The 13 Best Disney Plus Movies Right Now (July 2020)

What to watch on Disney+

Can't decide what to watch on Disney Plus? That's not surprising, considering the massive library of content Disney's streaming service has to offer. We screened Disney's catalog to create this list of the best movies on Disney+ in a variety of categories to help narrow down your watch list.

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Black Panther (2018): Best Action Movie Nominated for Best Picture

Black Panther promotional poster

Marvel Studios

IMDb rating: 7.3

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Director: Ryan Coogler

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 134 minutes

Unlike the gritty superhero flicks that have dominated theaters for the last decade or so, Black Panther takes place in the colorful world of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced country in Africa. The newly crowned king, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), must assume the power of the Black Panther to defend his country against a mysterious outsider called Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

Black Panther remains the most critically acclaimed entry in the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to shattering box office records, it became the first Marvel movie to win an Academy Award, and the first superhero movie to receive a nomination for Best Picture.

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Coco (2017): Best Family Movie Set in the Afterlife

Coco plays a guitar in Coco (2017)

 Disney / Pixar

IMDb rating: 8.4

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Starring: Anthony Gonzalz, Gael García Bernal

Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 104 minutes

Coco is a classic Pixar movie through-and-through. It features superb 3D animation, catchy songs, a diverse cast of characters, and an emotional story that adults and kids can enjoy together.

The story centers around a young boy named Coco (Anthony Gonzalz) who accidentally steps into the afterlife during Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Along the way, he meets his ancestors and learns to appreciate their history and culture.

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Willow (1988): Best 80s Fantasy Cult Classic

Willow promotional poster


IMDb rating: 7.3

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley

Director: Ron Howard

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 126 minutes

When a dwarf named Willow (Warwick Davis) comes across an abandoned human child, he finds himself in the crosshairs of an evil sorceress. A quest to save the child soon turns into a battle to save the world.

In 1988, Ron Howard teamed up with George Lucas to make a fantasy film that too often gets overshadowed by other 80s Lucas productions like Labyrinth and Return of the Jedi. Nonetheless, Willow received two Academy Award nominations thanks to its impressive visual and sound effects.

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Inside Out (2015): Most Emotional Pixar Movie

Inside Out promotional issues

Disney / Pixar 

IMDb rating: 8.4

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

Director: Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 95 minutes

Pixar has a reputation for making emotional family films, but Inside Out takes it to the next level. Although Coco is definitely one of Pixar's most heartfelt animated features, Inside Out gets the edge for imagining our emotions as little creatures that live inside us.

Anger, Disgust, Fear, Joy, and Sadness must learn to get along in order to help 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) cope with being the new kid in town. The stellar voice cast makes Inside Out a memorable experience.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988): Best Mix of Animation and Live-Action

Who Framed Roger Rabbit promotional image

Disney / Touchstone Pictures

IMDb rating: 7.7

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 104 minutes

In an alternate version of 1947 Hollywood where human actors and cartoon characters work side-by-side, a detective (Bob Hoskins) is tasked with investigating the death of a high-profile businessman. He begins to suspect that he's on to a conspiracy when the evidence points to an unlikely suspect: a cartoon rabbit named Roger (Charles Fleischer).

It's been decades since Who Framed Roger Rabbit? debuted in theaters, and there's still nothing else that compares to it. Part crime drama, part animated comedy, the film scored three Academy Awards and is credited for ushering in a new style of Disney animation.

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TRON (1982): Best Genre-Defying Sci-Fi Movie

TRON movie poster


IMDb rating: 6.8

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner

Director: Steven Lisberger

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 96 minutes

TRON was groundbreaking when it came out in 1982. While the special effects aren't impressive by today's standards, TRON's innovative blend of CGI and live-action was so genre-defying that the Motion Picture Academy of America couldn't agree on how to categorize it. The story of a software programmer (Jeff Bridges) who gets sucked into a mainframe computer has since inspired dozens of comic books, video games, and a 2010 sequel.

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Artemis Fowl (2020): Best Disney+ Original Based on a Beloved Book

Ferdia Shaw in the movie Artemis Fowl


IMDb rating: 3.6

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 95 minutes

Artemis Fowl is the first original movie that's exclusive to Disney+. It's based on a 2001 novel about a young prodigy (Ferdia Shaw) who embarks on a journey to save his dad (Colin Farrell) with the aide of his dwarf and fairy friends. Through two decades of production limbo, fans of the book have waited patiently to see the movie version of Artemis Fowl go straight to streaming.

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Descendants (2015): Best Overcoming Your Family Film

Descendants promotional poster


IMDb rating: 6.3

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Starring: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart

Director: Kenny Ortega

Motion Picture Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 112 minutes

Part of the ever-growing genre of villain-centered fairy tales, Descendants premiered on the Disney Channel in 2015. The made-for-TV movie follows the exiled children of high-profile Disney antagonists who are given the chance to join proper society.

The music and dancing are on-par with other Disney hits like High School Musical, and it features Broadway actress Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent. If you like Descendants, there are two sequels.

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Remember the Titans (2000): Best Feel Good Sports Movie

Remember the Titans promotional poster


IMDb rating: 7.8

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris

Director: Boaz Yakin

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 113 minutes

More than your typical teen sports movie, Remember the Titans tells the true-life story of Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), a high school football coach who led his team to victory during the first year of integration in 1971. This inspiring biopic offers an unflinching look at America's history of racism while at the same time celebrating those who have struggled to change society for the better.

An emotional story and memorable performances are complimented by an all-star soundtrack featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, Marvin Gaye, James Taylor, The Temptations, and Cat Stevens. It's no wonder why many critics consider Remember the Titans to be the best football movie ever made.

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The Princess Bride (1987): Best Keeps-Getting-Funnier Comedy Film

Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride

Disney / Act III Communications

IMDb rating: 8.1

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

Director: Rob Reiner

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 98 minutes

The Princess Bride is one of those rare movies that gets funnier with age. It follows the antics of a young farmhand (Cary Elwes) on his quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) from a forced marriage to an unkind Prince.

The Princess Bride was a moderate success upon its theatrical release, but it later became a cult classic on VHS. Like other movies on this list, The Princess Bride is preserved in the National Film Registry thanks to its historical significance.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Best Star Wars Movie

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back promotional poster

 Disney / Lucasfilm LTD

IMDb rating: 8.7

Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Director: Irvin Kershner

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 124 minutes

Star Wars fans can't agree on much, but the critical consensus is clear: The Empire Strikes Back is the best film in the entire franchise. It's notable for introducing audiences to Yoda (Frank Oz), Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), and Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), and it ends with one of the most memorable reveals in movie history. Even if you already know how the story pans out, Episode V is worth a rewatch if you haven't seen it in a while.

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Marry Poppins (1964): Best Recording-Making Musical Movie

Julie Andrews in Marry Poppins


IMDb rating: 7.8

Genre: Musical, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson

Director: Robert Stevenson

Motion Picture Rating: G

Running Time: 139 minutes

When two out-of-control kids keep scaring away nanny after nanny, a mysterious woman named Marry Poppins (Julie Andrews) descends from the sky on a floating umbrella to restore order. Inspired by P.L. Traver's series of books by the same name, Marry Poppins was an instant classic when it was released in 1964.

The film received 13 Academy Award nominations, which remains a record for Disney. While Who Framed Roger Rabbit? broke new ground when it came to combining animated characters with live actors, it wouldn't have been possible with Dick Van Dyke and his dancing penguins.

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10 Things I Hate About You (1999): Best Quintessential 90s Teen Movie

Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You

Disney / Touchstone Pictures 

IMDb rating: 7.3

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Starring: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Director: Gil Junger

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 97 minutes

What makes 10 Things I Hate About You stand out among the glut of late-90s romantic comedies? For one, it's loosely based on the plot of "The Taming of the Shrew," William Shakespeare’s original romcom. It also stars young versions of several notable actors including Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Julia Stiles. Round it all out with an epic 90s soundtrack and you have the quintessential teen movie.