30 Best 4K Movies on Disney Plus You Shouldn’t Miss

By Lore Apostol / December 20, 2021

The Disney+ library contains movies for all ages and fans, and quite a lot of them are in 4K, and some even offer the IMAX experience option. Since this platform belongs to Disney, it offers entire Disney-owned franchises, such as all things Marvel like X-Men, Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and so on, and also the whole Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean sagas. However, keep in mind that you need to subscribe to Disney+ in order to play these titles.

On What Devices Can I Watch Disney Plus in 4K?

Some devices that are compatible with Disney+ may not have the possibility to play content in 4k, so you can find the ones that support 4K below.

Disney+ subscribers can stream select Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in IMAX's expanded aspect ratio (allows you to see up to 26% more of the original image and experience the full scale and scope of the picture) on all Disney+ supported devices.

Best 4K Movies to Watch on Disney Plus

If you want to enjoy a spectacular 4K movie on Disney Plus, here's a list of the 30 best 4K movies to watch right now.

30. Cruella (2021)

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Even though it bears the name of the 101 Dalmatians villain, this crime comedy actually takes a different approach to the story. We are taken to 1970 London, where little aspiring fashion designer Estella (Emma Stone) learns to live with a couple of young thieves after her mother dies. As she embraces her appetite for mischief more and more, she ends up working for the renowned haute couture designer Baroness (Emma Thompson). After discovering some shocking truths about her past, she turns against her employer - but does not end up being a dog killer (yet?).

29. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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This must be the cutest monster story ever. We get to meet little human girl Boo, who accidentally ends up in the monster world, where all kinds of monsters train and work in a factory that gathers children's screams to power up the monster city. Big blue Sulley (John Goodman) and round green Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) need to hurry and return the human child to her world before it's too late, but they find cunning purple, eight-legged lizard-like monster Randall (Steve Buscemi) stands in their way.

28. Ratatouille (2007)

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This is an extraordinary and heartwarming tale, with a spectacular animation that's even more so in 4K. Remy is a hilarious and cute rat who loves to cook and dreams of becoming a chef. This is how he ends up befriending the employee of one of the most exquisite restaurants in Paris and also helps the guy woo the girl he likes. In the end, as he tries to save the restaurant from bad food critics, he decides to prepare and serve a Ratatouille dish.

27. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

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The film brings most of the Shang Shi cast to voice the characters, such as Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, and Benedict Wong. Raya is a warrior princess who tries to find the fabled last dragon hoping to restore the dragon gem, as this would bring back her father and save the world by banishing the evil spirits known as the Druun from the land of Kumandra.

26. Coco (2017)

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This is another one of the hit movies that resulted from the Disney and Pixar collaborations, and that means we can expect spectacular animation and a marvellous story. A boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzales) who dreams of becoming a musician accidentally finds himself in the Land of the Dead. He embarks on an extraordinary journey, where he discovers the meaning behind his family's stories and traditions with the help of an unexpected character - the charming trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal).

25. Frozen II (2019)

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Elsa, together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, venture into the unknown outside Arendelle, searching for answers about the past and trying to discover why she has these powers in a dangerous but remarkable journey. This time, her special powers are the only thing that may be able to save the world. Even though there's danger everywhere, we won't miss the comedy input, thanks to the hilarious Olaf.

24. Ant-Man (2015)

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Peoples Magazine's 2021 Sexiest Man Alive plays the role of Ant-Man / Scott Lang in the first movie to feature this Marvel character. Alongside Paul Rudd, we get to see Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Michael Douglas as scientist Hank Pym, and many others. Pym resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. after they attempt to replicate his Ant-Man shrinking suit, and Lang tries to protect this technology as they plan to pull a heist that would save the world.

23. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - IMAX Enhanced

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The second Guardians of the Galaxy movie brings back our favourite heroes and villains. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper as the unexpected hero team, and also Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell, as the story follows Peter Quill exploring his heritage and getting to meet his mysterious father.

22. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) - IMAX Enhanced

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This exquisite action comedy sees the hilarious characters team up to eventually become the Guardians of the Galaxy as they fight the adoptive father of Gamora and Nebula and the benefactor of Ronan, the Accuser - Thanos. The story introduces Peter Quill or "Star-Lord" (Chris Pratt) as he steals a powerful artifact desired by Thanos and unexpectedly teams up with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and leaves us singing "Come And Get Your Love."

21. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

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Revisit this timeless tale to see it reimagined in a wonderful 4K Disney movie that follows Clara (Mackenzie Foy), who embarks on an adventure to the four realms after her mother leaves her a mysterious gift. The cast packs Morgan Freeman, Matthew Macfadyen, and Keira Knightley, as well as Russian ballet legend Sergei Polunin. Of course, the heroine discovers she has the power to change the world in an inspiring ending.

20. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) - IMAX Enhanced

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This 2021 Marvel movie stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a superhero that is pushed by his immortal father Wenwu (Tony Leung), who wields the ten powerful rings to search for a mythical village where his long-gone mother was born. Wenwu believes his dead wife is hiding behind a sealed door holding back the evil from entering the world, so he tries to tear it down. It was positively reviewed by critics, the choreography of the action sequences was praised, as well as the exploration and representation of Asian culture and the cast performances.

19. Doctor Strange (2016) - IMAX Enhanced

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This action movie tells the story of Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who stars as a world-renowned but egotistical neurosurgeon who loses the ability to operate after a horrific car crash. Searching for a cure, he meets the Ancient One, whose student he becomes, learning mystical and martial arts in the Sanctum Sanctorum, where he remains with his friend and valet Wond to battle unseen dark forces that want to destroy the world.

18. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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The third instalment in the X-Men movie series sees peaceful Charles Xavier fight militant Magneto in a story revolving around a "mutant cure" that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans and on the resurrection of Jean Grey, who comes back as Dark Phoenix. Logan recruits old allies of Professor X (Storm, Rogue, and Iceman) and tries to stand against Magneto. This is the movie where Phoenix resurfaces, destroys the house, and disintegrates Xavier before Magneto and Logan can stop her.

17. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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The sixth mainline instalment in the X-Men film series stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, and Lucas Till. This story sees the superheroes fight the extremely powerful ancient mutant En Sabah Nur, also known as Apocalypse, who was revived in 1983, as he plans to wipe out modern civilization and take over the world.

16. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

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Sophie Turner shines in this movie revolving around Jean Grey's story and how she became the Dark Phoenix persona triggered by a cosmic force that enhances her psychic abilities. As she spirals out of control, reliving repressed traumatic memories from her childhood, she becomes dangerous to the people around her, especially the ones she loves. As such, the X-Men are forced to fight one of the hardest battles: against one of their own.

15. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Many critics consider this Phase Two Marvel movie directed by Taika Waititi to be the best instalment of the Thor films. It was critically acclaimed for its acting and Waititi's direction, as well as the action sequences and humour. This is the highest-grossing movie of the trilogy, and we get to see Chris Hemsworth as Thor as he tries to save Asgard from Hela (Cate Blanchett) alongside Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

14. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

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This is the most awkward of the movie series, as Jack Sparrow is trapped in Davy Jones' Locker, and an unexpected alliance is formed to rescue him: Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Hector Barbossa, and the crew of the Black Pearl. The reason is not what one would expect - they actually need Jack to cast his vote to preserve the freedom-loving pirate life, as he's the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court. This means we get to see Bill Nighy as Davy Jones and Naomie Harris as Tia Dalma/Calypso again.

13. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

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An older movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga, Dead Man's Chest as thrilling as the others, but this one has a deeper and more touching story involving the sad romance between Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and Calypso. It's also one that pushed more memes and quotes into pop culture thanks to Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) special hilarious input while stranded on the island with the indigenous people who made him their temporary god-king before trying to sacrifice him.

12. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

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On Stranger Tides is a fantasy swashbuckler movie, the fourth instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and a standalone sequel to At World's End (2007), where we get to see Johnny Depp return as the hilarious Jack Sparrow as he tries to find the Fountain of Youth along with an old acquaintance (Penelope Cruz). This movie features Keith Richards as Captain Edward Teague, Jack Sparrow's father, and we get to see Stephen Graham as Scrum.

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

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It's awesome to watch this spectacular older movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean in 4K and see again how the story began, as Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) steals Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) ship, the Black Pearl, and attacks Port Royal to kidnap the governor's daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). Jack goes with blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) to retrieve his ship and save Elizabeth along the way, in a fantasy action movie seasoned with comedy.

10. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi (2017)

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The Last Jedi is the second instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015), and the plot show Rey (Daisy Ridley) trying to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to help her and the Resistance to defeat Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). On the other side, General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) struggle to escape a First Order attack. The film is dedicated to Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016.

9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Rogue One is an immediate prequel to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker. A week before the event from A New Hope, a group of rebels band together to steal plans of the Galactic Empire's Death Star and shed more light onto the Rebel Alliance's first effective victory against the Empire.

8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

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Episode IX follows the lost Skywalker family member Rey and is the third instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) lead the Resistance's final stand against the Palpatine-backed Supreme Leader Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), as the main character ends up fighting Kylo Ren in an interesting development.

7. Captain America: Civil War (2016) - IMAX Enhanced

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In this movie, Chris Evans (as Captain America) is joined on-screen by all the heroes portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, and Tom Holland. As the Avengers get fractured into two opposing factions after pressure accumulates regarding the destruction left after the Ultron battle, the ultimate fight among heroes concludes the trilogy.

6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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The First Avenger is the fifth film in the MCU, which goes back to the roots to tell the story of how the frail and unfit for service Steve Rogers becomes the super soldier hero known as Captain America (Chris Evans). After undergoing a special experimental treatment, he fights the evil HYDRA organization and the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) villain. Also, his friendship with his best buddy Bucky changes once Steve becomes a superhero.

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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This sequel to The First Avenger is where we are introduced to the Winter Soldier, a mysterious assassin who we also find out is actually Steve's best friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan), as Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to uncover a conspiracy within the S.H.I.E.L.D. Spy agency while the assassin targets them.

4. The Avengers (2012)

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The first movie of the Avengers saga, this is where we see all our favourite heroes coming together as a team that protects humanity - and mostly saves it - as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to form a team capable of stopping Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from subjugating Earth in one of his many attempts to do so.

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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This is the movie that tells us how Vision was born, as the Avengers fight the Ultron artificial intelligence who was created to bring peace, but his twisted analysis of its purpose results in him becoming obsessed with exterminating humanity in order to achieve his programming. Age of Ultron also introduced the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Pietro and Wanda Maximoff), for which Marvel shared the rights with 20th Century Fox. 

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019) - IMAX Enhanced

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The remaining Avengers fight the supreme villain Thanos again after he wiped out half of the world's population in the previous 2018 Infinity War movie. It became a critically acclaimed phenomenon and received numerous awards and nominations. The epic conclusion movie of the Infinity saga is one of the most heartwrenching dramas ever, and the battlefield is a spectacular thing in 4K.

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - IMAX Enhanced

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Avengers, assemble! This is the movie where the biggest battle yet ensues, as all heroes team up against the most powerful being who tries to destroy the Universe - Thanos. Since he already had the Infinity gauntlet on, the power to erase half of the universe with a snap of his fingers is his.

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