TV & Movies

11 Of The Best Movies To Watch On Disney+ Right Now

By Jessica Best
24th Apr 2020

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands gives a lady a hair cut in the garden.

Disney+ is finally here which means hundreds (literally) of Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars content right at your fingertips. 

While this might sound like a daunting world to navigate and it’s definitely hard to narrow the best movies on the mega streaming platform down to well, less than all of them—we’ve gone and done that just for you. 

Here are all the best movies to watch on Disney+ right now.

Frozen 2

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face another dangerous journey and hey, we’re also here for the unashamed sing-along-fest on Disney+.

Edward Scissorhands

If there’s one thing we absolutely love about Disney+, it’s all the mass 90s throwbacks this movie vault has to offer. Enter Tim Burton’s gothic romantic-fantasy film, Edward Scissorhands. This fantastical movie won’t only make you cry but you’ll also absolutely fall for the teenage love between Edward (Johnny Depp) and Kim (Wynona Ryder) and it's all here on Disney+.

Aladdin

Disney’s live-action take on Aladdin is god’s gift to the movie world. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith (as the big, blue genie), Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, you’ll want to strike out all your weekend plans so you can watch this bad boy a number of times. Watch it on Disney Plus here.

10 Things I Hate About You

There’s one word that absolutely defines 10 Things I Hate About You—iconic. Throw it back to 1999 when one the first day at his new school, Cameron (Heath Ledger) instantly falls for Bianca (Julia Stiles) however, she can’t date until her older sister and completely un-dateable sister goes out too. And, as a modernisation of William Shakespeare’s A Taming Of The Shrew, you’ll also get your dose of literary culture too. Catch it here on Disney+.

The Lion King (1994)

We know, we know. There’s a live-action remake of this one fresh in the tank but if you were born in the 90s, not much beats the original The Lion King. Take a trip down memory lane and re-live Pride Rock and all the  “hakuna matata” vibes in animation. Watch The Lion King on Disney+ here.

Avengers: Endgame

She’s the epic conclusion to the Infinity Saga which is still riding the wave of being a worldwide phenomenon. This dramatic showdown pits the Avengers against Thanos after devastating events wipe out half the world’s population and fracture their ranks. The remaining heroes struggle to come together and have to come together to restore harmony in the universe to bring their loved ones back. And yes, it’s an unofficial tear-jerker. Watch Avengers: Endgame on Disney+ here.

Free Solo

True, Free Solo is a documentary, not a movie but it’s a must-watch regardless. Unless you’re interests and hobbies include scaling the world’s biggest cliffs, you probably haven’t heard of Alex Honnold. This doco basically follows Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of free-climbing (yes, that means without a rope) the world’s most famous rock—the 3200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Watch Free Solo on Disney+ here.

The Sandlot

During a summer of friendship and all the adventure, one boy becomes part of the gang, nine boys become a baseball team and their leader becomes a legend by confronting a terrifying mystery beyond the right-field wall. You can watch this stellar coming-of-age film on Disney+ right here.

101 Dalmatians 

Another blast from the past includes the 1996 version of 101 Dalmatians (because Glenn Close and puppies are always a winning combo). In case you forgot, Dalmations Pongo and Perdita make cute baby dogs together (you can skip to the timestamp of 42.43 to see all 15 of them in their puppy prime) which eventually get stolen by the spotted-fur-loving Ms. De Vil along with every other Dalmatian pup in London. Watch 101 Dalmatians on Disney+ right here.

Flubber

Because it would be rude not to have a classic Robin Williams movie on this list. In this gem, the brilliant but endearingly befuddled Professor Phillip Brainard is on the brink of inventing a revolutionary energy source (while also missing his third wedding) but discovers “Flubber”—a miraculous green goop ball with ultra-bouncy properties. Watch Flubber on Disney+ here.

Remember The Titans

Based on real events, Remember The Titans tells the story of how beloved football coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) gets demoted and replaced by the tough and opinionated Herman Boone (Denzel Washington). These guys eventually overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions. Watch Remember The Titans on Disney+ right here.

Have more time to spare? Here's everything you should be watching across all the streaming channels in NZ.  

Image credit: Disney +

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