Since it arrived in late 2019, Disney+ has been home to some memorable original films and miniseries, ranging from the recent arrival of Hocus Pocus 2 two Pixar films two miniseries set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many have already become some of the most watched releases of the past few years.
Looking at the most popular Disney+ originals on Letterboxd gives folks an intriguing mix. These are the films and miniseries that have the most views, reviews, and fans on the website. Watching these yourself will ensure that you’re up-to-date on the things that everyone has been enjoying.
10 The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (2021)
It should come as no surprise that by any measure, the MCU has some of the most popular releases on Disney+. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was meant to be the first MCU show to hit the streaming service but COVID-19 led to it arriving second.
Putting a spotlight on supporting heroes Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, the miniseries worked as a way to further their storylines without their mutual friend Steve Rogers around. Reviews were mixed due to some screenplay issues, but the advancement of Sam as the new Captain America was well done.
9 Hamilton (2020)
For the longest time, Hamilton was the hottest thing on Broadway to the point where tickets were nearly impossible to score. A recording of the stage play was meant to hit theaters only to move to Disney+ and it quickly became a massive hit once again.
The recording was done in a tremendous manner that made you feel like you were on stage experiencing the story. Everyone who wasn’t able to catch the show live has now been able to experience it on the streaming service, so they jumped at the opportunity.
8 Raya And The Last Dragon (2021)
A handful of Disney+ originals were actually also released in theaters at the same time, with home viewers having to pay extra to get it on the streaming platform. Raya and the Last Dragon was one of them and while it wasn’t Disney’s biggest hit, the film is an underrated gem.
Already one of Walt Disney Animation’s better movies, Raya and the Last Dragon is an epic adventure featuring a likable, tough female protagonist. Audiences were taken by the stunning visuals, action sequences, and touching story, along with the fantastic voice cast.
7 Loki (2021)
The MCU’s third Disney+ series was yet another rousing success for them and it was one that had major overarching implications. Loki focuses on the titular God of Mischief as he works to help preserve the timeline and finds a different path to being a hero than he originally did.
Tom Hiddleston was his usual great self while the likes of Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino were scene stealers. Fans watched episodes multiple times while trying to decipher every last detail and pick out their favorite variants, all culminating with the debut of the MCU’s next big villain, played by Jonathan Majors.
6 WandaVision (2021)
The first MCU series on Disney+ is still the most popular and in the eyes of many, remains the best of the bunch. WandaVision is unlike anything else in the MCU, telling a compelling story of grief for Wanda Maximoff while also parodying iconic sitcom tropes.
Audiences truly gave these episodes multiple viewings and spent days at a time theorizing about what could be coming. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany continued to have great chemistry while Kat Dennings and Randall Park were welcome returns, and Kathryn Hahn stole the show as Agatha.
5 Cruella (2021)
Disney hasn’t had the best track record with their live-action remakes. They make a lot of money but fans feel they don’t live up to the original, so it was a good thing they went a different route for Cruella. Instead of retelling 101 Dalmatiansthey gave the villain an origin story.
That is probably why Cruella is more popular than other live-action remakes. Letterboxd users gravitated towards the unique story and then got hooked on the stunning fashion of the film as well as the tremendous lead performance from Emma Stone.
4 Turning Red (2022)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney moved a lot of films to their streaming service and for some reason, the Pixar ones to arrive were all put there for no additional charge. That meant more subscribers than anyone could watch them, which was the case with Turning Red.
Once again, Pixar delivered a film that was met with critical acclaim and the focus on the important subject matter and the Asian lead characters are aspects that were needed in a Disney film. It’s kind of all any subscriber was talking about upon its release.
3 Luke (2021)
The second Pixar movie to go straight to Disney+ was Luke and it again continued the studio’s tradition of telling emotionally powerful stories in unique situations. Here, a sea creature who can turn into a human on land finds new friends and embarks on a coming-of-age adventure.
Things like the visuals and voice acting were praised and Luke landed a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars and Golden Globes. The lack of an additional price tag made it easy for it to rack up the minutes viewed.
2 Black Widow (2021)
While the TV shows were certainly a big hit for the MCU on Disney+, Black Widow remains its most popular release on Letterboxd. Another film to come with the premier access additional price tag, this was the long-awaited return to the universe.
Before it arrived, fans hadn’t had any MCU release since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. Millions wanted to watch this from the comfort of their own home as they wanted to see Scarlett Johansson get a lead role in the franchise and get introduced to new fan favorite Yelena Belova.
1 Soul (2020)
Given how difficult 2020 was for so many people, it was a welcome treat to find that the newest Pixar movie was hitting Disney+ for free. Soul took viewers on an adventure to the afterlife and saw Pixar create yet another brilliantly crafted world.
With stunning visuals and voice acting from Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, this had a lot going for it. It was wildly popular with the audience and became a critical darling, landing Academy Award wins for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.
NEXT: 10 Most Popular Movies of 2022 So Far, According To Letterboxd