Greatest Animated Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

Science fiction and animation are two genres that go together like peanut butter and jelly. There have been some truly great animated sci-fi movies over the years, and without the power of animation the development of science fiction films would not have its growing communities like it has today. Bringing all imaginative creations to life, motion pictures are increasingly adopting animated methods and shifting from traditional filming. With all animated sci-fi films in mind, we're going to count down the ten best of all time.


Starting off our list at number ten is Akira. This 1988 Japanese animated film is set in a time period after World War III where the world has been rebuilt with advanced technology. In this cyberpunk action film, a secret military project known as Akira creates telekinetic humans that become too powerful and out of control. With echoes of Godzilla films, Akira is a cult classic that set the standard for animated sci-fi movies.

Akira's animation methods include rotoscoping, which is the process of tracing live action footage to create realistic animation. This was a new and innovative method during Akira's time, which is one of the reasons why it looks so good today.

GODZILLA: Planet of The Monsters

Next on our list at number nine is Godzilla: Planet of The Monsters. This movie was released in 2017 and is the first entry in the Godzilla anime trilogy. The story revolves around a planet that has been taken over by Godzilla and other monsters, and the humans that are left must find a way to take back their planet.

Godzilla: Planet of The Monsters was praised for its great visuals. The adaptation of the original story into an animated format was done very well, and the animation itself was top notch.

The Iron Giant

Coming in at number eight is the movie that touched every kids' heart, The Iron Giant. The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction film about a 9-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who befriends a giant robot from outer space. The film is a heartwarming story that shows the importance of friendship and acceptance. The Iron Giant was directed by Brad Bird, who also worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille. The movie was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, which is known for its great animation quality.

The movie received critical acclaim for its story, characters, voice acting, and animation. It was nominated for several Academy Awards and won the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

Ghost In The Shell

Number seven is the classic, Ghost In The Shell, a film that has inspired many other works in the cyberpunk genre. This 1995 Japanese anime film is set in the future where humans have advanced technology that allows them to augment their bodies with cybernetic implants. The film follows Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg who works for a government organization called Section 9. They are tasked with stopping criminals and terrorists who use this technology to their advantage.

Ghost In The Shell was praised for its animation quality, which was ahead of its time. It also explores philosophical themes such as identity and what it means to be human.


Ironically at number six is the movie 9. 9 is a great animated film and a must watch because of its unique visuals and interesting story. The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are extinct and the only creatures left are puppets. These puppets are brought to life by souls of the dead, who use them to fight against a machine that wants to destroy them.

The movie was directed by Shane Acker, who is known for his work on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. 9 features stunning visuals and an intriguing story that will keep you guessing until the end.


Movie number five is Wall-E (If you read it like Wall-E then you know why it's up here), a movie that is not only one of the best animated sci-fi movies, but also one of the best sci-fi movies period. Wall-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction film about a robot named Wall-E who is left behind on Earth to clean up the garbage. He falls in love with a robot named Eve and follows her into space. Wall-E proves to be a sentient robot of a great spirit, attitude, who gained the hearts of millions.

The movie was directed by Andrew Stanton, who also worked on Finding Nemo and Toy Story. Wall-E was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $533 million worldwide. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for several other awards.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

At number four we chose, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese anime film that is based on the 1967 novel of the same name. The story follows a high school girl who gains the ability to time travel after she eats a special fruit. She then uses her new powers to fix things in her life, but she soon discovers that time travel is not as simple as it seems.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a great science fiction movie that also has a lot of heart. The story is touching and the characters are likable. The film won multiple awards for its animation and its style is very different from traditional animation, but it works well for the film.

Heavy Metal (1981)

Number three is Heavy Metal. Filmed in 1981, Heavy Metal is a Canadian-American animated Sci-Fi film that is based on the Heavy Metal magazine. The movie is set in the future where an evil spirit called the Loc-Nar terrorizes the universe. The film follows various characters as they fight against the Loc-Nar.

Heavy Metal is a great movie for fans of Sci-Fi and fantasy. It features some of the best animation of its time and has a great soundtrack. The movie was nominated for several awards, including the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film.


At number two is Paprika, a 2006 Japanese animated Sci-Fi film that is based on the 1993 novel Paprika. The movie is about a scientist who develops a machine that allows people to enter into other people's dreams. When the machine is stolen, she must enter into the dream world to find it before it's used for evil purposes.

Paprika is an interesting story and its animation is beautiful. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and won multiple awards for its animation.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 was our top pick and for many reasons.  First, the story is great. It's about a young boy named Hiro who loses his brother in a tragic accident. He then turns to his brother's invention, a robot named Baymax, for help. Together they form a team of superheroes to stop an evil villain. Sounds a little cliché but the movie is action packed, adventurous, funny, and futuristic. It has modern animation elements that capture the genre's advancements over the years, as well as an imaginative story not so far-fetched.

The movie is also visually stunning and all the characters are likable that Big Hero 6 is overall a great movie for everyone.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Titan A.E.

  • Meet The Robinsons

  • Treasure Planet

  • Astro Boy

  • Planet 51

  • Vexille

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire

  • Renaissance (2006)