Finally, the Disney films that I was physically on this earth for at the time(s) of release. The 90’s were a huge decade for Disney, in which some top-notch live-action movies were released alongside some of the most iconic Disney animated films. As there were so many 90’s films (67 – compared to 28 in the 1980’s), I’ve decided to expand the list from top 5 to top 10. I’ve also excluded all Pixar films from the list, too, and my top Pixar films list can be found HERE.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 Disney movies of the 1990’s:
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Charles Dickens, The Muppets, Michael Caine, what’s not to love? I hadn’t actually seen this film as a kid – growing up Jewish meant that I’d missed out on a few of the top Christmas films – but I watched it recently and was pretty impressed.
I like this film a lot. The fact that it’s the 9th best 90’s movie speaks volumes to the sheer, well, volume, and quality, of movies in the 90’s. This film wasn’t received incredibly well by critics, and there were more than a few blunders with casting that just don’t fly when re-watching. I’m really excited to see the deservedly diverse live-action Mulan, and I hope that it improves on the original.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton. Danny Elfman. Stop-Motion blended with animation. Terrifyingly creepy characters. It’s… Corpse Bri—-nope. There’s a lot about this film that makes it pretty special, although I’m probably not the only person in the world that mixes this film up with Corpse Bride.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
This film is great in many ways, particularly it’s messages about appearances. It has some great characters, a great villain, and some pretty catchy songs, too.
- Cool Runnings (1993)
This is one of the most catch-phrase worthy films of the 90s, for sure. Cool Runnings is such an inspirational story, and it’s absolutely hilarious too. Great performances fuse with a pretty incredible true story to make one of the most iconic movies of the 1990’s.
- Tarzan (1999)
Alongside being essentially the Phil Collins project, this film had some great original characters, some pretty impressive animation, and is an overall good-quality film.
4. Aladdin (1992)
Does much need to be said about Aladdin? I’d warn Guy Richie not to adapt it, but I suppose that’s far too little too late. I adore this film, and I’m looking forward to watching the stage production on Disney + soon.
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
This is a tale as old as time. This film has elements of comedy, horror, drama and action, and fuses it all together to make you genuinely invested in one of the most unconventional love stories ever made.
- Hercules (1994)
I debated putting this as my number one film, as I absolutely adore Hercules. It’s the movie that got me into Greek mythology, and it’s the movie that got me into the music of the phenomenal Michael Bolton. It’s so iconic, with memorable characters aplently, but I still don’t know wether my favourite is Hercules or Phil. Regardless, this is one of the greatest Disney movies, not just of the 90’s, but of all time.
The Greatest Disney Movie of the 1990’s: The Lion King (1994)
Anyone who has been following my blog recently will have seen that The Lion King found a place in my top ten films of all-time. It would be rude not to put it to the top of this list, too. This film is incredibly tragic, yet heart-warming, life-affirming and very creative. Many different types of animals were studied and then characterised to create some world-class characters, and Scar is hands-down one of the most evil Disney villains of all-time. For more on my thoughts on The Lion King, click HERE.
So, there we have it. Joe Blogs Film’s top 10 Disney Movies of the 1990’s. What are your top picks for the 90’s? Let me know by commenting below!