The 23 Best Disney Movies Of All Time

The Disney Classics have an enormous importance within the history of animated cinema. ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ kicked off in 1937 and since then the studio has given us dozens of unforgettable titles that have marked the childhood of millions of people throughout the planet.

This time we want to remember the most outstanding animated titles of the study with a review of the 23 best Disney films of all time. The criterion, as is usual in this type of article, does not stop being the personal opinion of who writes this, so do not take it as an absolute truth. In addition, I would like to add that I have only taken into consideration the titles made entirely with cartoons. No more to add, I leave you with them …

‘101 Dalmatians’

Direction: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wolfgang Reitherman

There are many memorable villains in the animated Classics of the company, but I will always stay with the fearsome Cruella de Vil, partly because I have a greater attachment to reality instead of having a more proper origin of bad story. Of course, the film also works quite well until its appearance with everything related to Pongo, Perdita and their owners, but then passes to another level thanks to her.


Direction: John Musker and Ron Clements

The unforgettable genius with the voice of Robin Williams in the original version – and Josema Yuste – is one of the best Disney characters, but it is also here is a great adventure with a villain first and the two protagonists are turn characters of the most interesting. To that we added a handful of unforgettable songs and we have something so stimulating that even his first direct sequel to video ended up being quite dignified.

‘Alice in Wonderland’

Direction: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske

A waste of imagination with which I have to confess that I did not connect too much as a child but to which I have been taking more and more appreciation over the years and the number of reviewers. A succession of dazzling ideas that perhaps fit together in an improvable way, but that keep the viewer fascinated in the visual section, although it also greatly helps the incredible display of secondaries.

‘The Great Mouse Detective’

Direction: John Musker, Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener

I am aware that it is not the best Disney movie, but that does not prevent it from being my favorite made by this studio. As a child I was fascinated by the proposed variant of the Sherlock Holmes universe, that darker touch than usual in the company, a couple of magnificent songs, that anthological villain with the voice of Vincent Price and that incredible work of animation during the stretch final. A delight to claim.

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

Direction: David Hand

The film that started it all, setting not only the basis of Disney’s fairy tales, but all the animated films that would come later. It is true that in it there are certain situations that can be seen as somewhat cheesy by the current public, but its undeniable charm overcomes them all before the enormous work done in it, which ranges from animation to the characters themselves The only thing that fails is the prince, but the truth is that he did not need more of him here either, especially the nice little dwarfs.

‘Big Hero 6’

An intelligent, endearing and exciting cross between Disney’s own forms and those of the Marvel superheroes resulted in this film. I would not be surprised if some stayed with just how adorable Baymax is – which is, and a lot – but there is much more to be enjoyed in it. Obviously falls on certain topics of the two worlds that unites, but in return gets the virtues that inherit from both shine with their own light.

‘The Emperor’s New Groove’

Direction: Mark Dindal

I remember going insane to see her because there were no tickets for what I really wanted to see and then leave delighted with a fun madness in which everything seemed to be worth without ever falling into the feeling of being free. His refreshing sense of humor, with an effective love for the absurd, has no equal within the Disney classics.

‘The Jungle Book’

Direction: Wolfgang Reitherman

A free adaptation of the homonymous novel that includes some of the most emblematic songs of the Disney classics, also building a bit around those jazz rhythms that feel so good to the film. A careful work of adaptation -something in which some of the included ones fail, but which I have preferred not to leave out because of its virtues in the other aspects- and stimulating characters, especially the beloved Baloo.

‘The treasure Planet’

Direction: John Musker and Ron Clements

A film that unfairly went unnoticed at the time and that deserves a vindication in conditions. Yes, the Disney touch to make everything softer for children is there, but there is also a remarkable adventure that does manage to avoid certain habitual problems of the company’s characters, creating an unexpectedly stimulating relationship between the two protagonists, because mention the vigorous captain with the voice of Emma Thompson in the original version.

‘The Lion King’

Direction: Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff

One of the summits of Disney, it’s that simple, and it’s that absolutely everything works in it. The songs are marvelous, the screenplay doses the gender changes very well to build an adventure in which there is room for pain -anda that did not leave everyone in shock a certain death-, fun, emotion and even a little bit of terror. All the important characters work wonders, including Scar, the excellent villain.

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Direction: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

The company had already begun to show signs of improvement after a few years in which it was better to run away from their films, but it was here that it confirmed the beginning of a new era that has given us a multitude of joys during the last years. Here are several ideas explored years later in ‘Frozen’ in a dynamic and fun adventure.


A delight not exempt from some small problems – as the minutes pass it seems that he completely forgets that it is a musical when he has some fantastic songs like the mythical ‘Let it go’ – but that shines so much when he bets for fun – then they have burned Olaf a lot, but here he was great – and when he chooses to enhance his nature of modern fairy tales.


Direction: John Musker and Ron Clements

A funny refomulation of Greek mythology – although the protagonist arises from the Roman – for which I feel a great weakness, especially for the accuracy of its tone debtor of certain classic comedies. And is that the film is very clear nature of pure pastime and bet on it in a determined way, including there Hades, the magnificent villain who has to operate at the same time as a threat and comical resource, leaving the windy of the stake.

‘Beauty and the Beast’

Direction: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

If I had to say what is the best Disney movie, it would be the one that concerns us here. An authentic jewel that became the first animated production that was nominated for an Oscar for the best film. A pity that competed against a masterpiece as ‘The silence of the lambs’, since it is an exemplary fairy tale that really has that magic that is so difficult to define, starting with his characters, following his songs -the initial da foot to what is probably the best introduction to film history – and going through everything else.

‘Lady and the Tramp’

Direction: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske

An irresistible comedy with romantic overtones in which the use of music was essential to endow the adventures of Gulf and Queen with a unique charm that goes far beyond the remembered scene of both eating pasta. In addition, it takes very good advantage of being the first film of the studio premiered at Cinemascope.

‘Lilo and Stitch’

Direction: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders

Another rarity in the Disney filmography that benefit from the great visual imagination of Chris Sanders, who happened not years after the extraordinary ‘How to train your dragon’. It is also true that you defend values ​​very typical of the studio – “Ohana means family” – but he does it with a great personality – it is different without stopping being Disney – and using the eccentric contribution that Stitch makes to the film.


Direction: Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook

A film that is claiming quite lately, partly for its remarkable feminist values, but also for offering an unusual adventure within the Disney universe. For my part, I stay with both the physical and emotional journey of the protagonist and that sympathetic robaescenas that is the dragon Mushu. Maybe he needs something more development to his villain, far from the best of the company, but it works well enough to motivate Mulan.

‘Peter Pan’

Direction: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske

Memorable the rivalry between the protagonist and the fearsome – although also somewhat comical – Captain Hook, although I always had a greater weakness for that crocodile that stalks the villain of the show. From the unforgettable night flight through London, the film becomes one of the best exponents of Disney magic, although for it you have to lower something the dark content of the literary original. A timeless delight.

‘Wreck It Ralph’

Direction: Rich Moore

Soon we will see the sequel to this great approach to the world of video games that is true that works best during its first hour, but I am not at all in agreement with those who miss it for not thoroughly exploring its great starting point. Simply choose to follow a path and do it very well, plus Ralph and Vanellope form an unexpectedly great pair of adventures.


Direction: Chris Buck and Kevin Lima

The swan song of the golden years 90 for Disney is one of the best films dedicated to the king of the jungle, but still remains for a bit under other unforgettable productions made by the studio during the first half of this decade. It is also more faithful to the original material than usual in the classics of the company, it dazzles in the visual section – amazing what they get with the jungle – and has solid and well-defined characters.

‘The Fox and the Hound’

Direction: Ted Berman, Richard Rich and Art Stevens

Another personal weakness that probably did not appear on the list of many, but it was the only Disney movie that really made me cry without any remedy when I was a kid, especially in a particular scene that I will not disclose about the spoilers, and The friendship relationship between the two protagonists works great. In general, it can be something soft and represent what some hate Disney, but for my taste hits the target beyond the specific successes that many give.


Direction: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall and Chris Williams

A refreshing twist to the Disney princesses that this time is limited to a mere anecdote point. The protagonist is an adventurer and counts on it with the help of an amazing ally like Maui. The excellent songs composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, an impeccable animation work -even also at the moment when traditional techniques enter the scenes- and a story that unites fun and emotion with wonder give shape to one of the best films of the study


Direction: Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush

A great cross between fun, black film and police story that does not forget to take care of the development of characters while knowing what path to take at any given time to give us a proposal much more elaborate than it might seem at first glance. Some will only be left with the extraordinary sequence of the lazy, but there are many more things to celebrate here

Do you agree with our selection of the 23 best Disney films of all time or do you miss a specific title? Something tells me that certain tapes are going to be very mentioned, but as I said before, this obeys my personal criteria.

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