The 50 Best Movies on Stan
Best of the Best
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You’ve really got to dig to find the best movies on Stan so we’ve pulled out 50 of our top picks.
In the face of immense competition from overseas (and weak competition locally), Australian streaming video-on-demand provider Stan has managed to hold its own.
Thanks mostly to some outstanding streaming deals with MGM and Starz, Stan has managed to nab entire streaming catalogues from some of history’s biggest franchises, such as the Rocky series, The Godfather trilogy and every Bond film ever made. Stan also had Disney’s back catalogue for a time but when Disney Plus launched, they were all packed up and returned to sender. Some of the best movies on Disney Plus were removed from Stan’s library prior to launch.
Stan has also been churning out its own original content, though there’s been a bigger focus of television show production than movies.
All this is to say, Stan is currently home to an absurd amount of top-shelf movies but with over 1,300 films ready to stream (and loads of great TV shows too), it can be difficult to settle on just one. So we’ve rounded up our the 50 best movies on Stan to help narrow your options a smidge.
1. The Death of Stalin
Armando Iannucci (Veep, In The Loop) hits it out the park again with this satirical retelling of Stalin’s last days.
Come for the premise and Iannucci’s razor-sharp dialogue, stay for the truly hilarious performances of Steve Buscemi and Jason Isaacs.
2. The Artist
This contemporary silent film about Hollywood and the rise of “talkies”. A black and white film that’s mostly silent like the films it stands tribute to.
The Artist raked in the awards when it released back in 2011.
A sports story at heart, Whiplash follows a young jazz drummer and his tempo-ramental instructor (J.K Simmons) that will snare your attention and not let go ’till the credits roll.
It introduced a lot of folks to Miles Teller but will be most fondly remember’s for Simmons’ aggressive performance.
4. Pulp Fiction
Zed might be dead, baby, but don’t let that spoiler stop you rewatching Tarantino’s quotable classic. Pulp Fiction’s sprawling interconnected character vignettes and cracking dialogue have stood the test of time.
It’s perfect timing with the director’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out this year.
5. The Big Sick
Inspired by the real-life relationship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick is a rom-com cure for the Sunday blues.
Nanjiani plays himself and Zoe Kazan plays the character of Gordon but it’s Ray Romano and Holly Hunter’s turn as the latter’s parents that remains the movie’s biggest delight.
Time to rewatch the madcap Minnesota crime drama? Oh yah, you betcha.
7. Stories We Tell
Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead) explores her family’s secrets in this intimate documentary about the filmmaker’s relationship with her parents.
The 2012 documentary won the Grand Prix Focus for best feature film at that year’s FNC awards.
8. Fruitvale Station
Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) debuted with this heartbreaking true story of the 22-year old father Oscar Grant III, who was tragically shot by police offers on New Years Day 2009 after a small altercation.
Coogler collaborator Michael B. Jordan plays the lead role as Oscar Grant III.
9. The Terminator
In 1984, he said he’d be back. And he was. Time and time again before we were, frankly, sick of him visiting. However, in 2019 Arnie and Sarah Connor have both come back for Christmas (Terminator: Dark Fate) and for the first time in years, we’re excited to see ’em. So to celebrate we’re heading back to where it all began with Stan.
10. John Wick
Hands-down one of the best action movies ever made follows the bloody trail of vengeance left by the Baba Yaga aka John Wick (Nunu Reeves).
If you’re thinking of setting off to see Parabellum in theatres, we definitely recommend a rewatch. Each movie kicks off exactly where the last left off so a recap of 1 and 2 is essential to getting the most out of 3.
11. There Will Be Blood
Packed with notable intitialisms, TWBB (There Will Be Blood) features the dynamic actor/director duo PTA (Paul Thomas Anderson) and DDL (Daniel Day Lewis). PTA’s masterpiece begins at the turn of the 19th century, where one man’s ruthless quest for fortune in the explosive oil mining industry puts the lives of those working for him and against him at risk. It features one of the best performances from one of the best actors in the industry.
12. The Godfather 1,2 and 3
You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to binge all three Godfather movies back to back on Stan? Yeah, sounds good.
13. Under The Skin
The slow-burn Scottish flick stars Sco-Jo as an extraterrestrial entity who road trips Glasgow, luring eager men into the back of a van.
Interestingly, most of the characters are played by non-actors and scenes were shot using hidden cameras.
15. No Country For Old Men
“Just call it, friendo”. Without a doubt one of the Coen Brothers’ best, No Country For Old Men builds on the sturdy foundation of Cormac McCarthy’s prose with the best possible materials at their disposal: three loveable protagonists in Kelly Macdonald, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones and one utterly sinister performance from Javier Bardem as one of the best villains ever put to screen, Anton Chigurh.
15. Dead Poets Society
DPS has always been one of the most uplifting and heartbreaking coming-of-age stories of all time.
But a whole other layer of emotion has been piled on since the passing of Robin Williams, who gives his absolute best dramatic performance.
16. The Tribe
The Tribe is the most unsettling film on this list by a huge margin and definitely comes with a content warning.
If you do press on, you will find a story told through sign-language. A Ukranian tale of lost innocence, set inside a boarding school for deaf teenage students.
17. Mad Max Fury Road Black & Chrome
When George Miller released the iconic Fury Road on Bluray, he gave fans one big reason to buy physical media for the first time in yonkers: the Black & Chrome edition. Black & Chrome doesn’t replace the sun-drenched colour pallete of the original, but it helps highlight just how meticulate Miller was with every frame of this masterpiece.
18. The Gift
I put off watching The Gift for the ages because Joel Edgerton’s goatee on the poster made me uncomfortable. I was a fool to wait so long.
Edgerton’s directorial debut is a fresh take on the psycho stalker genre that has you questioning each character up until the very last moments.
Rian Johnson (The Best Star Wars Movie Ever Made) hit it out of the park with his first big-budget sci-fi Looper.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young Bruce Willis hunting down a… now Bruce Willis?
Check it out before heading out to see Johnson’s upcoming whodunit, Knives Out.
20. The Trip
Come for Winterbottom’s screenplay, improvised mostly by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing themselves), stay for the picturesque views and endless food porn.
If nothing, you’ll leave with the sudden desire to perfect your Michael Caine impression. The sequel (set in Italy) is also available on Stan.
21. In Bruges
In Bruges takes the cake when it comes to black comedy.
Beneath its cold, trigger-happy surface is a story about friendship and grief. In Bruges manages to make light of some incredibly taboo topics.
It’s also just a fantastic action-thriller thanks mostly to its outstanding cast.
22. Loving Vincent
Loving Vincent is a revolution in filmmaking that has to be seen to be believed; the first ever oil-painted film.
Every single frame (of which there are over 60,000) was handpainted by a team of over 100 artists. The film explores the life of Van Gough and the suspicious circumstances of his death.
23. The Intouchables
Skip the schmaltzy U.S. remake (The Upside) and check out the original.
This heartwarming French film is about the blossoming friendship between an upper-class paraplegic and his live-in caretaker.
24. Leon: The Professional
Another fish-out-of-water assassin story, Leon: The Professional follows French hitman Leon Montana (Jean Reno).
The lone wolf becomes the unwitting guardian and eventual mentor for 12-year old Mathilda (Natalie Portman).
25. Kill List
The less said about the plot for Kill List, the better.
Ben Wheatley’s (Sightseers) thriller is not for the faint of heart and ends up somewhere you will not see coming. It starts out as a fairly run-of-the-mill crime flick with some family drama thrown in but as you edge your way to the movie’s thrilling climax, things take a hard-left into a completely different territory.
Nic Cage would like you to suck his tongue.
Face/Off is, by all means, a decent action flick but it’s most fondly remembered for Cage’s over-the-top portrayal of Castor Troy and subsequent portrayal of John Travolta’s character Sean Archer… in the body of Nic Cage. Wild. It’s never a bad time to rewatch Cage at his Cagiest.
While the Rocky series as a whole is definitely a contender for best binge, Ryan Coogler’s Creed is another level of rewatchable.
Creed stars Coogler’s bud Michael B. Jordan in the lead role as Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis, and Sylvester Stallone reprising the Rocky mantle in a tender turn as mentor and surrogate father figure.
Snyder’s Watchmen might have rubbed fans (and original creator Alan Moore) the wrong way after a few crucial plot points were lost in the transition to big screen but standalone it’s still a very decent attempt. A sumptious banquet for the eyes, at the very least. And if you haven’t read the original graphic novel, it’s probably your bet at getting clued in before watching the new HBO series. That said, it’s worth noting there are some significant diffrences between the original the adaptation and the HBO series is a sequel to the novel.
29. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
I mean, seriously, don’t even question me on this. Just rewatch the SpongeBob movie.
30. Romy and Michele’s HS Reunion
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is to yellow Post-It notes what The Social Network is to Facebook.
This relatable reunion comedy will make you wish there were a hundred more comedies starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino side-by-side.
31. Austin Powers
This shagadelic romp might not seem very “rewatchable” but if you give it a chance you’ll find that Mike Myers has still got what it takes to make you horny, baby.
Over the years, the Austin Powers series recycled the same old jokes ad-nauseam and by now you will see every gag and setup coming from a mile away but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.
32. Con Air
Another Cage classic for your consideration: Con Air might not reach the dizzying insanity of Face/Off but as a 90s action film and long-maned Cage appreciation piece, it’s near unbeatable.
It’s also easy to forget that Sky Prison: The Movie has a top-notch cast outside of Cage, with John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo all along for the ride.
Another Robin Willaims banger, the magical adventure of an aging Peter Pan isn’t just a good film to watch with the little ones, it’s a rewatch for the ages.
Hook will have you marching around the house chanting RU-FI-OH! RU-FI-OH!
34. Kill Bill 1 and 2
If you’ve been hankering for a Tarantino marathon since Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you can count on Stan to get you a fair chunk of the way through, with Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction and both Kill Bills available to stream (plus a bonus appearance with From Dusk Till Dawn). Kill Bill, in particular, will be the perfect action-packed refresher for anyone who thinks Once Upon a Time was too slow.
35. Ace Venture: Pet Detective
All righty then! Let’s get this straight right off the bat, there are certain aspects of Pet Detective that have not aged well.
But, overall, it’s still good to revisit Jim Carrey at his rubber-faced finest. If nothing, it’s a good refresher on some seriously 90s catchphrases like “loo-hoo-se-herrr”.
36. Ghost Ship
Julianna Margulies, Gabrielle Byrne, early Karl Urban and Emily Browning? What is this all-star masterpiece?
Why it’s Ghost Ship, the 2002 horror flick that’s rewatchable if only for the ultra-gory opening and the unabashedly early-naughties nu-metal theme song from Mudvayne.
38. The Rocky Series
The overall quality of the Rocky movies plunged harder than the Italian Stallion after a left hook from Clubber Lang but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth a rewatch.
With age, the sequels can be viewed as oddball products of their time.
39. A Bunch of Louis Theroux Docos
Navigating Louis Theroux’s documentaries can be a bit tumultuous; there are the generally curious explorations of interesting subcultures, then there are the darker deep-dives into the grittier side of modern society.
41. The Lion King
With the CG remake right around the corner, there’s no better time to introduce your own pride to one of the best animated features of all time and karaoke classics “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.
We promise you will remember every single quote and lyric.
42. The Secret of Nimh
Not too sure how The Secret of Nimh holds up these days but we used to bloody love it as kids.
Check it out and let us know if it’s worth a rewatch or if it’s one of those secretly terrifying kids movies, like Watership Down.
Our money’s on the second.
43. Secondhand Lions
This totally underappreciated gem smacks of Big Fish, The Princess Bride, and The Fall.
Robert Duvall and Michael Caine narrate a tall tale about lions, princesses and a hidden treasure.
The real treasure here is the outstanding performance delivered by Haley Joel Osment as Duvall and Caine’s lonely teenage nephew.
44. 3 Ninjas
3 Ninjas isn’t the cinematic classic that is Karate Kid but the series does feature Hulk Hogan as a villain named Dave Dragon so it’s hard to say which is the better martial arts film.
If you absolutely have to watch Karate Kid, both the original and the Jaden Smith remake are streaming on Stan too.
Based on the classic Roal Dahl novel, Matilda follows a gifted youngster with telekinetic abilities.
Despite copping the worst life has to throw at her, she remains resilient and finds solace in the friends at her new school and one lovely teacher.
It’s worth it alone for Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman’s performances as Matilda’s rubbish guardians.
47. Wake In Fright
This over-the-top portrayal of the Australian Outback circa 1970 where the real terror is its ability to turn you off schooners for the rest of your life.
It follows a city boy’s tumultous time in an outback mining town where he’s stranded after blowing his dosh in a gambling spree.
48. Rabbit-Proof Fence
When three young girls escape the clutches of a slave training camp, they must find their way home to their mother by following a vast rabbit-proof fence.
Widely considered one of the most important Australian films ever created, the movie is carried by the stunning performances of its three young leads, Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Larua Monaghan.
The chilling true story about a magnetic psychopath and his girlfriend’s impressionable teenage son.
This is not an easy watch but it’s easily one of the best thrillers to come out of Australia.
Snowtown was directed by Justin Kurzel, who went on to direct the big-budget videogame adaptation, Assassin’s Creed.
50. Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
Give it a rewatch for Steve.
Collision Course might not actually be one of the ‘best Aussie movies’ of all time but I needed another Australian movie and there’s no way I was putting Fat Pizza vs. Housos on this list.
It is, however, a bizarre pastiche of Australian and American culture and well worth a watch simply for that fact.