Best Animated Movies on Disney For Your Movie Night

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Written By Kelsey Waddell

Kelsey Waddell is a freelance writer living in Virginia. She's a fan of science fiction, Iron Chef, and anything with a musical number and a happy ending.

When it comes to animated films, Disney is the GOAT. There are so many incredible classics and new favorites on this platform that choosing the best film for your family movie night can be tricky!

Let us make your decision a little easier. Using IMDb scores, we’ve curated a list of the top ten animated movies on Disney+. Press play on one of these winners!

The Lion King (1993)

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“Best Animated Movie on Disney+” is a coveted spot! According to IMDb, The Lion King takes its well-deserved place at the top of this list. This timeless classic follows the journey of a young lion prince named Simba, who is exiled from his pride by his treacherous uncle Scar. Simba spends his growing-up years with Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and warthog duo who try to help him live a worry-free life. However, he soon must confront his haunting past and make a pivotal decision – to embrace his true identity and reclaim his rightful place as king or continue to live as an outcast.

Coco (2017)

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Young Miguel, the hero of Coco, dreams of being a musician, but his family has instated a generations-long ban on all music. In pursuit of his dream and searching for answers about his family’s past, Miguel travels to the Land of the Dead, where he meets mischievous Hector. Together, the two try to unlock the secret of Miguel’s family history.

WALL·E (2008)

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In WALL·E, the titular character is a garbage-collecting robot who has been left on Earth, trying to clean up apocalyptic heaps of trash long after humans abandoned the planet. After 700 years alone, a new robot named EVE arrives on Earth, and WALL-E is charmed. He stows away on her ship when she leaves, and that’s when his adventure begins.

Toy Story (1995)

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Toy Story, a beloved animated gem available on Disney+, follows the endearing journey of Andy’s toys, led by Woody, as they navigate the arrival of the space ranger Buzz Lightyear on Andy’s birthday. Fearing he might be replaced, Woody initially plots against Buzz, but fate intervenes, and they soon find themselves away from their owner. They must work together to return home before Andy’s family moves, separating the toys from their owner forever.

Up (2009) 

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Carl Fredricksen is a curmudgeonly elderly widower whose life takes an unexpected turn when a property developer tries to force him out of his home. Carl isn’t willing to leave his home, so instead, he and his house take a flight to the South American wilderness tied to thousands of balloons. Along with a boy scout named Russell, a talking dog, and a surprising villain, Carl finds the adventure of his lifetime.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Woody, Buzz, and the gang are back in Toy Story 3, a heartfelt animated film that tugs at the heartstrings of those of us who were children when the franchise began. Years have passed, and none of Andy’s toys have been played with in ages. When Andy prepares to go to college, the toys are accidentally donated to a daycare center. They must band together to escape and get back to Andy- but what fate will await them now that Andy is too old for toys?

Ratatouille (2007)

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Ratatouille, one of Disney+’s top-rated animated movies according to IMDb, serves up the tale of Remy, a rat with culinary aspirations. When fate leads him to a famous Parisian restaurant, Remy teams up with Linguini, a kitchen novice, to create culinary masterpieces that defy expectations and ignite a delectable adventure of flavors and friendship. With its heartwarming story, charming characters, and mouthwatering visuals, Ratatouille has earned its spot as a beloved favorite among audiences and critics alike.

Soul (2020)

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Soul takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey with Joe Gardner, a passionate middle school teacher and jazz enthusiast. When a twist of fate separates his soul from his body, Joe finds himself in the You Seminar, a realm where souls develop and find their purpose. With the help of 22, a soul with a unique perspective on life, Joe embarks on an extraordinary adventure to reunite with his body and discover the true meaning of living life to the fullest.

Finding Nemo (2003)

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Nemo has lived in the Great Barrier Reef under the watchful eye of his over-protective father, Marlin, for his whole life. When Nemo is captured by a fisherman and carried to a dentist’s office aquarium, his father embarks on a quest to save him. Along the way, Marlin befriends a forgetful fish named Dory and encounters sea creatures, from sharks to sea turtles. Over the course of the adventure, Marlin learns how brave he can be and how capable his son is.

Monsters, Inc (2001)

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Monster’s Inc takes viewers into the hilarious world of Monstropolis, where monsters generate power by scaring children. The film follows an unstoppable scare team, Sulley and Mike, who encounter a young girl named Boo when she accidentally stumbles into their world. There’s just one problem: monsters believe that children are toxic! Hilarity ensues as the two monsters hurry to get Boo back home before she is discovered.

The 10 Best Movies on Disney+ This Month According to IMDb

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Overwhelmed by options when you open your Disney+ app? Don’t worry, there may be tons of movies on this popular streaming platform, but we can guide you to the very best options! Check out our up-to-date list of the best movies on Disney+ this month, as ranked by IMDb score. From family favorites to action classics, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing movie night with these picks!

Thrills Galore: Best Action & Adventure Movies on Disney+

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Buckle up for endless thrills! As the home of action-packed franchises like The Avengers, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars, Disney+ has no shortage of options for a thrilling movie night. Don’t get lost in the options; check out our guide to the best action and adventure movies on Disney+, as ranked by IMDb score.

Unleash the Laughter: Best Comedy Films on Disney+

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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll laugh until you cry while watching these top-rated comedy films on Disney+. These family favorites are just as heartwarming as they are hilarious, and there’s no doubt that they’re a delight for adults and kids alike. Take a look at our list and watch (or re-watch!) one of these side-splitters.