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The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies

Updated March 13, 2020 12.2k votes 2.0k voters 40.3k views60 items

List RulesVote up the best sci fi movies that happen to be cartoons.

Live action films can be limiting in an expansive genre like sci fi, but animated features give filmmakers the opportunity to invent whole new worlds. The top animated sci fi movies transport viewers to mind-boggling settings as characters explore the outer reaches of the future. This is a list of the best science fiction cartoons, including everything from The Iron Giant to Big Hero Six.

What films will you find on this list of the best animated sci fi movies? The innovative Disney/Pixar film WALL-E takes place in space, long after humans have rendered Earth uninhabitable. Although it is an animated film, the plot still gently critiques consumerism, corporatism, greed, and ignorance. Akira is another fantastic animated sci fi film. Richard Linklater imagines a world rife with drug abuse and police surveillance in his dystopian sci-fi thriller A Scanner Darkly. Other good movies featured on this list include The Congress, Titan A.E.Heavy Metal, and Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.

Which science fiction cartoon is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any good films that are missing.

If you consider yourself a fan be sure to check out the best Akira quotes and the best Ghost in the Shell quotes. You might also like this list of the best CGI science fiction films.

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    Ghost In The Shell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Ghost In The Shell

    Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released1995

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

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    Akira is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara

    Released2001

    Directed byShinichirō Watanabe

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, is a 2001... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Heavy Metal

    John Candy, Harold Ramis

    Released1981

    Directed byGerald Potterton

    Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    9 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Titan A.E.

    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon

    Released2000

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

    Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Released2002

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman

    Released2018

    Directed byRich Moore, Phil Johnston

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    The Animatrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    The Animatrix

    Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Chung, Shinichirō Watanabe, Takeshi Koike, Andrew R. Jones, Mahiro Maeda

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    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocenc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    Naoto Takenaka, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released2004

    Directed byMamoru Oshii

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    Paprika is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Paprika

    Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara

    Released2006

    Directed bySatoshi Kon

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    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Chil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    Maaya Sakamoto, Kenichi Suzumura

    Released2005

    Directed byTetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue

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    The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    Orson Welles, Judd Nelson

    Released1986

    Directed byNelson Shin

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  • 18
    Memories is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Memories

    Hideyuki Hori, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released1995

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo, Tensai Okamura, Koji Morimoto

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    Fantastic Planet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Fantastic Planet

    Hubert de Lapparent, Jean Topart

    Released1973

    Directed byRené Laloux

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    Starship Troopers: Invasion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Starship Troopers: Invasion

    Luci Christian, Chris Patton

    Released2012

    Directed byShinji Aramaki

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    Space Pirate Captain Harlock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Space Pirate Captain Harlock

    Haruma Miura, Maaya Sakamoto

    Released2013

    Directed byShinji Aramaki

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    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Chung

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  • 23
    Resident Evil: Damnation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Resident Evil: Damnation

    Dave Wittenberg, Robin Sachs

    Released2012

    Directed byMakoto Kamiya

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    The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida
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    Heavy Metal 2000 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies
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    Heavy Metal 2000

    William Michael Albert Broad, Michael Ironside

    Released2000

    Directed byMichael Coldewey, Michel Lemire

    Heavy Metal 2000 is a 2000 Canadian-German direct-to-video adult animated science fiction film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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