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
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
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 Castleis 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
Love might play second fiddle to the action in this classic Sandra Bullock comedy, but it’s still one of our all-time favourite rom-coms. Bullock stars as tomboyish FBI agent Gracie Hart, who goes undercover as a Miss USA contestant in order to thwart a terrorist plot. Her transformation from a rough-edged cop to a pageant queen is rife with laughs, while the chemistry with her partner Eric is palpable.
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
The film that catapulted homegrown star Margot Robbie to the A-list is a rollicking ride of non-stop hedonism. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street charts his rise from wide-eyed youngster to ostentatiously wealthy stockbroker, cheating and corrupting all the way to the top. Sex, drugs, money and crime are all in high supply in this rip-roaring black comedy that speeds through its three hour run time.
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
This surreal, shocking documentary proves that truth really is stranger than fiction. Through pure chance, three triplets separated at birth discover the existence of each other at nineteen years of age. Despite a lifetime apart, they exhibit many of the same mannerisms and quirks, igniting the nature versus nurture debate – but the twists don’t stop there. As the filmmakers continue to investigate the strange circumstances around their adoption, an unimaginable secret is unearthed.
Behind the trademark bob and sunglasses, who is Anna Wintour, the most powerful and polarising figure in fashion? The September Issueprovides 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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