The Best Oscar-Winning Movies on Disney+ Right Now

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Just because you’re diving into the warm, fluffy nostalgia trip that is Disney+ doesn’t mean you can’t add a little prestige to your night. Thanks to Disney’s long-established dominance, the streaming service has no shortage of impressive Oscar winners, dating all the way back to the 1930s. (That would be Flowers and Trees, Best Animated Short winner of 1932). We’ve whittled down the list to bring you the very best, which you can scroll through below.

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Editor’s note: This list was updated August 2022 to include Cruella.

Coco (2017)
1 hr 45 min | Animated Fantasy | Lee Unkrich

Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Edward James Olmos

Oscars Won: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

Coco is the kind of film that has the ability to connect with almost any viewer, no matter who they are or where they come from. Emotional and dazzling, Coco delights with beautiful animation and color, as well as a profound and beautiful score; main character Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) is as endearing as he is talented, and his journey to not only understand his family history, but also the passion that lies within him, is one that almost everyone can relate to. This is a classic coming of age story given a level of detail and care very rarely seen; the attention and respect given to the main characters’ culture and history breathes life into an already vivacious story, and the twists and turns that the viewers are privy to create a wonderful and heart-wrenching ride. – Olivia Fitzpatrick

Cruella (2021)
2 hrs 14 min | Crime Comedy Family | Craig Gillespie

Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry

Oscars Won: Best Costume Design

Cruella is the untold prequel chronicling the beginnings of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella DeVil. Starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, Cruella is a visually stunning cinematic story that follows an aspiring fashion designer and the lengths to which she’ll go to achieve her dreams while also seeking revenge for her mother’s murder. Director Craig Gillespie brings to life the bold new origin tale, capturing the 1970s London punk movement and emphasizing the daring colors and fashion of that particular period. With two prodigious actresses at the forefront, Cruella glorifies Stone and Thompson in their element. – Yael Tygiel

Encanto (2021)
1 hr 49 min | Animated Musical Fantasy | Jared Bush, Byron Howard

Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama, Jessica Darrow

Oscars Won: Best Animated Feature

Set in Colombia, the Oscar-winning Encanto tells the story of Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) and her magical family, the Madrigals. When the magic that’s blessed her family starts to fade away, it’s up to Mirabel to save the family miracle. With all of its catchy music, courtesy of Lin-Manuel Miranda, and beautiful animation, Encanto also explores family dynamics, generational trauma, and the crushing weight of anxiety. Though Mirabel is the only one in her family without a special power, she discovers that her superpower is bringing her family together through healing and understanding. So yes, we do talk about Bruno! – Meredith Loftus

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
2 h 31 min | Fantasy Swashbuckler | Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Jack Davenport, Tom Hollander, Stellan Skarsgård, Kevin McNally, and Jonathan Pryce

Oscars Won: Best Visual Effects

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chestis the sequel to Disney’s ambitious live-action adaptation of their ever-popular Walt Disney World and Disneyland ride by the same name. Following the events of the first film, Dead Man’s Chest opens on Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann’s (Keira Knightley) ill-fated wedding day, as Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) arrives with arrest warrants for the nearly-wedded couple and their compatriot Jack Norrington (Jack Davenport) who allowed Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to escape capture.

From there, things get pretty daunting as the trio reunites with Sparrow and finds themselves caught in the path of the legendary pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) of The Flying Dutchman. While the plot of the film is as equally heavy as the first, there are moments of levity, such as the iconic “I’ve got a jar of dirt” scene that has been memed and remixed for years now. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is undoubtedly the best out of the franchise, particularly in the visual effects department which is exactly why it won an Oscar. — Maggie Lovitt

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
2 hr 1 min | Epic Space Opera | George Lucas

Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker

Oscars Won: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Music, and Original Score

Star Wars: A New Hope was the start of a vast and wonderful universe, where people and creatures of all kinds could make their mark. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher,and Harrison Ford remain iconic for their roles, setting a standard for Star Wars’ future leads and bringing to life a galaxy that few could have imagined prior. While the story itself is classic at this point, the art and creativity that went into making the movie feel truly real and believable remain some of the most masterfully done in film history; even as time continues forward and technology advances, the rush of adrenaline when that first star ship appears on screen can rarely be overstated. Even now, years later, the practical effects and costume design only add to this movie’s appeal. — Olivia Fitzpatrick

The Sound of Music (1965)
2 hr 54 min | Musical | Robert Wise

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Eleanor Parker

Oscars Won: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Film Score, and Best Sound

The hills are alive with the sound of music! The Sound of Music is the 1965 Oscar-winning musical about love and music in a time of war. Maria (Julie Andrews), a carefree nun, gets more than she bargains for when she’s sent off from the abbey to become a governess to a retired naval captain’s seven children. She wins over the children through the power of music, and in the process, she and Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) fall in love. Set at the onset of the Nazi invasion of Austria, the family learns how to love again and how to survive after leaving their home. Directed by Robert Wise, this movie musical will charm you with its infectious songs yet ground you with its serious themes of choosing between complicity versus standing for what’s right. — Meredith Loftus

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