Streaming services are now choosing their battles amid the ongoing streaming wars, and Disney Plus is sticking to their guns. The service has drawn fans with some sure things – the whole Simpsons catalog, viral shows like The Mandalorian, and the coveted Disney vault has left fans no choice but to sign up for the service.
At the same time, Disney Plus has also joined its fellow streaming giants in grabbing movies to attract stray viewers who can resist the allure of its most alluring ace. Classic Disney movies are hard to compare as best or worst because so many of us are caught up in the nostalgia that comes with the movies we grew up with.
However, these movies are only part of the service’s many movies. So what’s the best movie on Disney Plus? Get ready for some piping hot takes with our picks.
10 things I hate about you
We’re going to try and stay away from Disney classics, and that said, 10 things I hate about you arguably the best movie on Disney Plus.
The modern version (though now a late 90s time capsule) on Shakespeare’s Taming the Shrew brought audiences Heath Ledger in his breakthrough role, along with a teen drama that transcended genre boundaries.
10 things I hate about you follows the classic teen drama blueprint of dating for dough ala She totally is & Can’t buy me love, but with a charm and sincerity rarely seen in these films. The perfect soundtrack, hilarious dialogue and gripping performances from the stars has made 10 things stood the test of time, and we have no doubt that the film will only continue to mature like a fine wine. Not a Disney canon, but much better than cars.
D2: The Mighty Ducks
Okay, so we’re going to dive into some childhood gems here, but it’s hard not to when you’re flipping through the Disney Plus catalog.
Disney Plus doesn’t have a single R-rated movie on the reel, so we’re reaching for straws when considering movies with content, but The mighty ducks series manages to create real emotional drama in family-friendly boundaries.
D2 is probably better than The mighty ducks, linking the new cast of characters to greater emotional weight in things like Coach Bombay’s ego struggle and Adam Bank’s injury. From Bombay’s monologue about his father to the Queen-laden closing credits, there are plenty of tear-jerking moments in D2, one of the best movies on Disney Plus.
Home alone is an absolute classic and one of the films closest to the hearts of millennials around the world. Is Home alone the best movie on Disney Plus? Could be. The movie is watched by most millennials at least once every year, and we’re willing to bet that nearly every Disney Plus subscriber will be lining up for the movie around Christmas.
What makes Home alone very special? Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern’s comedic performances have become iconic over time, while the combination of legends Chris Columbus & John Hughes as director and writer respectively didn’t hurt the film either.
Tack on a score from John Williams, and it’s a surprise everyone thought Home alone wouldn’t be a home run. After Home alone was dropped in 1990, Christmas would never be the same.
Okay, we’re giving some time to a Disney classic, just because The lionking arguably the best movie on Disney Plus, and arguably the best Disney movie ever made. During Disney’s animated renaissance in the early 1990s, the company peaked with The lionking in 1994, and many would argue it hasn’t reached such heights since.
The lionking draw on some of history’s most famous stories, such as biblical and Shakespearean stories Hamlet, and the combination with contemporary ideologies and exciting cinematic developments create something special and lasting.
We might be harping on the cast’s brilliant performances, the film’s breathtaking animated landscapes, or the epic soundtrack burned into pop culture forever, but we know you’ve seen The lionking a few dozen times, isn’t it? Simba may not be the best movie on Disney Plus, but we say: The lionking comes closest to the best Disney movie on Disney Plus.
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