For a valid cause, Disney is a household name around the world. Not just did Walt Disney’s studio commercialize illustrated stories, but it has also consistently produced one of the most iconic, touching films in the American canon for nearly a century. Disney has nailed the formula of family-friendly material, from all-time blockbusters to recent animation marvels. With the Disney+ streaming service, it’s now simpler than ever to stream practically any Disney film, old and new, on-demand.
Disney has nailed the art of grabbing at our hearts. Their numerous feature films have a knack of laughing, weeping, and even singing. The renowned production house has been creating films since 1933, compiling a list of the finest Disney movies of all time that much more difficult. With that said, there are several films that were instant hits and continue to be successful year after year – movies that we can’t help but watch years after their initial launch.
However, with nearly a century of movies to pick from, finding anything to watch might be difficult. To assist you, we’ve produced a list of finest vintage Disney and Pixar films available on Disney+ right now.
You must begin with the masterpieces. The narrative of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet on a journey to become a real boy, has remained popular. It’s an exciting experience, even if re-watching it as an adult reveals that it gets fairly real for a moment there. If you don’t recall — and don’t despair, a portion of this film takes place in an amusement park where disobedient lads transform into donkeys. Yes, for a brief while, things look dismal. We won’t ruin the 80-year-old film for you, but trust us when we say it keeps getting better.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Disney isn’t just for kids! And anyway, you can’t conceal the peerless Julie Andrews beneath a façade. In this masterpiece, Andrews creates the perfect enchanted nanny. When their new nanny is the proper, magical, preposterously fun Mary Poppins, the children of the affluent, uptight Banks family experience a great shock. Mary and the children go on a succession of spectacular experiences, some of the greatest Disney has to offer, with the help of her Cockney friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke).
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Nobody has done Beauty and the Beast better than Disney’s animated classic from 1991. Someone might contend that Beauty and the Beast is the best entry in the Disney Vault, with some of the most iconic melodies, a startlingly brilliant protagonist, and an all-time great villain in Gaston. You get to be the jury.
The Lion King (1994)
Well before 1994, Disney had been putting tear-jerking situations into the start of movies, but it’s difficult to find a more emotional moment right at the start of a film than in The Lion King. You’re familiar with the one we’re referring to. The excellent thing is that you’ll be able to gather your thoughts just in time for a beautiful coming-of-age story replete with likeable, quotable characters and more than one track that will stay in your brain over the next week.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
Don’t get too caught up with the appearances. A man kissing a sleeping woman was not the most attractive thing to see in 2020. Just remember that it’s an 83-year-old movie, and appreciate the amusing activities of the seven dwarfs as you gasp at what was the first Disney feature picture ever made. It’s a fantastic film in its own rights, and it laid the way for many subsequent Disney films.
Moana may be one of the latest films on this listing, but it possesses all of the qualities of an effective Disney film. There’s a great plot, people you can effortlessly root for, humor along, and deep message contained in the film itself. Plus, witnessing Dwayne Johnson perform one of the film’s hit songs in real life never gets stale.
If you’re anything like us, viewing this only makes you realize how much we all miss Robin Williams. Certainly, at its foundation, Aladdin is a beautiful narrative about unrequited romance and the obstacles that love forces you to conquer. But, in Disney history, has there ever been a more amusing iconic character than Williams’ Genie? There’s definitely a case to be made someplace, but the huge blue wish-granter completely blew everyone away.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
The Little Mermaid may have had the most memorable Disney song prior to Frozen. How do we know this? We really don’t need to identify it because you’re already singing along in your mind. Not to consider the fact that this film featured a final-boss-level antagonist in Ursula, who managed to make you want to cheer for her.
Thinking of Frozen, it was just a question of minutes before this megahit made the cut. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that the entire world was engulfed in a Frozen craze, with the music that was absolutely everywhere. So now Disney has released Frozen II on its platform ahead of schedule, you can get caught in this fictional universe long enough to take your attention off the actual one.
What was the first unpleasant scene in animated feature film? We believe so. Disney’s fifth feature film picture delivered a stomach punch before whisking us away to a gripping story about an adolescent deer. So captivating, in fact, that over 80 years after its initial premiere, Disney is said to be working on a live-action remake of the work of art.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Is there a greater Disney character and voice actor match than Dory the forgetting fish and Ellen DeGeneres? We couldn’t either. Finding Nemo takes us on an astonishing voyage of a dad travelling across the ocean in pursuit of his child, with Dory providing the right humor at the correct time. Finding Dory is also available on Disney+ if you’re looking for a good sequel.
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story, arguably the most insightful animated Disney film, influenced the modern generation of children to envision what their toys do in their recreational time. They are doing a lot, as it seems. In their leisure time, they’ve made four pretty decent movies. By the way, all four Toy Story films are available for streaming on Disney+.
Coco was indeed a massive hit in 2017, and if you skipped it at the time, it’s still as fantastic. It’s the narrative of a youngster pursuing his desire and seeking answers, delivered in an extraordinarily distinctive and emotional manner. It goes into ancestries that aren’t commonly portrayed in Disney films, and it appeals to both young and old audiences.
Among the most legendary dramatic moments in Disney films was addressed. Up is one of the more recent examples of Disney breaking our hearts before gradually mending them in a feature-length picture? It also has one of the more unusual combos in a Disney film in modern memory. And it works perfectly as we understand the story of a grouchy elderly man and a boy scout.
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
So far, it stands out as the only non-animated picture on the list. However, there is a rationale for this. What Disney accomplished with the classic Pirates of the Caribbean — transforming a theme park attraction into a fascinating realm set on the seas, featuring Johnny Depp in what is undoubtedly his career distinguishing performance — was none devoid of extraordinary. Let’s simply skip over the rest of the Pirates films.
The Incredibles (2004)
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are forced to play it smooth when the law forbids super-hero activity. Although they should take advantage of the downtime to relax, they can’t seem to help but regret calling for an end to wrongdoing. Their services will be required again soon. This is top-tier heroic material on par with Marvel and DC’s greatest.
Dumbo is without a doubt the oddest member of the circus. The miserable elephant with the enormous ears is the focus of much mockery, which gets things even more difficult during the circus. The irony is on everyone else when Dumbo discovers that his ears enable him to fly! Prepare to cry a couple times with this one… and every time you hear ‘Baby Mine’ for the entire life.
The rat is capable of cooking! This hilarious, intelligent, quietly moral, and theatrically believable film about a naive, aspiring rat named Remy who aspires to be a good chef is delightfully absurd. Linguini, a hopeless human moppet manipulated by the extremely skilled Remy, is a character everyone loves. Can they triumph over the Snow White-style villain, Anton Ego, a power-crazed culinary critique? We won’t ruin the surprise for the three of you who haven’t seen the conclusion to this incredibly delightful Pixar masterpiece.
Cruella De Vil has had her reputation rehabilitated owing to Emma Stone, but in this original movie, she remains true to her moniker as she fantasizes over sewing coats out of Pongo and Perdita’s pups. The antagonists in this film are hilarious, as are the vintage London settings. And also don’t fear, this is a Disney movie, so no pups lost their hairs.
Wall-E is an antique robot who is the last bot on Earth. Being the only one of his type is difficult, and loneliness sets in until EVE strikes. Pixar established with Wall-E that you don’t need an all-star voice talent – or even much language – to deliver a poignant story of lonely individuals (or computer software) finding that there is warmth in even the coldest environments. When humans arrive, Wall-E transforms into a particularly crazy sci-fi comic.
The Jungle Book (1967)
Mowgli is unable to discover his role in the universe. In Disney’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s story, a little orphan is sent on a quest for knowledge more about his history, aided by animal friends, all while avoiding Sher Khan.
Inside Out (2015)
Inside Out is a film about sentiments portrayed by a studio known for manipulating sentiments. Pixar takes what could have been a crass grab on the emotional strings and turns it into a humorous, wonderful ode to the stuff that makes us human by delving inside the psyche of a teenage girl (or, at one point, cats). But just don’t worry: you’ll be crying throughout, but many of those tears will be from hilarity.
Toy story 3 (2010)
Typically, sequels aren’t as fantastic as the first, but that’s not the scenario with the Toy Story franchise, which appears to have consistently improved onto its core with remarkable success. While not as profound as Toy Story 4, this melancholy movie sequel explores what it means to grow up and confront one’s own death. The last 15 minutes might well be Pixar at its most profoundly evocative… which is saying a lot.
Cinderella is most likely one of the most patient Disney princesses. Notwithstanding her terrible luck, she holds out hope, although when her evil stepmother and half-sisters give her a race for her wealth. The teenage girl, however, has the last chuckle when her fairy godmother assists her in reuniting with a prince charming at the ball. This one will be replayed quicker than you can say ‘bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!’
The Little Mermaid (1989)
This Hans Christian Andersen version, another stone-cold Renaissance classic, was deep-sea exploring well before Nemo got lost. Ariel, the melodic mermaid, yearns for a pair of legs. She is desperate to experience life outside sea, and a malevolent sea urchent named Ursula grants her request. Nevertheless, she imposes a few restrictions and has her sights set on snatching Ariel’s beautiful singing talent, so what happens on ground isn’t always all joy and fun.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The live-action movie starring Angelina Jolie may have calmed the horned princess a little, but her cartoon version stays the pinnacle of cartoon villains. This masterpiece is one of Disney show’s most lovingly rendered successes, signifying a significant advancement in the visuals while establishing the Mouse House’s reputation as the go-to spot for fantasy heroines.
The Lady and the Tramp (1955)
In this captivating canine tale, a cultured cocker spaniel and a pup from the opposite side of the spectrum form a relationship. We’ll still drool over the legendary spaghetti-slurping moment in between two dog generations hence.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Disney pulled off a final and a first with this version of The Frog Prince: it’s the movie’s final hand-drawn animation and was the first to include a Black heroine. But, comparisons apart, The Princess and the Frog is a delight, blending New Orleans jazz with exhilarating river-based expedition, compelling characters, and one of Disney’s darker antagonists. It marked the turning point and the beginning of a new era and it is still regarded as one of Disney’s most underappreciated attempts.
Amy Adams appears as a royal soprano who is seized into the real world in a quirky, satirical spin on the Disney Princess archetype. The fish-out-of-water humor is brilliant, as Princess Giselle discovers that New York isn’t the kind of realm she’s accustomed to. Plus points for including erstwhile Elsa Idina Menzel in a minimal role and Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, the storyteller.
In this contemporary reimagining of Rapunzel, we find our heroine trapped in a building with no way out, and naturally, extra-long locks right out of a beauty ad. She’s nearly lost all hope of ever leaving the tower…until a prince charming appears. Disney is entering a new era, but its farcical humor and crowd-pleasing tunes make the connection between classic fairy stories and contemporary perceptions.
Peter Pan (1953)
Wendy and her two brothers seem to be living a fantasy of never-ending youth. Whenever the mythical Peter Pan and Tinkerbell fly into their house, they are instantly captivated as they debate the eternal youth they acquired in Neverland. It’s only logical for Wendy and company to want to see what all the fuss is about. When they do, things go south for the worse, owing primarily to Captain Hook.
Judy Hopps wishes to enter the military and abandons her farms and parents to pursue her ambition in the buzzing metropolis Zootopia. She is not taken seriously by her colleagues because she is the only bunny in the team. Judy chooses to take on a missing person reports case to prove herself after becoming sick of writing out parking citations. When she enrolls the reluctant assistance of con man Nick Wilde, the two find themselves in trouble down a rabbit hole of clues, scandals, near misses… and unexpectedly complex comments on prejudice.
Mulan isn’t going to let something get in her path. She is concerned that her sickly dad will be compelled to join the armed forces. That’s when she decides to go incognito as a male — a highly illegal behavior. There is some romanticism along the way, in classic Disney fashion, but this is also a spectacular instance of the wonders old-school Disney could produce when working in performance mode.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer of Hamilton and Moana, has written a selection of songs for Disney’s newest, which is a bright celebration of family. Mirabel, a young girl battling with the knowledge that she is the only ‘normal’ part of a family brimming with supernatural skills, is the protagonist of the story. The video is a burst of color as well as a triumph of uniqueness, set in verdant Colombia and starring loving capybaras.
The Parent Trap (1998)
It just took one summertime to potentially ruin Nick and Elizabeth’s plan. After a violent divorce, the two choose to go their separate ways, splitting their twin girls in the process. Who would have guessed that 11 years down the line, the girls would reunite at a sleep away camp? When the red-headed girls discover their families’ past, they create their personal scheme to swap places. Will their endeavors bear fruit in the form of a joyful reunion?
Raya and the Last Dragon (2020)
Dragons existed for a long time, but not any longer. This is the preliminary stage for a joyous quest that introduces Disney’s first-ever south-east Asian heroine, Raya, and sends her on a quest to restore harmony to a kingdom torn apart by truly nasty vibrations. Along for the voyage is feisty dragon Sisu, voiced by Awkwafina in one of the most fun vocal performances since Sarah Silverman’s helium-powered Vanellope von Schweetz in Wreck-It Ralph.
Pete’s Dragon (2016)
The majority of Disney’s live-action remakes have been poor facsimiles of the original versions. However, Pete’s Dragon greatly enhances on the mediocre version, foregoing the orchestral moments in favor of a more emotional look at the adventures of an orphan and his dragon buddy. Surprisingly, this hails from David Lowery, the director of The Green Knight and A Ghost Story, two distinctly mature pictures whose aesthetic ingenuity and emotional depth seem well suited to this Disney reimagining.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Lewis Carroll’s cruiser and intriguing story of a dreaming little girl plunging down the rabbit hole into a realm of talkative insects, grumpy princesses, and concerned rabbits was classic Disney before Tim Burton turned it into a billion dollar live-action catastrophe. The tale is a touch episodic – that’s to be expected – but it’s still a stunner that exposes something new and magnificent in every shot.
This fusion of imagination and orchestral music is what propelled Mickey to fame. Fantasia is regarded as one of Disney’s most innovative films, and it stars our beloved mouse as a trickster who can’t really get it perfectly. Be alerted: While the 1940s film is unquestionably a masterpiece, some of its scarier scenes may be too much for the little ones to take.
Hercules tells the narrative of a teenage boy who is half human and half god, with a tribute to Greek myth and a track filled with gospel-tinged bangers. This results in his losing his eternity, but if he rises to the occasion, he can reclaim it and earn a position among the gods of Mount Olympus. This is late-period Disney at its strangest, a rare underappreciated picture from the world’s largest corporation.