Top 20 Animated Films

By Jackie Raphael

1. Aladdin (1992) – One of the few Disney films to be focused on a male lead. He also happens to be the most attractive animated character of all time. The film has so much heart and although it is an overly stereotypical representation of the Middle East, it was one of the first to show cultural diversity in the Disney world. 

2. The Lion King (1994) – While I get sad every time I watch this film, it is deeply moving and has one of the best soundtracks of all time.

3. Shrek (2001) – A clever parody with a lot of laughs. Eddie Murphy steals the show as Donkey.

4. Frozen (2013) – One of the first Disney films to explore an in-depth love triangle, but more importantly focus on the love of sisters. Of course, it also has a great soundtrack.

5. Anastasia (1997) – People often mistake this as a Disney film, as it is stylistically similar. Inspired by the real Russian royal family, this film tells the mythical story of Anastasia surviving the execution of the Romanov family and her journey to return home.  

6. The Little Mermaid (1989) – A beautiful story about impossible love becoming possible. Ursula is a terrifying villain.

7. Cinderella (1950) – There is a reason this classic story has been told in so many different forms over the years. Although there are some ugly stepsisters, it is a beautiful love story.

8. Finding Nemo (2003) – A wonderful father and son story, but the hilarious and forgetful Dory, played by Ellen DeGeneres, steals the show.

9. Beauty and the Beast (1991)  - How could a woman not fall in love with a beast after she sees his library? It is interesting to see a male lead who is so flawed rather than a stereotypical dashing prince. 

10. Toy Story (1995) – A film about friendship and nostalgia that beautifully personifies toys and is very emotional. 

11. Inside Out (2015) – A unique and layered story that is both heartbreaking and uplifting. It will also leave you reflecting on your range of emotions. 

12. Zootopia (2016) – The sloth scene is the most memorable part of this fun animation. The film also encourages diversity.

13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – A film about jealousy, friendship and love. While she is perhaps too much of a damsel in distress in the original film, there have been many adaptations that have strengthened her character.

14. A Bugs Life (1998) – A sweet story that makes you think about all the little creatures around us.

15. Pocahontas (1995) – One of the stronger female leads in the Disney franchise. This film discusses issues including racism and sexism.

16. Mulan (1998) – Also a strong female lead who rebels against cultural traditions. Unlike other Disney films, the love story is quite secondary to the main plot about family, respect and comradery.

17. 101 Dalmatians (1961) – I think everyone wants a pet dalmation after watching this film, although hopefully not for the same reason as the villain, Cruella De Vil.

18. The Jungle Book (1967) – I actually prefer the 2016 adaptation directed by Jon Favreau, but this film is a beautiful story that explores themes of friendship and family through a heroic adventure.  

19. Pinocchio (1940) – A classic story that teaches children about the importance of honesty.

20. Bambi (1942) – So sad I could barely include it on the list. However, the animation of these gorgeous animals is so adorable!