The Best Movies on Stan for Your Next Movie Night
Get the popcorn ready and settle in for a winning line up of cinema
A glass of wine, some cheese and movie night’s sorted – Australia’s homegrown streaming service Stan is stacked with films that’ll excite and delight from the comfort of your home cinema. From moving dramas and classic comedies, to inspiring docos and heartwarming romances, these are our picks for the best movies on Stan.
Best Movies on Stan: Drama
Dreamy arthouse aesthetics combine with deeply moving performances in this acclaimed coming-of-age drama. Moonlight tells the story of Chiron, a young man growing up poor, black and gay in a rough Miami neighbourhood. The film visits him at three points in his life as he tries to find a place in the world to belong in and be loved, despite suffering physical and emotional abuse at the hands of those around him. The film, which quite memorable won the Academy Award for best picture, supporting actor and adapted screenplay, is widely considered one of the best pictures of the 21st century to date and it has the beyond robust score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes to show for it!
Parasite, the first foreign language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, is this year’s biggest must see. The darkly funny, twisting tale sees members of the destitute Kim clan slowly infiltrate the home of the wealthy Park family, taking over the roles of chauffeur, maid, tutor and art therapist. Everything seems to be working out perfectly, but it’s not long before greed and class discrimination threaten to blow the symbiotic relationship to pieces.
Revolutionary Road reunites Titanic lovers Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a mesmerising, heartbreaking examination of married life. After a passionate early relationship, the Wheelers have fallen into the doldrums of child-rearing and career disappointments. In a last-ditch attempt to rekindle their marriage, they decide to sell everything and start anew in Paris, however the reality of life turns their dreams into tragedy.
Moving drama Still Alice tells the story of a Columbia University linguistics professor who learns she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 50. Faced with losing everything through no fault of her own, she changes from an intelligent, capable woman into a scared and confused patient. Played with depth, pathos and nuance by Julianne Moore, this is a poignant and relatable film for anyone who has been touched by the condition.
Earning Ben Affleck and Matt Damon a best original screenplay Oscar, Good Will Hunting is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. Following the life of troubled teen genius Will Hunting, you will find yourself completely invested in his journey to self-discovery as he battles his own inner-demons.
Best Movies on Stan: Comedy
Guaranteed to become an instant favourite, The Birdcage, is a should-be-classic starring comedy greats Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman is a wild romp from start to finish. An adaptation of La Cage aux Folles the film follows the unlikely meeting between a pair of gay fathers who run a drag club and an ultraconservative congressman and his wife who are brought together when their children get engaged. It’s a comedy classic and a the perfect watch.
One of those movies that is all but guaranteed to break you out of any moment of melancholy, the iconic and highly quotable 80s film is one for the ages. This movie is nothing but a good time so, for nostalgia and to inspire you to make the most of every day on the other side of this pandemic, give it a watch - after all, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Simon Pegg’s widely-loved zombie comedy skewers horror movie cliches while paying fond homage to the genre. Bored and aimless Shaun is lost in both life and love when a zombie apocalypse descends, presenting him with an opportunity to become a hero and win back his girl. The film - which has a very healthy score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes - deftly balances genuine thrills with British wit, quickly becoming classic that never lets down on a rewatch.
The 2012 reboot of this classic cop comedy is the kind of movie that is endlessly rewatchable. Packed with laugh-out-loud gags and action sequences, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill strike gold as two cops who go undercover as high school students in order to bust a drug ring.
What’s meant to be a dignified send-off for a loved one erupts into uproarious chaos in this British black comedy that’s become a modern classic. Stay tuned for sibling rivalries, family secrets, an accidental hallucinogen overdose and the appearance of Peter Dinklage claiming to be the dearly departed’s lover.
A comedy classic, The Castle is essential viewing for every Aussie. Following the David and Goliath battle between a blue-collar family and greedy property developers, the Kerrigan family stick together as they fight to keep their 'Castle'.
High on laughs, I Love You, Man follows Peter Klaven's (Paul Rudd) attempt to find guy friends so he can pick a Best Man for his upcoming wedding. On his extensive search, he comes across eccentric dude Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) and a budding bromance blossoms.
A cult satirical classic, Mean Girls delivers big on laughs, cliques and quotes. Following new student Cady (Lindsay Lohan) as she navigates high school cliques, the popular girl gang The Plastics, and tries to find her place in the school 'jungle'.
Best Movies on Stan: Romance
Exactly as the title suggests, ambitious journalist Andie (Kate Hudson) is tasked with writing an article on how to drive a man away in under 10 days. Unbeknownst to her, the man she chooses (Matthew McConaughey) has another idea.
This tender romantic comedy-drama swept awards seasons when it was released, with audiences falling for the fragile, complex characters played by Bradley Cooper and a fresh-faced Jennifer Lawrence. Issues such as mental illness and marital failure are treated with sensitivity as the two damaged souls attempt to sort out their lives while falling for each other in the process.
No one does romance like Austen, and this charming classic is one of our best-loved adaptations. Nineties Gwyneth is at the height of her powers playing Emma, the mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends with disastrous consequences. When she decides to find a man for new friend Harriet (played by our very own Toni Collette), it’s not long before everyone’s lives are in a tangled mess.
Based on the best-selling book and boasting an all-star cast, this lively rom-com is highly relatable to anyone who has had to navigate the high and lows of modern dating. Covering everything from ghosting and cheating, to breaking up and falling in love, the interwoven storylines will have you at the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.
Best Movies on Stan: History/Biography
Another banger from Leo, Catch Me If You Can tells the true story of master manipulator Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. as he cons his way through life and across the globe. Sauntering his way through professions, it's not too long before the faux pilot, lawyer and doctor's fraudulent trail is hotly followed by a persistent FBI agent; played by the legend, Tom Hanks.
This winner of six Academy Awards has not only entertained us for over 25 years but has gifted us some of the most memorable lines in cinema. Screen legend Tom Hanks plays the title role of Forrest Gump, a simple Southern man who finds himself at the centre of some of the biggest historical events of the 20th century.
Best Movies on Stan: Documentary
Behind the trademark bob and sunglasses, who is Anna Wintour, the most powerful and polarising figure in fashion? The September Issue provides the public with a rare look into the inner workings of the iconic magazine, and the woman driving it, as they produce the most important issue of the year. Famous designers, models and photographers orbit Wintour as her forceful personality and perfectionism bring the magazine to life.
This inspiring documentary shines a light on the backup singers behind our greatest musical legends, from David Bowie to Ray Charles. Disappointment and exploitation feature in some of the more heartbreaking stories, while artistic triumph and a hand in history mark others. What unites all is unbelievable talent, passion and a desire to just sing.
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