World War II began over 80 years ago and as we continue to honor those Americans who undoubtedly and courageously contributed to the defense of our nation, we often overlook in our remembrances the valiant efforts of African Americans. Throughout the war years they repeatedly had to battle adversaries on two fronts: the enemy overseas and racism at home. African-Americans recognized the paradox of fighting a world war for the \"four freedoms'' while being subjected to prejudicial practices in the United States. Thus, as the war unfolded, they vehemently insisted on the privileges of full citizenship. African-Americans were ready to work and fight for their country, but at the same time they demanded an end to the discrimination against them.
The battles behind Francis Ford Coppola's surreal war movie are well-documented: the nightmarish, multiyear shoot; star Martin Sheen's heart attack and recovery; a cackling press corps that sharpened its knives for a turkey of epic proportions. Coppola would have the last laugh. So much of the vocabulary of the modern-day war picture comes from this movie, an operatic Vietnam-set tragedy shaped out of whirring helicopter blades, Wagnerian explosions, purple haze and Joseph Conrad's colonialist fantasia Heart of Darkness. Fans of the Godfather director, so pivotal to the 1970s, know this to be his last fully realized work; connoisseurs of the war movie see it (correctly) as his second all-out masterpiece.
Pervy Dutch director Paul Verhoeven is better known for Basic Instinct and Showgirls, but war movies are his true métier. In this deliciously plotted WWII survival tale (a comeback of sorts for the Hollywood exile), a hotcha Jewish singer becomes a spy, a freedom fighter and a bed partner of Nazis. Talented Carice van Houten commits fully.
#140 Redline (2009) 70% #140 Adjusted Score: 29259% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: A daredevil driver falls for an alluring woman as he tries to win a race that occurs only once every... [More] Starring: Patrick Seitz, Michelle Ruff, Mark Allen Jr., Cutter Garcia Directed By: Takeshi Koike #139 The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) 56% #139 Adjusted Score: 34558% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: Three gold orbs must shine from a minaret to keep ancient Baghdad safe from an evil warrior and his hordes.... [More] Starring: Vincent Price, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Beals, Eric Bogosian Directed By: Richard Williams #138 Monster House (2006) 75% #138 Adjusted Score: 80523% Critics Consensus: Monster House welcoms kids and adults alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun. Synopsis: No adults believe three youths' (Mitchel Musso, Spencer Locke, Sam Lerner) assertion that a neighboring residence is a living creature... [More] Starring: Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mitchel Musso, Spencer Locke Directed By: Gil Kenan #137 Anastasia (1997) 84% #137 Adjusted Score: 86754% Critics Consensus: Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios. Synopsis: The evil wizard Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) puts a hex on the royal Romanovs and young Anastasia (Meg Ryan) disappears when... [More] Starring: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd Directed By: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman #136 ParaNorman (2012) 89% #136 Adjusted Score: 96028% Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents. Synopsis: Young Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead -- and he often prefers their company... [More] Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck Directed By: Chris Butler, Sam Fell #135 Tekkonkinkreet (2006) 76% #135 Adjusted Score: 66894% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: Two brothers wage an ongoing battle to protect their decaying city from villains.... [More] Starring: Yû Aoi, Kazunari Ninomiya, Yûsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô Directed By: Michael Arias #134 Tower (2016) 99% #134 Adjusted Score: 103901% Critics Consensus: Tower probes into a painful chapter of American history with sensitivity and grace -- and revisits its events from a valuable new perspective. Synopsis: On Aug. 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and... [More] Starring: Violett Beane, Blair Jackson, Josephine McAdam, Reece Everett Ryan Directed By: Keith Maitland #133 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) 84% #133 Adjusted Score: 66220% Critics Consensus: An imaginative and thoughtfully engaging anime film with a highly effective visual design. This coming-of-age comedy drama has mad inventiveness to spare. Synopsis: A teenage girl tries to use her newfound ability to travel through time to her advantage.... [More] Starring: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda #132 Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998) 55% #132 Adjusted Score: 51702% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: The movie \"Jin-Roh\" is about those in society who are predators among prey. But these \"beasts\" never bother to change... [More] Starring: Michael Dobson, Moneca Stori, Doug Abrahams, Colin Murdock Directed By: Hiroyuki Okiura #131 Fritz the Cat (1972) 64% #131 Adjusted Score: 65426% Critics Consensus: Fritz the Cat's gleeful embrace of bad taste can make for a queasy viewing experience, but Ralph Bakshi's idiosyncratic animation brings the satire and style of Robert Crumb's creation to vivid life. Synopsis: ... [More] Starring: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Phil Seuling Directed By: Ralph Bakshi #130 Antz (1998) 92% #130 Adjusted Score: 96231% Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults. Synopsis: Z the worker ant (Woody Allen) strives to reconcile his own individuality with the communal work-ethic of the ant colony.... [More] Starring: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson #129 Shrek 2 (2004) 89% #129 Adjusted Score: 97292% Critics Consensus: It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right. Synopsis: After returning from their honeymoon and showing home movies to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn that her parents have... [More] Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews Directed By: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon #128 Wizards (1977) 62% #128 Adjusted Score: 63741% Critics Consensus: Its central metaphor is a bit too on the nose, but Wizards is an otherwise psychedelic, freaky trip into an alternate version of our world. Synopsis: After the death of his mother, the evil mutant wizard Blackwolf (Steve Gravers) discovers some long-lost military technologies. Full of... [More] Starring: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval Directed By: Ralph Bakshi #127 The Simpsons Movie (2007) 87% #127 Adjusted Score: 95263% Critics Consensus: The Simpsons Movie contains the hearty laughs, biting satire, and honest portrayal of an American family that makes the show so popular. And it boasts slicker animation and polished writing that hearkens back to the show's glory days. Synopsis: The combination of Homer (Dan Castellaneta), his new pet pig, and a leaky silo full of excrement triggers a disaster... [More] Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith Directed By: David Silverman #126 Metropolis (2001) 87% #126 Adjusted Score: 88409% Critics Consensus: A remarkable technical achievement, Metropolis' eye-popping visuals more than compensate for its relatively routine story. Synopsis: Visually stunning Japanese anime interpretation of Fritz Lang's classic film, also based on Osamu Tezuka's outstanding 1945 illustrations. A Japanese... [More] Starring: Tarô Ishida, Kousei Tomita, Kei Kobayashi, Yuka Imoto Directed By: Rintaro #125 The Peanuts Movie (2015) 87% #125 Adjusted Score: 94007% Critics Consensus: The Peanuts Movie offers a colorful gateway into the world of its classic characters and a sweetly nostalgic -- if relatively unambitious -- treat for the adults who grew up with them. Synopsis: Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly... [More] Starring: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Alex Garfin Directed By: Steve Martino #124 A Bug's Life (1998) 92% #124 Adjusted Score: 96117% Critics Consensus: A Bug's Life is a rousing adventure that blends animated thrills with witty dialogue and memorable characters - and another smashing early success for Pixar. Synopsis: Flik (Dave Foley) is an inventive ant who's always messing things up for his colony. His latest mishap was destroying... [More] Starring: Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere Directed By: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton #123 Big Hero 6 (2014) 90% #123 Adjusted Score: 98640% Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching. Synopsis: Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest... [More] Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung Directed By: Don Hall, Chris Williams #122 Heavy Metal (1981) 66% #122 Adjusted Score: 67799% Critics Consensus: It's sexist, juvenile, and dated, but Heavy Metal makes up for its flaws with eye-popping animation and a classic, smartly used soundtrack. Synopsis: Adventures from deep space to futuristic New York, and beyond. Each world and story is dominated by the presence of... [More] Starring: Harvey Atkin, Thor Bishopric, Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs Directed By: Gerald Potterton #121 The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (2012) 95% #121 Adjusted Score: 73105% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: Hana marries a wolf man and raises their two children alone after he dies. They move to the countryside and... [More] Starring: Kumiko Aso, Megumi Hayashibara, Aoi Miyazaki, Tadashi Nakamura Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda #120 James and the Giant Peach (1996) 91% #120 Adjusted Score: 94867% Critics Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment. Synopsis: Featuring stop-motion animation and live action, this inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale follows the adventures of James... [More] Starring: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite Directed By: Henry Selick #119 The Last Unicorn (1982) 77% #119 Adjusted Score: 78322% Critics Consensus: The Last Unicorn lacks the fluid animation to truly sparkle as an animated epic, but offbeat characters and an affecting story make it one of a kind for the true believers. Synopsis: In this animated musical, the villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to destroy all the world's unicorns. When a young... [More] Starring: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes Directed By: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. #118 My Life as a Zucchini (2016) 99% #118 Adjusted Score: 107823% Critics Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths. Synopsis: A police officer (Nick Offerman) and some new friends help an orphan adjust to life at a foster home.... [More] Starring: Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris Directed By: Claude Barras #117 The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) 95% #117 Adjusted Score: 95194% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: In this animated feature, Arsene Lupin III, the world's most daring thief, pulls off a heist at a Monte Carlo... [More] Starring: Sean Barker, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Ivan Buckley, Bridget Hoffman Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki #116 Happy Feet (2006) 76% #116 Adjusted Score: 81765% Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe. Synopsis: Mumble (Elijah Wood), a young emperor penguin, lives in Antarctica. Like others of his kind, he needs to be able... [More] Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman Directed By: George Miller #115 The Princess and the Frog (2009) 85% #115 Adjusted Score: 92407% Critics Consensus: The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update a lively and captivating confection for the holidays. Synopsis: Hardworking and ambitious, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. Her dream... [More] Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker #114 Ice Age (2002) 77% #114 Adjusted Score: 82068% Critics Consensus: Even though Ice Age is treading over the same grounds as Monsters, Inc. and Shrek, it has enough wit and laughs to stand on its own. Synopsis: Twenty-thousand years ago, Earth is a wondrous, prehistoric world filled with great danger, not the least of which is the... [More] Starring: Ray Romano, John Alberto Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic Directed By: Chris Wedge #113 Alice in Wonderland (1951) 84% #113 Adjusted Score: 88286% Critics Consensus: A good introduction to Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland boasts some of the Disney canon's most surreal and twisted images. Synopsis: Lewis Carroll's beloved fantasy tale is brought to life in this Disney animated classic. When Alice (Kathryn Beaumont), a restless... [More] Starring: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway Directed By: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske #112 Whisper of the Heart (1995) 94% #112 Adjusted Score: 67517% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: Based on the manga with the same title, this animated film follows Shizuku, an inquisitive young girl and a voracious... [More] Starring: Brittany Snow, David Gallagher, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Cary Elwes Directed By: Yoshifumi Kondo #111 Brave (2012) 79% #111 Adjusted Score: 88137% Critics Consensus: Brave offers young audiences and fairy tale fans a rousing, funny fantasy adventure with a distaff twist and surprising depth. Synopsis: Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is... [More] Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Directed By: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman #110 Waking Life (2001) 80% #110 Adjusted Score: 85111% Critics Consensus: Waking Life's inventive animated aesthetic adds a distinctive visual component to a film that could easily have rested on its smart screenplay and talented ensemble cast. Synopsis: Transcending the boundaries of technology and imagination, \"Waking Life\" is a revolutionary breakthrough in film animation. In \"Waking Life,\" Wiley... [More] Starring: Wiley Wiggins, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Glover Gill Directed By: Richard Linklater #109 Peter Pan (1953) 77% #109 Adjusted Score: 80614% Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't delve deeply into the darkness of J.M. Barrie's tale, Peter Pan is a heartwarming, exuberant film with some great tunes. Synopsis: In this Disney animated film, Wendy (Kathryn Beaumont) and her two brothers are amazed when a magical boy named Peter... [More] Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson Directed By: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske #108 My Dog Tulip (2009) 90% #108 Adjusted Score: 91437% Critics Consensus: A beautifully animated diversion, My Dog Tulip is as comforting and delightful as cuddling with your own canine companion. Synopsis: Despite a lack of affinity for dogs, a confirmed bachelor (Christopher Plummer) adopts an Alsatian and forms a close bond... [More] Starring: Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rossellini, Lynn Redgrave, Peter Gerety Directed By: Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger #107 Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) 82% #107 Adjusted Score: 84283% Critics Consensus: Dragon Ball Super: Broly may seem like colorful chaos to newcomers, but for longtime fans, it represents this long-running franchise near its action-packed apogee. Synopsis: Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior.... [More] Starring: Vic Mignogna, Christopher Sabat, Jason Douglas, Sean Schemmel Directed By: Tatsuya Nagamine #106 Long Way North (2015) 98% #106 Adjusted Score: 100181% Critics Consensus: Smart and refreshingly free of sentimentality, Long Way North takes viewers on a beautifully animated adventure grounded in fully realized characters and genuine emotion. Synopsis: In the 19th century, a young Russian girl (Christa Théret) embarks on an adventure-filled quest to find her grandfather at... [More] Starring: Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine, Thomas Sagols, Rémi Caillebot Directed By: Rémi Chayé #105 South Park: The Movie (1999) 80% #105 Adjusted Score: 83422% Critics Consensus: Its jokes are profoundly bold and rude but incredibly funny at the same time. Synopsis: In this feature film based on the hit animated series, the third graders of South Park sneak into an R-rated... [More] Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes Directed By: Trey Parker #104 Despicable Me (2010) 80% #104 Adjusted Score: 87104% Critics Consensus: Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own. Synopsis: Supervillain Gru, a man who delights in all things wicked, hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an... [More] Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews Directed By: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin #103 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) 86% #103 Adjusted Score: 90951% Critics Consensus: Quirky humor, plucky characters and solid slapstick make this family comedy a frenetically tasty time at the movies. Synopsis: When hard times hit Swallow Falls, its townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks... [More] Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg Directed By: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord #102 Hercules (1997) 82% #102 Adjusted Score: 84656% Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it's still plenty of fun. Synopsis: Disney tackles Greek mythology in this animated feature. Hercules (Tate Donovan), a son of gods, was snatched as a baby... [More] Starring: Tate Donovan, Josh Keaton, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker #101 The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004) 71% #101 Adjusted Score: 19486% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: The feature film debut from Makoto Shinkai, the acclaimed director of Weathering With You and Your Name., is a haunting... [More] Starring: Chris Patton, Jessica Boone, Kalob Martinez Directed By: Makoto Shinkai #100 Big Fish & Begonia (2016) 91% #100 Adjusted Score: 91618% Critics Consensus: Big Fish & Begonia's richly rendered blend of animation styles perfectly complements its bighearted, surprisingly complex cautionary fish tale. Synopsis: A 16-year-old girl embarks on a fantastical and dangerous adventure after transforming into a dolphin. When a boy sacrifices himself... [More] Starring: Stephanie Sheh, Johnny Yong Bosch, Todd Haberkorn, Fong Sung Directed By: Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang #99 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2002) 66% #99 Adjusted Score: 67863% Critics Consensus: This may be strictly for anime junkies, but they'll find much to like about Cowboy Bebop's casual violence and cool dialogue. Synopsis: Cocky Spike Spiegel and the crew of his spaceship, Bebop, an intrepid band of bounty hunters, land on Mars in... [More] Starring: Esther Aflalo, Jean-Marc Delhausse, Louis Alain, Tony Beck Directed By: Shinichirô Watanabe, Hiroyuki Okiura #98 Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) 86% #98 Adjusted Score: 22482% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: ... [More] Starring: Romanthony, Todd Edwards, DJ Sneak, Daft Punk Directed By: Leiji Matsumoto #97 The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) 90% #97 Adjusted Score: 90585% Critics Consensus: Inventively animated, boldly creative, and refreshingly ambitious, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl should resonate deeply with fans of outré anime. Synopsis: A young girl embarks on an insanely long night of partying where she interacts with an increasingly eccentric cast of... [More] Starring: Kana Hanazawa, Gen Hoshino, Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryûji Akiyama Directed By: Masaaki Yuasa #96 Loving Vincent (2017) 84% #96 Adjusted Score: 94551% Critics Consensus: Loving Vincent's dazzling visual achievements make this Van Gogh biopic well worth seeking out -- even if its narrative is far less effectively composed. Synopsis: Mystery surrounds the death of famed painter Vincent van Gogh in 1890 France.... [More] Starring: Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn Directed By: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman #95 Tangled (2010) 89% #95 Adjusted Score: 97050% Critics Consensus: While far from Disney's greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon. Synopsis: When the kingdom's most-wanted bandit, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), hides in a convenient tower, he immediately becomes a captive of... [More] Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman Directed By: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard #94 The Land Before Time (1988) 64% #94 Adjusted Score: 67991% Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and genuinely endearing, The Land Before Time is sure to please dino-obsessed tykes, even if it's a little too cutesy for older viewers. Synopsis: Littlefoot (Gabriel Damon), a young plant-eating dinosaur, is orphaned after his mother (Helen Shaver) perishes while protecting him from a... [More] Starring: Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson, Judith Barsi, Will Ryan Directed By: Don Bluth #93 Le Roman de Renard (1930) 100% #93 Adjusted Score: 78746% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: King Lion orders Master Fox arrested for tricking animals.... [More] Starring: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive Directed By: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz #92 An American Tail (1986) 72% #92 Adjusted Score: 72137% Critics Consensus: Exquisitely animated, An American Tail is a sweet, melancholy, immigrants story. Synopsis: A young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz (Phillip Glasser) and his family emigrate from Russia to the United States by boat... [More] Starring: Cathianne Blore, Laura Carson, Dom DeLuise, John Finnegan Directed By: Don Bluth #91 Vampire Hunter D (1985) 78% #91 Adjusted Score: -1% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: In this animated film, the future is bleak for the world's remaining humans, who inhabit a vast wasteland and spend... [More] Starring: Seizô Katô, Motomu Kiyokawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Kaneto Shiozawa Directed By: Toyoo Ashida #90 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 97% #90 Adjusted Score: 109441% Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages. Synopsis: Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now... [More] Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei Directed By: Travis Knight #89 Anomalisa (2015) 91% #89 Adjusted Score: 101230% Critics Consensus: Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema. Synopsis: An inspirational speaker (David Thewlis) becomes reinvigorated after meeting a lively woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who shakes up his mundane... [More] Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, David Thewlis Directed By: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson #88 Summer Wars (2009) 79% #88 Adjusted Score: 79402% Critics Consensus: Family drama mixes with virtual online action in the breezy and entertaining Summer Wars. Synopsis: A young math genius solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to... [More] Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji Directed By: Mamoru Hosoda #87 Perfect Blue (1997) 83% #87 Adjusted Score: 84426% Critics Consensus: Perfect Blue is overstylized, but its core mystery is always compelling, as are the visual theatrics. Synopsis: A mysterious figure stalks a pop star when she becomes an actor on a television show.... [More] Starring: Stephen Apostolina, Bob Buchholz, Steve Bulen, Dyanne DiRosario Directed By: Satoshi Kon #86 Mulan (1998) 86% #86 Adjusted Score: 89715% Critics Consensus: Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan breaks new ground as a Disney film, while still bringing vibrant animation and sprightly characters to the screen. Synopsis: Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot -- though,... [More] Starring: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, B.D. Wong, Miguel Ferrer Directed By: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft #85 Watership Down (1978) 79% #85 Adjusted Score: 81568% Critics Consensus: Aimed at adults perhaps more than children, this is a respectful, beautifully animated adaptation of Richard Adams' beloved book. Synopsis: When a young rabbit named Fiver (Richard Briers) has a prophetic vision that the end of his warren is near,... [More] Starring: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham-Cox, John Bennett Directed By: Martin Rosen #84 Paprika (2006) 85% #84 Adjusted Score: 87853% Critics Consensus: Following its own brand of logic, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that is difficult to follow but never fails to dazzle. Synopsis: Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name \"Paprika,\" is a dream detective at... [More] Starring: Cindy Robinson, Yuri Lowenthal, Michael Forest, David Lodge Directed By: Satoshi Kon #83 Lilo & Stitch (2002) 87% #83 Adjusted Score: 91437% Critics Consensus: Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story. Synopsis: A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl... [More] Starring: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers Directed By: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders #82 Allegro non Troppo (1976) 90% #82 Adjusted Score: 90890% Critics Consensus: No consensus yet. Synopsis: Italy's response to the Disney classical music/animation hybrid \"Fantasia,\" this film features a series of cartoon shorts set to the... [More] Starring: Maurizio Nichetti, Néstor Garay, Marialuisa Giovanni, Maurizio Micheli Directed By: Bruno Bozzetto #81 The Sword in the Stone (1963) 66% #81 Adjusted Score: 68226% Critics Consensus: A decent take on the legend of King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone suffers from relatively indifferent animation, but its characters are still memorable and appealing. Synopsis: This Disney adaptation of the classic fable chronicles King Arthur's humble beginnings. As an orphaned child, Arthur, who was then... [More] Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Rickie Sorensen, Alan Napier, Karl Swenson Directed By: Wolfgang Reitherman #80 Belladonna of Sadness (1973) 90% #80 Adjusted Score: 91417% Critics Consensus: Belladonna of Sadness has more than enough brilliant visual artistry to keep audiences enraptured even as the film's narrative reach slightly exceeds its grasp. Synopsis: A peasant woman is banished from her village and makes a deal with the devil to gain magical powers.... [More] Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Aiko Nagayama, Masaya Takahashi, Masakane Yonekura Directed By: Eiichi Yamamoto #79 A Scanner Darkly (2006) 68% #79 Adjusted Score: 74583% Critics Consensus: A faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, A Scanner Darkly takes the viewer on a visual and mind-blowing journey into the author's conception of a drug-addled and politically unstable world. Synopsis: In the near future, as America virtually loses the war on drugs, Robert Arctor, a narcotics cop in Orange County,... [More] Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder Directed By: Richard Linklater #78 The Jungle Book (1967) 88% #78 Adjusted Score: 91042% Critics Consensus: With expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs, The Jungle Book endures as a crowd-pleasing Disney classic. Synopsis: In this classic Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling's book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his... [More] Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, George Sanders Directed By: Wolfgang Reitherman #77 Fantastic Planet (1973) 91% #77 Adjusted Score: 91424% Critics Consensus: Fantastic Planet is an animated epic that is by turns surreal and lovely, fantastic and graceful. Synopsis: This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who... [More] Starring: Barry Bostwick, Mark Gruner, Marvin Miller, Hal Smith Directed By: René Laloux #76 The Great Mouse Detective (1986) 76% #76 Adjusted Score: 77388% Critics Consensus: The Great Mouse Detective may not rank with Disney's classics, but it's an amiable, entertaining picture with some stylishly dark visuals. Synopsis: Rodent supersleuth Basil and his bumbling partner must thwart evil Ratigan's plot to depose the Mouse Queen.... [More] Starring: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek Directed By: John Musker, Ron Clements, Dave Michener, Burny Mattinson #75 The Secret of Kells (2009) 90% #75 Adjusted Score: 92463% Critics Consensus: Beautifully drawn and refreshingly calm, The Secret of Kells hearkens back to animation's golden age with an enchanting tale inspired by Irish mythology. Synopsis: In the remote Irish woods, Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party.... [More] Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Liam Hourican Directed By: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey #74 Wreck-It Ralph (2012) 87% #74 Adjusted Score: 94197% Critics Consensus: Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia. Synopsis: Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of always being the \"bad guy\" and losing to his \"good... [More] Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch Directed By: Rich Moore #73 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) 90% #73 Adjusted Score: 104800% Critics Consensus: The rare trilogy capper that really works, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings its saga to a visually dazzling and emotionally affecting conclusion. Synopsis: When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup... [More] Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett Directed By: Dean DeBlois #72 Boy and the World (2013) 93% #72 Adjusted Score: 94333% Critics Consensus: Boy and the World's distinctive animation is visually thrilling -- and it's backed up with a daring, refreshingly different storyline that should enthrall younger viewers while resonating deeply with adults. Synopsis: A boy without a father leaves his village and explores a strange world.... [More] Starring: Vinicius Garcia, Felipe Zilse, Alê Abreu, Lu Horta Directed By: Alê Abreu #71 A Silent Voice (2016) 95% #71 Adjusted Score: 96657% Critics Consensus: As beautifully crafted as it is powerfully written, A Silent Voice looks at teen bullying from a soberingly hard-hitting perspective that's uncommon for the animated medium. Synopsis: After being bullied mercilessly, a grade school student transfers to another school. Years later, one of her former tormentors sets... [More] Starring: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Megumi Han, Yui Ishikawa Directed By: Naoko Yamada 153554b96e