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The 100 Best Movies on Disney+ (September 2021)

Disney+ covers over 100 years of its flagship studio’s history, from early animated shorts to groundbreaking full-length animated features to family live-action classics to the blockbuster triumvirate of superheroes, space operas, and 3D computer animation of today. It’s a big spread of time filled with classics, some middling stuff, and even a few disasters. Rotten Tomatoes is here to discover and present only the movies with the highest Tomatometer scores on Disney+!

Looking for classic Disney animated movies? Disney+ has them, and we’ve chosen the Freshest, like Cinderella, Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. For more recent Disney animated movies, the best among that crop includes Zootopia, Moana, and Frozen. Of course, you can’t talk Disney animation these days without including Pixar, who are represented in Certified Fresh full with Toy Story, Inside Out, The Incredibles, and more.

But Walt Disney Studios also has a long, honored tradition of family-friendly live-action films, too, and the streaming service does not skimp out. Here, you’ll find those delightful animation/live-action hybrids (Mary Poppins, Pete’s Dragon), sports classics (The Rookie, Miracle, Remember the Titans), and some sweet sci-fi (TRON).

If you’re looking to get lost in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney+ is launching a few films short of a full Avengers line-up: Expect to see Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man and a several more, and expect us to update the list as more are added in the future. And, of course, Star Wars is here in full force: From A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, to the modern era featuring The Force Awakens and spin-offs like Rogue One. Our only stipulation for inclusion in our guide is that each film featured here is Certified Fresh, which means it maintained a high Tomatometer score after meeting a minimum number of critics reviews.

As streaming continues to shake up the entertainment landscape, threatening to bury audiences under a deluge of viewing choices, we present a fast track into what you want to see with the 100 Best Movies on Disney+ to Watch Right Now!

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#100
#100
Adjusted Score: 88465%
Critics Consensus: Offering Monsters, Inc. fans a return visit with beloved characters, Monsters University delivers funny and thoughtful family entertainment for viewers of any age.
Synopsis: Back in their college days, Mike Wazowski's (Billy Crystal) fierce rivalry with natural-born Scarer Sulley (John Goodman) gets them both... [More]
Directed By: Dan Scanlon

#99
Adjusted Score: 89695%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
Synopsis: After an experimental program turns him into a supersoldier, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), now known as Captain America, leads the... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#98
Adjusted Score: 90740%
Critics Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.
Synopsis: Seduced by the dark side, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) turns against his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and becomes Darth... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#97

Fantasia 2000 (1999)
81%

#97
Adjusted Score: 84190%
Critics Consensus: It provides an entertaining experience for adults and children alike.
Synopsis: The works of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and others come to life in a blend of music and animation.... [More]

#96

Miracle (2004)
81%

#96
Adjusted Score: 85057%
Critics Consensus: Kurt Russell's performance guides this cliche-ridden tale into the realm of inspirational, nostalgic goodness.
Synopsis: Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) leads the U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the Soviet team in 1980.... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#95

Black Widow (2021)
79%

#95
Adjusted Score: 101489%
Critics Consensus: Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast.
Synopsis: Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her... [More]
Directed By: Cate Shortland

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 93102%
Critics Consensus: Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), now an experienced Jedi knight, tries to discover Darth Vader's identity.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Marquand

#93

Avatar (2009)
81%

#93
Adjusted Score: 93169%
Critics Consensus: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.
Synopsis: On an alien planet, a former Marine (Sam Worthington) falls in love with a blue-skinned warrior (Zoe Saldana) and sides... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#92

Ant-Man (2015)
83%

#92
Adjusted Score: 98043%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.
Synopsis: Armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size but grow in strength, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) must prevent... [More]
Directed By: Peyton Reed

#91
#91
Adjusted Score: 93286%
Critics Consensus: Unapologetically sweet and maybe even a little corny, The Sound of Music will win over all but the most cynical filmgoers with its classic songs and irresistible warmth.
Synopsis: A novitiate (Julie Andrews) leaves her convent and becomes governess to Capt. Von Trapp's (Christopher Plummer) seven children in Austria... [More]
Directed By: Robert Wise

#90

The Book of Life (2014)
83%

#90
Adjusted Score: 87676%
Critics Consensus: The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.
Synopsis: Torn between family expectations and following his heart, a young man (Diego Luna) journeys through three fantastic worlds and faces... [More]
Directed By: Jorge R. Gutierrez

#89

Hercules (1997)
84%

#89
Adjusted Score: 86500%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it's still plenty of fun.
Synopsis: The half-mortal strongman must become a hero to rejoin the gods on Mount Olympus. Charlton Heston narrates.... [More]
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker

#88
#88
Adjusted Score: 84614%
Critics Consensus: An amazing array of images from beneath the sea.
Synopsis: Scientists examine bizarre creatures that live on the ocean floor.... [More]

#87

The Rookie (2002)
84%

#87
Adjusted Score: 88095%
Critics Consensus: A heart-warming sports flick, The Rookie greatly benefits from understated direction and the emotional honesty Dennis Quaid brings to the role of Jim Morris.
Synopsis: A high-school baseball coach (Dennis Quaid) makes it to the Major Leagues as a middle-aged relief pitcher.... [More]
Directed By: John Lee Hancock

#86
Adjusted Score: 106541%
Critics Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
Synopsis: Recruited by the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) joins forces with a spy (Diego Luna) and other resistance fighters... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Edwards

#85

Born in China (2016)
85%

#85
Adjusted Score: 86471%
Critics Consensus: Disneynature Born In China delivers more of the breathtaking footage the series is known for -- and more than enough cuddly anthropomorphic action to keep the kids entertained.
Synopsis: From frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, filmmaker Lu Chuan follows the adventures of three animal families... [More]
Directed By: Lu Chuan

#84
#84
Adjusted Score: 90492%
Critics Consensus: The Emperor's New Groove isn't the most ambitious animated film, but its brisk pace, fresh characters, and big laughs make for a great time for the whole family.
Synopsis: A peasant comes to the aid of an arrogant ruler after a conspirator turns him into a llama.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Dindal

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 92216%
Critics Consensus: The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update a lively and captivating confection for the holidays.
Synopsis: A fateful kiss leads a young woman (Anika Noni Rose) and a royal amphibian (Bruno Campos) on an adventure through... [More]
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker

#82

X2 (2003)
85%

#82
Adjusted Score: 92511%
Critics Consensus: Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.
Synopsis: After a mutant-hating militarist named Stryker invades their school, the X-Men must join forces with Magneto (Ian McKellen) to rescue... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#81
Adjusted Score: 105187%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tries to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#80

Anastasia (1997)
86%

#80
Adjusted Score: 88580%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.
Synopsis: Years after losing her family to evil Rasputin, Czar Nicholas' grown daughter is able to reunite with her grandmother in... [More]
Directed By: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

#79

Mulan (1998)
86%

#79
Adjusted Score: 89832%
Critics Consensus: Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan breaks new ground as a Disney film, while still bringing vibrant animation and sprightly characters to the screen.
Synopsis: A Chinese maiden disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in battle against invading Huns.... [More]
Directed By: Barry Cook, Tony Bancroft

#78

Lilo & Stitch (2002)
86%

#78
Adjusted Score: 90771%
Critics Consensus: Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story.
Synopsis: A lonely girl (Daveigh Chase) adopts a dog (Chris Sanders) which is really a mischievous alien hiding from intergalactic hunters.... [More]

#77

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
87%

#77
Adjusted Score: 94467%
Critics Consensus: Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia.
Synopsis: After years of losing to his adversary (Jack McBrayer), an arcade-game character (John C. Reilly) grows tired of always being... [More]
Directed By: Rich Moore

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 95993%
Critics Consensus: The Peanuts Movie offers a colorful gateway into the world of its classic characters and a sweetly nostalgic -- if relatively unambitious -- treat for the adults who grew up with them.
Synopsis: Good ol' Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp) develops a crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Angelucci Capaldi) while his best... [More]
Directed By: Steve Martino

#75

The Jungle Book (1967)
88%

#75
Adjusted Score: 91801%
Critics Consensus: With expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs, The Jungle Book endures as a crowd-pleasing Disney classic.
Synopsis: An Indian boy has adventures with his jungle animal friends in Disney's animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's stories.... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Reitherman

#74

The Muppet Movie (1979)
88%

#74
Adjusted Score: 93188%
Critics Consensus: The Muppet Movie, the big-screen debut of Jim Henson's plush creations, is smart, lighthearted, and fun for all ages.
Synopsis: Fried-frogs-legs franchisers (Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton) follow Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and company to Hollywood.... [More]
Directed By: James Frawley

#73

Freaky Friday (2003)
88%

#73
Adjusted Score: 91967%
Critics Consensus: Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan charm in Mark Waters' nicely pitched -- and Disney's second -- remake of the 1976 hit.
Synopsis: Two fortune cookies cause an engaged psychotherapist (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter (Lindsay Lohan) to magically exchange bodies.... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#72

Millions (2004)
88%

#72
Adjusted Score: 92790%
Critics Consensus: A charming children fable even adults can enjoy.
Synopsis: Young British brothers (Alex Etel, Lewis Owen McGibbon) must spend a fortune in found money before England converts its currency... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#71

Pete's Dragon (2016)
88%

#71
Adjusted Score: 98648%
Critics Consensus: Pete's Dragon continues Disney's current live-action winning streak with an update that gives the original a visual overhaul without overwhelming its sweet, soulful charm.
Synopsis: A forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) meets a 10-year-old orphan (Oakes Fegley) who claims he lives in the woods with... [More]
Directed By: David Lowery

#70

Onward (2020)
88%

#70
Adjusted Score: 105544%
Critics Consensus: It may suffer in comparison to Pixar's classics, but Onward makes effective use of the studio's formula -- and stands on its own merits as a funny, heartwarming, dazzlingly animated adventure.
Synopsis: Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father.... [More]
Directed By: Dan Scanlon

#69

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
89%

#69
Adjusted Score: 94496%
Critics Consensus: This Disney dreamscape contains moments of grandeur, with its lush colors, magical air, one of the most menacing villains in the Disney canon.
Synopsis: Three good fairies and a handsome prince save Princess Aurora from a bad fairy's spinning-wheel curse.... [More]
Directed By: Clyde Geronimi

#68

Tarzan (1999)
89%

#68
Adjusted Score: 93035%
Critics Consensus: Disney's Tarzan takes the well-known story to a new level with spirited animation, a brisk pace, and some thrilling action set-pieces..
Synopsis: A man raised by apes in the African jungle encounters a professor, his daughter and a suspicious hunter.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

#67

Bolt (2008)
89%

#67
Adjusted Score: 97031%
Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.
Synopsis: Thinking he has real superpowers, the canine star (John Travolta) of a hit TV show travels cross-country from Hollywood to... [More]

#66

Big Hero 6 (2014)
90%

#66
Adjusted Score: 100028%
Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.
Synopsis: When a devastating turn of events thrusts them into the middle of a dangerous plot, a child prodigy (Ryan Potter),... [More]
Directed By: Don Hall, Chris Williams

#65

Tangled (2010)
89%

#65
Adjusted Score: 97061%
Critics Consensus: While far from Disney's greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon.
Synopsis: Crowned with 70 feet of magical golden hair, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) strikes a deal with a charming thief (Zachary Levi)... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

#64

Doctor Strange (2016)
89%

#64
Adjusted Score: 106876%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
Synopsis: After a terrible accident, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses his ability to operate but finds new purpose when a... [More]
Directed By: Scott Derrickson

#63

Bambi (1942)
90%

#63
Adjusted Score: 98393%
Critics Consensus: Elegantly animated and deeply touching, Bambi is an enduring, endearing, and moving Disney classic.
Synopsis: In a Disney animation classic, a fawn named Bambi explores the beautiful woods with friends Thumper, Flower and Faline. His... [More]
Directed By: David Hand

#62

Bears (2014)
90%

#62
Adjusted Score: 92179%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.
Synopsis: Filmmakers chronicle a year in the lives of a brown bear and her cubs as she teaches them how to... [More]
Starring: John C. Reilly

#61

Frozen (2013)
90%

#61
Adjusted Score: 101888%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated, smartly written, and stocked with singalong songs, Frozen adds another worthy entry to the Disney canon.
Synopsis: A fearless young princess (Kristen Bell) sets out with a mountaineer (Jonathan Groff) to find her sister (Idina Menzel), whose... [More]
Directed By: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

#60
Adjusted Score: 104214%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
Synopsis: Captain America (Chris Evans), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, face an unexpected enemy as... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#59
Adjusted Score: 106486%
Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.
Synopsis: The X-Men (Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart) join forces with their younger selves in order to change the past... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#58

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#58
Adjusted Score: 108729%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.
Synopsis: In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#57
Adjusted Score: 110889%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Synopsis: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side when a feud between Captain America (Chris Evans)... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 114342%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists -- and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

#55

Splash (1984)
91%

#55
Adjusted Score: 93784%
Critics Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
Synopsis: A produce supplier (Tom Hanks) finds love in New York with the mermaid (Daryl Hannah) he met as a boy... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#54
Adjusted Score: 93841%
Critics Consensus: Ever After is a sweet, frothy twist on the ancient fable, led by a solid turn from star Barrymore.
Synopsis: Treated as a servant by her stepmother (Anjelica Huston), a 16th-century woman (Drew Barrymore) wins the heart of the French... [More]
Directed By: Andy Tennant

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 94864%
Critics Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.
Synopsis: A kindly British orphan (Paul Terry) escapes his cruel aunts (Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes) to sail the sea on a... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#52

Winnie the Pooh (2011)
90%

#52
Adjusted Score: 94590%
Critics Consensus: Short, nostalgic, and gently whimsical, Winnie the Pooh offers young audiences -- and their parents -- a sweetly traditional family treat.
Synopsis: Owl (Craig Ferguson) mistakenly misleads Pooh (Jim Cummings) and friends into believing that Christopher Robin has been abducted.... [More]

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 107128%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
Synopsis: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#50

A Bug's Life (1998)
92%

#50
Adjusted Score: 97561%
Critics Consensus: A Bug's Life is a rousing adventure that blends animated thrills with witty dialogue and memorable characters - and another smashing early success for Pixar.
Synopsis: An inventor ant teams up with other insects to keep a gang of grasshoppers from terrorizing his colony.... [More]

#49

Star Wars (1977)
92%

#49
Adjusted Score: 108171%
Critics Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possibilities of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.
Synopsis: Robots and other allies help a youth (Mark Hamill) and a space jockey (Harrison Ford) rescue a rebel princess (Carrie... [More]
Directed By: George Lucas

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 107645%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: A space adventurer (Chris Pratt) becomes the quarry of bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by a treacherous... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 98300%
Critics Consensus: A nostalgic charmer, Lady and the Tramp's token sweetness is mighty but the songs and richly colored animation are technically superb and make for a memorable experience.
Synopsis: Walt Disney's animated classic of the romance between a pampered cocker spaniel and a streetwise mongrel.... [More]

#46

Monkey Kingdom (2015)
93%

#46
Adjusted Score: 93841%
Critics Consensus: Monkey Kingdom's breathtaking footage of primates in the wild is likely to please animal lovers of all ages.
Synopsis: A South Asian monkey named Maya welcomes a son into her extended family and is determined to give him a... [More]
Starring: Tina Fey

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 98610%
Critics Consensus: The Little Mermaid ushered in a new golden era for Disney animation with warm and charming hand-drawn characters and catchy musical sequences.
Synopsis: Ariel, a mermaid, is fascinated with life on land, and during one of her visits to the surface, she falls... [More]
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker

#44

The Lion King (1994)
93%

#44
Adjusted Score: 103657%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King is a pride within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
Synopsis: After the death of his royal father, a young lion returns to battle his scheming uncle for the jungle throne.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 101015%
Critics Consensus: Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.
Synopsis: After three nefarious farmers declare war on them, a sly fox (George Clooney) rallies his animal neighbors to fight back.... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#42

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
93%

#42
Adjusted Score: 114923%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: Thor must battle the Hulk in a deadly gladiatorial contest and prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

#41
Adjusted Score: 113471%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Synopsis: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his young allies face a new... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 106553%
Critics Consensus: Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.
Synopsis: Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to be a Jedi knight, and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) woos Princess Leia (Carrie... [More]
Directed By: Irvin Kershner

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 105021%
Critics Consensus: Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings.
Synopsis: A French maiden takes the place of her captured father in the enchanted castle of an accursed prince, and her... [More]
Directed By: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

#38

Queen of Katwe (2016)
94%

#38
Adjusted Score: 101758%
Critics Consensus: Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.
Synopsis: Missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) mentors young chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) in the slum of Katwe in Kampala,... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#37

Iron Man (2008)
94%

#37
Adjusted Score: 105428%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Robert Downey Jr.'s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.
Synopsis: A wealthy industrialist (Robert Downey Jr.) builds an armored suit and uses it to defeat criminals and terrorists.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 113026%
Critics Consensus: Another gorgeously animated, skillfully voiced entry in the Disney canon, Raya and the Last Dragon continues the studio's increased representation while reaffirming that its classic formula is just as reliable as ever.
Synopsis: Long ago, dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity from sinister monsters known as the Druun. Now, 500 years later, those... [More]

#35

Finding Dory (2016)
94%

#35
Adjusted Score: 110346%
Critics Consensus: Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story.
Synopsis: With help from Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) the forgetful fish embarks on an epic... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Stanton

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 123346%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

#33

Fantasia (1940)
95%

#33
Adjusted Score: 101618%
Critics Consensus: A landmark in animation (and a huge influence on the medium of music video), Disney's Fantasia is a relentlessly inventive blend of the classics with phantasmagorical images.
Synopsis: Disney cartoon sequences set to classical music include Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."... [More]

#32

Black Is King (2020)
94%

#32
Adjusted Score: 95618%
Critics Consensus: Beyoncé is King.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Beyoncé
Directed By: Beyoncé

#31

Aladdin (1992)
95%

#31
Adjusted Score: 100999%
Critics Consensus: A highly entertaining entry in Disney's renaissance era," Aladdin is beautifully drawn, with near-classic songs and a cast of scene-stealing characters.
Synopsis: Disney's version of a tale about an Arabian thief who finds a magic lamp and tries to win a princess's... [More]
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker

#30
Adjusted Score: 103911%
Critics Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.
Synopsis: The Pumpkin King gives the yuletide season a touch of Halloween in an animated tale from the mind of Tim... [More]
Directed By: Henry Selick

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 99965%
Critics Consensus: With strong performances and director David Lynch at the helm, The Straight Story steers past sentimental byways on its ambling journey across the American heartland.
Synopsis: An old man (Richard Farnsworth) buys a John Deere tractor and drives from Iowa to Wisconsin to see his estranged,... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#28

The Muppets (2011)
95%

#28
Adjusted Score: 102772%
Critics Consensus: Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.
Synopsis: Kermit, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets join forces with their fans to raise $10 million to save Muppet Studios... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#27

WALL-E (2008)
95%

#27
Adjusted Score: 106424%
Critics Consensus: Wall-E's stellar visuals testify once again to Pixar's ingenuity, while its charming star will captivate younger viewers -- and its timely story offers thought-provoking subtext.
Synopsis: After years of tidying up an Earth devoid of humanity, a robot janitor (Ben Burtt) meets a mechanical scout and... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Stanton

#26

Moana (2016)
95%

#26
Adjusted Score: 108610%
Critics Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.
Synopsis: A once-mighty demigod (Dwayne Johnson) and a spirited teenager (Auli'i Cravalho) embark on an epic adventure across the ocean.... [More]
Directed By: John Musker, Ron Clements

#25

Soul (2020)
95%

#25
Adjusted Score: 112857%
Critics Consensus: A film as beautiful to contemplate as it is to behold, Soul proves Pixar's power to deliver outstanding all-ages entertainment remains undimmed.
Synopsis: Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 103824%
Critics Consensus: Irrefutable proof that gentle sentimentalism can be the chief ingredient in a wonderful film, Miracle on 34th Street delivers a warm holiday message without resorting to treacle.
Synopsis: An adwoman's (Maureen O'Hara) lawyer boyfriend (John Payne) tries to prove that Macy's Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) is the real... [More]
Directed By: George Seaton

#23

Monsters, Inc. (2001)
96%

#23
Adjusted Score: 102896%
Critics Consensus: Clever, funny, and delightful to look at, Monsters, Inc. delivers another resounding example of how Pixar elevated the bar for modern all-ages animation.
Synopsis: A blue behemoth (John Goodman) and his short, one-eyed assistant (Billy Crystal) work in a giant factory that exists to... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter

#22

Ratatouille (2007)
96%

#22
Adjusted Score: 104751%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced and stunningly animated, Ratatouille adds another delightfully entertaining entry -- and a rather unlikely hero -- to the Pixar canon.
Synopsis: A Parisian rat (Patton Oswalt) who enjoys fine food lives beneath a famous restaurant and longs to be a great... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#21

Black Panther (2018)
96%

#21
Adjusted Score: 124629%
Critics Consensus: Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
Synopsis: Black Panther's mettle as king gets tested when an old enemy draws him into a conflict that puts his nation... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Coogler

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 101929%
Critics Consensus: Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an innovative and entertaining film that features a groundbreaking mix of live action and animation, with a touching and original story to boot.
Synopsis: In a world where cartoons coexist with humans, a private eye tries to clear a long-eared fugitive of murder charges.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

#19

Big (1988)
97%

#19
Adjusted Score: 103845%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.
Synopsis: A wishing machine turns a boy into a 35-year-old man (Tom Hanks) with a fun job and a girlfriend (Elizabeth... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 104828%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
Synopsis: A storybook stableboy turns pirate (Cary Elwes) and rescues his beloved (Robin Wright), who is about to marry a dreadful... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#17

Free Solo (2018)
97%

#17
Adjusted Score: 104861%
Critics Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.
Synopsis: Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.... [More]

#16

The Incredibles (2004)
97%

#16
Adjusted Score: 105091%
Critics Consensus: Bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre, The Incredibles easily lives up to its name.
Synopsis: Now fighting boredom in suburbia, a former superhero (Craig T. Nelson) and his family get a chance to save the... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#15

Coco (2017)
97%

#15
Adjusted Score: 114507%
Critics Consensus: Coco's rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly -- and deeply affecting -- approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.
Synopsis: Accompanied by a charming trickster, a young musician embarks on an extraordinary journey through the colorful Land of the Dead... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

#14

Toy Story 4 (2019)
97%

#14
Adjusted Score: 120917%
Critics Consensus: Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending -- and perhaps concluding -- a practically perfect animated saga.
Synopsis: Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy... [More]
Directed By: Josh Cooley

#13

Dumbo (1941)
98%

#13
Adjusted Score: 103744%
Critics Consensus: Dumbo packs plenty of story into its brief runtime, along with all the warm animation and wonderful music you'd expect from a Disney classic.
Synopsis: An outcast baby elephant with oversized ears soars to fame and fortune as the world's only flying pachyderm.... [More]
Directed By: Ben Sharpsteen

#12
Adjusted Score: 103933%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pooches and a memorable villain (Cruella De Vil), this is one of Disney's most enduring, entertaining animated films.
Synopsis: Two British Dalmatians embark on a daring rescue when their puppies are dognapped by Cruella De Ville.... [More]

#11

Mary Poppins (1964)
96%

#11
Adjusted Score: 101487%
Critics Consensus: A lavish modern fairy tale celebrated for its amazing special effects, catchy songs, and Julie Andrews's legendary performance in the title role.
Synopsis: London children have fun with a marvelous nanny (Julie Andrews) and her chimney-sweep friend (Dick Van Dyke).... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#10
Adjusted Score: 111385%
Critics Consensus: With its involving story and characters, vibrant art, and memorable songs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set the animation standard for decades to come.
Synopsis: A wicked queen casts a spell upon a beautiful young girl in this Disney adaptation of the classic fairy tale.... [More]
Directed By: David Hand

#9

Jane (2017)
98%

#9
Adjusted Score: 102627%
Critics Consensus: Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.
Synopsis: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research... [More]
Starring: Jane Goodall
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#8

Hamilton (2020)
97%

#8
Adjusted Score: 107076%
Critics Consensus: Look around, look around at how beautifully Hamilton shines beyond Broadway - and at how marvelously Thomas Kail captures the stage show's infectious energy.
Synopsis: The original Broadway production of the award-winning musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the treasury,... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Kail

#7

Zootopia (2016)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 111333%
Critics Consensus: The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.
Synopsis: Rookie police rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) works with a wily fox (Jason Bateman) to solve a mysterious case in... [More]
Directed By: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

#6

Toy Story 3 (2010)
98%

#6
Adjusted Score: 109335%
Critics Consensus: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.
Synopsis: Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of the toys find themselves dumped in a day-care center after... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

#5

Inside Out (2015)
98%

#5
Adjusted Score: 116072%
Critics Consensus: Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.
Synopsis: An 11-year-old girl's (Kaitlyn Dias) five emotions try to guide her through a difficult transition after she moves from the... [More]
Directed By: Pete Docter

#4

Finding Nemo (2003)
99%

#4
Adjusted Score: 108363%
Critics Consensus: Breathtakingly lovely and grounded by the stellar efforts of a well-chosen cast, Finding Nemo adds another beautifully crafted gem to Pixar's crown.
Synopsis: A clown fish (Albert Brooks) embarks on a journey to find his son (Alexander Gould) after losing him in the... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Stanton

#3

Pinocchio (1940)
100%

#3
Adjusted Score: 107618%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.
Synopsis: Woodcarver Geppetto's marionette gets the chance to prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy in Disney's animated classic.... [More]

#2

Toy Story (1995)
100%

#2
Adjusted Score: 106907%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: A flashy new action hero's arrival creates upset in a community of toys that comes to life when people are... [More]
Directed By: John Lasseter

#1

Toy Story 2 (1999)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 108760%
Critics Consensus: The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages.
Synopsis: When a toy collector kidnaps Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys band together to bring him home.... [More]

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