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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
4,646 3,951
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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2
3,595 3,800
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
3,514 3,651
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
4,898 2,877
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,348 3,638
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,423 3,659
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,891 3,553
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
3,189 3,757
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,983 3,353
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,707 2,324
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
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11
2,774 3,658
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,631 3,590
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,674 3,377
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,082 2,668
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,741 3,233
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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16
2,530 3,285
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
2,347 2,452
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

18
2,066 3,305
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

19
1,979 3,002
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

20
2,259 2,542
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,872 2,366
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
1,773 2,890
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

23
3,396 1,969
Minions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
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24
2,283 2,513
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

25
2,482 2,589
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

26
1,881 1,652
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

27
1,910 1,615
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
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28
1,895 1,796
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

29
1,979 1,442
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

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30
1,160 1,057
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951

31
1,265 1,253
Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
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32
1,108 919
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

33
1,544 1,803
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

34
1,549 1,505
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

35
1,607 1,455
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

36
1,464 1,490
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

37
1,483 1,140
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

38
1,658 1,585
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

39
1,004 857
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973

40
1,480 1,550
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

41
1,526 1,597
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

42
2,018 1,276
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

43
1,699 1,402
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

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44
1,547 1,075
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

45
1,562 1,406
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

46
1,250 1,323
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

47
1,598 1,345
Brave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

48
1,258 1,323
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

49
1,434 1,361
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

50
1,311 1,042
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988