Black PantherArguably the best MCU movie to date has moved from Netflix over to its new home at the mother ship, where it will likely be watched consistently for as long as this service exists. Lyrical and moving, it tells the story of Jim Morris, a man who fought for years to finally make it to the big leagues, long after people usually give up on their dreams. One of the highlights in there is the last Oscar winner for Best Documentary, the breathtaking story of Alex Honnold, a daredevil rock climber who attempts a dangerous ascent without a single rope or harness. Could Avatar be a hit again? Inside Out (2015)Is this the best animated movie of the 2010s? This movie is just perfect: funny, smart, thrilling, and inventive in ways that not a lot of blockbusters were in this era. The man is a master of the animated form, and that’s certainly true regarding this fable about a rat who becomes a master chef in Paris. Millions (2004)There are more blockbusters on Disney+ than all the other streaming services combined, so it’s a little harder to seek out the films that you not only haven’t seen but possibly haven’t even heard of. Aladdin (1992)No, not that creepy Will Smith nonsense, although that may be poisoning Disney+ by the time you read this; we’re talking about the still-great original film, featuring one of the best animated voice performances of all time from Robin Williams. It’s a movie that works every single time you watch it. Knowing that, Disney+ has put an array of their films on their service. Watch it on the biggest TV that gets Disney+. Avatar (2009)Yep. Somewhat discarded over the years as a holiday trifle, people forget how good this movie really is. Freaky Friday (1976/2003)Doesn’t everyone have to see this Disney classic at some point just to get the references in all of the iterations of body-swapping fiction over the next four decades to come? It’s a timeless film, and the live-action remake, also on Disney+, stands in its still-massive shadow. Those afraid of heights need not apply. Moana (2016)Stop singing “You’re Welcome.” One of the most joyful modern Disney films is also one of the most empowering, really finding a genuine message in its story of a strong-willed girl finding her place in a largely masculine society and the stunning backdrop of Polynesia allows for some of the strongest visuals of the modern Disney era. As for films, she recently starred in the adaptation of The Sun is Also a Star with Charles Melton. Journeying into the mind and emotional being of a little girl is something that should be melodramatic and ridiculous, but this film understands more about the human condition than arguably any other animated work. It’s funny and sweet. Walt had been wanting to adapt the story for years, and the funny thing is that it bombed so badly when it was released that it was cut up and aired on TV, where it started to build the following it has today. It’s also memorable for being an early hit for Keira Knightley. The Star Wars SagaWhat could we possibly say here beyond letting you know what’s available? The original story of a mother and daughter switching bodies stars the wonderful Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster, while the underrated remake features Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Alice in Wonderland (1951)While there have been several versions of Lewis Carroll’s story on film over the years, from the silent era through the Depp era, the fact is that most people envision the characters and design elements of this Disney classic when they think of the story. Disney's Live-Action Peter Pan Finds Its Tinkerbell Grown-Ish star Yara Shahidi will be the first woman of color to take on the iconic role in a film. John C. Reilly does fantastic voice work as Ralph, a villain from a famous arcade game who finds himself on a journey through other titles. The Avengers Saga (2012–2019)Consider this an entry for the entire saga of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and the rest of the gang as The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame are all on Disney+. Here are the comedians you should keep an eye on this year. You’ve been warned. The Sandlot (1993)It’s always fun when a movie transcends its original response to become a cult classic. The version on Disney+ looks remarkable, which should allow a new generation to discover this movie. It already feels like this little robot has influenced the entire genre of science fiction. And then we can debate why Joss Whedon’s first film is still the best of the quartet. It may not be as charming as the original, but it has some gorgeous visuals and interesting themes about our relationship to mother nature. Watch your favorite Disney Channel, Disney Junior & Disney XD shows on the DisneyNOW live stream. You really can’t go wrong with either the beloved original or underrated remake of this timeless tale of twin sisters trying to reunite their divorced parents. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)We miss Rick Moranis! It showed what could be done by a team of creators who respected both the source material and their audience. This little guy may not get the press of someone like Captain America or Iron Man, but his movies are much-needed, heavy-on-comedy diversions in a universe that often takes itself a bit too seriously. Turner & Hooch (1989)Before he won an Oscar, Tom Hanks had scenes stolen from him by a drooling pooch in this 1989 hit. Movies would never be the same. Up (2009)One of the Pixar greats from the peak of the company’s output in the aughts just happens to feature a cranky old man and a precocious kid. (1988)When Robert Zemeckis directed a live-action–animated noir, in which cartoons and people live and work alongside each other, no one expected it to be one of the best movies of the late ’80s. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in the story of the Von Trapps, a family who use music to push away the horrors of the world around them. 101 Dalmatians (1961)One of the most beloved films in the Disney vault, this adaptation of a novel by Dodie Smith gave the empire one of its most iconic villains in Cruella de Vil. “Honesty & Disclosure” finally catalogues the backlog of. Big Hero 6 (2014)Technically a Marvel movie and a Disney movie, this was the surprise winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Film. And it’s so easy to rewatch again and again, making it perfect for a service like Disney+. Newsies (1992)There’s something amazing about the fact Newsies even exists. © 2020 Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. They remind us that sometimes superhero stories should be fun. Robin Hood (1973)The legend of Robin Hood has had a dozen iterations over the years, but the first time that most people experience it is still through this 1973 animated musical comedy, the 21st movie in the Disney canon. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. This is what people think of when they think of the girl with the glass slipper. Jumping into the streaming competition with all the weight of one of the biggest companies in the world, Disney+ has arrived this year with a deep catalogue that includes exclusive rights to products of the Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars banners, along with original series and films. That November 12 deadline, however, still looms over the app’s future. Only the third Disney full-length feature, it contains eight animated segments set to music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. After all, we all kind of knew and loved Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America already, right? You Honestly Thought Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Would Do a Reality Show? Many people believe this was a turning point in the history of the show and that the program was never the same after it was released. The first full-length Disney movie was a phenomenon, putting the company on the map, and there was no looking back. Wall-E (2008)Andrew Stanton’s 2008 entry in the Pixar canon is one of the company’s most critically acclaimed for a reason, an ambitious sci-fi film that contains almost no dialogue and is full of unforgettable visuals. Three Men and a Baby (1987)Young readers may not a remember a time when a movie about three bachelors and an infant took over the world. It doesn’t all work in terms of storytelling, but that cast rocks from beginning to end. *SplashRon Howard directed Tom Hanks to one of his earliest hit roles in this story about a young man who falls in love with a mermaid, played unforgettably by Daryl Hannah. It’s the story of a 12-year-old named Miguel and his journey to the Land of the Dead. © 2020 Vox Media, LLC. It’s a beautiful, influential piece of animation that stands among the best animated movies ever made. Disney’s 1953 animated Peter Pan film is still the most successful iteration of J.M. Have you welcomed your new streaming overlords yet? However, Disney continues to further push for inclusivity, particularly after tapping Halle Bailey to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid last year. One of the biggest animated films of all time is there on Disney+ for you to catch up with before doing your culturally mandated duty and see Frozen II this holiday season. The Parent Trap (1961/1998)Hayley Mills or Lindsay Lohan? It may not be as charming as the original, Jon Favreau’s technically stunning update, less than a month after its theatrical release, one of the company’s most critically acclaimed, some of the best world-building in recent animation, Oscar winner Brie Larson as the title character, this story of an outsider elephant fits the Burton aesthetic perfectly, it’s a way for people to experience a true phenomenon, It is a study of what links us to the natural world. One of the biggest films of all time has been rumored to become a bigger franchise for what feels like forever now, but it seems like James Cameron is finally actually truly really working on sequels to his 3D smash, a film that promised to change the industry. *Ice Age (2002)There’s only one movie in the Ice Age franchise on Disney Plus right now but it’s the one that started it all, the adventures of a lovable mammoth named Manny (Ray Romano), a crazy sloth named Sid (John Leguizamo) and a cynical saber-tooth named Diego (Denis Leary). The first movie, 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl was such an unexpected hit — who would have thought a movie based on a ride would be this good — and the sequel is pretty solid too. Disney+ Hotstar is India’s largest premium streaming platform with more than 100,000 hours of drama and movies in 17 languages, and coverage of every major global sporting event. It got mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office compared to expectations, but it’s done very well on VHS and other forms over the years, and we’re willing to bet at least one person is watching it on Disney+ while you read this. The truth is that the buddy cop movie was such a staple of the ‘80s that it was only a matter of time before someone paired up an officer and a dog. A dense kickoff episode delivers a new setting, new characters, new conflicts, and some new (old) Coens reference points. Wondering where to start your adventure of navigating the digital versions of films that have shaped generations? It’s sweet, smart, and contains some of the best animated visuals of the modern Disney era. COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. It’s one of those films that feels like it gets more popular with each generation, further staking its claim as a modern animated classic. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)The entire arc of the MCU version of Thor changed forever when Taika Waititi was tapped to direct the third standalone movie about the big guy with the hammer. With or without performance-enhancing-debate-drugs. So watch The Rocketeer and maybe we’ll finally get more? In so many ways, this is one of the most influential blockbusters of all time, a film that helped usher in the era of the MCU. Disney specifically pursued Shahidi for the role. It may not have a “Let It Go” smash in there, but you’ll be humming a few tunes too. John Oliver Confirms That Things Are ‘Basically’ Hopeless, “We’re at the end of a generational battle, and the heartbreaking this is, we lost.”, Just for Laughs Announces Its 2020 New Faces. Iron Man (2008)All three entries in the series of films about Tony Stark and his killing machines are on Disney+, although even hardcore MCU fans would probably stick with the original. Culturally resonant in ways that modern animation is rarely allowed to be, this one contains some of the best animated visuals you could find anywhere on Disney+ and we dare you not to cry during “Remember Me.”. Already a subscriber? See where it all began. The puppet who wanted to be a real boy is one of the foundational films in the history of animation, not just Disney. Yara Shahidi is set to portray Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action Peter Pan flick. Pinocchio (1940)Only the second Disney film ever, this is one of the most iconic films in the company’s history. While The First Avenger and Civil War are both on Disney+ too, you really could watch and appreciate Winter Soldier completely apart from the rest of the MCU. A lot of the Disney titles of the late ’90s are kind of goofy comedies but this is a rich, empowering drama that has stood the test of time. I was happy to be black, but at the same time there were moments of, ‘Why is this a separate collection?’ There was this realization that being black meant I was the ‘off-brand’ version because Cinderella wasn’t made to look like me.”, ‘Little Mermaid’ Star Halle Bailey Is ‘Not Paying Attention to the Negativity’, Disneyland Unveils 'Black Panther' Tribute Mural to Chadwick Boseman, Disney and Pixar Sued by Evel Knievel Estate Over 'Toy Story 4' Character Duke Caboom. The first three movies are all on Disney+, although the first one is the only one really worth your time unless you morbidly want to check out Donald Trump’s cameo in Lost in New York. Hercules (1997)There is kind of a dark period for Disney after the success of Lion King and before they went all CGI in which some hand-drawn films like Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Pocahontas, for example, have ben somewhat lost to history. Watch the original for the songs, the new one for the special effects. Mulan (1998)Before they remake it in a 2020 live-action version, check out one of the most progressive animated films of its era, a movie that tells the Chinese legend of Mulan, a girl forced to impersonate a man to fight for her people. It is a study of what links us to the natural world, and a profile in courage of a woman who pioneered the very understanding of where we came from. Thank God someone realized Thor could have a good time too. We love Pongo too, but it’s Cruella who turned this into a franchise. Frozen II (2019)The COVID-19 pandemic led to an early drop of recent Disney hits, including this massive blockbuster from the end of 2019 that caught us up with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and the rest of the gang. Check it out and see why. Mulan is a 2020 American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures.It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name, based on the Chinese folklore "The Ballad of Mulan".The film stars Yifei Liu in the title role, alongside Donnie Yen, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. If you haven’t seen it since you were a kid, you owe it to yourself to revisit Geppetto, Jiminy Cricket, and the unforgettable puppet. Shahidi is known for playing the character Zoey from ABC’s Black-ish, which later got its own spinoff series, Grown-ish. The Incredibles (2004)Any list of the best modern superhero movies that doesn’t include the great Pixar film about Mr. Dumbo (2019)The onslaught of live-action remakes of Disney classics in 2019 was kind of depressing, even if most of them made a small fortune. (If you subscribe to a service through our links, Vulture may earn an affiliate commission.). Frozen became a phenomenon, making over $1.2 billion worldwide and launching lines of toys, games, and more. *The WolverineThe selection of X-movies on Disney Plus is random and weird—there are three as of this writing and this 2013 stand-out from James Mangold, which almost plays now like a warm-up for the even-better Logan (but that’s R—a no-no on Disney Plus). Coco (2017)Lee Unkrich directed this tender, genuine Oscar winner for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song. The great physical comedian was near his prime in this 1989 Joe Johnston hit that became a worldwide phenomenon. John Candy and Eugene Levy also star in a comedy that was so well-received that it was actually nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Log in or link your magazine subscription, NeNe Leakes, Newly Free From Bravo, Calls Andy Cohen ‘Racist’ on Twitter, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Reportedly Welcome a Baby Boy, The 50 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now, Joe Pera Wrote the Perfect Book for Your Bathroom Anxiety Attacks, “Nothing says ‘class’ to your dinner guests more than a Joe Pera book next to the can.”, The State of the Union According to Chuck D. The rap pioneer on the new Public Enemy album (reuniting them with Def Jam), Donald Trump, the broken music business, Kanye, and more. Disney’s new streaming services contains dozens of great kids and family movies, as well as classics for all ages. The duo head off on an adventure in a floating house in a film that’s ultimately one of Pixar’s most thrilling, and most moving, to date. This adaptation of the classic J.M. Listen, Disney is probably using their analytics on this service to determine what will get rebooted and what will get sequels. Doctor Strange (2016)The mystical and magical Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) became such a major part of the narrative in Infinity War and Endgame that you owe it to yourself to go back and revisit his origin story in this 2016 Scott Derrickson blockbuster. Barrie’s novel about the character, the fairy who doesn't age and invites children to Pan's magical Neverland world. Kurt Russell is typically fantastic as the coach, Herb Brooks. Grown-ish actress Yara Shahidi has been cast as Tinker Bell in Disney's live-action Peter Pan movie, Peter Pan and Wendy. Remember the Titans (2000)Boaz Yakin directed this massive hit for Denzel Washington, the true story of African-American coach Herman Boone, who tried to integrate his football team at a small high school in Virginia in 1971. A case can be made that Disney+ doesn’t exist without Ariel, Flounder, and the rest of the underwater gang. Sometimes the cast of a young rom-com just catches lightning in a bottle, which is what happened here in this version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. A vicious and awful woman who literally wants to turn your puppies into a fur coat, Cruella is one of the most timeless creations of this era. Sources tell the outlet that the film is expected to debut in theaters rather than a Disney+ streaming release. No one is going to argue that this is the best comedy on Disney+, but it surely has a bit of nostalgia value for those who were just the right age when it was released. It’s a 2000 film, but it could largely be released unchanged today and be a hit again. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash, and Violet is incomplete. Tron (1982)If you’re not old enough to remember when Tron came out, you probably don’t believe what a big deal this movie was for an entire generation. She’s also signed to ABC Studios for an overall deal. Although everybody really watches these movies for Scrat. Visually inventive, this one often gets forgotten when people talk about their favorite Pixars but it has enough loyal followers that it produced a sequel, Monsters University, which is also on Disney+. In a sweet and funny movie, Bill Pullman, Peter Boyle, and Jack Warden also give charismatic performances, but this is a Bullock Movie through and through. Captain Marvel (2019)Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed the first Marvel Cinematic Universe property to be headlined by a woman, Oscar winner Brie Larson as the title character. Both are on Disney+. Trivia: It holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for any Disney film, including Best Picture and Best Actress, and it won five. Take this wonderful little family dramedy from Danny Boyle, the director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire. Who wouldn’t want to be coached by Kurt Russell? The Lion King (1994)The crown jewel of the comeback for Disney in the early ’90s is arguably this musical classic, a film that was so instantly beloved that it spawned a successful Broadway edition and a generation of lifelong fans. We aren’t wading into that debate today (but our own David Edelstein did here). Deadline reports that this is the first time a Black person or person of color has filled the role, which is typically played by a white actress. It’s certainly the most ambitious from a major studio. The irony of it all is that the best of the bunch is the Tim Burton one that hardly anyone saw. Apparently, Solo, and The Last Jedi will be added before the end of 2020. Peter Pan (1953)This is another case in which the Disney version of a character has become the iconic representation of it, even though it existed before the movie and has been in other forms since. The BTS Boys Are Millionaires As Label Big Hit Goes Public, Gwyneth Paltrow Poses Nude, Is Possibly a Wood Nymph. This article is updated frequently as titles are added to Disney+, which you can sign up for here. But being the black version of so many characters brought up problems. The director herself lives in Uganda, where this story takes place, and she brings her cultural specificity to the story of a girl who becomes a chess prodigy. It’s animated filmmaking at its most wonderful, never talking down to kids and entertaining for parents in equal measure. Larson is joined by one of the strongest MCU ensembles, including Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Annette Bening, and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson. Parts three through five are up for debate. It’s so very ‘90s even as the charm of its cast also gives it that timeless feel. It’s time for a marathon! Well, now we know, and the people who love these movies really love these movies. *Never Been KissedLong before she was a talk show host, Drew Barrymore was America’s Sweetheart in a string of romantic comedies like this clever flick about a 25-year-old copy editor who goes undercover at a high school and falls back into so many of her awkward teen ways. The animated classic has nostalgic value, but it’s far from a perfect film, leaving room for Jon Favreau’s technically stunning update of the material. Based on a hit 1982 limited comic series, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine travels to Japan, which means claws vs. samurai swords action. Monsters, Inc. (2001)There’s a long history of kids movies and books in which little ones learn that the monsters under their bed and in their closet are real, but one of the favorites has to be this early Pixar gem with great voice work from Billy Crystal and John Goodman.