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25 Movies Worth Getting Disney+ Hotstar For

By Trishi Dhingra

Updated - Dec. 6, 2021 14 min read

You're the hero of your own movie. But until you realise that, there are a bunch of other films and TV series that requires your immediate attention. Since the world is changing, and along with it the size of silver screens, the time is right to ditch movie theatres and go for an online entertainment platform. 


We highly recommend Disney+ Hotstar. From new releases to long-forgotten masterpieces, find the best films, TV series and more with one subscription. Don't worry, it's not an empty request. Here's a list of the 25 best movies and TV series on Disney+ Hotstar that will convince you. 


Best Drama Films on Disney+ Hotstar


1. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

As heartbreaking as it is, "blind trust" never ends well.


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That's one of the lessons this comedy-drama film by Taika Waititi. Set during the time of Nazi Germany Collapse, Johannes "Jojo" Betzler, a ten-year-old Hitler Youth member is forced to question his loyalty, trust and nationalism for Adolf Hitler, also his imaginary friend, when he discovers his mother's secret: a jew girl living in their house in secret. 


Why is it the best comedy-drama film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Excellent script
  • Hilarious yet thought-provoking
  • Great background score and music
  • Impeccable direction
  • An unforgettable masterpiece by the king of weird and awesomeness - Taika Waititi



2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

This is the story of an unfinished creation with a heart for a CPU and scissors for hands. 


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Edward Scissorhands is an American-drama romance film that revolves around an artificial humanoid named Edward, an incomplete invention who is taken in by a suburban family, where he falls in love with their teenage daughter, Kim.


Why is it the best drama film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • You get to watch Johnny Depp in his element
  • Retro mood
  • Very well-written
  • Impressive star cast
  • The film is everything - funny, entertaining, heartfelt and even a bit grim



3. Gifted (2017)

To be able to smile and worry for fictional characters is an amazing kind of gift. 


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And that's exactly what this American drama film is. It follows an intellectually gifted seven-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her maternal uncle (Chris Evans) and maternal grandmother.


Why is it the best drama film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Amazing screenplay
  • Strong story
  • Makes you care for the characters
  • Raw camerawork, which makes the film even more real


4. Dead Poets Society (1989)

If you're a writer or love to read, Dead Poets Society is the film for you. 


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Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy, it depicts the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.


Why is it the best drama film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Heart-touching and emotional
  • Inspiring story
  • Reminds you of your favourite school teacher
  • It's one of Robbin Williams' best works



5. The Greatest Showman (2017)

"A man's station is only limited by his imagination." PT Barnum, The Greatest Showman


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Everything that took place within the movie happened for the wrong reasons, as PT Barnum tried to win the world so he wouldn’t feel like a failure, but what truly drove him was his imagination; he just didn’t realize it. The film is an American musical drama inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum's creation of Barnum's American Museum and the lives of its star attractions. 


Why is it the best drama film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Features nine original songs from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • Grand staircase
  • Music that sticks with you
  • Mesmerising visual
  • Inspiring and empowering script
  • Finally, Hugh Jackman!


6. The Namesake (2006)

You and your parents have mirroring struggles wrapped in different times. 


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At least that's what The Namesake taught me. An adaptation from Jumpha Lahiri's novel of the same name, this drama film depicts the struggles of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, first-generation immigrants from the East Indian state of West Bengal to the United States, and their American-born children Gogol and Sonia.


Why is it the best drama film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Very close to reality
  • Familiar faces with a novel-inspired script
  • Great chemistry between the characters
  • A story worth watching



Best TV Series on Disney+ Hotstar


7. Westworld (2016)

"Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I choose to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our days.", Dolores from Westworld


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The story begins in Westworld, a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android "hosts". The park caters to high-paying guests who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans. Little did humans realise that consciousness is more than just a concept.


Why is it the best TV series on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • HBO's Stamp of approval
  • Created by Jonathan Nolan (yes, Christopher Nolan's li'll bro) and his wife, Lisa Joy
  • Impressive star cast
  • Impeccable background scores by Ramin Rjwadi (creator of the music of Game of Thrones
  • Thrilling story
  • Unexpected plot twists
  • Massive screenplay



8. How I Met Your Mother (2005)

Haaaaave you seen HIMYM yet? And no, it's not like F.R.I.E.N.D.S!


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HIMYM is one of the most popular American sitcoms mostly known for fun characters like Barney Stinson and their "totally awesome" catchphrases. Set in the year 2030, where Ted Mosby (protagonist) recounts to his son, Luke, and daughter, Penny, the events from September 2005 to May 2013 that led him to meet their mother.


Why is it the best TV series on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Hilarious punches
  • Whacky storyline
  • Characters you fall in love with
  • Marshal and Lily #CoupleGoals
  • It's nine seasons of unlimited fun, flashbacks, and gentle (sometimes crude) comedy


9. Sex and the City (1998)

Imagine watching a rom-com film that goes on for six seasons. Now that's the dream. 


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An adaptation of Candace Bushnell's 1997 book of the same name, the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other.


Why is it the best TV series on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Lovable characters
  • There's drama and lots of romance
  • Quite close to reality 



10. Prison Break (2005)

Love isn't just a virtue. It's a strong feeling that can even make you plan a "prison break" for your loved ones. 


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Prison Break is an American drama series that revolves around two brothers, Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield. Burrows has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and Scofield devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name.


Why is it the best TV series on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Amazing and nearly flawless storyline
  • Intriguing 
  • Action-packed
  • Outstanding screenplay
  • Great casting
  • Incredible music



Best Thriller Movies on Disney+ Hotstar


11. Speed (1994)

Let's get you up to speed as to why you need a Disney+ Hotstar subscription. 


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A 1994 action thriller, Speed is about a bus that is contrived by a mad bomber to explode if the "speed" drops below 50 miles per hour. Keanu Reeves plays the role of an LAPD police officer struggling to put an end to the terror the bus is causing. There's mayhem, action, drama and as promised, SPEED.


12. Kahaani (2012)

Here's a story you will never forget.


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Kahaani is a 2012 Indian Hindi thriller film starring Vidya Balan as Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman searching for her missing husband in Kolkata during the festival of Durga Puja. 


Why is it the best thriller film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Unexpected ending
  • Thrilling plotline
  • Amazing screenplay
  • Features the Hindi version of a popular Bengali song you will love
  • Lots of drama and suspense



13. The Shape of Water (2017)

A connection beyond imagination and emotions one can't weave into words.


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The Shape of Water is a romantic dark fantasy film that revolves around a mute cleaner working in a secret science facility in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland ― who come across a Humanoid Amphibian Creature in the vicinity ― who changes her life.


Why is it the best thriller film on Disney+ Hotstar?


14. Ajnabee (2001)

Full disclosure, it's not your typical Bollywood thriller. And this is coming from someone who has watched her fair share of thriller films. 


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A 2001 Indian Hindi murder-mystery thriller film that follows two young Indian couples settling in the midst of beautiful landscapes, Switzerland. As they become best friends, taking trips and partying become a usual affair, until... someone dies. 


Why is it the best thriller film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Unexpected plot twists
  • A crazy flashback for Millenials
  • Incredible storyline
  • The script is even relevant to this day



Best Animated Films on Disney+ Hotstar


15. Coco (2017)

One word, mesmerising!


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Coco is the story of a 12-year-old boy, Miguel struggling to keep his music alive despite his family's disapproval. But after ending up on the "Land of Dead" by accident, he seeks the help of his deceased great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living and overturn the ban. Little did he know that a life-changing truth wrapped around an endearing adventure and heart-warming music was waiting for him alongside the dead. 


Why is it the best-animated movie on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Spectacular animation
  • Not just for the kids
  • Peppy music
  • Great storyline


16. Up (2009)

Here's a sob fest for an animated film. 


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The film revolves around a retired, stubborn and tired Carl Fredricksen and his life. Watch this beautiful film with your boo on movie night. 


Why is it the best-animated movie on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Heart-touching story
  • Adorable characters
  • Definitely for the grown-ups
  • A great pick for a movie night with bae



17. Wall E (2008)

Love is seriously blind... and beautiful!


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The very last Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class or WALL-E (yes, a machine) wandering around the deserted Earth encounters the landing of a spaceship carrying a sleek and dangerous probe called EVE  sent to find a living plant in the dumpster our planet has become. As their paths cross, our little worn down Wall-E falls in love with the advance and shiny Eve. This will be your one-way journey to experience a love story out of this world, literally!  


Why is it the best-animated movie on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Breathtaking visuals
  • Creative storyline
  • Adorable characters
  • Cute, funny and a little underrated


18. Inside Out (2015)

Picture your emotions, no seriously. 


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Set inside the mind of a young girl Riley, there is a headquarters operated by five personified emotions ― joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust. While Riley tries to deal with moving away from her old house, friends and school, these personified emotions responsible for her decision-making strive to keep her happy and going. It's an adventure ride restricted to our minds that you will definitely love. One of the best-animated films you can't afford to miss. 


Why is it the best-animated movie on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Adorable film
  • Adventure driven
  • Emotional and insightful
  • Crazy animation



19. Lion King (1994)

The Lion King we grew up watching is undoubtedly one of the best-animated films of all time. 


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Scar, a wicked lion conspires against his own brother, the king of the Jungle - Mufasa for the throne. The young heir and Mufasa's son, Simba becomes the bait. What happens next is the whole reason you need to watch this film ASAP. 


Why is it the best-animated movie on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Wonderful storyline
  • Keep a box of tissues in your reach
  • Fun characters
  • And of course, Hakuna Matata!



Best Fantasy, Sci-fi Films on Disney+ Hotstar


20. Logan (2017)

Disclaimer: This film will mean more if you've watched the entire X-Men movie series first. 


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The tenth film in the X-Men film series and the third and final instalment in the Wolverine trilogy, Logan derives inspiration from the "Old Man Logan" comics based in an alternate future, follows an aged Wolverine and an extremely ill Charles Xavier, who defends a young mutant named Laura from the villainous Reavers led by Donald Pierce and Zander Rice.


Why is it the best superhero film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Action-packed
  • There's old-man Hugh Jackman
  • Powerful storyline
  • Great screenplay
  • Super emotional if you follow the X-Men universe



21. Star Wars Saga (1977 - 2019)

May the force with you... when you're watching this epic saga in the "galaxy far far away".


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The magic of Star Wars began in 1977 with the first film of the first trilogy, Star Wars - A New Hope. It's almost 2022 and we still fan over the marvellous universe created by George Lucas. It's an American space-opera film series that revolves around the principle of a white and a dark side. 


Why is it the best sci-fi film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Epic storyline spread across nine films
  • Amazing animation
  • Great character development
  • John Williams' grandiose background score
  • And you'll finally understand what those Star Wars geeks are talking about


22. Free Guy (2021)

If an NPC can save the world (virtual world), you can too. 


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Here's an American science-fiction action-comedy film you will definitely love. Based on an NPC (non-player character) named Guy in a massively multiplayer online video game, the film follows the "Guy" guy who becomes the hero of the story, trying to save his friends from deletion by the game's creator. 


Why is it the best sci-fi film on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Amazing screenplay
  • Incredible animation
  • Wits and humour of Ryan Reynolds
  • Power-packed action
  • A must-watch for gamers and sci-fi enthusiasts 



Best Biopics on Disney+ Hotstar


23. Hidden Figures (2016)

Inspiration can come in many forms. This film is one of them. 


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An American biographical drama loosely based on the 2016 non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story revolves around three African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race and... discrimination. 


Why is it the best biopic on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Killer star cast 
  • Inspiring story
  • Beautiful screenplay 
  • Emotional


24. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

Sports biopics never disappoints. And lucky for you, this film is no different. 


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The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 American biographical sports film based on the early life of amateur golf champion Francis Ouimet and his surprise winning of the 1913 U.S. Open.


Why is it the best biopic on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Inspiring story
  • The film is similar to watching a sports game
  • Stacked with heartfelt moments
  • Great background score



Best Documentary on Disney+ Hotstar


25. Elephant (2020)

Remember the old school nature documentaries we used to see on the Discovery channel when we were young? It's exactly that and more. 


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One of Disneynature label production, Elephant is an American-nature documentary that follows a herd of African elephants from the Kalahari Desert ready to migrate from their home to a grassy paradise during the hard months of unforgiving summer.


Why is it the best biopic on Disney+ Hotstar?

  • Involving
  • Amazing screenplay
  • Fun narration by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
  • Mind-blowing cinematography
  • Incredible background score by Ramin Rjawadi



Entertainment is a part of life. So it's a good thing we have so many amazing movies and TV shows on Disney+ Hotstar to keep us company. 




Q. What is the best movie on Disney Hotstar?

A. Jojo Rabbit, Dil Bechara, Hidden Figures, Speed are some of the best movies on Disney Hotstar.


Q. What are the best movies on Hotstar VIP?

A. Sixth Sense, Eddie The Eagle and Ready or Not are some of the best movies on Hotstar VIP. 


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