8. The Incredibles (2004) (Dir. Brad Bird)
The Incredibles is undoubtedly one of most entertaining animated films ever made, especially if you’re an adult with a grasp on nerdy popular culture. Brad Bird, writer, director and Pixar regular, firstly uses his movie as a portrait of modern family life, and cleverly assigns his characters superpowers that match their personalities and situations. Yet it never feels forced, the characters are genuine, and the story is so tightly spun that there’s barely a moment to breath.
The action sequences are phenomenal, yes, but The Incredibles manages so much more than explosions and laser beams: it is perhaps the best superhero film ever made because it doubles over as one of cinema’s best stories about the family unit.