These are the 10 best family movies to watch on Disney+ right now (2024)

There's tons of movies on Disney Plus for you to check out during your next movie night. Read on for our favorite picks.

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When it comes to family movies, Disney Plus knows its stuff. A subscription to the services gives you access to thousands of films across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic, and even Star Wars. Because of this, determining what to watch can seem like a daunting task.

For instance, let's say the family decides they're in the mood for a good space epic. You could choose to watch one of the films in Star Wars' Skywalker Saga, or maybe the fam wants to check out one of the prequel films. And let's not forget about the multiple LEGO Star Wars specials available on the service.

The bottom line is picking out a movie on Disney Plus is hard. But it doesn't have to be. Read on to learn more about the 10 best family movies to watch on Disney Plus right now.

Disney

The One and Only Ivan

For fans of: talking gorillas, Bryan Cranston, feel-good stories

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Think Madagascar, but with more drama for this film about a talking gorilla's ploy to escape captivity. The gorilla at the center of it all is Ivan, whose determination and selflessness attracts the attention of a talking elephant, Stella, and a cast of other zoo animals. At its core, The One and Only Ivan is an examination of humanity and life under captivity. Though it's filled with many fantastic elements, the movie still manages to retain a sense of grounding, making it all the more impactful to younger and more mature audiences alike. Trailer.

Moana

For fans of: Heihei, magic water, epic adventures

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As a deadly curse seeks to destroy the fictional island of Motunui, one girl embarks on a journey that will change everything. That girl is Moana. As the princess of Motunui, Moana sets off to find the demigod Maui and enlists his help to save her homeworld from assured destruction. Along the way, she comes to certain realizations about herself and her relationship with the natural world that may just change the world forever. Complete with original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, this story of adventure, magic, and nature has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Trailer.

Pixar

Onward

For fans of: wizards, Middle Earth but modern, Guinivere

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Set in a contemporary middle earth, filled with pegasuses, bartending griffins, and shady hobgoblins, Onward tells the story of elven brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot as they set off on an epic journey. Their journey begins when Ian discovers that he's inherited his deceased father's penchant for sorcery and that he can cast a spell to resurrect his father one more time before he fades into the afterlife permanently. It's a complex story, with tons of layers and depth, but one that's got a lot of heart and represents everything we love about a good Disney flick. Trailer.

Cars

For fans of: kachow, talking cars, speed

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Owen Wilson is Lightning McQueen, one of the most famous anthropomorphic cars in the world of Cars. This film is about (you guessed it) cars, and it follows one race car's journey as he prepares to race against two of the fastest cars in the world. Most of the movie takes place in Radiator Springs, a shanty desert town located off Route 66, where McQueen takes lessons from Doc Hudson, a former racing champion, who helps him recoup his skills in time for the race. The movie ends with a surprising moment that will encourage viewers to think deeply about their notions of sportsmanship and fairness, making it the perfect parable for younger audiences. Trailer.

Marvel

Marvel's The Avengers

For fans of: superheroes, epic team-ups, one-third of the big three (aliens)

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Back in 2011, people flocked to the midnight premiere of this movie in droves, settling down into their seats to watch what many still consider to be the best film in the MCU. Avengers represents the culmination of years worth of meticulous worldbuilding and dynamic storytelling. And it features the original Avengers: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Captain America as they battle an extraterrestrial threat that threatens to tear the world asunder. It's as epic as you might expect from a Marvel movie and filled with enough action and twists to keep you invested even if you're not a huge Marvel fan. Trailer.

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

For fans of: origin stories, behind the scenes, how it's made

If you've ever wondered how your favorite Marvel stories came to life, then this is the perfect watch for you. Combining expert interviews with behind-the-scenes featurettes, this documentary answers every question you've ever had about the MCU and a few extras to boot. The film isn't that long, coming in at just under 45 minutes, but it's a perfect companion watch for many of the movies in Phase 1 of the MCU. We'd recommend watching it after you've re-watched a few classic Marvel movies for optimal results. Trailer.

Star Wars

Solo: A Star Wars Story

For fans of: young Han, young Chewie, young Lando

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When Star Wars first premiered in 1977, it quickly became a massive commercial success, but audiences left the premiere of the movie with questions, mainly when it came to Harrison Ford's Han Solo. How did Han come into possession of the Millenium Falcon? Where did Han meet Chewie? The list goes on. But if you find yourself pondering the answers to these questions, then you need look no further than Solo. The movie answers all these questions and more, serving as the perfect standalone prequel for everyone's favorite space captain. Trailer.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

For fans of: space fights, lightsabers, the Force

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The seventh entry in the Skywalker Saga may have caught some flack from staunch supporters of Lucasfilm's flagship franchise upon its release, but we think differently. It's set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and continues the story of the Resistance. This film sees Leia Organa stepping into her role as leader of the Resistance and introduces new characters in Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. Though traditionalists may have their qualms with the new direction director JJ Abrams chose to steer the story in, the movie is still a lot of fun and more than deserving of a spot on this list. Trailer.

National Geographic

Science Fair

For fans of: competitions, inventions, teens who actually are smarter than you

Each year, the International Science and Engineering Fair attracts the greatest young minds worldwide to share innovative ideas and compete for a monetary reward. In 2017, filmmakers followed nine students from around the world as they made their way to Los Angeles for a week-long "science fair." Teens in the documentary present everything from cancer cures to advanced robots designed to complete various tasks. Expect plenty of jaw drop moments as each teen competes to earn the coveted title of "Top Winner." Trailer.

The Flood

For fans of: African animals, Angela Bassett, nature documentaries

The Okavango Delta of Botswana is somewhat of a natural wonder. In the winter, animals are subjected to dry, harsh conditions that sometimes necessitate a temporary relocation. And in the spring, the delta succumbs to massive floods that transform the arid land into a faux-wetland. The Flood follows this transition from dry land to "water world," focusing on the animals displaced by the floodwaters and those who take up shelter near the flooded delta. The film itself is beautifully shot, featuring brilliant sunsets and serene landscapes. Couple this with a world-renowned narrator in Angela Bassett, and you've got yourself a masterpiece. Trailer.

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