All 25 Pixar Movies, Ranked For Parental Enjoyment

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From its very first release—Toy Story, way back in 1995—Pixar has been an animation powerhouse. The studio has been reliably pumping out hits on an almost yearly basis ever since then, and so many of them have become timeless classics. As with most kids’ movies, however, there’s a chance that if your little one falls in love with a Pixar flick, you’re going to get stuck watching it approximately 703,128 times in a row. So before you press play, you’re going to want to make sure your next family movie night includes one of the Pixar movies ranked at the top of our parental enjoyment list—but let’s be real: even the ones a little lower on this list are still going to be pretty darn good.

Here are all 25 Pixar movies ranked from “Not tonight, kids,” to “Let’s fire it up!”

Cars, Cars 2, Cars 3

'Cars' is one of the Pixar movies ranked by parents
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Sorry, racing fans! When it comes to ranking Pixar movies parents will want to watch, with no disrespect to Lightning McQueen, the Cars franchise isn’t likely to get mom or dad revved up about movie night—even if the kiddos are eager to speed through the whole trilogy.

The Good Dinosaur 

Our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'The Good Dinosaur'
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This dino-tale is often dubbed Pixar’s first ever box-office bomb. But with a string of absolutely beloved films under its belt, the studio had to miss the mark sometime, right?

A Bug’s Life

A list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'A Bugs Life'
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Pixar’s second animated feature holds a special place in the hearts of many, but it hasn’t quite had the staying power of some other the studio’s other hits. Nature-loving little ones might enjoy seeing adorable insects on screen, but grown-ups are more likely to choose something else from the Pixar hit list.

Finding Dory

A list of Pixar movies ranked includes 'Finding Dory'
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While Dory’s appearance in Finding Nemo was memorable, some fans found her solo movie utterly forgettable. Parents will likely prefer the original flick, too.

Toy Story 4

The list of Pixar movie ranked for parents included 'Toy Story 4'
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It’s always great to see Woody and Buzz and the rest of the gang on the screen, but some fans felt Toy Story 4 was just one too many movies for the beloved franchise. Kids absolutely love Forky, but parents? That might be a different story.

Monsters University

Our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'Monsters University'
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Making a sequel to a beloved film is no easy feat, but Pixar gave itself an even trickier task with Monsters University: a prequel. There’s much to enjoy about the flick, but adults might find it’s merely imitating—while never exactly duplicating—the magic of the original.

Luca

our list of Pixar movies ranked includes 'Luca'
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The downside to watching Luca is that you are going to want to book a vacation to the Italian Riviera ASAP. The sea monster movie takes place in the fictional town of Portorosso, and even though it’s animated, the scenery is simply stunning.

Onward

a list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'Onward'
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Despite voice work from Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, Onward is one Pixar film that doesn’t seem to get as much love. Bad timing might be to blame—the movie hit theaters in February 2020, just weeks before the world was upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

Soul

a list of Pixar movies ranked for parents that includes 'Soul'
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Soul made history as the first Pixar feature to debut on Disney+, likely thanks to its pandemic year release. It was a holiday gift for kids and parents alike in 2020, dropping on Christmas Day. Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx voice this fun and thought-provoking film.

Coco

our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'Coco'
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Some amazing songs and a moving message about love and loss make Coco a hit for all ages—just as long as you’re prepared to cry your eyes out. Another incredible voice cast includes Gael García Bernal, Edward James Olmos, and Cheech Marin.

Turning Red

A list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'Turning Red'
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The words “Pixar” and “controversy” don’t usually belong in the same sentence, but this 2022 film certainly stirred up a bit. Some parents didn’t love Turning Red’s depiction of tween-age rebellion and mentions of menstruation, but plenty of others found it full of heart and humor.

Brave

'Brave' is an underrated Pixar movie
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Don’t call her a damsel in distress. Brave‘s Merida breaks the mold of the typical Disney princess, and parents might appreciate the respite from all that chasing after Prince Charming.

Ratatouille

a list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes 'ratatouille'
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The only time you want rats in the kitchen is when you’re watching this adorable movie. Remy, voiced by Patton Oswalt, shows us the beauty of following your dreams—no matter how many people try to stand in your way.

The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2

Our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents includes both Incredibles movies
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The franchise that launched a million matching family Halloween costumes is worthy of a watch. The first film came out in 2004, and a sequel arrived with much fanfare in 2018. Luckily, the second installment seems to have lived up to the hype.

WALL-E

No list of Pixar movies ranked for parents can omit WALL-E
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This futuristic adventure follows Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class—but you can him WALL-E for short. Some have called the movie Pixar’s most adult offering ever, with almost no dialogue and a strong environmental message. It’s a testament to powerful storytelling that kids love this movie too.

Monsters, Inc.

A group of Monsters stride confidently through the Monsters Inc factory
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Mike Wazowski and Sully (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman, respectively) are one of the most fun duos ever dreamt up by Pixar.  The sweet film scares up laughs for the whole family.

Finding Nemo

'finding Nemo' is in the top five of our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents
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If there’s one thing Pixar knows how to do well, it’s a tug at the heartstrings. This underwater tale does that in a big way, but thankfully there are lots more laughs than tears.

Inside Out

When it comes to ranking Pixar movies for parents, 'Inside Out' shines
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The stacked voice cast, including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Lewis Black makes Inside Out just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids. Throwing this one on for movie night might just lead to some core memories of family bonding being made.

Up

'Up' is #2 on our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents
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When it comes to ranking Pixar movies, is there a more heartbreakingly beautiful love story in all of movie-dom than Carl and Ellie’s? After the opening scene shatters your heart, the rest of this lovely movie will put it back together again.

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

The Toy Story franchise is #1 in our list of Pixar movies ranked for parents
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While Toy Story 4 may not have quite lived up to its predecessors, the original three films remain the best of the best among Pixar’s offerings. The three movies have it all—plenty of action, lots of laughs, and of course all the feels. Keep the tissues handy, especially during Toy Story 3.

 

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