Best non-Disney Family Films

by Lemonycain | created - 8 months ago | updated - 8 months ago | Public

A list of old and new non-Disney studio films that are must owns for families.

Disney is great but if you want more variety in terms of art style, story-telling and country of origin these are the ones I'd recommend.

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1. The Lego Movie (2014)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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83 Metascore

An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Votes: 279,916 | Gross: $257.76M

2. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.8
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84 Metascore

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Director: Travis Knight | Stars: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 87,956 | Gross: $48.02M

3. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

71 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.

Directors: Michel Ocelot, Raymond Burlet | Stars: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr, Robert Liensol

Votes: 6,794

4. The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.7
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81 Metascore

A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.

Directors: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey | Stars: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney

Votes: 25,966 | Gross: $0.69M

5. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 268,581 | Gross: $73.86M

6. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

TV-PG | 110 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.9
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Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 18,899

7. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 11,131 | Gross: $0.29M

8. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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86 Metascore

A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 96,751 | Gross: $15.09M

9. Holes (2003)

PG | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.1
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71 Metascore

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 64,554 | Gross: $67.41M

10. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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74 Metascore

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson

Votes: 550,475 | Gross: $217.58M

11. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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64 Metascore

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 100,208 | Gross: $101.22M

12. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.0
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66 Metascore

A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell, James Caan

Votes: 170,566 | Gross: $124.87M

13. Les contes de la nuit (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Animation, Fantasy

6.9
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66 Metascore

Tales of the Night weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead. From the imagination of internationally renowned animator Michel Ocelot.

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Julien Béramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie

Votes: 1,138 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 88,101

15. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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46 Metascore

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 110,519 | Gross: $20.16M

16. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 146,172 | Gross: $4.00M

17. Matilda (1996)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 100,910 | Gross: $33.08M

18. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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84 Metascore

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 515,870 | Gross: $267.67M

19. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 102,056 | Gross: $66.60M

20. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 206,450

21. Megamind (2010)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.3
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63 Metascore

The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.

Director: Tom McGrath | Stars: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

Votes: 191,539 | Gross: $148.42M

22. The Storyteller (1987– )

225 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.9
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An old storyteller tells European folk tales to his sarcastic dog.

Stars: John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder, David Greenaway

Votes: 3,246

23. Princes and Princesses (2000)

70 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.7
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Six old-style funny silhouetted fairy tales for not so-old-style people.

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Arlette Mirapeu, Philippe Cheytion, Yves Barsacq, François Voisin

Votes: 1,701

24. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet

Votes: 30,441 | Gross: $10.14M

25. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 158,203 | Gross: $21.00M

26. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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66 Metascore

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 227,252 | Gross: $38.63M

27. Azur et Asmar (2006)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.4
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Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur, a blonde, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Cyril Mourali, Karim M'Riba, Hiam Abbass, Patrick Timsit

Votes: 2,221

28. Black Beauty (1994)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.6
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The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson | Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time, Alan Cumming

Votes: 7,954 | Gross: $4.63M

29. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 323,476 | Gross: $22.20M

30. Zarafa (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.0
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64 Metascore

The plot of the film has a grandfather telling his grand kids the story of Maki, a young boy who escapes from slave traders, befriends a giraffe (the title character), cross the desert, ... See full summary »

Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie | Stars: Max Renaudin Pratt, Simon Abkarian, Abraham Adesoye, Sjaak Caderyn

Votes: 1,195

31. The Book of Life (2014)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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67 Metascore

Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

Director: Jorge R. Gutiérrez | Stars: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman

Votes: 54,289 | Gross: $50.15M

32. A Close Shave (1995)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.2
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Wallace falls for Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the sheep rustling.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Anne Reid, Justin Fletcher, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 33,254

33. Mirrormask (2005)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy

6.9
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55 Metascore

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-year-old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.

Director: Dave McKean | Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Gina McKee

Votes: 21,101 | Gross: $0.86M

34. Wonder Woman (2009 Video)

PG-13 | 74 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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A modern man's trespass of the island of the Amazons enables an imprisoned war god to escape and Princess Diana wins the responsibility to recapture him.

Director: Lauren Montgomery | Stars: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 13,231

35. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.1
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52 Metascore

A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.

Directors: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook | Stars: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet

Votes: 51,586 | Gross: $73.28M

36. Neko no ongaeshi (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 35,303

37. Paddington (2014)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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77 Metascore

A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Director: Paul King | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 63,628 | Gross: $76.22M

38. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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37 Metascore

A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 61,724 | Gross: $43.95M

39. The Land Before Time (1988)

G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver

Votes: 67,876 | Gross: $48.09M

40. Une vie de chat (2010)

PG | 70 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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63 Metascore

In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches.

Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol | Stars: Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui

Votes: 9,198 | Gross: $0.31M

41. Fly Away Home (1996)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.8
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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney

Votes: 21,035 | Gross: $24.51M

42. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 104,744 | Gross: $12.73M

43. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.1
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 112,669

44. Anastasia (1997)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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59 Metascore

The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 96,456 | Gross: $58.41M

45. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.7
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52 Metascore

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 199,877 | Gross: $119.65M

46. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 24,562 | Gross: $1.51M

47. Balto (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings

Votes: 33,726 | Gross: $11.27M

48. Happy Feet (2006)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.5
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77 Metascore

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris | Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Votes: 147,002 | Gross: $198.00M