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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
4,589 3,909
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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2
3,569 3,749
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
4,853 2,840
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
3,475 3,614
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,301 3,606
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,390 3,626
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,859 3,515
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
3,152 3,720
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,954 3,323
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,681 2,293
Despicable Me Franchise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise

11
2,741 3,619
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,602 3,564
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,647 3,349
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,713 3,201
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,051 2,640
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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16
2,498 3,257
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
2,317 2,426
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

18
2,051 3,274
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

19
1,959 2,971
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

20
2,239 2,514
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,854 2,337
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
1,762 2,859
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

23
2,265 2,487
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

24
2,465 2,558
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

25
3,368 1,948
Minions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions 2015

26
1,857 1,627
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

27
1,890 1,589
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
1,997 1,244
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

29
1,877 1,768
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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30
1,955 1,416
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

31
1,530 1,053
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

32
1,515 1,569
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

33
1,590 1,430
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

34
1,469 1,528
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

35
1,533 1,483
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

36
1,543 1,381
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

37
1,473 1,124
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

38
1,581 1,322
Brave is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

39
1,426 1,340
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

40
1,238 1,300
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

41
1,300 1,022
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
1,255 1,238
Cars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006

43
1,456 1,474
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

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44
991 839
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973

45
1,246 1,299
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

46
1,533 1,779
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

47
1,682 1,377
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

48
1,646 1,563
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

49
1,098 908
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

50
1,151 1,047
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951