In 2012, Netflix secured a lucrative streaming deal with Disney, making Homeward Bound, Pirates of the Caribbean, Zootopia and other favorites available at our fingertips. But as streaming services continue to grow in popularity, Disney is saying goodbye to Netflix and starting its own streaming service in 2019. With nearly 100 Disney flicks on Netflix, now’s the perfect time to make your way through the list before you no longer can! Here’s where to start.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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Live-action meets animated fantasy in Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In a world where animated characters and humans co-exist, Eddie Valiant is a private investigator who must exonerate Roger Rabbit after he is accused of murder.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is unique because it marked the first time that Disney’s Mickey Mouse appeared alongside Warner Bros.’ Bugs Bunny. The hilarious crossover is one that Disney and Warner Bros. fans alike can appreciate. As if you needed another reason to watch this classic, the film won three Academy Awards and earned a 97 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
We all loved the original Goofy movie, so when An Extremely Goofy Movie was released in 2000, it delighted Disney fans near and far. While Goofy’s son, Max, is excited to leave home and go to college, Dad doesn’t feel quite the same way. In an interesting turn of events, Goofy loses his job and is forced to go back to school, ending up at Max’s college, of course. But Max isn’t too happy about that and we get to come along for the ride. Full of lighthearted humor and silly antics, this flick is truly one the whole family can enjoy. We hope this next one doesn’t give you nightmares.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Disney classic. In the animated movie, Jack Skellington is the pumpkin king of Halloween Town. Bored of his everyday life, he stumbles into Christmas Town and is immediately taken with the cheery and upbeat attitude of the city.
He goes on a mission to spread that same Christmas joy to his own town, but the atmosphere isn’t quite conducive to his newfound interests in all things merry and bright. If you’ve never seen this one, get to it! And if you have, this is one of those films that just never gets old.
Moana was only released in 2016 but is already a favorite amongst the Disney community. The animated film is part musical, part fantasy-adventure, following the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village. Moana is chosen by the ocean itself to bring together a goddess and mystical relic.
One of the greatest things about Moana might just be the soundtrack. Released by Walt Disney Records in late 2016, the album features songs by Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina, and Opetaia Foa’i. The album was so well received, it even topped the Billboard 200 chart at the #2 spot!
Beauty and the Beast
The original Beauty and the Beast hit theaters in 1991 and became an instant classic. The 30th Disney animated feature film is based on the French fairy tale of the same name and is still wildly popular today—so much so that Disney recreated the film in 2017.
Released September. 17, 2017, the live-action rendition of the beloved film Beauty and the Beast hit Netflix for streaming. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans, Disney took an ambitious yet but mildly successful jump from animation to real life. The movie was so successful, it raked in $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the film that started it all. Hitting theaters in 2003, the films follows pirate Captain Jack Sparrow and blacksmith Will Turner on their quest to rescue Elizabeth Swann from the crew of undead skeletons aboard the Black Pearl.
The Curse of the Black Pearl was so highly rated that it spun off four sequels: Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End, On Stranger Tides, and Dead Men Tell No Tales. For now, the first film is the only one available for streaming, so be sure to catch it while you can!
“With two suits, two tokens in hand, I got no respect cuz I’m the new man, got my shovel, shoes full of sand, check out the tag, the name is Caveman!” Who doesn’t remember this catchy phrase spoken by Stanley Yelnats?
Holes has all of the requirements for a feel-good family motion picture. A generations-long family curse? Check. A wrongful arrest? Check. A miserable juvenile camp? Check. A crazy warden and a dried-up lake full of scorpion and secrets? Check and check! Disney outdid themselves with this one so grab the popcorn and the remote and get to watching.
The 1997 animated film about the son of Zeus and Hera is one Disney flick doesn’t get as much appreciation as the other movies filled with princesses—but the storyline, characters, and music are great. The story of Hercules is so great that Dwayne The Rock Johnson even took a stab at the live-action version of the film (and who else better to do the job, right?).
Being stripped of his immortality when he was just a baby, Hercules has to show his worth to get it back. Hercules is a wonderful display of persistence and perseverance, especially when he takes on Hydra, the multi-headed monster.
If you’re a parent with a little one, Zootopia is the perfect family film. Zootopia follows the unlikely friendship between a red fox who is also a con artist and a rabbit who just happens to be a police officer. When the pair discovers a conspiracy involving disappearing inhabitants of the zoo, they work together to get down to the bottom of it.
Zootopia was well received by viewers everywhere, earning a 98 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes and grossing more than $1.02 billion at the box office. If you haven’t seen the heartwarming tale of two unlikely zoo friends, add this to your list.
High School Musical
In 2006, Zach Efron made his triumphant introduction to the masses in High School Musical. High School Musical has been described as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet and tells the story about two high school juniors from rival cliques. Although they’re very different, when they discover they both love music, their worlds don’t seem so far apart.
The straight-to-television flick quickly became the most successful Disney Channel Original Movie ever produced. Not only did the film win two Emmys, but it spawned a book series, videos game, reality series and even an ice tour.
How many of you grew up singing “Colors of the Wind”? You don’t have to be a ’90s kids to appreciate the beauty that is Pocahontas. Released in 1995, Pocahontas is inspired by the history and folklore surrounding the Native American woman. The film follows Pocahontas as she meets Englishman John Smith and the Jamestown settlers.
Educational and entertaining, Pocahontas is a classic Disney flick you don’t want to miss. The soundtrack is an added bonus and snagged an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for Best Original Song.
Queen of Katwe
Lupita Nyong’o stole our hearts in 12 Years a Slave. You can also catch the amazing actress in the Disney flick Queen of Katwe. Based on the true story of a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe, she learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after experiencing numerous victories.
Just read this New York Times review of the film: “Irresistible is one of those adjectives that critics should handle with utmost care,” wrote A. O. Scott. “No matter how universally charming or winning a movie or performance might seem to be, there is always a chance that somebody, somewhere, will be able to resist it. For all I know that may be the case with Queen of Katwe, but if there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this, I don’t think I want to meet them.”
The Jungle Book
The original Jungle Book is one of those films that will continue to touch generation after generation. But when Disney released the teaser for the live-action version, fans’ excitement shot through the roof.
“This smash hit pretty much solidified Disney’s plan to remake their classic animations into live action,” wrote Cinema Blend’s Matt Wood. “Grossing over $966 million, the film became the fifth highest-grossing movie of 2016 — a very good year for Disney. Incorporating some of the most advanced CGI technology ever, The Jungle Book effortlessly transports viewers to the jungle, barely noticing the fact that young Neel Sethi is the only living creature in the entire movie.”
While all of the Disney princesses are role models, Mulan is more than just another Disney princess. She’s resourceful, selfless, determined, and a total feminist hero.
Mulan takes place during the Han dynasty and follows Mulan as she impersonates a man in order to take her father’s place to counter a Hun invasion. The artistic supervisors for the film were sent to China for artistic and cultural inspiration, so not only is the film beautiful, but it’s pretty accurate too. Oh, not to mention, it has arguably one of the best soundtracks of them all.
Fantasia is a true Disney classic. Released in 1940, Fantasia consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music. The music is conducted by Leopold Stokowski and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
“No one should go through their whole lives without seeing Fantasia at least once,” wrote Matt Wood of Cinema Blend. “Its animation and sound design is top notch and it can’t be understated how much it pushed the envelope back in the ’40s. And it was only Disney’s third animated feature! The film enjoys a strong legacy to this day and it’s most popular short, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, can be seen all over Disney parks.”
Finding Nemo is a fan favorite, so the producers had big shoes to fill when the time came to make the sequel, Finding Dory. Luckily, they totally nailed it!
Finding Dory follows our favorite friendly blue fish (voiced by the oh-so-lovable Ellen DeGeneres) as she is reunited with her family. Along the way, viewers watch as Dory learns the true meaning of family. The sequel is the highest-grossing animated film ever, and for good reason. It’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s highly recommended you watch it with a loved one before it leaves Netflix for good!
Between popular movies like How To Train Your Dragon and HBO’s cult series Game of Throne, the dragon trend is real. But luckily, if you can’t find your copy of How to Train Your Dragon or don’t have a subscription to HBO, you can always turn on Netflix and get your dragon fix with Pete’s Dragon.
Pete’s Dragon follows the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete, whose best friend just happens to be a fire-breathing dragon. The film, which is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name, scored an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with reviewers saying the remake gives the original a “visual overhaul without overwhelming its sweet, soulful charm.”
Captain America: Civil War
As people begin fearing the power of superheroes, the government opts to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law which would limit superheroes’ actions. But not all superheroes think the proposed law is bad. While Captain America’s team believes they don’t need any government restrictions, Ironman’s team thinks they do. As Hawkeye takes on Black Widow and Spiderman takes his best shot at Captain America, viewers get introduced to a new hero—the Black Panther. The rest unfolds in 2 hours and 27 minutes of action-packed suspenseful imagery sure to entertain the whole family.
You didn’t think we’d only put one Marvel Disney movie on our list, did you? Dr. Strange is a must-see movie for those who follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Dr. Strange, a surgeon who learns the mystic arts following a car accident. Leaving medicine behind, Dr. Strange now serves as the Sorcerer Supreme and the primary protector of Earth. If you haven’t seen this flick yet, you might just feel like you’re watching a Harry Potter movie on steroids. Brace yourself for what’s next!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
On July 18, 2017, the lives of Star Wars fans were changed forever when the first Star Wars cinematic film was added to Netflix. Not only did this movie receive great feedback from the critics but it also contained a very iconic figure—none other than Darth Vader.
The Jedi-turned-Sith-Lord is arguably the most polarizing character in all of the Star Wars films but hadn’t been featured in a film in quite some time. It was great to see him back on the screen doing all of the Sith things that he enjoys.