Pixar is known for making imaginative, heartwarming movies that are enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Since the first Toy Story in 1995, the studio has continued to bring us animated storytelling that taps into the human experience in unexpected, humbling and beautiful ways.
Its filmmakers have explored our struggles with tragedy, loss and grief (including even questions about the meaning of life), as well as our experiences with love, family and friendship.
All 27 Pixar Animation Studios delve into emotional themes in different ways, which makes ranking them no easy task. It’s inevitable this list will ruffle some feathers, but it’s a testament to how much these movies mean to audiences.
In determining rankings, we examined five key attributes of each film: plotline, characters, depth, cultural impact and rewatchability. This helped with the tough task of figuring out which of these truly great Pixar movies should top the list.
Here’s our ranking of the best Pixar movies in order of least crowd-pleasing to the most beloved.