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The Best Stop Motion Movies 

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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
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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#62 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #378 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Madefeaturing ‘Coraline’ Is Even More Horrifying As A Book Than A Movie

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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
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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#32 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #117 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Moviesfeaturing Every Song in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ranked by Singability

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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee
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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#114 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #134 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songsfeaturing ‘Corpse Bride’ Is An Underrated Tim Burton Classic Filled With Creepy Charm And Dark Moments

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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
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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Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey
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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Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay
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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#111 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #267 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Filmslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley
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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#135 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #68 of 109 The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Timefeaturing ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Was A Beautiful Nightmare Of A Children’s Movie (On Purpose)

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Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter
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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#227 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #30 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

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Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton
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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#110 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #86 of 113 The Absolute Worst Animated Movies

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Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee
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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#192 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #15 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids #134 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Time

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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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#8 of 109 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time #146 of 463 The Best Feel-Good Movies

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Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette
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
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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#254 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #39 of 81 The Best Movies About Depression #18 of 38 The Funniest Australian Movies Ever Made

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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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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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#108 of 199 The Best G-Rated Animation Movies #56 of 195 The Best G-Rated Comedies #98 of 238 The Best G-Rated Children's Movies

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Buddy Hackett, Don Messick, Paul Frees
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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Zac Efron, Donald Glover, Seth Green
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III is a 2010 episode special of the television comedy series Robot Chicken, and the third and final installment in the Annie Award-winning and Emmy-nominated ...more
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Farmageddon: A Shaun the... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour
Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie is a 2019 British stop-motion animated sci-fi comedy film directed by Richard Starzak, based on the TV series. Shaun and the gang must face an invasion of ...more

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#405 of 590 The Best Animated Films Ever #21 of 33 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Animals

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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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Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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#88 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #41 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with Santa Claus when he is asked by Father Time to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New ...more

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#170 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids #340 of 463 The Best Feel-Good Movies

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Susan Shadburne
Claymation is a 1978 documentary short film written by Susan Shadburne and directed by Will Vinton.
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Pingu is a 1986 animation film written and directed by Otmar Gutmann and Marianne Noser.
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Jubilee Bunt-a-thon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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Jubilee Bunt-a-thon is a 2012 animated short film directed by Nick Park, which stars his characters Wallace and Gromit. It was created in association with the National Trust to celebrate the ...more
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Early Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams
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