The 15 best movies on Disney Plus Star Australia
There are enough great movies on Star for a days-long marathon.
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Ever since hitting the market, Disney+ has hosted a great library of movies, with universally beloved, family-friendly titles from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and the Disney vault. Now, the service is expanding its offerings with the addition of new channel Star, which focuses on more adult-oriented content.
That means a more diverse movie collection, with plenty of titles for grown-ups to check out once the kids are off to bed. Whether you're into acclaimed classics, action flicks, sci-fi blockbusters or romantic dramas, Star is packed with all sorts of goodies that will catch your eye.
You can check the full list of new Star additions here. If you want a head start, we've gathered some of the best movies available with the new Disney+ channel, which launches on 23 February. That gives you enough time to decide what to watch first and lock in $30 of savings before the price rise.
- Year of release: 2016
- Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni
After a twisted scientist experiments on mercenary Wade Wilson to cure him of cancer, Wade is left with superpowers but disfigured. He decides to exact revenge using the alter ego Deadpool – and might even get some help from a couple of mutant allies as he goes about his bloody endeavours.
A hilarious and (very) violent superhero extravaganza, Deadpool feels like a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated genre. Ryan Reynolds's performance is terrific, the jokes land and the action is relentless. You'll be in for a memorable ride. In better news Disney+ will also have Deadpool 2.
- Year of release: 1997
- Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Stunning visuals and heartfelt drama abound in Titanic, which remains one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. We're happy to report that the story hits just as hard all these decades later.
The movie is an action-packed epic romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the infamous R.M.S. Titanic. We follow Rose, a young aristocrat who falls in love with a kind but poor artist, Jack, aboard the ship. But as they enjoy the exuberance of young love, the Titanic collides with an iceberg and they're left fighting to survive. The rest, as they say, is history.
- Year of release: 1979
- Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Alien revolves around the crew of a spacecraft who intercept a distress signal and set out to investigate. Unfortunately for them, an alien uses this opportunity to invade their ship, with disastrous results.
A top-notch space horror, Alien spawned a successful franchise and remains one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. It's gorgeous, spooky and brilliantly acted. If you enjoy it, make sure to check out the sequels and prequels as well.
- Year of release: 2017
- Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Richard E. Grant
Logan is the 10th film in the X-Men series, set in a future where mutants are nearly extinct. The action centres on Logan, who cares for an ailing Professor X at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. When a young mutant comes to him for help, he must come out of retirement to keep her safe.
Hugh Jackman offers a mesmerising performance in the lead role, making his final movie as Wolverine a triumph. Logan is brutal and dark, venturing into places where not many superhero movies have the guts to go. If you're a genre fan, you should watch it ASAP.
500 Days of Summer
- Year of release: 2009
- Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz
What happens when the girl you fall for doesn't believe in relationships? That's what 500 Days of Summer is all about. The story follows Tom, who revisits the time he spent pursuing Summer, the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Turns out, this is not a love story after all.
An offbeat and charming romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer has a perfect cast and an inventive structure. It's also clever and funny, making it the perfect pick for date night. Or for an average Tuesday when you want to watch something particularly delightful.
The French Connection
- Year of release: 1971
- Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
A landmark action thriller, The French Connection tells the story of two New York detectives who are pursuing a French heroin smuggler. It's based on Robin Moore's 1969 non-fiction book of the same name and it's basically a long chase from start to finish, which makes it particularly compelling.
The French Connection is the kind of movie that leaves you gasping for breath as you follow the tremendous action sequences and longing to live more dangerously once the end credits roll. It's just that good.
- Year of release: 2015
- Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean
The Martian stars Matt Damon as an astronaut presumed dead on Mars after a storm. Left behind by his crew, he needs to figure out a way to survive the harsh conditions with little supplies until someone hopefully returns for him. Meanwhile, both NASA and his crew mates look for a way to bring him home.
Fast-paced and surprisingly funny given the subject matter, The Martian has all the ingredients of a crowd-pleaser, including an outstanding ensemble cast. Add some spectacular special effects into the mix and you've got yourself a hit.
- Year of release: 1990
- Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander
A pop culture phenomenon, Pretty Woman barely needs any introduction by this point. Even if you haven't seen it, you kind of know what it's about. A businessman in need of an escort hires a prostitute only to fall in love with her, and vice-versa. However, finding a middle ground between their two opposite worlds turns out to be a struggle.
Pretty Woman is a modern update on Cinderella, one that greatly benefits from Julia Roberts' glorious smile and the playful chemistry between her and Richard Gere. The premise may be outlandish, but the acting and humour make up for that.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Year of release: 1969
- Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a highly entertaining western about two outlaws who find themselves on the run following a train robbery gone wrong. Their solution? Escape to Bolivia.
Action-packed as it is, the movie is also funny and engaging, with Newman and Redford both in top form. The fact that it's loosely based on real events makes it that much more exciting.
- Year of release: 2007
- Cast: Elliot Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, J.K. Simmons
Turns out, it is possible to make an offbeat comedy about teen pregnancy. That's the case for Juno, a heartfelt coming-of-age story that follows 16-year-old Juno, who discovers that she's pregnant by her long-time friend.
She decides to give birth and place the child with an adoptive couple, but troubles arise when the prospective father starts to see Juno as more than just the mother of his future child.
Well-acted and achingly human, Juno is a bittersweet tale about how difficult it is to grow up, regardless of age. Plus, the soundtrack is the stuff of dreams.
Dead Poets Society
- Year of release: 1989
- Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
Dead Poets Society is set at an elite boys' boarding school, where maverick professor John Keating tries to encourage the students to live their best lives by inspiring them with the use of poetry. Thanks to his unorthodox methods, the students begin to come out of their shells and pursue their dreams.
An emotional movie, Dead Poets Society boasts tremendous acting performances. It's also quite inspirational, managing to move even the most cynical of viewers. But hey, don't trust us. Give it a stream and decide for yourself if this modern classic is worth all the praise.
Boys Don't Cry
- Year of release: 1999
- Cast: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard
A harrowing biographical film, Boys Don't Cry is a dramatisation of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a trans man who relocates to a new town hoping for a better life. He falls for an aspiring singer and the two begin to plan a future together. However, things take a brutal turn when their friends discover Brandon's secret.
Boys Don't Cry is a powerful and tragic film about the cruelty some humans are capable of when someone is different. Hilary Swank's brilliant performance, which won her an Academy Award, is just the cherry on top.
Walk the Line
- Year of release: 2005
- Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
Walk the Line is a musical biopic about the life of the legendary Johnny Cash, from his early days to the height of his fame.
The movie chronicles his substance abuse problems, the recording of iconic album Folsom Prison Blues and the singer's relationship with June Carter, the love of his life.
With two memorable performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line is a top-notch biographical film. Whether or not you're a Johnny Cash fan, we can guarantee you'll be entertained from start to finish.
The Royal Tenenbaums
- Year of release: 2001
- Cast: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson
A delicious dramedy directed by Wes Anderson, The Royal Tenenbaums introduces us to the three Tenenbaum siblings, who experience success in their youth but failure later in life. Then the family reunites, with mixed results.
The movie is both sentimental and sarcastic, showcasing that even the worst family can find something good within as long as they look closely enough. The movie is quirky so it may not be a crowd-pleaser, but its originality can't be denied.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
- Year of release: 2011
- Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes
Marking Elizabeth Olsen's debut film role, Martha Marcy May Marlene revolves around a troubled young woman who is trying to put herself back together after spending time with a cult. Struggling with painful memories and growing paranoia, she has trouble adjusting to the real world.
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a quiet but haunting psychological drama. It's a movie where the tension is always lurking just below the surface, keeping viewers on edge. If you're a fan of movies about cults, you can't miss this one.
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