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Top 10 Disney Movies of All Time

Updated on June 16, 2016
Walt Disney Animation
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Best Disney Animation Movies

Walt Disney are best known for their animation movies which have spread from the 30's when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was first released all the way up until the present day. I am an avid Disney movies viewer, constantly seeking out the next Disney release at the cinema although I must say that nothing quite beats the classics.

Looking back at the amazing movies produced by Walt Disney it is difficult to decide just which of their animation feature movies collection are the best. However I have managed to compile a list of the top 10 from personal experience seeing the movies and by digging for some research online at which ones were most highly rated from the mass viewers.

The list excludes Pixar movies (although currently owned by Walt Disney Studios), as I feel they deserve sole recognition for their work. A fan of Pixar? Then check out, Top 10 Pixar Movie Favourites.

Without further delay, I present to you the countdown of the best Disney movies of all time ...

Disney's Dinosaur
Disney's Dinosaur | Source

#10 - Dinosaur

Release Date: May 19, 2000

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross : $349,822,765

Production Budget: $127,500,000

Rating: 7/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- After an egg is separated, flowing down a river stream, it winds up in the possession of a group of Lemurs. The Lemurs, realising that the creature inside the egg is of no threat to them, care for it and name him Aladar. After a meteor hits earth, Aladar and the family of Lemurs must flee the island where they lived, moving to a world of danger of the likes they had never seen or experienced before. After meeting a herd of dinosaurs, of all kinds of species they join them, led by a couple of brutes named Bruton and Kron. The herd is on a journey to the nesting grounds, where they can lay eggs, feel the earth's soil and soft grass beneath their feet again but most importantly get to the water supply so they can drink and feed.

Short Review- Dinosaur was an astounding achievement for Disney with spectacular visuals on screen and an intriguing look at Dinosaurs life back more than 65 million years ago. Even though Dinosaur was criticised by critics with an overall score of 6.2/10 on Rotten Tomatoes (a review aggregator) and an overall rating of 65% positive from critics , it was still a great movie which is why I have added it to the list. Critics were all in agreement in that the animation within the movie was phenomenal but what most complained about was the dinosaurs having voices, due to it bringing an unrealistic feel to the world they had created. On a positive note even for today's standards of animation, Dinosaur is an icon by rights with a world of dinosaurs brought to life with stunning visuals.

Dinosaur isn't just a animated feature movie worth watching for those into dinosaurs but for everyone who appreciates a good animated family movie. Dinosaur also has one of the best movie scores of all time (in the animation genre), done by ''James Newton Howard'' (renowned for creating great scores), among his best known scores are for The Village, I Am Legend and The Dark Knight.

Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951) | Source

#9 - Alice in Wonderland

Release Date: July 26, 1951

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: N/A

Production Budget: $3,000,000

Rating: 7.5/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- During a summers afternoon, Alice follows a rabbit to a rabbit hole, falling into the rabbit hole she is taken to a magical dream world (named wonderland). On her journey through wonderland she meets some colourful characters including the mad hatter, a talking caterpillar, a disappearing Cheshire cat and the evil queen of hearts. Once meeting the queen of hearts, she has a crazy encounter with her and must escape flee from the queen and her army of playing cards.

Short Review- Alice in Wonderland is one of Disney's timeless classic animations which captures the imagination with the surrounding in the magical wonderland. Alice in Wonderland received an average score of 6.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 77% positive from critics. Alice in Wonderland is the perfect animation film for those with a wide imagination looking to see a movie which isn't afraid to explore the strange and downright childish fantasy which we all love.

Disney's The Jungle Book (1967)
Disney's The Jungle Book (1967) | Source

#8 - The Jungle Book

Release Date: October 18, 1967

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $205,843,612

Production Budget: $4,000,000

Rating: 7.5/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- Set in the Indian Jungle, Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves is taken to a nearby village by the wolves to keep him safe from the clutches of a ruthless tiger, Shere Kahn. In this musical tale, Mowgli meets a lot of different animal characters on his way to the village but when Shere Kahn hears of his presence in the jungle, he hunts for him.

Short Review- The Jungle Book is the perfect musical family animation with adventure, good characters and a fearful villain. The Jungle Book received above an above average score of 7.3/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 85% positive from critics. For animal lovers and the whole family, The Jungle Book will not disappoint in entertaining audiences, no matter what age.

Disney's Tangled
Disney's Tangled | Source

#7 - Tangled

Release Date: November 14, 2010

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $591,794,936

Production Budget: $260,000,000

Rating: 7.9/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- A princess baby, Rapunzel is kidnapped in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel who knows of the powers which flow through Rapunzel's hair, allowing her to heal and make people young again by touching her hair as she sings a special song. Rapunzel's hair has had the power ever since she was a baby and received the healing powers from a magical flower, which is why Mother Gothel has taken Rapunzel, to enable her to remain young. Rapunzel is raised in a hidden tall tower by Mother Gothel where she must spend her every moment, believing that Mother Gothel is her real mother. Now a teenager, Rapunzel's hair has grown to a lengthy 70-feet and she spends her days wondering of the outside world awaiting her mother (Gothel) so that she can have her hair brushed and sing the magic song. Unaware of the power of her hair, Rapunzel is oblivious to the fact that her hair keeps Mother Gothel young and alive. On a normal day, a bandit named Flynn Ryder climbs the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel who uses a frying pan to knock him out. Rapunzel strikes a deal with Flynn (a thief who has stolen the princesses crown), to take her to see the floating lights in the sky, which go up in the air once a year on the princesses (Rapunzel's) birthday. The journey is the only time she has spent outside of the tower since she was a baby and has a lot of fun along the way, loving every moment.

Short Review- Tangled is a modern princess story based on Repunzel which is interesting as Disney have not ever before created a movie based around the character. Tangled is certainly one of Disney's best modern animations which has certainly brought back credit for Disney still having the capabilities to pull off a great animation set around princesses. Tangled received a great average score of 7.5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 89% positive from critics.

Disney's Snow White
Disney's Snow White | Source

#6 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Release Date: December 21, 1937

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $416,000,000

Production Budget: $1,488,423

Rating: 7.9/10

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Storyline- The lovely princess, Snow White is in danger as her evil step-mother (the queen) sends a hunter to kill her but she is shown mercy, when the hunter is unable to kill the princess. Snow White runs into the woods, where she comes across the home to seven dwarfs. The seven dwarfs allow Snow White to live with them but when the evil queen finds Snow White she has aged substantially looking different and she is given a poisonous apple which Snow White takes a single bite from, seemingly killing her. The dwarfs go in pursuit after the evil queen when she falls of a cliff to her sudden demise. Finally as the princess, Snow White lays on a bed and is kissed by a handsome Prince the evil witches spell is broken and she awakes to a happily ever after for her and the Prince.

Short Review- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first feature animation movie created by Disney and most certainly one of their best. A princess adventure unlike any other, even today, more than 75 years since its release into theatres. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs received a whopping average score of 8.8/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 98% positive from critics. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has an engaging story, fun characters and an evil villain which scares myself even now as I'm past my childhood years.

Disney's Frozen
Disney's Frozen | Source

#5 - Frozen

Release Date: November 19, 2013

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $1,267,838,009

Production Budget: $150,000,000

Rating: 7.9/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- A fearless Anna goes on a journey, teaming up with mountain man Kristoff and his reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have caused the kingdom of Arendelle to remain in eternal winter. Along the journey Anna meets a hilarious snowman named Olaf and mystical trolls, in a race to save the kingdom. Anna's sister Elsa was born with the power to create snow and ice but must keep it a secret as it is not only a good but a dangerous power. As Elsa's powers grow stronger and she battles with the memory of nearly killing her sister Anna with her powers, she isolates herself attempting to suppress her powers. It is due to the avalanche of emotions which has been building up within Elsa that she has accidentally caused a lasting winter which she cannot stop.

Short Review- Frozen is a modern Disney adventure with an emotional story and a brilliant set of character. Visually, the movie is spectacular bringing forth an animated movie everyone can appreciate, young and old. Frozen received a great average of 7.7/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 89% positive from critics. This is the best animation film from Disney with the mix of elements from humour, story and excitement which we have seen from Disney for some time now with Tangled close behind.

Disney's Cinderella
Disney's Cinderella | Source

#4 - Cinderella

Release Date: February 15, 1950

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $85,000,000

Production Budget: $2,900,000

Rating: 7.9/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- Set in a kingdom long ago, Cinderella is a living her happy life until her mother die and her father remarries an evil woman who has two equally evil children, Anastasia and Drizella. In the house Cinderella grew up in, she becomes a a near servant to her cruel stepmother after her father dies. Meanwhile in the castle across town, the king is making preparation's for a fancy dress ball with invitations to every eligable maiden in the kingdom to find a wife for his son, the Prince so that the king may have grandchildren. Without a dress, Cinderella is unable to go to the ball so she has help from her friends the mice and the birds to make a dress instead. However on the evening of the ball the evil step sisters rip the dress to pieces after noticing pieces of material which was theirs used to create the dress. Then with Cinderella crying in the garden, her fairy godmother appears to give her a dress, a carriage and at the stroke of midnight everything will go back to how it once was... The rest is fairly predictable with Cinderella winning the Princes heart and becoming the Princess with the the evil stepmother and stepsisters out of the picture.

Short Review- Cinderella is the most recognised Disney princess tale alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The story is enjoyable, the characters are lovable and the movie is a timeless classic which has won the hearts of viewers everywhere. Cinderella received a good average score of 7.7/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 97% positive from critics. Cinderella is a sit back and enjoy from start to finish with the family however it would be more appreciated by children due to the very little attraction for adults.

Disney's Aladdin
Disney's Aladdin | Source

#3 - Aladdin

Release Date: November 25, 1992

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $504,050,219

Production Budget: $28,000,000

Rating: 8/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- A street urchin, Aladdin lives in a large and busy town with his monkey friend Abu who helps him steal. Princess Jasmine out of the palace where she is currently meant to be and when she is in the marketplace she bumps into Aladdin. Thrown into jail under orders from the evil Jafar (sultan's advisor) and becomes caught up in Jafar's evil plot to rule over the land with the help of the mysterious magic lamp. Jafar sends Aladdin to retrieve the lamp as legend had it that only a person who is diamond in the rough can get the lamp and Jafar believes that may be Aladdin. As Aladdin journey's to retrieve the lamp he learns a thing or two about what is contained within the lamp as he sets out to impress the princess with the deed.

Short Review- Aladdin is a charming animation movie worth watching with a few witty characters and a charming love story mixed between the evil and the genie. Aladdin received a great average score of 8.1/10 score on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 94% positive from critics. The genie (voice by Robin William) is certainly the main attraction for audiences when watching Aladdin as it is such a funny character with much to offer for the humour within the movie.


Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Disney's Beauty and the Beast | Source

#2 - Beauty and the Beast

Release Date: November 13, 1991

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $424,967,620

Production Budget: $25,000,000

Rating: 8.4/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- Not happy with life in a small French town, Belle constantly fends off the affections of Gaston. The beast was once a prince but was put under a spell because he could not love but when Maurice, Belles father makes a wrong turn, this results in Belle and the beast meeting one another. Belles father is imprisoned by the beast so she offers herself instead, soon discovering that the beast is in fact a prince.

Short Review- Beauty and the Beast is an instant classic, with a heart felt story which can't be beaten. The story, the characters and the entire film is magical and the perfect movie to get you into the festive mood at Christmas. Beauty and the Beast received a great score of 8.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 93% positive from critics. Beauty and the Beast is a perfect movie to watch with the whole family, especially during the festive season.

Disney's The Lion King
Disney's The Lion King | Source

#1 - The Lion King

Release Date: June 15, 1994

Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

Global Box Office Gross: $987,483,777

Production Budget: $45,000,000

Rating: 8.9/10

The following may contain spoilers

Storyline- Set in Africa, a Lion is born, Simba as the heir to the throne ruling over the pride lands. Simba's father father, king Mufasa, tells Simba that one day he will become king of the pride lands, taking his fathers place. Scar, Mufasa's brother would have become king, had Mufasa not had a child which causes Scar to plot Mufasa and Simba's untimely demise so he can take the throne. Using Hyenas in his plot, he has them chase a herd of stampeding wildebeest into a canyon where Simba and Mufasa are in the hopes of them being trampled to death by the herd. However Simba manages to survive after Mufasa gets him up on a ledge, although Mufasa does not make it after being thrown off the cliff and into the stampeding wildebeest by Scar. With Simba alive, Scar tells him that his fathers death was his fault and that he is a murderer causing him to run away into the desert. Having fled the pride lands, Simba is found flat out on the desert ground by Timon (the meerkat) and Pumbaa (the warthog), who become friends with Simba. Simba grows into adulthood living with Timon and Pumbaa in the jungle until his childhood friend, Nala, out hunting in the jungle comes across Simba explaining what has happened to the pride lands under Scar's leadership. Nala desperately asks Simba to return to the pride lands but fearing the memories of his fathers death, still feeling it was his fault doesn't return. Simba finally gains reassurance from the wise monkey and decides to return to the pride lands to take his rightful place as king. Simba comes face to face with his fathers murderer and battles Scar, finally overcoming Scars deceit, winning the battle and reclaiming the lands, now at peace once again.

Short Review- The Lion King is the ultimate Animated Disney movie, which quickly became a classic and most peoples number one Disney film of all time. The Lion King received a high average score of 8.2/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and an overall rating of 90% positive from critics. The Lion King is the one animation movie out of all animation movies which everyone must see at least once in their lives. The Lion King is the perfect animation movie with a great level of feeling, adventure and the overwhelming good overthrowing evil.

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