What movies are worth watching on Disney Plus?


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Disney+ is finally here. No longer do I have to ravenously hunt the internet to try and find a way to watch my old favorite shows. However, the new platform has a massive library and it’s very hard to watch it all. Here, I’m going to be going through all of the films (not including animation) that I think are worth watching.

Disney+ has already been downloaded over 3.2 million times since being released Tuesday. The cost right now is around seven dollars a month or around $70 if you prepay for an entire year. I’m surprised that Disney released an affordable streaming service. For the maximum seven dollars a month, you get around 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes that you can stream at 4K on multiple screens at a time.

The one exception on this list was something I never expected to happen, which is The World According to Jeff Goldblum. It’s a fun show that follows the Jurassic Park star as he learns about new things. In Goldblum fashion, though, it’s always something out of the ordinary. He learns about sneakers, ice-cream or vintage jeans. Anything is up for grabs, and with Goldblum’s personality and charm, he can make anything interesting. All episodes feature a lot of information about the actor and said information is usually accompanied by old photographs. It’s an intimate show, as Goldblum interviewing his guests is usually more personal than inquisitive, but the show is wholesome nonetheless.

For more classic films, Disney+ features some of my favorites like The Sandlot, Home Alone (they also have the second one if you’re trying to get in the mood for Christmas), The Muppet Movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

For classic Disney movies (let’s be real, that’s half the reason we’re subscribing) there is Blank Check, The Santa Clause, Halloweentown, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, The Thirteenth Year, Smart House, Johnny Tsunami, Phantom of the Megaplex, The Luck of the Irish and Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off.

Disney provided their obvious gems on here, but there is also a collection of very good films that I didn’t realize how much I wanted to rewatch until now: Pirates of the Carribean, The Chronicles of Narnia, National Treasure, the first two High School Musical movies and Avatar. 

Disney also added a bunch of really weird and old movies from the ‘40s through the ‘60s. A lot of these are just boring and don’t match Disney’s tone at all. I did find what I believe to be an exception. It’s called The Absent-Minded Professor. It’s actually the original of the Robin Williams movie, Flubber. This isn’t a good movie, but I can’t stop watching the actors try and act amazed by the terrible flying rubber special effect.

If you were looking for a list of everything worth watching on the new streaming service, check back later, as I’ll be breaking down the streaming service into two more parts: animation next and then, it’s TV shows. Happy streaming!