If you went to the movies this weekend, the chances are that you saw The LEGO Batman Movie. The spinoff of The LEGO Movie has become a total phenomenon in the days since it hit theaters, as critics and audiences alike have flocked to it. As time goes by one thing has become increasingly apparent: The LEGO Batman Movie isn't just a fun expansion of a hilarious LEGO side character. It's a genuinely enthralling piece of Batman fiction that snaps neatly into the greater Batman mythos.

On that note, we have taken it upon ourselves to put together a list of the best animated Batman movies ever made. The Dark Knight is easily the most regularly adapted cartoon character from any comic book mythos, and plenty of films inspired by his exploits have debuted in recent decades. Check out our list of entries and let us know your favorite animated Batman movie in the comments section below! Now let's get started with a dark and brutal tale of Batman's early days during his first year on the streets.

Jim Gordon in Batman Year One

8. Year One

Frank Miller's Batman: Year One is unquestionably one of the most iconic and influential Batman comic books ever committed to paper, and the 2011 animated adaptation of the story completely captures that iconography. Faithful to the nature of the story, this is one of the most grounded animated Batman stories ever made, as it depicts Bruce Wayne (Gotham's Ben McKenzie) struggling to figure out how to operate as Batman in the early days of his career. It is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the iconic Dark Knight narrative, and it elevates the story further with the powerful voice acting of Bryan Cranston as Commissioner Gordon -- who in many ways is the real main character in this version of the story.

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