Are you tuned in to Disney Plus yet? Disney’s new streaming service has so many thousands of hours of brilliant content it can be difficult to know where to start. With all that choice though sometimes it can be difficult to pick what to watch.
I know this is the most “first-world” problem in the history of first-world problems (I have too much choice aaaaaahhhhh), but I think we’ve all had at least one instance where we’ve spent forty minutes just scrolling through Disney+ trying to find something to watch.
To help you pick which movie to watch here are the Top-10 Best Movies on Disney Plus.
I picked this one not because it is especially entertaining, but because it’s unique. The only film like it is Fantasia 2000 – its sequel.
In this movie, classical music plays over a collection of animated shorts, the most famous of which being “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
The animators’ task for this movie was to adapt well-known classical music pieces and express it into an animated form. They’re basically taking what they’re hearing and turning it into animation.
Sometimes that animation consists of abstract imagery, while other times it tells a story.
This movie is not for everyone. It is very unconventional and many might find it boring to watch. Still, many love this movie for its animation and soundtrack.
The Emperor’s New Groove
Not a movie that was successful when it first released, but over the years it has developed its own cult following, and with good reason.
There were times when I had to pause the movie because I couldn’t stop laughing. The jokes in this movie are hilarious, my favorite being when the guard says to a delivery-man “for the last time, we did not order a giant trampoline!” to which the delivery man replies “could you not have told me that before I set it up!”
The jokes come pretty fast, while you’re laughing at one about sixty other knee-slappers come right at you.
Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl
This is most definitely one of the best pirate movies I’ve ever seen. I mean, I’ve never seen any other pirate movies, but still, this is a great watch.
The action scenes are amazing! My favorite is the duel at the beginning between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner. I especially love it when they get in the rafters.
There are so many memorable moments, like that part where Jack and Will steal the boat from James Norrington. It’s ridiculous that they pulled that off, but that’s all a part of the fun.
Saving Mr. Banks
In this movie, you see Walt Disney put out a cigarette he was just smoking. I can’t say I ever expected to see that in a Disney movie. Tom Hanks is just brilliant as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays a wonderfully exasperating Mrs. Travers.
This movie is surprisingly fairly adult with lots of references to alcoholism, and it even features a scene with attempted suicide. The PG-13 rating is warranted in this case.
Even though this is a Disney movie rarely does it actually feel like a Disney movie. That’s not in a bad way though. It just feels more adult than most Disney movies. Not that kids won’t enjoy it, but they aren’t the target audience.
If you’re a huge Mary Poppins fan or are fascinated by film production this one will certainly interest you.
A documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold attempting a free solo climb up El Capitan. I know I’ve taken a bit of liberty choosing this as it’s a documentary rather than a movie in a conventional sense, but it really does have to be on a must-watch list.
It was fascinating learning about free soloing. I can’t believe these people can climb a mountain with so little to grip on to. Sometimes they’re only gripping onto a tiny crease that’s only about a few centimeters thick! Lots of jaw-dropping moments in this
Free Solo won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and 7 Emmy Awards. Don’t just think about the amazing Alex Hannold, think about the outstanding crew who brought this film to life – some of them were right up there with him climbing.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
My favorite Marvel movie. I love every second of it. The arrow scene on the ship where they’re playing “Come A Little Bit Closer” is still one of my favorite movie moments.
I like the way the director implemented the songs in the movie. Especially in the finale when “The Chain” starts playing after Starlord has that flashback. Or when “My Sweet Lord” plays when they arrive on Ego’s planet.
It’s surprisingly very emotional too. I say “surprisingly” because I never expected a movie that features a talking raccoon that could make me cry.
Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope
If you haven’t seen Star Wars, this is the one you need to start with, because counting when it comes to Star Wars counting goes “4 – 5 – 6 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 7 – 8 – 9.”
This movie came out over forty years ago and it’s still amazing. I’ve watched it half a million times and I still get swept away by the story.
Everything in this movie is iconic from the music, the characters, and all of the locations. Even the sound effects they play are iconic, such as the lightsaber or the tie-fighter sound effects.
If ever I’m in a bad mood, I put on Star Wars. Although I’m careful which one – Star Wars Movies Ranked Worst to Best
When I think of a perfect movie I think of Up. I can’t even think of many nitpicks – everything is just so good!
Up is my favorite Pixar movie, which is saying something given the other movies they’ve made like “Inside Out” or “Finding Nemo.”
In my opinion, it also has one of the film scores of all time, somewhere among the ranks of “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings.”
This is a movie you can watch over and over again and you’ll never get tired of it.
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
If you’re a Star Wars fan, this is a must-watch. It’s incredibly fascinating finding out how they made the Star Wars trilogy.
The most interesting part was when they were saying lots of people didn’t think Star Wars was going to be a hit. They thought it was going to bomb completely. That’s so bizarre to hear that given how popular the franchise is now.
It’s cool seeing how they did the special effects. There was no CGI back then, so a lot of the effects are matte paintings or models and yet they still look very realistic.
The Simpsons Movie
One of my favorite movies of all time, probably because I’m a huge Simpsons fan.
You need to watch this movie – it’s amazing. It is guaranteed to get a laugh out of you. I’ve seen it dozens of times and I still burst out laughing at the “Spider-Pig” joke.
They took some pretty big risks with the story as well. Homer, the hero of the story, is very flawed in that he is very, very selfish. However, they still somehow manage to make him a likable and funny character, which is very difficult to do.
Which is your favorite movie on Disney Plus?
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.