30 Movies On Disney+ For Parents To Enjoy

by Azure Hall and Casey Suglia
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Disney+ may have endless content to keep your little ones occupied, but there is actually plenty on the platform to appeal to family members of all ages. If you're sick of streaming cartoons and have Pixar overload, consider checking out one of the many movies on Disney+ parents will certainly enjoy. Between Marvel hits, National Geographic documentaries, and classics like 10 Things I Hate About You, there's plenty for parents to choose from on Disney+, too.

In its first year alone, Disney+ offered a library of more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films. You can find flicks from Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, National Geographic, and even some content from 20th Century Fox. With so much available, there's surely something for everyone in the family.

While it's up to parents to decide what they deem "appropriate" to share with their children, many of the movies on this list are more likely to appeal to an older audience. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking Pixar by any means, but it can be hard to remember that Disney+ is more than just Micky Mouse Clubhouse when your kid has had it on repeat for days. This collection of movies is proof that there is plenty on the platform to appeal to parents as well.

Black Panther

Of course, Black Panther isn't inherently an adult movie, but with a PG-13 movie, this epic tale of identity and the battle between good and evil may be better suited to parents than young children.

Watch Black Panther, rated PG-13.



If your kids will sit through a documentary on Jane Goodall, more power to you! But this informative film would definitely fall under the "Mom & Dad Movies" category in my house.

Watch JANE rated PG.


12 Dates of Christmas

Move over Hallmark, Disney+ has some Christmas rom-com content of its own. In this film, Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars as Miles, a handsome man who is stuck going on a blind date with the same woman until she can open her world up to love. It sounds like the perfect movie to watch with a glass of wine, or when you've already watched all of the films that the Hallmark Channel has to offer.

Watch 12 Dates of Christmas, rated TV-PG.


10 Things I Hate About You

Does it get any more iconic than Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You? I don't think so. In case you forgot, Ledger plays the mysterious bad boy, Patrick, who must woo over Kat, played by Julia Stiles, in order for his friend, Cameron, to date her younger sister, Bianca. It might sound like a doozy, but this film from 1999 is practically a classic at this point.

Watch 10 Things I Hate About You, rated PG-13.



Parents, visit the amazing world of Pandora on Disney+ by watching Avatar. In this epic film, directed by James Cameron, you will embark on an adventure through the amazing world of Pandora.

Watch Avatar, rated PG-13.


My Favorite Martian

Talk about a throwback! This '90s classic is available to stream on Disney+. Dumb and Dumber's Jeff Daniels plays an ambitious TV reporter who stumbles across a martian, played by Christopher Lloyd, who has just crashed onto earth. The two must band together and work to get the alien back to his home planet before it's too late.

Watch My Favorite Martian, rated PG.



Watch this Broadway hit musical, filmed live at Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California and cheer on the newsies as they fight the publishing giants looking to keep them down.

Watch Newsies, rated PG.


Pirates of the Caribbean

The entire Pirates of the Caribbean collection is available on Disney+, so take your pick of which Captain Jack Sparrow you're in the mood for and enjoy.

Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, rated PG-13.


Ruby Bridges

This important movie tells the story of Ruby Bridges, the first African American student to be integrated into her local elementary school and the struggles she faced. Of course, the film is an important one for children to see, but its significance might be more appreciated by an older audience.

Watch Ruby Bridges, rated TV-PG.


Sister Act

You read that right, folks. Sister Act — and the sequel, for that matter — are available to stream on Disney+. Whoopi Goldberg stars as a lounge singer forced to hide from a mob in a convent, where she becomes the leader of their chorus.

Watch Sister Act, rated PG.


Three Men and a Baby

Take it way back to this '80s parenting classic. When three handsome bachelors in NYC are forced to take in a baby girl, they learn all about their fathering instincts. Catch the sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady, on Disney+ as well.

Watch Three Men and a Baby, rated PG.


Waking Sleeping Beauty

For the documentary nerds out there, this behind-the-scenes look at the conflicts and strife behind Disney animation will be right up your alley.

Watch Waking Sleeping Beauty, rated PG.


Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope

A huge selling point for Disney+, all of the Star Wars films are available for streaming, with the exception of Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Rise of Skywalker. The available movies alone could get parents though a week of grownup movie nights.

Watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, rated PG.


The Empire Strikes Back

Keep the movie marathon going with The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke learns the shocking truth of his past after a battle with Darth Vader.

Watch Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, rated PG.


Return of the Jedi

You can't miss the climactic duel when Luke Skywalker faces Darth Vader. Keep on watching, friends.

Watch Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, rated PG.


The Phantom Menace

No matter which order you choose to watch the movies in, it's worth watching them all. Fortunately, every movie in the franchise — as well as series and spinoffs — are available on Disney+.

Watch Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, rated PG.


Attack of the Clones

Watch Anakin Skywalker discover love, and his dark side, in this installment of the Star Wars film series.

Watch Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, rated PG.


Revenge of the Sith

Clone wars rage across the galaxy. Obi-Wan Kenobi avenges his fallen friend. Those buns. Need I say more?

Watch Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, rated PG-13.


The Force Awakens

Meet Rey and Finn in this exciting Star Wars film.

Watch Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, rated PG-13.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

An unlikely group of heroes bands together in this standalone Star Wars film.

Watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, rated PG-13.

The Last Jedi

The saga continues as new heroes go on adventures and unlock the force.

Watch Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, rated PG-13.



OK, enough Star Wars for now. If you're looking for a completely different kind of movie, consider watching a young Tom Hanks fall in love with a mermaid played by Daryl Hannah in Splash.

Watch Splash, rated TV-PG.


Three Days

Another fun rom-com, Three Days follows a grieving husband when an angel gives him another shot at life with his wife, but with a catch.

Watch Three Days, rated TV-G.


Isle of Dogs

When all of the dog pets in Megasaki City are exiled to Trash Island, it's up to a 12-year-old boy to find his bodyguard dog with his new found, canine friends. This film, directed by Wes Anderson, is definitely one that the artsy parents will love.

Watch Isle of Dogs, rated PG-13.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mr. and Mrs. Fox live a happy life in a happy home with their son and nephew who is in town visiting. But when Mr. Fox reverts back to his sneaky old ways and plans the greatest chicken heist that the animal world has ever seen, some people aren't too happy with him.

Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox, rated PG.

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Hidden Figures

Get inspired by this film, which tells the true story of three Black women who worked at NASA and played an instrumental role in launching astronaut John Glenn into space.

Watch Hidden Figures, rated PG.

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Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Pop musician, Brandy, stars as Cinderella, who is tormented by her evil stepmother and wicked stepsisters. But thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, played by Whitney Houston, Cinderella is able to go to the ball and meet the handsome prince of her dreams. If you grew up in the late 1990's, then this musical is definitely for you.

Watch Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, rated G.


Ever After

Telling the "modern" Cinderella story from the 16th century, Ever After introduces audiences to a independent woman, named Danielle, played by Drew Barrymore, who defies the mean treatment from her conniving step mother and shows up to the ball disguised as a princess. But when the Prince of France falls for her, Danielle must hide her true identity.

Watch Ever After, rated PG-13.


The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, the visionary behind the modern day circus, or "Greatest Show on Earth." With a group of loyal performers by his side and the gift of music, The Greatest Showman brings the greatest show to life.

Watch The Greatest Showman, rated PG.

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