Between Disney classics, Pixar pearls, the many movies from the Marvel universe, or even episodes of the Star Wars saga… the Disney+ catalog is full of excellent feature movies.

What are the best movies to watch on Disney+? 

Crystal trap

Synopsis

John McClane, a policeman from New York goes to California for Christmas. But his vacation is interrupted by terrorists who have invaded the building where he is, and where his wife works.

Directed by John McTiernan, this first installment in the Die Hard saga introduced the world to one of the genre’s most admired action heroes: John McClane, played brilliantly by a Bruce Willis at the top of his game. Paced, full of suspense, gunfights and action, Piege de cristal is an explosive thriller that takes its viewer on a breathtaking tale.

In addition to Bruce Willis, the movie has in its cast Alan Rickman, amazing in the skin of the villainous Hans Gruber. The characters are brilliant, the lines memorable, and the stunts impressive. We get caught up in this thrilling hostage-taking in a huge tower of which only John McClane can be the savior, in large part because the realization of McTiernan plunges us closer to the setbacks of this hero.

Crystal Trap is no doubt a movie you’ve seen before, being one of the most cult feature movies in Hollywood cinema, but it’s a classic of the genre that is savored with relish during the holidays, so why pass on the opportunity?

The rest of our selection

Paddington

Paddington tells the story of a young Peruvian bear, fresh from London, in search of a home and a better life. He quickly realizes that the city of his dreams is not as welcoming as he thought. By chance, he meets the Brown family and gradually becomes a full member.

A priori, this adaptation of the adventures of Paddington Bear, a series of novels by Englishman Michael Bond published between 1958 and 2012, is intended only for a young audience… However, this movie mixing real shots and 3D animation is a small nugget of the genre, and a charming adventure that will delight even the most cynical among us. This little hero brandishes his innocence in the face of the absurdity and stupidity of everyday life. And as in all pretty tales, his kindness and strength of character are enough to overcome the cynicism of the modern world. It is thus difficult not to melt, and not to be overwhelmed by so many good feelings. Especially since all this is not free, and in the service of a solid and entertaining story.

 

Life of Pi

From his native Pondicherry, the young Pi Patel embarks for Canada with his family. But the crossing obviously does not go as planned when a spectacular storm breaks the ship into a thousand pieces. Pi is the sole survivor of the sinking. Finally no, there is also Richard Parker, an impressive Bengal tiger. To escape, the two companions in misfortune will have to learn to live together, even if it is far from an easy task. 

A feature movie full of audacity and a beautiful adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel. It’s intense, full of twists and the recurring oscillation between reality and fantasy gives charm to the movie. The course of the scenario is quite classic, but we do not get bored, on the contrary. Pi’s Odyssey succeeds in taking us on the journey of its two characters, where they are alone in the world. Visually rich and deliberately more complex than it seems, The Odyssey of Pi is a very good feature movie to watch without hesitation.

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In the eyes of Tammy Faye 

In the 70s and 80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker were a famous couple of TV evangelists. They create a successful television channel and theme park, and are watched by millions of Americans. But rivalries and financial scandals will make their empire crumble.

Retracing the story of this couple of evangelists over almost 40 years, In the eyes of Tammy Faye avoids no obligatory passage of the genre, from the original trauma, to the irresistible ascent by passing to the inevitable decline. If it is very wise on the form, this movie is a successful biopic on an interesting subject. We come away charmed by the quality of the incarnation of its actors, by the perfectly transcribed retro spirit, and by the melancholy portrait of an outstanding woman. 

Wild

After years of wandering and addiction, Cheryl Strayed makes a radical decision: she turns her back on her past and embarks on a 1,700 kilometer solo journey on foot along the American West Coast, with the only company the memory of his deceased mother.

Adapted from the eponymous 2012 bestseller, Wild is an intimate adventure movie about self-determination, and the portrait of an unparalleled woman, embodied by the always righteous Reese Whiterspoon (The Blonde’s Revenge, Big Little Lies). The movie is both a geographical journey but also a moral and interior one for its main protagonist. It is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects), and we find there his simple but elegant staging, always able to capture the upheavals of characters in struggle. Wild is a naturally inspiring and resolutely feel-good movie, which will feed your retinas with magnificent images as well as your heart. 

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Le Mans 66

The true story that led visionary American automotive engineer Caroll Shelby to team up with gifted British racing driver Ken Miles. Braving the established order, defying the laws of physics and fighting against their own demons, the two men had only one goal: to build for Ford Motor Company a revolutionary racing car capable of overthrowing the supremacy of the Enzo Ferrari’s team on the legendary Le Mans 24-hour circuit in 1966…

James Mangold (Walk the Line, Logan), takes on one of motorsport’s most inspiring stories to deliver an ambitious, vibrant and poignant movie. The Matt Damon / Christian Bale duo fascinates in each scene with its chemistry and the dramatic tension that emanates from the two characters. Beyond a conventional but effective narrative, Mangold manages to distill lyricism and moving poetry. In the end, Le Mans 66 is a brilliant movie full of aspects, from its casting to its realization, transcending its postulate of true history to embrace an exhilarating romance and sublimate the beauty of sport. A great movie that everyone will enjoy.

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Birdman

A fading actor famous for his portrayal of a popular superhero years ago tries to make a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play.

When Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director of Babel and The Revenant, makes a meta movie about actor Michael Keaton, famous interpreter of Tim Burton’s Batman, we know that the result will necessarily be stunning. And he is! The Mexican director takes us behind the scenes of a theater and into the mind of a tormented man struggling with his former glory, his acting dreams and his family problems. In the lead role, Michael Keaton delivers an inhabited, introspective, and inevitably (a little) autobiographical performance. A frenetic movie about art, creation, ego and the search for meaning of an actor in distress, Birdman is a hypnotizing feature movie, and one of the great movies of recent years. A must see.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Quill – alias Starlord – is an adventurer hunted down by brigands of the galaxy for having stolen a globe endowed with considerable power, and coveted by the fearsome Ronan the Destroyer. Quill will join forces with four very different aliens (Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax) to try to save the galaxy.

Directed by the original James Gunn (The Suicide Squad), Guardians of the Galaxy brought a fresh breeze of fun, sci-fi and visual ambitions to the acclaimed MCU when it was released in 2014. Packed with references to pop-culture, the movie is a funny, fast-paced and exciting adventure, in the purest spirit of Star Wars. The central quartet of characters offers a perfect alchemy, and many scenes of laughter and emotions, and dialogues of formidable efficiency. The artistic direction, colorful and generous, finished installing the movie as one of the best Marvel productions.

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

After the destruction of its Death Star, the Empire of Darth Vader and Darth Sidious maintains its grip on the galaxy, and intends to respond violently to the Rebel Alliance. Withdrawn to the ice planet Hoth, Luke, Leia, Han and their friends are attacked by Imperial troops and find themselves separated.

How not to include a Star Wars movie in this ranking? The iconic saga has delivered many great adventures, and The Empire Strikes Back is hands down at the top of the list. Brilliantly developing the universe and the story set in the first Star Wars three years earlier, the movie offers new planets, new characters, and delves into the issues of the Force, and the journey of Luke Skywalker, giving it a richness and impressive thematic density. With cult scenes galore, The Empire Strikes Back is still as pleasant, beautiful and exciting to see or see again, more than 40 years after its release.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty is a modest and timid person in charge of the negative archives of Life magazine. Tired of his monotonous life, he does not even dare to approach his colleague Cheryl whom he particularly appreciates, and he flees reality in heroic daydreams. When his job is threatened, he decides to take his courage tomorrow and take action in his real life.

Adapted from the short story of the same name by James Thurber published in 1939, the movie speaks to that little part deep inside us that wants to get out of the daily routine, and that craves madness and adventure. An inspiring story ideal for dreamers, which follows a simple office worker who lacks courage, and who will decide to take the plunge. In the lead role, Ben Stiller moves away from his usual comedic characters to deliver a more tender and bittersweet score, endearing and truly poignant. He gives his Walter Mitty a gentleness and a humanity that will speak to everyone.

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Logan

In the future, an exhausted Wolverine, aka Logan, cares for an ailing Professor X at a secret location on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to cut himself off from the world and break with his past will run out when a young mutant hunted down by dark individuals suddenly finds himself face to face with him.

Both a new installment in the long-running X-Men movie saga and a feature movie in its own right, James Mangold’s Logan is a brilliant spin on the superhero theme, and a charged, twilight proposition that brings a fresh and an unexpected seriousness to its hero. Faced with a more angry and aging Hugh Jackman than ever, the legend Patrick Stewart and especially the very young Dafne Keen end up completing a trio of fascinating characters, facets of a genre in search of renewal. Without frills and exacerbated action sequences, Logan is a huge superhero movie, and a great movie at all.

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