The Best Movies to Watch on Disney Plus
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There are so many reasons to sign up for Disney+.
Disney+ subscribers have unlimited access to new and popular animated movies such as Raya and the Last Dragon and Soul. The streaming site is the ultimate spot for Star Wars and Marvel fans due to their extensive library of Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe titles. Many of your favorite princess movies are on Disney+, such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Moana and Mulan.
The streaming site is also home to some must-see documentaries. Watch director James Cameron revisit the real-life crash site of the Titanic in Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron. Learn all about the creative mind behind some of Disney's most famous lyrics in the documentary Howard. Get your heart rate up by watching one man's attempt at the first-ever free solo rock climbing (no ropes! no protective equipment!) of a Yosemite mountain in the doc Free Solo.
There are so many movies worth a stream on the platform. So schedule a movie binge-watch day and see all these worthwhile titles on Disney+.
Sure, it's hard to place this in the "best things to watch on Disney+" category when it's not streaming quite yet, but we're so excited about it that we're calling it now. The 101 Dalmatians prequel tells the story of a young, ambitious and ever-stylish Cruella de Vil. Before she was dying to get her hands on those precious Dalmatian puppies, she was trying to get her fashion designs noticed. The new Disney film, which premieres on May 28, stars Emma Stone and Emma Thompson.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Need more villainous energy? Stream Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. When the iconic Disney villain arrives at Princess Aurora's engagement party to Prince Phillip, she meets an evil queen who wants to destroy the land's fairies. Can Maleficent and her group of warrior outcasts stop the queen's army before she annihilates them all? The 2019 sequel to Disney's Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Be sure to check out the 2019 live-action version of the animated classic. The Disney film re-imagines the beloved story of a pauper who falls in love with a princess and uses the guidance of a magic genie (and some animal friends!) to re-define his future. In 2020, it was announced that a live-action sequel is coming soon!
In this adorable Oscar-nominated short film, a rabbit searches for a place to call home. The little rabbit is determined to find where he belongs alone. However, he gets more than he bargained for but learns how to ask for help in the process.
Night at the Museum
When down on his luck Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) gets a job as the night guard of New York's Natural History Museum, he gets more than he bargained for. An ancient curse makes all the museum's animals and dummies and come to life. Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais also star in this 2006 comedy.
Myth: A Frozen Tale
In this animated Disney short set in the universe of Frozen, viewers will hear an old Arendelle family bedtime story about the the four spirits: air, fire, water and earth. The story contains a lesson about a surprise fifth element, the human spirit. The title is narrated by Frozen's Queen Iduna, actress Evan Rachel Wood.
When the last of the fairy godmothers finds a letter from a little girl asking for help, she ventures to Earth to prove that humans still need their help. The only problem is, this fairy godmother hasn't quite figured out magic yet and the little girl is now an adult woman who no longer believes in happily ever afters.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Disney's fantasy-adventure movie about a warrior who attempts to unite humans and dragons back into the same society is available to stream for $29.99 on Disney+ Premier Access. The title, which features the voices of Star Wars' Kelly Marie Tran and The Farewell's Awkwafina, is also available in theaters.
Starring Jamie Foxx, Soul tells the story of a man whose life on Earth is cut short, so when he inadvertently lands in The Great Before, he sets out in search of a second chance at living his life to the fullest.
The live-action remake of Mulan brings you all the magic from your favorite animated Disney story, but with IRL characters. Unlike the animated flick, none of these characters sing. However, the story and its action scenes both got a major upgrade that you have to see.
Even your 100th viewing of this Broadway musical event isn't enough. Disney+ is the only streaming service offering the musical starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan Groff and more of Broadway's biggest stars in the retelling of the rise and fall of American founding father, Alexander Hamilton.
Black Is King
From its celebration of the Black experience to its fierce fashion statements to cameos by her three kids, Beyoncé's groundbreaking new visual album Black Is King is a divine experience that simply can't be missed.
The Lion King
Speaking of Queen Bey: This remake of the animated classic, featuring the voices of Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and more, reigned supreme at the box office in 2019 -- and now you can continue the singalong fun at home.
Visit Wakanda anytime to remind yourself why this won Marvel its first Academy Awards and ignited a full-on cultural movement. Watch Black Panther to see the late Chadwick Boseman in one of his most exciting roles ever.
This 2019 Marvel movie starring Brie Larson explains how Captain Marvel went from human U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, to a super-powered Kree warrior who must protect Earth from a galactic war.
The 2019 Avengers movie was filled with tiny Easter eggs about the films to come. Definitely take the time to stream this action-packed superhero flick again to see if you can catch them all.
You've seen how his story ends, but when's the last time you returned to the start and watched Tony Stark's first flight as Iron Man?
Star Wars: A New Hope
The Rise of Skywalker completed the Skywalker Saga, but it began here with this 1977 title that followed the adventures of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The franchise's first anthology film -- or Star Wars Story -- is both a top-notch smash-and-grab flick and fix to a long-debated plot hole. The 2016 title stars Diego Luna, Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Our favorite from the newest trilogy, and not just because it stars Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver and features a purple-haired Laura Dern spouting space commands.
The animated movie follows Remy the rat, who has dreams of being a big-time Parisian chef but faces the obvious obstacle of... well, being a rodent. This 2007 title features the voices of Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo and Brad Garrett.
You're going to want to bust out the tissues for this one. The 2017 animated film about an aspiring singer-songwriter who visits the magical Land of the Dead is full of Mexican Day of the Dead traditions, gorgeous music and heartfelt moments that will give you all the feels.
Toy Story 3
All four films in the franchise -- including the latest, Toy Story 4 -- are streaming, but the 2010 title where Andy grows up and goes to college is a major fan-favorite.
One of cinema's greatest love stories just happens to be between a rusty junker and his better half, a sleek probe droid. The 2008 animated dystopian adventure will make you laugh and cry.
Big Hero 6
A big, cuddly protector is a welcome guest, even if only on screen. This 2014 comedy about a squad of heroic techies and their robot friend features the voice acting of Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr. and T.J. Miller.
The Disney title features tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and expresses the importance of giving back to Mother Earth, all in one epic not-a-princess movie.
The Princess and the Frog
Be prepared: This Disney re-telling (which features the first-ever Black Disney princess!) of the classic tale might inspire you to cook a full New Orleans buffet. The title features the voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David and Jim Cummings.
The Disney movie, which features such classic tunes as "Zero to Hero" and "I Won't Say (I'm in Love)," tells the story of a young god trapped on Earth who just wants to find where he belongs.
The Little Mermaid
The Disney-fied Hans Christian Andersen tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince and sacrifices her voice to be with him still holds up. Darling, it's better down on Disney+, take it from me.
If you love The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin then you should definitely watch this 2020 documentary on Howard Ashman, the man behind the unforgettable lyrics to all your favorite films. The doc celebrates his body of work including his many Disney accomplishments but also gives viewers a look inside his personal life and for that part, you may want to have some tissues handy.
Alex Honnold risks his life to make climbing history -- and it's all caught on camera. If you aren't afraid of heights, you may or may not be after watching this jaw-dropping documentary.
This documentary follows nine very different high school students from around the world on their respective journeys to win the international science fair.
Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron
Explore the real-life crash site with the best picture-winning director in the National Geographic documentary. Watch as Cameron and a team of experts use modern technology to piece together what exactly went wrong during the famous disaster and uncover the untold stories of Titanic passengers.
The title about the children of popular Disney villains who have a shot at redemption, and its sequel and three-quel, are streaming on Disney+. The franchise stars the late Cameron Boyce, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.
The Cheetah Girls
Cheetah Girls, cheetah sisters! This 2003 Disney movie stars Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan as high schoolers in a girl band trying to get a record deal. Will the industry break them apart before they can make it big together as a foursome?
In this 2009 title, after humans deplete Earth's natural resources, they begin mining a mineral on the alien planet Pandora. However, human interference threatens the world of Pandora's inhabitants, the Na'vi. To see how things turn out, watch this title on Disney+.
This Muppets title stars Jason Segel and Amy Adams. As far as Muppets content goes, there's also The Great Muppet Caper, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets Most Wanted.
The Parent Trap
Both the Lindsay Lohan version and the 1961 original starring Hayley Mills, are available on the streaming service.
The Simpsons Movie
Watch Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson in their 2007 feature-length film full of Simpsons character shenanigans.
Flora & Ulysses
The comedy-adventure movie based on the Kate DiCamillo novel of the same name, tells the story of a young girl named Flora, who befriends a squirrel. Little does Flora know, but she is about to discover that her animal pal has super powers that will change her life.
Clouds tells the touching, heartbreaking real-life story of Zach Sobiech, an aspiring musician who was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in his senior year of high school. It stars Fin Argus, Neve Campbell and Sabrina Carpenter, and was directed by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni.
The timeless tale of one horse's unbreakable bond with a special young person gets an update courtesy of director Ashley Avis, voiced by Kate Winslet.
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