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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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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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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Up is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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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

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

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Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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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