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List Rules The Best Animated and CGI Movies

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
8,894 7,502
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
6,792 7,067
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
6,484 6,815
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
6,778 6,681
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
8,911 5,417
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
6,664 6,645
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
5,608 6,569
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
5,835 6,023
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
5,784 6,857
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
5,228 6,536
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
4,937 6,125
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
5,077 6,874
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
4,889 6,078
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
5,260 6,022
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
3,924 6,069
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
3,245 3,154
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
4,149 4,583
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
3,798 5,855
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
4,605 5,052
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
3,290 5,266
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
3,955 4,874
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
2,657 3,172
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
3,381 4,325
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
3,418 2,448
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2016
Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

25
2,893 2,562
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
2000
The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, the 40th film in Disney's animated features canon. It was directed by Mark ...more