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What to Watch on Disney+ Based on Your Fave Taylor Swift Album

While I have no doubt my fellow Swifties will be rewatching The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) on Disney+ for weeks and months to come, at some point you’ll want to watch something else.

Let’s put your Disney+ subscription to use and find something to watch based on your favorite Taylor Swift album.

Each album’s emotional landscape, themes, and vibe fold seamlessly into so many films and shows on the streaming service, that it was hard to narrow it down!

Keep reading for my 35 top recommendations based on each of Taylor’s 10 studio albums.

Use the Table of Contents list to jump directly to picks for your favorite album. Happy streaming!

Taylor Swift (2006)

Taylor Swift was all but 16 years old when her self-titled debut album came out. It’s nearly 20 years later, but even back then, Taylor was an insightful storyteller.

This album deals with growing up and becoming who you are, but not quite in adulthood yet. It also represents new, humble beginnings, as Taylor performed on smaller stages, like at fairs, and didn’t have an entire team like she does today.

It reminds me of being a young girl in middle school or high school with big dreams and still having a positive, almost naïve, outlook on life.

Here are a few movies on Disney+ that remind me of Taylor’s self-titled debut album.

Turning Red (2022)

Promotional poster for the Disney & Pixar animated film, Turning Red, featuring a closeup of Mei-Ling as a red panda with a shocked expression on her face.
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Turning Red echoes the whimsy and relatability Taylor Swift’s debut album captured.

It tells the story of a teenager struggling to navigate the chaos of adolescence while transforming into a giant red panda.

The innocence and playfulness of this movie, coupled with teen crushes and angst, perfectly align with the youthful theme Taylor Swift exuded in her first-ever album.

Camp Rock (2008)

This Disney Channel original movie, tells the story of a teen girl, Mitchie (Demi Lovato), who wants nothing more than to become a musician.

She catches a huge break when her mom gets a job at a swanky music Summer camp, which enables her to attend for free.

Will she realize her dreams after her big break like Taylor did?

The Princess & the Frog (2009)

Photo of Tiana as a princess, standing on a balcony at night, looking out at a brightly shining star in the sky.

This lovely animated movie embodies the dreams and hopes that Swift’s debut album whispers.

Set in the heart of New Orleans, it’s a beautiful tale of love, ambition, and the adventure life takes you on.

And just like Taylor did with her debut album, the lead character, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), works hard night and day to realize her dreams.

Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience (2009)

Tune in to see Taylor perform the hit Should’ve Said No from her self-titled debut album, alongside the Jo Bros. For more Tay-tay appearances, check out my post about Taylor Swift movies on Disney+.

Fearless (2008)

Taylor Swift’s second studio album is all about love, heartbreak, growing up, and growing into your confidence.

Here are a few movies on Disney+ with similar vibes.

Moana (2016)

Promotional poster for the SIng-Along version of the animated Disney film, Moana.

Moana tells the story of a teen girl who braves the dangerous, open ocean to save her slowly dying island community. Like Fearless, it is a quest of self-discovery and bravely facing unknown shores.

High School Musical (2006)

In this wildly popular Disney Channel Original Movie, we follow the lives of several high school students as they grapple with relationships, conflicting dreams, jealousy, and growing up.

Just as Fearless spoke to a generation of high schoolers, High School Musical resonates with a joyful spirit and a longing for human connection and acceptance.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This deeply emotional and profoundly moving film captures the essence of young love faced with insurmountable odds, much like the romantic yet fearless tales spun in Fearless.

The movie and album together serve as a testament to the power of love and the bravery it takes to open one’s heart, embodying the very essence of being fearless in the face of life’s greatest challenges.

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991)

This film complements the essence of Fearless as both narratives champion the themes of unwavering courage and the pursuit of one’s dreams, despite the obstacles that may arise.

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken tells the captivating story of Sonora Webster, a young girl who, against all odds, dreams of becoming a horse diver and achieves her goal with a combination of grit and grace.

Like the album, the movie inspires its audience to face their fears head-on and emphasizes the importance of strength and resilience.

Speak Now (2010)

Speak Now is Taylor’s first album that she wrote on her own, signifying that she was in control of her life and career – not executives or the media. It’s a bit of a foreshadowing to later albums, in a way.

The album includes her usual themes of love and heartbreak, but also empowerment and communication.

The Little Mermaid (1989 & 2023)

Much like many of the songs on Speak Now, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel (Jodie Benson), a mermaid who wants more out of the life she has.

In fact, she wants to become human – even if it means trading in her voice and leaving her family. Will she leave everything behind or learn to speak up so she can have both love and family?

Brave (2012)

In this Pixar animated film, the lead character, Merida (Kelly MacDonald), wrestles with carving her own path despite expectations from others, much like the message of Speak Now.

Mulan (1998 & 2020)

Promotional poster for the 2020 live-action version of Mulan.
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In this Disney movie, Mulan is a young woman who takes her father’s place when he is drafted to go to war, initially disguising herself as a man.

She is an icon of dynamic, self-empowered women. It’s like watching Speak Now come to life, with its tales of love, adventure, introspection, and protest.

Red (2012)

Red is all about the emotional highs and lows that come with love, from euphoria to devastation. Like the color it is named after, it is bold, bright, and in your face.

And if Taylor ever tells you she doesn’t have a lot going on at the moment, don’t believe her!

The Last Song (2010)

The Last Song and Red find common ground in their tales of love, heartache, and the passage of time.

Set against the backdrop of a summer spent on the beach, this film is filled with moments of love and lessons learned and stars Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth in the lead roles.

Inside Out (2015)

This fun animated Pixar film tackles the complicated terrain of emotions, much like the thematic content of Red.

In addition, Inside Out and Red both explore the turmoil and joy of growing up.

1989 (2014)

Photo of Taylor Swift and backup dancers performing a song from the 1989 album, while a house in the background burns down.
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Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, represents a rebirth, as she transitions from country pop to a full-on pop sound.

The album deals with all of the different emotions around a transition or big turning point in life, from nostalgia to excitement.

Naturally, there are songs about love, but this time around, it’s not just in a romantic sense, as she also celebrates platonic love and friendships.

The Princess Diaries (2001)

In this beloved Disney film, Mia’s (Anne Hathaway) transformation story from regular girl to royalty echoes Taylor’s metamorphosis from country darling to pop princess, perfectly whispering the essence of 1989.

In addition, the film and album deal with about finding your confidence and standing in your truth.

Tini – The New Life of Violetta (2016)

An inspiring film rooted in music and a character’s reinvention, Tini – The New Life of Violetta mirrors the introspective and empowered message at the core of 1989.

Both narratives lead with the heart, soul, and passion for music, as well as tough but fulfilling transformations.

Frozen II (2019)

Still from Frozen II, with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven in a forest.

Just as 1989 marks Swift’s transition into pop music, heralding a phase of self-discovery and authenticity, Frozen II ventures into the unknown, encapsulating the essence of making bold choices and coming into one’s own.

Reputation (2017)

Photo of Taylor Swift and backup dancers performing a song from Reputation.
© 2024 TAS Rights Management.

Reputation is arguably one of Taylor’s most complex albums.

Up until this one, most of her albums are centered around romantic relationships. But this time around, Taylor explores life as a celebrity, perception vs. reality, anger, betrayal, and revenge.

In a way, it’s Swift’s response to the media’s intrusion on her personal life and being pulled into drama by other celebrities (I’m looking at you, Kim and Kanye!).

In a nutshell, Swift transforms from America’s sweetheart to a baddie on this album, as she fights to reclaim her reputation.

Cruella (2021)

Promotional poster for Cruella, with a closeup black and white photo of Emma Stone as the titular character.
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Cruella, starring Emma Stone in the titular role, perfectly matches the gritty, unapologetic vibes of Reputation.

Both contain elements of darkness, a powerful protagonist owning their story, and a breathtaking visual presentation that commands attention and respect.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, starring Angelina Jolie in the lead role, and Reputation share an underlying theme of transformation, misunderstood identities, and reclamation of one’s identity.

The stories in both invite us to question preconceptions about heroes and villains, suggesting that within every tale lie multiple perspectives waiting to be heard.

Loki (2021-23)

The god of mischief, Loki, embodies the rebellious nature found in Taylor’s Reputation album.

And like Taylor sets out to do in this album, Loki fights to be seen as he is, not as others claim he is, finding power and redemption in the villain role in his self-titled Marvel series.

The Lion King (1994 & 2019)

Promotional poster for the Sing-Along version of the Disney animated film, The Lion King, featuring silhouettes of Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon against a full moon.

In this classic animated Disney film, The Lion King follows Simba as he faces the consequences of his past, battles with self-doubt, and fights an unfair reputation to reclaim his place as King.

The Lion King and Reputation seem like an odd pairing, but at their core, they share a compelling narrative of rebirth and redemption leading to a powerful transformation.

Lover (2019)

Photo of the opening set of the Eras Tour, with Taylor Swift performing a song from Lover.
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Lover is pretty much what you’d guess it’d be about: love, sweet love.

It’s dreamy, romantic, exhilarating, and pure fun. It’s a full 180° from her previous album’s aesthetic and theme.

Cinderella (2015)

Photo from the animated version of Cinderella as her rags transform into a beautiful ball gown.

A story of love, perseverance, and magic, Cinderella exudes the same romantic qualities and hopeful spirit as Lover.

The bright, whimsical nature of both the film and the album is a match made in Disney+ heaven.

Even Cinderella’s (Lily James) butterfly-adorned sky-blue ball gown and crystal heels fall in line with Lover‘s vibe!

Enchanted (2007)

Enchanted and Lover are sister stories, with characters falling in love in both fantasy and reality.

The magic and charm in both the film and the album’s narrative make them perfect companions for cozy movie nights with a cup of tea and chai cookies.

Soundtrack #1 (2022)

In this K-drama, Han and Lee, who have been friends nearly their whole lives, find themselves shut in together while writing songs.

Like Lover, Soundtrack #1 is a soapy, love-filled romantic romp. Can’t go wrong!

Aladdin (2019)

Photo of Princess Jasmine hugging Aladdin as they fly on a magic carpet.

In Aladdin, the eponymous hero, much like Swift on her Lover album, faces the daunting task of overcoming societal boundaries and personal insecurities to capture the heart of his beloved.

While this is true in both the original animated version and the 2019 live-action film, I highly recommend watching the live-action version, which expands upon Genie’s story to an extra layer of love.

Ever After (1998)

Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore, and Lover weave together tales of defiance, resilience, and the transcendent power of love that challenges societal norms.

Both narratives underscore the importance of authenticity and courage, whether it’s Swift sharing her heart through melodic stories or Barrymore’s character using wit and will to redefine her destiny.

Folklore (2020)

Folklore was a surprise release during the pandemic and couldn’t have come at a better time.

In this album, Taylor experimented with a more folksy, wistful vibe inspired by nature, resulting in a cozy experience like a cup of hot tea.

It’s also very timely, with songs about isolation during a time in which people around the world could relate due to shutdowns from the pandemic.

Frozen (2013)

Still from Frozen, with Anna standing on a balcony looking out over Arendelle.

In this animated Disney film, we follow the story of a princess in self-imposed isolation until she becomes a Queen, for fear of hurting her family or community due to magical powers.

But aside from the outdoorsy nature of Frozen and Folklore, there’s a bit of a love triangle in both!

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

The 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton offers a visually stunning, imaginative, and slightly darker take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale, paralleling the introspective nature of Folklore.

In addition, both works involve journeys of self-discovery, touching on themes of growth, resilience, and the beauty of finding oneself amidst chaos.

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Bridge to Terabithia is like the visual embodiment of the emotional depth and storytelling prowess found in Folklore.

Taylor explained that during the early part of the pandemic, she wrote this album, creating a fantasy world that she could escape to, much like Jesse (Josh Hutcherson) and Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb) do in the film.

Evermore (2020)

Photo of Taylor Swift performing a song from her Folklore album with star-like lights from the audience behind her.
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Just a few months after Folklore was released, Taylor released a sister album, Evermore, continuing with the folksy, cottage-core vibe.

The songs take a more mature look at her typical topics of love and heartbreak, discussing forgiveness and beginning again.

It also continues the discussion on isolation and solitude, but with a more hopeful outlook.

Beauty & the Beast (1991 & 2017)

A tale as old as time, Beauty & the Beast weaves an unforgettable story that, like Evermore, emphasizes the depth of human experience, isolation, forgiveness, and beginning anew.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Photo of Nani, Lilo & Stitch surfing a wave.

Lilo & Stitch is another pick that might seem like an odd pairing with one of Taylor’s albums. But, like Evermore, this film explores identity, acceptance, and hope as key themes.

Tangled (2010)

Closeup photo of Rapunzel in the animated Disney film, Tangled, with a serene look on her face.

Tangled is a modern-day fairy tale filled with adventure and longing for freedom based on the classic tale of Rapunzel.

The movie resonates with the same yearning and desire for free-spirited living that Evermore delivers through its lyrics.

Midnights (2022)

Photo of Taylor Swift performing Anti-Hero during the Eras Tour, with her leg up on a chair.
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Midnights is a bit of a fun departure from her earlier albums. Essentially the songs are about 13 sleepless nights across the years (source).”

Of course, the songs all involve love in some way, but most deal with the anxiety, insecurity, and doubts that can come with it.

Ratatouille (2007)

Yep, another unexpected pairing!

In this animated film, we follow the story of an unexpected aspiring chef, a rat named Remy, and a bumbling kitchen worker who can’t cook, Alfredo Linguini.

The two pair up to help each other overcome their doubts and insecurities. And there just might be a love story in there, too!

Soundtrack #2 (2024)

Midnights is a dedication to personal growth and Taylor’s love affair with love, especially the hope and suspense of it all. The anticipation and doubt you can feel throughout Soundtrack #2 matches that same vibe of Midnights.

There’s definitely a reason why Korean dramas are so popular, especially with romantics-at-heart!

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

A classic rom-com that deconstructs and reassembles the meaning of love and affection, much in the same way Midnights has done.

The film’s spunky charm and heart-wrenching moments match the emotions and maturity strides found in this album.

Which Taylor-inspired movie will you watch on Disney+?

I hope this list helped you find something new to watch. Be sure to pin or bookmark this post so you can come back the next time you can’t decide what to watch!

About the author

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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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