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‘Black Widow,’ ‘Cruella’ and 20 Other Movies to Stream on Disney+ Right Now

From blockbuster hits to unearthed classics, here’s what to watch on Disney+

(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Taskmaster in Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Taskmaster in Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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Disney+ saw a surge in signups over the past year, partially thanks to the premiere of Hamilton and Beyonce’s Black is King, but there’s more to the streaming service than musical films. Marvel dropped their highly-anticipated blockbuster, Black Widow on Disney+ this summer, and the streamer is home to hits like Black Panther, Pirates of the Caribbean and Avatar.

Launched in November 2019, Disney+ has quickly become one of the most popular streaming platforms online, with a catalogue that includes almost all the films in the Disney canon, along with titles from the Marvel and Star Wars franchises. It’s also a great place to find award-winning documentaries and seasonal family favorites. Want to stream all these films free? Check out our guide on how to get Disney+ for free here.

From big-screen blockbusters to date night rom-coms, here’s what to stream on Disney+ right now.

(You can sign up for Disney+ for just $7.99 a month here or grab this bundle that includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for just $13.99 a month)

Avatar – The blockbuster film finds a home for streaming as one of Disney’s big acquisitions from 20th Century Fox. Strangely, the sci-fi epic is only available to stream in HD, and not in 4K like some of the other titles below.

Black Panther – One of the most popular films in recent memory, Black Panther’s move from Netflix to Disney+ was one of the streamer’s big selling points when it launched.

Cruella – Vampy, stylish, and full of puppies, this summer hit is centered around the backstory of the Dalmatian-obsessed Disney villain, Cruella de Vil.

Freaky Friday – Disney+ has both the 1976 original and the 2003 Lindsay Lohan remake available for streaming.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Marvel’s entire cinematic universe is available for streaming on Disney+, including this fan favorite, starring Chris Pratt, a gun-toting raccoon, and Groot.

Hocus Pocus – While plans for a sequel continue to be discussed, you can watch the original Halloween classic here.

Jane – Hundreds of hours of archival footage help tell the story of Jane Goodall, in this 2017 documentary from National Geographic.

Luca – Transport yourself to the Italian Riviera with the heart-warming coming-of-age tale about — sea monsters? Prepare the tissues, because this summertime Pixar gem is about to stir up all the emotions.

The Muppets franchise – From The Muppet Christmas Carol to 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted, Disney+ is where you’ll find Jim Henson’s favorite cast of characters assembled for a little Muppet mischief.

Newsies – The live-action musical stars a young Christian Bale, as he leads a team of delivery boys in a fanciful face-off against a villainous newspaper tycoon (Disney+ also has the Broadway musical available for streaming too).

The Parent Trap – Settle in for another double feature night with Lindsay Lohan. Disney+ has the original 1961 film, starring Hayley Mills, and the Lohan remake, which came out in 1998.

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise – Remember Johnny Depp in better times by re-watching him in this swash-buckling franchise. Disney+ has all five films available for 4K Dolby Vision playback.

Queen of Katwe – After you cheer on Lupita Nyong’o in Black Panther, see her in this Mira Nair film, based on the true story of a Ugandan girl whose life changes forever when she discovers the joy of chess.

Remember the Titans – The true story of an African-American coach and his high school football team dealing with racism in the Seventies is sadly still as relevant as ever today. Come for Denzel Washington’s masterful performance; stay for a then-relatively unknown Ryan Gosling, who steals every scene he’s in.

Raya and the Last Dragon – This action-packed Disney princess flick features a hero’s journey (alongside a dragon played by Awkwafina) across a fantastical five kingdoms inspired by a mix of Southeast Asian folklore.

The Simpsons Movie – After you binge all 30 seasons of The Simpsons on Disney+, settle in for a rewatch of this 2007 film, which people either loved or loathed.

The Sound of Music – The classic Julie Andrews/Christopher Plummer musical is always a family favorite, and Disney+ has it ready for on-demand streaming for your next sing-along night.

Star Wars franchise – Disney+ is your exclusive online home to stream the Star Wars franchise for free. The platform has the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and newer titles like Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and The Rise of Skywalker. Disney+ is also where you’ll find The Mandalorian, one of the handful of original series that debuted on the streamer in 2019. See all of the Disney+ Star Wars offerings here.

Toy Story franchise – One of the most critically-acclaimed franchises of all time (across all movies, not just animated films) is now available to stream online. Disney+ has the all four films in the franchise available on its platform for now, so you won’t need to hop around sites to have a full-on movie night.

Tron – This 1982 classic was arguably ahead of its time, and many of its themes are still relevant today. Watch the original, then compare it to Tron: Legacy, which hit theaters in 2010.

While You Were Sleeping – If you’re in the mood for a good rom-com, Disney+ has this 1995 Sandra Bullock gem about a case of mistaken identity gone right.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – Robert Zemeckis’ live action/animated mashup is still one of the most creative and visually dazzling films in the Disney canon, giving it a well-deserved spot on our list.

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