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List Rules The Best Animated and CGI Movies

The best animated movies of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies ever made. 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 and cartoon movies are comedies with a message (like Toy Story) while others are heartbreaking dramas (like The Lion King). There's no story that can't be told through 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 good animated movies (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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Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Princess Mononoke 1997 Princess Mononoke is a 1997 anime epic action historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and produced by Toshio Suzuki. The film stars the ...more

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2 2004 Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in ...more

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen 2013 Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Anastasia 1997 Anastasia is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy drama film produced by Fox Animation Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Directed by former Disney animation directors Don Bluth ...more

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pocahontas 1995 Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Dumbo 1941 Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more

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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Prince of Egypt 1998 The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hotel Transylvania 2012 Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more

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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Sleeping Beauty 1959 Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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Monsters University is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters University 2013 Monsters University is a 2013 animation adventure comedy film directed by Dan Scanlon.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
My Neighbor Totoro 1988 My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 Madacy Kids brings to life Victor Hugo's classic novel for this entry in their animated Children's Film Favorites series. Centering on the deformed Quasimodo, Children's Film Favorites: The ...more

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Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Fantasia 1940 Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol... is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
but chickens double d added Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The ...more

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The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Sword in the Stone 1963 The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 18th film in ...more

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Winnie the Pooh is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Winnie the Pooh 2011 Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 film directed By Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall, and written by Burny Mattinson.

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Connor34 added Moana 2016 Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more

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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Aristocats 1970 The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added An American Tail 1986 An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Princess and the Frog 2009 The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Coraline 2009 Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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Brother Bear is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brother Bear 2003 Brother Bear is a 2003 American animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 44th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Beauty and the Beast 1994 Beauty and the Beast is an 48-minute animated film originally released on May 4, 1992, and based on the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Like ...more

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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Dory 2016 Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more

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All Dogs Go to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Charley Feldman added All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more

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Kung Fu Panda 2 is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount ...more

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Rise of the Guardians is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Rise of the Guardians 2012 Rise of the Guardians is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel ...more

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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
MegaMind 2010 Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more

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Ice Age: The Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century ...more

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Corpse Bride is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Corpse Bride 2005 Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional ...more

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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Polar Express 2004 The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more

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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bolt 2008 Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more

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A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Goofy Movie 1995 A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film, produced by Disney MovieToons, and released in theaters on April 7, 1995 by Walt Disney Pictures. The film features characters from ...more

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Lego Movie 2014 Lego: The Piece of Resistance is a 2014 animation, action and comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
wiabux added Space Jam 1996 Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The film was produced by Ivan ...more

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Treasure Planet 2002 Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a dying pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more

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The Simpsons Movie is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Simpsons Movie 2007 The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more

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The Rescuers Down Under is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
but chickens double d added The Rescuers Down Under 1990 The Rescuers Down Under is a 1990 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 16, 1990. Set in the Australian ...more

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The Road to El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Road to El Dorado 2000 The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul, with additional sequences by Will Finn and David ...more

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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Rio is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
HoomanRnia added Rio 2011 Rio is a 2011 animated adventure comedy film directed by Carlos Saldanha and written by Don Rhymer.

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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Secret of NIMH 1982 The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Charlotte's Web 1973 Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Rescuers 1977 The Rescuers is a 1977 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 23rd film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Kiki's Delivery Service is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
but chickens double d added Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. It was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki as an adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same ...more