20. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
> Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
> Starring: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda
> Runtime: 117 min.
“Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” is an early directorial effort from Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who is also responsible for the movies “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988) and “Spirited Away” (2001) among others. The film follows Princess Nausicaä as she attempts to pacify warring nations in a futuristic world. Though first released in the U.S. in 1985, it did not receive an English dub until 2005.
19. The Lion King (1994)
> Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
> Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones
> Runtime: 88 min.
“The Lion King” was a tremendous hit for Disney, ultimately becoming the second highest grossing movie of 1994 behind only “Forrest Gump.” The film, about a young lion named Simba, has become a family classic thanks to its moving storyline and exceptional music, for which it won two Oscars.
18. Persepolis (2007)
> Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
> Starring: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands
> Runtime: 96 min.
“Persepolis” is a biographical film based on a comic by Marjane Satrapi about a rebellious girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution. The film is popular among both critics and viewers, with 96% and 92% positive ratings, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes.
17. Fantasia (1940)
> Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr
> Starring: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton
> Runtime: 125 min.
Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” combines animation and classical musical, creating an unforgettable experience. The movie has been released multiple times since 1940 and has been warmly embraced by numerous generations.
16. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
> Directed by: Travis Knight
> Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
> Runtime: 101 min.
Young Kubo must find the magical suit of armor owned by his late samurai father in order to defeat gods and monsters in “Kubo and the Two Strings.” The movie marries beautiful animation with an action-packed, and somewhat melancholy, plot. Voice talents include Charlize Theron and Ralph Fiennes.