Best Disney Movies of All Time

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25. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
> Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
> Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley
> Domestic box office gross: $51.6 million

This Disney animated classic tells the story of Princess Aurora (Mary Costa), who is cast into an unending sleep by the evil fairy Maleficent (Eleanor Audley). Only Prince Philip (Bill Shirley) can break the spell, but he must defeat Maleficent first. “Sleeping Beauty” had a production budget of $6 million, making it the most expensive animated film ever at the time.

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24. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
> Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
> Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
> Domestic box office gross: $408.1 million

“Captain America: Civil War” is a high-action affair that finds Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America squaring off with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man in a dispute over the Avengers’ future. Since its release, the film has grossed an epic $1.15 billion worldwide, and it has a 91% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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23. Finding Nemo (2003)
> Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
> Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
> Domestic box office gross: $380.8 million

“Finding Nemo” was the No. 1 box office earner during its opening weekend in 2003, and it remains a Disney/Pixar favorite with a 99% Freshness rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Albert Brooks voices the film’s lead character, a clownfish named Marlin. When his son Nemo disappears in the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin and his royal blue tang friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) stretch their limits to find the youngster.

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22. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
> Directed by: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson
> Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne
> Domestic box office gross: $184.9 million

The film that paved the way for Disney’s future groundbreaking work, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” took three years and $1.5 million to finish. This was an unimaginable sum for an animated film in the 1930s, but the studio saw a massive return on the investment, and critics hailed the film as an achievement. A New York Daily News reviewer at an early screening wrote: “The entire audience seemed to fall under the magic spell which Walt Disney and his staff of clever magicians wove with great artistry on the screen.”

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21. Pinocchio (1940)
> Directed by: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson
> Starring: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Jack Bailey
> Domestic box office gross: $84.3 million

“Pinocchio” was the second animated feature release from Walt Disney Productions following the success of 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” It tells the story of a partially animate puppet (Dickie Jones) who can only become a real boy by adhering to a strict moral code. It was the first animated film to win competitive Academy Awards in 1941, taking the prizes for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.