Greatest Walt Disney Animation Studios Movies

Just to be clear. These movies are made solely by the company of Walt Disney Animation Studios. I don't want people adding any Pixar or DreamWorks films on the list. These are the movies that are classified as "just Disney". Now that that's out of the way, Disney has cornered the market on making high quality animation for generations. From the Golden Age of the 40s and 50s to the struggle of the 70s and 80s. From the Renaissance of the 90s to the second popularity decline, leading up to the Second Renaissance of recent years, Disney Animation has always been a factor in movie history.

The Top Ten

1 The Lion King

The Lion King is simply put a masterpiece, and truly shows the magic that Disney is capable of. So many people, young and old, have been left in awe while watching this film. Featuring wonderful songs, great characters, and an intro that gives me chills to this day, it's safe to say that we won't be forgetting this movie any time soon. Who would have thought that Disney could make a Hamlet movie in a way that children could easily understand? - phillysports

Considered by some to be Disney's animated crown jewel. I definitely love it but, when there are so many of Disney's animated works to pick from, it's hard to rank them. My personal favourite is Pinocchio, but I can understand why this takes top spot. - BKAllmighty

Why is this on #1? It does not deserve the praise it gets and it deserves to be destroyed. How it created it's characters and how it views animals is not acceptable. Please boycott the movie and watch something else instead.

It is super god

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2 Wreck-It Ralph

Wanna know the best part? Wreck-It Ralph is getting a sequel in 2018, folks! A brilliant video-game themed movie with an original story about a bad guy who's tired of being the bad guy and wants to be the good guy, sprinkled with gorgeous animation and great music is very deserving of getting a second movie! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I'm not even a computer game kind of guy, I just love this movie.

I like this a lot.

Hey, my two favorites are in the top 3 - Phillip873

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3 Zootopia

Up until last year my favorite was princess and the frog. Honestly, I didn't expect this movie to be good AT ALL. Completely blew me away. Love this movie to death.

You would've thought it was from Pixar... But right outta the blue, it's WALT DISNEY... - DontMakeARookieMistake

At first I though that it was going to be another cheesy and plotless movie, but actually, it is really adorable and funny. - Catacorn

Very good movie

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4 Beauty and the Beast

This is most likely the greatest adaptation of a fairy tale that Disney has ever made. Belle is one of the most likable, well-written, and kind-hearted protagonists that the studio has ever made, and the Beast goes from being an intimidating, villainous menace to a fantastic tragic hero. The story and setup of this movie is just fantastic. The songs such as "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast" are Disney staples and Gaston is one of the biggest jerks the studio has ever conceived, and yet he still is likable in how much of a d-bag he is. There's no wonder why this was the first animated film to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. - phillysports

It wasn't my favourite growing up but it has grown on me immensely as an adult. Not sure why, exactly. - BKAllmighty

This is my favorite walt disney movie, and will always be my favorite. - alimarashian


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5 Aladdin

Aladdin is a very interesting film. Featuring a well-rounded cast of characters, stunning animation, and wonderful songs like "A Whole New World", "Prince Ali", and "One Jump Ahead", Aladdin is overall a very well put together movie. But what really makes this movie a classic is the Genie played by the wonderful legend that is Robin Williams (R.I.P.). Seriously, this guy is one of the funniest animated characters ever thought up, and his presence with Williams' performance lights up the screen whenever he makes an appearance. Aladdin is just an overall great movie in every department imaginable. - phillysports

It should've been number two, not Wreck it Ralph because Wreck It Ralph is just another 3D CGI animation that's not at all much easily interesting enough to look at anyway, is it?

Robin Williams was amazing - Unknownguy

6 Big Hero 6

If it weren't for Social Justice Critters, I'm pretty sure this would be much higher like it should be. Unfortunately, Social Justice Critters does exist and is insanely popular, thus this gem is now even more underrated than it already was.

Amazing movie! It shouldn't be this underrated...

(Spoiler alert) I loved this movie, it's sad when his brother dies - Unknownguy

Marvel - PeeledBanana

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7 Lilo & Stitch

I haven't seen it in years (I'm thinking since 2006). I remember thinking it was great when I saw it in theatres. Not sure why I haven't really watched it much since. I must remedy that, I see. - BKAllmighty

I love the part where the alien threw the book at the man's face - Lucasw14

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8 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The film that started it all. As Disney's first animated feature made all the way back in 1937 (79 years ago! ), Snow White has held up "relatively" well. The movie is as recognizable as anything Disney has ever made. The dwarfs are all classic staples of the company and many of us can still name all seven of them by name. That is, if we think hard enough. Overall, Snow White is just a classic not just by Disney standards but by the standards of movies in general. - phillysports

It's significance, alone, should give it a spot in the top ten. It should probably be higher than exactly "10", if we're being honest here. - BKAllmighty

This movie is the only reason the movies from 1-7 are on this list the movie was original, unique, beautiful this movie started it all

This deserves the top spot it was their first film - VideoGamefan5

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9 Tangled

It's funny and it has twists what more could you ask for? Oh and it's an original

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10 Fantasia

Younger audiences may not be all that into Fantasia seeing as its just animation with classical music, with no real flowing narrative, but older viewers can really see the effort being put into every single frame of this creation. Without any words, the animation takes us on an emotional thrill ride that excites us and calms us at the same time. While not that known to younger Disney fans, Fantasia still holds a spot in many people's hearts. - phillysports

If you don't like Fantasia it just may mean that you don't appreciate art. - BKAllmighty

This movie was my childhood

Best one of all. They should adapt Night on Bald Mountain.

The Contenders

11 The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Anderson's original story may be shaken up quite a bit in this adaptation (much like how "The Snow Queen" was), but like Frozen it holds up as a fantastic movie nevertheless. Ariel might get some flack nowadays for changing who she is solely for the purpose of getting with a guy she doesn't know, but I instead look at her determination and drive as positive characteristics. This movie also has many different wonderful characters as well such as the funny Sebastian and Scuttle, the adorable Flounder, and the awesome villain that is Ursula. - phillysports

The beginning of Disney's comeback decade known by all as the 'Disney Renaissance'. Could we possibly have been gifted with a better start than this? - BKAllmighty

Teaches you to believe anything is possible

12 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

It has been hugely underrated ever since it came out. I would know. I was there. - BKAllmighty

This movie is so much better than people let on. - LarkwingFlight

Better than most of the movies above it - silenthill

13 Mulan

This movie meant so much to me growing up. I taught me about to be brave and you are not what people say you should be

Breathtaking! Also, why in the name of God is Chicken Little even ON this list? That movie was TERRIBLE! - Co0lk1d25

14 Bolt

Bolt is a awesome movie that not many people get to see

15 The Great Mouse Detective

Most people don't exactly think about this movie. I actually was a fan of it as a kid...

16 The Jungle Book

It was the last movie Walt Disney had any involvement with before he died. You can tell that it had his magic touch, somehow. - BKAllmighty

This was the first Disney movie I ever saw. I loved it, and I know the songs by heart. - LaST_LiGHT

17 Tarzan
18 Hercules
19 Dumbo
20 The Sword in the Stone
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