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List Rules The Best Animated and CGI Movies

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
4,186 3,636
The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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2
3,294 3,496
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Toy Story 1995

3
4,527 2,581
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

4
3,187 3,388
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

5
3,013 3,372
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

6
3,119 3,402
Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Up 2009

7
2,600 3,288
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Aladdin 1992

8
2,902 3,481
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
WALL-E 2008

9
2,736 3,140
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

10
3,623 2,093
Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

11
2,513 3,373
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

12
2,390 3,347
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Shrek 2001

13
2,446 3,149
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

14
2,511 2,988
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

15
2,316 3,044
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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16
1,848 2,440
The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

17
1,722 2,134
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

18
2,107 2,242
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Mulan 1998

19
3,140 1,778
Minions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Minions 2015

20
2,079 2,321
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

21
1,905 3,072
Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

22
1,828 1,101
Happy Feet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Happy Feet 2006

23
1,814 2,779
Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Ice Age 2002

24
2,305 2,370
Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

25
1,736 1,439
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Freak_Show1 added Lady and the Tramp 1955

26
1,395 1,403
Bambi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bambi 1942

27
1,393 1,306
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Inside Out 2015

28
1,774 1,253
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Big Hero 6 2014

29
1,680 1,459
Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

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30
1,448 1,269
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tarzan 1999

31
1,457 1,642
Snow White and the Seven Dwarf... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

32
1,650 2,683
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

33
1,335 892
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Zootopia 2016

34
1,541 1,226
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Hercules 1997

35
1,354 1,375
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Cinderella 1950

36
903 740
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Robin Hood 1973

37
2,097 2,310
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Tangled 2010

38
1,382 1,028
One Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

39
1,150 1,171
Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Madagascar 2005

40
1,727 1,608
Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

41
1,448 1,191
Brave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Brave 2012

42
1,412 1,251
The Emperor's New Groove is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

43
1,377 1,382
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Pinocchio 1940

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44
1,151 1,122
Cars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Bootsdad added Cars 2006

45
1,187 925
The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
midnightq2 added The Land Before Time 1988

46
1,337 1,259
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Peter Pan 1953

47
1,550 1,476
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

48
1,007 833
A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever

49
1,223 872
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever
Frozen 2013

50
1,150 1,224
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animated Films Ever