Animated Movies The Best '80s Cartoon Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated films that were released in the 1980s

The 1980s brought a ton of explosive, bright, fun cartoon movies to the silver screen. Classics like The Little Mermaid and Oliver & Company delivered amazing musical hits, while All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Land Before Time kickstarted a generation full of kids who would become forever nostalgic for these heart-wrenching '80s cartoon movies. 


One man - who's films are included in this list -  has left an indelible imprint on the history of animated films: Hayao Miyazaki. The visionary Japanese animator and director produced some of his most well-regarded work in the 1980s, including such titles as
My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Also in this list of the best ‘80s cartoon movies, you’ll find Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the genre-bending neo-noir caper that blends live action and animation, with cartoon characters interacting directly with humans.


Vote up the best '80s cartoon movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 
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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman
he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more
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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi
The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more
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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi
The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more
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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback
All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more
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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise
An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more
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Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin
Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more
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The Last Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Last Unicorn is a 1982 American animated fantasy film directed and produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass. It was produced by Rankin/Bass for ITC Entertainment, and animated by ...more
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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto
My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more
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The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker
The Great Mouse Detective is a 1986 American animated mystery film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, originally released to movie theaters on July 2, 1986 by Walt Disney Pictures. The ...more
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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft
The Brave Little Toaster is a 1987 American animated musical comedy-adventure film adapted from the 1980 novel, The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story For Small Appliances by Thomas Disch. It ...more
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Mickey's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Victor Borge
Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution. It was directed and produced by Burny ...more
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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Kikuko Inoue, Kappei Yamaguchi, Akio Ōtsuka
Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more
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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne
The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated dark fantasy adventure film released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 25th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it is loosely based on the first ...more
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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Movieguy36 added Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy
The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated feature film based on the animated TV series by the same name. It was released in North America on August 8, 1986 and in the UK on December 5, ...more
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Castle in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Tanaka, Ichirō Nagai
Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is also the first film produced and released by Studio Ghibli. The film was distributed by ...more
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Akira is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more
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The Care Bears Movie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Mickey Rooney, Melleny Brown, Cree Summer
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Care Bears Movie is a 1985 Canadian animated fantasy film, the second feature production from the Toronto animation studio Nelvana. One of the first films based directly on a toy line, it ...more
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Jōji Yanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ichirō Nagai
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own 1982 manga of the same name. ...more
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Vampire Hunter D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe
Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi Productions, in association with Epic/Sony Records, CBS Sony Group Inc. and Movic. The screenplay is based on ...more
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Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy
Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of ...more
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G.I. Joe: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith, Sgt. Slaughter
G.I. Joe: The Movie is a 1987 animated film spin-off from the animated series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, based on the original Hasbro toyline. It was produced by Sunbow Productions and ...more
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Little Nemo: Adventures in Slu... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
nick-slade added Mickey Rooney, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Bell
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, known in Japan as simply Nemo, is a 1989 Japanese/American animated feature film directed by Masami Hata and William T. Hurtz. Loosely based on the comic ...more
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The Flight of Dragons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Cartoon Movies
James Earl Jones, John Ritter, Harry Morgan
The Flight of Dragons is a 1982 animated film produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. and loosely combining the speculative natural history book of the same name by Peter Dickinson with ...more