Pixar is known for being a motion picture studio that has produced many quality films. They have been nominated for a remarkable 49 Academy Awards, winning 19, including 10 for Best Animated Feature. I created a list of all the best Pixar Movies ranked according to my own opinion.
This list will only include one film per franchise. I haven’t seen: The Good Dinosaur, Brave, Car 2 and Car 3. So these films won’t be included in this list.
As for WALL-E, I left that one out because I’ve seen it when I was 16 years old and I did not like it. The reason I left it out is that opinions can change when we get older. Therefore I should rewatch it before including it in this list.
This Pixar Movies list was hard to make, as they are all excellent movies.
Pixar Movies ranked
9. Ratatouille (2007)
Ratatouille introduces the power of food, it incorporates art, identity, and passion. A street rat who dreams of becoming a chef comes upon a lowly garbage boy, Linguini. Together they set out to revive a once-legendary restaurant.
The film is loaded with surprises. The animation is even more stunning, with some breathtaking landscape of Paris, France. Even the food looks delicious!
Surprisingly, Ratatouille is funny with very subtle and unique humor. Pixar made another classic with lots of heart.
8. Onward (2020)
Two elf brothers are attempting to bring their dead father back to life for one day, but screw it up. They end up going on a quest with his dismembered legs.
It’s maybe a weird premise, but it’s a fun movie.
The bond between the brothers is what I truly loved in Onward. And they’re also voiced by two avengers, Chriss Pratt, and Tom Holland!
7. Coco (2017)
Pixar created a colorful movie full of Mexican cultural traditions. Coco explores the meaning of family, life, and death during the “Day of the Dead.”
This festival is also the center of the movie. It’s about keeping our lost ones alive by remembering them. I also consider it to be educational as it sheds light on the background of the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead.)
Coco delivers a strong message towards those who had lost their loved ones.
6. Inside Out (2015)
We all feel sad, scared, angry, and confused. Inside out visualize these complex emotions by introducing characters who represent our feelings.
This film will appeal to kids and parents. As we can all rely on how we feel on the inside. It does a great job of portraying these by following a kid, Riley. She is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco, Riley is directed by her emotions.
I would even say that Inside Out should be a must-see for every kid.
5. The Incredibles (2004)
Pixar created its own superhero franchise, with a family where everyone has a superpower.
They took a new approach to the genre, we have seen superhero groups like X-men, but we’ve never seen a family full of heroes.
The Incredibles does a great job of mixing humor, adventure, marital drama, and family love.
4. Finding Nemo (2003)
I always had an appeal for dad figures who are ready to go do anything to save their beloved ones. This is the case with Marlin, an overprotective clownfish goes on a search when his son Nemo is taken by a diver.
Along the way, he acquires a tag-along friend, Dory, who has a small memory capacity. Together, they encounter many things, and it, in the end, Finding Nemo, feels like an adventure movie.
It’s also one of the funniest movies of Pixar, some jokes will make you laugh out hard.
3. Up (2009)
Of all the Pixar movies, Up has the best, but also saddest intro’s I’ve ever seen. If you thought Bambi’s intro was heartbreaking, then you must see Up’s opening scene.
Here a video as a reminder:
Carl sets up to go on an adventure, something his wife always has dreamed of. The former balloon salesman ties a lot of balloons to his house to float away.
When his house starts floating, a young explorer is at his door, and he sees no other choice but to bring the boy with him.
2. Monster Inc. (2001)
Every kid was scared of monsters in the closet or under the bed. Monster Inc makes it lighthearted by showing them it’s a night work by not so scary monsters. And, they are actually afraid of humans.
But one night, a human child mysteriously get through the bedroom door and terrorizes the monster world with her cute screams. The film focusses on two monsters, Sulley and Mike, who are getting involved with Boo, the child.
Sulley becomes attached to the child and is questioning his job as he terrifies kids for a living.
Monster Inc. is full of humor but also has some sweet moments.
1. The Best Ranked Pixar Movie is Toy Story (1995)
Pixar’s first feature-length film, Toy Story, is still my number one. When I ranked all my favorite Pixar Movies, this was the first film that popped up in my mind.
It’s also the first entirely computer-animated movie ever made. It jumped ahead on its time by decades of how we tell stories.
Toy Story was not only appealing to kids but also towards adults. Translating the imagination of kids to the big screens: “what if my toys were alive,” Monster inc. answer the same premise, “What if the monsters were real?”
Woody and Buzz Lightyear will forever be the most iconic characters of Pixar.
I hope you enjoyed my list of “The best Pixar movies ranked.” What is your favorite Pixar movie?