Top Animated Movies



With all the category of movies, anime or animated movie has also progressed rapidly. Despite that, some people still misunderstand animated movies as cartoons or kid’s movies. Animated movies are mind-blowing, If we invest ourselves and observe the minor details. The movies I am listing below are must watch as they will keep you invested and are hundred and ten percent worth your time. This list will be missing popular animation movies as they are already appreciated enough. So are you ready to get to know the list of best cartoon movies sorry top animated movies to watch? LET’S HOP INTO IT!

Quick fact: In 2019, a total of 786 movies were released only in the United States and Canada.

Must Watch Animated Movies

5. Big Hero 6



Plot:  This movie is about a 14-year-old orphan named Hiro Hamada who is a high school graduate and robotics prodigy living in a futuristic city “san fransokyo” . He is fond of illegal robot fights until his elder brother “Tadashi Hamada” takes him to his research lab which has extraordinary inventions including Tadashi’s inflatable healthcare robot Baymax. Hiro changes his mind and seeks to be like his brother but after approval of his project, Tadashi dies in a fire. Hiro intends to revenge his brother’s death after he estimates the fire was intentional and makes a superheroic team with the help of Baymax and his brother’s colleagues.

Reasons to watch: This movie emphasizes mental pain we suffer after losing our loved ones. It shows that if we share our pain it can fade as compassion is a strong thing. This movie beautifully portrays a slight difference between evil and good and how an action taken in anger can so lethal.


  • The best thing about the movies: Concept
  • Quick fact: Big Hero 6 is the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel Comics characters
  • Release date: November 7, 2014
  • Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8
  • Movie Studio: Walt Disney
  • Category: Best Disney animated movies, top rated animated movies


4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Franchise)

Plot:  The movies are about a teenage self-proclaimed scientist “Flint Lockwood” living in swallow Falls. A fictional tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. His every experiment failed miserably except one. He manages to make a machine that turns water into food. However, the machine ends up rocketing to the sky which results in the rain of cheeseburgers. The whole town rejoices it until the weather gets really bad threatening the town. Now flint along with other citizens try to reach the machine using his new build flying car.

Movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cloudy with achance of meatballs 2

Reasons to watch: The movies are big to relate and a throwback to all the students who were bullied or laughed at for being or trying something different. Both movies are emotion packed. They highlight our daily life relationship struggles and problems we have with our loved ones. The movies are light, short, and worth the time, the imagination of these movies is out of the box, you will easily connect emotionally with the movie lastly why on earth will you willingly miss the chance to see the rain of food? 

If you are looking for good animated movies to watch, you will not be disappointed.


  • The best thing about the movies: Each character having its own significance.
  • Quick fact: It was one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal
  • Release date: September 16, 2009
  • Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9
  • Movie Studio: Sony Pictures Animation
  • Category: popular animated movies


3. How To Train Your Dragon


Plot: The first movie is about a kind-hearted boy”Hiccup”, son of a great brave Viking who mercilessly kills the dragons in order to protect his village from their attack. Hiccup manages to make a friend of a dragon in an attempt to kill him. He trains the dragon despite his dad hates dragons because they killed his wife. The movie is about Hiccup trying to make peace between dragons and Vikings. The second and third movie revolves around Hiccup exploring more things about dragons, he also meats someone who just like him trains dragons who is actually his m…Nevermind you can find out yourself.

Movies: How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2, How To Train Your Dragon 3/How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Reasons to watch: The stories of these films are very well constructed. The character building is on point and not stretched too much. The movie portrays different kinds of love and bond we have in our surroundings. The emotions, actions, and twist keep the viewer interested.

  • The best thing about the movies: The transformation of Hiccup from a little scared boy to a grown brave man.
  • Quick fact: How to Train Your Dragon also won ten Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature.
  • Release Date: March 18, 2010 (first movie)
  • Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1
  • Movie Studio: DreamWorks Animation
  • Category: Best DreamWorks movies, best animated films of all time



Honorable Mentions

Toy story



The Incredibles

Finding Nemo

The Lion King

Your Name



Spirited Away

The Secret Life of Pets

Flushed Away


2. Kung Fu Panda


Plot: The first movie is about a typical panda “Po”(lazy and overweight of course) parented by a goose. Po just makes noodles and like everyone dreams about being a hero fighting against villains along with the 5 great kung fu masters of his time. His dream becomes reality when master Oagway accidentally chooses him as the Dragon warrior. No one believes and accepts him as the dragon warrior except the grand master Oogway. Po himself tries to resign but Oogway manages to convince him. Now Po without any Kung fu knowledge and support plan to become a kung fu warrior and fight dangerous enemies. The second and third movie is about PO discovering himself, his past, and his destiny.

Movies: Kung Fu Panda,Kung Fu Panda 2,Kung Fu Panda 3

Reasons to watch: If you are looking for motivation and entertainment at the same time these movies will be perfect for you. The whole franchise is full of awesome quotes and classy dialogues. The characters will keep you invested and entertained all the time. The movies are short and light with almost no fillers in them. To be honest, the first movie is a bit childish but really fun to watch but the second movie is just awesome. It revolves around inner peace, insecurities, and self-belief. The story is mind-blowing as well as the ending and message.


  • Best things about the movies: The quotes in these movies are top-notch
  • Quick fact: The fighting styles of the characters are influenced by real Kung Fu styles.
  • Release Date: May 15, 2008
  • Director: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5
  • Movie Studio: DreamWorks Animation
  • Category: good cartoon movies, comedy best animated movies



1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

animated movie

Plot: This story is about a boy Miles Morales. A radioactive spider bites him and he observes superpowers like spiderman. At a station, he meets Peter Parker aka “Spiderman” in chaos. Shortly Peter is killed by kingpin after successfully disabling his super-collider a machine that gives access to parallel universes. As the collider is used before peter parker disables it different spidermen from parallel universe drops into miles’ city. Miles along with fellow spidermen aim to stop kingpin from reactivating the collider attempting to bring back his dead wife and son as it will destroy the city.

Reasons to watch: Although the movie is a bit different but if you are a spiderman or MCU fan there are loads of references waiting for you. I can bet that if anyone with basic spider man knowledge watches this movie he/she will love it. However, if you are not an MCU fan this movie will still manage to give you chills with its brilliant scenes. This oscar winning animated movie is arguably the best spiderman movie. Perhaps one of the best animated movies of all time.


  • The best thing about the movie: Soundtrack
  • Quick fact: The release date of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is 8th April 2022
  • Release date: December 1, 2018
  • Director: Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4
  • Movie Studio: Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures
  • Category: best animated films, highest grossing animated films, top animated movies of all time


Should we make a list of best DC animated movies? drop your suggestions in comments.


Saad Sheikh

Too stubborn to not think out of the box.

One thought on “Top Animated Movies

  • June 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Tbh this is perfect, the way this let me know everything about the movie. But I respectfully disagree with the list and the fact that “youre name” is just an honourable mention in this list, its clearly the best among all, and spirited away deserves atlest 3 spot.


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