13 Best ’70s Movies on Disney Plus to Stream Right Now

By Lore Apostol / December 30, 2021

If you're looking for a streaming service that offers a comprehensive library with various content, you should consider the Disney Plus streaming platform library - it includes kids' movies, films for adults, action movies, and also newer and older productions. This means there is plenty to choose from when it comes to older movies, so let's see the list of best '70s movies on Disney Plus that you can watch right now.

However, keep in mind that you need to subscribe to Disney+ in order to access any of the titles in the streaming service's library.

13. The Rescuers (1977)

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Maybe you remember this '70s animated movie telling the tale of Bernard and Bianca, two mice from the Rescue Aid Society, who team up with their albatross friend Orville after receiving a call for help. The call came from a young orphan girl named Penny, whom they help escape the clutches of the hilariously evil Madame Medusa, who wants to use the kid to retrieve the world's largest diamond.

12. Snowball Express (1972)

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The film is a family comedy telling the story of Johnny Baxter, a New York accountant, who sees money signs when he inherits a hotel left to him by his great uncle. So, he quits his middle-class job, takes his family, and moves West to Colorado to run the hotel. However, he finds the estate in a horrible state, and things get rocky.

11. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

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Winnie the Pooh always brought heartwarming stories to entire generations, and this old animated movie is one such example of music, fun, and lessons to be learned. This is the movie where Winnie meets Tigger for the first time in the Hundred Acre Wood, as he gets stuck in Rabbit's house after eating too much hunny.

10. Freaky Friday (1976)

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This '70s movie stars Barbara Harris as the mother and Jodie Foster as the daughter, as they swap bodies on Friday the 13th and get to face each other's responsibilities - the free-spirited young lady gets to run the household, and the straitlaced mother is forced to do homework, filed hockey, and others in a funny and light film. It was nominated for Best Actress (for both Foster and Harris) and Best Original Song ("I'd Like to Be You for a Day") at the 34th Golden Globe Awards.

9. Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)

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Because this movie is based on the novel A Journey to Matecumbe by Robert Lewis Taylor and includes negative depictions of people and cultures, Disney flagged it on its platform. From a cultural point of view, it's a '70s movie worth watching, especially since it involves the exotic adventure of finding a treasure on the Florida island of Matecumbe in a post-Civil War setting.

8. Pete's Dragon (1977)

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This is a heartwarming musical adventure about an orphan boy and his friendship with his invisible dragon pet. Young Pete runs away from his cruel guardians to a fishing town in Maine, and his adorable and mischievous fire-breathing dragon Elliott keeps him company - and also gets him into trouble most of the time. The film received two nominations at the 50th Academy Awards for musical scoring and original song.

7. Candleshoe (1977)

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This '70s movie on Disney Plus is based on the novel Christmas at Candleshoe by Michael Innes and stars Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes (in her last film role), and Leo McKern. A con artist believes that the lost treasure of pirate captain Joshua St. Edmund is hidden at a large country estate named Candleshoe, so he teams up with an orphan girl to make the widowed owner of the estate believe the kid is her long-lost granddaughter. 

6. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a musical that combines live-action and animation and stars Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, and John Ericson, among others. This is the 1940 story of a young English spinster who decides to become an apprentice witch in a fun and magic tale. She manages to cast a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob and fly to the fantastical Isle of Naboombu to find a spell that could save England.

5. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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The 1975 Disney live-action film Escape to Witch Mountain (there was one in 1995 as well) is based on the 1968 novel of the same name. Orphan siblings Tony and Tia have superpowers - psychokinesis and telepathy - and that is why an evil millionaire lures them into his home to exploit them. However, they escape the mansion and end up guided by something of even greater power that leads them and helps them uncover their mysterious past.

4. Robin Hood (1973)

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The '70s were a good time for beautiful animations that told great tales of courage, friendship, and love for all ages. Robin Hood is one such example, as we all know how Robin of Lockley tried to keep his Sherwood Forest happy, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor together with his friend Little John and his band of merry men. This production is hilarious and full of music and dance, and it's worth rewatching from time to time.

3. The Muppet Movie (1979)

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The 1979 Muppet Movie is an original classic comedy musical that shows Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Fozzie, and Miss Piggy, going on a cross-country trip to Hollywood after Kermit meets a talent scout. However, he is captured by Doc Hopper, a villain who owns a fast-food restaurant serving deep-fried frog legs, as he plans to persuade Kermit to become a spokesperson for the frog legs business.

2. The AristoCats (1970)

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Everyone loves this timeless classic animation. It's the heartwarming story of the sweet kittens and their pedigreed mother, Dutchess, who gets kidnapped by a greedy butler because their mistress willed her entire fortune to the fluffy aristocat! This funny and endearing tale is suited for all ages and loved by kids and adults alike, as it's up to the alley cat Thomas O'Malley and his gang of swinging jazz cats to save the day.

1. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

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The first movie that ever came out bearing the Star Wars name and starting the beloved franchise was launched in 1977. Retroactively, the name was completed with "Episode IV: A New Hope" since prequels also came out later on. Here, a young Luke Skywalker who began the Jedi training with Obi-Wan Kenobi tries to save distressed Rebel leader, Princess Leia Organa, from the clutches of Darth Vader, not knowing she was his sister.

This is our list of best '70s movies on Disney Plus right now. If you have anything to add to this list, leave a comment using the button below. And finally, thank you for visiting TechNadu!

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