightful, imaginative and love-spreading sequel to the famed first. In this animated film, Paddington takes up a job so he can save to buy the perfect gift for his aunt on her 100th birthday, which gets stolen. The cute little bear from this movie has stolen the hearts of entire families with his adventures.

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4. Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 is 4th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.7
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Directed ByBrad Bird
Written ByBrad Bird
StarringCraig T. Nelson
Holly Hunter
Sarah Vowell
Huckleberry Milner
Samuel L. Jackson
Release DateJune 5, 2018
Running Time1h 58m

A sequel to The Incredibles of 2004, Incredibles 2 follows the Parr family as they try to restore the public’s trust in superheroes while balancing their family life.

And their fight is complicated by a new foe in the ring who seeks to turn the world against superheroes. Spiderman may be reigning the animated world of superheroes, but Incredibles has its own little loved universe!

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5. Zootopia

Zootopia is 5th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8
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Directed ByByron Howard
Rich Moore
Written ByJared Bush
Phil Johnston
StarringGinnifer Goodwin
Jason Bateman
Idris Elba
Jenny Slate
Nate Torrence
Bonnie Hunt
Shakira
Release Date10 February 2016
Running Time1h 50m

An adorable Disney animation for all ages to enjoy, Zootopia made its mark as the movie that had the guts to tackle sensitive issues in a cute furry animal world.

Rabbit and fox team up to find out why 14 predators went missing and the case soon turns into their own little bonding adventure involving an exciting conspiracy. It’s 5th on the list of most popular animated movies.

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6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
IMDb7.6
Available OnDisney
Directed ByDavid Hand
Wilfred Jackson
Written ByTed Sears
StarringAdriana Caselotti
Lucille La Verne
Harry Stockwell
Release Date10 February 1965
Running Time1h 28m

Disney’s iconic classic princess Snow White and her dwarf friends remain at the top of our best-animated movies list. Snow White, exiled by her evil stepmother finds shelter in the home of not children’s but seven little adult dwarfs’ lovely cottage in the forest and from there, her journey unfolds.

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7. Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is 7th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.3
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Directed ByLee Unkrich
Written ByMichael Arndt
John Lasseter
StarringTom Hanks
Tim Allen
Joan Cusack
Don Rickles
Wallace Shawn
John Ratzenberger
Estelle Harris
Blake Clark
Release DateJune 18, 2010
Running Time1h 43m

Toy Story’s enchanting world came back with a bang in its third installment, The plot sees our favorite toys, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang donated to a daycare center as their owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. The race to get home is innovative, funny, dramatic and super-intense. And if you haven’t watched it yet, now is the time!

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8. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo
IMDb8.1
Available OnNetflix
Directed ByAndrew Stanton
Written ByAndrew Stanton
Bob Peterson
StarringAlexander Gould
Albert Brooks
Ellen DeGeneres
Release Date30 May 2003
Running Time1h 44m

Finding Nemo explored a different kind of animation- a fish world. With beautiful deep-sea imagery, corals and reefs and fishes with bright coats, the movie shows the journey of a meek clownfish setting out to find his son Nemo, kidnapped in the great barrier reef and now far away. Believe it or not, fish action is pretty exciting.

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9. Up

Up is 9th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.2
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Directed ByPete Docter
Written ByBob Peterson
Pete Docter
StarringEd Asner
Christopher Plummer
Jordan Nagai
Release Dat11 September 2009
Running Time1h 36m

Touching and stirring, Up is an adventure starring an elderly widower Carl in a flying house towards his wife’s dream destination, Paradise Falls. This older Pixar story delights with its emotions and tantalizes with its drama, so much that people keep coming back to rewatch the film!

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10. Moana

Moana
IMDb7.6
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Directed ByRon Clements
John Musker
Written ByJared Bush
StarringAuliʻi Cravalho
Dwayne Johnson
Rachel House
Temuera Morrison
Jemaine Clement
Release Date23 November 2016
Running Time1h 53m

Moana is the king, or rather, queen of films with powerful female characters. It’s fun, adventure and a role-model character locked into one 2 hour film.

Moana, daughter of chief Tui, embarks on a journey to return the heart of goddess Te Fitti, to Maui after it begins to affect her land. Strong, independent and a rule-breaker she sets the bar high for all animated explorers. It’s 10th on the list of most popular animated movies.

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11. Pinocchio

Pinocchio is 11th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.4
Available OnNetflix
Directed ByHamilton Luske
Ben Sharpsteen
Wilfred Jackson
Norm Ferguson
Jack Kinney
T. Hee
Bill Roberts
Written ByTed Sears
StarringDickie Jones
Cliff Edwards
Mel Blanc
Release Date9 February 1940
Running Time1h 28m

Pinocchio is one of the oldest Disney classics that still persists in the form of the famous long-nose joke. It stars Pinnochio, a wooden puppet earning the right to become a human by proving his truthfulness, bravery and unselfishness, aided by a cricket for a conscience.

While the concept might’ve been admittedly strange, Pinocchio is the film that kick-started animation in major ways and is still enjoyed by veteran Disney lovers all over the world.

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12. Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2
IMDb7.9
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Directed ByJohn Lasseter
Written ByAndrew Stanton
StarringTom Hanks
Tim Allen
Release Date15 January 2010
Running Time1h 35m

Surpassing the success of its prequel Toy Story, Toy Story 2 was witty, stunning and delightful. Woody is kidnapped by a greedy toy collector, so Buzzy and friends set out to rescue him, but it turns out he doesn’t want to be rescued. He wants to be immortalized in the museum. Rich in emotion and a great family watch, you’ve gotta watch this film if you haven’t!

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13. How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is 13th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.1
Available OnNetflix
Directed ByDean DeBlois
Chris Sanders
Written ByWill Davies
StarringJay Baruchel
America Ferrera
Craig Ferguson
Release DateMarch 21, 2010
Running Time1h 38m

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

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14. Dumbo

Dumbo
IMDb6.4
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Directed ByTim Burton
Written ByEhren Kruger
Helen Aberson
StarringColin Farrell
Michael Keaton
Danny DeVito
Release Date11 March 2019
Running Time1h 52m

DescriptionStruggling circus owner Max Medici enlists a former star and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. When the family discovers that the animal can fly, it soon becomes the main attraction — bringing in huge audiences and revitalizing the run-down circus.

The elephant’s magical ability also draws the attention of V.A. Vandevere, an entrepreneur who wants to showcase Dumbo in his latest, larger-than-life entertainment venture.

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15. Shrek

Shrek is 15th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.8
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Directed ByAndrew Adamson
Vicky Jenson
Written ByWilliam Steig
Ted Elliott
StarringMike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Release Date22 April 2001
Running Time1h 35m

Shrek, an ogre, embarks on a journey with a donkey to rescue Princess Fiona from a vile lord and regain his swamp The movie is a marvelous fairy tale, with a thrilling quest and a happily-ever-after ending unconventional lovable hero. It’s 15th on the list of most popular animated movies.

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16. Ratatouille

Ratatouille
IMDb8
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Directed ByBrad Bird
Jan Pinkava
Written ByBrad Bird
Jan Pinkava
StarringBrad Garrett
Lou Romano
Patton Oswalt
Release Date28 June 2007
Running Time1h 51m

Remy aspires to become a renowned French chef but he doesn’t realize that people despise rodents and will never enjoy a meal cooked by him. This movie is a story about never giving up on your dreams and a first-hand glimpse into French culture in a realistic but suspenseful atmosphere. It’s the perfect mix of emotion, fun and French to make a good weekend movie better.

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17. The Lion King

the lion king is 17th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.5
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Directed ByRob Minkoff
Roger Allers
Written ByIrene Mecchi
Jonathan Roberts
StarringJames Earl Jones
Jeremy Irons
Matthew Broderick
Release Date7 May 1994
Running Time1h 24m

Also can be called a household name. Lion King stars Simba who idolizes his father, King Mufasa and awaits eagerly his descent to the throne. But everything doesn’t go as planned.

Exiled and looking for a way to take his rightful place back, Simba finds friends to go with him on his exciting journey.

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18. 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians
IMDb5.7
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Directed ByStephen Herek
Written ByDodie Smith
John Hughes
StarringGlenn Close
Jeff Daniels
Joely Richardson
Release Date27 November 1996
Running Time1h 43m

Dalmations 101 is a black and white dog movie that stole the world’s hearts. Anita, a fashion designer, and Roger, a computer game writer set out to rescue the puppies of their adorable little dalmatians from a crazy woman, who wants to use their fur to make a coat. Will they succeed in their mission? You’ll have to watch a twisty turvy movie to find out.

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19. Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea is 19th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb8.1
Available OnHulu
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Directed ByTomm Moore
Written ByWill Collins
Tomm Moore
StarringDavid Rawle
Brendan Gleeson
Lisa Hannigan
Release Date19 December 2014
Running Time1h 34m

Song of The Sea weaves the myths of Celtic folklore into a new fairytale where adventures unfold underwater. It tells the enchanting story of a young Irish boy who discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess.

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20. Fantasia

Fantasia
IMDb7.8
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Directed ByWilfred Jackson
Hamilton Luske
Ben Sharpsteen
Written ByJoe Grant
Dick Huemer
StarringLeopold Stokowski
Deems Taylor
Corey Burton
Release DateNovember 13, 1940
Running Time2h 6m

Mickey Mouse blended with classical music. Who would picture that? Oh, of course, Disney, Released in 1940, Disney gave a new face to the Mickey Mouse world with Fantasia to which veterans keep coming back just to admire the top-notch animation. It’s 20th on the list of most popular animated movies.

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21. The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
IMDb7.8
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Directed ByChris Miller
Phil Lord
Written ByPhil Lord
Christopher Miller
StarringChris Pratt
Will Ferrell
Elizabeth Banks
Will Arnett
Nick Offerman
Alison Brie
Charlie Day
Liam Neeson
Morgan Freeman
Release Date7 February 2014
Running Time1h 41m

Set in an innovative world playing to the millions of LEGO fans around the world, The LEGO movie was a huge success. An ordinary LEGO construction worker Emmet is prophesied as “special” and recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis. A different kind of hero, waiting for his moment, and brilliant lego graphics make this movie a great watch.

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22. Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is 22nd on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.5
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Directed ByMark Osborne
John Stevenson
StarringJack Black
Angelina Jolie
Dustin Hoffman
Seth Rogen
Release Date11 July 2008
Running Time1h 35m

Kung Fu Panda is made up of stunningly well-animated kung-fu sequences, lovable characters and a twist-filled story. Po the big fat panda surprisingly gets selected as the Dragon Warrior.

And now, he must team up with the Furious Five to fight and destroy the evil forces that threaten the Valley of Peace.

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23. The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
IMDb7.6
Available OnHotstar
Directed ByRon Clements
John Musker
Written ByJohn Musker
Ron Clements
StarringJodi Benson
Samuel E. Wright
Rene Auberjonois
Release Date13 November 1989
Running Time1h 25m

An underwater love and drama story, the Little Mermaid is beautifully musical and touching. Ursula, the evil sea witch, makes a princess and mermaid Ariel meet Eric, the human prince she loves. But blinded by love, Ariel loses her wits and ends up in trouble. The Little Mermaid is a must-watch if you’re a classic love story fan.

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24. Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph
IMDb7.7
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Directed ByRich Moore
Written ByRich Moore
Phil Johnston
StarringJohn C. Reilly
Jack McBrayer
Jane Lynch
Release Date9 November 2012
Running Time1h 48m

Mixing the best of both retro and new worlds, Wreck-it Ralph is the story of a bad guy trying to become the hero. But instead of making amends, Ralph accidentally lets loose a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.

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25. Despicable Me

Despicable Me is 25th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.6
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Directed ByPierre Coffin
Chris Renaud
Written ByCinco Paul
Ken Daurio
StarringSteve Carell
Miranda Cosgrove
Kristen Wiig
Pierre Coffin
Release Date6 August 2010
Running Time1h 35m

 Despicable Me has now grown into a franchise, and it started with this animated film where Gru, a criminal mastermind, adopts three orphans as pawns to carry out the biggest heist in history.

But the girls see him as their actual father. Despicable me, besides the adorable minions, has comedy, emotion and freshness that both kids and adults love. It’s 25th on the list of most popular animated movies.

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26. Aladdin

Aladdin
IMDb8
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Directed ByRon Clements
John Musker
Written ByRon Clements
John Musker
StarringScott Weinger
Robin Williams
Linda Larkin
Release Date25 November 1992
Running Time1h 31m

No matter how many animated movies we watch, you can’t have watched the best without this Disney classic. Alladin and Jasmine’s romantic story along with a genie in a bottle and a magic lamp involving quest made it one of the most creative and brilliant movies of its time and one that you must watch!

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27. Ice Age

Ice Age
IMDb7.5
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Directed ByChris Wedge
Carlos Saldanha
Written ByMichael J. Wilson
Michael Berg
StarringDenis Leary
John Leguizamo
Ray Romano
Release Date3 May 2002
Running Time1h 43m

Ice Age started a franchise of movies with one of a kind characters and special comedy. Something about the setting of a frozen but melting world and three unlikely adventurers makes the setting beautiful as Manny the mammoth, Sid the loquacious sloth, and Diego the saber-toothed tiger go on an action-packed, sometimes violent and sometimes laughable quest to return a human baby back to his father, across a melting world.

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28. Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox is 28th on the list of most popular animated movies.
IMDb7.8
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Directed ByWes Anderson
Written ByRoald Dahl
Wes Anderson
StarringGeorge Clooney
Meryl Streep
Bill Murray
Release Date23 October 2009
Running Time1h 28m

Based on the mind-blowingly simple but entertaining Roald Dahl novel, this movie stars Mr. Fox the famously liked family man in a fun story. A clever stealing fox vs three not so clever farmers is every kid’s childhood bedtime story brought to life.

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29. Cars

cars
IMDb7.1
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Directed ByJoe Ranft
John Lasseter
Written ByJoe Ranft
John Lasseter
StarringOwen Wilson
Bonnie Hunt
Paul Newman
Release Date4 August 2006
Running Time1h 57m

Animated cars, a cutthroat world and an arrogant jerk turned good person story, Cars is one of the most underrated animated movies out there. Cars 2006 tells the story of Lightning McQueen, a racing car, who learns a lesson the hard way when he is damaged in Radiator Springs. Now he has to get himself repaired before he can race again. And he better do it soon!

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30. WALL-E

WALL-E
IMDb8.4
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Directed ByAndrew Stanton
Written ByAndrew Stanton, Pete Docter
StarringBen Burtt
Elissa Knight
Jeff Garlin
Release Date21 June 2008
Running Time1h 43m

A futuristic setting and a moving story characterize this top animated movie. It follows the robot responsible for cleaning a waste-covered Earth meeting another robot and falling in love with her.

Hand-in-hand they must undertake a journey to decide the fate of all mankind. A unique parable that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike, WALL-E is a must-watch.

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31. Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast
IMDb8
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Directed ByGary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Written ByLinda Woolverton
Brenda Chapman
StarringPaige O’Hara
Robby Benson
Jesse Corti
Release Date24 September 2010
Running Time1h 32m

Beauty and the Beast is one of the oldest Disney classics with a never-fading message and compelling characters that deliver a happily-ever-after ending. Belle, a beautiful young woman, agrees to live with the Beast in exchange for the return of her kidnapped father.

But she soon discovers that the ‘beast’ is actually a trapped handsome prince. And a romantic adventure unfolds. It’s 31st on the list of most popular animated movies.

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