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The best movies on Stan in 2024

High-class horror, deadly drama, and ripper local productions, Stan's streaming it all.

Brodie Fogg
Apr 30, 2024
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In the face of immense competition and an increasingly crowded market, Australian streaming service Stan has managed to hold its own for a while now.

Once the home for Disney flicks and some of the biggest film franchises from Universal, Warner Bros. and more, the state of cinema on Stan has taken a bit of a hit over the last few years. But that doesn't mean there aren't some bonafide classics still available to stream. Here are the best movies you can stream from Stan's massive library.

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  • Release: 2022
  • Genre: Horror
  • Runtime: 1h 29m

Relic

Director: Natalie Erika James

In this Australian-made Stan exclusive, Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island) and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker) play a mother and daughter returning to the family home in rural Melbourne to look for the family’s missing grandmother, Edna. Upon the aging Matriarch’s return, the three generations of women are stalked by what seems to be a paranormal force.

Relic is the most exciting Australian horror since 2014’s breakout hit Babadook and it’s only streaming on Stan.

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  • Release: 2001
  • Genre: Neo-noir mystery
  • Runtime: 2h 27m

Mulholland Drive

Director: David Lynch

Welcome to the completely bonkers world of director David Lynch, where nothing much makes sense and you just gotta roll with it. Mulholland Drive is an excellent foray into surrealism and serves more as a series of vignettes than a linear storyline with a clear plot.

Did you love Lynch’s ‘90s series Twin Peaks? Great, this’ll be right up your alley. Do you prefer your movies to have a clear start, middle and end with a neat resolution? Ahh, give this a go anyway. You might find you enjoy a bit of surrealism after all. And Naomi Watts is really, really good in it.

Adam Smith

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  • Release: 1994
  • Genre: Crime-thriller
  • Runtime: 2h 45m

Pulp Fiction

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Zed might be dead, baby, but don’t let that spoiler stop you from re-watching Tarantino’s quotable classic. Pulp Fiction's interconnected character vignettes and cracking dialogue have stood the test of time.

While we edge ever closer to Tarantino’s 10th and final film (and a future of Tarantino novels, apparently), there’s never a bad time to slowly work your way through the director’s library of classic films. Stan actually has a fair few of his best, including Jackie Brown and Kill Bill 1 and 2.

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  • Release: 2003
  • Genre: Musical comedy
  • Runtime: 1hr 53m

Chicago

Director: Rob Marshall

You’ll be razzle dazzled with this impeccable musical starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger. It’s got jazz, fishnets, murder - all the things that really make a musical.

Roxy Hart dreams of a life of more. Bored of her humdrum existence, she wants to perform on stage in t bars and jazz clubs just like her idol, Velma Kelly. But when Velma ends up in jail for killing her husband and sister, Roxy never dreamed she’d end up right beside her for shooting dead her lover. But with the notoriously charming Billy Flynn (played by the equally charming Richard Gere) as her lawyer, Roxy hatches a scheme to get her out of the big house and rise to fame at the same time.

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  • Release: 2015
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Runtime: 1hr 48m

The Gift

Director: Joel Edgerton

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. It’s made all the more gripping thanks to the unnerving performances of its three leads: Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as the picture-perfect suburban couple and Joel Edgerton as the disconcerting blast from the past, Gordo.

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  • Release: 2019
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Runtime: 1hr 35m

Hail Satan?

Director: Penny Lane

This tongue-in-cheek documentary explores the grassroots movement behind The Satanic Temple, their noble fight against government corruption, and the organisation’s eventual global following.

Hail Satan? is only funny because its subjects, the movement’s most influential figures, allow it to be. This isn’t poking fun at the Satanists, quite the opposite. Hail Satan? feels like a rallying cry, if anything. When the credits roll, you might find yourself Googling your closest chapter of The Satanic Temple.

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  • Release: 2012
  • Genre: Science-fiction
  • Runtime: 1hr 59m

Looper

Director: Rian Johnson

Five years before he directed the best modern Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson had his sci-fi debut with Looper. 

In Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young Bruce Willis hunting down a… now Bruce Willis in this time-hopping action flick where time travel has become so commonplace, it has become a tool for black market smuggling and racketeering. Gordon-Levitt’s Joe is one of the titular Loopers, hitmen contracted by a crime syndicate in the future to assassinate targets who are sent back in time.

Loopers who survive long enough are eventually tasked with assassinating their future self, closing the loop. This is where we find Gordon-Levitt’s Joe at the start of the movie but his future self (Bruce Willis) refuses to go down without a fight.

Like most time travel movies, it’s best not to get too invested in how it all works. Just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.

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  • Release: 1984
  • Genre: Action-comedy
  • Runtime: 1hr 46m

Beverly Hills Cop

Director: Martin Brest

There was a time when Eddie Murphy’s rookie cop Axel Foley was the hottest fictional character in the world; we’re talking Marvel-tier fandom long before the Avengers existed. And it’s easy to see why. This is Eddie Murphy in his prime. His comedic timing and acting chops on display in Beverly Hills Cop are worlds apart from his later family-friendly fare, like The Nutty Professor and Dr Dolittle.

If you were too young to be part of the zeitgeist at the time, do yourself a favour and check it out but be warned, there’s a reason the infectious theme song was number one internationally in 1985 and dominated the ringtone scene in the Nokia 3310’s heyday.

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  • Release: 2015
  • Genre: Action-thriller
  • Runtime: 2hr 1m

Mad Max: Fury Road

Director: George Miller

It took almost twenty years for George Miller to bring the fourth Mad Max film to life, but the wait was worth it. A film of few words, Fury Road is basically one long car chase with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) forced into an uneasy alliance as the pair flee across the desert, leaving mayhem in their wake.

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  • Release: 2007
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 2hr 39m

There Will Be Blood

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Packed with notable initialisms, 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, when 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.

There Will Be Blood features one of the best performances of all time from one of the best actors all time. That in itself makes it an essential watch. 

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  • Release: 2014
  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 1hr 42m

John Wick

Director: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski

Starring Keanu Reeves as the titular assassin, John Wick is a visually kinetic and violently inventive action thriller that never lets up. With three sequels so far, the tale of John Wick is far from over, but Stan is the place to go if you're looking to see how the series got its start.

John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum are all available on Stan. 

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  • Release: 1999
  • Genre: Action-fantasy
  • Runtime: 2hr 5m

The Mummy (1999)

Director: Stephen Sommers

Before the beefed-up action stars of the 2000s, there was a different kind of leading man. The floppy-haired wise guy. And none played a better floppy-haired wise guy than Brendan Fraser.

Fraser’s most recognisable role in the late 90s was Rick O’Connell, a roguish adventurer with a knack for vexing the reanimated high priest Imhotep across three films. The Mummy follows Rick, and the scholarly Carnahan siblings (Rachel Weisz and John Hannah), in a quest to escape the clutches of decaying Egyptian warriors and scores of flesh-eating scarab beetles. It offers plenty of chuckles and some genuinely thrilling chase sequences (like Imhotep’s tidal wave of sand) that hold up to this day.

The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor are all available to stream on Stan.

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  • Release: 1972
  • Genre: Crime-drama
  • Runtime: 2h 56m

The Godfather

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to binge all three The Godfather movies back-to-back on Stan?

Look, if you’re like us, you’ve spent the last 20 years nodding in silent agreement whenever people discuss what is widely considered one of the best movie franchises of all time, keeping the knowledge that you’ve never actually seen it sacred. Spare yourself the pain and give the series a watch. At the very least you can form your own opinion instead of clamming up and redirecting the conversation to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III are all available to stream on Stan.

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  • Release: 2006
  • Genre: Spy-thriller
  • Runtime: 2h 25m

Casino Royale

Director: Martin Campbell

The best Bond film. Don't fight me on this.

Stan is home to every Bond film ever released. 

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  • Release: 1984
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Runtime: 1h 59m

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Director: Steven Spielberg

That’s right sports fans, everyone’s favourite wise-cracking, whip-snapping archaeologist has been excavated by Stan. You can catch all three movies starring the hunkiest, spelunkiest rogue to ever swing onto screens: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.

There’s also something called Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Not too sure what that is but we can’t wait to find out. Surely it will be just as good as the other three, right?

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) is exclusive to Disney Plus.

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  • Release: 2010
  • Genre: Western drama
  • Runtime: 1h 51m

True Grit (2010)

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

It’s not often the Coen Brothers release a movie with a completely straight face. Even some of their darkest films, such as Fargo, have a sense of humour. That’s what makes movies like No Country For Old Men so fascinating. It’s often easy to forget that these brutal dramas are from the same minds that brought us O Brother, Where Art Thou?

True Grit is one of those serious Coen Brother movies. It paints a harsh, unrelenting landscape with deeply flawed characters. It stars a young Hailee Steinfeld who crashed onto the scene, earning herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress at just 13 years old.

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  • Release: 2020
  • Genre: Family comedy
  • Runtime: 1h 32m

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Director: Dean Parisot

It only took nearly 30 years, but in 2020, the Wyld Stallyns finally got the band back together for Bill and Ted Face the Music with Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles as the titular time-travelling rock stars.

A lot’s changed for Bill and Ted in the 30 years since their Bogus Journey in 1991. For starters, they are both parents to two excellent daughters, Thea Preston (Samara Weaving) and Billie Logan (Brigette Lundy-Paine), secondly, time and space will collapse unless the Wyld Stallyns can write a “prophesied song” that will save the universe from collapse. In short, they’ve got a lot on their plate.

If you’re a little fatigued by the endless stream of reboots and revivals hitting screens, we urge you to give Bill and Ted Face the Music a chance. It’s a heart-warming and hilarious family-friendly flick that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

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  • Release: 2001
  • Genre: Family adventure
  • Runtime: 1h 31m

Shrek

Director: Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson

We can only vouch for the first two in the series but all three Shrek flicks are available to stream on Stan. Great news for fans of the big, green guy.

Shrek released around the time DVDs and DVD players were starting to become more affordable, so many a weekend was spent committing the lyrics to the Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party to memory. It would have been an utter nightmare for all parents involved. Luckily for them, Stan doesn’t include the special features.

Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After and Puss in Boots are all available to stream on Stan. 

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Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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