These Are Our Favourite TV Shows & Films To Watch On Disney Plus

By Olivia Emily

3 months ago

Our top picks for something a little different


Wondering what to watch tonight? If you’re the proud owner of a Disney Plus membership, look no further: we’ve gathered our top picks, from heartbreaking limited TV series to blockbuster films. We all know about the Disney movies available, from classic cartoons to live action remakes, Marvel to Star Wars, but here’s what to watch on Disney Plus if you’re looking for something a little different.

What To Watch On Disney Plus

Louisa Harland as Nell in The Ballad Of Renegade Nell

Robert Viglasky/Disney+ © 2022

Renegade Nell

Derry Girls’ kooky Orla McCool (Louisa Harland) gets a whole new swashbuckling look in Disney Plus’ latest release, Renegade Nell. War-widowed Nell takes on the English upper classes in a miscarriage of justice, before things take a magical turn. As Harland tells C&TH, Nell is ‘restless, she wants to make something of herself but comes from a very working class background – her family are tenants of the local magistrate working in the local pub – and she wants more for herself and for her family. So she goes out and tries to do so.’ Worth the watch indeed.

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Emma Stone in POOR THINGS

Emma Stone in POOR THINGS. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2023 Searchlight Pictures All Rights Reserved.

Poor Things

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things debuted at the Venice Film Festival last summer, before making a splash at the top film awards of the year. Certainly not one to watch with the family, the film stars Emma Stone as Bella Baxter, a young and intriguing woman who lives in an eccentric mansion with her guardian, Dr Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe), and has the temperament of a toddler. Learning quickly, Bella runs away with dandy Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo) to see the world and learn what it means to be alive.

A still from Only Murders in the Building

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Only Murders In The Building

This breakout Disney Plus hit has garnered a loyal following. Spoofing the true crime genre, Only Murders in the Building follows Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez), three neighbours who become amateur sleuths and budding true crime podcasters after someone in their New York City apartment building is found dead. As the police try to figure out what happened, Charles, Oliver and Mabel strive to beat them to it – and intriguing facets of their personal lives come to life, too.

Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott in All of Us Strangers

All Of Us Strangers

This mysterious new film starring Irishmen Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal (donning a Yorkshire accent) adapts Taichi Yamada’s 1987 novel Strangers. Instead of Tokyo, All of Us Strangers is set in London and centres on Adam (Scott), a lonely screenwriter who returns to his childhood home to inexplicably find his long dead parents alive and well – and appearing to be the same age they were when they passed away 30 years before. Meanwhile, Adam’s life starts getting a little more vibrant thanks to a chance encounter with his neighbour Harry (Mescal).

Jeremy Allen White as Carmy in The Bear

The Bear

Brimming with lengthy, intense scenes, delicious looking food and deep-dives into themes such as mental health, grief and the gruelling restaurant industry more generally, The Bear is a must-watch TV series for foodies, especially if you’re partial to the Chicago accent and you don’t mind a bit of stress-inducing watching. The multi-award winning series centres on Carmy (Jeremy Allen White), a renowned fine dining chef who returns to his hometown following the sudden death of his brother, Michael. Carmy has inherited the family’s chaotic (and seriously struggling) sandwich shop from Michael, and tries to turn the business around by implementing new structures and skills (and hiring young chef Sydney [Ayo Edebiri]), all while dealing with his grief and deep-seated family trauma.

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Colin Farrell in the film THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

Colin Farrell in the film THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. Photo by Jonathan Hession. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

The Banshees of Inisherin

Looking for some black comedy? Tune into The Banshees of Inisherin, a blockbuster Irish film starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan. The plot is simple: one day, friends Pádraic (Gleeson) and Colm (Farrell) find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly decides he no longer wants to be friends with the other. Set on the small, tight-knit island of Inisherin, the film tracks the social and surprisingly gory consequences of this decision.

A Murder At The End Of The World

A Murder At The End Of The World

The Crown’s Emma Corrin dons a choppy pink haircut in Disney Plus series, A Murder At The End Of The World. Set in the remote, snowy compound of a reclusive billionaire, Corrin plays tech-savvy hacker and amateur sleuth Darby Hart who, along with eight other guests, is invited to the compound to participate in a retreat. But when one of the guests is found dead, Darby must determine who committed the murder before the killer strikes again. With Clive Owen and Harris Dickinson also starring, this series is spooky, sexy and seriously intriguing – perfect for murder mystery fans seeking a modern spin.

The Dropout, available to watch on Disney Plus

The Dropout

Based on the ABC podcast of the same name, The Dropout is one of the most gripping TV series to watch on Disney Plus, with Amanda Seyfried in the starring role as self-made CEO and millionaire, Elizabeth Holmes. Based on a true story, The Dropout delves into Holmes’ rise from Stanford University dropout to millionaire CEO of Silicon Valley tech company, Theranos – and her dramatic fall from grace.

Kaitlyn Dever as Brynn Adams in 20th Century Studios' NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU, exclusively on Hulu and Disney Plus

No One Will Save You

A film with hardly any dialogue? Surprisingly, it works. Kaitlyn Dever leads No One Will Save You, a sci-fi film drawing on classic alien movies almost as a one-woman show, playing Brynn, a lonely but creative young woman who lives alienated from her community in her childhood home. One night, she is awoken by strange noises, and thus begins an action packed face-off with a whole host of extra terrestrial creatures vying for her life. Meanwhile, Brynn is forced to also face up to her past.

Dr. Samuel Finnix (Michael Keaton) in Dopesick on Disney Plus

Dr. Samuel Finnix (Michael Keaton). © Antony Platt/Hulu

Dopesick

If you’re wondering what to watch on Disney Plus and you’re not opposed to some serious emotional viewing, Dopesick is a series that packs a punch. With an ensemble cast, Dopesick is one of many dramatisations of the US opioid crisis, tracking the impact of Purdue Pharma’s introduction of OxyContin across multiple storylines: Dr Sam Finnix (Michael Keaton) who hesitantly begins to prescribe OxyContin to his patients; Betsy Mallum (Kaitlyn Dever) who becomes addicted to OxyContin after being prescribed it to help with pain after a mining injury; Billy Cutler (Will Poulter), a Purdue sales representative; Richard Sackler (Michael Stuhlbarg), the president of Purdue Pharma; and two assistant U.S. attorneys (Peter Sarsgaard and John Hoogenakker) trying to build a case against Purdue Pharma. It’s complex, it’s heartrending, and it’s one of the best shows to watch on Disney Plus.

David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah in RYE LANE, streaming now on Disney Plus

David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah in RYE LANE. Photo by Chris Harris. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Rye Lane

This heart-warming rom-com is one of the best films to watch on Disney Plus, led by rising stars David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah and directed by Raine Allen-Miller. Set in Peckham, we follow two young Londoners Dom (Jonsson) and Yas (Allen-Miller), who connect over an eventful day and discover both have recently been through breakups. Named for a real street in Peckham, Rye Lane is a subtle and refreshing take on the modern rom-com, and is a must-watch for any south Londoners.

WATCH

All of these TV shows and films (and more) are streaming now at disneyplus.com

How Much Is Disney Plus In The UK?

UK prices for Disney Plus start at £4.99 per month and stretch to £10.99 per month. The available plans are:

  • Standard with ads: £4.99 per month, with streaming on up to two devices at once
  • Standard: £7.99 per month or £79.90 per year, with streaming on up to two devices at once
  • Premium: £10.99 per month or £109.90 per year, with streaming on up to four devices at once