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50 best movies available on Disney Plus Australia
Streaming service Disney Plus offers a solid catalogue of family-friendly movies, including Marvel blockbusters, Star Wars epics and Pixar masterpieces.
With movies from Disney itself, plus subsidiaries Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm, Disney Plus includes some of the highest-grossing and most widely beloved movies of all time, along with children's animated classics and recent blockbusters fresh from the cinema.
There are a lot of titles to get through, so if you're thinking of signing up, only just come on board or are a long time subscriber looking for something to watch, here are the best movies streaming on Disney Plus.
1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
A worthy follow-up to Black Panther, the movie pays tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman without skimping on the action that Marvel movies are known for. Even better, it boasts a hopeful tone, leaving viewers looking forward to the future.
2. West Side Story (2021)
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this 2021 remake of West Side Story is dazzling. Expect wonderful dance sequences, infectious songs, amazing performances and a love story for the ages.
3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
While Harrison Ford was already a superstar thanks to Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark cemented his place in Hollywood and set the template for action adventure movies for years to come.
A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Nomadland is visually dazzling and wonderfully acted. It also offers multiple perspectives about life on the road – some coming from real-life nomads. Oh and the movie won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actress for the superb Frances McDormand in 2021. You might want to tune in to see what all the fuss is about.
5. Soul (2020)
A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.
Great animation, a touching story and memorable performances make Soul another bona fide hit for Pixar. If you enjoyed Inside Out, this should be right up your alley.
The real life story of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. It's captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.
A feast for both the eyes and the ears, Hamilton pulses with talent and energy. As for the songs, they're the stuff of dreams. If you didn't get a chance to see it on the stage, this is the next best thing.
7. Prey (2022)
The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Prey features Naru, a skilled female warrior, who fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.
Prey is a well-crafted thriller that delivers both action and character development. The result? A gripping and perfectly paced movie that doesn't overstay its welcome. More, please.
8. Quiz Lady
A brilliant but tightly wound, gameshow-obsessed young woman, Anne, and her estranged, train-wreck of a sister Jenny, must work together to help cover their mother’s gambling debts. When Anne’s beloved dog is kidnapped, they set out on a wild, cross-country trek to get the cash the only way they know how: by turning Anne into a bona-fide gameshow champion.
While there are laugh out loud moments of hilarious comedy, at its core is the heartwarming story of the sisters’ bond despite their obvious differences. If you're wondering if you should watch Quiz Lady, the correct answer is yes.
9. Raya and the Last Dragon
In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilisation, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.
With a solid voice cast and spectacular animation, Raya and the Last Dragon is a charming movie and a very good time.
Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary Colombian family, the Madrigals, who live in a magical house that's in a charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal - every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the Encanto's magic is in danger, Mirabel decides that she might just be her family’s last hope.
Catchy tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, a wonderful cast and beautiful animation make the charming Encanto a delight from start to finish. It's a fantasy adventure for the ages.
11. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.
With stunning visuals and dedicated performances, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is another successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A crowd-pleasing blockbuster, it's a fun watch – whether you're well-versed in the MCU or entering this world for the very first time.
12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
In Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, our beloved band of misfits is looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), still reeling from a terrible loss, must rally his team and embark on a dicey, action-packed mission to defend the universe and protect Rocket. Meanwhile, a new, unpredictable force threatens to bring the Guardians down for good.
This brings the trilogy of Guardians movies to an emotional conclusion, so get ready for a lot of feels beyond the action you normally expect from a Marvel movie.
13. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V)
After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap.
Intense and breathtaking, The Empire Strikes Back still holds up. If you haven't seen it yet, you'll be in for a memorable ride.
14. Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV)
Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance against the Empire when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire.
To call this movie iconic would be an understatement, so you definitely need to give it a stream if you haven't watched the original trilogy yet. Star Wars: A New Hope is one of those films that has become an integral part of pop culture.
15. The Lion King (1994)
Embark on an extraordinary coming-of-age adventure as Simba, a lion cub who cannot wait to be king, searches for his destiny in the great "Circle of Life". You will be thrilled by the breathtaking animation, unforgettable Academy Award–winning music and timeless story.
This beautifully animated classic features plenty of catchy songs, a moving story and tons of humour, which makes it a fun watch for the entire family. Largely regarded as the pinnacle of Disney animation, The Lion King makes for a highly entertaining streaming choice.
16. Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War
An unprecedented cinematic journey 10 years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat Thanos before his blitz of devastation puts an end to the universe.
A critical and commercial hit, Avengers: Infinity War has a star-studded cast. Brimming with great performances and tremendous action sequences, it's a thrilling blockbuster that's not to be missed.
17. Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame
The epic conclusion to the Infinity Saga, this dramatic showdown pits the Avengers against the universe’s most powerful villain, Thanos. After devastating events wiped out half the world’s population and fractured their ranks, the remaining heroes must come together to restore order and harmony in the universe and bring their loved ones back.
Avengers: Endgame actually exceeds expectations, delivering an action-packed and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to that point. It's an ending of 22 movies in the making, so it may not resonate as well with viewers unfamiliar with the universe. For Marvel fans though, it's a spectacular treat.
18. Free Guy
A bank teller discovers that he's actually a non-playable character (NPC) inside a brutal, open world video game.
Boasting all the ingredients of a successful blockbuster,Free Guy is action-packed, witty and a whole lot of fun. The movie has a creative premise and doesn't take itself too seriously, which only makes it even more entertaining. You'll be in for a great time.
19. Turning Red
Thirteen-year-old Mei is experiencing the awkwardness of being a teenager with a twist – when she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda.
Funny, well-animated and heartfelt, Turning Red is another great entry in the Pixar catalogue. Whether you're a teen or an adult, there's plenty here to love.
20. Black Widow
Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.
With dazzling special effects and exciting fight sequences, Black Widow is a standalone Marvel adventure that never fails to entertain.
A live-action prequel feature film to 101 Dalmatians follows a young Cruella de Vil.
The movie's aesthetics are the stuff of dreams, Emma Stone's performance is vibrant and the fashion is to die for. All in all, Cruella is worth the hype.
Travel to a galaxy not so far away for a cosmic comedy adventure about a determined robot named WALL-E. After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, the curious and lovable WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Join them and a hilarious cast of characters on a fantastic journey across the universe.
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.
In Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Héctor becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions.
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.
24. Fresh (2022)
Frustrated by scrolling dating apps only to end up on lame, tedious dates, Noa takes a chance by giving her number to the awkwardly charming Steve after a produce-section meet-cute at the grocery store.
Fresh is not recommended for viewers with weak stomachs. A movie strictly for adults, it can be an acquired taste. However, if you have unusual appetites, you'll be in for a memorable ride.
25. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Episode VI)
Experience the triumph of the Force in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star, while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor.
Return of the Jedi has all the ingredients of a triumphant finale, including tons of action and enough dramatics to keep viewers glued to the screen. An entertaining sci-fi space opera, it's absorbing and just the right amount of bittersweet.
In Element City, the residents each take on a specific element: Water, Fire, Air or Land. Ember is a fiery go-getter, while Wade is a watery guy who likes to go with the flow. When they start to hang out, they realise that maybe water and fire can get along, and that they have more in common than they had previously thought.
Elemental is a family comedy filled with heart, and in the Pixar way manages to look at deeper themes such a immigration bundled up in the context of the 4 elements living together in 1 city.
27. Toy Story
Set in a world where toys have a life of their own when people are not present, Toy Story takes moviegoers on a fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys: Woody, a pull-string talking cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, a heroic space action-figure. The comically mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences when they're separated from their owner.
Inventive and highly enjoyable, Toy Story was an instant classic upon release, generating praise from critics and fans alike. Even today, it has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. With a cast featuring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, this engaging animation is one you'll want to watch over and over again.
28. Finding Nemo
Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly captured from Australia's Great Barrier Reef and taken to a dentist's office aquarium.
Finding Nemo is funny and heartfelt, with gorgeous animation and some genuine thrills. It's also hopeful – things may look bleak, but if you work hard they will turn out okay in the end. Watch it when you need a morale boost.
29. Inside Out (2015)
Growing up can be a bumpy road and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, that help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life, turmoil ensues.
One of Pixar's most ambitious and imaginative efforts, Inside Out is moving, clever and impossible to look away from. Keep some tissues handy – tearing up is not completely out of the question with this.
30. Toy Story 3
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare centre instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Toy Story is one of the few franchises where sequels meet or even exceed expectations, so we can almost guarantee you'll have a great time with this film. Plus, Toy Story 3 tackles a universal theme everyone can relate to, dealing with the fear of being cast off and no longer of use.
31. Free Solo
A stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free solo climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: scaling the face of the world’s most famous rock — the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park — without a rope. Renowned filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin capture the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork.
Honnold's climb is celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind and we're happy to report that this doco does it justice. Awe-inspiring and visually dizzying, Free Solo allows viewers to experience an epic adventure from the safety of their couch. Fair warning, prepare to be on the edge of your seat.
32. The Incredibles
Former Supers Mr Incredible and Elastigirl, aka Bob Parr and his wife Helen, have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs to live "normal" lives with their 3 kids. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.
The animation here is sleek as usual, but where The Incredibles really shines is the dialogue. Witty and clever, the banter will make kids and adults giggle and feel all the feels. Plus, there's enough action to keep everyone glued to the screen.
33. The Menu
A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
With wild and violent events occurring, dark comedy The Menu leads to a shocking finale. Bon appetit!
34. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis Captain Barbossa steals his ship the Black Pearl, and kidnaps the governor's daughter Elizabeth. In an attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack.
The Curse of the Black Pearl has a star-studded cast and a wonderful sense of high-seas adventure. Add some oddball comedy into the mix and you've got yourself a highly entertaining pirate flick.
Determined to prove herself, officer Judy Hopps jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Zootopia will win you over from the very first frame thanks to its subversive storytelling style and top-notch animation. The movie has an important and complex message, but it's adorable enough for young kids to enjoy as well. A win for everyone.
36. Marvel Studios' The Avengers
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
The Avengers remains a treat for Marvel fans, regardless of how many sequels the franchise gifts us. With a strong script and some wonderful action sequences, it stays true to its comic book origins while delivering a highly entertaining story and some strong character beats. Shawarma, anyone?
37. Monsters, Inc.
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realise things may not be what they think.
Monsters, Inc. is a prime example of a movie that improves not only with age but with each re-watch. Great gags and perfect casting go hand in hand with exquisite animation, proving once again that Pixar is a force to be reckoned with.
38. Toy Story 2
This comedy-adventure picks up as Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector kidnaps Woody. The rest of the toys from Andy's room spring into action to rescue their pal from winding up as a museum piece. The toys then get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody home before Andy returns.
Wildly imaginative, heart-warming and a whole lot of fun, Toy Story 2 is an excellent movie for viewers of all ages.
39. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII)
As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It's up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.
Met with enthusiasm from critics and fans alike, this space opera doesn't disappoint, offering an intriguing mix of familiar characters and new faces. The Force Awakens also breathes fresh energy into the Star Wars franchise – to everyone's delight.
40. Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin, a street-smart commoner, pairs up with clever, confident Princess Jasmine to fight against the evil sorcerer Jafar and foil his plans of taking over the kingdom. Along the way, Aladdin learns to believe in himself with the help of a comical, shape-shifting Genie, whose 3 wishes can change everything.
A glorious animated spectacle, Aladdin is dazzling, magical and hilarious. Even with a live-action version, this original remains a musical comedy for the ages thanks to its spectacular cast and stunning animation. We highly recommend you check it out as soon as possible.
41. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, King of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Funny, eerie and morbid, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a holiday fairytale like no other. We all have genius creator Tim Burton to thank for that.
42. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Join brave, independent Belle on the adventure of a lifetime as she sets out to rescue her father---and discovers the enchanted castle of a mysterious beast. Enjoy this timeless tale overflowing with unforgettable characters and music you'll never forget, universally acclaimed as one of Walt Disney Animation Studios' finest features.
Beauty and the Beast has plenty of fabulous musical numbers to offer, but the main appeal of the movie lies in its romantic and memorable plot. Prepare to swoon as you watch these unlikely partners fall more and more in love.
43. Marvel Studios' Black Panther
After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy appears, T’Challa’s mettle as king - and Black Panther - is tested as he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.
An absorbing and thrilling superhero blockbuster, Black Panther also introduces some of Marvel's most compelling characters to date, including a tragic villain we'll be talking about for years to come.
44. The Banshees of Inisherin
Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.
Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland at the tail end of the Irish Civil War, this tragicomedy is perfectly acted and gorgeous to look at. All in all, The Banshees of Inisherin is the kind of movie that stays with you for a long time.
45. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant is a down-on-his-luck detective. He's hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar Roger Rabbit. But when Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger. A judge then looks to bring Roger to justice, who begs Valiant to find the real evildoer.
The ground-breaking mix of live action and animation turned Who Framed Roger Rabbit into an instant classic back in the day. Thankfully, the movie stands the test of time due to its moving story and funny dialogue. If you haven't seen it yet, there's no time like the present to finally tune in.
46. Pinocchio (1940)
With his friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty and honesty in his quest to become a real boy.
While all Disney animated classics have a timeless charm, Pinocchio remains one of the most enchanting films ever made thanks to its mix of comedy and moral wisdom. The movie features beautiful animation, great music and loveable characters. Both kids and adults today will find it absolutely delightful.
Moana is a sweeping film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.
Boasting lavish animation and a complex main character you can't help but root for, Moana will blow you away despite a fairly predictable, yet inspiring plot. The magic is in the detail and we bet you'll be humming the movie's catchy tunes for days.
48. Flamin' Hot
Flamin' Hot is the inspiring story of Richard Montañez, the Frito Lay janitor who channelled his Mexican American heritage and upbringing to turn the iconic Flamin’ Hot Cheetos into a snack that disrupted the food industry and became a global pop culture phenomenon.
If you love a feelgood story where you get to root for the underdog, then definitely give Flamin' Hot a watch.
49. Avatar: The Way of Water
Set more than a decade after the events of the first Avatar film, learn the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
Avatar: The Way of Water features the stunning special effects we've come to expect from an Avatar movie as it introduces new Na'vi cultures and a range of exotic sea creatures. Get ready to immerse yourself in this luscious world again.
Retrograde offers a deeply intimate look at the end of America’s longest war and humanises the individuals most impacted through both American and Afghan lenses. With a character-driven, cinema-verite approach, the film functions as an up-close record of a turning point in American and Afghan history while also providing an emotional reminder of the human costs of war.
This close and heartfelt documentary shows the true cost of war, making it a tough but necessary watch.
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