Top 10 Disney Channel original movies


Annie Le

Here is a list of the top 10 Disney Channel original movies.

Original movies have long been a staple of the Disney Channel brand. As we’ve grown up, many have become a part of our core memories, contributing to our very essences as people. While Disney Channel often caters well to its audience, not all of their original movies are created equally — here are ten of their best works.

10. Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!

While controversial, I genuinely believe that this movie belongs on this list. This movie is comical and is beautifully chaotic, equal parts heartwarming and mischievous.

Remember that part when Teddy and Amy Duncan had to hitch hike with “alien abduction survivors”? Classic.

9. Teen Beach Movie

This movie is fairly decent with a really cool throwback to the 60’s surfer vibe. Ross Lynch is the reason this movie is bumped above “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!”. I understand that this is a musical film, but this would probably be ranked higher if there was slightly less singing.

7.5/10 rating for the singing getting slightly annoying.

8. Geek Charming

My love for “Geek Charming” stems in the story line that genuinely delves into the parts of a person’s life that truly matter and are a testament to their character.

“Geek Charming” making this list over “Camp Rock” may be controversial to some, but consider the following points. The main girl character’s mom died — kinda tragic. AND she, certified popular queen bee, falls in love with the geek at the end — kinda classic.

7. 16 Wishes

“16 Wishes” is an underdog movie that deserves more recognition. While it stars Debby Ryan, certified side-smile guru, the film feels entirely original with its own spin on the “be careful what you wish for” premise.

8 wishes out of 10 because Debby Ryan’s character gets annoying before she becomes normal again.

6. Princess Protection Program

This film gets closer to being in the A-tier. Not only does it ring bells of nostalgia, but it reminds me of a time when Selena Gomez wasn’t problematic. This movie would make it higher on this list if I didn’t have a personal bias against Demi Lovato.

“Princess Protection Program” remains in the B-tier because Demi was the princess instead of Selena.

5. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

This movie is a tick away from making it into the A-tier. The conflict and resolution of the “be careful what you wish for” storyline had six-year-old me on the edge of my seat.

8.5/10 because Max Russo didn’t deserve to poof out of existence so quickly.

4. Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is the first movie to make it into the A-tier — not only because it’s one of the first movies that expose children to Asian representation, but also because of the epic transformation Wendy undergoes to become the warrior she was meant to be.

The only reason this movie isn’t at the top of this list is because the remaining three are certified god-tier masterpieces.

3. High School Musical

I don’t think “High School Musical” making it into the top three is a surprise to anyone. The classic high-school-jock-falls-in-love-with-quiet-nerdy-girl trope set the foundation for all of our love-life expectations as children.

9 basketballs out of 10 because Troy Bolton wasn’t even that good of a singer or actor and was still chosen for the lead of literally everything. His voice was not soarin’, flyin’ or reaching any stars in heaven.

2. Lemonade Mouth

This movie is a masterpiece. Not only does it touch on the real life struggles of many students in the lower income brackets, but it also reminds us of the magic in friendship and community.

9.9/10 this movie barely misses the perfect 10/10 solely because the number one film on this list should actually be included in the best movies of all time.

1. Starstruck

I understand that this is an unpopular opinion. I urge you all to watch this movie again and listen to the soundtrack.

“There’s something about the sunshine, baby, I’m seein’ you in a whole new light.” Stunning lyricism.

This satisfies every sucker for the “everybody is in love with this beautiful boy but not her… no, she’s different. Oh, but that’s not all because he shows a side of himself to her that nobody has ever seen and they fall in love” trope.

10/10 Sterling Knight looks dashing and sings so beautifully.