While accumulating the best content for their audience, online streaming platforms often try to find other levers to aid their growth. “Netflix and chill” have now become a social activity, and the significance of becoming a defining element in global culture cannot be underestimated. While Disney has forever held a place in popular culture, Disney Plus as a platform pulls its weight with the selection of great movies. We took the dive into the rabbit hole to find the best movies on Disney Plus amidst the sea of options. We’re happy to put together this compilation of the best Disney Plus movies - for you to look at and pick something that matches your mood. Enjoy!
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
A reboot of the original show was very much in due, so the release of Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers was well-timed this year. Decades after their time in the limelight was canceled, Chip and Dale need to put their issues behind them, come together, put on their Rescue Ranger hats and rescue their old friend from the glory days. John Mulaney and Andy Samberg make the commentary between the leads seem effortlessly funny while giving it a satirical angle on today’s culture. The movie is sweet, silly and the perfect way to spend an evening on the couch.
“Welcome to the Arctic. One of the harshest and most breathtaking places in the world.” The introduction to this documentary is stunning but could only be trumped by the story of the polar bear and her cubs. Polar Bear follows the daily adventures of the polar bear and her cubs as she teaches them how to live and thrive in one of the world’s most extreme environments. The effects of climate change are portrayed throughout the 85-minute runtime, but you cannot help your jaw drop at the majestic footage of the Arctic. With this magnificent animal as its subject, the movie truly is a spectacle to behold.
Explorer: The Last Tepui
A part of the Explorer series by Disney+, Explorer: The Last Tepui positions itself to capture elite climber Alex Honnold’s climb up a sheer cliff or Tepui, also known as “an island in the sky”. Located in the Amazon jungle, Honnold’s latest adventure is part of Dr. Means’ life mission to find and record animal species that are yet to be discovered and recorded. In all fairness, we think you should just watch this. No preparation can stop you from being astounded by the footage. The movie will make you feel alive and, on an adventure, right from your armchair.
OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u
Ever wondered where the SOUR album by Olivia Rodrigo found its roots? Join her on a journey back to the land that shot her to fame in OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u. Audiences are immersed in a trip to Salt Lake City, her memories around the time she began creating the album, and what it feels like to be her in the current times. We also see her exploring different variations of her songs and the struggles an artist faces until she makes it. This movie will rekindle your love for Olivia and inspire you to find happiness in the present day.
Turning Red is 100 minutes of pure fun, packed with a lot of heart to show about a child's life during adolescence. The movie stars Mei Lee, a dork of a thirteen-year-old with a weird secret – she turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited! This condition is well-positioned at the time when she is confused about her changing interests, fascination with relationships and trying to live up to her mother’s standards. This movie is targeted at just kids – it's also aimed at parents to remind them of the chaos they created when they were young.
Isle of Dogs
The Isle of Dogs is easily one of our favorite animation adventure movies with a charming storyline. 12-year-old Atari ventures on a mission in search of his bodyguard-dog Spots in Trash Island. How did he end up there? All canine pets of Megasaki City, where Atari is from, are exiled to this island by executive decree. But when Atari lands on Trash Island, he isn’t left on his own – his new canine friends help him through an adventure that is a uniquely enchanting experience of its own. The characters are brought to life through the voices of stars like Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton and Scarlett Johansson, which adds to the magic.
West Side Story
West Side Story is a musical that has entrenched itself into our heads as an eternal classic. Steven Spielberg’s reimagination of this classic furthers the magic the musical already held. When Tony meets Maria at a high school dance, it's love at first sight. But little do they know that their romance becomes the aggravating factor between the Jets and the Sharks – the two rival street gangs of New York City. There’s little chance that you’ll end the movie without tears rolling down your eyes. West Side Story is a dazzling performance despite the familiar plot and numbers, delivered with great flair and heart.
Eternals was a much-awaited movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and when it came out, it sure left room for much imagination about the future of these legendary superheroes. Many names have been called the Eternals, but they are simply the strongest superheroes that ever existed on our planet. While they were living in secret for thousands of years, events post-Avengers: Endgame force them to come out of hiding and face the oldest enemies of humankind – the Deviants. The movie is an example of how the Marvel universe keeps finding new avenues to expand our imaginations, with stories that speak to who we are as human beings.
Free Solo is a documentary that celebrates the abundance of nature’s beauty and man’s mission to conquer the perilous thrills of indulging in games with nature. The film follows the exploits of Alex Honnold, famous for completing one of the world’s most absurd and thought to be humanly impossible tasks of free solo climbing the El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. Free Solo delivers a jaw-dropping impact on its viewers, as Alex aims to achieve the highest peak of mountaineering. While his feat takes center stage, there is no denying that the way the documentary is directed, with its precisely accurate sound editing and videography, leaves an impression on our minds long after the 100 minutes of this documentary are over.
This gem builds upon the original Disney villain character Cruella de Vil, who was a legend for two reasons – being notoriously rebellious and fashionable. Cruella is set in the 70s in London and follows the life of Estella, a grifter with a sense of fashion. But when her flair comes under the notice of Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend both adored and feared as a fashion icon, their relationship begins a chain reaction of events that cause Estella to accept the evil side of hers and become the fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. The extravagant outfits are well-paired with the stellar performances from Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, and it is a great movie to watch.
The Book of Life
The Book of Life offers the animated romantic comedy genre a refreshing perspective that is easily accepted and can be thoroughly enjoyed. The plot follows the lives of Manolo, Maria, and Joaquin, three childhood friends from the town of San Angel, as they grow up to pursue their dreams. Manolo and Joaquin are both infatuated with Maria, and each wants to spend the rest of their lives with her, but little do they know that their little mortal love triangle has piqued the interests of their deities and set for a divine wager. With the dash of magic and vibrant animations, this is a family-friendly movie that everyone can enjoy.
Disney has perfected the art of creating animated movies that can influence the cultures of generations. Enchanto is the newest addition to this genre. Set in the magical land of Enchanto, the movie focuses on the lives of the Madrigals, a family whose family members have all been blessed with unique gifts - except Mirabel. However, when the magic surrounding Enchanto is in danger, Mirabel is the only one who can save this magical place and her family. Mirabel’s journey brings together a heartwarming message as she discovers her unique gift. To cut this short: You should definitely add Enchanto to your watch list.
Zootopia is a movie of a genre of timeless classics that manages to make you laugh, cry, and think throughout its 108-minute-long screentime. Set in the city of Zootopia, a city for mammals to live and thrive, Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, and the expectations on her are not slight. But Judy isn’t ready to give up so easily and is determined to prove her mettle by solving a mysterious case that comes across her desk. But what makes this case even more difficult is her sidekick Nick Wilde, a fox without a care for her ambitions.
Edward Scissorhands is a story of acceptance, which is the underlying message implied in this romantic comedy starring Johnny Depp. Edward is not a normal human being but is created by a scientist, who passes away before he could finish his work on Edward. Edward is the kindest, gentlest person, but he is an outcast because of his freakish looks and especially his hands, which are scissor blades. When he is invited home by Peg, Edward falls for her daughter Kim, but cannot seem to rid himself of his outcast status. What ensues is a delightful comic fable, told with ingenuity and a dash of romance!
Wolfgang is a documentary about the life of Wolfgang Puck, a celebrity chef specializing in American cuisine. His determination to become better at his passion finds him escaping the clutches of his cruel stepfather - undertaking an apprenticeship at a French restaurant, moving to America to follow his dreams, reinventing a once-run-down eatery into a popular place with good food and finally opening up his own restaurant Spago. In some regards, the rags-to-riches story might seem overplayed. But it is worth a watch when it is the story of a man who truly revolutionized the American restaurant culture!
Home Alone is one of those holiday-time movies that was a fan-favorite ever since it first aired on TV. Kevin McCallister, the 8-year-old boy who soon became a cautionary story for children to be respectful and listen to their elders, is the main hero of this movie. When he is accidentally left at home after a fight the night before his family's vacation, he thinks that his wish to have no family has finally come true. But when two men try to break into his house, Kevin uses his devilish little mind to outsmart the two men in hilarious fashion. The movie is incredibly funny, to say the least, but also contains within it the message about the importance of family - which is possibly why it connects so well with its audience during the holiday seasons.
Luca is a Disney Original feature film that reminds us why Disney movies are successful – they do a great job at blending in magic with out-of-the-box storytelling. Luca is a young sea monster who wants to explore the world above the sea surface, but it is out of bounds for his kind. However, encouraged by his new friend Alberto, they take on human forms to indulge in the exciting and fun world above the sea surface. Their fun daily adventures are threatened by the rich in the seaside town they visit, and they must do everything they can to keep their real identities a secret.
Avatar, for the longest time, held the title for the largest revenues in box office history, and this was a testament to James Cameron's imaginative and immersive storytelling powers. Set around the events of humankind's exploration of the mysterious and primitive alien world of Pandora, Jake Sully, a former Marine paralyzed from his lower body, must use an Avatar, a hybrid Na'vi body for humans to control with their minds. Using one that was previously linked with his now-dead brother, Jake is now free to move and communicate in this alien world. However, as Jake gets to understand the ways of the Na'vi, he must choose whether to protect them and their planet or his fellow human beings from their greed.
Ratatouille is a movie that stole our hearts when it hit theatre screens. The plot circles around the life of Remy, a rat in Paris, who loves to enjoy the good life with good food. He soon finds his chance to pursue his dream of becoming a chef, by using the clumsy Lou as his hands. But when the head chef, Skinner becomes suspicious about the events, Remy must do his best to maintain anonymity, in the middle of a budding romance between Lou and Colette and a culinary review from the famous and dreaded food critique Anton Ego.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel Studios has, over the last decade, created the playbook for massively successful superhero movies. With Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we see some elements of this winning formula, but the movie is largely driven by the strong plot of this origin story. Shang-Chi finds himself caught in the web of the ominous Ten Rings Organization, and must now deal with a past that he has tried all his life to leave behind. Shang-Chi promises to be a strong character who can have a stronger role to play in the MCU, and we’re sure we won’t be disappointed when it happens.
The Rescue is a depiction of a real-life rescue mission that had the world fixed to their screens – when 12 boys and their coach were stuck inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand for 12 days. The documentary gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the dangerous activity of cave diving and the overwhelming support of the international community. While we all know how the rescue mission went, the storytelling through this depiction doesn’t lose any of its thrills - and we think The Rescue is easily one of the finest documentaries that can induce an alluring suspense out of a perilous mission that thankfully went well!