America’s 20 Favorite Classic Disney Movies, Ranked

Simba is king of everything the light touches, including this list.
Simba is king of everything the light touches, including this list.
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Between last year’s launch of Disney+ and the influx of live-action remakes in recent years, there’s no shortage of buzz surrounding the animated Disney classics that have captivated kids for decades. You might have an especially worn-down VHS copy of The Little Mermaid or Robin Hood to prove which one was the favorite in your household, but how do your own opinions measure up to those of Disney enthusiasts across the nation?

To find out which films are the most popular overall, UK-based retailer OnBuy.com used data from analytics tool Ahrefs to see which ones are the most searched-for online. Based on average monthly search volume, 1994’s The Lion King is the leader of the Disney classics pack, with Aladdin (1992) and Beauty and the Beast (1991) rounding out the top three. It’s worth noting that all three of those films have gotten the live-action treatment within the past few years—The Lion King and Aladdin were both released in 2019, and the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast hit theaters in 2017—which could have contributed to a resurgence of interest in their source material.

While those three were all created in the 1990s, plenty of older films also made the list, including 1950’s Cinderella, 1941’s Dumbo, and even Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1937. If you’re thinking 2013’s Frozen is suspiciously absent below, that’s because it’s not quite old enough to be considered a classic; OnBuy.com only included films released before 2000. Lilo & Stitch (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), The Princess and the Frog (2009), and Tangled (2010) all missed that cut-off, too.

Read on for the full list of movies (and the corresponding stats for average monthly search volume), and relive your own favorites with a free seven-day trial of Disney+ here.

  1. The Lion King (1994) // 94,000
  1. Aladdin (1992) // 69,000
  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991) // 36,000
  1. Cinderella (1950) // 19,000
  1. Tarzan (1999) // 19,000
  1. Hercules (1997) // 18,000
  1. Dumbo (1941) // 16,000
  1. The Jungle Book (1967) // 15,000
  1. Alice in Wonderland (1951) // 13,000
  1. Pocahontas (1995) // 13,000
  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) // 10,000
  1. Peter Pan (1953) // 10,000
  1. Fantasia (1940) // 8100
  1. Robin Hood (1973) // 8100
  1. Pinocchio (1940) // 7300
  1. Sleeping Beauty (1959) // 6200
  1. Bambi (1942) // 5500
  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) // 4300
  1. Mulan (1992) // 4200
  1. The Little Mermaid (1989) // 3100

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Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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25 Classic TV Series Audiences Most Want to See Make a Comeback

Will the iconic cast of The Office reunite in the future? Fans hope so.
Will the iconic cast of The Office reunite in the future? Fans hope so.
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There’s definitely no shortage of new television shows to watch these days, but the recent slew of series revivals offers nostalgists the unique opportunity to catch up with their favorite fictional characters without streaming reruns on a loop.

So which TV shows are viewers most eager to see return to screens? To find out, UK-based digital retailer OnBuy analyzed Google search data for a variety of classic series—paired with terms like reunion, new series, and new season—and ranked them in order of average monthly search volume.

Reunion specials or spin-off series have already been announced for some of the shows on the list, so fans could be looking for the latest update on production status or premiere date. For the nearly 90,000 people googling for information about the highly anticipated Friends reunion, which tops the list, we have great news: Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and the rest of the gang will reportedly film it this summer. Game of Thrones came in a not-so-close second, with an average monthly search volume of almost 34,000; there’s been quite a bit of talk surrounding HBO’s alleged four prequel shows for George R.R. Martin’s series, but it looks like the earliest we’ll get to see one is 2022.

Other series on the list have already made comebacks, but some of them left a few loose ends untied or open to interpretation—Gilmore Girls and Twin Peaks, for example—giving audiences a reason to hope there might be yet another season on the way.

And then, of course, there are plenty of perpetually popular shows that still haven’t been (and might never be) rebooted. Steve Carell has said in the past that a revival of The Office, fifth on the list, is a bad idea, and creator Greg Daniels thinks it’s highly unlikely.

See the top 25 list below, and pass the time while you’re waiting for your favorite show to return to TV with these 50 great series to binge-watch.

  1. Friends // 88,390
  1. Game of Thrones // 33,880
  1. Dallas // 24,760
  1. Criminal Minds // 13,620
  1. The Office // 5210
  1. Orange Is the New Black // 3750
  1. Breaking Bad // 3430
  1. Seinfeld // 3120
  1. Gilmore Girls // 2700
  1. Roseanne // 2310
  1. One Tree Hill // 2110
  1. Veep // 1990
  1. Modern Family // 1980
  1. Twin Peaks // 1810
  1. House of Cards // 1710
  1. Gossip Girl // 1360
  1. Cheers // 710
  1. Happy Days // 670
  1. Frasier // 560
  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer // 530
  1. Mad Men // 510
  1. ER // 360
  1. The Big Bang Theory // 320
  1. How I Met Your Mother // 310
  1. The Wire // 300

[h/t OnBuy]