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The Best Disney+ Original Movies To Watch (So Far)

Joe Gardner in Soul
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Disney. The myth, the legend. It has been around for nearly one hundred years and has become a staple in every home, regardless of one's age, for its fantastical movies and lovely fairy tales. Disney+ has stepped onto the scene with their own original movies, with many different options to choose from. While there are so many upcoming Disney movies to look out for, sometimes, all we want is to relax at home on our couch and watch a Disney+ film.

If you want a recorded musical, they have Hamilton. If you want an amazing animated film, they have Soul. While there are plenty of new upcoming Disney movies, there’s so much to this platform to enjoy. Truly, Disney+ has so many new films to watch, some of which are exclusive to just their platform, that they deserve to be talked about. Here are the best Disney+ movies you can stream right now.

Mei and Ming in Turning Red.

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Turning Red (2022)

A Disney+ exclusive, Turning Red features the story of a young girl growing up in Toronto, Canada, but one day, she finds herself turning into a Red Panda whenever she gets overly emotional.. Strangely, this has been something that’s gone in her family for years, and now it’s up to her to decide how she will live with her own Red Panda. 

I have to say, Turning Red is certainly one of Pixar’s best in the last couple of years, because there’s so much to love about it. From the talented Turning Red cast to the adorable moments to everything else in-between, Turning Red offers a great story on what it’s like growing up as a teenage girl, and learning to accept yourself for who you truly are. 

Stream Turning Red on Disney+.

Anna Kendrick as Noelle in Noelle.

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Noelle (2019)

As for comedies, Disney+ has you covered. Noelle stars the talented Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and Barry’s Bill Hader, and tells the story of Noelle, the lesser-known daughter of Santa, who goes on a journey to find her brother when he has to take up the mantle of Santa Claus.

If I’m being honest, Noelle is one of my favorite modern Christmas films. There are so many great Christmas classics, but there’s just something about the chemistry between Kendrick and Hader that works so well in this film, and really brings a smile to my face. It’s truly a lot of fun and a great Christmas film.

Stream Noelle on Disney+.

Rueby Wood as Nate in Better Nate Than Ever

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Better Nate Than Ever (2022)

If you’re looking for a fun coming of age musical, check out Better Nate Than Ever. This Disney+ original follows the titular Nate, a young boy that has a passion for Broadway, and when he gets the chance of a lifetime to possibly be on the big stage, he takes a road trip with his best friend to the place where he dreams of living - New York City. 

I loved this movie. Seriously. Better Nate Than Ever should be Disney+’s feel-good film of the year. And that’s mainly because its protagonist - Nate - is seriously the most down to earth boy I have ever witnessed in cinema and he makes me want to believe in myself. He doesn't let anyone stop him from being who he wants to be and honestly, I think we could all use that kind of confidence on some days. The music is great, the story is the perfect coming-of-age tale, and the dance scenes are even more fun. Check out this film if you haven’t already. 

Stream Better Nate Than Never on Disney+.

Luca and Alberto in Pixar's Luca

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Luca (2021)

Released in 2021, Luca is about two little sea monsters who are curious about the surface and decide to leave their lives in the water behind to explore the world, by trying to get a Vespa to travel on.

Luca has actually become one of my favorite Pixar films. It’s not going to be a tearjerker like Soul or Up, but it’s extremely heartwarming. It teaches perseverance despite your obstacles, and acceptance of others in a way that I don’t think has been done so well in a children’s film. The animation is stunning and the story is sweet – anyone of any age would enjoy this Disney+ film.

Stream Luca on Disney+.

Beyonce in Black is King.

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Black Is King (2020)

Black is King is a visual album/musical film, and while at first, that might sound confusing, it’s actually extremely interesting. In this film, we follow the story of a young African prince, who is exiled from his kingdom after his father passes away. As he grows up, he starts to understand who he is, and then goes to reclaim his throne.

Let me say that this film is visually dazzling. It’s one of the prettiest films I’ve seen on Disney+ so far. But, the music is really what drives this film. Alongside the interesting story, the songs that are performed, by the talented, iconic Beyonce, take the cake, and truly speak bold messages that everyone needs to hear.

Stream Black Is King on Disney+.

Willem Dafoe in Togo.

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Togo (2019)

Another one of the first Disney+ originals, Togo is a film that tells the story of Leonhard Seppala and his sled dog, named Togo, during their 1925 serum run to Nome, when he had to transport diphtheria antitoxin during a time where there were harsh conditions and an epidemic of the infection.

First off, dog lovers will enjoy this film regardless of the other aspects. Togo is this sweet, loving, caring dog with so much personality that you’ll want him in your own home by the end of it. But, even if you’re not the biggest fan of canines, star Willem Dafoe embraces his role and brings this true story to light.

Stream Togo on Disney+.

Bryan Cranston in The One and Only Ivan.

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The One And Only Ivan (2020)

Based on a real story, The One and Only Ivan is about a young gorilla who is trying to piece together his past with the help of an elephant, as both try to escape captivity.

Let’s start this out by saying that this film is stacked with stars. And, I mean it. We have the incomparable Bryan Cranston, The Wire’s Ramon Rodriguez, The Eternals Angelina Jolie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Danny DeVito – the list just keeps on going. They all do great in their roles, whether it be live-action or voice-overs, and the visual effects are fantastic. It’s heartwarming and full of great messages.

Stream The One And Only Ivan on Disney+.

The stars of Hamilton.

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Hamilton (2020)

“I am not throwing away my shot!”

I’m sure that during summer 2020 you heard that phrase all over when Hamilton released on Disney+. This filmed stage musical shows the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, through his life’s story, and the key details that we might not know about.

The musical became iconic for a reason. The music is great, which so many fans love, written brilliantly by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and acted to perfection. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sung Daveed Diggs’ version of “What'd I Miss?” The songs are so catchy, and even if you’re not a big fan of history, you’ll be dancing out of your seat in no time with this film.

Stream Hamilton on Disney+.

Wolfgang Puck in Wolfgang.

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Wolfgang (2021)

Okay, I might be a little biased towards this film, but that’s only because I love cooking so much, and everyone deserves to know this man's story. Wolfgang is all about the legendary chef and personality, Wolfgang Puck, from his start in the culinary industry to his rough past back home in Austria, to how he built his food empire.

Wolfgang is one of those documentaries where I actually feel like I learned something valuable at the end. Wolfgang Puck basically started out with nothing and worked his way up in the industry, hoping that his skills shined above the rest, and now he’s changed the food industry in America and across the world forever. The documentary shows every part of his life and really lets you into his head about how he succeeded. It’s honestly one of the best documentaries that Disney+ has done so far.

Stream Wolfgang on Disney+.

Olivia Rodrigo singing 1 step forward, 3 steps back in the back of a car in Driving Home 2 U

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Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U (2022) 

In this documentary about the making of the famous album, “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo, Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u follows the young singer on a road trip where she heads back to Salt Lake City, where she started writing the famous album in the first place. 

Let’s be honest - all of us were belting out “Drivers License” when it released, alongside the entire album. As someone who is a fan of Rodrigo’s music, I really enjoyed this movie, from seeing how long it took her to write these songs to the production aspect to everything else, and all in all, it’s really such an inspiring story about a young woman who took her heartache and made it into something so much better. It’ll make you feel many feelings if you’re a fan of her songs, so be sure to check this one out. 

Stream Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u on Disney+.

Christian Cote, Gabrielle Union and Sebastian Cote in Cheaper by the Dozen

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Cheaper By The Dozen (2022)

In this remake of the classic 1950 film, Cheaper by the Dozen stars Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff as the parents of a family of 12, filled with all different races and nationalities, and their struggles with trying to keep their home life in check with so many little kids running around. 

I actually really like this version of Cheaper by the Dozen. It brings in the modern aspect of interracial families in such a great, charming way, and has some fun performances that remind me of the original film. The Cheaper by the Dozen cast is talented, full of great moments, and makes me want a sequel already. It’s a heartwarming, family comedy - and one you’ll enjoy just as much as I did. 

Stream Cheaper by the Dozen on Disney+.

The main character in Clouds.

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Clouds (2020)

With a list of the best films to watch on Disney+, I have to include at least one tearjerker – and I mean a serious tearjerker. Clouds is the story of Zach Sobiech, a high-schooler with a great personality, but after a few weeks into his senior year, he finds out serious information that is going to change his life forever.

I’m going to be honest – Clouds is one of those films where if you’re looking to cry, it’s right there. It’s on par with films like The Notebook and Up for making you tear up. But, that’s what makes it so good. The emotional impact, alongside the great acting of Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter and so many others really paints a beautiful yet heartbreaking picture. Sometimes, we just need to be in our feels. And, that’s what Clouds provides.

Stream Clouds on Disney+.

The two main characters of Soul.

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Soul (2020)

While I do love Luca, there’s just something about Soul that makes it one of my all-time favorite Pixar films. Soul tells the story of Joe Gardner, a jazz pianist who finally gets the shot of his lifetime to play in his dream jazz club, when tragedy strikes. Now, it’s up to him, with the help of some new friends, to get through it.

I’m not going to spoil a single thing for this film. If you haven’t seen Soul yet, watch it. It’s one of Pixar’s best, in my opinion. The story itself is so inspirational and emotional, teaching you about the simple joys of life, how maybe we don’t need to have a crazy purpose and we can just live, looking forward to the next day. The animation is stunning, the tale amazing, and the voice cast, starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, takes the cake. It’s one of the best films of 2020, and definitely one of the best Disney+ has right now to watch.

Stream Soul on Disney+.

While these are just some of the best films Disney+ has to offer, there are plenty of options out there still, like Taylor Swift's Folklore, or even Flora & Ulysses. Hopefully, this gave you an idea of some of the great ones to watch. Now, if you don’t mind me, I’m going to go watch Luca again. Silenzio Bruno!

Alexandra Ramos
Alexandra Ramos

Big nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. Will forever hate season eight. Superhero and horror geek. And please don't debate me on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!