Since 1937, the Walt Disney Company has been entertaining us with its charming animated movies, live-action spectaculars and magical computer-animated adventures. In fact, Disney has released around 420 movies since its first release, the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with 20 more hitting screens in 2021 alone.

Such a vast catalogue means that choosing the greatest of them is no easy task. However, with our list of the best Disney movies of all time we’ve given it our best shot. Whether your favourites involve Disney Princesses, critically acclaimed Pixar hits or crime fighting bunny rabbits, the movies on this list have your next family film night covered. Featuring classics like 101 Dalmations to recent releases like Raya and the Last Dragon, which is now streaming on Disney+, here’s our selection of the best Disney movies of all time.

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The greatest Disney movies of all time

Ratatouille (2007)

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1. Ratatouille (2007)

The rat can cook! This sweetly ridiculous movie about a naive, ambitious rodent named Remy (charmingly voiced by Patton Oswalt), who longs to become a great chef is witty, clever, gently moral and dramatically convincing. Who doesn’t love Linguini (voiced by Lou Romano), a hopeless human moppet controlled by the supremely talented Remy? Will they win over the Snow White-style villain, a power-crazed food critic named Anton Ego (Peter O’Toole)? We won’t spoil the fun for the three of you out there who don’t yet know the ending!

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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2. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

A pompous prince gets a taste of his own medicine in this ’90s fairytale. An enchantress’ spell turns the royal into a ferocious beast, and it cannot be undone until he falls in love. When the beast kidnaps the town’s clockmaster, his beautiful daughter comes to the rescue…and the beast’s, too. 

101 Dalmatians (1961)

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3. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

It’s true love for Pongo and Perdita! Fortunately for the pups, they’re able to wrangle their owners into a relationship, too. It’s nothing but canine bliss…until the mean-spirited Cruella De Vil shows up. She has her sights set on Perdita’s liter of pups…for fur coats.  

Coco (2017)

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4. Coco (2017)

Ernesto de la Cruz—a fictional Sinatra, if you will—is Miguel’s idol. All the youngster longs for is to belt out beautiful ballads like his favorite singer. However, music is strongly prohibited in his family, for reasons unknown. With a trip to the Land of the Dead, Miguel starts to make sense of his family’s ways.  

Zootopia (2016)

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5. Zootopia (2016)

Judy Hopps dreams of joining the police force and leaves her farm and family for the bustling metropolis Zootopia to achieve this goal. As the first rabbit in the crew, she isn’t taken seriously by her fellow police officers. Tired of writing up parking violations, Judy decides to take on a missing persons case to prove herself. When she enlists the unwilling help of con fox Nick Wilde, the pair find themselves going down a rabbit hole of clues, scandals and close calls.

The Lady and the Tramp (1955)

6. The Lady and the Tramp (1955)

A sophisticated cocker spaniel and a pup from the wrong side of the tracks fall in love in this pawsitively irresistible canine romance. Generations later, we’ll still swoon for the classic spaghetti-slurping scene between the two doggos. ​ ​

Wall-E (2008)

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7. Wall-E (2008)

Wall-E is an ancient robot and the sole robot left on earth. Naturally, being the only one of his kind isn’t easy, and lonliness ensues…until EVE arrives.  

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

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8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

Talk about jealousy at its finest. A wicked queen simply cannot stand her young stepdaughter’s beauty and even goes so far as to take the life of young Snow White. But the joke’s on the bitter royal, as Snow White emerges alive and well, enjoying the company of seven dwarves in a cozy cottage. That’s when the queen tries again. She disguises herself as an old lady and offers Snow White a poisonous apple that sends her into a unconscious state that can only be broken with the kiss of a prince. 

The Lion King (1994)

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9. The Lion King (1994)

Equal parts endearing and heartbreaking, the Disney classic rotates around young lion Simba, who must rise to power after the loss of his father, Mufasa. You would think family would be supportive, but one evil uncle has it in for the cub. Hang in there, Simba! Remember: Hakuna matata! (Don’t forget to check out the 2019 live-action reboot!)

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