ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Note: This list will be updated monthly to reflect both the old and new Disney movies added to Netflix. Newest additions are at the top.

Logging on to Netflix these days, viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a film to chill out to. Yet, while there is an abundance of romance features, horror flicks, documentaries and action movies to dip into, why not consider taking it easy with some of the best Disney choices on offer?

From nostalgia-filled animation movies, to more recent House of Mouse offerings, here are the best movies streaming on Netflix right now, suitable for kids and adults alike:

14. 'Hercules'

'Hercules' [Credit: Disney]
'Hercules' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 27 June 1993
  • Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Cast: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods
  • IMDb score: 7.2/10

Fun fact: Originally, Hades was written as a menacing character. However, after James Woods came to voice him, he impressed the filmmakers with his rapid-fire style and he ended up ad-libbing the majority of the script.

1997's Hercules delves back into the realms of Greek mythology to bring to life the story of Zeus and Hera's son, who is stolen by minions of Hades, the Lord of the Underworld. Forced to live among humans, the half-god, half-mortal youngster eventually learns of his ancestry and — together with a sassy satyr called Phil — learns to use his incredible strength to civilization's advantage.

13. 'Mulan'

'Mulan' [Credit: Disney]
'Mulan' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 19 June 1998
  • Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
  • Cast: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong
  • IMDb score: 7.6/10

Fun Fact: This was the first Disney movie to deal directly with themes of warfare.

Mulan is Disney's 36th animation and is often considered to be one of the most progressive musicals from the House of Mouse. In re-telling the popular Chinese folk tale, the film turns conventional gender roles on their head in following the story of a young peasant girl who disguises herself as a man to take her sick father's place in the army.

12. 'Beauty and the Beast'

'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 17 March 2017
  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
  • IMDb score: 7.4/10

Fun Fact: Although Sir Ian McKellen turned down the role of Cogsworth in the original 1991 animation, he jumped at the chance to star in the live-action version.

Casting as the beautiful Belle, Disney hit the box office jackpot with the live-action adaptation of fairytale classic Beauty and the Beast. With a stunning original score, beautifully crafted songs and a meticulous characterization, director Bill Condon's production continues is one of the most exhilarating love stories available on from September 2017.

11. 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey'

  • Release date: 12 February 1993
  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Cast: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder
  • IMDb score: 6.9/10

Fun Fact: Homeward Bound is one of the few talking animal movies in which the creature's mouth does not move in sync with the lines.

One of the most popular '90s Disney movies streaming on Netflix from April is childhood classic Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, a film that sees three household pets escape from their California ranch and embark on a cross-country odyssey in search of their beloved owners in San Francisco.

10. 'The BFG'

'The BFG' [Credit: Disney]
'The BFG' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 1 July 2016
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
  • IMDb score: 6.4/10

Fun Fact: The film had been in development for almost 25 years!

The Big Friendly Giant is finally coming to Netflix, bringing Roald Dahl's endearing story about a little girl called Sophie and her adventures into Giant Country to the masses. The Disney live-action adaptation — directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the bumbling, lovable giant — religiously sticks to the original material so The BFG should 100 percent be on your list of new Disney movies to watch online right now.

9. 'The Jungle Book'

'The Jungle Book' [Credit: Disney]
'The Jungle Book' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 15 April 2016
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley
  • IMDb score: 7.5/10

Fun Fact: This was the first time that Kaa the Snake was portrayed as being female, played by . Director Jon Favreau has since admitted that the change was deliberate because he felt there were already too many male characters in the storyline.

Jon Favreau's Disney outing in 2016 was certainly an explosive one. Featuring a phenomenal cast of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, , Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Christopher Walken, The Jungle Book swiftly entered the realms of some of the best live-action adaptations the House of Mouse has ever shuffled out.

8. 'Zootopia'

'Zootopia' [Credit: Disney]
'Zootopia' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 4 March 2016
  • Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
  • Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
  • IMDb score: 8.1/10

Fun Fact: Nick Wilde's designs are heavily borrowed from the main character in Robin Hood (1973), who also happens to be a fox.

Similarly, we all went wild for Zootopia in 2016 when Disney provided us with a adventure-packed partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist in their efforts to reveal a conspiracy.

And ultimately, the Academy similarly loved it so much that it was even nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2017 .

7. 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl'

 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl' [Credit: Disney]
'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 9 July 2003
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
  • IMDb score: 8/10

Fun Fact: Amongst many things, improvised Jack Sparrow's line, "Savvy?"

Go right back to the beginning of one of the most successful Hollywood franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Released in 2003, it tells the story of young blacksmith Will Turner who is forced to team up with a mumbling drunkard in the shape of Johnny Depp's eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to save the love of his life, Elizabeth Swann.

And if you're attempting to get up to speed ahead of the Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales release, you might as well put this one of your list of must-see Disney movies right now.

6. 'Fantasia'

'Fantasia' [Credit: Disney]
'Fantasia' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 1940
  • Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong
  • Cast: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton
  • IMDb score: 7.8/10

Fun Fact: Ever since 1940, when it was released, complaints from parents have flooded in over the 'Night on Bald Mountain' sequence, deemed far too terrifying for kids.

A timeless Disney classic, Fantasia continues to inspire and wow audiences of all ages to this day — so much so, that it's often considered to be one of the best Disney movies of all time. Comprised of eight segments, all set to the music of a different composer, the movie remains one of the most stunning examples of the studio's early animations.

5. 'Tarzan'

'Tarzan' [Credit: Disney]
'Tarzan' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 18 June 1999
  • Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
  • Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed
  • IMDb score: 7.2/10

Fun Fact: Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk was the inspiration for how Tarzan's body moved when he slid down trees and logs.

With The Legend of Tarzan recently out, why not relive all the action surrounding our favorite gorilla-raised man with Disney's animated adaptation of the 1999 blockbuster on Netflix.

Although it isn't considered to have quite the fan-base of the usual Disney princess movies on Netflix, the heartwarming adventure is still a favorite amongst children and adults alike.

4. 'Robin Hood'

'Robin Hood' [Credit: Disney]
'Robin Hood' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 1973
  • Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Cast: Brian Bedford, Phil Harris, Roger Miller
  • IMDb score: 7.6/10

Fun Fact: This was the first film in Disney's animated line-up that had anthropomorphic animals without any human characters at all.

It's no wonder that 1973's Robin Hood continues to be a favorite amongst many. The colorful feature is based on one of the most prominent heroes in English folklore, with Disney valiantly presenting a fox as our Nottingham heroic archer. He's joined by a slew of human-like animal sidekicks who create a story that continues to warm the heart over 30 years on.

3. 'Brother Bear'

'Brother Bear' [Credit: Disney]
'Brother Bear' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 31 October 2003
  • Directors: Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis
  • IMDb score: 6.8/10

Fun Fact: Many of the characters in the movie are actually named after real places in Alaska, where the story is set. For example, Kenai is named after the Kenai Peninsula.

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Disney's Brother Bear, a 2003 release that is now available on Netflix. The focus is on a little Inuit boy called Kenai, who embarks on a journey to unleash revenge on a bear for killing his brother. Tracking it down, he ruthlessly kills it, only to anger the Spirits and be transformed into one himself as punishment.

2. 'High School Musical'

'High School Musical' [Credit: Disney]
'High School Musical' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 20 January 2006
  • Director: Kenny Ortega
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale
  • IMDb score: 5.2/10

Fun Fact: Zac Efron's singing voice was actually that of Drew Seeley, who tested for the role of Troy. Seeley sang the entirety of "Get'cha Head in the Game" and the reprise of "What I've Been Looking For." Efron only sings the first four lines of "Start of Something New" and the first sentence of "Breaking Free." Why? All because Efron's voice was far too low for that of a tenor and he struggled to match with the other vocals.

A TV movie that allowed a relatively unknown Zac Efron to break free into the dizzying heights of Hollywood stardom, High School Musical continues to be one of the most successful productions to come from a wide-ranging selection of good Disney Channel movies. So, before HSM 4 signals a start of something new, why not kick back on Netflix and relive what all the fuss was about back in 2006?

1. 'Chicken Little'

'Chicken Little' [Credit: Disney]
'Chicken Little' [Credit: Disney]
  • Release date: 4 November 2005
  • Director: Mark Dindal
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Garry Marshall
  • IMDb score: 5.8/10

Fun Fact: Chicken Little was originally meant to be a girl.

Undoubtedly one of the top Disney films on Netflix, Chicken Little was the studio's first venture into non-Pixar CGI and is an adorable little story suitable for grade-schoolers and all ages upwards. Although the plot line is slightly ridiculous (essentially about a piece of sky falling on a young chicken!), the animation will undoubtedly provide a barrel of laughs.

Which Disney movie will you be watching on Netflix next?

[Credit: Disney]
[Credit: Disney]


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