The Definitive List of the Top 50 Animated Disney Movie Classics!

What is that you hear? A princess singing? A Lion roaring? How about a puppy dog barking?

Well, now that Sweet Pea is 3 years old, we are discovering something quite magical… the magic of Disney. Granted, Sweet Pea was a HUGE fan of the ‘mouse’ family long before her 3rd birthday, but recently she has developed a keen interest in becoming acquainted with the rest of the Disney gang as well.

I don’t know about you, but I dreamed of snuggling with and introducing her to the wonderful world of Walt Disney ever since the movies were first released on VHS tape for the first time (yes, I was silly enough to buy a copy… to save for my future kids). So, in an effort to not miss a great Disney movie, I have compiled the definitive list of the top 50 Animated Disney Movie Classics.

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Top 50 Animated Disney Movie Classics

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Just to keep things a little organized, I am grouping the movies under 3 main categories: princess movies, animal movies, and everything else. Also, I did cut this list off at 50 movies because, well… there are some stinkers in the Disney family too. I apologize in advance if your stinker didn’t make the cut. So, what did make the list? Here we go!

Princess Movies

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

  • Cinderella (1950)

  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)

  • The Little Mermaid (1989)

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)

  • Aladdin (1992)

  • Pocahontas (1995)

  • Mulan (1998)

  • Tinkerbell (2008)– ok, I know I am stretching it with calling this a princess movie.. but it would appeal to the same little girls.

  • The Princess and the Frog (2009)

  • Tangled (2010)

  • Brave (2012)

  • Frozen(2013)

Animal Movies

  • Dumbo (1941)

  • Bambi (1942)

  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)

  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)

  • Jungle Book (1967)

  • Aristocats (1970)

  • Robin Hood (1973)– yes, I know Robin Hood is not an animal.. but since this entire movie is animals characters, I put it here.

  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

  • Rescuers (1977) and Rescuers Down Under (1990)

  • The Fox and the Hound (1981)

  • Oliver and Company (1988)

  • The Lion King (1994)

  • A Bug’s Life (1998)

  • Finding Nemo (2003)

  • Ratatouille (2007)

  • Bolt (2008)

Everything Else

  • Fantasia (1940)

  • Pinocchio (1940)

  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)

  • Peter Pan (1953)

  • Sword in the Stone (1963)

  • Toy Story (1995)

  • Hercules (1997)

  • Toy Story 2 (1999)

  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)

  • Lilo and Stitch (2002)

  • The Incredibles (2004)

  • Cars (2006)

  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)

  • Wall-E (2008)

  • Up (2009)

  • Toy Story 3 (2010)

  • Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

  • Monsters University (2013)

  • Planes (2013)

  • Inside Out (2015)

So, I hope this list inspires you to plan your next family movie night soon!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. When my family was living in Bulgaria in the mid-90s, we happened to be in Thessaloniki in 1995 and actually found a movie house featuring English speaking movies, AND Toy Story 1995 was playing. It was to all our delight to enjoy this new movie!!! Such memories.