Hotstar, now rebranded as Disney Plus Hotstar, is one of the most popular streaming platforms in India. The service already boasted of a great collection of TV shows and movies, but with the addition of Disney content, it’s become even more appealing.
For the purpose of this article, we’ve scoured through the entire library of English movies available on Hotstar in order to curate some of the greatest titles for you. But before you get on with our selection and start watching the best movies on Disney Plus Hotstar, you would need to subscribe to the service and become a member.
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Editor’s note: We will keep updating this list of the best English movies on Hotstar as and when new ones release and old ones are taken off.
This HBO original movie is based on a true story about one of the biggest school embezzlement cases in US history. Set in the Long Island village of Roslyn, the film tells the story of two school district employees who defrauded the school system of millions of dollars. Hugh Jackman plays Dr Frank Tassone, the primary accused in the case, responsible for master minding a theft of almost 11 million dollars from the Roslyn school district. The film traces the story of how the discrepancies in school finances were discovered by an eager student writing an article for the Roslyn High School paper. Some parts of the actual story have been altered for dramatic effect, but most of it remains true to the incident. Overall, it’s a very interesting watch, with compelling performance by Jackman and Allison Janney.
The Art Of Racing In The Rain
Are you a dog person? If yes, this movie on Hotstar is for you. It presents the perspective of a Golden Retriever called Enzo – dog and friend to a race car driver. The film spans the life of the four-legged creature and all that happens in between – his master ( Milo Ventimiglia) getting married, having kids, losing family members, and more. It’s one of those feel good, heart-warming stories that you’ve come to expect from great dog movies like Hachi and Marley & Me. The best part of the movie is its feel-good yet emotional ending which’ll surely get those tears rolling.
Murder On The Orient Express
This 2017 movie on Hotstar is still one of the most entertaining in the platform’s entire selection. It’s ensemble cast includes big Hollywood names like Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, and more. Based on an Agatha Christie thriller, the movie follows a murder investigation aboard the Orient Express train. Depp plays the obsessive-compulsive Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who takes it upon himself to solve the mystery. Little did he imagine that everyone of the train would turn out to be a suspect.
We Bought A Zoo
This Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson starrer from 2011 is a lovely movie on Hotstar to watch with your family. The tale is heart-warming to say the least and is actually based on a true story. Damon plays a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo and along with his family, takes up the challenge of bringing it up to shape. Thing is, he knows nothing about zoo keeping and his kids aren’t too happy about the whole idea. As time goes by, the task of reopening the place becomes even more stressful as repair costs exceed the family’s finances. Will they pull through and get the job done?
This is a 2017 American drama starring Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace in the lead roles of an uncle and his niece. Evans plays Frank, the legal guardian of seven-year-old Mary Adler (Grace) who turns out to be a mathematics prodigy. But bringing up a gifted child is no easy task, as Frank finds out. He also doesn’t want her to attend a private school for high-performing children owing to the family’s past experiences with such institutions. When Mary’s teachers contact her estranged grandmother (Frank’s mother) to step in and convince Frank, a custody battle ensues between mother and son.
Secretariat is a biographical movie that tells the true life story of an American thoroughbred horse by the same name. His owner, Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) didn’t know anything about horse racing and running a stud farm, a job that suddenly falls upon her when her mother dies and her father takes ill. Stepping into a man’s world, she quickly converts her love for horses into a profession. She acquires Secretariat through a deal her father had previously made. She then goes on to train him and enters him in the races despite all odds. The horse ends becoming the first to win a Triple Crown in thoroughbred racing in 25 years. This is a story of resilience, courage, and determination, and will leave you with a strong sense of hope.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The original Kingsman is one of the best spy comedy movies out there. Based on a comic book series by the same name, the plot of the movie revolves around a brash but talented lad named Eggsy (Taron Egerton), son of a deceased British agent. One day, after getting arrested for stealing a car, he calls upon his father’s friend Harry Hart (Colin Firth) for help. He soon discovers that his dead father worked with Hart for an elite private intelligence service called Kingsman. Eggsy is inducted into the organization after passing a series of tests. He then becomes a trainee spy and together, Hart and him work on exposing an internet billionaire named Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) for his evil actions.
The Shape Of Water
This is an American supernatural romance movie on Hotstar and is one of Director Guillermo Del Toro’s finest works to date. It’s visually stunning and the screenplay is also very original. The movie casts Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones and Richard Jenkins amongst other accomplished actors. Its plot revolves around a mute girl named Elisa (Hawkins) who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility. One day, she chances upon a closed chamber where she discovers a mysterious captured creature (Jones) with a human-like appearance and emotional intelligence. Soon the two start communicating in an unspoken language and form a close bond. But scientists at the government facility have evil plans for the creature and Elisa must help him escape before it’s too late.
In Her Shoes
Cameron Diaz is Maggie, a party girl with a devil-may-care attitude. Her elder sister Rose (Toni Collette) has a completely opposite personality. The two find it difficult to get along, but things go from bad to worse when Maggie sleeps with Rose’s boyfriend. Rose stops speaking to Maggie after the incident, forcing her to move in with their grandmother. As time passes, Maggie learns how to behave like a responsible adult and reconnects with her sister when she finds out about her upcoming nuptials. The film beautifully outlines the relationship between sisters and captures the small quirks that make it so special.
If there’s one cult alien invasion movie you must watch, it’s Independence Day. You might have already seen it, but it’s definitely worth going back to for some great action and the classic “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!,” speech. Starring a young Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, this 1996 movie is centred around an alien attack on Earth and how an unlikely team of a satellite technician, the US president, and a fighter pilot save the day. The original Independence Day is one of the best movies on Disney Plus Hotstar, but there’s also a second part to this movie called Independence Day: Resurgence. It’s not half as good as the original, however, you can watch both parts on Hotstar right now if you want to give it a shot.
This movie’s brilliance rests solely on the shoulders of Natalie Portman who plays a talented, but disturbed ballet dancer. She even won an Academy Award for her outstanding performance in this dark and deeply moving film, making this easily one of the best movies on Disney Plus Hotstar. Black Swan follows the story of a 28-year-old dancer named Nina (Portman) who gets selected to play the lead in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet. Her insecurities grow as her director starts favoring her younger understudy. Soon, she starts experiencing strong hallucinations and imagines events that don’t really happen. Will her illness hamper the biggest performance of her life or her life itself?
All Marvel movies
Thanks to its integration with Disney Plus, Hotstar has a treasure trove of superhero movies that have gone on to become blockbuster hits. You’ll find most of Marvel’s collection here including all the Avengers movies, Deadpool and Deadpool 2, Logan, and a bunch more. The Spider Man movies aren’t here though and that’s because Sony also has a stake in them. But if you’re planning on a superhero movie marathon, you now have most of the the big ticket Marvel titles ready to stream in one single place.
All Star Wars Movies
Disney also owns Lucas Films, the studio behind Star Wars movies. Hotstar literally has all the Star Wars titles up for streaming, right from Star Wars: A New Hope to the latest Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. You also have a bunch of other animated Star Wars TV shows and shorts to watch here. So if you’re a fan of the intergalactic universe, Hotstar can be your new home to see the stars.
Looking for more stuff to stream on Disney Plus Hotstar? Check out our lists of the best English and Hindi TV shows available on the service. You can also click on the links below to get some cool streaming suggestions for Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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