There are plenty of movies on Disney+, but sifting through them to find the best isn't too difficult. The new streaming service boasts a massive catalog of films and TV shows, and an overwhelming selection of films from multiple studios means that there's quite a bit to choose from on Disney+.
Disney+ subscribers already have access to more than 800 movies and TV shows. That includes Disney's own in-house properties, as well as movies from Marvel Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and it's newly-acquired movies and shows from 20th Century Fox. Disney+ is packed with some of the most well-known animated films, deep-cuts from decades past, and more recent favorites.
However, Disney+ is also missing quite a few of its most popular movies, which are expected to be added over time. That being said, Disney+ isn't lacking for content. The streaming platform's library of movies has a lot to offer at launch. Here are some of the best movies fans can watch right away on Disney+.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Released in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first full-length animated movie and a beloved Disney favorite. It's the movie that shaped the Disney blueprint for animated musicals. The story of Snow White, the seven dwarfs, and the evil Queen and her obsession with becoming the "fairest" of them all is one of the most iconic stories in the history of cinema.
Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, 2008's Iron Man is the film that launched the MCU, which easily makes it one of the most influential superhero films of this century thus far. Iron Man gave audiences an unlikely protagonist: an egotistical billionaire playboy who starts on a path to becoming the Armored Avenger after being forced to build a metal suit for a group of terrorists. All these years later, some still believe it to be the best film to come out of the MCU.
The Jungle Book
Disney has no shortage of classic animated musicals that contain engaging stories, great songs, and plenty of comedic moments. This formula is perfected with The Jungle Book. Magheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, King Louie, and Kaa make up a diverse cast of jungle animals who all have memorable interactions with the protagonist, Mowgli. The Jungle Book follows Mowgli as he encounters numerous animals on his journey through the jungle, while being hunted by the vicious tiger, Shere Khan.
A New Hope
Released in 1977, A New Hope is the beginning of what is now a nine-part story called the Skywalker saga. The first Star Wars movie is revered by fans everywhere for revolutionizing the science fiction genre and shocking the world with special effects that were ahead of its time. The movie that introduced audiences to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader is possibly the most important science fiction film ever.
Miracle On 34th Street
20th Century Fox's Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of an old man named Kris who gets a job at Macy's department store as their Santa Claus. Problems erupt when it's revealed that Kris thinks himself to be the real Santa Claus. A trial unfolds, and Kris' attorney sets out to prove to a disbelieving court that Kris actually is Santa. The movie, which is essentially a story about having faith in something, tops several lists of the best Christmas films of all-time, so there's no wonder why Disney has attached its logo to it.
Disney's Frozen is a computer animated musical from 2013 which focuses on a young princess named Anna who goes searching for her sister, Elsa, who possesses ice powers. Along the way, Elsa meets several endearing characters who join her on her quest. The film was extremely well-received upon its release, and is quite possibly Disney's best animated film in recent memory.
Pixar's Toy Story hit theaters in 1995 to kick off a massively successful franchise that's deeply loved by both children and adults for quirky characters like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog, and more. Toy Story created a unique world with the idea that toys and action figures have minds and agendas of their own. The first movie in the series gives Buzz and Woody's now-famous friendship a bad start when Woody - who realizes that he is now his owner's second-favorite toy - decides to dispose of his successor, Buzz. Hilarity ensues after both toys are lost in the outside world, and eventually found by Sid, a disturbed child with a sadistic sense of humor.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney's most important franchises, and of course, it all started with the first movie in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. It introduced the love story of Orlando Bloom's Will Turner and Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Swann, two people who became embroiled in a battle with pirates and the Royal Navy. But, what really stole the show was Johnny Depp's critically acclaimed performance as the melodramatic Jack Sparrow.
The Lion King
The original Lion King was released in 1994 as a huge hit that pulled in close to $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The Lion King, which featured a star-studded cast of voice actors, wowed audiences with a tale about a young lion whose father was tragically murdered by his power-hungry uncle. The Lion King was unusually dark for Disney, but compelling characters and a gripping story that packed an emotional punch gave The Lion King a reputation as one of the best animated films ever made.
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Old Yeller is a movie about a family in the 1860s who take in a golden retriever named Old Yeller. Over the course of the film, Old Yeller develops a close bond with a young boy, whose friendship with the dog is the heart of the movie. Old Yeller's depiction of their friendship makes for a heartwarming - and heartbreaking - story. The ending is considered to be one of the saddest scenes ever brought to life on the big screen, which is part of why Old Yeller holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.