10 Most Popular Disney Movies

Monday, February 7 by Shawn Lealos

The 10 most popular Disney movies runs the gamut from animated classics to wild action adventures. The Disney animated classics include princess movies and boy’s adventure tales while Disney TV and theme parks also provide a backdrop for the company’s special form of family entertainment.

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – Walt Disney’s first feature length animated movie remains one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. Snow White set the template for the Disney Princess movie as a princess goes into hiding when her stepmother orders her murder.
  2. “Pinocchio” – “Pinocchio” remains one of the most popular Disney movies and is one of the best fairy tale movies ever made. The movie presents an old woodworker who makes a puppet and, when he wishes on a falling star, the puppet becomes a real boy. The movie won two Academy Awards.
  3. “Fantasia” – This animated movie features various segments comprising of the whole movie, one of the most popular Disney movies ever made. The movie is based around classical music selections, the most popular being “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” It spawned a sequel, “Fantasia 2000.”
  4. “The Jungle Book” – Based on the novel of the same name, this remains one of the most popular Disney movies ever made. The movie follows a young boy who is found by a panther, who raises him as one of her own pups. When the boy grows older, he must choose between his animal family and living with fellow humans.
  5. “The Little Mermaid” – This retelling of the classical Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale is one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. The movie helped re-launch Disney as a successful animation studio after years of lackluster releases. The movie is about a mermaid princess who wants to know what it is like to be human.
  6. “Beauty and the Beast” – This Disney animated film is one of many adaptations of the classic fairy tale and remains one of the most popular Disney movies ever made. “Beauty and the Beast” was the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  7. “Aladdin” – This Disney film tells a story from the “Arabian Nights” and remains one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. Robin Williams lends his voice as the Genie in a Bottle who grants a young street kid named Aladdin three wishes. The movie won two Academy Awards, one for score and the other for original music.
  8. “The Lion King” – This movie is a variation of the Shakespeare story of “Hamlet,” as a young cub must gain revenge on his evil uncle for killing his father, the King. One of the most popular Disney movies ever made, the movie was the highest grossing animated movie ever at the time of its release.
  9. “Pirates of the Caribbean” – Disney made a successful transition into the summer blockbusters with this movie series, based on the Disney theme park ride. One of the most popular Disney movies ever, the films starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, an outlaw pirate who finds himself on the search for great treasure.
  10. “High School Musical” – One of the most popular Disney movies ever made, “High School Musical” began life as a made-for-TV movie before becoming a theatrical sensation by the third film in the franchise. The series remains one of the most successful Disney franchises in television history.
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