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Best action movies to watch on Disney+, ranked

Best action movies to watch on Disney+, ranked

Disney is at the top of the entertainment industry. The popularity of streaming platforms has grown exponentially in recent years, and of course Disney has to take part in it. Disney+ is a streaming platform for all things House of Mouse and then some. It has grown into a staple in every household. Whether you’re in the mood for a DCOM or the latest episode of a Marvel series, Disney+ has become everyone’s one-stop shop for magic.

Disney+ is a streaming platform that offers a large selection. You have National Geographic nature documentaries, that Star Wars franchise, and Disney’s classic adventure. But if you’re in the mood for something upbeat, exciting and packed with action sequences, Disney+ has you covered. As mentioned before, with Star Wars and Marvel all under the Disney umbrella, Disney+ does not fall short in the action category. Here’s our ranking of some of the best action movies to watch on Disney+.


12 Tangled

Walt Disney Pictures

Disney Princess movies aren’t the first things that come to mind when we think of action movies on Disney+. But the movie from 2010 Tangled is full of high-energy musical numbers, action sequences and an adventure that will keep you on your toes. This film follows Rapunzel, a young girl who ventures out of a tower she has been locked in all her life. She recruits the fugitive Flynn Rider to watch the lanterns for her birthday.

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11 Captain America: Civil War

Tony vs steve civil war
Marvel Studios

With Marvel and Star Wars coming to Disney+, let’s get started Captain America: Civil War. Civil War is practically a bonus Avengers film. This movie, like everything in the Marvel universe, has action at its center. We have a rivalry going on between Steve and Tony that reaches a fever pitch towards the end of the film. From the epic introduction of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to the epic final battle between the two heroes, this is not to be missed.

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens
Walt Disney Studios film

Action films are a common genre in big-budget entertainment. But action in space? That’s a yes from us. Star Wars is one of the most popular film and television series of all time. With Disney expanding the universe through shows and new movies, we have to show some love Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a must-see action film. The Force Awakens came out in 2015 and introduced the universe to Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. Loyal fans of Star Wars franchise knows how great this movie is, and it’s available to watch on Disney+.

9 Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel Studios

Applause for one of the best movies Marvel has ever made. Thor: Ragnarok is a masterpiece of a movie. Directed by Taika Waititi, this 2017 film brought new life to Thor movie franchise. In this film, we follow Thor, Loki, Hulk and Valkyrie as they try to fight their way out of Sakaar and return to Asgard and save the people from the wrath of Hela, Thor and Loki’s long lost sister. This movie is witty, funny, heartfelt and a new and improved version of Thor and his movies.

8 Logan

Marvel entertainment

Saying goodbye to heroes we love is tough. Hugh Jackman has taken the role of Wolverine by storm and has brought the character to life with ease. Logan brings Jackman’s Wolverine story to a close, and it was emotional. Grab your tissues because Logan is a wild ride with your typical superhero action sequences as well as quiet emotional moments that make this one of the most well-rounded modern superhero films out there.

7 Moana

Moana Maui and Moana
Walt Disney Studios

Moana is a Disney Princess story that stands out in ways that rival any other Disney Princess story. This film tells the story of Moana, a young girl full of ambition and drive. She embarks on a journey into the ocean alone to save her people and her island. Together with Maui, she sets out to return the heart to Te Fiti. Like a Disney princess without a prince, Moana is a fantastic modern princess movie and a great choice for an action movie on Disney+.

6 Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Studios film

Disney+ has pretty much every MCU project you could want. Each film or series in the franchise has action scenes associated with it. Guardians of the Galaxy is in a league of its own. The team of Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, Drax and Mantis captured all our hearts. Unlike most of the MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy leans right into the bright colors, huge personalities and humor. Both Guardians of the Galaxy movies are easy choices if you are looking for action movies to watch.

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5 Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Lucasfilm Ltd.

Some Star Wars fan who says Episode IV: A New Hope is their favorite, we understand. It’s really just that good. The entire franchise as a whole is an experience. A new hope came out in 1977. In this movie, Darth Vader and the Imperial forces hold Princess Leia hostage. This movie captured everything we love about it Star Wars movies and more. Therefore, this movie with the action sequences in mind is a good choice for a Disney+ action movie.

4 Black panther

Black Panther movie
Marvel Studios

Black panther is a Marvel movie that stands out. The late Chadwick Boseman brought something special to this hero. Black Panther debuted in the MCU Captain America: Civil War. As bad as the King of Wakanda was in that movie, his first solo movie was everything we could have ever wanted and more. The technology, the characters, the costume and the scenery? Immaculate. Starring Michael B. Jordan as the haunting villain Killmonger in the 2018 action-adventure film, Black panther is still a phenomenal watch.

3 Coco

Pixar's Coco cast, characters and new poster revealed
Walt Disney Pictures

If you haven’t seen Coco yet, what are you waiting for? Warning: this one is going to require some tissue. A young Miguel is forced to hide his love for music because of the pain it causes his family. But when fate and a bit of magic send him into the land of the dead on Día de los Muertos, he must find a relative to give him a blessing and return home. Coco takes the love of family and culture, taps into the most human parts of our hearts, and integrates it into a fantastic action-packed adventure musical.

2 Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back
20th Century Fox

Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is impeccable. Do we really need to say more? This movie is the pinnacle of what Star Wars is about and is rightfully many fans’ favorite in the entire franchise. In this installment of the iconic franchise, Luke, Han Solo, Leia and Chewbacca take on the galaxy far, far away as they face Imperial forces. This film also included the most recognizable line in film history: “I am your father.”

1 The Avengers movies

The-Avengers-2012 (2)
Marvel Studios

All 4 of Avengers movies should have a spotlight. For the purposes of this list, we’re going to include them all in one. The Avengers movies are a turning point for the Marvel phases. The 2012s The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity Warand Avengers: Endgame are some of the best superhero movies ever made. The journey we see all the heroes take leads up to the pivotal moments that define the characters’ futures as they battle bigger and newer enemies. If we had to pick a favorite, Infinite War really hit the mark for Marvel fans. However, you can’t go wrong with any of these when it comes to action, adventure and bravery.

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