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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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4,608 3,933
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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2
3,578 3,775
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
4,879 2,853
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
3,489 3,638
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,318 3,629
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,402 3,647
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,867 3,538
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
3,162 3,742
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,964 3,343
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,703 2,301
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise

11
2,754 3,642
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,610 3,584
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,654 3,369
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,727 3,221
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,059 2,661
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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16
2,509 3,275
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
2,327 2,446
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

18
2,057 3,295
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

19
1,967 2,993
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

20
2,246 2,535
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,858 2,359
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
3,387 1,956
Minions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
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23
1,765 2,881
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

24
2,272 2,506
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

25
2,472 2,579
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

26
1,866 1,646
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

27
1,898 1,604
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
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28
2,004 1,261
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

29
1,963 1,435
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

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1,883 1,789
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

31
1,595 1,448
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

32
1,472 1,544
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

33
1,519 1,589
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

34
1,589 1,337
Brave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

35
1,101 914
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

36
1,429 1,352
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

37
1,458 1,486
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

38
1,478 1,137
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

39
1,535 1,791
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

40
997 850
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973

41
1,251 1,310
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

42
1,687 1,390
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

43
1,548 1,395
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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44
1,153 1,051
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951

45
1,537 1,072
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

46
1,304 1,032
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988

47
1,649 1,575
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

48
1,539 1,502
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

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1,239 1,310
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

50
1,255 1,245
Cars is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006