New Disney Plus movies: every new film to stream in May 2024

A screenshot of The Beach Boys performing a song in their self-titled docufilm, which is one of May's new Disney Plus movies
The Beach Boys' documentary film is out now on Disney Plus. (Image credit: Disney Plus)
New Disney Plus movies: May 24, 2024 update

Tom Power, senior entertainment reporter

Our new Disney Plus movies guide's newest entry is another music-based docufilm. This time, it's the turn of The Beach Boys, which chronicles the popular band's story over the past 50 years. We've also removed every entry from April as we don't consider them to be new anymore, and updated our 'coming soon' section to include the next batch of films that'll join the service in the weeks ahead.

New Disney Plus movies are far more sporadic than their Netflix counterparts, but there are still enough of them that have recently joined the streaming titan for you to enjoy. Below, we've rounded up the most notable new movies to land on Disney Plus, including this week's entry in The Beach Boys, a documentary film that cover the popular band's story through the decades. If you're not a fan of their music, though, there are a number of other films that'll tickle your fancy in this article and/or in our best Disney Plus movies guide. 

US readers will need to be aware that some of the movies on this list are only available on Hulu stateside, however, so you'll need to load up another of the world's best streaming services to enjoy them on that service instead. No matter where you stream any or all of the below, though, we're sure you'll have fun. So, happy streaming!

New Disney Plus movies: May

The Beach Boys

Release date: May 24
Runtime: 114 minutes
Age rating: TV-14 (US) / 16-plus (UK)
Directors: Frank Marshall and Thom Zimmy
Cast: Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston
Rotten Tomatoes (RT) score: TBC

Billed as a celebration of the legendary US rock band, The Beach Boys brings swathes of Californian summer lovin' and harmonies aplenty to Disney's primary streaming platform. In never-before-seen archival footage, plus new interviews with its most notable members, the documentary film charts the group's rise from humble family beginnings to superstardom, as well as stories about the creation of their biggest hits and problems they faced along the way.

Just like Let It Be (see below), The Beach Boys is a fascinating docufilm that long time fans and general music lovers will get *ahem* good vibrations from. God only knows what people say if you miss out on streaming it...

Watch The Beach Boys on Disney Plus.

Let It Be

Release date: May 8
Runtime: 89 minutes
Age rating: TV-14 (US) / 16-plus (UK)
Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Cast: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr
RT score (based on the 1970 original): 78% (critics); 88% (audience)

A restored print version of Lindsay-Hogg's poignant 1970s documentary movie, Let It Be is a behind-the-scenes look at The Beatles as they rehearse for the final and iconic rooftop-based concert before the band split up. Restored with a lighter color palette, and containing footage not seen in Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back docuseries (one of the best Disney Plus shows), Let It Be is a fascinating window into the lives of the legendary pop-rock group as they prepare to say goodbye to their worldwide fanbase.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll belt your heart out as you singalong to the quartet's most famous hits as they rehearse. One of May's new Disney Plus movies for Beatles aficionados, music lovers, and documentary fans to savor.

Watch Let It Be on Disney Plus.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Release date: May 3 (US only; already available in the UK and Australia)
Runtime: 87 minutes
Age rating: PG-13 (US) / 12 (UK)
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, and Wallace Wolodarsky
RT score: 93% (critics); 85% (audience)

One of many, well, fantastic films made by acclaimed auteur Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a wonderful stop-motion animated feature that's based on Roald Dahl's iconic children's book of the same name. In it, the titular anthropomorphic mammal (Clooney) leads his family on a spate of farm-based thefts, which eventually leads to three farmers joining forces to hunt Mr. Fox and his merry crew.

A rollickingly fun-filled adventure-based crime caper, Fantastic Mr. Fox will delight audiences young and old with its all-star voice cast, adorable visuals, and wisecracks. I've enjoyed it on repeat viewings, too, so it still holds up 15 years after its initial release.

Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox on Disney Plus.

Daredevil

Release date: May 1 (US only; already available in the UK and Australia)
Runtime: 133 minutes
Age rating: PG-13 (US) / 12 (UK)
Director: Mark Steven
Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Keith, Colin Farrell, and Joe Pantoliano
RT score: 43% (critics); 35% (audience)

Years before Netflix's critically acclaimed and award-winning Daredevil series gave us a worthy live-action take on The Man Without Fear, this 20th Century Fox flick was the "best" – and I say that through gritted teeth – big or small screen offering we had.

Affleck stars as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and the superpowered vigilante known as Daredevil by night. This 2003 film sees him engage in courtroom battles when he's not in his costume, and take on Farrell's villainous Bullseye (not to mention fall in love with Garner's Elektra) as his superhero alias.

A poorly constructed but meme-worthy Marvel movie, 2003's Daredevil is worth streaming if you fancy a good old laugh. Netflix's Daredevil TV series, which is also available on Disney Plus, is must-see TV, though. Stream all three seasons now before its spiritual successor Daredevil: Born Again, one of many Marvel Phase 5 TV shows that are in development, arrives in 2025.

Watch 2003's Daredevil on Disney Plus.

New Disney Plus movies: coming soon

A screenshot of the promotional image for Jim Henson: Idea Man, which shows the iconic puppeteer looking at Kermit the Frog

Jim Henson: Idea Man will land on Disney Plus before the end of May. (Image credit: Disney Plus)

Here's an all-too-brief look at the only two new Disney Plus movies due to be released in May, June, and July:

  • The First Omen – May 30
  • Jim Henson: Idea Man – May 31 (docufilm)
  • Big City Greens The Movie: Spacecation – June 7
  • Tomorrowland – June 10 (US only)
  • Beaches – June 24 (US only)
  • Diane Von Furstenburg: Woman in Charge – June 25 (docufilm)
  • Descendants: The Rise of Red – July 12 (Disney Plus Original)

Not up for a movie? Try our pick of the best Disney Plus shows, see if there's a free Disney Plus trial available, read our Disney Plus review, or get the lowdown on the new Disney Plus price points.

Senior Entertainment Reporter

As TechRadar's senior entertainment reporter, Tom covers all of the latest movies, TV shows, and streaming service news that you need to know about. You'll regularly find him writing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, and many other topics of interest.

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