Top 10 Best Non-Disney Animated Movies with Female Leads

The best animated movies not from the house of mouse that features female leads, Studio Gibli movies can be included as they're they weren't directly made by Disney who merely distributed the films.

The Top Ten

1 Spirited Away

Although Chihiro started off as whiny and a bit of a brat but after she and her family make an unexpected detour and her parents get turned into pigs and she is left on her own to try and save them by getting a job at a bath house for spirits and has to summon all her courage to save them and break free from the witch Yubaba. - egnomac

One of my all-time favourite movies! The soundtrack and animation is gorgeous and amazing and the story and characters are as well! I remember when we even saw it in 7th grade and I was the only one who had seen it before - darthvadern

In my experience, this movie is absolutely stunning. The story is beautiful, with spirits, dragons and witches. The animation was astounding too, overall it just deserves to be number 1

2 Ghost in the Shell
3 Anastasia (1997)

Such a memorable movie - darthvadern

It’s often mistaken for Disney.

4 When Marnie Was There
5 Kiki's Delivery Service
6 The Secret of N.I.M.H.

Don Bluth's first major movie and still stands as his best work about a widow field mouse who goes on a perilous journey to help move her family to safety before the farmer's tractor destroys her home. - egnomac

7 Coraline

I thought it was a little scary as a kid but I love it and watch it every halloween - BreakFastBeast2005

My (big) sister showed coraline to me (i'm 10) I thought the second mother is horrible. But I love this movie.

8 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

RIP Isao Takahata (one of the greatest directors of all time) - girlcool

9 Nausica of the Valley of the Wind
10 Whisper of the Heart

The Contenders

11 Wonder Woman (2009)
12 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
13 My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Friendship Games
14 A Letter to Momo
15 The Croods

A very underrated Dreamworks movie, it had beautiful settings and I am hyped for the sequel! - darthvadern

16 From Up on Poppy Hill
17 Only Yesterday
18 Monsters vs. Aliens

A great movie! I also found the show to be decent as well - darthvadern

19 My Little Pony: The Movie (2017)
20 Millennium Actress
21 Chicken Run
22 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
23 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
24 Thumbelina

A hugely underrated animated movie from Don Bluth about a tiny girl names Thumbalina who falls in love with a fairy prince then gets kidnapped and has to go on a journey to get back home and unlike a lot of Disney animated movies where the female leads usually have all their problems solved by someone else Thumbelina ends up having to get herself out of most of her situations while getting some help along the way and even though Jacquimo could have easily just taken her home in many way he was trying to teach her to stand on her own and that if you follow your heart than you can do anything even the impossible. - egnomac

25 Epic


I used to dislike it very much but I've grown to like it a bit more - darthvadern

26 Mary and the Witch's Flower
27 Fire & Ice
28 Appleseed
29 Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
30 Ah! My Goddess: The Movie
31 Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

Does this count?

32 Trolls

I hate this movie :/ - Alapisboy

This movie was ok, I hate the songs though - darthvadern

33 My Neighbor Totoro
34 Princess Mononoke
35 Perfect Blue
36 Patema Inverted
37 The Secret World of Arrietty
38 Summer Wars
39 Appleseed: Ex Machina
40 Paprika
41 Appleseed: Alpha
42 Kite
43 The Swan Princess
44 Quest for Camelot
45 Madeline: Lost in Paris
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1. Coraline
2. Anastasia (1997)
3. Wonder Woman (2009)
1. When Marnie Was There
2. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
3. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
1. Spirited Away
2. When Marnie Was There
3. Kiki's Delivery Service

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