As the old saying goes, Disney is for both the young and the young at heart. Although the studio continues to deliver great new movies for the kids of today, kids of days past still have fond memories of their days spent watching the movies that the studio used to make. Now, with the advent of Disney+, watching those beloved classics is easier than ever.
Because your favorite Disney movies are so wrapped up in what you loved as a kid, everyone’s list is going to be different. And, now that Disney owns mega properties like Marvel and Star Wars, the roster of available movies continues to grow. You might not agree with this list, and there are plenty of great Disney movies not on it, but if you’re looking for some other options, we also have a list of the best Disney+ movies to stream right now.
This is the only live-action film on this list and choosing it was not an easy decision. The Greatest Game Ever Played is a golf movie, but it’s also a look into the history of the sport. The story follows a young, working-class boy named Francis Ouimet (Shia Labeouf) as he tries to make his dream of becoming a golf champion a reality. Though it’s primarily a drama, there are bits of humor and action sprinkled in throughout and it’s a live-action entry that showcases what Disney was always great at in this format: making something inspirational that never feels too saccharine for its own good.
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I was born in the ’90s, so naturally, Aladdin had to take the top spot on this list. While you could argue that the only reason this movie is so great is Robin Williams, there’s plenty of other elements that have earned it its place. With magic, fighting, and a rags-to-riches main character, Aladdin is more than just a diamond in the rough. The songs from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken are some of the best in the Disney canon, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a song catchier than “Friend Like Me” even if Williams improvs his way through most of it.
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