100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Country: USA
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Screenwriter: Linda Woolverton
Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Michael Pierce

Disney's own version of La Belle et la Bete was the first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and—we suspect without doing much research on the topic—the first film to play at bestiality to be nominated for that award as well.

The G-rated take on the classic fairy tale tells the story of a selfish prince-turned-beast who is cursed by an enchantress for his vanity. To turn him and his castle full of workers back into humans again, he must earn the love of a beautiful woman. Enter: Belle, a kinda feminist (by Disney standards) badass who's well-read, self-sufficient, and with standards high enough that she doesn't fall for the town's brain-dead pretty boy. Instead, she's into the wounded monster of man who challenges her and treats her with respect. That said, he's still pretty much a buffalo on two legs. —TA

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