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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
4,639 3,941
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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2
3,592 3,792
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
3,509 3,644
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
4,887 2,875
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,340 3,630
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,420 3,649
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,889 3,543
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
3,185 3,747
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,979 3,346
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,699 2,321
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise

11
2,769 3,648
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,627 3,583
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,668 3,368
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,077 2,660
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,738 3,225
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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16
2,525 3,276
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
2,344 2,443
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

18
2,063 3,297
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

19
1,976 2,994
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

20
2,256 2,533
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,868 2,358
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
1,771 2,881
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

23
2,281 2,504
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

24
2,480 2,580
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

25
1,876 1,644
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

26
3,386 1,967
Minions is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions 2015

27
1,907 1,607
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp 1955

28
1,975 1,433
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

29
1,892 1,787
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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30
1,605 1,446
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

31
2,014 1,266
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

32
1,257 1,308
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

33
1,541 1,787
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

34
1,594 1,332
Brave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

35
1,560 1,397
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

36
1,523 1,585
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

37
1,309 1,030
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988

38
1,545 1,072
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

39
1,245 1,311
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

40
1,000 848
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973

41
1,547 1,504
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

42
1,477 1,546
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

43
1,656 1,579
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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44
1,694 1,394
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

45
1,105 916
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

46
1,432 1,354
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

47
1,261 1,250
Cars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006

48
1,461 1,490
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

49
1,156 1,055
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951

50
1,480 1,138
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever