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These are the best Disney Plus movies to watch in June

If you're a Disney Plus member, stream these movies this month

The cast of Star Wars
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Disney is arguably the most iconic entertainment brand in the world. The company’s properties, both original and acquired, combine to produce content that transcends age demographics. Disney has built a brand that’s beloved by children, and those children eventually age into adults who introduce their kids to the films they loved when they were young. Disney’s animation alone has made it iconic, but in recent years, the company has also acquired some of the biggest pieces of intellectual property there are. And, with Disney Plus available on any device, you can watch all these movies whenever you want.

Between its acquisitions of both Marvel and Star Wars, there’s a good chance that whatever you love is being shepherded to screens both large and small by Disney. When they launched Disney+, the company was sure to fill it with both those nostalgic animated classics and plenty of new stuff as well. It’s meant to be a streaming service for all ages, which is why the selection of movies available there is so diverse. These Disney Plus movies will make you laugh and cry and leave you eager for a rewatch. Here’s a look at the best movies on Disney Plus.

For more options from other streaming services, check out the best movies on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, and the best movies on Amazon

Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars
121m
Genre
Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Stars
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Directed by
George Lucas
Watch on Disney+
One of the biggest movies ever made, Star Wars introduced us to an entire universe that we still live in decades later. The film follows a young boy living on a desert planet who discovers that his lineage makes him crucial to defeating the evil Empire ruling the galaxy. I could go into more details, but you probably know what happens in Star Wars. It introduced an entirely new kind of blockbuster, and we’re still living with its legacy today. More importantly, though, the movie holds up on its own terms. If you watch it today, you’ll find it just as enthralling as everyone did in 1977.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

The Simpsons Movie
87m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright
Directed by
David Silverman
Watch on Disney+
The Simpsons is TV’s most popular animated sitcom, and three decades later it’s still airing new episodes. This standalone film in the middle of its run was a sign that the property had elevated to the big leagues, and audiences were thrilled to see Homer and company on the big screen. The story combined the typical irreverent humor the show is known for with a touch of corny family feel-good sap.

Avatar (2009)

Avatar
83%
7.8/10
pg-13
162m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Directed by
James Cameron
Watch on Disney+
In addition to being one of the best James Cameron films to date, Avatar was also a genuine phenomenon. Telling what could have been a rote story with the help of some amazing visuals, Cameron immerses viewers in the world of Pandora, which is filled with one-of-a-kind creatures. Now that the movie is getting sequels, it’s clear that Avatar is going to be with us for some time, and while it may lose a little when you watch it at home, the first movie still remains a dazzling experience.

Hamilton (2020)

Hamilton
90%
8.5/10
pg-13
200m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr.
Directed by
Thomas Kail
Watch on Disney+
Originally written and performed for the stage, Hamilton is actually a filmed version of the original Broadway cast performing the show. Based on true events, we follow the story of Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), one of the founding fathers whose story may be less well-known than many of his contemporaries. Featuring incredible performances, breathtaking music, and a deep dive into what makes American history so fascinating and frustrating, Hamilton is well worth your time.

National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure
39%
6.9/10
pg
131m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Mystery
Stars
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha
Directed by
John Turteltaub
Watch on Disney+
A classic action/adventure ride from director John Turteltaub, National Treasure is pure family fun and one of the best Nicolas Cage movies ever. Historian and puzzle-solver Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) is obsessively searching for a lost American treasure and discovers that the map to it is inscribed on the back of the Declaration of Independence. It’s definitely stupid, but what makes it great is the sheer dedication of the entire cast to its goofy premise. Another highlight of this movie is Sean Bean as the bad guy, fighting to find the treasure before Ben can get to it.

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride
77%
8.1/10
pg
98m
Genre
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Directed by
Rob Reiner
Watch on Disney+
A witty fairytale about love, adventure, and hope, The Princess Bride is another timeless classic that nobody will judge you for watching a few dozen times. When a boy is sick in his bed, his grandfather decides to read him the story of The Princess Bride to reconnect with his growing grandson, and because it’s a pretty good book. Cleverly written and full of excellent cameos, this film is a good choice for almost any occasion. On top of its fantastical elements, though, this is a masterful romantic comedy, and might even be the best ever made.

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers
69%
8.0/10
pg-13
143m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stars
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by
Joss Whedon
Watch on Disney+
The Avengers was the proof that ultimately led to an entire expanded cinematic universe. When the movie first came out, it was a movie like no one had seen before. As the culmination of multiple Marvel movies and characters, including Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, it had fans already drawn all the way in before it even hit theaters. This movie features the union of all of Earth’s mightiest heroes and Marvel proving that they could really pull off the team-up concept. All Avengers movies can also be streamed on Disney+, making for one epic Sunday of bingeing.

Miracle (2004)

Miracle
68%
7.5/10
pg
135m
Genre
Biography, Drama, History
Stars
Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West
Directed by
Gavin O'Connor
Watch on Disney+
Fantastic, melodramatic, and based on a very real story that truly united America, Miracle is one of the best sports movies ever made. Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) assembles an American hockey team to take on the Soviet Union, then the best team in the world, in a Cold War proxy at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Full of rock-solid performances, incredible direction, and an unbeatable true story, this is a wonderful retelling of one of the most patriotic moments in U.S. sports history.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
150m
Genre
Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
Stars
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista
Directed by
James Gunn
Watch on Disney+
All three of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are well worth watching, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might be the most emotional movie in the trilogy. It brings the story of these original Guardians to a fitting end and follows the core characters as they unite to save Rocket Raccoon after he’s kidnapped. The movie is really about Rocket, and spends plenty of time diving into his past. Featuring strong performances from its entire ensemble, one of the great soundtracks in movie history, and a handful of genuinely tear-inducing moments, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is an outstanding piece of entertainment.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 | Official Trailer

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark
115m
Genre
Adventure, Action
Stars
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Directed by
Steven Spielberg
Watch on Disney+
Steven Spielberg is one of the best directors in the history of cinema, and Raiders of the Lost Ark is perhaps his best action movie. The film follows an archaeologist and adventurer you’ve probably heard of named Indiana Jones, and while Indy has hung around for decades following his introduction here, Raiders of the Lost Ark will forever be the best movie featuring the character. Perfectly paced, lovingly crafted, and anchored by a deeply compelling Harrison Ford performance, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the best action movies ever made.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures
127m
Genre
Drama, History
Stars
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Directed by
Theodore Melfi
Watch on Disney+
Telling the true story of three brilliant Black women who paved the way for NASA’s missions to the moon, Hidden Figures is inspiring and buoyed by a trio of great central performances. The movie may be conventional in all the ways you might imagine a movie like this to be, but Hidden Figures earns its sense of triumph and tells a story that many were likely unaware of before the movie began. What’s more, it truly focuses on the three women it’s about, instead of focusing on the way they changed the perspective of some white person who usually finds themselves at the center of these tales.
Hidden Figures | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Big (1988)

Big
104m
Genre
Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Family
Stars
Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
Directed by
Penny Marshall
Watch on Disney+
One of the movies that helped establish Tom Hanks as a major star, Big sees Hanks playing a young boy who suddenly finds himself thrust into the body of an adult. The movie is both sweeter and funnier than you might imagine, and it holds up almost perfectly more than 30 years later. Hanks would go on to prove that he can be a very serious dramatic actor, but in Big, he leads with comedy; and to great effect. Penny Marshall was a great director, and Big turned out to be the perfect vehicle for a young Hanks.
Big | #TBT Trailer | 20th Century FOX

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man
121m
Genre
Action, Science Fiction
Stars
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Directed by
Sam Raimi
Watch on Disney+
There are a huge number of superhero movies on Disney Plus, but Spider-Man was the one that started it all. Sam Raimi’s 2002 film is actually a relatively straightforward origin story, chronicling Peter’s spider bite and the loss of his Uncle Ben. Thanks to his direction, though, the film never feels stale, and even today, many of its more familiar elements still feel relatively fresh and exciting. There have been tons of other Spider-Man movies since this first one hit theaters, but Spider-Man may still be one of the most potent examples of why this story resonates so broadly.
SPIDER-MAN [2002] – Official Trailer (HD)

Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember the Titans
113m
Genre
Drama
Stars
Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris
Directed by
Boaz Yakin
Watch on Disney+
It may be a pretty blatant rewriting of the actual history, but Remember the Titans is nonetheless a remarkably effective sports movie. The film tells the story of a Black football coach who is hired to coach a newly integrated football team in Virginia. While its depictions of racism may seem outdated today, Denzel Washington delivers a remarkably effective central performance, and it’s hard not to find yourself moved as the team begins to understand one another. While the football games played may be total nonsense, that doesn’t make the Titans’ victory any less tear jerking.
REMEMBER THE TITANS Trailer (2000) Denzel Washington Movie

West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story
156m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Crime
Stars
Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose
Directed by
Steven Spielberg
Watch on Disney+
One of the great musicals ever made has two outstanding movie adaptations. For our money, though, the better of those two is Steven Spielberg’s 2021 West Side Story, which updates the story in all the right ways while preserving so much of what makes the musical beloved. The film is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet, and follows a Puerto Rican girl who falls in love with a poor white boy at a time when their two clans are warring. This new version minted Rachel Zegler as a genuine star, and it also features some of the most breathtaking musical cinematography you’ve likely seen this century.
Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" | Official Trailer | 20th Century Studios

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