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The Best Stop Motion Movies 

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Updated April 5, 2020 7k votes 1k voters 35.6k views 85 items

List Rules Vote 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!

Stop motion movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Sam Raimi and Joe Dante.

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Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

Released: 1996

Directed by: Henry Selick

James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and ...more

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Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more

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Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park

Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the Aardman Animations studios and directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. Chicken Run received positive ...more

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Nick Park, Steve Box

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, and ...more

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Janis Orenstein

Released: 1964

Directed by: Larry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and currently distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired ...more

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Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the ...more

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Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 2016

Directed by: Travis Knight

Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and produced by Travis Knight. The film revolves around Kubo, a young boy who wields a magical shamisen ...more

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

The Boxtrolls is a 2014 American 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-comedy film based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. Produced by Laika, it was directed by Graham Annable and Anthony ...more

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Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette

Released: 2009

Directed by: Adam Elliot

Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni ...more

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Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. The series stars Shaun, a sheep previously featured in the 1995 short film A ...more

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Peter Sallis

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nick Park

The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 stop-motion animated short film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. It was his second half-hour short featuring ...more

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Peter Sallis, Anne Reid

Released: 1995

Directed by: Nick Park

A Close Shave is a 1995 stop motion animated short film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. It was his third half-hour short ...more
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Released: 1979

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

Jack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

Anomalisa is a 2015 American stop-motion animated comedy-drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. A lonely customer service expert (David Thewlis) perceives everyone (Tom Noonan) ...more
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Released: 1968

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by Rankin/Bass, based on the song of the same name. It was followed by a sequel in 1976.
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Released: 1986

Directed by: Otmar Gutmann

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Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

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Released: 1976

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Directed by: Nick Park

Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film directed by Nick Park. At the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, a caveman ...more
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Released: 1985

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1985 Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It is based on The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, a 1902 ...more