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

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Beauty and the Beast 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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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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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

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Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 33 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) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

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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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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Fox and the Hound Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman