The Best ’80s Movies to Stream on Disney+

Disney+ is known for its catalog of Marvel movies and animated classics, but the streamer also carries a number of nostalgic films. If you’re hungry for a taste of the awesome ’80s, here are five iconic movies that will take you back.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride | Fox

You can watch ‘The Princess Bride’ on Disney+

For many ’80s kids, The Princess Bride stands out as one of the most iconic films of the decade. Not only is it funny, and filled with brilliant performances, the movie features an epic adventure and romance. 

It tells the story of Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes). The two love birds are torn apart by a ruthless prince. Through a series of adventures and hilarious encounters, they try to find their way back to each other. 

The film also stars Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Andre the Giant, Fred Savage, Wallace Shawn, and Carol Kane. 

‘The Empire Strikes Back’

As the second film in the Star Wars franchise, The Empire Strikes Back was one of the biggest films of the ’80s.  With a budget of $33 million, it was the most expensive film ever made at the time. 

The space adventure follows Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) as they battle against Darth Vader (David Prowse) and his evil Imperial Forces. With the help of his Jedi Master, Yoda, Luke taps into the Force and faces Darth Vader alone. 

Just for a fun reference, this is the Star Wars film in which Darth Vader speaks the iconic phrase, “I am your father.” 

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ is on Disney+ too

When Honey, I Shrunk the Kids released in 1989, it became the highest-grossing live-action Disney film of all time. With its special effects and high-stakes adventure, the film is the perfect family watch. 

The movie follows inventor Wayne Szalinski’s (Rick Moranis) and his shrink ray machine, which accidentally miniaturizes his children and his neighbor’s two sons. Now, at only ¼ inch tall, the four kids must make their way through the dangerous front yard back to the house. Their mission is to find the scientist and have him to bring them back to size. 

‘Three Men and a Baby’

Three Men and a Baby was one of the most popular comedies of the ’80s. And after it premiered in 1987, it became the highest-grossing film of that year. 

The film is centered around three bachelor roommates – Peter (Tom Selleck), Michael (Steve Guttenberg), and Jack (Ted Danson) – who find a baby girl outside the door of their apartment. According to the letter she’s left with, the baby is Jack’s daughter. With no experience raising a baby, the three men care for her the best they can. 

After a series of hilarious misadventures, they discover she might be the wake-up call they needed. 

‘Tron’ is also on Disney+

When Tron premiered in 1982, it was one of the first films to combine back-lit animation with live-action and computer animation. For its cinematic breakthroughs, the film received an Academy Award for technical achievement. 

Tron tells the story of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a computer engineer who discovers that hi ls co-worker Ed Dillinger (David Warner), is stealing his work. When Flynn tries to hack into the company’s system, he ends up in a digital universe where he must battle Dillinger’s avatar.