Most Underrated Disney Movies

The Top Ten

1 The Great Mouse Detective

This was one of my favourite Disney films growing up and it irritates me when people assume it is automatically bad just because it was made during Disney's "dark age." Does that mean they would hate the Lion King if it was made during that same era?

This list has become "every movie Disney ever made that's not Frozen". Some of the newer entries deserved their lack of attention. I get that people are tired of "Frozen", but that doesn't mean every single other movie is "underrated".

Most people have never even heard of this movie, which is a shame because this is my favorite Disney movie of all time! (Excluding pixar)
This doesn't deserve to be underrated!
It's definitely the most unpredictable Disney movie, and it has the best villain - 17nobrien

This isn't an underrated film! It's so cool!

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2 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

This movie has the best music, best villain, best villain song, best "I Want" song, and the most powerful themes of the entire Disney animated canon... Dark and complex, but hilarious, entertaining, and touching at the same time.

I LOVE this movie! Why do people say it's overrated? I don't remember seeing billions of toys and products for this movie. I mean, sure, there were SOME items made for this movie, but it was NOTHING compared to the Frozen hype. - BeanBag343

It's a good movie, but I wouldn't say it's underrated. The reason there isn't a lot of merchandise for it is because it's a bit dark for kids to watch. - yuki-blue

I don’t understand why people dislike this? It has beautiful drawings, amazing songs, and a pretty good story. And, the fact it’s a dark movie makes it good for all ages!

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3 Oliver & Company

So underrated. It is a lot better than that overrated High School Musical.

It's actually really good. It's my second favorite Disney movie and you should check it out! Why Should You Worry? - LpsDisneyTmntFreak

They honestly have the absolute best soundtrack.

Growing up in the 90s this was my most watched Disney film second only to Toy Story.

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4 Treasure Planet

This movie represents the struggle of not knowing where and what you want to be in life, which is something I think we all go through. When I watched it as a child I thought 'eh it was an okay movie', but as I grew older I rewatched the film a few times and only then was I able to get the real meaning of the film. I was and still am distraught at what my future looks like right now, but Jim and Silver have both taught me that maybe it's okay not to know all the answers. Maybe you just have to follow what you love. Take life by the horns and pursue what you want to pursue, not what anyone else says. So yeah, to me this film is the most underrated movie of all time and it might even be the best Disney movie of all time.

Growing up, this movie always hold a special place in my heart and it still does. The characters are enjoys (yes, even B.E.N.) and the the visuals are just so interesting with combining 3D animation with 2D animation. Truly one of Disney's most underrated gems. - MLPFan20

Amazing characters, visuals, atmosphere, and plot

The idea behind Disney movies is to take you to another world. This movie does that to the max.

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5 Brother Bear

Why is brother Bear this low? I love this movie! My brothers and I used to watch this movie all the time when we couldn't agree on what to watch. this movie makes my laugh and cry, it is definitely in my top five Disney movies of all time! I am an Alaskan and love how accurate the natives and scenery is. I most of all like the relationship between the three brothers, the love and annoyance, the fighting, and the protection. Have brothers myself, the accurately describes how I act with them. This movie should be number one on the list.

My favorite Disney movie of all time. I love the beautiful animation, really likeable characters, and most importantly the messages of brotherhood and perspective. Plus, the setting rolls it all into a five-star package; it's the only Disney movie that takes place in Canada (a lot of people say it takes place in Alaska but I say it takes place in Canada because the moose have Canadian accents and the transformation song is in the Inuit language) and as someone of Canadian decent, that speaks to me. Such a fantastic movie; the people who refuse to watch this movie cause of the critics have no idea what they're missing out on!

It has one of the worst ratings out of all the Disney films which is an absolute crime. As far as underrated Disney movies go, this should be number one. - BKAllmighty

This movie is awesome!

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6 The Emperor's New Groove

This animation is the most perfect comedy that Disney has done. Even Aladdin, which is extremely fun, can't make us laugh as much as "The Emperor's New Groove" does. Why this animation is so little remembered? - Palmeiras

One of the funniest movies Disney has ever made

One of Disney's funniest films of all time. Every time I watch it I can't stop laughing. All the characters are enjoyable, the villains were enjoyable and the jokes really hit it out of the park. This movie deserves more love and attention by just how ridiculously funny it is. - MLPFan20

On Thanksgiving 2016 we had Netflix. My mom wanted to show us the this movie. We all groaned and moaned. After we wanted it we loved it! My favorite character is Kronk. This movie should be higher in the list,though.

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7 The Sword in the Stone

This movie is amazing. Enough said. - RockFashionista

Oooo...I had completely forgotten about this one. It should be in the top 5. Merlin is an awesome character, and the imagination put into this film is superb. - Knucklewood

I love thi movie. Well I would say this movie deserve more attention. If you go to Disney store you'll see nothing related to this movie - Kjellalbintomas

8 The Aristocats

My favorite movie of all time! People don't take into consideration the fact that this was the first Disney movie produced without Walt Disney. The songs are great, the characters are great, the voice actors are great, and most of all, the plot is great! I still hum "Everybody Wants to be a Cat". - BeanBag343

Gosh, this was my favourite movie as a kid, hands down! I loved the music, the plot, and the lovable characters, I don't know why it's so underrated!

Why people don't like it I don't no!

One ☝️ of my favorite Disney movies 🎥 because of Napoleon and Lafayette 🦕🦖

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9 The Rescuers Down Under

It may not be good as the original 1977 film, but it's a best underrated movie.

I felt that it was BETTER than the little mermaid or the lion king

Best Disney sequel of all time

Even better than the original in my opinion

10 The Black Cauldron

This movie is incredibly underrated. It's a bit on the darker side, but it's a very good movie with memorable characters for anyone who watches it. I really want Disney to pick this movie back up and give it the amazing animation it deserves.

This movie has a very unique and surprisingly dark style compared to pretty much any other Disney movie. It's a great movie and I bet you that a lot of people will have no clue what you're talking about it, when you mention it, since they've probably never even heard of it. - Verbindungsfehle

I've never seen this movie. But I heard it didn't do too good at the box office, and from what I saw it looked BEAUTIFUL! I have to see this!

Everyone says Elionwy is boring, but she has a lot of personality if you really look at her. She is talkative, brave, and selfless.

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The Contenders

11 Meet the Robinsons

You only hate Meet the Robinson because your mother loves it with a burning passion?! :O - The Ultimate Daredevil, who finds Meet the Robinsons to be mostly decent and thinks The Nostalgia Critic dislikes and likes Meet the Robinsons at the same time

How is this not in the top ten?

Amazing movie.

My personal favorite underrated Disney movie - Genericedgyteenager

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12 Atlantis: The Lost Empire

This movie had one of the best visual art styles I've ever seen in any 2d animated film. Not to mention that it is very similar to "20,000 leagues under the sea" but with Atlantis as a twist. Pretty amazing!

And nobody can forget the beautiful "Princess Kida" or "Kidagakash". This film, is very similar to some other anime films, which is awesome. Atlantis also had lots of epic action scenes. The people who made this also created a whole civilization, with it's own language, culture, history, and architecture. Very few movies have achieved this, like Lord of the Rings did...

" Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is also the first science - fiction and fantasy Disney film. And one of the few animated Disney films to be rated PG.

The main reason this film was received poorly by critics was because the film was too "violent" for a Disney movie, which is ridiculously biased. If you've never seen this movie and you love Disney, then check it out. It has a wonderful story, great characters, and awesome action. - Mcgillacuddy

Amazing movie

Absolutely my favorite disney movie.

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13 Robin Hood

Okay. This movie is the very definition of underrated. Critics HATE it, because it recycled scenes from other Disney movies, and had the lowest ever budget for any Disney movie(1.5 million), but guess what, critics? NO ONE CARES! Robin Hood was hated by critics, but audiences love it. The caricters are some of the best of Disney, and are very likable (and did I mention that Rob's kind of hot) In short, Robin Hood is definitely the most underrated Disney movie

Come on! Robin Hood was a great movie with loveable characters (specially Little John), great songs, great scenes and great villain, Prince John is a very underrated villain!

This movie rules. The songs are great and the characters are all funny,likable and charming. As a kid I loved it and it was among my favorite animated films. I know it reused animation from other Disney films but most films from this era (1970's and 80's) did that all the time. That doesn't make it bad (It's still great animation in context) and I recommend this classic adventure to anyone. Hands down the best Disney film made after Walt's death.

Robin Hood was one of my favourite movies as a child and I finally got it again on dvd for my 17th birthday - WinchesterGirl26

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14 A Goofy Movie

Nobody ever talks about this movie

I actually grew up with this movie along with the Disney classics. It's cornier than anything, but that's part of it's charm. - Elric-san

Not only the most underrated movie, but the soundtrack was awesome too. What kid that grew up in the 90s didn't want to go to a PowerLine concert?!?!

Small Man used 2 be d's most underrated disney character but not anymore. - Trollsfan536

15 The Fox and the Hound

Simple storyline with brilliant characters and emotion. I know many people don't notice this Disney film but it's one of my personal favorites and I really connect to it on an emotional level

16 The Princess and the Frog

To the person who said this is better than Frozen, isn't every Disney movie except home on the range better than frozen?

I love this film a lot. It shares a valuable lesson, includes phenomenal songs, and stars amazing characters. That is everything you need in a perfect Disney film and this movie has it all. I feel this it deserves a lot more credit because the main character, Tiana, is a good role model for young girls. She shows people you need to work hard for what you want instead of waiting for a prince to save you. It also features the first African American princess that makes the movie more amazing. This is truly one of my favorite films and it deserves so much more.

This movie is even underrated at being underrated. How is that even possible? - torrenceweaver

Complex plot, black princess that WORKS HARD, everything we could have asked for. Yet Frozen crap is considered better. this is the best disney movie, with hercules as second.

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17 The Rescuers

Far and away worse than the sequel (but not terrible). - The Ultimate Daredevil

This IS underrated

This is NOT (NOT underrated)

Far and away better than the sequel. - Knucklewood

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18 Gordy

What the hell is Gordy

THIS IS THE MOST UNDERRATED MOVIE OF ALL TIMES! HOW CAN THIS MASTERPIECE GET 26% AT ROTTEN TOMATOES?! WHY CAN'T IT BE 96%?!

I've never heard of this movie

THIS IS THE MOST UNDERRATED MOVIE OF ALL TIMES! HOW CAN THIS MASTERPIECE GET 14% AT ROTTEN TOMATOES?!

19 Hercules

Hercules character became my role model as a kid. I wanted to be strong, brave and kind like him. In a way it still is. Inspiring only as it gets. By far most underrated disney movie of all time, considering it should be right next to the greatest: lion king and toy story. No more, no less. Period.

Disney's best villains are the ones that you can't hate. Hades is a hilarious villain, and Meg is sassy and fun.

I really like this movie. It's very funny, has great music, likeable characters and a great villian

This is my favorite Disney movie

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20 Dinosaur

I love Disney's Dinosaur to death! If you don't feel like it, at least watch the first ten minutes, and listen to the amazing soundtrack! - higgsboson2142

It's a great movie that deserves more attention - PeeledBanana

WHAT? DINOSAUR IS UNDERRATED THIS MOVIE IS THE REASON WHY I HAVE A SMILE ON MY FACE

21 Bolt

This should be in the top 3 Bolt was the start of Disney's Renaissance of the 2010s (I know it came out in 2008) that paved the way for new fresh gigantic hits like Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia. It's a shame this movie got thrown under the bus.

Why is Bolt so low? This movie is basically my childhood, a simple plot and storyline with extremely lovable characters

Bolt is my best disney film

What? How is Wreck it Ralph above this?

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22 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
23 Wreck-It Ralph

Needs to be in the top ten. This is one of my favorite Disney movies. And it's a shame to see this movie overshadowed by other movies that don't deserve as much praise as this one. (Frozen, I'm looking at you.) This movie has a great plot, touching parts such as Vanellope getting hate when she didn't need it, great humor, and my favorite part is the cameos. Sonic the Hedgehog, Bowser, a mentioning of Mario, and PacMan. Sadly, this movie just didn't meet others interests as much as a movie that I can only consider "Good" (No offense, but I thought Frozen was good. Nothing higher than that.) This movie I could only find merchandise for while it was in theaters. Basically to sum it all up, this movie deserves more popularity than it has now. I see it almost NOWHERE at Disney World on trips, because a new Frozen ride offers 5 hour wait on the first day.

Why in the name of all that is holy is this movie wasting away in near-obscurity while "Rise of the Guardians", which did far less well at the box office, is so very popular and has oh-so-many loyal and vocal fans you'd think it had been the more popular and profitable animated offering of the 2012 holiday season when it was the other way around?

Shame it's only the people who insist Vanellope and Hiro should be romantically involved are the only reason this movie isn't completely forgotten. After all, what Frozen didn t already take away from Wreck It Ralph as far as records, fans, and such, Big Hero 6 finished the job. And the only presence of Wreck it Ralph in Disney World was replaced with a meet and greet for Hiro and Baymax.

This deserve allot of attention! This is one of my favourite movie of all time, why this is not number 1.

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24 Fantasia 2000

Go see the only YouTube video of "Top 10 Best Animated Sequels" by ElectricDragon505 to see why Fantasia 2000 is actually a lot better than people make it out to be. On the only list of "Top 11 Disney Movies I Don't Like", Ben Tannehill only focused on the negatives that Fantasia 2000 has.

This is amazing and one of the most creative Disney films. You can watch it on Natflix

If you think this movie isn't underrated, I can gave you one very good reason, why it definitely deserves to be higher on this list: The animation for Rhapsody in Blue. - Verbindungsfehle

25 Chicken Little

It does try to hard at being a comedy and it is a little to mean spirited but at least I found it enjoyable

I honestly liked the film, remember those Mickey Animal abuse cartoons that every one likes, this is the SAME THING. - Maddox121

Why do people hate this movie? - 18cwrogers

hate it

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26 Fantasia

Too much people don't love this. People on Clevver News's list of "Top 7 Best Disney Movies" didn't put Fantasia on their lists of best Disney movies. I give Fantasia more than a 10/10.

27 Cars

You do realize this is the UNDERrated list, right?

Such a great classic. Cars 3 should be as well

People Hate It For No Reason After Its Bad Sequel Came Out

This movie is really UNDERATTED this is my child hood
cars 2 was bad,boring, mater-gets-to-much-important parts instead of lighting mcqueen
and mater isn't nice like he was in the first one
cars 3 is so good like the first one probaly most underatted of the 3 but, Cruz and Lighting have a good friendship
all the cars movies are underatted but, cars 2 was too boring

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28 Make Mine Music

God and creative

come on

29 Pocahontas

This is the MOST gorgeous animated movie in HISTORY and on the list of best disney movies it was 31! It is so underrated, on that list it should have been number one

Mmmm nah. It wasn’t very good and the source material is an interesting choice. - children

30 The Lion King 1 1/2
31 Dumbo

Underrated if for no other reason that THIS, not the extremely OVERRATED "Hunchback of Notre Dame", was the original Disney movie about an outcast. But of course everyone ALWAYS credits "Hunchback" for that.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is too discredited its adult themes, masterful animation, complex musical numbers and strong characters. But it is too popular compared to Dumbo, the first animated blockbuster about an outcast which is much more than your typical kids' flick. - The Ultimate Daredevil, who began his YouTube career as Kieran Stark.

REALLY underrated! Deserves lots of more credit

My favorite of all time! I love Dumbo <3 So sad most people me don't remember this movie. Best soundtrack.

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32 Winnie the Pooh
33 A Bug's Life

Dude, do you see the logo on the top of the image next to Pixar? ITS Disney. THIS IS A Disney MOVIE.

This movie isn't by Disney and it isn't underrated (although it isn't talked about as much except when you say it is one of Pixar's first feature films).

34 Holes
35 The Brave Little Toaster

A classic but creepy film

The thing is it's known but underrated.

36 101 Dalmatians

I do like this movie, but nary a person alive doesn't know who Cruella de Vil is so I'd hardly call it "underrated".

One of my favorites!

37 Brave

YES! This movie is so criminally underrated! - children

38 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Nope nope nope

39 The Finest Hours

YES! THIS IS FINALLY PUT ON THE LIST AND NEEDS MUCH MORE UNIVERSAL KNOWLEDGE! DISNEY HAS TOO MANY UNDERRATED MOVIES!

40 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

I know a lot of sequels are terrible but, this is probably one of the best sequels I have ever watched it has some darkness like the old movie.

So many people have never heard of this movie! I know sequels are often terrible and especially as a sequel to the amazing lion king, people just assume it will be bad. It's actually amazing!

41 Bridge to Terabithia

The fact that Bridge to Teribithia is (you said it yourself, and what's your name? ) emotional, adventurous, sometimes funny and et cetera et cetera are why we should all love movies such as this! I am a hardcore Disney fan myself, and Bridge to Terabithia is not just an adaptation.

I never hear people talk about this movie, but it deserves it. It's emotional, adventrous and sometimes funny. This should definitely be talked about more

I've read the book, never seen the movie, but I'll gladly give it a try! And yes, this is probably highly underrated. - hefaus

42 The Jungle Book

This movie is pretty underrated, even though lots of people (including me) love it.

43 Lady and the Tramp
44 Beauty and the Beast (2017)
45 The Parent Trap (1998)
46 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
47 Song of the South

People who say this is racist are complete morons.

48 Candleshoe
49 Alice in Wonderland
50 Bambi II

WHY IS THIS SO LOW? This should be in the top 50 - Hanasaki

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