The Disney Pixar Movies: Ranked From Worst To Best

Just like when people think of animated movies, the first name that springs to mind is Disney, when people think of computer animated movies, they think of their branch Disney Pixar. We all know that Disney Pixar has put out some of the finest animated films, or even finest films in general of the past decade or so. They have actually released fourteen full length feature films since their first effort, Toy Story in 1995. This was back when they were simple 'Pixar,' before Disney purchased the company in 2006 for over $7 billion. Since this immensely successful effort, their work has gotten better and better.

Now the reality is that Pixar really hasn't made a bad film, so the bottom of their barrel is still better than most. But with that being said, here is my attempt to rank the Disney Pixar movies from 14 to 1.

14. Cars 2

The sequel to Cars takes most of the good stuff from the first film, and ups the ante a little. Lightning McQueen and Mater get involved in some crazy dealings, and the adventure is interesting, but there is just a little something missing. The trademark heart and soul of most Pixar films isn't quite the same, although still better than most of course. Certainly to be enjoyed, particularly by those who loved Cars.

13. A Bug's Life

A direct rival to DreamWorks film Antz, this bug filled Pixar gem was one of their older efforts, and one of the early examples of fantastic characterization and the type of film that can be enjoyed by both parents and kids alike. About an outcast ant who seeks to pretect his colony from evil Grasshoppers, this isn't the best film they've ever made but still great none the less.

12. Cars

Owen Wilson took on the lead role as Lightning McQueen, a young rookie racing car who is a little too big for his britches and learns some important lessons from a group of quirkier motors once things go south for him. Much loved by a younger audience, the film didn't resonate as well with the older crowd, like some of Pixar's best efforts for whatever reason.

11. Monsters University

The sequel to Monsters Inc, this was a college movie in Disney Pixar movie form, and reunited Sulley and Mike back in the past when they were students. John Goodman and Billy Crystal were on their usual great form, and while the plot wasn't quite as meaningful as its predecessor, but the laughs are there in abundance!

10. Ratatouille

A pretty unique effort as Disney Pixar movies go, Ratatouille is much less known but no less great than other Pixar films. Set in France, the film is about a young rat who dreams of being a great chef. He teams up with a real chef, and through some hilarious teamwork we see their dreams unfold. Many people haven't seen this gem, but certainly should work to change that.

9. Brave

A personal favorite of mine, due to my Scottish heritage, Brave strayed a bit from what we are used to seeing from Disney Pixar. The story revolved around a strong heroine this time, a young princess named Merida and her mother who she frequently disagrees with. Not quite the storytelling marvel of previous Pixar movies, but a fantastic modern fairy tale and a great way to show that Pixar believes in girl power too.

8. Monsters Inc.

The film that introduced Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) as monsters who work at a monster utility company tasked with dishing out the correct amount of scare. Of course, these two are not as adept as they could be and hilarity ensues. It lacked the powerfully developed supporting characters of other Pixar movies, but it's stars were fantastic and hilarious.

7. Toy Story 2

Not many people expected Toy Story 2 to work as well as it did, and to come close to living up to its predecessor. But it did. Toy Story 2 was originally even supposed to go straight to video release, but ended up hitting the theaters for good reason. A wonderful movie, a little more exciting that the previous but not quite as heartwarming, the highlight for me is seeing Buzz deal with the realization that other Buzz's exist. Great stuff.

6. The Incredibles

The Incredibles was a different type of movie for Pixar but worked to great effect. It told a comic book style story of a super family including retired super heroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl and their equally incredible kids. The film was very satirical, and opted for a more clever style of humor than many of its Pixar predecessors and even those that followed. However it led to a really refreshing and approachable film for a wider audience.

5. Finding Nemo

One of the most famous Pixar movies of them all, Finding Nemo was a massive smash hit for the studio and is loved by almost all who see it. Due a sequel shortly, the film tells the story of a single father fish who is way too protective of his son. However, when young Nemo goes missing, he must journey out to find him. Playing to real life emotional realities, this was one of the most heartwarming of Pixar's films, and look out for the hilarious support from Ellen DeGeneres as Dory.

4. Toy Story

The movie that started it all for Pixar, Toy Story starred Tom Hanks as a reliable toy cowboy and Tim Allen as a delusion spaceman toy who believes himself to be a real hero of the universe. What followed was one of the most heartwarming trilogies, for people of all ages, which included a wide variety of diverse characters and some unbelievably creative and well thought out scenarios and real life situations. Without this film Pixar may never have been the animation an CG juggernaut that it is now.

3. Wall-E

Disney Pixar were taking a big risk when they decided to release a film like Wall-E that contained no dialogue at all for a large portion of the films early going. However, when a film looks so incredibly beautiful, has a near perfect and socially relevant story and presents such touching emotion and heart, it can actually get away with it quite easily. The story of a waste disposing robot who embarks on a journey he doesn't know the importance of, and finds unepected love along the way, Wall-E was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and is often considered one of the best films ever.

2. Up

There are many people out there who claim that it is almost impossible to get through the first fifteen minutes of Up without shedding a tear, and it's easy to see why. Touching on a subject so delicate, it immediately hits it's chord with audiences of all ages. As we see our older star, Carl grow with the love of his life, Ellie until her eventual death, we immediately become attached as he journeys off to deliver his home to a place similar to what he and his love always dreamed of. One of the studios most touching movies, and nominated for Best Picture, this is certainly one of the best Disney Pixar films ever created.

1. Toy Story 3

The title of the best Disney Pixar movie ever falls into the hands of a sequel, which is a testament to the strength of their ability to continue to write and create wonderful characters and stories, with the strength to get better and better across an entire trilogy. Following Woody, Buzz and the gang to near toy oblivion, this one delves into some emotional territory, as we see Andy head off to college and the toys have to face the reality that he may leave them behind as he grows. The incredibly creative set pieces get even better here, the emotions are ramped up, and what Pixar created was essentially the perfect film. Pixar will have difficulty ever topping this masterpiece but I certainly look forward to seeing what they come up with.

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Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

First couple of minutes of Up reminded me of a nice Hallmark commercial. I preferred Toy Story with simple themes, not overdone 'death' themes (that still managed to feel sugarcoated, especially with the resolution being that annoying 'claw' running joke) that were better dealt with in the Brave Little Toaster. Finding Nemo, is the most incomprehensibly overrated movies that they've made.

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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

Up, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Brave area my favorites. Brave the latest I've seen -- it encourages fostering of mother-daughter relationship though turning your mom into a bear is too much of a start hahaha.

The few minutes of "Up"'s love story is more touching to watch than most romantics movies I've seen so far lol.

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TDowling 3 years ago from Florida

Once again another interesting and informative movie Hub, jmartin1344. Rated up.

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Melissa, thanks for reading! I appreciate hearing your thoughts - Toy Story did do a wonderful job of presenting simple themes in a creative way that had depth to it. I'd love to know what you felt wasn't as good about Nemo!


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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks FullOfLoveSites - A lot of lists I read don't have Brave as high as I did but I really liked it. Perhaps I'm biased because I love Scotland.

Thanks for reading!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Much appreciated TDowling! Thanks for reading!

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PosettaNicole 3 years ago from Charleston S.C.

Check Out My Hub Called "Animation Goodness Disney Series"

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R. Martin Basso 3 years ago from California

Although not Pixar, I was deceived into believing that last summer's absolutely HORRIBLE stop motion animation film "ParaNorman", was. It is not. It's some lame animation group called "Laika", distributed by Focus Features. I mention this because I took my little girl to see it and was floored by the inappropriateness of this film, marketed to kids... By the time the Trojan condom references arrived we left.

Great Hub you have here. Keep it up!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks Martin, I appreciate you checking out my hub!

I haven't actually seen ParaNorman but that's really unfortunate. I'll keep that in mind if I ever need to find a film to watch with one of my younger cousins!

That's one of the things I really respect and am amazed by with Pixar's films - their ability to take some adult concepts and issues and translate them into an innocent and family friendly format. Somehow the messages resonate even more powerfully when presented in this less complicated and child oriented format.

Thanks again for reading!

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cuttler 3 years ago from HubPages

Great images and a pixar freak...just love their movies and I have to admit it is just hard to find fault in their animations. Thanks for the walk down their productions, watched cars 2 but not yet watched cars 1,strange...gotta look for part one and compare notes. Voted up as interesting

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Sehnonimo 3 years ago from San Bruno, CA


Er, sorry for caplock rage ^_^;

But Brave felt like it threw in a few things just because it could or like it was pieced together at the last second at times. Animation was great and all, and I love that Merida wasn't like princess's of old, but Ratatouille had a much better storyline and fit together well! Not the best, mind you, but in my opinion, LOADS better than Brave!!

Heh, anyway, great list!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks cuttler! Cars 1 was much better than 2 I felt - let me know what you think!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Haha my friend at work said the same thing Sehnonimo! But I appreciate your opinion and your passion in expressing it!

Interesting thoughts on Brave - like I said, perhaps I'm slightly biased! Although I also love France, so who knows! Ratatouille was certainly amazing also, don't get me wrong!

Thanks so much for reading!

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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

I haven't seen a couple of their recent ones like Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University... but I love films like the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and Up. My niece is a huge fan of Ratatouille also.

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Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

Well frankly I didn't think there was much more too it other than a sob story and a cliched 'journey' like in most animated films. Also, I think ParaNorman is rather good, but it is borderline PG-13 and not appropriate for younger children depending on your values.

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Their recent ones are still good but not quite up to old standards - except Toy Story 3! Thanks for reading Thief12!

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AliceFournier 3 years ago from Amsterdam

Gotta love your classics

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks for reading Alice!

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zoey24 3 years ago from South England

Great Hub! I took my boys to watch Monsters University, and we all enjoyed it, although it was not as good as the first one.

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks Zoey! I agree completely! Fun movie that was a solid sequel!

Thanks for reading!

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PosettaNicole 3 years ago from Charleston S.C.

Nice Article..:)

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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

Very good list there and I agree with Toy story 3 being no.1 however I wasn't really feeling, Wall E too much, my little daughter kind of lost interest halfway through too.

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Luciana Lopez 3 years ago from C√≥rdoba, Argentina

Great post! I vote that wall-e is the best because the topic of the movie and in a certain feature we have to run away from the earth and go to the space, if you wanna visit my hub here is my link

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Beatris Johnson 3 years ago from London

My personal favourite Pixar movies are Wall-E and Finding Nemo. They have a great story behind the amazing graphics.

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks PosettaNicole!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

I agree Beatris - Wall-E is arguably my favorite on any given day! I consider sales and popularity of others too in my list a little bit, otherwise there's a chance Wall-E might have been number 1! Thanks for reading!!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks Hezekiah! Yeah, I personally love Wall-E but the fact that there is really no dialogue in the first half hour or so of the movie just doesn't do it for some people!

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Disney Robb 3 years ago from Lebanon, PA

Love a hub that generates this kind of discussion! Well written synopsis of each of the excellent Pixar offerings ... agree, can't wait to see what they have in store next! Being an avid hobbyist in the gastronomical arts ... ok, a "foodie" ... my fave will always be Ratatouille!!

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks Disney Robb, I'm really glad that it has! Also, that's awesome - I can definitely see why Ratatouille would appeal to you then! It is definitely a wonderful movie.

Thanks again!

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kotobukijake 3 years ago

I do love Pixar, and I was interested to see how you had them ranked. For the most part, I rather agree with your choices. However, I DEFINITELY was surprised that you didn't put Ratatouille a bit higher. Also, while I love the Toy Story movies, and cannot deny their importance, I've always felt that they (and Finding Nemo) are somewhat overrated--I would have put WALL-E and Up above any of those, and would have bumped The Incredibles up a notch or two. Speaking of importance, I'd note that WALL-E (along with The Dark Knight) helped spark the Academy's rule change allowing up to 10 Best Picture nominees, a decision I quite agree with; Pixar is also partly responsible for the existence of the Best Animated Feature category. All in all, a nicely-done hub... Here's hoping Pixar can double this number of films without any major drop in quality.

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jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Thanks kotobukijake,

Thanks for reading and giving me your thoughts on the rankings. You're absolutely right, WALL-E was instrumental in the academy's decision to do that. Deservedly as well. I agree. Pixar has a history that will be tough to replicate but if anybody can do it, they can.

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Patrick Rijnders 2 years ago from The Netherlands

Man, I could never make a list like this. It's like asking which one of your kids is your favorite. If you'd force me, I'd probably say Monsters Inc is my number one Pixar movie. And I do agree with the movies you put at the bottom, but really, anything above that is just too hard to choose between.

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jmartin1344 2 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan Author

Ha! I agree Patrick, it's no easy task and it's basically just a method of starting some discussion as there aren't any wrong answers.

Thanks a lot for reading!

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