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The Best Disney Animated Movies 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios. No Pixar movies.

This list of Disney animated movies are classics that have been ranked and voted on by fans. Walt Disney Studios began working on short animated features in 1923, before moving into feature-length animation with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. In 2011, the studio released not only a new adaptation of the classic Winnie the Pooh character but also re-released The Lion King in 3DWhile Disney has been releasing several live-action remakes of their films, they have not stopped putting out fantastic animated films that are sure to be classics such as Frozen and Frozen II.

This list collects together all the theatrical Disney animated classics and allows you to vote for the best and worst Disney movies. Not all Disney movies have been gold. At the bottom of the list, you'll see the worst Disney movies--animated films that you could go without ever seeing again. If you see one of the worst animated Disney movies on this list, vote it down and save people the hassle of watching it themselves. The top Disney movies aren't necessarily the best, but here they are. 

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1994

Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, + more

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1992

Actors: Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Jim Cummings, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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'Aladdin' Fan Theories More Mind-Boggling Than The Cave Of Wonders #396 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1991

Actors: Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach, Robby Benson, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1989

Actors: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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#18 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #98 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1998

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita, + more

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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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'Mulan' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True #24 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #164 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
2010

Actors: Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi, Brad Garrett, Laraine Newman, + more

Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

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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Every Song in Tangled, Ranked by Singability #131 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #36 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1955

Actors: Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon, Verna Felton, Alan Reed, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
2002

Actors: Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers, + more

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
HannahMichelleMasters added 1961

Actors: Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon, + more

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

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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#33 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #16 of 110 The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1950

Actors: June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton, Jimmy MacDonald, Lucille Bliss, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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#40 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #39 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1967

Actors: Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, + more

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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The Jungle Book Was Originally Written To Prove That White People Are The Superior Race #155 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #41 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1951

Actors: Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Richard Haydn, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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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#60 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #53 of 363 The Best Movies Based On Books #55 of 212 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1997

Actors: Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston, Keith David, Paul Shaffer, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1973

Actors: Ringo Starr, Peter Ustinov, Graham Chapman, Roger Miller, Andy Devine, + more

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1959

Actors: Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton, Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley, + more

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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#235 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #108 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #24 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time

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The Emperor's New Groove... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
2000

Actors: John Goodman, David Spade, Tom Jones, Eartha Kitt, Wendie Malick, + more

Directed by: Mark Dindal

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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'The Emperor's New Groove' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True #381 of 1,017 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #39 of 110 The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

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Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1937

Actors: Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald, Adriana Caselotti, Moroni Olsen, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, + more

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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#38 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #17 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #153 of 363 The Best Movies Based On Books

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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1981

Actors: Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman, Sandy Duncan, Jack Albertson, + more

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
katielaitala05 added 1995

Actors: Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker, + more

Directed by: Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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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Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1999

Actors: Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Tony Goldwyn, Nigel Hawthorne, + more

Directed by: Kevin Lima, Chris Buck

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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The Aristocats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1970

Actors: Eva Gabor, Ruth Buzzi, Scatman Crothers, Sterling Holloway, Nancy Kulp, + more

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1942

Actors: Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King, Ann Gillis, Will Wright, + more

Directed by: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright, + more

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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
2013

Actors: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Jonathan Groff, + more

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
2009

Actors: Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, Randy Newman, Keith David, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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#106 of 721 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #143 of 410 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies
1941

Actors: Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton, Herman Bing, Ken Darby, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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#60 of 598 The Best Animated Films Ever #259 of 373 The Best Musical Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever