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The 60 Best Disney Movies of All Time

Seems like when you wish upon a star, Disney answers.

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Disney | Nastia Kobza

What does one call that special type of joy you feel watching a Disney movie? Is it nostalgia? Is it a resurgence of childlike wonder? Regardless, whatever it is makes the stuff that Disney churns out so freakin’ enjoyable, especially when it hits you out of nowhere with a surprisingly deep underlying message. It’s pretty obvious that these movies are not tailored just for the kiddos. I mean, consider all the emotional subtext that only a grown-up rewatch picks up on.

If you’re scrolling aimlessly through Disney+ or you just want to do a deep dive back into your own DVD archive, you’ve got a whole lotta options from the house of mouse to choose from. Whether it’s a princess looking for her prince or a young woman looking to break some ancient rules, Disney has always had us covered. Here, in no particular order, the greatest, most memorable Disney movies of all time.

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Luca

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As if you needed more of a reason to run off to an Italian seaside town. This fantasy tale showcases the beauty of friendship, with a dash of vacation inspo.

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Bao

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Yes, this movie is only eight minutes long. It’s 480 seconds of pure magic. This Oscar-winning short about a mother with empty nest syndrome will make sure you never see dumplings the same way again.

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Soul

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Are you looking for a movie that’ll force some deep introspection, all set to a fun jazzy soundtrack? This one’s for you. I never knew that a movie that questions all of life’s true purposes could be so joyful.

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Alice in Wonderland

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Does this movie feel like a fever dream from start to finish? Yes, but in a classic, nostalgic sort of way. You’ve gotta appreciate all the liberties that the creators took with bright colors for this movie.

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The Jungle Book

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Just a boy and his gigantic bear BFF chilling in the jungle? Now that’s quality content. Watch this and prepare for “The Bare Necessities” to get stuck in your head for approx three to four weeks.

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The Emperor’s New Groove

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Of all the beautiful quotes to come out of Disney’s catalogue, name one nearly as affecting as “Pull the lever, Kronk!” Also Yzma’s lashes in this movie almost rival Kylie Jenner’s.

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Hercules

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This movie has heart, but more important, it has vocalsss. The Muses might be one of the many great girl groups to come out of the late ’90s.

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High School Musical

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I mean, this movie having a spot on the list is just obvious. I would argue that High School Musical 2 is the best of the iconic trilogy, but that is a convo for another day.

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The Princess Diaries

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Who says princesses can’t be socially awkward too? Mia Thermopolis begs to differ! Give this a rewatch if only for that iconic makeover scene alone. “You broke my glasses!!” never gets old.

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Ratatouille

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If you’re frustrated with failed kitchen attempts and looking for inspo, turn off the Food Network and turn on this classic. Anyone can cook!

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Cars

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Did you know life isn’t complete until you watch the movie where Owen Wilson plays a high-strung race car? No? No worries, you still have time.

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Holes

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Ah, 2003. The year Madame Zeroni struck true fear in young audience members everywhere…and maybe some adults as well.

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Brother Bear

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I cannot think of a better film set in Alaska. No, seriously, think about it.

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Meet the Robinsons

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Time travel, a boy genius, and singing frogs are apparently the recipe for making a super-inspiring film. Who would’ve thought?

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Big Hero 6

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Severely underrated and, like most Disney movies, unexpectedly heartbreaking. It’s another one of those beautiful family tales that’ll have you FaceTiming your parents afterward.

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Mulan

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Who is that girl I see? Why, a brave soul with a big heart, the voice of an angel, and a strength greater than any army that fought during the Han Dynasty. That’s right, I’m looking at you and your pecs, Li Shang.

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WALL·E

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BRB, going to find someone to recreate all those scenes of WALL·E and Eva calling for each other in this heartwarming film about a trash compactor robot falling for a probe at a time when Earth is a literal pile of garbage.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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In 1937, Disney released its very first full-length animated feature, which had everything from an evil witch to lovable supporting characters (seven of them, to be exact). It also made everyone do double takes on red apples.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

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When an inventor accidentally resizes his children and his neighbor’s children with a shrinking machine and throws the teeny-tiny youth into the trash (also an accident), the group must fend for themselves against scary things like sprinklers, ants, and a scorpion.

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Toy Story

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If the phrase “To infinity and beyond!” means nothing to you, do drop everything and feel all the feels from this movie about toys that come to life and go on adventures whenever the humans are not around.

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Up

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If you can get past the first montage without turning into a giant puddle of your own tears, Up is a wonderful movie about friendship, kindness, and the best “talking” dog who can’t resist a squirrel sighting.

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The Princess and the Frog

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Oprah Winfrey’s role alone (as Tiana’s mother) should be enough reason for you to watch this for the 40th time. That, and the sweet, sweet story of what happens when a young woman turns into a frog after kissing a prince trapped inside a frog’s body. (You can thank the evil voodoo priestess for that one.)

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Robin Hood

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Apologies if the mere mention of this movie means you’ll have the whistle theme or the song that begins with “Robin Hood and Little John, walking through the forest” in your head for the rest of the day.

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Mary Poppins

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Name a more iconic nanny. We’ll wait. In the meantime, listen to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” on repeat while counting all the ways Julie Andrews is one of the greatest actresses to ever grace the big screen (with and without animated turtles).

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Finding Nemo

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Finding Nemo blessed us with many wonderful things: Bruce the vegetarian shark, a deeper appreciation for our oceans, and Dory (who taught us it’s quite alright to “just keep swimming”).

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Coco

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Inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, aka Day of the Dead, Coco delivers important lessons on family, tradition, and the power of music through the eyes of a sweet 12-year-old boy named Miguel. Have tissues on hand for all the times “Remember Me” is performed, kay?

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Aladdin

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At what point did you fall in love with Aladdin? Was it when you realized he was voiced by Scott Weinger, aka Steve from Full House? Or was it when he took Jasmine on that magic carpet ride?

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The Little Mermaid

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Between Ariel using a fork to brush her hair and the cult following of Ursula, The Little Mermaid remains one of the best animated films Disney has ever created.

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The Incredibles

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If the whole point of The Incredibles was just to make us all wish we belonged to a family of superheroes who otherwise lived in a typical suburban situation, congrats, Disney, you’ve done it again.

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Monsters, Inc.

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All hell cuteness breaks loose when a small child, Boo, accidentally enters a factory that produces power from the screams of children. The source of these screams? Monsters like Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), who are determined to return Boo home.

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