Ever since Disney Plus launched, fans of all ages have been able to relive classic films from their childhoods. But since it’s Disney, people can now watch Star Wars and Marvel movies with the click of a button. Disney Plus has films from decades ago, so it may feel a bit overwhelming to decide what you should watch next to become an even more informed Disney fan. But for our money, these are the best Disney Plus movies you can watch tonight.

THE COMPLETE DISNEY PLUS MOVIE LIST

Home Alone

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In the Christmas classic, Kevin McCallister is left home alone (so that’s why it’s called that) while his family goes on vacation in France. Through a series of humorous mishaps, he learns how much he really loves and needs his family. Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern, this holiday classic is back on Disney+ for all to enjoy.

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Critic Review Highlight

A lot of people love Home Alone around the holidays but I love Home Alone year round. Full Review - RachelsReviews.net

GREAT CHRISTMAS MOVIES ON DISNEY+

Noelle

Noelle  •  Trailer

This Christmas film sees the untimely death of Santa Klaus. Therefore, it’s up to his son, Nick, to take up the mantle, but his daughter, Noelle, is far more excited to carry on the Santa tradition. This delightful children’s film stars Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, and Shirley MacLaine in a romp suitable for the whole family.

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Critic Review Highlight

Noelle has plenty of charm -- the kind that makes a Christmas story not just simply amiable, but worth a look. Full Review - RogerEbert.com

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FLICKS ON DISNEY+

Babes in Toyland

Babes in Toyland  •  Trailer

Based on the popular operetta from 1903, this Disney Christmas classic. The plot has changed significantly from the original, following a man who’s kidnapped but has to return to his betrothed. The couple soon meet a bizarre toymaker, who becomes a pawn in the entire scheme. This remake stars Ray Bolger and Tommy Sands.

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Critic Review Highlight

Perhaps 105 minutes of this sugary concoction borders on punishment, but when the movie hits a creative groove the results are highly amusing, generating a heightened sense of theatrical entertainment with a definite Disney twist. Full Review - Blu-ray.com

FUNNY MOVIES ON DISNEY+

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause  •  Trailer

In this Christmas film, an ordinary man accidentally causes Santa’s demise. As such, the man becomes Santa Claus where he must learn how to spread joy to all the children of the world while reconciling with his son. The ‘90s had a host of great Christmas films, and you can watch this one, starring Tim Allen and Wendy Crewson, now on Disney+.

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Critic Review Highlight

This is Allen's movie debut, and it's easy to see why his show is a ratings smash. There's an effortless quality to his humor, but it's also got a quietly urgent edge to it. Full Review - Seattle Times

WHAT ANIMATED FILMS ARE ON DISNEY+?

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire  •  Trailer

This animated sci-fi adventure was one of the last Disney films to come out in traditional 2D animation. It follows a young man who comes into possession of a book that he believes will lead him and his crew to the lost city of Atlantis. Featuring the voice acting talents of Michael J. Fox, Phil Morris, and James Garner, this is an underrated gem within Disney’s catalog.

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Critic Review Highlight

Visually imaginative and even persuasively spiritual, this animated adventure has some unusually complex villains and heroes, and some of the plot and dialogue transcends what's typical in movies intended for a broad or youthful audience. Full Review - Chicago Reader 

TOP MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet  •  Trailer

There are plenty of animated classics to watch on Disney Plus. You’ve likely already seen a lot of them, but one that may have flown under your radar is Treasure PlanetThe film puts a science-fiction twist on the classic novel Treasure Island.

The movie flopped at the box office, but over the years, the film has found a new audience. It’s a prime example of how you should never write off a movie just because it didn’t initially do well.

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Critic Review Highlight

Treasure Planet is everything you could possibly want out of a Disney animated film. Now that it’s on a streaming platform, a new audience can indulge in all its 2D animated glory.

ANIMATED DISNEY+ FILMS

The Emperor’s New Groove

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The early 2000s were an interesting time for Disney animation. Princess tales took a backseat to movies like Treasure Planet, Atlantic: The Lost Empire, and The Emperor’s New Groove. This also happened to be the time when 2D animation was beginning to get phased out for 3D. It’s hard to imagine Disney greenlighting something like this these days, and that’s what makes it such a special addition to the Disney inventory.

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Critic Review Highlight

The Emperor’s New Groove is arguably one of the funniest Disney movies ever made. The fact it’s inspired so many memes is a testament to the brilliant writing on display.

Star Wars  •  Trailer

Thanks to Disney Plus, every Star Wars movie can now be found in one place. You can go back to where it all began in 1977 with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The original film is a perfect encapsulation of Joseph Campbell’s Hero's Journey.

Of course, watching the movie is a lot more entertaining than reading Campbell’s book. You’ve likely seen this film plenty of times already, but another rewatch may be precisely what you need when you’re trying to figure out how to crack your own Hero’s Journey.

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Critic Review Highlight

A perfect way to spend the weekend is to rewatch the Star Wars films. While you could go in chronological order, we recommend starting back in 1977 with the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon.

ACTION-ADVENTURE FILMS ON DISNEY PLUS

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi  •  Trailer

It’s divisive, but for our money, the Star Wars sequels peaked with The Last Jedi. The film sees Rey seeking the tutelage of Luke Skywalker, who has become a hermit on a far-off planet. It’s up to her to learn the ways of the Jedi so that she can bring down the First Order. It’s a brilliant deconstruction of the Star Wars mythos and stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and Adam Driver. 

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Critic Review Highlight

The Star Wars universe is vast with so many potential stories to tell. The Last Jedi met my expectations because it was an attempt for the franchise to do something different that most blockbuster films struggle with. Full Review - Confessions From a Geek Mind

GOOD MOVIES FOR FAMILIES ON DISNEY PLUS

National Treasure

National Treasure  •  Trailer

You’ve seen the memes; now watch the movie. Nic Cage stars in this adventure film about a cryptologist who sets out to steal the Declaration of Independence so that he can find a hidden treasure before a group of nefarious criminals do. Sean Bean, Diane Kruger, and Justin Bartha also star in the hit film. 

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Critic Review Highlight

A serviceable actioner, with a playful comic tone and a series of reasonably thrilling set pieces. Full Review - The List

DISNEY PLUS SPORT MOVIES

Miracle 

Miracle  •  Trailer

Even people who don’t follow sports have heard of the “Miracle on Ice.” This film follows the true story of the U.S. men’s ice hockey team who defied the odds and went on to win the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. The inspirational film stars Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

When it comes to inspirational sports films, Miracle is near the top of the list. Full Review - Solzy at the Movies

BEST MOVIES TO WATCH ON DISNEY PLUS NOW

Willow

Willow  •  Trailer

The dark fantasy film that haunted numerous millennials’ childhoods is now available to watch on Disney+. The film follows Willow, a farmer who takes on the reluctant role of rescuing a baby from an evil queen, who plans on destroying the child to take over the world. It’s one of director Ron Howard’s most beloved works and stars Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, and Jean Marsh.  

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

If it evaporates from memory with the airiness of a bubble bath, at least it leaves a friendly glow and a sense of a magical world lovingly evoked. Full Review - The Los Angeles Times

DISNEY PLUS MOVIE LIST FOR KIDS

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures  •  Trailer

Movies have the power to shine a light on issues people may be unaware of. Hidden Figures highlights the segregation that was prevalent at NASA in the lead-up to Project Mercury. The film centers on three Black women as they lead their colleagues to new scientific heights. While there are some historical inaccuracies, such as Kevin Costner’s character not even existing, hopefully the film encourages people to research more into this historical moment.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Hidden Figures has stellar performances and outstanding cinematography. While it feels Oscar-baity at times, its strengths outweigh its faults.

WHAT MOVIES CAN YOU WATCH ON DISNEY PLUS?

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars  •  Trailer

The Fault in Our Stars follows two cancer patients who fall in love in a support group. It’s one of those films that raises the question: what’s the appeal of romantic tragedies? In the same vein as Romeo and Juliet, we know the story isn’t going to end well. We know we’re going to cry and feel bad by the end of it. But that may be why these stories continue to resonate. They teach us to appreciate the moment and cherish the ones we have for the short time we have them. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The Fault in Our Stars avoids the trappings of other romantic tragedies by not feeling manipulative. Instead, it’s heartfelt and genuine in the message it tries to convey. 

BEST ANIMATED MOVIES ON DISNEY+

A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie  •  Trailer

A Goofy Movie does the impossible by giving emotional weight to Goofy. It shows him as a single dad raising his son who’s embarrassed by him as the two go on a road trip. The reason it’s likely resonated with audiences all these years later is because it invokes feelings everyone has experienced when they were a teen. It’s practically a universal feeling to be embarrassed by your parents, but it’s important to not let those feelings override your entire relationship. It’s still possible to find common ground, and your parents are often cooler than you realize. 

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Critic Review Highlight

A Goofy Movie is a classic for millennials. And it’s a great movie for people in that generation to introduce to their kids (before they become jaded teens like Max).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier  •  Trailer

Captain America is a hero out of time in The Winter Soldier. He’s still getting used to the 21st century, which involves getting used to the pop culture of the day, but it also means contending with ideologies that go against his own. In addition to fighting a new, mysterious threat, Captain America also goes to war with S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. The superhero flick stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson.

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Critic Review Highlight

It knocks down a lot of the infrastructure the previous films had created, and it does so in a way that feels organic and refreshing for the Marvel world at large. Full Review - The Atlantic

LIST OF SUPERHERO MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy  •  Trailer

There are numerous movies about “found families.” Guardians of the Galaxy follows in these footsteps with a group of criminals joining forces for good. But it goes deeper than that. Many of the central heroes were forced into their respective lives of crime. Peter was abducted by Yondu’s gang. Gamora is Thanos’s daughter. They all make a decision to do better and become better people together. Your real family can influence you to do wrong, but your found family, the friends you make throughout life, can lead you down a better path. 

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Critic Review Highlight

Guardians of the Galaxy remains one of Marvel Studios best films. It’s one of the most thematically-rich while remaining hilarious a

BEST MOVIES ON DISNEY+ RIGHT NOW

Black Panther

Black Panther  •  Trailer

T’Challa is the new king of Wakanda who must decide what kind of leader he will be. But the character who steals the show in Black Panther is the villain, Killmonger. Much has been said about how he’s arguably the best antagonist in an MCU film. And the reason for this is that in some scenes… you actually find yourself agreeing with him. He makes a lot of sense, and you could make an entirely new film with him as a protagonist. And it would probably work. It’s a more sophisticated kind of superhero film. Even if it does have some Marvel trademarks, it remains a distinctly Ryan Coogler film.

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Critic Review Highlight

Black Panther showed how the MCU was growing up. Hopefully, more movies in that universe follow its lead.

GOOD MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS FOR EVERYONE

The Adventures of Huck Finn

The Adventures of Huck Finn  •  Trailer

Based on the literary classic, this 1993 film follows a young Huck Finn as he joins up with an escaped slave as they travel down the Mississippi River. The film stars Elijah Wood, Courtney B. Vance, and Robbie Coltrane in a must-watch for any fans of the book. 

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Critic Review Highlight

It's a delightful romp. The director and adaptor, Stephen Sommers, has filleted the book's key episodes and presents them at a whirling, compulsive pace. Full Review - Independent

DISNEY PLUS DOCUMENTARIES

Diana: In Her Own Words

Diana: In Her Own Words  •  Trailer

Diana: In Her Own Words originally aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. The film documents the life of the famous princess and includes video footage of Princess Diana speaking about her own experiences becoming a member of the royal family. If you’re a fan of The Crown on Netflix, then this documentary is must-see viewing.

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Critic Review Highlight

Was Channel 4 right to broadcast what have become notorious tapes of Diana speaking candidly - and privately - about her life? The pragmatic answer to that has to be, on balance, yes. Full Review - Independent 

DISNEYNATURE ON DISNEY+

Born in China

Born in China  •  Trailer

Born in China follows three different animal families: golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, and giant pandas. The stories they manage to intertwine with these animals help give them a greater sense of scale. By humanizing the animals, there’s a greater sense of urgency in trying to protect them.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

DisneyNature has produced some incredible documentaries over the years. These films are a great way to introduce kids to the importance of conservation.

GOOD MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Free Solo

Free Solo  •  Trailer

To make sure the documentary crew didn’t get in Alex Honnold’s way, they had to develop a special recording device. Honnold kept this item in his chalk bag, so they could still capture every single sound. It’s an innovative solution and shows how even the most difficult to capture documentary subjects can still end up in gripping detail on camera.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Few documentaries will have you on the edge of your seat quite like Free Solo. You need to see for yourself why this film won Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

PIXAR FILMS ON DISNEY PLUS

Ratatouille

Ratatouille  •  Trailer

While a musical of sorts has developed about Ratatouille on TikTok, you can now see the original film in all its glory. The Pixar film about a rat who teachers a timid chef how to cook is one of the studio’s best offerings. With the voice acting talents of Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, and Lou Romano, this is the movie to watch when you’re in search of inspiration. It teaches you how anyone can do anything as long as they put their mind to it. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Kids are gonna gobble Ratatouille up; adults will relish its wit, and everyone will want to go out to eat after. Full Review - NPR

GREAT ANIMATED FILMS ON DISNEY+

Coco

Coco  •  Trailer

Lee Unkrich felt an enormous responsibility when creating Coco to get Mexican culture as accurate as possible. This required a great deal of research as well as several trips to Mexico. That research eventually made its way into the Coco screenplay with Unkrich stating that making the script was the hardest part of the process. At one point, the film was much more musical with the central family being cursed to sing. But the story the movie ended up telling was far more powerful and a good reminder to remember those who came before you.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Coco is top tier Pixar. The animation draws inspiration from the films of Hayao Miyazaki as well as, surprisingly enough, John Wick.

MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The BFG

The BFG  •  Trailer

A little girl stumbles upon the world of giants and meets the BFG “Big, Friendly Giant.” Steven Spielberg brings his trademark wonder and whimsy to this children’s film that stars Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. 

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Critic Review Highlight

Rylance has again brought something transformational to a Spielberg film. He gives the kind of performance you can't look away from, even with all the big-budget delights. Full Review - The Atlantic

CLASSIC MOVIES ON DISNEY+

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks  •  Trailer

Live-action and animation come together wonderfully in the classic Disney flick, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The film follows a witch who gets the assistance of three children fleeing from the London Blitz. The kids will use a magic bed to enter a fantasy land and escape from oncoming German troops. Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson star in this musical/fantasy production. 

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Critic Review Highlight

A fun, fairly intelligent, unexpectedly witty example of cinema for children at a time when that genre was at one of its lowest-ever ebbs. Full Review - Antagony & Ecstasy 

GOOD MODERN MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6  •  Trailer

The merging of Disney and Marvel would inevitably lead to an animated superhero film, and the result was Big Hero 6. It’s an underrated film in Disney’s modern canon. And the creative team behind it wisely decided to not connect the movie with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stands on its own, telling a heartfelt superhero story without the need to connect it something bigger than what the movie needs to be. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Big Hero 6 introduces kids to the marvels of science. It promotes pursuing a higher education without feeling like that’s all the movie is about.

LIST OF ORIGINAL MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure  •  Trailer

Director Tom McCarthy went from the Oscar-winning drama Spotlight to a movie about a boy running a detective agency with a bear as a best friend. While the movies are very different, McCarthy keeps his attention focused on the humanity within these characters. There are plenty of zany moments and deadpan jokes in this movie, but the characters and their emotions remain the focal point.  

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Timmy Failure is the rare kids’ comedy that works for adults, too. The imagination on display here is a delight to witness, especially during these trying times.

FUN MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey I Shrunk The Kids  •  Trailer

Rick Moranis had such a wonderful presence on-screen. He comes across as your dad, provided your father had impeccable comedic timing. With roles in films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters, he became beloved by a generation. He quit acting to take care of his children after his wife passed away, and while we may never see him in another film, we at least have the memories from such joyous movies as this one. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids remains an all-time children’s classic. With with all the sequels available on Disney+, too, it’s a great time to revisit the series.

BEST DOCUMENTARIES ON DISNEY+

Aliens of the Deep

Aliens of the Deep  •  Trailer

James Cameron brought us Aliens, so it’s not a surprise to see his fascination with extraterrestrial life on full display in Aliens of the Deep. Cameron journeys into the depths of the ocean, showing how life can thrive in such extreme environments.  It’s a truly remarkable documentary considering the footage they were able to capture, and it shows how dedicated Cameron is as a filmmaker in the way he pushes the limits of technology.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Aliens of the Deep is an engaging documentary. Filmmakers will love seeing another side of Cameron while anyone can enjoy the remarkable footage on display.

LIST OF THE BEST DISNEY+ MOVIES

Old Yeller

Old Yeller  •  Trailer

If you just need a good cry, then put on Old Yeller. The ending has become one of those cultural touchstones. In the same way people know that Darth Vader is Luke’s father even if they’ve never seen Star Wars, people know how this tale ends. For kids, it’s a film about the end of innocence and needing to grow up. You can watch it and hug your pup a little closer as you tear up. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Old Yeller is a Disney classic. It’s arguably the best “boy and his dog” movie available.

GOOD DISNEY+ MOVIES

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks  •  Trailer

Saving Mr. Banks makes some Disney-fied changes to the real story behind Mary Poppins. While the film shows P.L. Travers moved by the final product, she was actually angry upon seeing the finished film. But that doesn’t quite make for a happy ending. In this instance, the true story is far more dramatic than the film based on it.

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Critic Review Highlight

Saving Mr. Banks is a great watch for fans of Mary Poppins. It may not always be historically accurate, but it does manage to shed a bit of a light on the tumultuous behind-the-scenes story of the film.

EXCELLENT MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins  •  Trailer

Combining live-action with animation is no easy feat. But even back in 1964, Disney was up for the challenge. To accomplish this, the film relied heavily on rotoscoping. Mattes were created via Sodium Vapor screens. Extensive wire work required the film’s VFX team to take them out of the final frame. It was a marvel at the time, and one in which such care and precision is tough to replicate today.

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Critic Review Highlight

Mary Poppins still stands up as a perfect family film. The songs are just as timeless now as they were in the ‘60s.

CLASSIC MOVIES ON DISNEY+

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music  •  Trailer

A prominent problem with many streaming services is the severe lack of older films. It’s hard to find anything prior to the 1980s most of the time, which is why you should take advantage of classic films whenever they’re available. The Sound of Music, which was actually the highest-grossing film of all time from 1965 to 1970. It’s the last Rodgers/Hammerstein collaboration of the era, and it’s a lovely film that should be on every filmmaker’s watchlist. 

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The Sound of Music is the perfect musical to watch with the whole family. With warmth and wonderful musical numbers, it still has the power to enchant to this day.

NEW MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS (2020)

Black is King

Black is King  •  Trailer

Beyoncé’s visual album Black is King has its origins when the singer researched her role in the live-action The Lion King. It was during this she discovered how Solomon Linda, a composer for the song “Mbubu,” which served as the basis for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” He didn’t receive any credit or royalties. Beyoncé wanted to make an entire film that told the stories of such forgotten Africans that didn’t rely on animation. The result is a spectacle for the eyes as native Africans are celebrated. From production design to costuming, Black is King is just as in-depth as any motion picture you’ll find out there.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Black is King uses native African visuals as the backdrop for some incredible music. It entrances both your eyes and ears.

DOCUMENTARIES ON DISNEY PLUS

Howard

Howard  •  Trailer

Howard Ashman was an openly gay songwriter, who wrote the lyrics for beloved films like The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beastand Aladdin. He passed away in 1991 due to complications from AIDS. And if you look at the subtext, you can see his struggle with this disease in lyrics to his songs. Most notably, the song “Kill the Beast” could be seen as a metaphor for the general public lashing out at something they didn’t fully understand. Now, Ashman gets the tribute he so rightfully deserves in the documentary, Howard.

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Critic Review Highlight

The Disney renaissance in the ‘90s wouldn’t be possible without Howard Ashman. You grew up belting out his songs. Now learn about the man behind the lyrics. 

WHAT MOVIES ARE ON DISNEY PLUS?

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid  •  Trailer

It’s no surprise Disney has made some of the best animated movies of all time. So, why should you watch The Little Mermaid over other classics? For starters, the film will be one of the next from the Disney vault to receive a live-action adaptation, so it’s a good time to relive what made the original story so beloved.

Additionally, when the movie came out in 1989, it restored Disney’s status as a place for high-quality, prestigious animated films. All these years later, it will entrance kids and adults alike.

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Critic Review Highlight

If you remember The Little Mermaid from your own childhood, then it’s a great time to relive in its animated magic. Your own kids can fall in love with the story, songs, and characters.

WHAT NEW MOVIES ARE ON DISNEY PLUS?

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin  •  Trailer

Christopher Robin takes a unique spin on the tale of Winnie the Pooh. While other live-action Disney adaptations pretty much parrot what came before, this film allows the titular character to grow up. He’s lost the magic he had as a child until he starts talking to Pooh and pals once again. It’s a heart-warming film that shows you don’t have to lose childhood magic just because you become an adult.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Sometimes you need a little sweetness to combat the stresses of everyday life. Christopher Robin fits the bill with a wonderful voice cast and a superb lead performance from Ewan McGregor.

NEW MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS FOR THE FAMILY

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan  •  Trailer

The original book deals with some pretty heavy themes regarding animal imprisonment. The film functions as an interesting adaptation in how it kind of “Disney-fies” the source material to make it more family-friendly. But through it all, it’s still a tear-jerking affair with well-done CGI animals.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The One and Only Ivan shows how special animals are. It’s one of the best Disney + originals to come out so far and shows what kind of stories the streaming service excels at providing.

90S MOVIES ON DISNEY+

Sister Act

Sister Act  •  Trailer

Sister Act, a film about a lounge singer going into the witness protection program after witnessing a murder and becoming a nun, is pure fun. There’s a real kinetic energy to film from the jokes to the musical numbers. It’s the perfect family film to pass onto your own children, and it’s held up amazingly well.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Sister Act keeps the good times rolling. And you should keep your eyes peeled for Sister Act 3, which is slated to release on Disney+ sometime in the near future.

ANIMATED DISNEY+ FILMS

Mulan

Mulan  •  Trailer

What makes the 1998 Mulan so much better than the live-action version? There are a lot of potential answers to this question. But one answer could be in how the original, Mulan is just a normal girl trying to do the right thing. She struggles and develops as an individual after joining the Imperial Army. In the 2020 version, Mulan is magical… for some reason. There’s no growth because she’s already as powerful as she possibly could be. Fortunately, the remake’s presence doesn’t take away from the wonderful original.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Mulan is one of the best heroines in any Disney film. Now is the perfect time to remember the true power and magic behind superb animation. 

LIST OF MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS FOR ALL AGES

The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer  •  Trailer

Before superhero movies were all the rage, The Rocketeer was viewed as a bit of a gamble. But the film ends up serving as a fun prototype for what the superhero movie would become. It’s good, old-fashioned fun, and it’s easy to see why director Joe Johnston was brought onboard to direct Captain America: The First Avenger.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The Rocketeer is a fun throwback. Before CGI took over superhero movies, they had to make them with practical effects, and it’s a real treat for filmmakers to see how The Rocketeer came to life.

GOOD MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS THAT HAVE WON OSCARS

The Muppets

The Muppets  •  Trailer

Reviving a long-existing property is no easy feat. But The Muppets accomplishes just that. It takes what everyone loved about the Muppets in the first place but infuses newfound life. It proved the puppets had a place in the 21st century. Hopefully, there will be plenty more Muppet movies to come.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

The Muppets is the perfect way to introduce a younger generation to these characters. And once you’re finished, you should check out the TV show, The Muppets, also on Disney+.

GOOD DISNEY MOVIES TO STREAM

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday  •  Trailer

Lindsay Lohan’s character was originally written as goth. It would have made for an interesting dynamic as her mother takes on a completely different persona and one she’s entirely unfamiliar with. However, by making the character preppy, the movie avoids feeling too dated. The script was rewritten when Lohan appeared at the audition in preppy attire, and now the movie is a Disney classic.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

Critic Review Highlight

Body-switching movies are a dime a dozen. Yet Freaky Friday remains heads above the rest.

TOP MOVIES ON DISNEY PLUS FOR FAMILIES

Avatar

Avatar  •  Trailer

Avatar deserves praise for what it did for motion picture technology. New motion capture filming techniques were utilized, and the film served as a breakthrough for stereoscopic filmmaking. It created the illusion of depth so incredibly well. Other films in the following years tried to hop aboard the 3D train, but none of them had the same care and precision as Avatar. We can’t wait to see how good the sequels look compared to the first one.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

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Take a journey to Pandora to witness the majesty of James Cameron’s expert directing prowess. With four sequels (hopefully) coming out soon, now’s the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the Avatar mythos.

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Hamilton

Hamilton  •  Trailer

Hamilton brings a 2016 performance with the original Broadway cast to the masses. The show won 11 Tonys and reignited people’s interest in musical theater. And you get a similarly thrilling experience watching a filmed version.

The way they filmed the show was to record two live performances and one where the camera crew could actually be onstage. Seeing the emotion on the actors’ faces makes you feel like you have a front row seat to the best show in town.

BEST DISNEY PLUS MOVIES

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You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Hamilton. Even if you don’t normally like Broadway musicals, you’ll find something to latch onto with this one.

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Toy Story

Toy Story  •  Trailer

Toy Story went through numerous iterations. At one point, Woody was described as plainly “a jerk.” But the team at Pixar stuck with it and kept reinventing the story. All the while, they pretty much came up with a bold new animation style that no one had used for a feature-length film before. But of course, movie history was made instead.

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Woody becomes jealous of Buzz Lightyear as the popular new toy in the house. Not only was a franchise launched with that premise but an entire animation studio.

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The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts  •  Trailer

So many adaptations of older properties try to mold them into modern reimaginings. But you don’t need to fix what isn’t broken. The Peanuts Movie sees Charlie Brown trying to win favor with the Little Red-Haired Girl, and Snoopy imagines himself as a legendary pilot. It takes what worked so well all those years ago and simply reintroduces these beloved characters to a new audience.

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The Peanuts Movie remains faithful to the source material. Everything you come to expect out of a Peanuts strip, from Lucy’s psychiatrist booth to the famous Wall, are right here.

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Tangled

Tangled  •  Trailer

The story of Rapunzel has never seemed quite so… magical. Tangled utilized a mix of traditional animation and computer-generated imagery to create a unique artistic style at the time of release. When all was said and done, the movie took six years and an estimated $260 million to bring to life, making it one of the most expensive films of all time. Frozen may have gotten a lot of the glory out of the new Disney animated renaissance we’re currently in, but Tangled deserves some special attention. 

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Tangled ushered in a new form of 3D animated films from Disney. And the score from Alan Menken is impeccable as always.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas  •  Trailer

The Nightmare Before Christmas originated from Tim Burton’s childhood. He was obsessed with holidays growing up because he felt it gave time more texture. He developed the idea for the story while working at Disney but was later fired. He went on to direct successes like Beetlejuice, and the chance to bring The Nightmare Before Christmas was rejuvenated. In contrast to popular belief, he didn’t direct the film, but it’s forever associated with Burton’s unique sensibilities.

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Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween. And then watch it again for Christmas. And keep watching it because it’s one of the most beautifully-crafted animated films ever.

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Best Movies on Netflix 

All you need is a few streaming services, and you can pretty much watch anything from the history of cinema. Once you’ve had your fill of superhero movies and animated films, check out what’s new on Netflix. From old classics to new icons, Netflix should be an integral tool in any filmmakers’ arsenal.

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