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The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite animated films released by The Walt Disney Studios, including Pixar, Studio Ghibli, and DisneyToon Studios

Since the 1930s, the Walt Disney Studios have been behind some of the best animated films of all time. This list contains funny Disney animated movies and heartwarming Disney CGI films. You can even vote on this best Disney animated movies list to make sure your favorite Disney animated movie ends up in the No. 1 spot.

Which films appear on this list of arguably some of the best Disney movies? Of course, The Lion King made our top Disney animated films list. The Lion King was released in 1994 and it featured the voices of Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, and Jeremy Irons. Elton John won an Oscar for his song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” which was featured in this great Disney animated film.

Other good Disney animated classics that appear on this list include Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid. Toy Story is definitely one of the greatest DisneyPixar animated movies. The franchise has produced several critically and commercially acclaimed cartoon movies from Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Pictures. Other popular Disney animated movies include The Incredibles, Up, and Aladdin—among many others.

Where do your favorite Disney animated movies fall on this list? Be sure to vote up the best ones, and vote others down accordingly. If you're looking for more kid appropriate material, check out this list of family friendly television.

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
2
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
3
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
4
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
5
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
6
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
1995

Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter

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
7
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2004

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn, + more

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more
8
Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
9
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2003

Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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
10
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2001

Actors: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn, + more

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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
11
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
1953

Actors: June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel, Tom Conway, Hans Conried, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

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
12
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
13
Frozen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
14
101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
15
Tangled is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
16
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
17
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
18
Up is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2009

Actors: Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo, + more

Directed by: Pete Docter

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
19
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
20
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2016

Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, + more

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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
21
Moana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
Jane Albrecht added 2016

Actors: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, + more

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more
22
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
23
Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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
24
Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
1940

Actors: Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Frankie Darro, Walter Catlett, Evelyn Venable, + more

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen, + more

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
25
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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