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The best animated movies of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies 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.

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 comedies with a message (like Toy Story) while others are heartbreaking dramas (like The Lion King). There's no story that can't be told through 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 good animated movies (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
8,707 7,353
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1994 The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

2
6,616 6,935
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1995 Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

3
6,335 6,680
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2003 Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

4
6,623 6,539
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2004 The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

5
8,714 5,306
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2010 Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand ...more

6
6,501 6,514
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2009 Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

7
5,478 6,433
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1992 Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

8
5,679 5,906
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2001 Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

9
5,634 6,728
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

10
5,076 6,406
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2001 Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

11
4,817 5,991
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1991 Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

12
4,961 6,728
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2001 Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

13
4,759 5,963
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2007 Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

14
3,814 5,942
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2010 Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

15
5,112 5,901
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2010 How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

16
4,049 4,449
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2010 Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

17
3,697 5,739
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2002 Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

18
3,143 3,032
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added 2015 Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more

19
3,196 5,158
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1999 Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more

20
4,497 4,940
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1998 Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

21
3,866 4,765
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1989 The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

22
2,581 3,061
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more

23
3,294 4,227
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1967 The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

24
2,460 2,559
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2005 Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more

25
2,492 2,528
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
1950 Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more