One of the best sources of entertainment is the feel-good Disney movies that lift your spirits and leave you feeling happy. Disney films are no longer limited to fairytales and princesses where the princess had to be rescued by a prince in the end. Nowadays, Disney movies are based on progressive themes that teach good virtues and values to kids, for that matter even adults. These movies not just have great themes, but also stunning visuals and amazing musicals that make them great entertainers. Among innumerable options, we have shortlisted the best Disney movies to watch in India for kids of all age groups!
Best Disney movies to watch
1. The Lion King
One of the best Disney movies to watch in India is the musical family drama The Lion King. It is the story about a young lion prince named Simba, who is deceived by his uncle Scar into believing that he killed his father – Mufasa. Disheartened and disappointed in himself, Simba flees into exile, only to come years later to ascend the throne. He is helped by his friends – Timon, Pumbaa, and Nala – to rightfully claim his kingdom from the evil clutches of his uncle and hyenas. This classic Disney movie is available in both animated (1994) as well as live-action reboot (2019) versions, so depending on your preference you can choose either or watch both!
2. The Incredibles
The next on our list of the best Disney movies to watch in India is The Incredibles. This animated film is about superheroes – Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible and Helen aka Elastigirl- who have been living a mundane suburban life with their three kids (Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack, who also have superpowers) after the Superhero Relocation Program. However, after a few years, they are assigned a top-secret mission and forced back into action to save the world. Watch to find out. Furthermore, you can also watch the sequel Incredibles 2 to watch the superhero family fight another evil enemy.
Coco, another best Disney movies to watch in India, is about a young boy named Miguel whose dream is to become a musician. However, nobody in his family is allowed to pursue music or even talk about it, in fact, there has been a ban on music for generations. After a series of mysterious events, Miguel crosses over to the ‘Land of the Dead’ to seek the blessings of his great-great-grandfather, who he later discovers is actually his idol – the legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz. Determined to become a musician as well as return back to his normal life, he has to get the blessings of Ernesto before the sunset, or else he will be trapped in this world forever.
4. Big Hero 6
The amazing bond between the cute inflatable robot Baymax and the young genius Hiro Hamada makes Big Hero 6 one of the best Disney movies to watch in India. Baymax is a healthcare robot that was developed by Hiro’s brother Tadashi, who dies later. After a danger strikes his city, Hiro along with Baymax and other four friends – Go Go, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred – set out on a mission to save the city of San Fransokyo. This group of six high-tech heroes does everything in their capacity to solve the mystery and save the city from the dangerous intention of the villain.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean
The next on our list of the best Disney movies to watch in India is Pirates of the Caribbean. An interesting fact about this movie is that it is actually based on the namesake dark ride attraction at Disney’s theme parks! The American swashbuckler fantasy movie revolves around the eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow, blacksmith Will Turner and the governor’s daughter Elizabeth Swann, who has been kidnapped by Captain Hector Barbossa and his crew of the Black Pearl. Jack and Will team up to save Elizabeth, but will they succeed? Apart from The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), there are four more installments of this film series – Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011), and Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) – that can be easily binge-watched over the weekend.
The comedy-drama movie Soul is next on our list of the best Disney movies to watch in India. The main protagonist Joe Gardner is a music teacher in middle school in New York City and his only passion in life is music. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime to play for a band after years of struggle, however, things do not turn out the way he planned and he lands at the Great Before after a mishap. In this other world, he meets an infant soul and also learns a lot about life and what it means to have a soul!
7. The Jungle Book
Be it the live-action reboot version or the classic animated version, The Jungle Book has been a favorite for generations and hence deserves a place in the list of the best Disney movies to watch in India. The man-cub Mowgli has been raised by wolves but is disliked by the tiger named Sher Khan, who always threatens to kill him. Eventually, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle and is helped by his friends – a panther named Bagheera and a bear named Baloo in his journey. During exile, he discovers a lot about life as well as about himself and later returns to his home to fight the evil Sher Khan.
Ratatouille is up next on our list of the best Disney movies to watch in India right now. This adventure comedy is about the journey of a rat named Remy who is separated from his family after an unfortunate incident. While roaming around, he reaches a restaurant, where he teams up with a young kitchen worker Alfredo Linguini to fulfill his dream of becoming a French chef. Talented just like his idol, who had set up the restaurant that he is working at, Remy dishes out delicious delicacies until the head chef Skinner grows suspicious that something unusual is going on. Watch to find out what happens next to Remy and Linguini!
One of the best Disney movies to watch in India is Frozen directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. This movie is about the love between the two sisters – the free-spirited Anna and the newly crowned Queen Elsa who possesses icy powers. Elsa has been living in isolation because of the growing powers that she does not know how to control; however, she accidentally traps her kingdom in eternal winter. Scared and embarrassed she runs away and starts living alone in the snowcapped mountains, but her fearless sister Anna decides to bring Elsa back as well as save the kingdom. Anna is accompanied by the mountain man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and funny snowman Olaf.
Bambi is an animated family drama based on Austrian author and hunter Felix Salten’s book Bambi, a Life in the Woods. One of the best Disney movies to watch in India, the classic film revolves around the journey of a young deer prince named Bambi. He sets out to explore the forest and subsequently, makes new friends – a rabbit named Thumper, a skunk named Flower, and a doe named Faline. He also meets the wise Friend Owl who teaches him about different and valuable aspects of life – family, friends, love, and loss. Along the way, he even meets the predator Man, who causes distress in Bambi’s life. Watch to know how Bambi emerges as the new Great Prince of the forest.
Moana, one of the best Disney movies to watch in India, is an adventure comedy about the titular character. Moana is a young girl living on the Polynesian island of Montunui, unaware of her amazing navigational skills. However, due to certain bad events, she is forced to go on a voyage to find Maui – the demigod of the wind and sea and master of sailing. Moana has to convince him to return the heart that he stole from the goddess Te Fiti. Will she be able to convince him and will they succeed in returning the heart? Find out now!
12. Wreck-It Ralph
The family fun movie Wreck-It Ralph is amongst the best Disney movies to watch in India for its amazing humor and interesting plot. Ralph is a video game villain who hates being overshadowed by the good characters. So, he decides to turn things in his favor and embarks upon a journey to show that he is worthy of being a hero and getting a medal. In this endeavor, he goes through every generation of video games but unfortunately wrecks everything. Will he be able to redeem himself and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero and getting bestowed with a medal?
ALL-E is one of the best Disney movies to watch in India for its intriguing plot and execution. This science-fiction movie revolves around the robot named WALL-E or Waste Allocation Load-Lifter: Earth-class. This binocular-eyed trash-collecting robot has been cleaning the garbage-strewn Earth for over seven centuries after the human ceased to exist on this planet. However, things change after he meets a sleek robot named EVE or Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator sent from the starliner named Axiom. Things change for both WALL-E and EVE after the discovery of a living seedling on Earth, leading to an adventurous space journey!
The adventure comedy-drama Up is the next entry on our list of the best Disney movies to watch in India. This movie is about dreams, love, and friendship, and what people can do for them. A 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen fulfills his and his dead wife Ellie’s dream of visiting the famous Paradise Falls in the South American wilderness. For this, he turns his house into an airship by tying hundreds of helium balloons that can help it fly away. Although he manages to lift the house ‘up’ in the air, he faces a major issue – a young wilderness explorer Russell, who has been accidentally stowed away on the trip. Fidn what happens next!
Luca is one of the best Disney movies to watch in India that beautifully shows that friendship knows no boundaries. This story is about the friendship between a young boy named Alberto Scorfano and Luca Paguro, who is actually a sea monster from another world and has disguised himself as a human. Although both are ok with their situation, they still need to keep it a secret from others. They both enjoy a great summer along the beautiful riviera in Italy – eating pasta and gelato, playing games, riding scooters, and doing much more. However, will their strong friendship stand the test of time or crumble under the pressure of the deeply-held secret.
One of the best Disney movies to watch in India is Mulan, which is based on the famous legendary folk heroine of China. Mulan is a brave and fearless girl who masquerades as a male soldier to save her aged father from the rigors of war. She overcomes rigorous training and several hardships along the way to morph from a young maiden to a brave soldier. Through her inner strength and determination, she eventually emerges as one of the greatest heroines in the history of China. This adventurous family drama is available in both animated (1998) and live-action reboot (2020) versions.
Aladdin, a family fun drama, is one of the best Disney movies to watch in India. The titular character is a poor street urchin who makes a living by stealing things in the city of Agrabah. He meets the Sultan’s daughter – the young beautiful princess named Jasmine and falls in love with her. His luck changes during one of his adventures to the Cave of Wonders, where he finds a magical lamp with a genie who can make his three wishes come true. However, Sultan’s power-hungry advisor Jafar is also after the lamp and plans to steal it to make his deepest, darkest wishes come true – will he succeed? A few years back, this popular Disney movie also got a live-action reboot, starring Will Smith (Genie aka Mariner) and Mena Massou (Aladdin).
Zootopia is an entertaining adventure comedy with amazing humor and an interesting plot, making it one of the best Disney movies to watch in India. Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force in the city of anthropomorphic animals, where herbivores and carnivores happily co-exist. Although competent and smart, no one believes in her abilities and she is assigned parking duty. Determined to prove herself and achieve success, she plans to solve a tough and dangerous case. In her quest for truth, she seeks help from a cynical fox named Nick Wilde, who is a con artist. Watch this Disney movie to find out how they unravel the mystery.
19. Finding Nemo
Next on our list of the best Disney movies to watch in India is the fun adventure film named Finding Nemo. Nemo is a young clownfish with a timid father Marlin, who is overprotective of him because of a lame right fin and also because he is the only family member left. Despite several warnings by Marlin, Nemo ventures into the open sea and gets captured and sent to a dentist’s office along the Sydney Harbor. In the meantime, Marlin sets out to bring back his son and meets a blue tang named Dory, who suffers from short-term memory loss. Will the father-son meet or will destiny make things worse?
20. Toy Story
One of the best Disney movies to watch in India is Toy Story, where a group of living toys lives happily with their leader Sheriff Woody, a pull-string cowboy rag doll. Everything is calm until a new action toy named Buzz Lightyear is gifted to the toys’ owner Andy. Woody is extremely jealous of Buzz as he feels that he will no longer be Andy’s favorite. What all he does to keep his place as the most loved toy makes this Disney movie an interesting watch. If you love watching this movie, you can also binge-watch the other three installments of the Toy Story franchise over the weekend.