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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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1
3,894 3,411
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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2
3,107 3,279
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

3
4,263 2,393
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

4
2,983 3,191
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

5
2,794 3,175
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

6
2,929 3,207
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

7
2,438 3,097
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

8
2,729 3,275
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

9
2,585 2,967
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

10
3,425 1,960
Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

11
2,229 3,165
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

12
2,314 3,180
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

13
2,304 2,964
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

14
2,360 2,799
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

15
2,162 2,869
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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16
1,730 2,273
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

17
1,798 2,899
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

18
2,179 2,222
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

19
2,949 1,669
Minions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

20
1,564 2,571
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

21
1,627 1,352
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

22
1,703 1,005
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

23
1,703 2,645
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

24
1,944 2,217
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

25
1,959 2,134
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

26
1,980 2,238
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

27
1,354 1,571
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

28
1,283 1,330
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

29
1,567 1,374
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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30
1,599 2,033
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

31
1,266 1,329
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

32
1,628 1,189
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

33
1,442 1,158
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

34
1,315 1,345
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

35
1,297 992
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

36
1,275 1,196
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

37
1,360 1,144
Brave is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

38
1,218 838
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

39
1,284 1,220
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

40
1,347 1,202
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

41
1,640 1,574
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

42
1,071 1,128
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

43
834 692
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

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44
1,478 1,426
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

45
1,333 1,209
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

46
1,128 874
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

47
1,094 1,171
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

48
1,074 1,074
Cars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

49
1,022 958
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

50
945 785
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey