The Best Animated Films Ever

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List Criteria: The Best Animated and CGI Movies

The best animated films of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies of all time. While the characters might be brightly colored and possess abilities most real people could only wish to ever have, the stories and imagery speak to everyone and have set these movies up to become the best animated films ever.

Far from simply being movie versions of cartoons, these are movies with some of the best characters, most compelling stories, and some of the overall most memorable movies in the history of cinema. With great animated movies, the sky's the limit (literally, for characters in movies like The Incredibles and WALL-E) for the story being told. Many of these top animated films are comedies with message (like Toy Story) while others are heartbreaking dramas (like The Lion King). There's no story that can't be told be these amazing animated films.

What are the best animated movies ever? What makes one animated film better than another? What is the greatest animated film? There are many varied answers to what makes a great animated film (story, characters, animation style), but there's no question that these are some of the best animated movies ever made. If you don't see your favorite animated movie on the list, make sure to add it to the list of the greatest animated films so that it might become someone else's favorite animated film someday.

Not all animated films are for kids, but if you are looking for some more animated and live-action kid friendly fare, check out the best movies for children.
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  1. 1
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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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    Minions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

  10. 10
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    Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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    Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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    Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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    Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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    Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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    Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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    One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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    Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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    Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

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    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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    The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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    The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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    Bambi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

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    Tangled is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

  36. 36
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    Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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    Brave is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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    The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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    A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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    Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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    Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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    Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    Winnie the Pooh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Winnie the Pooh John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny

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    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever


    Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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