The finest Disney Plus series and movies include The Simpsons, Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar. While those are all terrific options, Disney+ also has several intriguing episodes and films that aren’t included on the app’s home screen. The streaming site offers one of the most extensive archives of hard-to-find content, including older Disney and Fox films, many DCOMs, and National Geographic movies so old that you’ll be surprised they were even digitized.
Instead of focusing on the obvious, we watched films like the new National Geographic film The Rescue and the underappreciated 1999 family drama The Straight Story on Disney Plus. We will include something on the list if it is noteworthy, novel, and worth viewing, so The Book of Boba Fett and Hawkeye are included.
On Disney Plus, HBO Max TV, and Netflix, this list of the top movies and television shows is presently available. We’re highlighting the best new releases (whether they’re new to the world or exclusive to Disney Plus), Disney Plus originals, and some of our personal favorites to keep things fresh.
In this 2000 classic, John Cusack stars as an empathetic music store owner who sorts through his previous relationships to figure out what went wrong with each one. After that, it was gender-flipped for a television show starring Zoe Kravitz. Nonetheless, the original is difficult to top – and just as entertaining for one of the few Jack Black characters that are purposefully unpleasant.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Film
Three live-action Diary of a Wimpy Kid films have previously been shot; this time, the books’ modest stick-figure animation style will be blown out in 3D CGI. While it may appear odd, it fits the comics’ toilet humor as Greg Heffley navigates his first year of middle school while dealing with shaved pupils, unclean bathrooms, and playground cheese.
Big Hero 6
The result of Disney Plus and Marvel’s collaboration is a geek’s dream come true. We defy you not to cry while seeing Big Hero 6, which boasts six haphazard superheroes, including Baymax, a vast, friendly, and inflatable robot.
The most recent Marvel series (I’ll never get over how quickly and thoroughly Disney Plus and Marvel flooded the zone, making these MCU shows feel like they’d always been around to the point of exhaustion) is excellent. It follows Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), a regular guy archer for the Avengers, as he battles bad guys in New York City during the Christmas season while reluctantly mentoring Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a bright young woman who aspires to be a world-saving archer like him – literally. She’s dressing up as one of his prior selves. The chemistry between Renner and Steinfeld is fantastic, and the action sequences are thrilling.
While the first Paddington is fantastic, the second is immaculate – and they’re both accessible on Disney Plus right now, so there’s no need to choose. Part meditation on the jail system, a part exhibition of Hugh Grant’s hilarious powers, and 100 percent guaranteed to make you cry with joy.
Edward Scissorhands is a Fictional Character.
The legendary drinking game Edward Fortyhands inspired director Tim Burton to create this wonderful romantic fantasy picture. He saw his pal’s tape 40oz bottles of malt liquor to their hands as a kid growing up in the suburbs, which inspired him to think, “What if the hands were scissors instead of bottles?” While the drinking game is a jest (Scissorhands, not Fortyhands), it highlights the film’s aesthetic impact and longevity. It stars Johnny Depp as the titular Frankenstein’s monster, a sweet, sensitive young man who, despite his flaws, just wanted to be loved. Depp and Winona Ryder, who plays Edward’s love interest Kim Boggs, were fantastic, as Burton perfected his gothic whimsy in this film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
While this may be a controversial choice, The Last Jedi is undoubtedly the best film in Disney plus most recent Star Wars trilogy and the best franchise since Empire (which, naturally, also makes our list). It’s savvy enough to forego some of the series’ baggage in favor of new elements of the mythology to explore, provides a satisfying finish to Luke Skywalker’s journey, and presents possibly the single most stunning sight in any galaxy far, far away.
Disney Plus efforts to expand the universes of its existing properties have ranged in quality, with Marvel and Star Wars gaining the most attention and success. Except for Forky Asks a Question from Toy Story and this collection of cartoons from the film, Pixar’s film extensions have been mostly forgettable. Dug is the ideal subject for the five 8 Minute shorts. His pure and naive vision of the world produces poignant moments with his owner Carl (Ed Asner in one of his final roles) and never outstaying his welcome.