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The Best DreamWorks Animation Movies 

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List Rules Your favorite movie or short produced or distributed by DreamWorks Animation.

The best DreamWorks Animation movies are arguably on par with many of the top Disney/Pixar animated movies. And that doesn't include their non-animated fare, which you can see in this ranked list of DreamWorks films. There have been many unforgettable characters to come out of DreamWorks Animation, including Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek from... Shrek. So what are the best DreamWorks Animation movies? 

Fans have voted  on the DreamWorks Animation movies below, ranking them from best to worst. Additional details such as trailer, genres, and release dates have been included when available. DreamWorks Animation had a hand in either producing and/or distributed these films.

This is a list of all notable and most famous DreamWorks Animation films. It answers the questions, "What movies did DreamWorks Animation produce?" and "What films did DreamWorks Animation distribute?" Examples include MegaMind and Kung Fu Panda 2.

This best DreamWorks Animation movies list include shorts as well as feature films made by DreamWorks Animation, including theatrical releases, limited releases, and made-for-TV DreamWorks Animation movies.

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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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Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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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All the How to Train Your Dragon Books, Ranked Best to Worst #48 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #82 of 360 The Best Movies Based On Books

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Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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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#71 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #318 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #380 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more

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#13 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #812 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #308 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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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#94 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #252 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #258 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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surag added Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a 2014 animation action adventure film written and directed by Dean DeBlois.

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#16 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #22 of 88 Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most #58 of 158 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more

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#78 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #59 of 172 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #89 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy-drama martial arts film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount ...more

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#96 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #620 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #80 of 88 Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most

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Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis, Steve Carell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick

Over the Hedge is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film based on the characters from the United Media comic strip of the same name. Directed by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, and ...more

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#135 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #1,010 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #451 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Ramsey

Rise of the Guardians is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel ...more

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#81 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #46 of 88 Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most #55 of 120 Movies That Need Sequels

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Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton

Released: 2000

Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park

Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the Aardman Animations studios and directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. Chicken Run received positive ...more

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#145 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #1,080 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #336 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

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Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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#28 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #55 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco

The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, ...more

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#100 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #113 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids #102 of 116 The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films

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Alec Baldwin, Fergie, Chris Rock

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film written by Etan Cohen, and directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. This sequel to the 2005 film Madagascar ...more

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#190 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #439 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #85 of 88 Animated Movies That Make You Cry the Most

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Elton John, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul

The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul, with additional sequences by Will Finn and David ...more

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#85 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #186 of 317 The Best Movies for Kidslisted on The Best Soundtracks and Scores by Elton John

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Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more

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#196 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #140 of 181 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #35 of 60 The Greatest Animated Sci Fi Movies

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Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sam Fell, David Bowers

Flushed Away is a 2006 British/American computer animated action/adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. It was made in the partnership between Aardman Animations and ...more

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#257 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #272 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #191 of 204 The Very Best Children's Movies

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Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the third installment of the ...more

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#230 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #1,360 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #566 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Chris Miller

Puss in Boots is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian ...more

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#158 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #33 of 66 The Very Best Fairy Tale Movies #57 of 66 The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

Released: 2005

Directed by: Nick Park, Steve Box

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, and ...more

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#109 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #327 of 1,138 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Murphy

Released: 2007

Directed by: Chris Miller, Raman Hui

Shrek the Third is a 2007 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film, and the third installment in the Shrek franchise. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and is the first in the series ...more

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#173 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #929 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #120 of 226 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

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Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D computer-animated action-comedy martial arts film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. Continuing his "legendary adventures of ...more

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#166 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #632 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies #47 of 137 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

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Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

Released: 2007

Directed by: Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner

Bee Movie is a 2007 American computer animated family comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It stars Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger. Bee ...more

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#221 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #230 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies #1,057 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Charles Napier

Released: 2002

Directed by: Lorna Cook, Kelly Asbury

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 American animated western drama film that that was produced by DreamWorks Animation and released by DreamWorks Pictures. It follows the adventures of a ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

Shrek Forever After is a 2010 action animated film written by Tim Sullivan and Josh Klausner and directed by Mike Mitchell. Shrek Forever After, formerly known as Shrek Goes Fourth and also ...more

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