The Disney films that bewitched us all as children are of timeless beauty. Especially the old Disney movies have wonderfully created animalistic characters, valuable life lessons and musical masterpieces. There is a broad selection to choose from, which are the best Classic Disney movies?
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Classic Disney Movies – Top 10 Disney Original Movies
15. Dumbo (1941)
The lovely elephant with the huge ears is being bullied. One of the old Disney movies with a rather simple and often very sad story. Will Dumbo overcome his problems with the help of Timothy Q. Mouse?
14. Bambi (1942)
Watch the cute white-tailed deer grow up and save the forest from some evil hunters…
13. Mulan (1998)
Quite unusural Disney film, not using animals as characters for once. Instead the Chinese culture is depicted, when a girl tries to save her father from death in the army by pretending to be a man and taking his place. With her courage and cleverness she stands her ground and suddenly even has to save the Chinese empire. Will she succeed?
12. Tarzan (1999)
One of the most famous Disney original movies. The story of the little boy growing up among gorillas and falling in love with Jane…brought to life in beautiful animated pictures.
11. The Aristocats (1970)
An old rich lady loves her cats so much that she puts them in her will and wants to bequeath them everything she has. Her butler doesn`t like that at all and abandons them. Now the cats have to find a way back home. Doesn`t sound that great, but as usual it`s a heartwarming story with nice musical elements. One of the classic Disney movies.
10. Robin Hood (1973)
The well known story of Robin Hood -king of thieves- transferred into the animal kingdom with Robin as a fox. This is one of the very old Disney movies already, from 1973 actually, but it has not lost its magic. The story is great and the animals just fit into the roles. Disney Original movies in general are still very suitable especially for children.
9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The deformed but likeable Quasimodo fights for acceptance and the beautiful Esmeralda in a Disney film with darker tones than usual.
8. One hundred and one Dalmatians (1961)
One of THE classic Disney movies about quite a lot cute puppies that need to be saved from the evil Cruella de Vil.
7. Aladinn (1992)
The most successful movie of 1992 features a story from the Arabian folktale “One Thousand and One Nights”. When urchin Aladinn finds a magic lamp with a wish-fulfilling Genie in it, his whole life is turned around and a great adventure starts…
6. Pocahontas (1995)
The Disney hit from 1995 features a love story between indian princess Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, who belongs to a fleet of British invaders. Beautiful music of course included, music tip “Listen with your heart”! Certainly one of the best Disney movies of all time.
5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Now we are entering the Top 5 Disney movies with this well-known story about a terrifying beast that needs to find real love if he wants to transform back into the Prince he really is. His only chance to break the magic spell is the beautiful Belle, who unfortunately only enters the castle because the Beast has imprisoned her father. Not the best start I`d say…
4. Duck Tales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp (1990)
My favourite comic books are about Scrooge McDuck and his clever nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. That is why I also loved their hunt for the lost lamp, which seems losely based on “Indiana Jones – Raiders of the lost ark”. However, a great movie for the little adventurer in all of us.
3. The Little Mermaid (1989)
Arielle the little mermaid is certainly one of the most famous Disney characters. Here she struggles because she falls in love with a human guy and wants to get rid of her tail to get closer to him. For this she risks a pact with an evil witch. This is one of the classic Disney movies with great characters like Sebastian the crab and awesome music pieces.
2. The Jungle book (1967)
Little boy Mowgli is raised by wolfes in the jungle and befriends himself with panther Bagheera and Balu the bear. It`s getting dangerous when he is threatened by python Kaa and tiger Shere Kaan. What a classic, the old Disney movies are still the best!
1. The Lion King (1994)
I was never in doubt that this one has to be the best of the best Disney movies ever. I watched it many times and am always in awe, how it is possible that a drawn lion baby face can make me cry. Because thats what happens, when Simba loses his father. So here we have the greatest characters of all the Disney movies (Simba, Timon, Pumba, Scar etc.), the most emotional epic story ever, the best songs (Can you feel the love tonight, The circle of life, Hakuna Matata etc.) and a fantastic setting in Africa. One of my favourite movies of all times, not just of the animated ones…pure Disney magic!
I hope you liked the Top 10 ranking of Disney films. If you think, some other Classic Disney movies should be in there, feel free to share!