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We all know Disney Plus offers Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and classic cartoon nutrients that you can always find when you need a calming night.

That being said, there are tons of great Disney movies out there that might not be the focus of your radar. From classics like the original 1961 Parent Trap to Tim Burton's Frankenweenie that will destroy anyone who has lost a dog, Disney has an eclectic lineup worth checking out.

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Here are some of the best movies on Disney Plus that you might have overlooked.

Holes (2003)


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Holes, a faithful adaptation of Louis Sachar's YA novel, saw Shia LaBeouf from Even-Stevens take on one of his first major film roles. Stanley Yelnats IV's family is so cursed that Stanley is wrongly convicted of stealing sneakers and sentenced to time in a juvenile prison … where they dig holes in the desert. Along with an immense cast including Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Patricia Arquette, Holes has a visual and thematic sophistication that you can't expect from a teen movie.

Splash (1984)


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Ron Howard's rom-com about a man who falls in love with a mermaid won an Oscar for his screenplay – and rightly so with his perfectly warm, radiant comedy in which stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah do their charming thing. Splash is sheer convenience viewing with the added fun fact that Hannah's mermaid story was designed by visual effects artists to be fully functional.

Frankenweenie (2012)


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Frankenweenie is a black and white homage (and parody) to old horror films and tells a charmingly simple story: A boy named Victor tries to bring his dead dog back to life. With stop motion and a host of Tim Burton cast favorites including Winona Ryder, this version of Frankenstein is a classic Burton oddball story brought to life with heart, beautiful graphics, and palpable boyish enthusiasm.

Avatar (2009)


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Yes, there are about 100 other Avatar films on the way, but why not watch the original again that blew everyone away when it came out in 2009 with its insane technical breakthroughs in special effects? Humanity invades Pandora and its native Na & # 39; vi to colonize the lush, habitable moon. Aside from the cardboard clippings and the obvious A-to-B writing, James Cameron's epic remains undeniably sensational to this day.

The Parental Trap (1961)


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Before Lindsay Lohan made her film debut in the remake of this rom-com, Hayley Mills starred in The Parent Trap, playing both twin sisters in search of their divorced parents' reunification. The original The Parent Trap is a film that appeals to both adults and children. It thrives on its relatable family dynamics, its charming characters and its well-timed gags, even if it does not break new ground.

Black is King (2020)


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Beyoncé and her latest album, Black Is King, almost single-handedly lead the rise of the "visual album" (the Beatles started it back in the 1960s) and fuse just that: she curated breathtaking images and music from the band in the album youngest lion king. As a "love letter to Africa", the story of the film is told with the help of some of today's outstanding black artists, including Beyoncé, who also directs. With incredible cinematography, a score of traditional African music, instantly iconic costume design, and powerful cultural themes, every second of this personal work of art has to be glued to your eyeballs.

The Sound of Music (1965)


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The legendary Julie Andrews songs and that famous opening scene in the mountains should immediately instill the childhood joy of watching The Sound of Music. Andrews & # 39; vibrato alone could shake loose texts from your brain like: "Doe, a deer, a female deer / Ray, a drop of golden sun." If you haven't read this the way it was sung, it's time to break up this enduring classic and spend a few verses with the seven von Trapp children and their music-loving governess.

Million (2004)


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Owned by none other than Trainspotting director Danny Boyle, this little gem is filled with eccentric flourishes. Damian is a 9-year-old in north-west England who literally sees a bag of money falling into his life while playing next to the train tracks. While the kind and religious Damian donates to the poor, his kind actions lead to complications. This unusual children's film with unusually deep ideas is a total charmer.

Miracles on 34th Street (1947)


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Is this the best Christmas movie ever? Need that coat or not, the original 34th Street marvel is an eternal vacation favorite that practically glows despite being black and white. A New York department store Santa Claus claims to be the real Santa Claus, infecting shoppers with the Christmas spirit and destroying the cynicism of everyone who stands in his way. This aggressively adorable movie is a must have for your stocking later in the year.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)


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The first in the modern adaptations by C.S. Lewis' fantasy books is the strongest in the trilogy and captures the wonder and magic of discovering a fantasy world in a closet. The Pevensie children encounter Tilda Swinton's White Witch, James McAvoy's Mr. Tumnus and Liam Neeson's Aslan to protect Narnia from evil. The lion, the witch and the cloakroom stand in a snowy vortex of choral music and impressive visual effects and are a great, moving family adventure.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)


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Based on Jules Verne's novel about a giant sea monster that attacks ships in the Pacific, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is known, among other things, for fighting a giant squid. Not to mention the great James Mason as Captain Nemo, the personable antihero and commander of the advanced submarine Nautilus. Considered the early forerunners of the steampunk genre, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a journey not to be missed.

Howard (2018)


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If you're a fan of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, go behind the scenes with the late writer behind the lyrics of their iconic songs. The documentary Howard lovingly unfolds a portrait of Howard Ashman's life and work, littered with fascinating clips from the productions of these Disney classics. With music by Alan Menken, who recorded the unforgettable songs with Ashman, Howard shines in love for the songwriter and lyricist.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


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While Tim Burton did not write or direct The Nightmare Before Christmas, it is embroidered with the darkest and scariest objects of his imagination. Jack Skellington, the king of "Halloween Town", stumbles through a portal to "Christmas Town" and tries to celebrate the holidays. With music by Danny Elfman and breathtaking stop-motion animation, The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of Tim Burton's most original and daring performances.

Hamilton (2020)


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Instead of hitting theaters, the live recording of the great 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton was streamed direct to Disney Plus. It is based on hip-hop and casts non-white actors as historical figures. It covers the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton after his arrival in New York City in 1776 and supported General George Washington in a double pack with Vice President Aaron Burr during the American Revolution until his death. Hamilton on Disney Plus is a welcome and cheaper way to see the revolutionary piece of American theater.

Mary Poppins (1964)


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If you haven't seen the original Mary Poppins in a while, prepare for Walt Disney's crowning live-action hit to wrap you in his bucketload of sugar again. With luscious sets, indelible songs, and general amazement, Mary Poppins is every bit as perfect as her magical title nanny who descends from the clouds with an umbrella to bring the banking family closer together.

Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019)


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National Geographic's documentary about the moon landing sheds light on human achievement with rare archive footage and audio. Apollo: Missions to the Moon chronicles our 12 year journey to the moon and 12 manned missions with an insight into the astronauts, their families and the thousands of others involved, and offers a fresh, comprehensive look at the US space program.

Old Yeller (1957)


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Considered one of the best movies about a boy and his dog, Old Yeller will cripple you emotionally if you relate to losing a pet's best friend. Still, for many reasons, this culturally significant film is a family-friendly film that tells about a boy and his stray dog ​​in Texas after the Civil War.

Queen of Katwe (2016)


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If you're in the mood for a feel-good movie with a story of triumph over adversity, Queen of Katwe will more than satisfy you. The best part is that it is based on a true story about the first female chess player with the title in Ugandan chess history, Phiona Mutesi. Life in the Katwe slum is a constant struggle, but everything changes when she learns how to play chess. The Queen of Katwe with Lupita Nyong & # 39; o and David Oyelowo is a winning checkmate.

That damn cat! (1965)


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This comedy thriller is about a mischievous Siamese hangover, with bank robbers and a kidnapping that was largely thrown in. Sisters Inky and Patti live with their adventurous cat (Darn Cat or DC), who enjoys wandering the city until one night he comes across a bank clerk who is being held hostage. This quirky novelty may not be the most sophisticated detective story, but with entertaining gags and a breathtaking performance from our cat hero, she's a classic Disney charmer.

Pete & # 39; s Dragon (2016)


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David Lowery's version of the tale about a boy who befriends a dragon is a remake of the 70s live-action musical comedy and drops the chant for a soulful, human story. A ranger, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, does her best to protect the wild orphan boy and his dragon pal before hunters catch the big green guy. With a shot of E.T. and The Jungle Book, Pete & # 39; s Dragon is adorable and sincere, with two souls trying to help each other at heart.

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)


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Natty Gann's journey with a young John Cusack shows life in Chicago in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The title Natty Gann, a tomboy by Meredith Salenger, goes on an overland journey to find her father, ride the rails, and meet interesting characters along the way, including a wolfhound (a dog cross wolf). The Journey of Natty Gann is an '80s gem worth checking out.

The Jungle Book (2016)


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This live-action / CGI adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's collection of stories brings to life the story of an orphan boy who lives with animals in the jungle with a stacked voice, including Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. The Jungle Book borrows elements from the animated film of the 60s and combines spectacular visual effects, musical numbers and a special performance of Elba as Shere Khan, which envelops you in his wonderfully lively world.

The Princess Bride (1987)


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If you're not already quoting Rob Reiner's classic adventure film that came out over 30 years ago, it's time for a refresher so that you can say "Inconceivable!" from time to time. Farmhand Westley must save his true love, Buttercup, from Prince Humperdinck. The Princess Bride is a new version of the story of the Virgin in Need. She's the definition of a postmodern fairy tale with a little old-fashioned tumble thrown into it.

Freaky Friday (2003)


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Mary Rodgers' novel about a mother and daughter changing bodies is so good that Disney adapted it three times. The third, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan, is in large part dazzling because Curtis is showing off her sparkling comedic talent outside on her Halloween cause. Pay attention to the scene where mom torments her completely confused son.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)


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The man behind Back to the Future brought his originality to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which is set in a 1947 version of Hollywood in which cartoon characters and people coexist. Robert Zemeckis' set-up is both simple and touching: a private investigator tries to exonerate Roger Rabbit, a "toon" accused of murdering a wealthy businessman. In addition to being entertaining, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a technical breakthrough in modern American animation.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)


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Yes, it's based on a ride through the Disney theme park, but the first Pirates of the Caribbean film in the Balloon franchise is still the best, especially for the showcase of Johnny Depp's eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow. Sparrow and blacksmith Will Turner try to save the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann from cursed pirates who turn into undead skeletons at night. The Curse of the Black Pearl is a pure blockbuster carried by Depp's comedic brilliance and makes the life of a pirate seem exciting.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)


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Edward Scissorhands, one of Tim Burton's most personal works, is a modern day fairy tale brought to life with Burton's Gothic flair and big heart. A fake man with scissors instead of hands is picked up by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter. The surrealism and comedy found in the suburbs contrast starkly with Edward's haunting castle – evidence of Burton's formidable imagination, with the added soul of Johnny Depp's outsider. Completely adorable.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)


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A modernization of The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You, retells Shakespeare's comedy in an American high school setting in the late 1990s. New student Cameron tries to convince Patrick to date the antisocial sister of the girl he is introducing in order to bypass her father's strict dating rule. Fueled by the sheer charm of the late Heath Ledger, with a clever script and an overall buzzing spirit, 10 things I hate about you are a cut above your average high school movie.

The straight story (1999)


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A road trip film by David Lynch? Based on the true story of a World War II veteran riding a lawnmower through Iowa and Wisconsin? The Straight Story is great, from its realistic dialogue about fiery orange landscapes in the Midwest to the warm characters who take care of the older Alvin Straight. One of Lynch's greats.

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