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The Best Animated Films Ever

Updated December 12, 2020 1.1m votes 51.7k voters 829.7k views575 items

List RulesVote up your favorite cartoon and CGI animated movies, including shorts.

The best animated movies of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies Hollywood 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. You'll quickly find  that this is far more than just a top 10 best cartoon movie list. It takes into account the best cartoon movies that have been ranked by your votes.

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 a funny comedy with a message (like Toy Story). Others are not the funniest animated movies but can be considered heartbreaking dramas (like The Lion King). There's no story that can't be told through these amazing and popular 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, adventure, animation style), but there's no question that these are the best animated movies ever made. If you see your favorite animated movie on the list, make sure to vote it up this 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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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse1

    ActorsShameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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  • Moana2
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    Moana

    2016

    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Toy Story3
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    ActorsTom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

    Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar...  more
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  • The Lion King4
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    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

    The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature...  more
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  • Monsters, Inc.5
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    ActorsBilly Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

    Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter,...  more
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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!6

    ActorsBoris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith, Dallas McKennon, Thurl Ravenscroft

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is...  more
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  • Coco7
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    Coco

    2017

    ActorsAnthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee...  more
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  • Robin Hood8
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    ActorsRingo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman, Roger Miller, Andy Devine

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Robin Hood is a 1973 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions which was...  more
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  • Despicable Me9
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    ActorsSteve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

    Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin...  more
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  • Big Hero 610
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    ActorsJamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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  • Zootopia11
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    ActorsGinnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

    Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich...  more
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  • An American Tail12
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    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, Hal Smith

    Directed byDon Bluth

    An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and...  more
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  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire13

    ActorsMichael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner, John Mahoney, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film...  more
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  • Coraline14
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    ActorsTeri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's...  more
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  • Howl's Moving Castle15
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    ActorsAkihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura, Chieko Baisho, Ryunosuke Kamiki

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao...  more
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  • 101 Dalmations16
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    ActorsRod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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  • Shrek 217
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    ActorsCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Julie Andrews, Mike Myers

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame18

    ActorsDemi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander, Frank Welker, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • The Incredibles19
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    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh20

    ActorsClint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway, Ralph Wright, Sebastian Cabot

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by...  more
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  • The Sword in the Stone21

    ActorsAlan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden, Karl Swenson, Jimmy MacDonald

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by...  more
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  • Frosty the Snowman22
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    ActorsJune Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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  • Finding Dory23
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    ActorsEllen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven24
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    ActorsLoni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Melba Moore

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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  • Anastasia25
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    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer, Lacey Chabert, Christopher Lloyd

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

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