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The 10 best movies you should be watching on Disney+
A solid catalog of family-friendly movies, including Marvel blockbusters, Star Wars epics and Pixar masterpieces.
For years as the streaming services starting rolling out, Disney’s kept its content under wraps. Now that the vault is opened, find out what you’ve been missing. Access to a wide library of content suitable for all ages and tastes.
You’ll find original Disney movies, as well as Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm. It includes some of the biggest and well-loved movies of all time, along with children’s animated classics and more recent original films.
We’ve let the collective wisdom of IMDb guide us to find the best movies streaming on Disney+. If you missed them in theaters, are eager for a rewatch, or want to catch-up on some classics, now’s your chance.
1. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back – IMDB score 8.7
This epic space-opera film from 1980 is the highest-rating Star Wars entry on IMDB. The Empire Strikes Back stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels, among others.
The story takes place three years after the destruction of the Death Star, as the Rebel Alliance led by Princess Leia has set up a new base. Darth Vader is adamant about turning Luke Skywalker to the dark side, but Luke trains with Yoda to become a Jedi Knight. Meanwhile, his friends try to fend off the Imperial fleet. Intense and breathtaking, The Empire Strikes Back still holds up. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a memorable ride.
2. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – IMDB score 8.6
The first installment of the original Star Wars trilogy is a must-watch for any movie buff. After Darth Vader holds Princess Leia hostage, Luke and Han Solo must free her and destroy the powerful weapon created by the Galactic Empire.
The cast includes Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guinness. Calling this movie iconic is an understatement. Set “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”, A New Hope is an integral part of pop culture.
3. Disney’s Newsies the Broadway Musical – IMDB score 8.6
Disney’s Newsies the Broadway Musical is filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and it’s an explosion of energy that delights adults and kids alike.
The musical is based on the 1992 film Newsies, inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 New York. Viewers can enjoy tunes from the original film, as well as new numbers. The cast includes Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
4. The Lion King (1994) – IMDB score 8.5
The Lion King is one of Disney’s classic animated films. While the 2019 live-action version isn’t available on Disney+ just yet, fans of the original film are in luck. The story follows lion Simba, who is forced to leave the Pride Lands after his father’s death. Years later, he returns to face his evil uncle and reclaim his throne.
This beautifully animated classic features plenty of catchy songs, a moving story and tons of humor, which makes it a fun watch for the entire family. Largely regarded as the pinnacle of Disney animation, The Lion King makes for an entertaining streaming choice.
5. Avengers: Infinity War – IMDB score 8.5
The highest rated Marvel movie on IMDB, Avengers: Infinity War follows The Avengers in their fight to stop Thanos, a mad Titan, from getting his hands on the coveted Infinity Stones and wiping out half of the universe’s population. As you might expect, that’s no easy feat.
A critical and commercial hit, Avengers: Infinity War has a star-studded cast and is brimming with great performances and tremendous action sequences, it’s a thrilling blockbuster that’s not to be missed.
6. Avengers: Endgame – IMDB score 8.5
The second part of the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame takes place after the events of Infinity War and revolves around the heroes trying to grapple with the consequences of Thanos’ master plan. It’s the highest-grossing film of all time, which should be convincing to even the most skeptical viewer.
But more than that, the movie exceeds expectations, delivering an action-packed and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the story of the MCU up to that point. It’s an ending of 22 movies, so it may not resonate as well with viewers unfamiliar with the Marvel world.
7. WALL-E – IMDB score 8.5
The story of Wall-E revolves around a machine responsible for cleaning a waste-covered Earth, who one day meets another robot and falls in love. The two set out on a fantastic journey.
One of Pixar’s most creative movies, Wall-E will enchant you from the first scene thanks to gorgeous animation and wonderful storytelling. Filled with heart and wonder, the movie is more targeted towards adults, but kids should have fun as well following the robot’s adventures.
8. Coco – IMDB score 8.4
Another Pixar production, Coco revolves around Miguel, a boy who dreams of becoming a great musician and pursues his love for singing despite his family’s objections. However, everything changes when he stumbles into the land of the dead. Here, Miguel gets to learn more about his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Coco is not only visually stunning, but it also delivers a charming story that touches on family, culture and death. By the end, even cynical viewers might find themselves shedding a tear. The cast includes Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt.
9. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – IMDB score 8.3
Return of the Jedi is set after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, as the Galactic Empire is building another Death Star to crush the Rebel Alliance. In response, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-on attack aiming to kill the ruthless Emperor.
Return of the Jedi has all the ingredients of a triumphant finale, including tons of action and enough drama to keep viewers glued to the screen. An entertaining sci-fi space opera, it’s absorbing and just the right amount of bittersweet.
10. Toy Story – IMDB score 8.3
Toy Story may be Pixar’s first feature-length film, but it’s still visually glorious, even when compared with the company’s more recent releases. The movie takes place in a world where toys come to life, and centers on Woody, little boy Andy’s favorite toy. But when Andy receives a new toy for his birthday, Buzz Lightyear, Andy is worried that he may fall in the shadows, so he hatches a plan to come out on top.
Inventive and highly enjoyable, Toy Story was an instant classic in the 1990s, generating praise from critics and fans alike. Even today, it has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. This engaging animation is one you’ll want to watch over and over again.
If you’re more interested in finding a binge worthy TV series instead, check out our list of the top 10 best TV shows you can watch on Disney+. If you’re still on the fence if Disney+ is right for you, you can also check out our review of the service.
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