Looking for the best girl power movies and shows to watch? These 27 options on Disney Plus are must watch programming!
Are you obsessed with girl power movies? Yup, me too. I love a strong female heroine, and there’s nothing like watching them with my own daughter. There are a ton of great classics on Disney Plus that are right up my female empowerment alley.
Full disclosure, I originally meant to include only full length feature films. But there were a couple series that I felt like HAD to be mentioned. So here we are, 27 girl power movies and shows to watch on Disney Plus.
Aladdin(animated): Jasmine talks a lot about making her own choices in the original animated film, including that she can marry whomever she wants.
Aladdin (live action): The recent live action version of Aladdin definitely flushes out Jasmine’s character a LOT more including her wanting to rule herself, and make the best decisions for her country.
Princess and the Frog: You know this was a requirement for us right? Princess and the Frog is one of our favorites, and Tiana is a HUGE reason why. Let’s talk about her making her own dreams come true. Her not needing a prince. I’m also going to say, that I think that her friendship with Lottie? Girl power at it’s finest.
Beauty and the Beast (animated): The original Beauty and the Beast is truly one of my favorites, and who doesn’t love Belle’s lack of need for a man? She’s JUST fine without Gaston and her love of reading? The best.
Beauty and the Beast (live action): Belle’s girl power doesn’t stop in the animated version, I love that it’s taken further in the live action version. In this version, Belle talks about teaching the girls in the village to read and empowering the other girls in her life.
Brave: Merida is one of my favorite princesses, I mean……gotta love a girl who decides to ignore tradition and to claim her own hand.
Moana: One of my favorite parts about Moana and the plot line? It’s never a question of if Moana will lead her people, it’s when. I love that they are very clear about gender equity in the family line, it’s a great part of an awesome story.
Mulan: Mulan addresses girl power and gender equity issues head on. Mulan being a girl who wants to fight on behalf of her family is the main plot line of the film. (I’d also suggest rewatching the animated version before the live action version releases).
Frozen: Love love love both Frozen movies. I think that each of them are strong examples of girl power. The first film? Shows Elsa beginning to rule plus learning about her powers. I love that it shows two sister solving problems and fight evil together.
Frozen 2: Frozen 2??? Girl power at it’s finest. I love that both women come into their own in this film, and find power in being just who they are.
Kim Possible: Who doesn’t love Kim Possible? A girl who fights crime? We love the original cartoons, they’re a must rewatch if you haven’t seen them in awhile!
Descendants: The entire trilogy is a favorite in our house. I love seeing Mal and Evie each come into their own in the films from leading a kingdom to being booming business owners, plus bonus points for a bad a$$ female villain in Uma.
Hercules: If you haven’t watched this one in awhile, be sure to put it on your Disney Plus Watchlist. From the Muses (loveeeee) to Megara…..there are some amazing strong female characters in the film (plus the music is AWESOME).
Pocahontas: I love that the 90s Pocahontas film can inspire some research into the actual woman the film is based on, and some discussions about her role in history.
Noelle: Girls can be Santa too right? If you didn’t want this adorable Disney Plus exclusive around the holidays, it’s really fun.
Tangled: Something about Rapunzel hitting Flynn Ryder with that frying pan? I love seeing her come into her own in this film……..it’s a great one!
Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins? Yes, Mary Poppins. I mean, Sister Suffragette is the perfect time to talk about voting rights for women.
Zootopia: Zootopia is a forever favorite in our household, and I love the messages and overtones in the film. Not only is Judy Hopps the first bunny cop, but she’s a girl to boot.
The Incredibles: Both of the Incredibles films are fun, girl power films. The first one? Who doesn’t love a mom superhero?
Incredibles 2: Out of both films, Incredibles 2 definitely focuses on the female superheroes. I love love love the plot that outlines a mom heading to work while a dad stays home.
Anastasia: Ok now this wasn’t originally a Disney film, but is now part of the family since Fox came on board. Why do I love this film? Not only is Anastasia an awesome character, but let’s remember her grandmother ruled the entire country.
Ruby Bridges: If you haven’t watched this film (made in 1998), it’s a MUST watch. Ruby Bridges was the first student to integrate her school in New Orleans at the age of 6 (she is in her 60s today). Talk about girl power. As a 6 year old child, she stood up to racism and became a hero to children everywhere.
Diary of a Future President: This isn’t a movie (obviously) but one of my favorite Disney Plus exclusive content offers? The series Diary of a Future President. There is currently one season of this awesome series that shows the present and past of Elena Canero-Reed (the president of the United States).
Captain Marvel: How could you not put Carol Danvers on a list of girl power movies? She’s the ultimate Marvel girl. I loved this movie so much more than I expected! I’d say this one is great for ages 8 and up.
The Rise of Skywalker: I would argue that the entire Star Wars series is girl power focused (hello Leia)……and I’d suggest watching them ALL. If you haven’t seen the finale, put it on your must watch list.
Elena of Avelor: For the record, I WANT AN ELENA MOVIE! Elena of Avelor is an ICON. I love that this amazing princess rescues her kingdom, and celebrates her culture in every episode (bonus points for demonstrating her bilingualism).
Wrinkle in Time: This movie got VERY mixed reviews when it released. But one of my favorite parts? Meg Murray. A teenage girl who works to rescue her father? Now that’s girl power!