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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
4,115 3,573
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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2
3,240 3,442
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

3
4,458 2,524
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

4
3,139 3,334
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

5
2,954 3,319
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

6
3,068 3,357
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

7
2,566 3,235
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

8
2,849 3,432
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

9
2,695 3,097
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

10
3,567 2,064
Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

11
2,469 3,326
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

12
2,357 3,300
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

13
2,409 3,104
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

14
2,474 2,941
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

15
1,699 2,090
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

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16
2,278 3,000
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

17
1,810 2,400
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

18
2,051 2,282
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

19
2,071 2,204
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

20
1,659 1,415
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

21
3,091 1,750
Minions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

22
1,804 1,081
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

23
1,876 3,033
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

24
1,710 1,403
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

25
1,792 2,735
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

26
1,425 1,234
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

27
1,357 1,262
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

28
2,271 2,331
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

29
1,518 1,196
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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30
1,372 1,378
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

31
1,733 1,223
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

32
885 720
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

33
1,437 1,620
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

34
1,361 1,015
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

35
1,332 1,360
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

36
2,074 2,295
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

37
1,624 2,672
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

38
1,305 881
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

39
1,705 1,594
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

40
1,128 1,157
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

41
1,171 909
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

42
1,422 1,178
Brave is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

43
1,362 1,371
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

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44
1,392 1,237
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

45
1,129 1,108
Cars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

46
1,324 1,244
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

47
1,529 1,460
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

48
991 823
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

49
1,192 855
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

50
1,131 1,210
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins