At the moment, Apple TV Plus doesn’t have any older movies in its content library (although recent reports claim that could change soon). However, the recently launched streaming service does have a few original films available for its subscribers. So what are the best Apple TV Plus movies? Read on for our list, which includes a recent Academy Award nominee for best Animated film.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Apple TV Plus movies regularly as new ones make it to the streaming service.
This live-action drama is based on a true story. It stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie as two real estate businessmen in the mid-1950s. However, the two black men encounter racist attitudes from white businessmen as they try to start their efforts in Los Angeles. The two decide to hire a white man, played by Nicholas Hoult, to be the public face of their company. Together, the three men manage to become highly successful real estate owners. Later, they use the same method to buy a bank in Texas but things get a bit more complicated.
Out of all the movies on Apple TV Plus, this is probably one of the most powerful stories and does a great job portraying a story about race relations in the US that many people may have never heard of before now.
Beastie Boys Story
This documentary, directed by Spike Jonze, is an obvious must for the many fans of the hip hop group. It goes deep into the history of the group over the past 40 years and shows how they make their own mark on hip hop, and on music in general.
The Elephant Queen
Narrated by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, this nature documentary chronicles part of the life of a herd of female-only elephants in Kenya. They are lead by a 50-year-old mother elephant named Athena. The movie documents the herd as they move 200 miles to secure a watering hole. The filmmakers recorded this herd over the course of four years. It’s a fascinating look at the biggest land animals on Earth.
This drama follows the character of Hala, a Pakistani-American teenager girl. She is trying to stay balanced while being torn between her Muslim family and her American friends in high school. Geraldine Viswanathan does an excellent job playing the title character as we watch her navigate her way into becoming a young woman.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
This animated movie (more of an extended short than a film) is based on the best selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers. It follows a 7-year old, voiced by Jacob Tremblay, who learns about the wonders of Earth from his parents, voiced by Chris O’Dowd and Ruth Negga. Meryl Streep narrates the short film and should be very entertaining for both kids and their parents.
This World War II drama stars Tom Hanks as a US Navy captain who leads a fleet of Allied warships and troop carriers across the Atlantic. With no air cover, the fleet has to deal with Nazi U-boat submarines that will stop at nothing to destroy the ships. This movie, which Hanks also wrote, was supposed to be released by Sony Pictures in theaters is now available to stream exclusively on Apple TV Plus.
This documentary is a fascinating look at one of the most unusual high-school events ever. Every year, 1,000 teenage Texas male students converge on the state capital of Austin. Their purpose is to set up a mock Texas state government, with the ultimate goal of electing one of their number as governor. This movie shows how some of these teenagers become laser-focused on their goal of winning the governorship. In the process, they, and the rest of us, learn how real political parties can form into highly fractious units, and how ultimately they have to come together to form a working government for everyone.
Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You
Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest rock and roll artists ever, with his songs reflecting themes of working-class people living and enjoying life. This new documentary looks back on his career, while also documenting the recording of his first studio album with The E Street Band.
On The Rocks
This is the latest movie from writer-director Sofia Coppola. She reteams with her Lost and Translation star Bill Murray for her latest effort. He plays a father to a daughter, played by Rashida Jones, who believes her husband, played by Marlon Wayans, could be cheating on her. Father and daughter decide to follow her husband around New York City to see if he’s really faithful, and in so doing, they learn more about each other as well.
Justin Timberlake puts in the best performance of his acting career in this drama. He plays Eddie Palmer, a former convict who finally gets out of prison after 12 years. He returns to his small home town to live with his grandmother. However, he soon starts taking care of a small boy named Sam. Sam has been mostly abandoned by his parents. He may be different than other kids his age, but he and Palmer start to bond. However, when Palmer asks for official guardianship of Sam, he runs into resistance due to his criminal past.
This is a beautiful hand-animated fantasy movie that’s set in 1650 Ireland. A small town has been ordered to clear the surrounding lands by Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell for farming. That includes exterminating the local wolves. However, a young girl soon discovers that there are “wolfwalkers” in those lands. These are humans whose spirits turn into wolves when they sleep. This movie was nominated for Best Animated Film at the 2020 Academy Awards and it’s easy to see why.
Anthony and Joe Russo took a step back from directing huge Marvel super hero movies like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame to make this much smaller drama. It stars one of their MCU actors, Tom Holland as Cherry, a young man who quickly falls in love with Emily, who he met in college. They get married just before Cherry enters the US Army as a medic. However, after his two-year tour ends, which was filled with battle, Cherry suffers from PTSD. He takes prescription medication to deal with it but soon becomes addicted to the drugs, to the point that he robs banks to pay for his addiction. This is a powerful drama that shows how ordinary people can become hooked on drugs and it can be a huge uphill battle to finally beat the addiction.
Those are the best Apple TV Plus movies you can stream right now, and it’s actually not a bad lineup. We will update this list as more movies are added, including if and when the service adds older films to its library.