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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
4,128 3,580
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
3,248 3,448
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

3
4,469 2,531
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

4
3,149 3,339
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

5
2,964 3,324
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
3,079 3,360
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

7
2,573 3,237
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

8
2,856 3,435
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

9
2,704 3,100
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

10
3,572 2,068
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
2,480 3,330
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

12
2,364 3,305
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

13
2,418 3,107
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
2,479 2,946
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
1,703 2,095
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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16
2,283 3,004
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

17
1,817 2,404
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

18
2,080 2,207
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

19
2,055 2,286
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

20
3,094 1,753
Minions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

21
1,662 1,418
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

22
1,879 3,035
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

23
1,807 1,083
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

24
1,713 1,404
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

25
1,796 2,737
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

26
1,366 1,264
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

27
2,277 2,332
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

28
1,526 1,199
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

29
1,429 1,240
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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30
1,376 1,379
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

31
1,441 1,620
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

32
1,739 1,226
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
887 722
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

34
2,079 2,295
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

35
1,364 1,016
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
1,335 1,361
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

37
1,312 881
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

38
1,628 2,673
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

39
1,711 1,594
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

40
1,133 1,157
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

41
1,427 1,179
Brave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

42
1,395 1,238
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

43
1,172 911
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

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44
1,364 1,372
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

45
1,134 1,109
Cars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

46
1,326 1,248
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

47
1,534 1,462
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

48
992 825
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

49
1,199 857
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

50
1,132 1,213
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins