Disney has built up a huge collection of classic movies over the decades, and it all started with the first-ever feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. All these years later, the House of Mouse still produces fantastic flicks that people of all ages can enjoy.
We’ve rounded up the 30 best Disney movies of all time, ranging from the early flicks like Dumbo to the modern essentials like Frozen and Moana. You can dance through the greenery with The Jungle Book, fly over night-time London with Peter Pan, or go on an intergalactic voyage with Treasure Planet. These are simply the best Disney movies.
Disney had long toyed with the idea of making an animated Romeo and Juliet, so, when legendary director Mike Gabriel pitched Pocahontas, the movie was greenlit almost immediately. The story is loosely based on the life of a real Native American woman and her encounter with an English colonialist called John Smith. However, the adaptation received a mixed reception for its treatment of Powhatan culture.
Whatever your belief, there’s no denying that Pocahontas is stunning, with sharp animation and gorgeous sequences – who could forget the flowing chalk in “Colours of the Wind?” With iconic songs that won two Oscars and a story that started a conversation, Pocahontas is one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking Disney movies.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame brings Victor Hugo’s gothic novel to the silver screen, and doesn’t scrimp on its treatment of infanticide, sexual violence, religious damnation, and genocide. Yet, somehow, despite being one of the darkest Disney movies ever made, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is also one of the most poignantly beautiful.
When Esmerelda stares up at the face of the Virgin Mary in the church’s cavernous halls and sings, “Yes I know I’m just an outcast, I shouldn’t speak to you, still I see your face and wonder were you once an outcast too?” the movie highlights how hypocritical society can be. With careful direction by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, the movie takes many risks in tone and storytelling, pointing a finger back at the audience and teaching us that those on their high horses aren’t always moral.