Whether you see Disney as a mostly benevolent imagination factory or an evil corporation bent on world domination, no one can deny that it is responsible for the vast majority of the greatest animated movies of all time. Since changing the game with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, the company has turned out nearly a century’s worth of cartoon bangers – many of which can now be found on the treasure trove that is Disney+.
But that’s not to say everything the House of Mouse has produced is worth revisiting. Its long history is marked with insanely high peaks and some very low valleys. For every classic that instantly transports you back to childhood, there’s at least five direct-to-video sequels and needless remakes, alongside outright failures that should probably stay locked in the vault.
To help you separate the Wall-Es and Dumbos from the Mars Need Moms-es and (oh God) Songs of the Souths, we dove deep into the Disney catalogue and rounded up 50 can’t-miss picks for your family movie night. From the Golden Age to the Renaissance to Pixar, these are the absolute best Disney movies ever.
✍ The 100 best animated films of all-time
👪 The 50 best kids movies to watch as a family
🤣 The best family comedy movies
🦄 The 50 best fantasy movies of all-time