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 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 dived into the rabbit hole to find the best movies on Disney Plus amidst the sea of options. We’re happy to assemble this compilation of the best Disney Plus movies - for you to look at and pick something that matches your mood. Enjoy!
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is set to be one of the most exciting and hilarious Marvel movies yet. The third installment of the Ant-Man series, directed by Peyton Reed, follows the events of Avengers: Endgame and takes our heroes down into the mind-bending Quantum Realm. But they’re not alone down there – they come face-to-face with Kang, a terrifyingly evil dictator masterfully portrayed by Jonathan Majors.
Not only does the film promise to be an action-packed thrill ride, but it also introduces the main villain of the Multiverse Saga, setting the stakes higher than ever before. With Paul Rudd leading the charge as the lovable Scott Lang, this movie is sure to be a perfect mix of humor and heroism.
Crater is a coming-of-age film that's out of this world. Set in a future where a mining colony on the moon relies on generations of settlers to gather resources, our protagonist Caleb, played by Isaiah Russell-Bailey, and his friends take a stolen rover to explore a legendary crater at the request of his late father.
The movie does an excellent job of world-building, showing how children born on the moon have never known another reality. Still, it delves even deeper, exploring themes of grief, longing, and growth that will make you think. Crater is an adventure that's both thought-provoking and delightful, making it a must-see for sci-fi fans and anyone looking for a fresh take on the coming-of-age road trip genre.
Peter Pan & Wendy (2023)
Are you ready to escape to a magical land where anything is possible? Then you won't want to miss Peter Pan & Wendy, the latest retelling of the beloved J. M. Barrie novel. In this live-action adaptation, Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson bring the beloved titular characters to life, while Jude Law delivers an unforgettable performance as the iconic villain, Captain Hook. And let's not forget the hyperactive fairy, Tinkerbell, played by the talented Yara Shahidi.
If you're worried about offensive scenes from the cartoon musical version, don't be. Director David Lowery has carefully crafted a film that erases those problematic moments from fans' minds. So come join the adventure, and never grow up!
Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions) (2023)
Get ready for an intimate Miley Cyrus experience like none other! The "Endless Summer Vacation" (Backyard Sessions) is an exclusive performance you won't want to miss. The once-controversial Disney Channel star and award-winning musical artist will take you on a journey through her latest album, all while giving you an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her songwriting process.
Recorded at the home of legend Frank Sinatra, the backyard session is set to be an unforgettable experience. You'll get to hear viral singles like "Flowers" and classics like "The Climb" as Cyrus delivers a very personal and authentic performance. Don't miss out on the chance to see this musical legend in her most intimate setting yet!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Fans of Black Panther were left grief-stricken following the passing of Chadwick Boseman and, in Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda, Shuri and the rest of Wakandan people mourning their King T’Challa. But this heartfelt love letter to Black Panther and its beloved king isn't merely a story of grief, it brings the triumph of the Wakandan spirit in an action-packed narrative with wonderful characters at its very core.
Through a formidable opponent in Namor, Wakanda and her allies are tested physically and emotionally, ultimately forcing them to confront their losses like never before. M'Baku and Everett Ross provide much-needed support as they join forces with Ramonda and Shuri to defend their beloved homeland.
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
Lindsay Lohan shines in the 2004 comedy, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. The movie follows the ambitious high schooler Lola, formerly known as Mary Elizabeth, as she and her family move from the city to the suburbs. Her dream of stardom isn't forgotten though; in her new school, she decides to become the most popular by recrafting her identity and creating an elaborate backstory.
Directed by Sara Sugarman, this light-hearted film pokes fun at teenage movies while modernizing the classic Pygmalion with its satirical take on high school life. Also co-starring Megan Fox as Lola’s nemesis, it’s a young adult movie with plenty of laughs that is worth catching up on if you haven’t seen it yet!
Captain Marvel (2019)
In Captain Marvel, Brie Larson is undeniably captivating as the titular hero. Co-directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, this film packs a punch of 90s nostalgia with an awesome storyline and excellent action scenes. The unexpected additions to the MCU canon earned loud applause at the premiere and made way for fresh ideas within an already expansive universe.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is another layer added to the tale, his de-aged features only make it cooler. As expected, when discussing something as big as Marvel – or anything else for that matter – there's bound to be some disagreement about its merits.
Zombies 3 (2022)
Zombies 3 is kickin' off the new year with a bang! This finale of the Zombies trilogy, directed by Paul Hoen, takes all of the fun and banter from the first two films to a new level. Our heroes Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell, and Trevor Tordjman are back again with their soulful singing and impressive dancing skills to tackle whatever this next installment has in store.
With Seabrook High already being occupied by zombies and werewolves, it turns out they've got aliens on their hands too! Talk about an exciting final school year for these kids - you can bet Zombies 3 will not disappoint in bringing their stories of unity and acceptance full circle.
Tarzan from 1999 is a classic Disney movie and definitely worth a re-watch if you haven't seen it in a while. Disney nailed this one and put together all the must-have ingredients — charming characters, spectacular animation and Phil Collins bops! Tarzan follows the classic story of Tarzan himself, voiced by Tony Goldwyn, being raised by apes before his chance to reunite with humanity as Jane (voiced by Minnie Driver) enters the picture.
You can't help but feel for him as he weighs up which family he would go with — human or ape? This movie sticks out from others from the era due to its unique style, and you can bet it delivers on all fronts. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to join Tarzan on his journey of emotional discovery!
Wolverine, the angry, regenerative, claws-out-of-his-hands superhero portrayed by Hugh Jackman, comes to the screen for a final performance in Logan. The movie is nothing short of an outstanding farewell. Set in a time where he takes care of a dying Professor X, Wolverine comes across a young mutant who could end up with the torturous upbringing that he had, and only he can do something about it.
He must now take responsibility for the child, keep her away from the forces that want to manipulate her powers, and teach her how to master them for herself.
Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage? (2022)
Idina Menzel grew up with one dream all her life - performing to the audience at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, which is also her place of upbringing. And Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage? is the journey she had to embark on, to make her dream a reality.
It isn't easy being a mom, then consider what it must be like to be a working mom who also has to juggle a regular touring schedule. 2 has joys and years, and is the most intimate expression of what an artist has to go through to make her dream come true in a world where only your close ones will remain to offer support.
Strange World (2022)
Before you think that animated movies can't be as good as a movie shot in real life, look at the cast that signed up to voice the characters of the Clades. That should make you reconsider your immediate assumption. Following the lives of the explorer Clades family, Strange World finds them on a journey to a treacherous land the likes of which they've never come across.
With the adventures and family conflicts providing ground for astute social commentary, 3 has it all - crazy creatures, wild landscapes and a recklessly dangerous family. Give the film a chance, and we're sure you'll be in for a surprise.
Fire of Love (2022)
As humans, we can all agree that Nature has a personal connection with every one of us. Its magnificence makes us feel small and yet feel at one with it. Fire of Love is the real-life story of a French couple, Katia and Maurice Krafft, in love with each other and the thrill of unraveling Nature's most explosive mysteries - volcanoes.
Pioneers in the art of volcano imagery, 1 is a collection of never seen footage that they shot and preserved before they died in a volcanic eruption if nothing else sticks, this will - the love for adventure and the courage to face dangers that could potentially open up new ways to understand the mysteries of our planet.
When you put together Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cynthia Erivo in a recreation of a timeless classic like Pinocchio, you know something spectacular will come up on the screen. Your guess is not too far off, because this movie brings to life the wooden puppet and his adventures to become a real boy. Since we've grown up listening to this story, Pinocchio brings a lifelike aspect to Pinocchio's journey.
No other remake has been able to create such a strong personality for the puppet and his dreams. Zemeckis maintains his creative finesse, making this a movie for children and adults to remember.
A sequel to the 2007 hit movie Enchanted, Disenchanted has Princess Giselle of the Kingdom of Andalasia living happily ever after in New York. But some part of her wants to return to the life of Andalasia, where life is a fairy tale. Magic wishes gone wrong and brings this into her present reality.
While she is happy for the moment, things turn dark, and Giselle is the only one who can save her family and homeland from the evil Queen. Family-friendly, it’s a fun movie to watch and kill time.
Bringing back one of our favorite childhood memories, Lightyear is yet another action-packed movie filled with fun – similar to the entire Toy Story series. Buzz Lightyear, our space ranger hero is back at war with the evil Zurg and his robot army.
With his team of misfit rangers, Buzz must understand that even if he is the chosen space ranger, he cannot save his world by himself.
Profane humor that even your kids will laugh at but try to hide in front of the family – that’s Deadpool pretty much summed up.
Ryan Reynolds brings this undying superhero back to life as he makes it a mission to hunt down the evil scientist Ajax who destroyed life as he knew it.
Ratatouille is one of those movies that have changed the way movies can connect right with our hearts. Remy, like all Parisians, appreciates good food and enjoys the art of cooking it.
But he might not be allowed to enter a professional kitchen - because he's a rat. But when he sees the opportunity to live out his dream with the help of Skinner, he dives right in without thinking twice.
Jamie Foxx is back to wow us on screen, but this time as an animated middle-school band teacher in Soul. Life hasn't treated Joe well, and he seems to know it too.
But when he finds a chance to help someone from another universe find their passion, he introspects to discover how he can find some soul for himself. It’s a movie we’ve come to love this year.
Up is a story that has a fun adventure, a well-written script, and heart-touching scenes that have no parallel. Grumpy and old, balloon salesman Carl finds himself floating away to foreign lands with an unexpected stowaway - Russell, a little boy.
Through this journey and the adventures that threaten his life involving dogs, exotic lands and a hero turned villain, Carl realizes that he is still full of life.
The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot is entertaining for many reasons, but the most important is how the coming-of-age genre could be shaped into such a sweet and funny package. Scottie Smalls moves into a new neighborhood and has trouble making new friends. But a chance baseball game helps him find his place with the Sandlot boys, the coolest kids around.
But things turn when Scottie borrows a baseball from his stepdad signed by Babe Ruth, and it gets hit over the fence, where a larger-than-life dog remains guard. How will these kids overcome their fears and get the ball? A charming movie to show the age of innocence, the movie is sure to invoke some nostalgia even in the thirty and forty-year-old parents.
No one follows the basketball world who hasn’t heard about the meteoric rise of the Antetokounmpo brothers. Their story of rising to the top, from being immigrants in Nigeria to moving to Greece for better opportunities, and their struggle to finally becoming world-class athletes worthy of playing in the NBA is inspiring.
Rise takes us to the time when it all began – from being latecomers into the game and discovering their talent, to finding their way into the NBA drafts amidst the threat of deportation. The movie is a worthy reminder that big dreams can and do come true if you’re willing to put in everything you have.
We Feed People (2022)
We Feed People is sure to do one thing to you – it will make you cry, but at the magnanimity of a person’s mission to make food an agent of change. This documentary that follows chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen as they help in disaster relief is not shot to be a movie that motivates or inspires.
But it reminds us that a small act of empathy often goes a long way amidst global calamities. The story is about the growth of the World Central Kitchen from being a volunteer-led activity to being one of the world's most respected humanitarian aid organizations.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Benedict Cumberbatch is again back to wow us as Doctor Strange, in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The MCU further expands the Multiverse and takes Doctor Strange through multiple alternate realities to stop the Scarlet Witch from terrorizing them. Leaving room for more theories about the multiverse concept, we think Elizabeth Olsen steals the show as she switches between Wanda and the Scarlet Witch.
A family-friendly entertainer, the movie will surely hold your attention with the stunning imagery and the cast performance. To summarize, it is a worthy addition to the MCU.
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022)
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 a satirical angle on today’s culture. The movie is sweet, silly and the perfect way to spend an evening on the couch.
Polar Bear (2022)
“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.
Explorer: The Last Tepui (2022)
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’ mission to find and record animal species that are yet to be discovered and recorded. In all fairness, we think you should 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 (2022)
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 (2022)
Turning Red is 100 minutes of pure fun, packed with a lot of heart to show 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 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 (2018)
The Isle of Dogs is easily one of our favorite animated adventure movies with a charming storyline. 12-year-old Atari ventures on a mission searching for 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 (2021)
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 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 most muscular superheroes 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 finds new avenues to expand our imaginations, with stories that speak to who we are as human beings.
Free Solo (2018)
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 mountaineering peak.
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 her evil side of hers and become her 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 (2014)
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 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 (1990)
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 revolutionized American restaurant culture!
Home Alone (1990)
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 hilariously. 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 previously linked with his now-dead brother, Jake is free to move and communicate in this alien world. However, as Jake understands the ways of the Navi's, he must choose whether to protect them and their planet or his fellow human beings from their greed.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Over the last decade, Marvel Studios 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 strong plot of this origin story largely drives the movie.
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 in the MCU, and we’re sure we won’t be disappointed when it happens.
The Rescue (2021)
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 alluring suspense out of a perilous mission that thankfully went well!