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The Best Stop Motion Movies

Updated October 26, 2020 6.9k votes 1.1k voters 36.1k views86 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Stop motion films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

Stop motion movies are a genre of animated films, but instead of using drawings or computer generated imagery, objects are physically manipulated in small increments between frames, to simulate motion. So, if you’re looking for the best stop motion movies to watch with your family (or, hey, maybe you just wanna watch a little stop motion on your own, we’re not here to judge!), this list has got you covered.

With stop motion titles ranging from James and the Giant Peach, to Chicken Run, to The Nightmare Before Christmas, this list has the greatest stop motion films ever made, ordered from best to worst. But you don’t have to take our word for it -- this list has been voted on by fans of stop motion movies, and you can vote too! If your fave stop motion flicks are low on the list, vote them up to move them higher -- and if you think any of the top films on this list aren’t deserving of their high positions, vote them down to move them outta the way.

But enough chit chat, if you’re looking for the best stop motion movies to watch, let this list guide your decision on where to start!

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  • 1
    Coraline is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Corpse Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Corpse Bride

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton, Mike Johnson

    Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara

    Released2016

    Directed byTravis Knight

    Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2005

    Directed byNick Park, Steve Box

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Chicken Run

    Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall

    Released2000

    Directed byPeter Lord, Nick Park

    Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    ParaNorman

    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Fell, Chris Butler

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    Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Frankenweenie

    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Burton

    Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Released1964

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    James and the Giant Peach

    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1996

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    The Boxtrolls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    The Boxtrolls

    Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley

    Released2014

    Directed byGraham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

    The Boxtrolls is a 2014 American 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-comedy film based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mary and Max is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Mary and Max

    Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2009

    Directed byAdam Elliot

    Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Wrong Trousers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    The Wrong Trousers

    Peter Sallis

    Released1993

    Directed byNick Park

    The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 stop-motion animated short film directed by Nick Park at Aardman... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
    Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Crank Balls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Crank Balls

    Devin Bell

    Released2007

    Directed byDevin Bell

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    A Close Shave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    A Close Shave

    Peter Sallis, Anne Reid

    Released1995

    Directed byNick Park

    A Close Shave is a 1995 stop motion animated short film directed by Nick Park at Aardman... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Jack Frost

    Buddy Hackett, Don Messick

    Released1979

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Jack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Anomalisa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Anomalisa

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis

    Released2015

    Directed byDuke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

    Anomalisa is a 2015 American stop-motion animated comedy-drama film directed by Charlie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Elf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Pirates! In an Adventure w is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Lord, Jeff Newitt

    Pirates! is a 2012 animation, adventure and family film written by Gideon Defoe and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Little Drummer Boy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Released1968

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pingu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Pingu

    Pingu is a 1986 animation film written and directed by Otmar Gutmann and Marianne Noser.amazon buy button
  • 24
    Rudolph's Shiny New Year is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies

    Released1976

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    Early Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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    Early Man

    Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2018

    Directed byNick Park

    Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film directed by Nick Park.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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