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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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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Davey and Goliath: Vol. 3: Lea... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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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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Arnold Escapes From Church is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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Arnold Rides a Chair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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The Arnold Waltz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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Jubilee Bunt-a-thon is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Bump in the Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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Bump in the Night is a 1994–1995 stop-motion animated series that aired on ABC. It follows Mr. Bumpy and other monsters who live in a boy's bedroom.

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The California Raisin Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stop Motion Movies
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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