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The Best Animated Films Ever

Updated December 12, 2020 1.1m votes 51.6k voters 829.1k views575 items

List RulesVote up your favorite cartoon and CGI animated movies, including shorts.

The best animated movies of all time are an assortment of animated movies that rank among the best movies Hollywood 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. You'll quickly find  that this is far more than just a top 10 best cartoon movie list. It takes into account the best cartoon movies that have been ranked by your votes.

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 a funny comedy with a message (like Toy Story). Others are not the funniest animated movies but can be considered heartbreaking dramas (like The Lion King). There's no story that can't be told through these amazing and popular 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, adventure, animation style), but there's no question that these are the best animated movies ever made. If you see your favorite animated movie on the list, make sure to vote it up this 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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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse1

    ActorsShameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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  • Moana2
    3,466
    2,142

    Moana

    2016

    ActorsAuli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • Toy Story3
    12,127
    9,043

    ActorsTom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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  • The Lion King4
    13,952
    10,781

    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • Monsters, Inc.5
    9,838
    7,950

    ActorsBilly Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • Despicable Me6
    11,868
    9,399

    ActorsSteve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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  • Shrek 27
    4,290
    3,368

    ActorsCameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Julie Andrews, Mike Myers

    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

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  • Up8
    10,612
    8,593

    Up

    2009

    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • Big Hero 69
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    5,337

    ActorsJamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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  • Zootopia10
    6,548
    5,225

    ActorsGinnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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  • Anastasia11
    2,761
    1,932

    ActorsKirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer, Lacey Chabert, Christopher Lloyd

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Susan Beak, Geoff Beak

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  • An American Tail12
    2,325
    1,611

    ActorsChristopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Nehemiah Persoff, Hal Smith

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire13

    ActorsMichael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner, John Mahoney, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas14

    ActorsBill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein, Sally Dryer, Karen Mendelson

    Directed byBill Melendez

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  • A Goofy Movie15
    2,336
    1,388

    ActorsPauly Shore, Joey Lawrence, Wallace Shawn, Frank Welker, E.G. Daily

    Directed byKevin Lima

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  • Coraline16
    3,069
    2,088

    ActorsTeri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • Fantasia17
    2,584
    1,955

    ActorsWalt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski, Jimmy MacDonald, Paul Smith

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe

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  • Howl's Moving Castle18
    3,558
    2,592

    ActorsAkihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura, Chieko Baisho, Ryunosuke Kamiki

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • Lilo & Stitch19
    5,820
    4,535

    ActorsTia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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  • My Neighbor Totoro20
    2,993
    2,062

    ActorsNoriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto, Shigeru Shiba, Naoki Tatsuta

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • 101 Dalmations21
    4,209
    3,269

    ActorsRod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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  • The Incredibles22
    10,776
    8,780

    ActorsSamuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh23

    ActorsClint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway, Ralph Wright, Sebastian Cabot

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!24

    ActorsBoris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith, Dallas McKennon, Thurl Ravenscroft

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven25
    2,262
    1,485

    ActorsLoni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Melba Moore

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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