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List Rules The Best Animated and CGI Movies

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
4,662 3,950
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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2
3,608 3,800
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
3,522 3,652
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
4,900 2,886
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,368 3,638
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,433 3,660
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,901 3,554
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
3,204 3,760
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,995 3,349
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,708 2,332
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise

11
2,784 3,661
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,639 3,588
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,683 3,374
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,091 2,667
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,747 3,234
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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16
2,540 3,281
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
2,355 2,450
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

18
2,071 3,303
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

19
1,981 3,003
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

20
2,266 2,540
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,875 2,368
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
1,778 2,887
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

23
2,289 2,511
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

24
1,886 1,648
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

25
2,488 2,588
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

26
3,396 1,975
Minions is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions 2015

27
1,917 1,615
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
2,028 1,267
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

29
1,901 1,794
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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30
1,985 1,441
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

31
1,568 1,402
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

32
1,612 1,452
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

33
1,529 1,591
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

34
1,484 1,551
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

35
1,556 1,078
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

36
1,254 1,319
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

37
1,549 1,802
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

38
1,263 1,316
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

39
1,603 1,345
Brave is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

40
1,705 1,399
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

41
1,556 1,513
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

42
1,437 1,359
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

43
1,314 1,041
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988

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44
1,487 1,145
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

45
1,663 1,590
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

46
1,164 1,064
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951

47
1,468 1,499
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

48
1,268 1,262
Cars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006

49
1,110 926
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

50
1,007 861
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973