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The Best Animated Films Ever

Updated March 1, 2021 1.1m votes 52.1k voters 831.6k views542 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.

  • 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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  • Toy Story2

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

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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  • The Lion King3

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

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • Moana4



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

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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  • The Incredibles5

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

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • My Neighbor Totoro6

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

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • Up7



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

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • An American Tail8

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

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • A Goofy Movie9

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

    Directed byKevin Lima

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  • Coraline10

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

    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • Howl's Moving Castle11

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

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • Monsters, Inc.12

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

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame13

    ActorsDemi Moore, Kevin Kline, Jason Alexander, Frank Welker, David Ogden Stiers

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!14

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

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

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  • Anastasia15

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

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

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  • Fantasia16

    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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  • Robin Hood17

    ActorsRingo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman, Roger Miller, Andy Devine

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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  • The Prince of Egypt18

    ActorsSandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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  • Despicable Me19

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

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven20

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

    Directed byDon Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

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  • Sleeping Beauty21

    ActorsMarvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

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  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh22

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

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

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  • The Land Before Time23

    ActorsDiana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi, Pat Hingle, Helen Shaver

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • 101 Dalmations24

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

    Directed byHamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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  • Zootopia25

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

    Directed byByron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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