Pixar visual magic + a life lesson storyline = favorite Disney moment. When a wayward Lightning McQueen gets sidetracked in Radiator Springs, he gains more than a few friends. His journey to find true friendship and family culminates in the Piston Cup’s final lap. With support from Doc Hudson, Mater and pals, McQueen realizes “it’s only an empty cup.”

Fun fact: Cars is Paul Newman’s final film. Newman, an ardent auto racing fan, had never lent his voice to any animated film until the Pixar classic, and was ultimately his final film before his passing in 2008.