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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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4,156 3,592
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
3,267 3,463
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

3
4,491 2,547
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

4
3,171 3,352
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

5
2,983 3,339
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
3,101 3,371
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

7
2,586 3,250
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

8
2,882 3,447
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

9
2,720 3,109
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

10
3,588 2,079
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
2,496 3,342
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

12
2,378 3,319
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

13
2,432 3,117
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
2,493 2,960
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
2,301 3,013
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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16
1,711 2,103
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

17
1,833 2,412
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
2,068 2,292
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
2,088 2,216
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

20
1,893 3,042
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

21
1,727 1,408
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

22
1,805 2,748
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski

23
3,108 1,762
Minions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

24
1,814 1,088
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

25
1,376 1,274
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling

26
2,291 2,340
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

27
1,666 1,428
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

28
1,384 1,380
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King

29
1,436 1,246
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver

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30
1,530 1,204
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

31
897 724
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman

32
1,753 1,230
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

33
1,450 1,622
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
1,344 1,362
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

35
1,372 1,018
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

36
1,637 2,674
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

37
2,086 2,299
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi

38
1,321 883
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

39
1,139 1,162
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

40
1,716 1,600
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

41
1,435 1,184
Brave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

42
1,144 1,111
Cars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

43
1,402 1,241
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones

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44
1,370 1,374
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro

45
1,178 915
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

46
1,331 1,249
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

47
1,539 1,468
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
1,209 861
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

49
996 828
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

50
1,139 1,216
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