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The 13 Best Movies on Disney+ To Binge Right Now

Ah yes, Disney. The name we all grew up with and came to know through classics like Aladdin, Cinderella, Dumbo, Bambi, The Lion King, and other such films that, frankly, broke our hearts and shaped some of our childhoods. These days, it’s easy to find Disney stamped on a great many things we see in entertainment, namely the movies and who “owns” them. Over the years, Disney has picked up other film franchises along the way, many of which dominate the box offices year after year. 

One of the most popular streaming services, Disney+ contains all the Disney movies we know and more. Sure, we could list all of the best movies they have to offer, including the entire Star Wars franchise (and any Lucasfilm production, such as the successful The Mandalorian series), any Pixar movie, and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that would be too easy. Instead, our list today will bring you the oddballs, treasures, standouts, and surprises that Disney+ has to offer. You can also peruse our list of the best Disney+ series if you’re looking for TV shows instead.

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

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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You
70 %
7.3/10
pg-13 97m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directed by Gil Junger
With a story based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and revamped to fit the ’90s grunge of Seattle, 10 Things I Hate About You is a timeless classic, giving high-school rom-coms a run for their money. In an upper-middle-class Seattle high school, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is a popular and beautiful girl that many would be lucky to date (arrogant schmucks and romantic nerds alike) but with her terrified and controlling father, she is not allowed to date unless her blunt and abrasive older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles),- decides to date somebody. Starring a wide array of recognizable faces and witty dialogue, at least one of you will fall victim to Heath Ledger’s endlessly charming smile in this perfect Valentine’s Day movie.

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
In one of the best James Cameron films to date, Avatar has a fantastic narrative and showed Cameron’s beautiful world-building chops. An incredible planet called Pandora by humans is only interesting to them for its natural resources, which they’ve brought military assistance to procure. A paraplegic Marine (Sam Worthington) learns about this world through the Avatar program, where he can inhabit the body of a local Na’vi and feel free again. Basically a reimagining of Pocahontas, this film takes the story to new heights of visualization and storytelling.

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
Originally written and performed for the stage, Hamilton is actually a direct filming of one of the original Broadway productions, making it the most unique choice on our list today. Based on true events, we follow the story of Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), one of the founding fathers and a proud man who came from nothing and turned himself into one of the most important men in American history. Chosen for its uniqueness, this film is an iconic take on race, culture, history, and music, as the white historic figures are all played by people of color, and highlighted by a rap and hip-hop soundtrack as opposed to your usual theater music.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
82 %
8.0/10
pg 76m
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy
Stars Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by Henry Selick
The holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is on Disney+. Good thing, too, since it’s appropriate to watch from the beginning of October all the way through Christmas. Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon) is the Pumpkin King and leader of the creepy Halloween Town. When he becomes bored of the same thing over and over, he stumbles upon another world, where Christmas is abundant, and he attempts to harness its power and bring it home.

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
In 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. Another highlight of this movie is Sean Bean as the bad guy, fighting to find the treasure before Ben can figure it out.

Coco (2017)

Coco
81 %
8.4/10
pg 104m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Yes, this is seemingly just a Pixar film like many others available on Disney+, but it is so much more than that. When young and aspiring musician Miguel dreams of being an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, he must go against his entire family and their generational dislike of music and travel to the land of the dead. Besides the wonderful visuals and endearing characters, Coco goes so much further by exploring themes of culture, family, language, love of music, and the afterlife. Beautiful and magical, this Pixar film has to be one of the studio’s all-time best.

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
A witty fairytale about love, adventure, and hope, The Princess Bride is another timeless classic on our list today 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, mostly for the good quality of the incredible tale (not to mention Peter Falk’s legendary narration), but also to reconnect with his growing grandson. Cleverly written and full of excellent cameos, this film is a good choice for almost any occasion. Other than all that, this is a masterful romantic comedy, and might even be the best.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
83 %
7.7/10
pg 104m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
In an extremely successful live-action/animation hybrid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a dark take on what events might transpire when two worlds collide. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is a private investigator who hates cartoons but is hired to investigate an adultery case involving real-world cartoons Roger and Jessica Rabbit. When Roger is framed for murder, the case gets tricky and downright wacky.

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
Included in our list today for its historic footprint, The Avengers is the beginning of the box-office megalodon that snowballed into the highest-grossing film franchise to date. 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. Earth’s mightiest heroes come together to fight an alien force in this epic comic book movie. All Avengers movies can also be streamed on Disney+, making for one epic Sunday of bingeing.

Moana (2016)

Moana
81 %
7.6/10
pg 107m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall
The best Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movie and one of Disney/Pixar’s best collaborations is Moana, an animated movie that was received with overwhelming approval. The story is about a young Polynesian woman named Moana who is the daughter of the chief of an ancient island. Plagued by a curse because of the Demigod Maui and his mischief, Moana is called to the ocean — and by the ocean — to seek him out and correct the error of his ways. Maui (if you’re unfamiliar with Pacific Island mythology) is a demigod with a magical fish hook, giving him the power to shape shift into any animal.

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
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 intrepid acting, incredible direction, and an unstoppable resolution, this is a wonderful re-telling of one of the most patriotic moments in U.S. sports history.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle of Dogs
82 %
7.8/10
pg-13 101m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
Directed by Wes Anderson
Unique and quirky in classic Wes Anderson fashion, Isle of Dogs breaches new grounds of imagination and creativity. When an executive order requires all dogs from Megasaki City to be banished to a trash dump on an island off the coast of Japan, a boy named Atari sets off on his own to find his lost dog. Even though it is set in a fictional world, this film says a lot about where we are and where we are going as a society.

Anastasia (1997)

Anastasia
61 %
7.2/10
g 94m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Drama
Stars Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Anastasia tells a tale of royalty and deception through the lens of curses and mystery. When one of the last surviving members of the royal Romanov family, Anastasia (Meg Ryan) is hunted by the evil wizard Rasputin, she must reconnect with her past in order to correct the future. Added to this list for its dark story and unique setting, this film is a memorable classic in animated cinema, just not recommended for very young children. Cusack’s role as the local scoundrel turned loverboy, though merely a voiceover, qualifies it as one of the 10 best John Cusack movies.

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