Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch on Disney+ Right Now

The Disney streaming service offers hundreds of film and television titles, many of which come from the company’s extensive library of classics as well as from Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and other sources. These are the ones we prefer.

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Disney has several advantages over other firms that have entered the streaming wars thanks to Disney+. It can draw from a vast library of live-action and animated films, as well as from well-liked shows on its cable networks and corporate franchises like Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, and Star Wars. Additionally, the platform’s original TV series and films are not included in this.

At the time of its launch, there were 7,500 TV programs and nearly 500 motion pictures. The top 50 Disney+ games are listed here, in reverse chronological order with a focus on variety. This list will alter when the service adds new items to its catalog.

Here are our listings of the top Netflix titles, Hulu titles, and Amazon Prime Video titles for movies and TV series.

‘Willow’ (2022)

Despite the combined world-building abilities of George Lucas, who created the tale, and the then-up-and-coming filmmaker Ron Howard, the original 1988 fantasy adventure “Willow” is not precisely a timeless classic. But because of the movie’s lackluster reputation, this TV sequel can be a lively, family-friendly, and occasionally glaringly contemporary adventure that recasts Warwick Davis as the titular character without feeling constrained by the need to win over its audience. In this series, Davis’s Willow portrays the sage old dwarf sorcerer who guides a band of six youthful heroes on a mission to free a kidnapped prince.

‘Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium’ (2022)

“Elton John Live” is now available as a massive concert video, with the pop icon entertaining Dodger Stadium with a three-hour cavalcade of hit singles and special guests. It was first offered as a live-streaming event on Nov. 20. While John spends most of his time at the piano, where his youthful vigor and enthusiasm are evident, he does step out for duets with Brandi Carlile on “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and with Kiki Dee, who was his original duet partner on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” as well as with other artists. Dua Lipa’s appearance during the encore performance of “Cold Heart” will also be welcomed by younger fans.

‘Fire of Love (2022)

Katia and Maurice Krafft, a colorful pair noted for traveling perilously close to eruption areas, were the world’s most renowned volcanologists throughout the 1970s and ’80s until their deaths on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1991. The captivating film “Fire of Love” draws from the copious amount of material they left behind and highlights their Jacques Cousteau-like expeditions to lava rivers with details about their romantic and professional relationship. Sara Dosa’s balanced technique, which “preserves their work and their idiosyncratic, indelible human presence,” was complimented by A.O. Scott.

‘Glory Road’ (2006)

Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Glory Road” follows the Disney formula in telling the true story of Don Haskins (Josh Lucas), the coach at Texas Western (now the University of Texas at El Paso), who put together the first all-Black starting five in N.C.A.A. basketball history. It serves as a sort of hoops sequel to the inspirational sports film hit “Remember the Titans.” The Big Game finale versus Adolph Rupp’s all-white Kentucky Wildcats and a clear-eyed look at racial inequality in the Deep South in the mid-1960s makes it wonderfully enjoyable nonetheless. Jon Voight plays Adolph Rupp. The movie, in the words of A.O. Scott, “showed exactly how crucial that game was.”

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‘Werewolf by Night (2022)

Michael Giacchino, who is best known as the talented composer of Pixar movies like “Up” and “Ratatouille” as well as the TV show “Lost,” takes control of the camera this time for a rousingly styled 53-minute spectacular that combines Marvel action with the silent Universal monster flicks of the 1930s. The widow of a well-known monster hunter, Varussa (a scene-stealing Harriet Sansom Harris), summons five rivals to Bloodstone Manor to compete for the right to inherit the potent Bloodstone relic. Gael Garcia Bernal plays one of the challenges. As much as the hunters turn on their prey, the situation devolves into a free-for-all.

‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ (1971)

Disney released “Bedknobs & Broomsticks” seven years after “Mary Poppins” to recapture the same magic. It features three additional kids who are placed in the care of a magical carer, more musical numbers, and even some interactions between live-action and animated characters. “Bedknobs” is a charming showcase for the vocal and comedic skills of Angela Lansbury, who portrays a witch trying to employ charms to aid the British in World War II. However, the comparison did “Bedknobs” no favors. “A challenging, cheery, aggressively friendly Walt Disney fantasy for children,” said Vincent Canby.

‘Andor’ (2022)

This prequel series, which carves out yet another tiny corner of the “Star Wars” universe, takes place before the events of “Rogue One,” the 2016 standalone film about the Rebel effort to steal the Death Star designs. Tony Gilroy, the show’s creator and co-writer of “Rogue One,” recasts Diego Luna as spy-turned-thief Cassian Andor and charts his transformation from cynicism to passionate resistance as the Alliance organizes to defeat the Galactic Empire. According to our critic Mike Hale, “Andor” is by far the most compelling spinoff series since “The Mandalorian,” and it works because its creators “enjoy a lot of things better than they like “Star Wars.”

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

All the powerful deities of the world, including Zeus (Russell Crowe), are threatened in this, the fourth Thor film, by a vengeful entity known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). However, “Thor: Love and Thunder” won’t let that bummer get in the way of having fun. Natalie Portman comes back as a bulked-up Jane to trade lines with Chris Hemsworth’s unflappable hero, and director Taika Waititi continues in the same tone as in the last movie, “Thor: Ragnarok,” which put the franchise on a lighter track. It was “infectious,” according to Manohla Dargis.

Tim Burton turned inward with his vision “Edward Scissorhands,” which employs dazzling fairy tale imagery to portray a misunderstood artist who transforms a conformist culture, after scoring three straight hits with “Pee-Big Wee’s Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Batman.” The film stars Johnny Depp as an artificial person whose designer passed away before he could finish his hands, leaving him with a pair of metal scissors that are excellent for cutting hair and creating sculptures but not so great for relationships. “The remarkable ingenuity with which Mr. Burton brings these ideas to life,” remarked Janet Maslin.

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