Mirror, mirror, on the wall - which is the greatest Disney film of all?

A new study of Disney films has determined that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the most successful of the beloved studio's almost century-long output, from the old, classic fairy tales to the new live-action remakes.

The study, by PlayLikeMum, took a data dive into over 190 Disney movies to see just how successful they are, utlising the likes of critic scores and box office takings to rank each film.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released way back in 1937. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length, hand-drawn animated feature film and the earliest Disney animated feature film.

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The popularity of the movie was immediate and led to its being re-released theatrically many times, until its home video release in the 1990s. Nominated for Best Musical Score at the Academy Awards in 1938, and the next year, producer Walt Disney was awarded an honorary Oscar for the film.

This award was unique, consisting of one normal-sized, plus seven miniature Oscar statuettes.

Runner-up in the Disney Top Ten is the relatively adult-themed Fantasia, which is followed by 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Pinocchio and Mary Poppins. In terms of live action Disney movies, that makes Mary Poppins number one in that particular category.

At the other end of the scale, Man of the House (no, me neither) was deemed the least successful Disney film, followed by Underdog and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

The ten most successful Disney movies

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


101 Dalmatians (1961)

The Lion King (1994)


Mary Poppins

Sleeping Beauty


Finding Nemo

Toy Story 3

The ten least successful Disney movies

Man of the House


The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

College Road Trip

Snow Dogs

The Country Bears

My Favorite Martian

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Old Dogs

Mr Magoo