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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

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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#86 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #7 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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'Aladdin' Fan Theories More Mind-Boggling Than The Cave Of Wonders #50 of 568 The Best Animated Films Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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#105 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #2 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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'Moana' Fan Theories That Might Just Be Right #23 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #71 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Every Song in Tangled, Ranked by Singability #62 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #60 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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'Mulan' Fan Theories That Just Might Be True #46 of 568 The Best Animated Films Ever #25 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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The Incredibles Fan Theories #6 of 568 The Best Animated Films Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Up is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2007

Actors: Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, + more

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

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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Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2014

Actors: Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, + more

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

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) 19 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

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2008

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, + more

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
1999

Actors: Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, + more

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time
2012

Actors: Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, + more

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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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