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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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Lion King 1994 The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995 Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Finding Nemo 2003 Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Incredibles 2004 The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Despicable Me 2010 Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. When a criminal mastermind (Steve Carell) uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009 Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992 Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Monsters, Inc. 2001 Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001 Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Spirited Away 2001 Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Beauty and the Beast 1991 Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ratatouille 2007 Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
How to Train Your Dragon 2010 How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998 Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002 Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 3 2010 Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Little Mermaid 1989 The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010 Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions 2015 Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp 1955 Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006 Happy Feet is a 2006 Australian-American computer-animated musical family film, directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation ...more

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 2 1999 Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Jungle Book 1967 The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014 Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016 Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015 Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Lilo & Stitch 2002 Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006 Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Emperor's New Groove 2000 The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation, the 40th film in Disney's animated features canon. It was directed by Mark ...more

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997 Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005 Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
The Iron Giant 1999 The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
A Bug's Life 1998 A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999 Tarzan is a 1999 American animated adventure musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 37th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942 Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988 The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973 Robin Hood is a 1973 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions which was first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. The 21st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
101 Dalmations 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012 Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2 2004 Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in ...more

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pocahontas 1995 Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953 Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added Alice in Wonderland 1951 Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more

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Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940 Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the ...more

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen 2013 Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more