What movies to watch on Disney+

Fans of Disney+ can rejoice as this guide lists some of the best movies streaming on the channel right now. If you’re just browsing streaming services and curious about Disney+, then this movie mashup will give you a good idea of what this dynamic channel has to offer. 

With the acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Hulu, Marvel Comics and Lucas Films, Disney has effectively invested in some of the most popular franchises of our time. And with its streaming service Disney+, it now has the infrastructure to stream programming to its content-hungry fanbase. This is the only place you’ll be able to watch movies and shows produced by Disney-owned franchises. 

Disney opens its Walt Disney vault for viewers to stream classic animated and live-action movies produced over the decades, from Mary Poppins to The Little Mermaid and many more. Selections from popular franchises like Captain America, X-Men, Star Wars: Rogue One beef up the Disney Plus movies list. Pixar and live-action remakes of Disney classics round out things out. 

Movies that are original to Disney+

Lady and the Tramp

A live-action adaptation of the original 1955 Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp tells a romantic tale of two dogs from very different worlds. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 52%
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 104 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux and Sam Elliott


When Santa Claus retires leaving the family business to his son, he gets cold feet just before Christmas. This leaves the role of Santa to his sister Noelle. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 58%
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Length: 100 minutes
  • Rating: G
  • Featured actors: Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine and Bill Hader

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made 

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a movie about a boy from Portland who operates a detective agency called Total Failure. Timmy has a 1,500-pound pet polar bear who accompanies him on his misadventures. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 64%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
  • Length: 99 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Ophelia Lovibond, Wallace Shawn and Kyle Bornheimer


In Alaska, a sled dog deemed too small to lead a team in a 1925 race defies all odds. Togo is an adventure that tests the strength and will of Leonhard Seppala and his dog sled team. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 96%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
  • Length: 113 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson and Christopher Heyerdahl

Movies you can watch with the whole family

The Lion King 

The Lion King is a live-action adaptation of the story of a lion cub who must overcome the death of his father to assume his role as king. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 88%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama
  • Length: 110 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Seth Rogen

Toy Story 4 

Toy Story 4 is the fourth installment of the beloved saga following Woody, Buzz and the gang. After Woody’s kid, Bonnie, makes a new toy, Forky, from a craft project, Woody must show him the purpose of being a toy. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 94%
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Rating: G
  • Featured actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele


Moana is the story of a girl on a quest to become a master Wayfinder. With the help of Maui, a demigod, the girl overcomes monsters and the elements during a journey that leads to self-discovery. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 89%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
  • Length: 103 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger and Jemaine Clement


When endless winter devastates a kingdom, a young woman teams up with a mountain man, snowman and reindeer to confront her sister, the Snow Queen. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
  • Length: 102 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Featured actors: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk

Movies that keep you on the edge of your seat

Avengers: Endgame 

The heroes of Marvel’s universe must come together to make one final stand to oppose Thanos and restore Earth and their lost friends. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  • Length: 182 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt

Captain Marvel

Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is about a woman who becomes one of the most powerful figures in the cosmos and saves Earth from a galactic war. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 48%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Length: 128 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace and Lashana Lynch

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

As tensions increase between the Resistance and First Order, Rey harnesses her Jedi abilities with the help of a weary Luke Skywalker.

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 43%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Length: 152 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Volume 2 picks up after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy and follows the gang as they discover Star-Lord’s father. In this space tale, alliances change, and friendships are tested. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%
  • Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Length: 137 minutes 
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Featured actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel

The takeaway

Disney+ is still a young streaming service, but it already has a wealth of classic and new movies in its library. And most Disney+ movies are great family entertainment. If you’re looking for more options, the Disney+ bundle — which also includes ESPN+ and Hulu — might be worth considering. But if you rather give Disney+ a try first, then you can do so for 7 days without paying a penny. The sign-up process is simple. Just cancel anytime before the trial period is up to avoid being charged.

Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of soda.com. He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.