best movies The Best Animated Films Ever  

Ranker Community
Originally by
401.6k votes 18.6k voters 355.0k views 698 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
4,645 3,952
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

33 Child Actors Who Died Young The Top Animated Sex Symbols

2
3,594 3,802
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
3,512 3,654
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
4,899 2,877
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,346 3,641
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,422 3,661
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,891 3,554
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
3,188 3,759
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,981 3,356
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,710 2,322
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise

11
2,774 3,659
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,629 3,593
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,671 3,380
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,081 2,670
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,740 3,235
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

Longest Running Animated Series The Best Biopics About Actors

16
2,528 3,288
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
2,346 2,454
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

18
2,064 3,308
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

19
1,977 3,005
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

20
2,257 2,544
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,871 2,368
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
1,771 2,893
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

23
2,281 2,516
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

24
3,396 1,969
Minions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions 2015

25
2,480 2,592
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

26
1,879 1,655
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

27
1,909 1,617
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
1,978 1,444
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

29
1,894 1,799
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

Milhouse's First Television Appearance Wasn't Actually On The Simpsons Famous Girls Who Look Like Dolls

30
1,606 1,458
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

31
1,542 1,799
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

32
1,525 1,597
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

33
1,479 1,553
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

34
2,015 1,277
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

35
1,698 1,399
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

36
1,597 1,344
Brave is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

37
1,561 1,409
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

38
1,248 1,323
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

39
1,434 1,359
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

40
1,257 1,320
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

41
1,311 1,039
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988

42
1,547 1,510
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

43
1,658 1,583
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time The Best Scottish Actresses Working Today

44
1,159 1,056
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951

45
1,107 918
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

46
1,264 1,252
Cars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006

47
1,482 1,139
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

48
1,547 1,080
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

49
1,463 1,492
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

50
1,003 855
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973