Disney Plus (or Disney+) is Disney’s video streaming service. Launched only a few years ago in 2019, Disney+ is quickly becoming a huge player in the video-on-demand streaming market, with an estimated 130 million active subscribers.
Sure, when you think ‘Disney’, you probably mentally picture princesses and kids’ movies, but the entertainment conglomerate has pretty much taken over the world. Or at least, the media and entertainment industry, as the company now owns Pixar, Marvel, Fox & Lucasfilm.
This has played a key role in Disney+’s success, as it’s the only place you can watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe movie collection, along with all of the Star Wars movies and its associated spin-offs, including The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
Therefore, Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+ has a huge range of movies available to stream; so many that it’s almost daunting to know where to begin when searching for a decent film to watch.
So, if you’re in the mood for an excellent movie and have access to Disney+, you’re in luck. No matter if you want a comedy, thriller, action, horror, or sci-fi, we’ve got you covered! These are the best movies on Disney Plus Australia.
8.4 IMDb score, stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt & John Hurt, directed by Ridley Scott, Horror & Sci-Fi, released in 1979
Set in the future, Alien follows the crew of the spaceship Nostromo as they discover a deadly alien is aboard their ship. The film spawned an incredibly successful franchise and is a compelling film that perfectly balances horror, sci-fi and mystery elements.
If you’re after a classic but good scare, make sure you check out Alien.
7.8 IMDb score, stars Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana, written & directed by James Cameron, Action, Adventure & Fantasy, released in 2009
Set in the distant future, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully is chosen for a mission on the moon Pandora, where the native Na’vi people live. To infiltrate the Na’vi tribe, Sully’s mind is linked to an ‘avatar’ that looks and moves just like the blue bodies the Na’vi people have, but trouble arises when Sully falls in love with Na’vi woman, Neytiri.
Avatar doesn’t have the most original plot, but it is still engaging, moving and well-acted, especially by Saldana. It’s the stunning visuals and graphics that make this movie a must-watch.
Avatar’s long-awaited sequel, Avatar 2, will finally be released on 16th December 2022. Although, it remains unclear if it will head straight to Disney Plus.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
7.7 IMDb score, stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton & Emma Stone, Comedy & Drama, released in 2014
Former superhero actor Riggan Thomson, played by Keaton, has a rather stagnant career and is considered by the public to be ‘washed up’. Riggan decides to try and jumpstart his career by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway production.
At the time of release, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) received mixed reviews but it’s a brilliant – albeit odd – film that features a stellar performance by Keaton.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
7.4 IMDb score, stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Comedy, released in 2006
Cohen stars as Borat Sagdiyev, a TV reporter from Kazakhstan; and while Borat is a fictional character, many of the scenes in this – for lack of a better word – mockumentary were not scripted and feature very real people. Borat has some hilarious moments as well as some outrageous moments but it also has very subtle, nuanced and clever undertones that highlight an ugly/dark side of America – making the film pure genius.
If you’re looking for a comedy that’s not your typical run-of-the-mill comedy, Borat is “very nice!”
8.0 IMDb score, stars Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger & Paul Giamatti, Biography, Drama & History, released in 2005
Now you may see ‘Cinderella’ on a Disney+ article and think, ‘are they seriously recommending a princess movie?’ But we’re not! Cinderella Man is based on the true story of ex-boxer James J. Braddock who takes the chance to go up against Max Baer – the heavyweight champion of the world, renowned for having killed two men in the ring.
If you like the Rocky films, you’ll love Cinderella Man.
Dead Poets Society
8.1 IMDb score, stars Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard & Ethan Hawke, Comedy & Drama, released in 1989
Professor John Keating begins teaching at a traditional and renowned all-boys preparatory school. Using unorthodox methods, such as teaching the boys how beautiful and important poetry can be, Keating inspires his students to pursue their dreams and seize each day.
Dead Poets Society features one of Robin Williams’ best performances and is hands down a film everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime.
8.0 IMDb score, stars Ryan Reynolds, Action, Adventure & Comedy, released in 2016
When Wade Wilson, a smart-ass mercenary is diagnosed with terminal cancer he agrees to undergo a mystery miracle treatment that turns out to completely and horrifically mutate him; although, he does end up with superpowers. Based on the Marvel comics, Deadpool is more violent, gorier, and funnier than any MCU film.
If you’re a fan of Reynolds or comic books, Deadpool is a movie you’ve simply got to see.
8.2 IMDb score, stars Bruce Willis & Alan Rickman, Action & Thriller, released in 1988
Considered one of the best action films of all time (and Jake Peralta’s favourite film for those Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans) Die Hard follows NYPD officer John McClane as he tries to save hostages from a group of terrorists who hijack a Christmas party.
With an excellent script, fantastic action scenes and excellent performances from Willis and Rickman, you won’t regret watching Die Hard on Disney Plus.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
6.7 IMDb score, stars Vince Vaughn & Ben Stiller, Comedy & Sport, released in 2004
Unless Peter LaFleur can come up with $50,000 in a few short weeks, his gym will be overtaken by the sadistic (yet hilarious thanks to Stiller’s phenomenal acting) White Goodman. Desperate, Peter and his loyal but oddball gym members enter a dodgeball tournament in the hopes that they win the massive cash prize.
This movie is goofy and a classic Frat Pack film. If you want a movie that’ll just make you laugh, head to Disney Plus and turn on Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Enemy Of The State
7.3 IMDb score, stars Will Smith, Gene Hackman & Jon Voight, Action & Thriller, released in 1998
A mild-mannered lawyer, Robert Clayton Dean, runs into a friend; but unbeknownst to him, the friend places an important tape in his pocket. This tape happens to show footage of a political assassination overseen by the senior advisor to the National Security Agency. When the politician learns Robert is in possession of the tape, the NSA freezes Robert’s assets and actively hunts him down. Robert is forced to go on the run, not knowing why he’s being chased.
Entertaining and riveting, Enemy of the State has great acting, especially from Smith; the perfect film for if you’re in the mood for an action-thriller.
8.8 IMDb score, stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter & Meat Loaf, Drama, released in 1999
When an insomniac, played by Norton, meets the enigmatic Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, the two form an underground fight club that escalates into a dangerous plan. Considered a cult classic with one of the most surprising endings of all time, Fight Club is a movie that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
Bold and gritty, if you liked the films Shutter Island or Being John Malkovich, you’ll love Fight Club.
Ford v Ferrari
8.1 IMDb score, stars Christian Bale & Matt Damon, Action, Biography & Drama, released in 2019
Based on a true story, Ford v Ferrari follows American automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless British race car driver Ken Miles as they build a revolutionary car for Ford, and then compete against Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966. Bale and Damon provide exceptional performances and the plot is super captivating.
Whether or not you’re a fan of car racing, Ford v Ferrari is highly enjoyable; although car lovers will appreciate it slightly more.
7.2 IMDb score, stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer & Taika Waititi, Action, Adventure & Comedy, released in 2021
A friendly but bored bank teller named Guy, played by Reynolds, discovers that he’s not actually real; he’s a Non-Playable Character in an extremely popular online video game. The film has an interesting concept and Reynolds is as charming as ever.
If you’re a fan of video games or Reynolds’ signature humour, you’ll love Free Guy.
7.1 IMDb score, stars Will Smith, Action, Mystery & Sci-Fi, released in 2004
Set in 2035 (which scarily isn’t that far away now), I, Robot follows Detective Del Spooner, who deeply distrusts robots, as he investigates an alleged suicide. Spooner soon discovers that a human-like robot may be behind the death and could be plotting against all of humanity.
A great thriller, you’ll enjoy I, Robot, especially if you’re a fan of films that explore the potential consequences of artificial intelligence.
8.0 IMDb score, stars Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter & Jason Lee, Animation, Action & Adventure, released in 2004
We had to include at least one proper Disney film on this list; it is about Disney’s very own streaming platform after all. Before you scroll past, hear us out: The Incredibles, despite being a kids film, is, well, incredible and easily one of the best Pixar movies released to date. With an extremely well-written plot about superheroes (with some mature themes that’d go right over kids’ heads) and genuinely funny and exciting moments, The Incredibles is a film adults will enjoy.
If you’ve got little ones, suggest this film for your next family movie night; you’ll end up loving it more than the kids. And if you don’t have kids, we still highly recommend watching this awesome movie.
7.9 IMDb score, stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jeff Bridges, directed by Jon Favreau, Action, Adventure & Sci-Fi, released in 2008
It’s the film that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is still one of the best movies in the MCU. Iron Man follows genius billionaire Tony Stark as he escapes from a group of terrorists, and then invents a unique armoured suit to fight crime. If you’re a massive MCU fan, this is your sign to watch Iron Man and then all the subsequent films and tv shows in the franchise – all of which you can stream on Disney Plus.
And if you have no idea what Marvel is you’ll enjoy Iron Man for Downey Jr’s flawless performance and the film’s engrossing plot.
7.9 IMDb score, stars Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell & Rebel Wilson, written & directed by Taika Waititi, Comedy, Drama & War, released in 2019
Only Taika Waititi could make a film set in Germany during World War II tastefully funny. Jojo Rabbit follows a young German boy, Jojo, who dreams of fighting in the war for Germany and whose imaginary friend is none other than Adolf Hitler. However, Jojo begins to question everything he’s ever been taught when he discovers that his beloved mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in their house.
Daring but not offensive, Jojo Rabbit is hilarious in some parts and surprisingly heart-wrenching in others. This Oscar-winning coming of age dramedy definitely deserves a viewing.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
7.7 IMDb score, stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson & Michael Caine, Action, Comedy & Adventure, released in 2014
When young unrefined Eggsy’s potential is spotted by Harry ‘Galahad’ Hart, a sophisticated member of the Kingsman, Eggsy is allowed to participate in the Kingsman’s elite spy training program. A cool take on the ‘spy’ genre with more comedy, violence, and gore than usual, Kingsman: The Secret Service is well-worth watching.
You’ll love Kingsman: The Secret Service if you’re a fan of both James Bond and Austin Powers.
8.0 IMDb score, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Donald Glover, Adventure, Drama & Sci-Fi, released in 2015
Based on the novel of the same name, The Martian follows a stranded astronaut on Mars who must figure out how to signal to Earth that he’s still alive and in need of rescuing. Thrilling and well-written with the occasional funny moment, The Martian will have you glued to your screen for the entire duration of the movie.
You simply have to watch The Martian at least once in your lifetime.
7.1 IMDb score, stars Robin Williams, Sally Field & Pierce Brosnan, Comedy & Drama, released in 1993
Mrs Doubtfire follows Daniel Hillard, a struggling actor who is denied shared custody of his children after a bitter divorce. When Hillard discovers his ex-wife is hiring a nanny, he disguises himself as the perfect nanny – Mrs Doubtfire – so he can spend more time with his kids while playing the role of a lifetime.
Arguably, one of Williams’ best films, Mrs Doubtfire is still funny even though it was released over 25 years ago.
7.0 IMDb score, stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette & Willem Dafoe, directed by Guillermo del Tore, Crime, Drama & Thriller, released in 2021
Based on the 1946 novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows a skilful conman named Stan Carlisle. When Stan meets a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr Lilith Ritter, things take a dark turn…
Nightmare Alley is a haunting film and Cooper gives one of his best performances to date.
7.7 IMDb score, stars Ron Livingston & Jennifer Aniston, Comedy, released in 1999
When an office worker learns his company – which he hates with a passion – is downsizing, he and his two best workmates team up to get revenge on both the company and their jerk boss. This black comedy satirised workplace offices long before The Office did, so if you’re a fan of that sitcom (either the UK or the US version) you’ll love Office Space.
Witty and sharp dialogue paired with a relatable protagonist makes Office Space an awesome film.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
8.1 IMDb score, stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightley, Action, Adventure & Fantasy, released in 2003
The eccentric but iconic Captain Jack Sparrow teams up with a resourceful blacksmith to save Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor, who’s been kidnapped by a notorious pirate. This swashbuckling film is mighty entertaining for adults but if you wish, you can watch it with your kids/nephews/nieces who will also enjoy it.
The Curse of the Black Pearl is the one that launched the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and it’s easily the best; perfect for your next movie night.
7.8 IMDb score, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Kevin Peter Hall, Action, Adventure & Horror, released in 1987
During a rescue mission in a Central American jungle, a team of special force ops led by ‘Dutch’, played by Schwarzenegger, discovers they are being hunted by something extraterrestrial. Great action scenes and one of the best performances Schwarzenegger has ever given.
Predator is a classic for a reason, so you should definitely give it a watch.
7.1 IMDb score, stars Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki & Uche Agada, Biography, Drama & Sport, released in 2022
Rise is based on the real-life story of the Antetokounmpo family – the family that produced the first trio of brothers (Giannis, Thannis and Kosta Antetokounmpo) to become NBA champions in the history of the league.
If you’re a fan of basketball or heartwrenching, inspirational sports films you’ll love Rise.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
7.3 IMDb score, stars Ben Stiller & Kristen Wiig, Adventure, Drama & Comedy, released in 2013
Walter Mitty regularly daydreams to escape from his tedious, monotonous life but is suddenly given the chance to go on a real adventure and make his daydreams a reality. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty has beautiful cinematography, fantastic acting performances, especially from Stiller, and is wonderfully uplifting.
If you’re a constant daydreamer or enjoyed the films Stranger Than Fiction or About Time, then The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a must-watch.
7.0 IMDb score, stars Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law & Jason Statham, Comedy & Action, released in 2015
Spy follows Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who’s spent her entire career bound to a desk, as she volunteers to go undercover on a dangerous mission. McCarthy is at her funniest in the role of Cooper and the violent and thrilling action scenes are incredibly well-done; so much so, you’ll briefly forget you’re watching a comedy… until, of course, the next gag makes you laugh out loud.
If you enjoy comedies and action films, Spy is a perfect balance of both.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
8.6 IMDb score, stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher, written & directed by George Lucas, Action, Adventure & Fantasy, released in 1977
It’s the film that kicked off the massive Star Wars franchise, A New Hope follows Luke Skywalker as he trains to become a Jedi and then teams up with cocky Han Solo to rescue Princess Leia. George Lucas literally changed cinema with this revolutionary film, and with a great plot and fantastic cast, it still holds up 45 years later.
If you’re after a classic film, there’s nothing better than Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope; and if you’re in the mood for a Star Wars marathon, you can also watch Episodes I-IX on Disney Plus too.
7.8 IMDb score, stars Liam Neeson, Action, Crime & Thriller, released in 2008
When a young woman is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers, her father Bryan Mills – a retired CIA agent – stops at nothing to find her and bring his own brand of justice upon the gang. Taken is definitely an entertaining film thanks to fantastic action scenes and an impressive performance from Neeson.
If you can’t get enough of action films, you’ll love Taken.
28 Days Later
7.6 IMDb score, stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris & Christopher Eccleston, Drama, Horror & Sci-Fi, released in 2002
When animal activists liberate monkeys – that according to scientists are highly contagious due to a disease they have – from a science lab, a virus spreads across Great Britain infecting numerous people. The film then follows Jim who awakes from a coma and must make it out of the city to safety.
Look, the idea of a virus spreading may hit a little close to home now thanks to COVID, but 28 Days Later is still a solid film.
500 Days Of Summer
7.6 IMDb score, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zooey Deschanel, Comedy, Drama & Romance, released in 2009
This offbeat comedy follows Tom, a hopeless romantic, as he meets, dates and then struggles to get over the girl of his dreams, Summer. The non-chronological format is extremely refreshing, the cinematography is beautiful, and the film tells its plot in a truly clever way; especially the ‘expectation vs reality’ scene.
Endearing and charming, 500 Days Of Summer is technically a ‘romantic comedy’ but it’s not sappy and follows none of the cliched tropes all other rom-coms use.