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10 Best Disney+ Movies – The Best Disney Plus Movies to Stream on Day One
Oftentimes, a binge of childhood Disney movies is truly the only fix for a bad week of work or the general sad state of the world. Starting November 12, Disney+ will have more than 300 movies available right away.
There are some cartoon go-tos, like Finding Nemo, and even a new live-action version of Lady & the Tramp starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. If a throwback is more your style, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is also on there to remind Disney fans of the company’s 1990s obsession with absent-minded scientists (never forget Robin Williams’ Flubber).
Disney movies, on the whole, are a good deep dive into the heavy stuff millennials were taking in at a young age. Sure, divorce is something many kids were likely familiar with, but how about an unrealistic yet charming telling of two long-lost identical twin sisters who reunite their parents on a boat they rented? Child therapists were likely fielding questions over that one for generations. And don’t forget Bambi and the casual killing of a mother deer. We were just supposed to take that in and move on? Good luck with that. Nothing is more fun than revisiting things like that as a fully grown adult and experiencing a good, cathartic cry.
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Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson describes this film’s plot as “a film in which an orange fish is separated from his father,” which is pretty much the perfect summary. The beautiful colors and hilarious voice acting of Ellen DeGenerous’s forgetful Dory make this one of the most beloved films in Pixar’s storied catalog.
This National Geographic documentary is not for people who are afraid of heights or who are generally averse to thrill-seeking. It follows professional climber Alex Honnold, who attempts to achieve the first free-solo climb of El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. Spoiler: He does it so you don’t have to.
Seeing as Disney owns the rights to the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe, all your favorite superhero movies will be available to stream on Disney+. So, might as well start with the film that transformed modern Hollywood as we know it—Iron Man is the origin of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
A little advice: If you’re going through an emotional time, it might be best to tackle this one when things have calmed down a bit. This 2015 film follows 11-year-old Midwestern girl Riley as she moves to San Francisco with her parents, all while battling her tricky pre-teen years. Her emotions are all animated (literally) and brought to life by recognizable voices, including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and her The Office co-star Phyllis Smith. Again, it’s about feelings, so if you don’t want to think about yours, this isn’t the best choice. Or maybe it is. Face what’s going on in there.
Remember the Titans
Even if you don’t get sentimental about football, this movie manages to pull the emotion out of anyone. Featuring Denzel Washington in one of his best roles to date, the film follows his coaching career as his Virginia football team navigates a school-wide integration. As the new black head coach in a town that is hardly accepting of this change, he and his family push through the challenge they’ve been given.
It’s 2019, and we’ve gotten all the way up to a Toy Story 4, which is a film not to be enjoyed by anyone with a fear of evil dolls or ventriloquy. But none of that would have come to be without the original, released in 1995. In Toy Story, we met Woody and Buzz for the first time, and maybe best of all, the “Claw” aliens make their first appearance.
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Disney+ will make available every film in the modern, prequel, and original era available to stream on day one. So, let’s start it off with the movie that changed it all, the original 1977 Star Wars, where Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo make their first appearances.
The Parent Trap
Thirty-seven years before Lindsay Lohan played her own twin in The Parent Trap, Hayley Mills was doing it. The twins, named Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick, because this is 1961 and everyone has your mom’s name, meet at summer camp and decide to switch places, unbeknownst to their parents.
This modern animated classic (that’s surprisingly not Pixar!) is one that both parents and kids can watch repeatedly—and never get “How Far All Go” out of their head. The story of a brave teenager who sets out on a quest to save her island is the film that Esquire ranked as the best Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movie (he voices the hero Maui).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Released in 1937, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs revolutionized animated films as we know it and fully established Disney as a viable film studio. It’s animation style was groundbreaking at the time, and still holds up in 2019. Sure, Disney is best known for computerized technical wonders, but there’s something still appealing about these sweet, hand drawn masterpieces.
Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame.