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ALL 28 PIXAR MOVIES RANKED FROM WORST TO BEST

Let's start with this premise: Pretty much, Pixar movies are good. It's nearly impossible to find a studio with as good of a track record: Pixar has put out 28 feature-length movies since 1995, and none of them are total duds — each one has something to recommend, be it a technical achievement, an emotional ride or an unforgettable character. But that doesn't mean they're all created equal. Some dazzle with state-of-the-art visuals, others get the tears flowing and many of them make you feel good with tales of unlikely friendships. Here's the definitive ranking of all 28 Pixar feature films, listed from worst to best.

If you have any gaps in your Pixar viewing, there’s never been a better time to catch up —or rewatch to see if you can spot all those Pixar Easter eggs! For one thing, all of the movies except for the newest, Inside Out 2, are available on Disney+. (Compare that to the longstanding Disney practice of “the vault,” where they took movies out of home-video circulation to increase demand for the VHS tapes and DVD/Blu-rays when they did become available.) Many are also available to rent through other services, like Amazon's Prime Video, though the prices vary by movie. And, if you're finished watching all those Pixar films and still need something good to watch with the kids, check out the best kids' movies of 2024. (And yes, Inside Out 2 is on the list, as are a couple of other Pixars that returned to theaters this year.)

Best Pixar Movies - Cars 3
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Cars 3 (2017)

The fact that Lightning McQueen wrestles with aging in this movie — and is teamed up with a younger, charismatic screen partner (with the voice of Cristela Alonzo) — gives this something for the adults to latch onto, but there are just so many animated cars zooming around to endure.

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RELATED: Pixar Easter Eggs That Only Eagle-Eyed Fans Can Spot

Best Pixar Movies - Finding Dory
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Finding Dory (2016)

Dory trying to find her family — despite her memory loss — is a true story of triumph over adversity. But, to do so, she has to travel through a lot of aquarium tanks. We love these familiar characters, but the plot gets repetitive.

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Best Pixar Movies - The Good Dinosaur
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The Good Dinosaur (2015)

While the more cartoonish designs of Arlo, the apatosaurus star of this movie, and his human cave-boy friend are entertaining to watch, the tale — which covers young Arlo trying to reunite with a lost family — feels overly familiar.

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Best Pixar Movies - Cars 2
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Cars 2 (2011)

In this Cars sequel, there's a lot of focus on Lightning McQueen's buddy Mater, who is sent on a spy mission. Your mileage my vary depending on how entertaining you think Mater is, but a little Mater goes a long way.

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Lightyear (2022)

This is famously supposed to be the movie that Andy watched that made him want a Buzz Lightyear action figure. But after seeing it, you would be forgiven if you didn't fully understand why he'd actually want it (especially when Sox the cat would clearly be the more desired toy). There's some fun space adventuring and cool sci-fi elements, but Buzz himself seems to be dealing with some problems that read very adult, especially when it comes to wrestling with life's failures. (Why couldn't he just dance a tango?)

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Best Pixar Movie - Monsters University
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Monsters University (2013)

Mike Wazowski heads to college hoping to be a champion scarer, only to find that he's not as good at is as he thought. That's a tough lesson for a kids' movie — that you're not going to be good at everything, no matter how hard you try or practice — and doesn't leave room for the fact that some people might want to do something they're not great at just because they like doing it. But thankfully there are enough Animal House-style antics (this time from monsters!) to soften the blow of the bummer parts.

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Best Pixar Movies - Bug's Life
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A Bug's Life (1998)

Pixar's second feature film gets ground-level and follows a young, awkward ant, Flik, as he gets himself into all kinds of trouble. In an unlikely series of events, Flik calls on the help of a bug circus to help defend fellow ants from an evil grasshopper, if you've seen Seven Samurai (or, you know, The Three Amigos or Galaxy Quest), you can see where the movie is headed long before the climax, but seeing bugs do it sure is entertaining.

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Best Pixar Movies - Onward
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Onward (2020)

Onward has to juggle a lot of elements — there's an epic quest, a world where the fantastical and the mundane blend into each other, a story about two brothers and the loss of their father — and, at times, it feels like the balance is off. But the action is great, and the heartwarming parts really land their emotional gut-punch.

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Best Pixar Movies - Brave
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Brave (2012)

It's crazy how often mothers are absent (or dead) in kids' movies (think BambiNemo, Cinderella). Finally, there's an adventure movie about mothers and daughters, starring a princess with a rebellious spirit (and hair that's basically a character of its own). It's a shame the mom spends so much time transformed into a bear!

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Soul (2020)

This may be Pixar's most gorgeous film to date, and there's a fun, body-switching adventure to go along with it. But there's also a lot of introspection about the difference between your life's passion versus your life's purpose, and kids (and adults) may find that a bit hard to relate to and heavy to wade through.

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Inside Out 2 (2024)

Riley from Inside Out is 13 and entering a world of puberty and the intense emotions that go with it. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust are joined by Anxiety, Envy, Embarrassment, and Ennui, which throws Riley HQ into turmoil. Watching this may give kids a way to better understand and talk about their emotions, which is great. But as a movie, returning to Riley's mind just doesn't have the same magic as visiting it for the first time, and the plot feels kind of schematic.

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RELATED: What Are the New Emotions in 'Inside Out 2'? Everything to Know

Best Pixar Movies - Cars
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Cars (2006)

Ka-chow! Cars may be about Lightning McQueen, the fastest racer around, but the story really gets going when he heads to Radiator Springs and things slow down a little. There, McQueen gets a lesson in appreciating the little things — a reminder we can all use every now and again.

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Elemental (2023)

Elemental takes place in a world populated by creatures of different elements — air, water, earth and fire — and the various ways the groups are seen by society. ("Elements don't mix," they say.) When Ember, whose family emigrated from the world of fire, falls for Wade, who's made of water, they start to upend the whole system. The immigration metaphor doesn't always work and the plot sometimes wanders, but the ingenious ways the different elements look, move and are animated give the movie its own charm.

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Toy Story 4 (2019)

The fourth installment in the Toy Story franchise introduces a bunch of new characters — Forky, Gabby Gabby, Ducky and Bunny — most of whom are hilarious, and all of whom get meaty stories. But it also answers a question that was already very elegantly answered in Toy Story 3, about what toys do when it's time to move on.

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Luca (2021)

Some might give Luca demerits for not being as ambitious as either 2020 Pixar movie, Onward or Soul. But by keeping the scope small and only using one magical element instead of trying to create complicated, fantastical worlds that exist within our own, Luca is more successful at what it's trying to accomplish — a story about family and friendship. Santa Gorgonzola, that's great!

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Best Pixar Movies - Finding Nemo
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Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo proves the lengths a father would go (well, swim) for his son. In this case, he also meets some fantastic friends, like the forgetful Dory or chill turtles Crush and Squirt, along the way. It's these characters, rather than the run-of-the-mill plot, that give Nemo its charm.

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Best Pixar Movies - Monsters Inc
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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Pixar has a knack for pulling off the unexpected. In Monsters, Inc., it sets up a backwards world where monsters are believably scared of kids — and it makes a movie about office politicking that isn't boring. (Lots of adult movies can't pull that second thing off.)

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Best Pixar Movies - Toy Story
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Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story started it all way back in 1995, and showed the world that a completely computer-animated feature film was a viable prospect. But, re-watching it now, you can see just how far the technology has come, and the animation here looks much rougher. Still, this one introduces us to Woody and Buzz, and we've had a friend in them ever since.

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Best Pixar Movies - The Incredibles
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The Incredibles (2004)

This movie has a ton of exciting superhero action that sees the man characters lift, stretch, disappear and run their way to victory. But they also have to learn to work together as a team, which is something all families can relate to at one point or another.

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Best Pixar Movies - Toy Story 3
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Toy Story 3 (2010)

The third film in the Toy Story franchise beautifully examines what happens when people outgrow their old toys, which requires about 10,000 tissues each re-watch.

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Best Pixar Movies - Inside Out
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Inside Out (2015)

There's nothing more complex than the emotions of a pre-teen, but Pixar not only treats this subject with empathy, it creates entertaining (and moving) story about the feelings in control of a whole world inside a young girl's mind. Movies mostly ignore 11-year-olds, so it's a gift to have a whole movie devoted to what's going on in their minds.

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Best Pixar Movies - Up
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Up (2009)

A cowboy and a space man, a rat and a chef, a girl and a monster — Pixar always does great work when it comes to unlikely pairings. In Up's case, a cranky old man, an earnest young scout, and an overeager dog head off on a gorgeous, globe-trotting journey and wind up being just the trio needed to defeat some unwitting foes. It shows us that heroes can look like anything.

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Best Pixar Movies - Ratatouille
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Ratatouille (2007)

There's plenty to laugh about when a starry-eyed rat teams up with a hapless chef to get cooking in the kitchen, as Remy and Luigi do in Ratatouille. But there's also a heartwarming lesson tucked in there about how greatness can come from even the most unassuming places.

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turning red in every pixar movie ranked
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Turning Red (2022)

In those early teenage years, kids are like wild beasts — and Turning Red takes that literally, telling the story of Mei, a girl who turns into a giant, wild red panda every time she feels extreme emotions (which, as a teenage girl, is always). But what makes it more than just a body-horror movie is the way Mei relies on her strongest bonds — her family and friends — to deal with the beast within. Brave was a good start, but Turning Red is truly the movies that mothers and daughters deserve.

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Best Pixar Movies - Toy Story 2
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Toy Story 2 (1999)

Toy Story 2 is the pinnacle of the franchise. With the character dynamics already established, this film can hit the ground running, sending the toys on a mission that's remarkably poignant (Jessie's "When She Loved Me," sob) and hilariously gag-filled (Buzz and Zurg do their own Star Wars reveal).

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Coco
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Coco (2017)

It'd be easy for a movie about a young boy traveling through the Land of the Dead to turn maudlin or even frightening, but, in Pixar's hands, Coco remains uplifting — and the candy-colored underworld is a treat for the eyes.

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RELATED: The Best Animated Movies of All Time

Incredibles 2
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Incredibles 2 (2018)

Director Brad Bird has such a facility with action sequences, he finds delightful ways to mix up all the different superpowers of all the heroes in this movie. But the family story at the center ensures that there's heart behind all the mayhem.

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Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is a truly impressive feat, because you feel for the lonely little robot on his Earth cleanup mission from the very beginning — which is mostly wordless, so even really little kids can understand his plight. The movie builds from there, sending Wall-E into space — where he does do a spacewalk dance with EVE that's a lovely bit of animation — a quest that turns him into a brave little hero. Plus, its message of eco-friendliness couldn't be more prescient.

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Original Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g27507619/best-pixar-movies/

  





















     
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